Lesson 4 of 6
Objective: Students will build and re-create various Thanksgiving patterns.
This is an activity that I use as one of my math stations, so there is not a formal introduction to this lesson. The stations are very briefly discussed at the beginning of the week. This takes approximately 10 minutes. I am fortunate to have a para-pro and parent helper each day of the week during my station time, so they are able to assist students, keep them on task, and work with them at stations. With 3 adults in the room, instructions are able to be brief, as anyone who is having difficulty will be noticed. My station activities always target skills that we are currently or have previously learned.
During station time, my students are broke into 2 groups (12 students in each group- totaling 24). On Mondays & Wednesdays, group 1 is working on stations, while group 2 is using technology. Technology includes iPads, laptops, and the smart board. On Tuesdays & Thursdays, group 2 is working on stations, while group 1 is using technology. Fridays are free choice. All students use technology and re-visit any of their favorite stations from the week. I have included a picture of my schedule that is displayed in my classroom.
Create enough sets (I do 4 sets) to allow the appropriate sized group of children that you'd want working at a time at this station. I laminated the cards and put each of them into a Ziploc bag. Children are instructed to use the pictures in their Ziploc to create a pattern.
Once the pattern is created, students must show it to me and then I ask them to label the pattern using A, B, C, etc.
When students are done creating the pattern sequence, they must show it to an adult in the room. I want to clear up any mistakes that might occur before moving on.
After adult approval, students take a clipboard, glue stick, pair of scissors, and worksheet. These materials are all ready in a basket at the station. Students cut out and re-create the pattern they made onto the worksheet. This station was a popular, but took a long time to complete! I address this in my reflection.
This lesson allows students to use their mathematical thinking and reasoning. Kindergartners are looking for and making use of structure in this activity!
I have included pictures and video of the class working at this station.