Possible classroom resources include: Pattern (Math Counts) by Henry Pluckrose; Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris; A-B-A-B-A A Book of Pattern Play (Math Is Categorical) by Brian P. Cleary; Growing Patterns by Sarah C. Campbell
Encourage students, working in small groups, to seek out and record patterns found in their school building, daily life, etc. Can they find patterns on clothing, walls, floors? Student groups discuss the cycle of day and night, phases o the moon, etc. Compare patterns found with other student groups.
The teacher, or facilitator in a small group, provides the student group with a pattern, such as 2, 5, 8, 11, …, and asks the group to brainstorm what the factor is that promotes the sequence. Once discovered, ask students to create a drawing that illustrates the next term in the sequence (ex: 14 circles would illustrate the next term in the sequence above).
Organize a Pattern Fun Day for the class. Ask students for activity suggestions. Some might include students standing in patterns (sneakers, sneakers, shoes); stringing beads in patterns or creating paper chains in color patterns; creating, then eating, healthy food patterns; moving to dance patterns created by students, etc. Invite parents to participate in the pattern making!
Working in small groups, one student member will create a numerical pattern, such as 1, 2, 4, 8, … Ask other members to he group to identify the pattern (term + term or 1+1=2) and provide the next three terms in the sequence (. …16, 32, 64…).