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1 Term 2 Exploring Patterns Suggested Percentage of Time: 15% MA75

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3 Unit Overview Focus and Context In Kindergarten, students are formally introduced to repeating patterns of two to three elements. Students verbalize and communicate rules to help them understand the predictability of a pattern. As students have more experiences with this, they will begin to understand that patterns exist all around us and can be used to solve a variety of everyday problems. In Grade One students will continue working with repeating patterns, extending their knowledge to include four elements. By the end of term two, Kindergarten students will be expected to identify, reproduce, extend and create two element patterns. Three element patterns will be the focus of teaching and learning during third term. Process Standards Key [C] Communication [PS] Problem Solving [CN] Connections [R] Reasoning [ME] Mental Mathematics [T] Technology and Estimation [V] Visualization Curriculum Outcomes MA77

4 Strand: Patterns and Relations (Patterns) Outcomes Students will be expected to KPR1 Demonstrate an understanding of repeating patterns (two or three elements) by: identifying reproducing extending creating patterns using manipulatives, sounds and actions. [C, CN, PS, V] Elaborations Strategies for Learning and Teaching Patterning experiences should be an ongoing part of Mathematics throughout the year. At this point in the year, students have had experiences with sorting and classifying a variety of manipulatives in term 1 and this should continue. Students should be given the opportunity to describe patterns orally; as it helps them interpret the patterns they experience visually and solidify their understanding of the concept. It also allows other students to learn from each other. Students need many opportunities to work in small groups or pairs to create and extend patterns using a variety of manipulatives to enhance their learning and understanding of patterns. Providing students with opportunities to sort and classify will enhance their understanding of patterns in their environment. Provide students with a collection of multilink cubes in two different colors and ask them to sort the cubes into two groups and to create a two element pattern using the sorted multilink cubes. Achievement Indicators: KPR1.1 Distinguish between repeating patterns and nonrepeating sequences in a given set by identifying the part that repeats. Cross- Curricular Links Link to Math Exploring Patterns Outcome KPR1 Music Rhythm and Metre Outcome 1 perform, listen to and create Beat Rhythm Stepping/skipping songs A pattern is an extension of a repeating sequence beyond what the student can actually see. Students need many experiences predicting the extended sequence of a given pattern. The core of a repeating pattern is the shortest string of elements that repeats. For example, the AB pattern red, blue, red, blue, red, blue... has a core of two different elements, red and blue that repeats over and over and is therefore a 2 element pattern. It is important to repeat the core of the pattern at least three times before expecting students to describe, reproduce, or extend a pattern. Suggested manipulatives for creating patterns include: connecting cubes rubber stamps and adding machine paper rolls stickers color tiles link it pattern blocks collections (each collection should consist of small items of one kind, such as bread tags, buttons, shells) two-color counters Young students first need to experience repeating patterns in a variety of different ways. They need both teacher-directed and independent activities. Teacher-directed activities should encourage students to analyze a variety of patterns. Independent activities provide students with the opportunity to explore, reproduce, extend, and create patterns appropriate to their level of understanding. MA78

5 KINDERGARTEN General Outcome: Use Patterns to Describe the World and to Solve Problems Suggested Assessment Strategies Resources/Notes Performance Display two towers using snap cubes. One is a two element repeating pattern and the other is not a pattern. Students will distinguish which tower is a repeating pattern and which is not a repeating pattern. Students will identify the repeating pattern of the tower. (KPR 1.1) Patterning Ourselves Choose one student to go to the far side of the room. Instruct the student to turn away from the group and cover his/her ears. Have the remainder of the group form a circle or a line. Begin a people pattern by directing the children to do a particular action. Point to each student in order, as you say: hands up, hands down, hands up... Ask the student to come back to the group and decide if they recognize a pattern. Be sure to include non-repeating sequences such as: stand up, sit down, stand up, hands up, kneel down... (KPR1.1) Math Makes Sense K Lesson 3: It s a Pattern (2 elements) KPR1 TG pp Important: Although lessons 3, 4 and 5 in the text cover 2 and 3 element patterns, at this time of year the focus can be on 2 element patterns. The lesson will be readdressed in term 3 with a focus on 3 element patterns. Audio CD 1: Selections 2 and 3 Use math manipulatives to create a pattern and non-pattern. Students decide what sequences are indeed patterns. For example, create the pattern such as, red block, blue block, red block, blue block, etc. and a non-pattern such as, red, green, orange, purple, red, yellow. Can the Students distinguish between the pattern and the non-pattern? Can they tell the repeating core (the shortest part of the pattern that repeats)? (KPR1.1) Little Books: Which Belong Together? Present the students with the two different action patterns below and ask them to indicate whether they are the same or different and why. - sit down, stand up, turn around, sit down, stand up, turn around - snap fingers, clap hands, pat knees, snap fingers, clap hands, pat knees Students who have a good understanding of patterns will realize that these are the same. They may say, They both have three different actions over and over. (KPR1.1) MA79

