Ohio Resource Center
Lessons
Creating, Describing, and Analyzing Patterns 1: Two-Square Repeating Patterns
Discipline
Mathematics
Kindergarten, 1, 2
Professional Commentary

Fostering the ability to create and analyze simple patterns and make predictions about them is a major learning goal in the primary grades. Using the interactive computer applet, students create and study different pattern units. The applet is designed so students can place unit patterns one at a time on the grid as they extend their patterns, or have the computer fill in the entire grid. This example allows students to explore new designs their pattern units generate when repeated on the grid. The "Making Grid Patterns" activity sheet encourages students to predict, explore, and analyze repeating patterns. Throughout the activity, students also explore the divisibility of ten by two. (author/sw)

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
Standards for Mathematical Practice
CCSS.Math.Practice.MP8
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Ohio Mathematics Academic Content Standards (2001)
Patterns, Functions and Algebra Standard
Benchmarks (K–2)
B.
Extend sequences of sounds and shapes or simple number patterns, and create and record similar patterns.
C.
Create and extend patterns, and describe the rule in words.
2.
Identify, copy, extend and create simple patterns or sequences of sound, shapes and motions in the context of daily activities and play.
2.
Identify, create, extend and copy sequences of sounds (such as musical notes), shapes (such as buttons, leaves or blocks), motions (such as hops or skips), and numbers from 1 to 10.
3.
Describe orally the pattern of a given sequence.
2.
Extend sequences of sounds, shapes or simple number patterns, and create and record similar patterns. For example:
a. Analyze and describe patterns with multiple attributes using numbers and shapes; e.g., AA, B, aa, b, AA, B, aa, b, ...
b. Continue repeating and growing patterns with materials, pictures and geometric items; e.g., XO, XOO, XOOO, XOOOO.
3.
Describe orally the basic unit or general plan of a repeating or growing pattern.