Recognizing Patterns 1

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10247

In this introductory lesson to patterns, you will learn to recognize patterns through seeing them, hearing them in song lyrics, and feeling them through music! Oh yes, you make snakes, too!


Counting and Cardinality

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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You are going to move your body! 

Stand up and follow these directions:

  • Clap your hands, stomp your left foot, clap your hands, stomp your right foot, clap your hands, stomp your left foot, clap your hands, stomp your right foot . . . and, what do you think comes next?

If you said, “Clap your hands,” you are correct!

You just made a pattern!

Let’s try out another pattern:

Spin, jump, jump, spin, jump, jump, spin, jump, . . . and what comes next? If you jumped, you are correct!

Now you have created 2 patterns.

  • Can you repeat the word pattern?
  • What do you think a pattern is?

A pattern is something that repeats over and over again. The cool thing about patterns is that you can see patterns with your eyes, you can feel them, and you can hear them!

In this lesson, you will get to experience patterns all three ways!

Before you get started, watch the We See Patterns Everywhere video below to learn more about patterns. Watch as the teacher shows you patterns you might recognize, then answer the questions about what comes next in the patterns.

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Patterns are all around you! Let’s explore and find some!

The most common way to experience patterns is to see them.

Walk around your house and use your detective eyes to find 3 patterns. Look to see if the tile in your kitchen or bathroom has a pattern; check for patterns on someone’s bedspread; and see if the blinds on the windows make a pattern.

Once you have found the patterns, ask your teacher to walk around with you, and show him or her the patterns and explain the pattern. What repeats to make them patterns? Then, together, find 2 more patterns around the house.

Watch the story Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris (below). Listen to the pattern on each page and predict what comes next in each pattern before the page is turned. At the end of the book (2:54), read -- or have your teacher read -- the information about patterns.

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