- Easier - Patterns are
things that repeat over and over. Patterns can be sets
of objects, actions, or characteristics. They are
things that are arranged or occur naturally. Examples
of patterns are a set or combination of repeated
lines, colors, letters, numbers, shapes, forms,
figures, and actions or behaviors. You can find many
patterns in nature such as honey combs and snow
- Harder - A pattern
can be a sample, a guide, or model that someone copies
such as a pattern for a foundry casting, a machine
part, or a piece of clothing. Patterns are also the
typical activities of a thing, a person, or a group.
Events or qualities can happen in the same way or in
the same order. Things sometimes behave according to a
pattern. A pattern occurs or can be used over and over
by S. Alejandre from MathForum
- This links-site contains information on a wide
array of patterns.
- Note: Above site has broken links but is
still a useful collection.
- Another Website from the MathForum:
- 2) Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental
- Related Links-Sites:
- 3) Investigating Patterns: Symmetry and
- 4) Number Patterns: Fun with Curves & Topology
- 5) Patterns, Patterns Everywhere http://cte.jhu.edu/techacademy/web/2000/heal/index.htm
from Utah Education Network's Themepark
- A pattern whether part of nature, representing
mathematical concepts, or imbedded in art relies upon
three characteristics: a motif or unit, repetition,
and a system of organization.
in Mathematics from D. Cohen, the
- Some people say that mathematics is the science of
patterns. That's not a bad description. Not only do
patterns take many forms over the range of school
mathematics, they are also a unifying theme.
- Related Sites:
- 2) Chaos Theory and Patterns from Ask A
Scientist: Mathematics Archive
- 3) Patterns in Mathematics from Ask
is a 'Natural' Pattern? by I. Alexander
- The whole of human scientific and artistic
endeavor can be seen as the attempt to discover
pattern in nature.
- Related Website:
- 2) Fibonacci Numbers and Nature (Advanced Level)
by R. Knott
- 3) Finding Out How the Patterns of Nature Develop
- 4) Patterns in Nature from Sir Robert Hitcham's
- 5) Patterns in Nature: Rhythms of Life (Advanced
Level) by R. Pellegrino
- After visiting several of the
websites, complete one or more of the
- Create Kaleidoscope Designs
Online. Follow the instructions found
Required) by F. Permadi.
- Identify Some Patterns. Print
out (1) Dinosaur
Patterns from Enchanted
Learning. Then circle the animal that
comes next in the pattern. Also you may
want to try (2) Which
One Comes Next? from Suessville
University, (3) What
Comes Next? from mathSURF, and
Mania from Primary Games.
- Create Music Patterns. Go to
Builder from Harcourt School
Publishers and explore creating and
listening to your own music patterns.
- Explore Some Wallpaper Designs.
Create wallpaper patterns at Java
Kali by M. Phillips from Geometry
Center (Requires Java
- See If You Can Construct A
Fault-Free Wall. See how you do with
Activity from the Math Forum.
Use dominoes for hands-on exploration.
What is the smallest fault-free wall that
you can construct, remember the wall has
to be a square or rectangle and you cannot
cut these "bricks."
- Complete A Patterns WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the procedures found at
the following webQuest sites:
- 1) BeadQuest (Grade 3) by S. Kimmel
- 2) Patterns in Nature WebQuest (Grades
4-8) by J. Wilson
- 3) Patterns of Poetry by E. Gorman
- 4) Webquest on Patterns http://www2.corvallis.k12.or.us/lincoln/Webquests/patterns/Webquest.htm
- Make A Ukrainian Egg. (Advanced
Level) Note that this activity involves
heating and melting wax over a flame an
should not be completed by young learners
without direct supervision. But if you are
interested in learning or just in viewing
these neatly patterned eggs, visit
to Make Ukrainain Easter Eggs
(Pysanky) by A. Morash and Georgia's
Ukranian Easter Eggs. Click on any
design and you'll be taken to the
instructions for it.
