Lesson 4: Patterning with
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Teacher of Lesson: Rebekah Calhoun
Approximate Time: 40 minutes
1. Students will recall rules of patterning from
2. Students will create a pattern using the rules
of patterning and example patterns as guides.
3. Students who have mastered simple patterning will
create patterns which use more than two colors or
more than two size.
4. Students will read patterns by recalling names
of colors and sizes.
- Bear math manipulatives
- Lesson Plan
- Call students to the rug area.
- Ask the children what we have made patterns with before and
- Ask the children what the rules of making a pattern are.
(There must be two different things, and the order must repeat.)
- Tell the children that today we will be making patterns with
- Ask the children how we could make a pattern with the bear
manipulatives. (The children may say by color or by size. They may
also give an example pattern like red, green, red, green. In the
second case, ask what kind of pattern that would be. When they
mention the size pattern, we will discuss what to call each of the
- Create the pattern they mention with their help. Read the
- Ask for more pattern ideas and create them. Make sure they
mention color patterns and size patterns. Ask them if size matters
when making a color pattern and if color matters when making a
size pattern. (No)
- Tell the children that there are bears at their seats. Tell
them that they need make a pattern and then show it to a teacher.
Tell them to try color patterns and size patterns.
- Tell the students that they must read their patterns. For
example, "Red, Yellow, Red, Yellow, Red, Yellow."
- Discuss sharing by asking children questions such as: "Will
you pull all of the bears over to your own seat?" or "Will you get
angry when someone else is using a bear you need?" Discuss the
right things to do.
- Release children by table numbers
- Monitor pattern forming. After they form a pattern, let them
form more. Challenge children who can make patterns easily by
asking them what other ways they can make patterns.
Evaluation of student learning:
- Were the students able to recall the rules of patterns?
- Were the students able to create color or size patterns using
the rules and the examples?
- Did the students who have mastered simple patterning create
more complicated patterns?
- Were the students able to read their patterns using
appropriate names for the colors and sizes?
Bear Pattern Idea: My cooperating teacher suggested that I use her
bear manipulatives to teach patterns in this lesson. Our class has
made patterns with many other objects.
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