Harvest Pattern Printable

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Patterns are all around us - they can be found in nature, our clothing, and even in our daily routines! A basic math skill needed for understanding more complex concepts like addition, multiplication, etc., preschool is a wonderful time to introduce your child or students to the wondrous world of patterning. This holiday season use these exciting harvest pattern printables designed by Valerie, creator of File Folder Fun, The Crafty Classroom, and several other educational resource sites.

Patterning Basics

  • Simple patterns include only two variables and are usually denoted ABAB.
  • Complex patterns move away from 1:1 variable usage and may contain more than two variables. These can include - ABCABC, AABAAB, ABBABB, AABBAABB, and ABCDABCD.
  • Allow students the opportunity to “read” each pattern upon completion. This will help strengthen their understanding of how patterns work as well as allow them to fix any mistakes that may have been made.

Patterning Exercises

baby block 1 Print out two sets of pattern strips inviting students to extend the pattern by matching entire strips.
baby block 2 Print out two sets of pattern strips. Leave one set in strips, while cutting apart the second set to create individual cards. Inviting students to extend the pattern by matching individual cards to the example strip.
baby block 3 Print out two sets of pattern strips. Leave one set in strips, while cutting apart the second set to create individual cards. Pass out the individual cards so that each student has one. Place an example strip on the front board and invite your students to line up creating "people patterns" in order to extend it. Every student should get a chance to participate.
baby block 4 Print out two sets of pattern strips, separating both sets into individual cards. Invite students to create their own patterns. Consider pairing students up and having them play "copy-cat" - duplicating each others' patterns.

Other Patterning Ideas

If you wish to extend your patterning lesson, here are a few fun ideas!

  • Create movement patterns. Have students form a circle and follow simple patterns like "stomp, clap, stomp, clap" or "jump, clap, jump, clap". As they get more comfortable, throw in other movements, creating more complex patterns. Example movements may include: twirl, hop, pat, squat, etc.
  • Create sound patterns. Provide students with classroom instruments (i.e. maracas, bells, drums, etc.). Have them play simple patterns, graduating to more complex patterning as they get comfortable.

Be sure to visit Valerie's site for this awesome printable!

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