Explore Patterns in Springtime

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10254

What is your favorite part of spring? Is it the butterflies or the flowers? Discover all the patterns springtime brings!


Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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The year starts cold. Then, warmer weather comes with the birth of new plants.

Next, the weather gets hot. It is time to play outside all day.

Finally, the year ends with the weather getting cooler and the plants losing their leaves and going to sleep for the winter.

This pattern creates the seasons.

  • Do you know the names of the seasons?

The seasons are winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Every year, the earth goes through these four seasons.

Some areas do not feel the differences as much as other places, but the four seasons always repeat. This makes a pattern.

Watch a video about the four seasons.

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  •  What is your favorite season?

This lesson will look at the season of spring.

  • What do you know about spring?
  • What is the weather like in the spring season where you live?
  • What happens to plants during that time?
  • Are there any special holidays or birthdays during that season?

Watch the following video about three friends who are sad that it is cold and cannot wait for springtime plants to grow.

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  • Why did the friends not have to worry about watching the flower?
  • In which season did the video start?
  • In which season did it end?

Springtime is when animals come out of hibernation, or a deep sleep, and new plants and leaves on the trees start to sprout.

Watch the next video to learn what people see in the spring.

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  • What are some things that spring brings?

Spring brings birds, rain, butterflies, flowers, and rainbows. The sun is also in the sky for longer periods of the day, and more animals are around.

Create some patterns using the things you see in spring. Follow these directions to create a repeating pattern with your motions!

  1. Come up with a motion for birds. One idea is you can put your arms out and have them flapping like a bird flying.

  2. Come up with a motion for rain. An idea is raising your hands over your head and having your fingers move down to represent the falling rain.

  3. Come up with a motion for the sun. Maybe you can raise your hands over your head, connecting your fingertips to make a circle like the sun.

  4. Come up with a motion for an animal. You can make any animal posture.

  5. Act out this pattern.

  • bird
  • sun
  • animal
  • bird
  • sun
  • animal
  • How did your motions create a pattern?
  • What is the pattern?
  1. Act out this pattern.

  • rain
  • rain
  • animal
  • animal
  • rain
  • rain
  • animal
  • animal
  • How did your motions create a pattern?
  • What is the pattern?

Before moving on to the Got It? section, create your own pattern!

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