Minds On

AB patterns

We can represent repeating patterns using letters.

If a pattern core has two terms that repeat repeatedly, we call it an AB pattern.

A represents one of the terms and B represents the other.

This pattern is an AB colour pattern of two red hearts, three yellow stars, two red hearts, three yellow stars, two red hearts, and three yellow stars.

There are many ways to describe a shape. When we describe the appearance of a shape or object, we are describing its attributes. One attribute could be the number of sides a shape has.

The pattern is:

  • light blue triangle, dark blue square, light blue hexagon, dark blue triangle, light blue square, dark blue hexagon…

This AB pattern is: Light blue, dark blue, light blue, dark blue…

After exploring the pattern, reflect on the following questions:

  • How many sides do each of these shapes have?
  • What do you notice about each shape in the pattern?
  • What is the pattern core based on the number of sides?

Record your ideas in a notebook or a method of your choice.

Student success

Think-Pair-Share

What attributes can change in the pattern?

Brainstorm different attributes of shapes. Record your ideas using a method of your choice.

Be ready to share your ideas with others, if possible.

Note to teachers: See your teacher guide for collaboration tools, ideas and suggestions.

Action

Exploring patterns

Explore this video entitled “Green Thumb Pattern Conundrum” to learn more about patterns.

Tumbleweed’s flower pattern

Creating your own flower pattern

Thinking about the attributes you brainstormed in the Minds On. What else could Tumbleweed have done that would have made an interesting garden?

Create two new patterns different from the choice that Tumbleweed made.

Consider:

  • What attribute will you change?
  • What attribute will you repeat?

Record your thoughts and designs in a method of your choice.

Consolidation

Star pattern activity

Let's explore this pattern!

After exploring the pattern, reflect on the following questions:

  • What pattern rules are shown?
  • What attributes are changing?
  • What is the type of pattern core shown?
  • What are two other ways we could create a pattern using stars?

Record your ideas in a notebook or a method of your choice.

Brainstorm

Think about your learning

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What is important to highlight when describing a pattern?
  • What is important to remember when extending or continuing a pattern?
  • How do you know when you have found the core of a pattern?

Reflection

How do you feel about what you have learned in this activity?  Which of the next 4 sentences best matches how you are feeling about your learning? Press the button that is beside this sentence.

I feel...

Now, record your ideas about your feelings using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.