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Grade: Pre-School
Subject: Mathematics

#1110. Muppet Math Patterning

Mathematics, level: Pre-School
Posted Fri Jun 25 08:26:14 PDT 1999 by Pam Thacher and Sue Heiple (
Starmont Elementary Orange Elementary, Arlington and Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.A.
Materials Required: Sunburst Muppet Math computer software and manual
Activity Time: 20-30 minutes
Concepts Taught: AB patterning

Muppet Math Patterning

Standard: Understand and apply the basic concepts

Benchmark: Understand two-part patterns

Grade Level: Prekindergarten, kindergarten, 1st grade

Teachers: Pam Thacher and Sue Heiple

June 24, 1999

Resources needed: Macintosh computer, LCD projector or TV monitor, Muppet Math computer software and teacher's manual by Sunburst

Classroom arrangement: computer, projector and monitor need to be in front of classroom with children sitting in a group

Lesson plan duration: 20-30 minutes

Special Directions: children will need to have some prior knowledge of simple AB patterning

Anticipatory Set
*Arrange the children in the front of the room in an AB AB AB pattern (by gender, hair color, etc.)
*Rest of class determines the pattern
*Class extends pattern

Objectives and Purpose
Benchmark: Understand two-part patterns
*Develop and understand a complex thinking skill (Inductive Reasoning)
*Observe and identify AB patterns
*Complete and create AB patterns

*Teacher models Muppet Math software, Level 1, Music Room for AB patterning on the computer
Check for understanding
*Students participate in determining the completion of patterns
*Students participate in discovering which part of the pattern doesn't belong
*Teacher observation
Guided Practice
*Introduce Pattern Activity Sheet
*Work through first pattern together
*Circulate and check for understanding
Independent Practice
*Students finish rest of activity patterns on own
*When finished they can practice creating own AB patterns with manipulatives
with a partner or partners
*Discuss AB patterning that was done with children, with Muppet Math and with the activity sheet
*When children go to lunch, have them line up in boy, girl pattern