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Patterns to the Rescue
Overview Procedures for Teachers Organizers for Students

Procedures for teachers is divided into three sections:
Prep -- Preparing for the lesson
Steps -- Conducting the lesson
Extensions -- Additional Activities


Students need the following supplies:
  •  copy of activity sheet "Patterns to the Rescue" for each student
  •  pencils
  •  crayons or colored pencils (optional)
  •  old magazines and glue (optional)

    Bookmarked site:

    Introductory Activity:

  • Watch CYBERCHASE: THE PODDLEVILLE CASE with your students, having them note how the show's characters use patterns to achieve their goals. Review their findings afterwards. Check the show's Web site for air times. Episodes are rebroadcast every month.

    Activity Directions:

  • Distribute Patterns to the Rescue and have students complete the activity on their own. They should then compare answers as a class. Have students explain the reasoning they used to complete each pattern.

  • Using numbers, shapes, colors, or a combination, have students make up their own patterns for classmates to solve.


  • Have students visit the CYBERCHASE Web site to watch the epilogue to THE PODDLEVILLE CASE in which the Cyberchase kids identify audio patterns in a performance of STOMP. Afterwards have students try their luck with an interactive patterns game available at the Games Central section of the site.

  • As a final assessment, hand out the CYBERCHASE for Real organizer, asking them to create their own songs by stringing together two or three rhythmic patterns. Students can use any found object as an instrument. Ask them to identify the patterns in their songs, and explain the order in which they repeat or change - thereby making them patterns.


    Cross Curricular Extensions:

    Art - Get creative by having students come up with more types of patterns -- for example, photos clipped from magazines could be glued onto a piece of paper to create a pattern of different types of objects such as foods, vehicles and clothing with blank spaces left in the pattern (food, cars, clothes, food, cars, . . . ). Students could use the same sequence and vary color so all the food is green, the cars are red, and clothes are blue. The student can clip out extra photos and have a friend figure out where each item should go.

    Language Arts - Expose students to the role that patterns can play in poetry. Introduce students to the idea by reading a poem and having them listen for patterns such as word repetition or end rhyme. It's best to start by reading something simple, with obvious patterns, like limericks or nursery rhymes. Shel Silverstein and DR. ZEUSS are suitable. After reading the chosen poem several times, ask students what affect the repetitions and the rhymes had on the poem.

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