Recognizes, describes, and builds repeating patterns, including AB but also patterns with core units such as AAB, ABC, and AABC.


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Other Examples:

  • Given objects in a row, ABBABBABB, makes their own ABBABBABB row in a different location.
  • Given objects in a row, ABBABBABB, adds ABBABB to the end of the row.

Help your student become a(n) Patterner

Activities ask children to fix, duplicate, and extend repeating patterns such as ABC, AABB, ABB, and so forth. Naming the patterns using such letter names ("This is an ABC-ABC pattern") helps children remember and connect the same pattern using different materials as does "pairing" different representations (e.g., say "red, blue, green; red blue green…" as one points to colored cubes and then repeating the process saying "A, B, C; A, B, C…"). 

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.