- Learn to identify and make an ABCABC pattern
- Colored beads (at least three different colors) with wide holes
- Masking tape
- Black, indelible marker (like a Sharpie)
- Bandanas (1 for 2 girls)
- Boleros (1 for each boy)
Set Up and Prepare
- Any color bandana for the girls
- Cut the bandana in half (diagonally) so you will have two triangles. One bandana can be used for two girls.
- Hold the bandana so the cut part is at the top. At the bottom of the bandana, make eight vertical 3-inch slits going across the bottom of the bandana. This will give you ten sections of fabric. See the picture below.
- Cut the leather cord by 32 inches.
- Fold it in half and attach the bolero to it. Make sure you leave enough room for the boys to make a pattern using the beads below the bolero. See the picture below.
Directions(Every day, begin each lesson with a song: "Home On the Range.")
Step 1: Teach the students how to square dance! I use the CD Get Ready to Square Dance!, by Jack Capon and Rosemary Halum, track 2, called "Oh Belinda."
(Square Dancing is a lot of fun and a great way to capture the spirit of the unit. It's also a way to teach patterns through kinesthetic learning. Look for the patterns of repeated steps in each dance.)
Step 2: Place three different color cards on the floor. Ask the students if they know what comes next in the pattern. Place the next color cards down.
Step 3: Have the students hop the pattern. Have the students say the pattern as they each are taking a turn. For example: "Red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue."
Step 4: Break up into small groups. I first make the bandanas with the girls. I call back three students at time to make their pattern on their bandanas.
Step 5: Pick out three different colored beads.
|Karlie strings the beads onto her bandana.|
Step 6: At the bottom of the bandanas there will be ten sections because of the vertical slits that you cut before the lesson. Tightly twist one section at a time. Place the bandana fabric through the beads. The three beads should make the pattern learned in class. The teacher or parent volunteer ties the fabric at the bottom when done. Add beads to each section of the bandana. By the end you should have 3 beads on each section.
Step 7: Write the student's name on the masking tape using a black marker. Place the tape on the bandana.
Step 1: Practice a square dance.
Step 2: Break up into small groups. On the second day I make the boleros with the boys. I call back three students at a time to make their pattern on their boleros.
Step 3: Pick out three different colored beads.
|A finished bolero|
Step 4: Below the silver part of the bolero, the student may put the leather cord through the bead. Continue the pattern. Tie the end of the leather cord. Do it again on the other cord.Step 5: Write the student's name on the masking tape using a black marker. Place the tape on the bolero.
Supporting All LearnersStudents who've mastered patterning may create their own pattern using the unifix cubes. I also have them look around the room to see if they can find any ABCABC, or more complex, patterns. To support my special needs group, I put the color cards on the floor and they may choose the color that comes next. (Do the same thing with choosing the beads.) The students may point to the colored beads that they wish to use.
Home ConnectionThe students can go on a pattern search where they look around their home environment to see if they can identify patterns.
- Did the students have difficulty with the assignment?
- Did the students work independently?
Can the students create an ABCABC pattern?