Pattern Bugs

by Trudy Harris

Explore the visual and sound patterns of seven garden bugs that float, crawl, buzz, nibble, chirp, twinkle, and move up, down, and around.
Resources for Pattern Bugs:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

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Math Connections:

               Patterns                Pattern Recognition

Activities To Do Together:

  • Talk with your child about the types of patterns you see throughout this book. Pick two pages of the story and see how many patterns you can find on the pages.

  • Make a collage with different types of patterns.

  • Design a bug that has a pattern.

  • Go on a pattern scavenger hunt looking for AB, ABB, ABC, and ABCD patterns.

  • Look at a basket of laundry and identify different patterns that you find on the clothing - how many patterns of each type were you able to find on the clothes?

Extension Questions:

  1. What bug would you add to the story? What would be the bug’s pattern? Would the bug have a pattern as part of the way it looks, what it does, or the sound it makes?

  2. Flutter-float, flutter-float is a simple AB pattern. Hop-kick, hop-kick is another simple AB pattern. What AB pattern can you create? Why do you think it’s an AB pattern?

  3. Look at the borders on the pages of this book. What do you notice?

  4. The caterpillar goes nibble-nibble-bite-chew. What patterns can you find on the story pages with the caterpillar. How are the patterns like nibble-nibble-bite-chew?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

AAB pattern, AB pattern, ABC pattern, ABCD pattern, along, around, down, first, four, in, inside, late, near, out, part, pattern, shapes, six, too, two, up

California Early Math Project 2020