Any Kindergarten teacher worth their salt knows that patterns are the back bone of a student's algebraic thinking for the rest of their school career.
So obviously it is really important that students have many opportunities to learn about and create patterns. Here are a few of my favorites from my class!
Pattern Noodle NecklacesStudents string colored noodles in an AB or ABC pattern.
Position PatternsStudents use strips of paper to create a positional pattern (tall tall short/ vertical vertical horizontal, etc.).
Fruit Loop PatternsStudents create a pattern with fruit loop cereal and then transpose it onto a template. Click HERE for the template.
Sidewalk chalk PatternsStudents use colored chalk to create a pattern outside on the blacktop or sidewalk. They then copy the pattern onto a sheet of black construction paper.
These are just a few of my favorite ways to teach patterns. What are some of yours??