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Basic Missing Piece Patterns

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Aligned To Common Core Standard:

Precursor to Kindergarten - K.G.B.4

How to Spot Missing Pieces in a Pattern - We are all aware of fill in the blanks. The part where we have to fill in space with the correct answer, whether it is a letter, word, or a number. Similar to that in mathematics, we have patterns or sequences that have blanks spaces. These blank spaces require to be filled. First, let's understand what sequences are. A sequence or pattern is a set of things, usually numbers, that are presented in order. Every number in the sequence is known as a term. Sometimes, they are also referred to as members or elements. Just like we understand the question before filling in the blanks, understanding the rule behind the patterns is important. Sometimes, the patterns are easy to identify. Such as: 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, …. ? Try solving the question for a while; the code is fairly easy to crack. That’s right! Each number is being squared, 12 = 1, 22 = 4, 32 = 9, 42 = 16 and so on.. you can guess the rest of the numbers! Just like you figured out the patter, every pattern requires being cracked before you can carry on with the question! These worksheets and lessons help students begin to comprehend patterns and fill in any missing portions of the patterns to make them complete.

Printable Worksheets and Lessons

Lesson Sheets

These lessons advance to using or losing (depending how you look at it) 2 pieces.

  • Lesson 1 - There are 2 groups of the shapes. Each group is part of a pattern. The order of the pattern in the first group should be the same as the second group.
  • Lesson 2 - Compare both groups and find which shapes are uncompleted. The star and pentagon shapes are uncompleted.
  • Lesson 3 - Trace the shapes to complete the pattern. The moon and cloud shapes are uncompleted.
  • Lesson 4 - The bone is missing.
  • Lesson 5 - The image to be traced is a hexagon.

Practice Worksheets

I included the tracing skill for students that are having difficulty with patterns.

  • Practice 1 - Look at the pattern on the lines below. Trace the shapes to complete the pattern.
  • Practice 2 - Fill in the 2 empty spots with the correct shape to complete the pattern.
  • Practice 3 - Which shape in the pattern is the traced object? Mark it.
  • Practice 4 - All types of balls and shapes to play with.