- Create A Hex Sign. The
"Pennsylvania Dutch" or "Pennsylvania
Germans", best known as the "fancy" Dutch,
created beautiful folk art type designs
commonly referred to as "hex signs." These
signs were painted on barns and houses.
This is a very old art form and the
precise significance of the shapes and
colors is not known for certain. You can
find the instructions for creating your
own at Design
and Paint Your Own Hex Sign!!
- Draw Your Own Navajo Rug
Design. Navajo rugs are collected the
world over for their beauty and exquisite
craft work. Select a color scheme of two,
three, or four different colors and use
them to draw your own Navajo rug design on
10 x 10 grid paper. Find more information
Rugs from Prentice-Hall,
- Photograph Patterns In Nature,
Architecture, and Our Lives. Find some
examples at (1) Pattern
from Gary Luhm Photography, (2)
in Nature from Kaufman
Photography, (3) Patterns
in Nature (Slide show-Be patient, Slow
loading site), and (4) Patterns
in Nature, a Corbis E-Card
site. You also may find some subject ideas
at (5) The
Patterns in Nature by W. Lynch and A.
Lang. Then photograph your own images and
display your own collection.
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Palace (ThinkQuest Project)
- Read poems about patterns, find out about
symmetry, tessellations, fractals, and palindromes,
and have fun with the royalty of Pattern Kingdom.
- More Websites
- Learn the pattern used in a cinquain, a five line
- Related Website:
- 2) A MAZE : The Cinquain Journal by L.J.
- Another Poetry Pattern:
- 3) Diamante Poetry
Escher - Life and Work from National
Gallery of Art
- Wander the four virtual rooms devoted to the art
of M.C. Escher.
Patterns (Advanced Level) by B. Hammel
- This is an essay on patterns in musical
composition transformations, mathematical groups, and
the nature of musical substance.
- Here is a detailed look at how repetition of a
sound, syllable, word, phrase, line, stanza, or
metrical pattern is a basic unifying device in all
Amazing Palindromes by S. Bacchus from
University of Georgia
- Here you find some history of the palindrome, a
few examples, and the mathematical proof.
- Websites For Teachers
Pattern Puzzles by A. Holsten
- This lesson was designed to allow young children
to explore number patterns and relationships while
introducing them to the calculator at the same
Literacy: Building Patterns, Solving Problems
- This thematic unit plan directs students to
locate, explore and create patterns with shapes and
Patterns in Children's Literature (Pre-K to
Grade 2) from Carol Hurst's Children's Literature
- In problem solving, facility with patterns enables
children to see the important information in a
real-world math problem, how the various pieces of
information relate to each other, and the
possibilities for predicting the outcome.
- This patterns project involved teachers from three
different schools across several grade levels and a
variety of subject areas: music, science, social
science, mathematics, and social studies.
- Related Website:
- 2) Patterns Exist in All Aspects of Life (Scroll
down for entire content) http://www.op97.k12.il.us/instruct/Iarts/Patterns/index.html
in Music and Math from Family Education
Network, Inc.'s TeacherVison
- Students learn how to solve music and math
problems by finding patterns.
- Related Lesson Plan:
- 2) Math/Patterns (K - Grade 1) by A. Lund from
Lesson Plans Page
in Nature by P. Welsh from Access
- In this interdisciplinary learning project,
students research patterns in nature which illustrate
biological and mathematical concepts. They design
group projects that model these concepts in a
cooperative setting with fourth graders.
in Nature from Boston University, Center
for Polymer Studies
- These activities encourage students to explore how
fundamentally random microscopic events can give rise
to fractal macroscopic patterns.
in Nature Booklet (Grades K-3) from
- Students will examine patterns on objects in
nature, then use rubbings of these patterns to create
Here, There and Everywhere by A. Hanlin &
- The goal for this lesson is an understanding of
numbers, patterns, counting, and operations.
M. C. Escher
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