6 Strand: Patterns and Relations (Patterns) Outcomes Students will be expected to KPR1 Continued Achievement Indicator: KPR1.1 Continued KPR1.2 Copy a given repeating pattern, e.g., actions, sound, colour, size, shape, orientation, and describe the pattern. Elaborations Strategies for Learning and Teaching Examples of patterns young students should describe, reproduce, extend, and create include: Rhythmic/Sound patterns: e.g., clap, snap, clap, snap, clap, snap, Action pattern: e.g., sit, stand, sit, stand, sit, stand, Color patterns: e.g. red, yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow, Shape patterns: e.g., circle, square, circle, square, circle, square, Patterns of attributes: e.g., using buttons (four holes, two holes, four holes, two holes, ) Patterns of size: e.g., long, short, long, short, long, short, Number patterns: e.g., 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, Students first experiences with patterns will involve them in copying, with manipulatives, a modeled pattern given by the teacher. Students may be provided with task cards showing varying pattern and using available materials to copy the pattern. Model how to intrepret patterns from task cards before students work independently. It is necessary for all students to have an opportunity to copy a pattern. Ask the helper of the day to copy a given pattern to share with the whole group. If time permits you may ask another volunteer to do the same. Rhythmic patterns are one of the easiest and most effective ways to begin exploring the concept of patterns. Using rhythmic patterns should be ongoing throughout the mathematics program, interspersing simple patterns with more complicated ones. Act out a rhythmic pattern and ask students to join in after a few repetitions. E.g., slap (legs), clap, slap, clap, slap, clap Continue the pattern for at least 30 to 60 seconds. The more repetitions of a pattern will help students who experience difficulty feel the pattern, even if they can t act it out perfectly. It is common to slow down the rhythm of a pattern for students having difficulty with patterns; however, this does not allow students to feel the pattern. The rate of a child s heartbeat (90 times per minute) would be a good tempo for a pattern. MA80

7 KINDERGARTEN General Outcome: Use Patterns to Describe the World and to Solve Problems Suggested Assessment Strategies Resources/Notes Performance Act out a rhythmic pattern such as: Stomp, snap, stomp, snap, stomp, snap Head nod, clap, head nod, clap, head nod, clap Ask students to identify and copy the pattern. (KPR 1.2) Math Makes Sense K Lesson 3: It s a Pattern (2 elements) KPR1 TG pp Provide students with task cards showing varying patterns. Use link-its, snap cubes, elastic bands, paper clips, bread tags, etc. Ask students to copy a pattern from a selected task card. Ask what part repeats. (KPR1.2) Unit Centres: TG p. 9 Literacy: Book Talk MA81

8 Strand: Patterns and Relations (Patterns) Outcomes Students will be expected to KPR1 Continued Achievement Indicator: KPR1.3 Extend repeating patterns to two more repetitions. Elaborations Strategies for Learning and Teaching Regardless of whether students are working with simple or complex patterns, encourage them to extend their pattern as far as they can with their chosen manipulative. This repetition will help them solidify their understanding that patters go on and on. Using manipulatives, present the core of a 2 element pattern at least three times. For example, red block, green block, red block, green block, red block, green block. Ask for a student to volunteer to extend the pattern. Using bears or other manipulatives create a 2 element pattern using at least four repetitions and conceal the last two or three manipulatives. Students predict what the concealed manipulatives are. Students early understanding of repeating and extending patterns can also be nurtured through exposure to rich, quality literature. For example, each page of The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds, is made up of colorful pattern borders that lead to discussions and explorations on repeating patterns. Play-Based Learning Include funnels, tubes and containers of varying sizes and shapes in the sand/water table area. A pan balance and different manipulatives can be used for children to compare mass. Block play with wooden clocks, bricks, foam or straws and connectors can also be included to compare heights. MA82

9 KINDERGARTEN General Outcome: Use Patterns to Describe the World and to Solve Problems Suggested Assessment Strategies Resources/Notes Performance Color Towers students will use snap cubes to copy a given tower with a two element repeating pattern (red, green, red, green, red, green...). Students will identify and extend the given two element pattern. (KPR 1.1, 1.2, 1.3) Have students sit in a circle. Provide each student a red and yellow cube. Ask them to look at a colored pattern created by the teacher (e.g., red, yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow). Ask the student to your left to continue the pattern by placing the correct colored cube in front of them. The next student continues the pattern by doing the same, and so on. Pause occasionally to describe the repeated core of the pattern. Repeat using other combinations of patterns. (KPR1.3) Create and display a 2 element pattern. How can you tell if this is a pattern? (I look to see if the cubes, buttons, or shells repeat in the same way.) How would you describe this pattern? (The part that repeats is shell, cube, shell, cube, shell, cube) What comes next? (The pattern shows shell, cube, shell, cube, over and over, so a shell comes next.) (KPR1.3) Math Makes Sense K Lesson 4: Extending Patterns (2 elements) KPR1 TG pp Important: Although lessons 3, 4 and 5 in the text cover 2 and 3 element patterns, at this time of year the focus can be on 2 element patterns. The lesson will be readdressed in term 3 with a focus on 3 element patterns. Audio CD 1: Selections 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 Little Books: Which Two are the Same? In circle time or when lining up begin a repeating pattern using the children (e.g., sit, stand, sit, stand, sit, stand.., boy, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, etc) Ask students to describe and extend the pattern. Have students take turns creating and extending other repeating patterns. (KPR 1.1,1.3, 1.4) Many of the nursery rhymes provide excellent opportunities for students to see action, size, shape etc. in patterns. Have students recite Humpty Dumpty. Give students red construction paper to make a wall for Humpty Dumpty. Ask them to make short bricks and long bricks to make a pattern. (KPR1.4) In an Art centre, students could create bulletin board borders or gift wrap of repeating patterns using potato/apple prints. (KPR1.4) MA83

