Pattern Block Shapes

For each seasonal “time” in our year, I have my kids complete a pattern to display.  These go along with the Pattern Block Graph I created (under the Math tab and in the PDF files).  I have an apple, pumpkin, (the turkey is in progress!) scarecrow (on the PDF page) ,a snowman, snowflake, heart, shamrock, and I hope to make an egg or bunny, and get the flower posted soon too!

Basically, what I do with these is this: When I had 1/2 day, the kids would glue the pattern block shapes on one day and complete the graph the second day.  Now with Full Day, I think we could get them totally done in about 1 hour–they take a lot longer than you think! 🙂  The kids complete the shape and then count and graph the number of each shape that they used.  Sometimes, I only put out a few shapes, and leave the kdis to problem solve (What can we do if we don’t have any trapezoids?), so that each graph will turn out a little differently! Each table might also get different shapes and some of my more advanced children will notice and go and borrow from another table! 🙂

I like these because even though it looks like a “crafty project”, I can justify my students matching shapes, problem solving, and graphing.

I use those vegetable party trays to put the shapes on the tables.  Each little section gets its own shape.  I keep pattern block shapes in the trays all year long.  I get the veggie trays at the Dollar Tree! 🙂  I purchased a class set and we use them all the time for sorting and for when we have special create a character (gingerbread man) felt store days—much more on that later! 🙂

I am posting them here and will convert them to PDF and have them there under the letter P.

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on September 11, 2008, in Apples, Graphing, Math. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these Kristen! This is such a great idea!


  2. Hi-

    I was wondering if could elaborate more on your “build a character” projects? What do you have the kids do? It sounds kinda neat and I’m interested in hearing about this. I enjoy reading your blog..thanks!


  3. Hi I am looking for a pattern block design of a clown. Do you have one? I have tried to make my own but nothing I come up with looks like a clown. Thanks!!


    • kristenskreations

      I do not have a clown pattern, but I was thinking that with a little adjusting, maybe you could make the snowman look like a clown…I’ll check around my room and see if I can find one in my pattern block center there.


  4. Thanks for the heart!


  5. Do you have these pattern block pictures available to print off? If so, my I?


    • kristenskreations

      You are more than welcome to print them off! Just click on the picture and they should enlarge enough for you to print them. If that doesn’t work, click on the picture again…sometimes you have to click twice.

      Kristen 🙂


  6. I love these! I have used them in my classroom and they are such a great math activity! Have you made any easter type ones? If you do I would love to use them in my classroom!


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