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Dinosaur Patterns

Lore Davis
Alachua County Schools

Description

Students will use dinosaur counters to identify, copy, create and extend a pattern that is repeated at least three times.

Objectives

The student predicts and extends existing patterns using concrete materials.

The student uses concrete objects to create a pattern.

Materials

-The book DINOSAURS DANCING
Connelly, Luella. DINOSAURS DANCING. New York: Voyager Books, 1990.
-4 bowls of dinosaur counters
-3x9 inch pieces of construction paper to record
patterns
-Access to the Beacon web lesson -Pattern Detectives-

Preparations

-Have available 4 bowls of dinosaur counters ready.
-Access to the Beacon web lesson -Pattern Detectives-
-Prepare the web lesson -Patterns 2- for student use.
-Prepare 3x9 inch pieces of construction paper for student patterns
-Prepare items for records (crayons, stamps, pads, paint).

Procedures

1. Read DINOSAURS DANCING during small group instruction. Have the children read along. They will quickly catch on to the pattern of the story. On each page another dinosaur is added.

2. Next, tell the children that today they will be using dinosaurs to explore patterns. Let them know that they will begin by using dinosaur counters. They will then work together to complete the web lesson, Pattern Detectives. Following the web lesson, they will work in cooperative groups of two to create, copy and extend patterns. Finally, they will record one pattern and share it with the group.

3. The children should sit in a circle around the teacher on the floor or at a table. The teacher should create and identify an AB pattern (ex. Red, yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow) using the dinosaur counters. Have the children say the pattern as the teacher points to each dinosaur. Next, choose one child to copy the pattern. Then, have another child extend the pattern. Share 2 or 3 patterns following the same procedure (The children should have had several patterning experiences prior to completing this activity; however, it is not necessary). As students work, the teacher will do formative assessment by looking to see if students can identify, copy, create and extend patterns.

4. After working with the counters, the group should move to the computer and work together to complete the web lesson, Pattern Detectives.
Each child should have the opportunity to work on the web lesson.

Group Work

Students will work in cooperative groups of two to create, identify, copy and extend patterns up to three times. The students will then choose a pattern to record. They may do this by drawing the dinosaurs, using dinosaur stickers, dinosaur stamps and ink pads or paint.

Wrap-up

1. Have students return to the group.

2. Have each group share their patterns.

Assessments

Teacher observation of student participation and record sheets (the dinosaur patterns students make) in which students have created, identified, copied and extended patterns at least three times.
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