Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Patterning Musical Chairs!

Posted Originally on January 18, 2012

This week we are focusing on patterns in math. We are going over repeating patterns and growing patterns. Yesterday we played a SUPER fun and engaging game! It is called Patterning Musical Chairs.

So this is how you play!

First you pass out manipulatives to your students to use to create a pattern on their desk. Each student creates only 3 units of their pattern. You can either have them make a repeating pattern or a growing pattern. We just did repeating patterns on this particular day.
 The extra manipulatives stay in the middle of the table for the game.  Then you play music as students travel around the room. (my kids danced to kidbop :)) When you stop the music, each student rushes to find a desk. When they sit down they must figure out the pattern at that desk and then add 1 more unit onto the pattern.  You can do as many rounds as you think you can. We did about 4 or 5 rounds. At the end they return to their original desk. They check their own pattern to see if it was correct. 

The kids LOOOVED it! A couple of them kept saying, "You're supposed to take away a chair!" I just said that this was a different kind of musical chairs and we wanted everyone to be able to add on to a pattern each time. 

This is such a great way to get all of the students involved and engaged!  

Here are some pics of my class enjoying the game!


  1. I like this idea. I am student teaching and I want to do things that have the students actively engaged and learning at the same time. I am so going to try it out in my classroom. Thank you!

  2. Carly this is a great idea. I'm sure my kids would love it. BTW, I made the Capt. Apostrophe color page that I asked you about. The kids loved it. I put a picture of it on my Pinterest and my blog and of course gave you a shout out.(I don't have any blog followers yet, but I do have people following me on pinterest) Thanks again! Kelly

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