To build upon the previous introduction to AB patterns, I have the children watch Learning AB Patterns: What's Next. There is an ad to skip over ahead of time, I just pause at the starting point. At the time of 2:22, I stop the video. This stopping point lets my children view two different AB patterns.
After the video clip, I tell the children we are going to build our own AB pattern. I line the children up and put them in a boy, girl, boy, girl pattern. We discuss that the boys are A and the girls are B. I then break the kids apart and ask them to re-create the pattern without my help. The kids did awesome!
I break up the class into two sections for independent practice. I have 25 students so, my groups were 12 & 13.
My set of 12 students began work on extending AB patterns. They are asked to draw the picture to complete the pattern. I remind them that it is okay if they cannot necessarily draw the pictures perfectly. Otherwise some children get hung up on the drawing and not the creation of a pattern. Here is an example of this assignment completed by a student:
Meanwhile, the other 13 students are painting an AB witch pattern. I picked witches due to Halloween approaching. The students use watercolor paint, and each have a small plastic cup of water. When they are done painting, these go into my drying rack. Here is a pattern that one of my students completed: yellow, black, yellow, black...
Once students are complete with one of the above assignments, I switch them. For example, a child who was extending the AB pattern would go paint an AB pattern. I found each child spent approximately 15 minutes at each assignment, for a total of 30 minutes. These assignments are in the resources.