Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Math
- Small colored cubes
- Colored counters or colored links
Follow the pattern. Create a simple pattern using two different colors of the same object. For example: red cube, blue cube, red cube, blue cube. Explain that you have created a pattern. Invite children to describe the pattern. Ask them to choose the color that would come next to continue the pattern. Invite each child to add one cube until everyone has had a turn.
Add one on. Make another simple pattern and ask each child to add an item. Next, add another object or color to change the pattern. For example, if you are alternating red and green bears, add a yellow bear after the first two green bears in the pattern. Review the new pattern with the group and invite everyone to continue it with the new color.
Create a pattern. Invite each child to create his own pattern for the rest of the group to add on to. Provide each child with the materials to create his own pattern and allow time for children to describe and compare their patterns.
Remember: Keep patterns simple for children who may have difficulty with visual discrimination.
Pattern Collage: Send home a small bag of colored paper shapes. Ask parents to work with their children to create different patterns using the paper shapes. Invite them to choose a favorite pattern and glue it onto a sheet of paper. Allow time for children to share their patterns the following day.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: MUSIC
Musical Patterns: Tell children that they can make musical patterns using their bodies. Create a simple clapping pattern and ask them to repeat it. Then, add a foot stomp or knee slap to the pattern. Invite children to think of other things they can do with their bodies to create musical patterns.
Spotted Yellow Frogs by Mathew Van Fleet (Dial)
Twizzlers: Shapes and Patterns by Jerry Pallotta (Scholastic)
Zoe's Hats: A Book of Colors and Patterns by Sharon Lane Holm (Boyd Mills Press)