Shelley Sauter

W.P. Bate School,

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

To introduce patterning at the Kindergarten to Grade One level, we start to recognize and talk about patterns using colors, shapes and size. I use a lot of hands on activities and start off with large manipulatives. Here are a few ideas: - Using children in your class (boy/girl/boy)
- Using chairs (front/back/front)
- Using objects around the classroom like
pencils, erasers, chalk brushes, etc.
- Linking cubes, blocks, colored beads,
colored macaroni, fruit loops, pattern
blocks
- Laminated pattern strips with shapes
traced onto them for students to continue
the pattern using manipulatives (bread tags
placed in different directions, pattern
blocks, or any other shapes that you want
to trace and color)
- Sorting of pattern strips and "non-pattern"
strips
- Using stamps and stamp pads for students to create patterns
- Count by 10's, 5's and 2's
- Examine patterns found in two digit
numbers
- Identify odd and even numbers
We would then move on to look at patterns in addition and subtraction. When we discover these patterns, this will help to strengthen skills and concepts in Mental Math. Here are a few ideas: - Adding "one more" to a number
- Skip counting or adding +2
- Adding 10 to a single digit number
- Adding and subtracting zero
By Grade 3 and 4, I would start to do some problem solving where students would be looking for number patterns. I like using the idea of Problem of the Day (or Week). For example: 3 is to 6, as 5 is to ___ ?
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