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Another Math lesson on patterns integrating Music
Song: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
Element to Teach: Math/Patterns
Grade: K – 1
The students will understand patterns after singing the song “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and looking at the repeating notes (or words). They will then arrange colored stars in a pattern to create their own pattern
The students will:
1. Sing the song, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and identify the pattern of notes (or words) in the first line and in the third line.
2. use the colored stars to show the pattern of measures in the first and third lines.
3. create their own pattern by using the different colors of stars.
Printouts or large poster of words and notes from, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
Colored stars (at least 3 colors, about 3 inches large)
Extra large colored stars (8 colors – 4 of the colors should have a double)
Students will sing the song. They should look at the notes and think about words to see if there is
repetition in the song.
1. Ask students, “What is a pattern?”
2. Ask students, “Where could you find a pattern in the song?” For example, the first and third lines have the same notes in the same order.
3. Have students show the pattern by placing colored stars over the measure. Tell the class, “If the notes in the measure are new or original, they get a new color for their star. If the notes and words have been seen in the song before, they get the same color star as the measure that is the same.” In the song, the different colored stars repeat (make a pattern) in the first and third lines. Choose students to make a star pattern on the floor. When an appropriate number of stars have been placed (depending on the level of the class), have the class continue the pattern.
1. Have students sing the song, “Rain, Rain, Go Away” .
2. The class should identify the patterns in the song. For example, there are four measures, and then each measure is repeated (in order) which makes a pattern.
3. Students are to create their own pattern using different colors of circles, squares, etc. on their own paper.
During the lesson, the teacher will observe student participation. She will also look at the individual
patterns to see if each child understands the concept of patterns.
Follow – up:
The teacher will ask, “Where else can we find patterns?” Students will practice finding patterns in songs,
the room, their clothes, etc.