Missing Part of Pattern Worksheets
At this level we are introducing the concept of math sequences and patterns. This helps students learn how to compare and contrast values in all areas of numeracy. With this skill we hope for students to be able to compare things and understand what the difference is between each piece of the pattern. This will take students some time and extra practice to be able to be successful. If you see below, we added a bunch of practice sheets for you with this in mind. These worksheets and lessons help students begin to comprehend patterns and fill in any missing portions of the patterns to make them complete.
Aligned Standard: K.G.B.4
- Two Stage Patterns Step-by-step Lesson- Use 1 pattern to determine the other.
- Guided Worksheet - These are all 1-2-3-4 patterns. Use the first sequence to figure out the second and vice versa.
- Guided Explanation - You got to love my free-hand arrows! I sure do.
- Independent Practice Worksheet - This is a great activity for kids even up to grade level 2.
- Matching Worksheet - This is only for your more advanced preschooler.
- Answer Keys - These are for all the unlocked materials above.
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.
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.
How to Spot Missing Pieces in a Pattern
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. These elements can come in many forms such as pictures, letters, and symbols.
Pattern recognition is one of those things that you can apply to all walks of life. There are patterns in the music that we listen to, the way the petals of a flower are arranged, and even in the stripes and coat of animals. A very highly marketable skill in the world today is having the ability to recognize those patterns and even better finding mistakes in patterns and correcting them. This is the foundational knowledge of the study of gene therapy which is used to help us better fight off disease or solve genetic defects we may have.
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. 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. A good way to go about finding this is to compare each element in the sequence. Ask yourself, ”What makes this different from the previous element and then element after that?” As you begin to plot these differences out and step back, you will be able to see what changes things up.