what makes a pattern a pattern?

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by jnovakowski

With Marissa Kishi’s Kindergarten class at Whiteside, our focus this week was on the question, what makes a pattern a pattern? As students investigated, created and built with different materials, we asked them to describe and explain their patterns and identify the part that made it a pattern.

Students were encouraged to explore positional patterning using materials that couldn’t be used to pattern based on colour or shape.

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From this exploration, students also began to pattern with a focus on quantity and to think about beginning growing patterns.

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With some special festive sparkly materials, students created positional and circular patterns.


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This Animoto compilation includes some short video clips of students describing their patterns. You may view it here.


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