Finding the next shape in a pattern
We can use patterns of shapes to predict what shape will come next in a sequence. We see patterns of shapes all around our homes when we look at baskets, picture frames, and even windows. In the fall, leaves can make patterns of shapes as they fall from the trees. When a table is set with a plate, bowl, and glass, it forms a pattern of shapes on the table. Look around and think about where else you might see a pattern of shapes.
Much like Size Patterns, patterns of shapes can be used to predict the next item in a sequence. This can help us arrange items and make beautiful artwork and designs.
Here you will learn how to find the next shape in a pattern! First, let’s review some common shape pattern sequences you may see:
AB AB Patterns:
AAB AAB Patterns:
Now let’s practice finding the next shape in a pattern!!
Remember that the sequence must be repeated more than once using the exact same order..
Practice Question 1
Take a look at this pattern. What shape will come next?
Look at the first sequence. Notice that it has 1 square and then 2 circles. We see that repeated next.
Let’s try it!
– We are starting with the sequence “square circle circle.” That same sequence is repeated. Then we have another square. What will come after the square?
Since patterns always repeat in the same order, we can answer this question by looking back at the other square items. The same shape will come after a square item every time.
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Practice Question 2
Look at the picture below. What shape comes next in this pattern?
Label the triangles “A,” the ovals “B,” and the rectangles “C.” They are always repeated in that order.
Practice Question 3
Take a look at this picture. What will come next in the pattern?
Label the triangles “A.” Label the ovals “B.” Then label the squares “C.”
Practice Question 4
Look at the pattern below. What shape will come next?
You can label each shape as A, B, or C to see what shape should come next.
Practice Question 5
What shape will come next in this pattern?