10 Strand: Patterns and Relations (Patterns) Outcomes Students will be expected to KPR1 Continued Achievement Indicators: KPR1.4 Create a repeating pattern, using manipulatives, musical instruments or actions, and describe the pattern. Elaborations Strategies for Learning and Teaching A significant step in students s mathematical understanding is to realize that two patterns constructed with different materials is actually the same pattern. For example, a two element pattern can be represented with triangles and squares as well as with a clap and a snap. Using a musical triangle, miniature cymbals, and a drum, or other musical instruments, students will explore patterns using different rhythms. For example, one drum beat, one cymbal crash, one drum beat, one cymbal crash, one drum beat, one cymbal crash. Explore a variety of patterns such as AB, AAB, ABB, ABC, etc. It is essential to use a wide variety of manipulatives, musical and tactile rhythms and beats when teaching the concept of patterns. Students enjoy making patterns using their own bodies as they click their tongues, snap their fingers, pat their lap or tap their toes, etc. to copy and create given patterns. KPR1.5 Identify and describe a repeating pattern in the classroom, school and outdoors; e.g., in a familiar song, in a nursery rhyme. Provide students with opportunities to see the patterns that are in their environment (i.e. in the classroom, outdoors, on their clothes). To introduce patterns in the environment, the teacher can begin playing a game of I SPY. For example, teacher says, I spy a pattern on Mary s dress. Does anyone else see this pattern? Once students have had a chance to look for the pattern, the teacher or a student can describe the pattern, Blue flower, yellow flower, blue flower, yellow flower, blue flower, yellow flower. Patterns are often visible on clothing. The teacher and the students may also find patterns on food packaging, wall paper and fences. Some patterns that may be less obvious include: Landscapes (tree, flower, tree, flower, tree, flower ) Dishes (heart, stripe, heart, stripe, heart, stripe ) Buildings (window, wall, window, wall, window, wall ) Books (words, pictures, words, pictures, words, pictures ) Take advantage of opportunities that arise in the classroom to identify patterns. For example, line students up to go out for gym according to different patterns. For example: boy, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, short sleeve, long sleeve, short sleeve, long sleeve, legs crossed, arms crossed, legs crossed, arms crossed, MA84

11 KINDERGARTEN General Outcome: Use Patterns to Describe the World and to Solve Problems Suggested Assessment Strategies Resources/Notes Performance Place students in pairs to create a two element pattern. One partner constructs a rhythmic pattern (e.g., snap, tap, snap, tap, snap, tap or clap, stomp, clap, stomp, clap, stomp, etc.) The other partner will identify and extend their partner s pattern and then reverse roles. (KPR 1.4) Guess the Pattern - Ask a student to cover their eyes or turn around from their peer group. The group arranges themselves into a pattern, ex. Sit, stand, sit, stand, sit, stand, etc. Invite the student back to the group to identify and describe the pattern. Observe: Can the student accurately identify the pattern rule? Can the student copy the pattern created by his/her classmates? Can the student extend the pattern by telling you what comes next? Can they add to the pattern? (KPR1.5) When playing outdoor activities and games have students organize the equipment they are using into patterns. Ask others to identify and describe the pattern made. For example: big ball, small ball, football, big ball, small ball, football, bat, glove, bat, glove, bat, glove,... (KPR1.5) Display a collection of objects from the environment, some with obvious visible patterns and some without. Discuss each object by naming it and observing its features. Ask: Did anyone see and object with a pattern? How do you know? Did anyone see an object that did not have a pattern? How do you know? Where do you see patterns in the classroom? (KPR 1.5) Math Makes Sense K Lesson 5: We Can Make Patterns (2 elements) KPR1 TG pp Important: Although lessons 3, 4 and 5 in the text cover 2 and 3 element patterns, at this time of year the focus can be on 2 element patterns. The lesson will be readdressed in term 3 with a focus on 3 element patterns. Unit Centres TG pp. 8-9 Art and Crafts: Bracelets Construction: Towers and Trains Exploration: Nature Sand and Water: Patterns in the Sand Audio CD 1: Selection 10 At their tables, provide a variety of concrete materials such as blocks, buttons, stickers, keys, and colored tiles. After creating patterns, have students display their work and explain their patterns to the class. Once all patterns are displayed, ask students to look for similarities in the patterns they created. (KPR1.4) Follow the Leader - Model a pattern for the students to copy (e.g., sit, stand, sit, stand, sit, stand). After modeling three more different types of patterns ask a volunteer to provide the group with a pattern to copy. (KPR1.2, 1.4) MA85

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