## Pretty Patterns

### Beverly IacobellisBay District Schools

#### Description

Students participate in a variety of activities to extend their knowledge of patterning.

#### Objectives

The student recognizes, extends, generalizes, and creates a wide variety of patterns and relationships using symbols and objects.

#### Materials

-Internet-connected computer
-Math manipulatives such as colored tiles, Unifix cubes, colored pattern blocks, number cards, etc.
-Potatoes for potato printing
-Various colors of mixed tempera paint in containers wide enough to hold a potato
-Art paper
-Colored candy such as M & Ms or Skittles in plastic bags
-Teacher-made pattern worksheets for the candy patterns
-SILVER BURDETT GINN MATHEMATICS practice page #10-7 or any other appropriate pattern worksheet (enough for the whole class)

#### Preparations

1. Check computer connectivity for access to the Student Web Lesson, Brenda's Bedroom Border.
2. Gather all necessary supplies for the workstations.
3. Place math manipulatives in Workstation #2.
4. Carve shapes in potatoes and mix tempera paint for Workstation #3.
5. Prepare some colored candy pattern sheets for Workstation #4.
6. Tear out enough copies of the SILVER BURDETT GINN MATHEMATICS practice page #10-7 or any other appropriate pattern worksheet.

#### Procedures

INTRODUCTION:
1. Begin this lesson by discussing shape and number patterns.

2. Reinforce this concept by playing a game called Complete That Pattern.

a. Give each student a number of pattern blocks, Unifix cubes, colored tiles, or number cards.
b. Each student makes a pattern on his or her desk using the manipulatives. (Allow a few minutes for the students to develop the pattern.)
c. Tell the students to change seats with their classmates. The students go to a different desk and complete the pattern on that desk.
e. Repeat this game as many times as is needed to reinforce this concept.

GROUP WORK:
3. After introducing the concept of patterning, let the students rotate through five workstations that reinforce this concept. Have the students spend about fifteen minutes at each station.

Workstation #1: The students complete Brenda's Bedroom Border, an online Student Web Lesson.

Workstation #2: The students play with manipulatives to create their own patterns.

Workstation #3: The students make potato print patterns. (See Teacher Preparation)

Workstation #4: The students receive a bag of colored candy. They use the candy to complete a colored candy pattern on a worksheet. The children may eat the candy when they are finished. Yummy!

Workstation #5: The students complete the SILVER BURDETT GINN MATHEMATICS practice page #10-7 or any other appropriate pattern practice page.

EVALUATION:
4. Bring the students back together in a whole-group setting to discuss the practice page #10-7 or other appropriate pattern practice page.

5. Have the students share their potato print patterns and colored candy patterns from Workstations #3 and 4. This is the time to answer any questions they may have about patterning.

#### Assessments

Observe students for:

1. Appropriate explanations for the patterns made in Workstations #3 and 4

2. An understanding of how to make a pattern

3. The ability to follow through and complete a pattern

4. Accuracy on the practice page from Workstation #5

#### Extensions

1. ART: The children create pattern borders for displaying artwork and for the classroom bulletin board.

2. ART: Children design wrapping paper using seasonal shapes.

3. MATH: Place a pattern on the chalkboard or overhead for the students to complete daily.

4. MATH: Use pages 376-377 in the SILVER BURDETT GINN MATHEMATICS series to reinforce this concept, or use other appropriate pattern lessons.