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Strange Elevators: Creating and Extending Patterns Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan #: AELP-ATH0022
Written by: Jami Ann Summa

Victory Villa Elementary
Baltimore, MD

Date: November 1996

Grade Level(s): 2


  • Mathematics/Arithmetic


A. Instructional Objective

  • To recognize a pattern.
  • To create a pattern and extend it.
  • To observe how patterns can be similar and different.
  • B. Behavioral Objective

  • TSW examine patterns and determine what comes next in the pattern.
  • TSW utilize a 100’s chart to help him visualize the pattern.
  • TSW determine what the selected patterns have in common.
  • Materials

  • 100’s charts
  • Index cards and pencils.
  • Elevator page-make a ditto. Draw an elevator. This is a strange elevator because it only stops on certain floors. The floors make a pattern. Create a pattern and encourage the children to work with a partner in order to find the next seven floors.
  • Procedure

    A. Motivation

  • Have the children examine two patterns written on the board. 5, 10, 15, ___, ___ and 7, 12, 17, ___, ___


    3, 6, 9, ____, ____ and 2, 5, 8, ____, ____

  • Ask the children what the patterns have in common?
  • Have them write their ideas on an index card and share it with a partner.
  • Have 2 volunteers complete the patterns on the board.
  • Ask the class to respond, Agree or Disagree.
  • Discuss the patterns.
  • B. Development

  • Before handing out the assignment, give the directions.
  • Give the background details about the elevator and what the children are suppose to do.
  • Tell the children to work with someone sitting next to them.
  • Provide 100’s charts to help the child visualize the pattern.
  • When finished, go over responses.
  • Have the children flip the elevator page over. Each child should create 2 new patterns. Have them exchange their papers with a partner.
  • The partners should extend the new patterns and return it the child who created it for checking.
  • Conclusion and Assessment

  • Have the children share their patterns with the class.
  • Collect the papers for further assessment.