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Ada Lovelace - Cut and Paste Shapes and Patterns Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 4 pages | Years: F - 2

A cut and paste activity for young students exploring shapes and patterns with the female programmer, Ada Lovelace.

⚙️Explore Patterns With the Amazing Ada Lovelace!

Learn about this fierce female mathematician, credited with creating the first computer program!

In this activity, students will identify 2-D shapes and colour them according to a key. Once students have coloured their shapes, they will cut them out and use them to complete patterns on a fun computer screen template. 

This task is wonderful to use as part of a Patterns and Algebra unit on repeating patterns.

In addition to individual student work time, use this activity as an in-class or homework task for International Women’s Day.

✂️ Hand Them the (Safety) Scissors 🖍️

The cutting involved in this activity makes for fantastic fine motor practice! Strengthen their finger and hand muscles and improve hand-eye coordination as they work on their cutting skills. 

Scaffolding & Extension Tips 

In addition to individual student work time, use this worksheet as a:

This is a fully differentiated pattern activity. There are three levels of worksheet available to download:

  • ⚪ Circle – Below Level
  • 🛆 Triangle – At Level
  • ⬜ Square – Above Level

Choose a level based on your students’ abilities. This resource is differentiated for everyone!

Printable and Interactive Digital Versions

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. Each level of PDF has been uploaded individually. All three levels are available in one Google Slide – just delete the pages you don’t need before sharing to each student. And don’t forget to delete the answers!

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.

Get more handy pattern and Algebra worksheets here!

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