Using the American Flag as a model, the students will reproduce the pattern of the stripes using construction paper strips. (Optional: Use red and white jelly beans)
Students will categorize by counting the number of red strips, white strips, and the number of red and white strips.
Students will identify pattern presented by teacher, and create their own pattern to match using pattern blocks.
Alternate Activity:With pattern blocks, students will identify triangles and squares. (Optional: One Pentagon- (5-sided) and 5 triangles)
Teacher will use American Flag, real size, to present the lesson.
Teacher will demonstrate how the flag has a pattern by using color, red and white.
Teacher will demonstrate other examples of pattern using colored chalk on the board.
Students will create their own pattern using two different objects. (First, direct students to an ABABAB pattern; however, then, let your students who understand design a different pattern.)
(Possible objects: 2 different colored jelly beans, 2 different colored pieces of construction paper, or even 2 different shapes using the foam pattern blocks)
*Teacher will review the shape of triangle, and point out on the flag that a perfect star would be made up of five triangles. (Break this down with the students using overhead transparency blocks)
Teacher will monitor and provide assistance if needed. (Individual scaffold instruction)
Teacher could use other examples to expand on the idea of a pattern(ABAB) using various objects.
*Students could also practice counting and writing/ categorizing their numbers.