Good Night, Gorilla – Pattern Strips & Chips

Good Night, Gorilla - Pattern Strips & Chips

 

Good Night Gorilla Complete Set Page 112 pattern stripes and chips cover

 

Ages: Preschool, Kindergarten

Domains: Cognitive, Physical, Language & Literacy

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This activity includes 48 “chips” that contain images related to the story “Good Night, Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann.  Images are on one side and letters are on the other side (literacy).  They can be used to complete and extend patterns (cognitive) and are great for fine motor manipulation (physical).

You can cut out the “chips” and use as is, but I prefer to adhere them to the wooden discs with a letter on one side and the image on the other side.  I realize that doing so can take more time, but I’ve found that the Xyron Machine helps cut down on the glue mess and the circle punch significantly reduces cutting time.  (Also, I use a 1.25” Circle Punch instead of a 1.5” because it allows the image to fit within the discs without having any overhang.)

  1. Print out Chip and Pattern Strip pages
  2. Place the Pattern Strip pages into page protectors or laminate (optional)
  3. Cut out Chips (or use Circle Punch)
  4. Optional—Tape, glue or use Xyron Machine to adhere Chips to wooden discs
  5. To play use Chips to finish the first two rows of the Pattern Strips and create their own pattern on the third row

  When talking about the patterns I would suggest using a verbal strategy that my previous education coordinator shared with me.  Instead of  saying, “Red, orange, red, orange…”  say, “Red, orange AND red, orange...”  I even include a prolonged pause after “and”.  It really seems to help children break the pattern into parts that they can then recreate on their own.

To add a bit of silliness create your own pattern “song” which is basically repeating what I said above but adding in your own melody.  Then encourage your little(s) to sing their own pattern song based off the Pattern Strips.

  Another option for the Pattern Strip pages is to actually cut them into strips.  This can be really beneficial for children just beginning with patterning because it helps them focus on only one pattern at a time.

If you do decide to cut them into strips a fun game to play with children (once they’re close to mastering the pattern strips) is to bring in a timer and see how many patterns they can complete in a specified amount of time.  Don’t forget to have them make a prediction of how many they will be able to finish.

You can also have them extend the pattern past the strip pages and then have them count out how many chips long they were able to make it.

One of my favorite ways to use these Chips (besides patterning) is for graphing.  Simply throw the Chips into a non-transparent container and have your child(ren) pull out a certain number of chips (they can pick a number card to determine the quantity).  I’ve included a graph for this but it only works with small totals and only 4 column choices at a time.  There is also a separate page for labels.  (I recommend laminating both of those pages.)  Then place soft Velcro pieces on the graph page along the x-axis (one piece for each column) and scratchy Velcro pieces on the back of each label. This is a wonderful way to introduce graphing, but if you’re doing this activity with a large group I would suggest making a much larger graph grid.

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Pattern Strips & Chips - Directions & Extensions


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Cut, Color & Paste - Letter B (banana)

The full product includes:

* A (armadillo)
* B (banana)
* E (elephant)
* F (flashlight)
* G (gorilla & giraffe)
* H (hyena)
* J (Joe - the zookeeper)
* K (key)
* L (lion)
* M (mouse)


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Play Dough Letter Mats - Sample

The full product includes:

* A (armadillo)
* B (banana)
* E (elephant)
* F (flashlight)
* G (gorilla & giraffe)
* H (hyena)
* J (Joe - the zookeeper)
* K (key)
* L (lion)
* M (mouse)


Balloon Numeral, Dot & Tally Cards

Balloon Cards


DIY Dice

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