Pattern Unit Planning SheetTheme/ Topic
Patterns / Subject:
Language Arts / Subject:
Whole Group / Read several poems for shared reading and fluency practice. Identify the pattern as either, a rhyming pattern, syllable pattern, or no pattern. Listen to the same patterns on a CD. Does a pattern emerge? Discuss how the poetry form contributes to the effect of the poem. / Using students from the class make a simple people pattern. (Brown hair, blonde hair, brown hair, blonde hair…) Discuss the difference between a repeating pattern and a growing pattern. Practice creating, identifying, and extending growing patterns. (Some patterns may include stripe shirt, solid shirt, two stripe shirts, one solid shirt...)
Technology Station / Write a riddle poem tutorial:
/ Use the NCTM Illuminations site to create a growing pattern with pattern blocks.
Exploration Station 1: / Provide several poetry pattern samples and ask students to identify the number of syllables on each line. Do students see a pattern emerge? / Using a digital camera take pictures of patterns in the classroom. Record the pictures on a storyboard and save them to be used in a powerpoint presentation or slideshow. (Instructional procedures are included in the unit plan.)
Exploration Station 2: / On the computer use a poem template to highlight features of given patterns in certain poems. (Instructional procedures are included in unit plan.) / Show students a series of patterns on labeled cards (AB, ABA, ABABBABBB). Using common classroom objects such as pattern blocks, teddy bear counters, wood blocks etc. Have the students create the pattern. Allow students to create and name their own growing pattern and record it on a recording sheet.
Text Station / Poetry: Write a pattern poem (e.g. End Rhyme, Haiku, Cinquain, Limerick). Take the poem through the writing process. Publish the poem and create an illustration. / Read The King’s Commissioners by Marilyn Burns or Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. Ask the students to create a quilt with a surrounding pattern based on one of the patterns from the books. When they are finished ask students to tell a story about their quilt pattern and tell why it is important to them.
Patterns / Subject:
Science K,1,2 core / Subject:
Music/Art K,1,2 Core
Whole Group / Make a KWL chart about plant and animal adaptations. Read Animals in Winter by Ronald M. Fisher. Discuss the common adaptations and introduce vocabulary such as: migration, hibernation, adaptation, and dormancy / Learn a song. Sing it as a round. Together practice clapping the beat on the first beat of every measure. Change the beat by clapping every first and third beat. Finally clap every beat in the measure.
Assign different groups parts to clap according to the pattern in the beat.
Sing the song as a round and include the different beats.
Technology Station / Create a slideshow using Kidpix (or another drawing program) about a deciduous tree adapting to seasonal weather patterns. / Complete a musical patterns Activity online using games From the UEN K-2 interactive site. They will record their answers to the questions on a response sheet.(The task card, and response sheet along with the URL for the activity are included in the unit plan.)
Exploration Station 1: / Using several photographs showing plant and animal adaptations ask students to sort them according to warm and cold weather patterns. (Instructional procedures are included in the unit plan.) / Make a common rhythm instrument such as a drum, a shaker, or percussion sticks. Plastic eggs filled with rice, or oatmeal containers make excellent instruments. Allow students to decorate their instruments using a repeating or symmetrical pattern.
Exploration Station 2: / Make a paper doll with four sets of clothing. The first set should be clothes for cold temperatures, the second set should be clothes for hot temperatures, the third set should be clothes for wet weather, and the final set should be clothes for mild temperatures. (You may want to use die-cuts or standardized black lines makingfriends.com is a website where you can print out paper doll bodies, hair, and clothing for use in the classroom.) / Listen to a CD with a few music samples.
Practice drawing out the beat. Change the rhythm of the beat by tapping every beat, every other beat, or every first beat in the measure. Draw lines and tables (musical short hand) to show the beat that is used in the music.
Text Station / Write a four-page flap book about the life of a common Utah animal adapting to seasonal weather patterns. Take the story through the writing process and illustrate each flap. / Rewrite the words to a familiar song (e.g.
Mary Had a Little Lamb, or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.) Make sure that the new lyrics fit the rhythm pattern.