Enlarge the document at a local printing company or education agency to use for whole group and small group demonstrations. In this way, the document can serve as an anchor chart.
Color one row in a pattern of your choosing. Have the student color the row below exactly as you have colored yours. Reverse this and have the student color you a pattern to copy!
On an Elmo, Smartboard, or other projection system, demonstrate how you want students to color a pattern and have them copy your work.
Using physical connecting cubes on an Elmo, showcase a connecting cube pattern. Have students color the pattern on their personal copies of this document.
Demonstrate different types of patterns by coloring one row in the pattern of your choosing and then using the row below to label your pattern. For example, you may color the first row purple, green, blue, purple green blue, purple, green, blue, purple green, blue. On the row below you would label it as an A, B, C pattern.
Print the document on white cardstock and laminate it. Set it up as a center with the patterning directions of your choosing. Use with dry erase markers or wet erase markers.
Start a pattern in each row and then color photocopy the document. Have students complete the patterns in each row.
Color the first row with any pattern of your or a student’s choosing. On the subsequent rows, move the first “cube” to the back of the line and begin coloring the next row with the second “cube” color. For example, you may color the first row as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. The following row would be orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, red. Repeat this method with the following rows.
The boxes don’t just have to be colored! Consider using shapes, numbers, letters, and symbols. You may also consider using designs such as polka dots, zigzags, and lines. These can even be used in combination with colors (red polka dots, green zigzags) and solid colored boxes for more challenge.
Glue two sheets on the inside of a file folder. On the front of the file folder, list ways the sheets can be used on the inside. Laminate the file folder. Students can use dry erase or wet erase markers to create their patterns. This could be used as a center or as a take-home activity. If evidence of this work is needed, consider taking a photograph of the work. The photograph could even be taken with the student showcasing his/her work.
Use this sheet as part of an assessment cycle. It can be used as a pretest, formative assessment/checking for understanding, or as a posttest. Directions for your desired use can be specified via a classroom projection system or board. They may also be given on a separate sheet in the possession of each student.
As more of a challenge, write a type of pattern in a row of boxes. For instance, you may write A, B, B, A, B, B, A, B, B, A, B, B. Students have to create the pattern using colors in the row above or below. To illustrate this, a student may make a pattern of red, white, white, red, white, white, red, white, white, red, white, white. There is an example of this idea included in this packet.
Students can make an extensive pattern by including each box and each row in the pattern-making!
Print several of these sheets and collate into a comb-bound or spiral bound book for each student. This book can serve as bellwork, morning work, extension work, or to show a progression of progress. Each page can be labeled with a different pattern type that is demonstrated. Students can be assigned to complete a certain number or certain types of pattern rows each session.
Boxes can be cut apart and laminated if you do not have access to physical connecting cubes. I would recommend printing on cardstock or tagboard for these purposes.