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Subject: Mathematics

#3632. Making Patterns

Mathematics, level: Kindergarten
Posted Tue Jan 31 10:12:00 PST 2006 by Joanna Geib (
Holly Springs Elementary, Pickens
Materials Required: unfix cubes, skittles (colored candy), beads, string, pattern sheet
Activity Time: 30-45 minutes
Concepts Taught: Patterns

Making Patterns

I. Objective:
• The students will create different types of patterns

II. State Standards:
• III.A. Recognize, describe, extend, and create a wide variety of patterns
• III.A.1 The students will identify, describe, and extend a repeating relationship (pattern) found in common objects, sounds, movements

III. Materials:
• Skittles (colored candy)
• Unfix cubes
• Pattern sheet

IV. Step-by-Step Procedures
• I usually introduce a pattern by using different calendar pieces. In my classroom we learn a new pattern every month.
• To help the students learn the pattern and practice making the pattern I use skittles and unfix cubes.
• Students make the pattern with skittles, a fun activity that they can do and then look forward to eating the skittles once they have created their pattern.
• Then have the students create a pattern using unfix cubes and then copying the pattern onto the pattern sheet.
• At the bottom of the pattern sheet I have the students write the color words to help them learn to read and spell the color words.
• Once the students have made their own pattern, it is fun to allow them to share their pattern with the class and tell what type of pattern it is.
• They use beads and a string to make a pattern necklace. The necklace is a great reminder for the students.

V. Assessment: I assess the students on the pattern they made. I always ask them what type of pattern they made and have them show me where it repeats. The pattern sheet the students fill out is also a great way to assess.

I can make an ABC pattern
with unifix cubes.

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