Translate Patterns

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10256

This lesson follows a pattern of fun with videos, games, online painting, finger knitting, and lessons in Morse code! Learn the importance of patterns and how to recognize and translate them! DIT-DAH!


Counting and Cardinality

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

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Look at these 2 patterns:


  • How are they the same?
  • Did you say that they have the same pattern unit or core?

If you did, then you are correct!

If you look carefully, you'll see each pattern repeats 2 of the same objects. They are both AABB patterns.

  • What does an AABB pattern mean?

The pattern AABB can translate or change into many different patterns.

  • Have you heard the word translate before?

Maybe someone has spoken to you in another language and you didn't understand them. You need someone to translate what they said into English, your language.

When you translate words from a different language, the words mean the same thing, but the words sound or look different. It is the same for patterns. The patterns mean the same thing, but they can look very different.

Here is the pattern AB translated 2 ways:

AB patterns

Even though one pattern is of apples and carrots and one has numbers, they still have the same pattern unit, which is AB.

Let's look at the Learning AB Patterns video below that shows the AB pattern. Even though the pictures are different in each pattern, they follow the same rule and have the same pattern unit:

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