Patterns (Webcast No. 5): Pattern Songs Lesson

Watch children sing and repeat auditory and movement patterns as a teacher sings a song. Teaching teams and parents may use this method to improve children’s auditory memory skills, their ability to follow directions, and their modeling skills. Children may learn to relate classroom songs to verbal and visual patterns.

Setting:  whole group + small group – middle of the year

What happened before the lesson?  |   What's happening during the lesson?  |  What will I do after the lesson?

What happened before the lesson?

Where did the idea come from? 
The first song is a typical early childhood verse that is naturally a growing pattern. The second and third songs were developed by teachers at an early childhood center to illustrate patterns they wrote with their classes.  The last song was a simple repetitive pattern with a young child.  

What had the children learned BEFORE this lesson? 
They had some experience with AB patterns but little with growing patterns. 

What did you plan to do AFTER this lesson?
Continue to use classroom songs or verses that illustrate and verbally and visually describe those patterns.

What's happening during the lesson?

Objective: Children will sing or repeat auditory and movement patterns.

Introduction: Children were asked to stand, sing, and move before transitioning to another activity. 

Procedure:

  1. Song ONE – "My Aunt Came Back"
  2. Song TWO – "Boy, Girl, Who’s That Standing Next to You?"
  3. Song THREE – "We’re Going to Make a Pattern!"
  4. Song FOUR – "Ba, BA! Ba, BA!"

A chart of objects (displayed top to bottom, beginning with scissors, a fan, shoe, rocking chair, bubble gum, and flea) represents adding one more object to each verse of the song children are singing in the video.

A chart of objects (displayed top to bottom, beginning with scissors, a fan, shoe, rocking chair, bubble gum, and flea) represents adding one more object to each verse of the song children are singing in the video.

What will I do after the lesson?

What would you do differently if you taught it again?
In the first lesson, the song was debriefed using a visual “staircase” pattern. I would do the same for the 2nd and 3rd songs. Auditory and movement patterns should be verbally and visually displayed as well. 

How would you describe the teaching that occurred using the words on the Continuum of Teaching Behaviors? 
In all cases, the teachers MODELED the activities for children with prompts or cues. 

Patterns (Webcast No. 5): Patterns Songs Lesson. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2008. English. Streaming Video. 00:04:13.

Last Reviewed: May 2012

Last Updated: January 6, 2017