Practice Creating and Describing Patterns

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10255

Have you ever done the Hokey Pokey? It's fun and can teach you about patterns. Learn to recognize patterns with your body and brain using drawings, songs, and clapping games!


Counting and Cardinality

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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you ever done the Hokey Pokey?

Try it now!

Follow along with the video below.

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That was fun!

  • Did you hear the repeating pattern throughout the song?
  • What words were repeated throughout the Hokey Pokey?

The person who created the song repeated words so everyone dancing would know what to do next. They made a pattern for the words.

  • Do you know other songs that have a pattern to them?
  • How about Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes?

Dance along with this song below!

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  • What is the pattern in this song?

The words repeat in the same order.

  • Would it be hard to follow along with the song if they named different body parts each time they sang it?

It would! The pattern helps you to know what to sing next in the song and which body parts to touch as you sing!

  • Why do we have patterns?

Patterns help us organize our world. Knowing what comes next, even in a song, makes it easier for our brain to know what to do!

Keep going in the Got It? section.

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