Fun Activities to Try
Here are several interactive activities that will get the students to move around, solve problems by brainstorming ideas and draw conclusions.
1. Design a Secret Code
With a group of four members, instruct the students to design a secret code. Provide them with the following directions:
- Think of five shapes that will stand for a word (e.g, circle = The; triangle = person)
- Come up with a secret message by using the shapes.
- Using the SMART board writing tools, draw the patterns and code that you made. Let your classmates guess the secret message.
2. Make a Mosaic
This activity is more challenging than the first one, but it gives them an opportunity to express their artistry. First, give them some information on what a mosaic is. Let them work in pairs, and instruct them to make a mosaic by using the computer. They may use clip art or shapes, and by simply arranging them in a pattern, they can form a design. For a more challenging activity, let them create a hidden image in the mosaic. Afterwards, ask them to present their work to the class by using the SMART board.
3. A Little of This...
Show your students how to make number lines. They can skip count in 2s, 5s, or whatever intervals you indicate to give them familiarity with number patterns.
Assessment and Evaluation
Distribute worksheets to assess the students' understanding of interpreting patterns. As for the two activities, a rubric is used to evaluate them.