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Students watch, listen and sing along to the Number Song 1-20 video on YouTube. At the end of the video, ask the students:
Was there a pattern in the way the numbers were sung in the song?
Did the patterns in the song help you to count to 20? How?
Do you know any other number songs that have patterns to help you count?
Display and discuss slide 5 of the Number Patterns PowerPoint. Ask the students to count out loud the number pattern examples on the slide.
As a class, complete the number patterns on slide 6. Check the answers on slide 7.
Use the Alien Number Sequencing Cards to make a number pattern on the board. Ask the students what they notice about the number of eyes on the aliens as the number pattern gets bigger.
Display and discuss slide 8. Provide each student with a copy of the Einstein Number Pattern Worksheets and a blank template. Ask the students to complete the worksheet, first by finishing the number patterns, then using the blank template to create their own number patterns using numerals, words or quantities.
Monitor and support the students as they complete the task. Once the students have finished, correct the worksheet as a class. Encourage more confident students to share their number patterns.
Play the Number Song again, encouraging the students to sing and clap along. Alternatively, use YouTube to play other well-known number pattern songs suggested by the students.
Encourage more capable students to use larger numbers for the independent task. Alternatively, ask them to complete the worksheet leaving the last square blank, then swap with a friend to finish the number patterns on each other's worksheets.
Invite less confident students to work in small groups with the teacher or teacher aide. Alternatively, provide students with the template only and ask them to use only numbers from 1 to 10.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities