In Classroom Resources, Number and Algebra, Patterns, Patterns and Algebra

The focus of this activity is to discover if students can use their knowledge of repeating patterns created with objects and extend this to number patterns. It is important to remember to ask students to continue patterns to the right and left. This is important as students need to be able to count forwards and backwards.


  • Use body, shapes and objects to make repeating patterns
  • Copy and continue patterns
  • Describe how patterns are made and how they can be continued
  • Use ordinal numbers to identify elements in the pattern, e.g. the 3rd counter is blue
  • Investigate and describe patterns formed by skip counting
  • Identify patterns on counting charts
  • Describe a repeating pattern of objects or symbols in terms of a ‘number’ pattern
  • Use symbols and numbers to record and continue repeating patterns


Curriculum Connections: NSW Syllabus Mathematics K-10
Stage 1 Patterns & Algebra
  • Investigate and describe number patterns formed by skip counting and patterns with objects (ACMNA018)


Stage 1 Whole Numbers
  • Develop confidence with number sequences to 100 by ones from any starting point (ACMNA012)


At the end of this lesson students should be able to answer the following questions
  • Can you describe your pattern?
  • What did you use to create your pattern?
  • What is first object in your pattern? Third? Fifth?
  • What comes next in the pattern?
  • What comes before in the pattern?
  • What is the part of the pattern that repeats?
  • How could we record these patterns in our books?
  • Instead of using colours, how else could we record the patterns in our books?


For more information, please download the attached lesson plan.

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