Sunday, September 8, 2013

Teaching Math: Patterns in Kindergarten!

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 Necklaces

Students string colored noodles in an AB or ABC pattern.

Position Patterns

Students use strips of paper to create a positional pattern (tall tall short/ vertical vertical horizontal, etc.).

Fruit Loop Patterns

Students create a pattern with fruit loop cereal and then transpose it onto a template.  Click HERE for the template. 

Sidewalk chalk Patterns

Students 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??



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