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Patterns

Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

As educators, we are often called upon to help our students make sense of the world around them. One way we can do this is by teaching them about patterns. Patterns are everywhere, from the seasons of the year to the way a particular animal moves. By understanding patterns, our students can make better predictions and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.


There are two types of patterns that we often observe in the world: natural patterns and man-made patterns. Natural patterns are those that occur in nature, such as the phases of the moon or the seasons of the year. Man-made patterns are those that are created by humans, such as the arrangement of a city street grid or the design of a building.


Teaching students about patterns can help them to better understand their world and to make predictions about the future. It is also an important math skill. By fifth grade, students should be able to recognize, create, and extend patterns. Patterns occur in everyday life. You see them on clothes, floors, walls, in music, and books. While some patterns are easy to recognize, others take some time to notice.


Patterning is the ability to see, describe, predict, and create patterns. Recognizing patterns and understanding how they work is a critical problem-solving skill. Patterning is an important skill for students to master in mathematics and other areas of the curriculum. It helps them to notice, organize, and communicate what they notice about their world. Students use patterning skills to solve problems, make predictions, and communicate their ideas.


Here are some activities you can use to help your students learn more about patterns:


Have students bring in items from home that have patterns on them. Ask them to describe the patterns. Can they find a name for the pattern?


Make a chart of different kinds of patterns and ask students to find examples of each kind of pattern.


Patterns are a powerful tool that we can use to help us make sense of the world around us. By understanding patterns, we can make better predictions and gain a deeper understanding of the world around us.


There are two types of patterns that we often observe in the world: natural patterns and man-made patterns. Natural patterns are those that occur in nature, such as the phases of the moon or the seasons of the year. Man-made patterns are those that are created by humans, such as the arrangement of a city street grid or the design of a building.