This is a fun, open-ended, hands-on activity where children make patterns with beads on a pipe cleaner. Here are my lesson plans.
Lesson Title: Candy Cane Ornaments
Objectives: Students will recognize and create an AB pattern. (Colorado Standards: Math Knowledge And Skills: Patterns: The recognition of patterns, sequencing, and critical thinking skills necessary to predict and classify objects in a pattern.)
Materials: Pony beads (in groups of 5 different colors/ styles), pipe cleaners -any color (I use red), string, Book: The Legend of the Candy Cane
Procedure: Read Book: The Legend of the Candy Cane. Review AB pattern. Model what it looks like to create an ABC pattern on the whiteboard. Today we will be using ABC patterns to make a candy cane ornament. Review the colors. Model what it looks like to make an ABC pattern with the beads. Then bend the pipe cleaner so it looks like a candy cane. Students work at tables to create their candy cane ornaments.
Assessment: The standards will have been met when students are able to use the beads to create an ABC pattern that repeats at least 3 times.
Extension: Students create a more complicated pattern, such as an AAB pattern or ABCD pattern.