Okay, so we’re a week in and it was time to get to gettin’ on some of those math standards. So, patterns were introduced today. I was delighted to see that many had a solid foundation of this concept from Kinder and that they hadn’t lost much over the summer! However, upon introducing that tricky new concept called the Pattern Unit, the kiddos needed additional hands on practice to help them find that part that repeats and repeats and repeats 🙂
I know you all use Fruit Loops as a patterning tool . . . it’s a no-brainer . . . and the kiddos have seen this before. However, to create a little extra “hook” today, the kids got to write on their desks! Yup . . . forget the white boards, lock the doors, and don’t tell the principal . . . write directly on those desks! (Okay so our previous wicked-smart principal taught me this trick, but I always tell the kids that I would get in DEEP trouble if anyone found out that we were making a mess on the tables.) I have been doing it this way for years and it’s a win-win every time. Not only do the kids dig every second of it, but I also can quickly assess if my crew understands how to label a pattern and identify the pattern unit.
This week we will continue hittin’ the pattern concept during our afternoon math block. In addition to working with other manipulatives at our desks (i.e. bears, pattern blocks, etc.), we also will be following up the fun with a little ice cream-themed activity. My kids will complete the page below and create their own ice cream cone pattern craft. All you need for this ditty is die-cut circles in various colors, die-cut triangles, glue sticks, and kiddos who understand patterns. I am leaving you hanging on this one tonight. Check back tomorrow or Wednesday for pictures and step by step directions!
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Thank you Goodness & Fun and Wisteria Design Studio!
Alright my friends. I gotta get my bum to bed. Five in the morning comes so quickly these days 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting me and be sure to check back for the art craftivity steps.