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McREL Standards Activity


Parade of People


Purpose:As a result of this activity, students will be able to recognize and extend patterns made out of physical objects.
Related Standard & Benchmarks:
Mathematics
 Standard 8.Understands and applies basic and advanced properties of functions and algebra
   Level I [Grade K-2]
   Benchmark 1. Recognizes regularities in a variety of contexts (e.g., events, designs, shapes, sets of numbers)
Mathematics
 Standard 8.Understands and applies basic and advanced properties of functions and algebra
   Level I [Grade K-2]
   Benchmark 2. Extends simple patterns (e.g., of numbers, physical objects, geometric shapes)
Student Product:Visual patterns
Material & Resources:No special resources required for this activity.
Teacher's Note:No supplementary notes for this activity.
Activity
Students will be creating patterns out of people, and extending patterns created by others. Either pick students as needed or form groups ahead of time--groups should be big enough to form relatively complex patterns, about 4-6 people. One group at a time will create a pattern using the members of their group. Students may use props found in the classroom (e.g., pencils, textbooks) and can manipulate their body parts (e.g., students with 1 and 2 arms in the air), location in the classroom (e.g., alternating front and back of the room), or position (e.g., alternating sitting and standing) to create their pattern. Groups may need ideas initially from the teacher or instruction as to what sort of pattern is feasible. As the other students recognize the pattern, they will add themself next in line to properly extend the pattern. This continues until the entire class is lined up in a pattern. Emphasize that groups should be quiet while deciding on a pattern and the other students should not share the pattern once they figure it out, to allow the other students a chance.