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Montessori in a Dene Kindergarten – Montessori in a Dene Grade One Classroom

Math Activities – Patterns

Posted by mrsmelva on 04/10/2009

We’ve been working on patterns in math. We have a pattern on the calendar, ab(apple, book) for September and abc(leaf, pumpkin, cat) for October and we make sound/action patterns each day. We have made patterns with cube-a-links and looked for patterns in the classroom, especially on our clothing. I set up some works for practicing patterns, with picture cards for control. The students can either copy the picture card or turn it over, make the pattern and then use the card to check their work.  I found the small cubes used for some of the patterns in a pail in a closet, I do not know where they came from. The dishes and erasers came from Dollarama.

AB cube pattern control card.

AB cube pattern control card.

AB eraser pattern control card.

AB eraser pattern control card.

AB eraser pattern work in progress.

AB eraser pattern work in progress.

AB eraser pattern in one colour (more challenging).

AB eraser pattern in one colour (more challenging).

Single colour AB eraser pattern work in progress.

Single colour AB eraser pattern work in progress.

I have some Halloween erasers that I will switch with these after Thanksgiving. I do not like to put Halloween things out until after Thanksgiving. (Canadian Thanksgiving, October 12 this year).

As part of the patterning unit students learn to sort. Here is a sorting work that I copied from My Montessori Journey. In the first picture the student has not taken the time to sort the elastics before putting them onto the cylinders. He then became frustrated and wanted to put the work away so I intervened and showed him how to sort the elastics first. He then persevered to complete the task with all the elastics.

Sorting elastics onto cylinders, elastics are not presorted on the tray, so the child has to set down and pickup the cylinder each time.

Sorting elastics onto cylinders, elastics are not presorted on the tray, so the child has to set down and pickup the cylinder each time.

I showed the child how to sort the elastics on the tray first, simplifying the task.

I showed the child how to sort the elastics on the tray first, simplifying the task.

Perseverance and Success!

Perseverance and Success!

The child did complete the entire task, with all the elastics on the cylinders, but I didn’t get a chance to take a picture before he started cleaning up. I will extend this work in a little while by having the students create ABC patterns with the elastics on the cylinders. I will take pictures to make control cards for the patterns. It is important to give students opportunities to practice skills even if they “get it” during the first lesson. On Friday I did a directed lesson on AB patterns with cube-a-links, giving each student in the group a ziploc bag with 5 each of 2 colours. As they completed one pattern they would come and tell me their pattern and then exchange the bag for another one with different colours. This gave them extra practice to develop their competence and also gave me time to work with students who found the task more difficult. By the end of the day, all but one student had completed at least one AB pattern. Tomorrow I will offer the works on the shelf and also the opportunity to make AB patterns with glue and construction paper squares. I think that will be a popular work, so I had better get to school and set it up. A third one that I will offer is using stickers to create the pattern. I have done that one before and it was very popular.

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10 Responses to “Math Activities – Patterns”

  1. Stephen King said

    Kathy Cassidy had a similar blog although instead of pictures she used videos and had the kids demonstrate how they can make a pattern. Nice images. I hope some parents are checking this out.

  2. Yes, I saw Kathy Cassidy’s blog. I want to do some of the blogging like that, especially some with the kids blogging, but I need either wireless in my classroom or a mile of dsl cord. I will put in a tech request. I haven’t given parents my blog address yet, but I suppose I should put it in my newsletter. If we didn’t have to do the plc thing on Friday at convention I could be at the early childhood conference learning from Kathy herself!!!

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    Smiley erasers are cuuute 🙂

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