Size patterns are another way to help us predict what will come next. We often see size patterns in the kitchen. Items like measuring cups, drinking glasses, and even plates can be arranged to make patterns using the different sizes. Often, items like flour and sugar are stored in containers that can form a size pattern. What other size patterns can you think of?
Much like Color Patterns, size patterns can be used to predict what size will come next. This can help us arrange items and stack items so that they won’t fall.
Here you will learn how to continue a size pattern! First, let’s review some common patterns:
AB AB Patterns:
ABB ABB Patterns:
Now let’s practice using size patterns to predict what will come next!
Remember that the sequence must repeat using the same order as the first time through the sequence.
Practice Question 1
Take a look at this pattern. What size will come next?
Look at the first sequence. Notice that it has 1 small and then 1 big. We see that repeated next.
Let’s try it!
– We are starting with the sequence “small big.” That same sequence is repeated. Then we have another small. What will come after the small one?
Since patterns always repeat in the same order, we can answer this question by looking back at the other small items. The same size will come after a small item every time.
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Practice Question 2
Look at the picture below. What size comes next in this pattern?
Label the big items “A” and the little ones “B.”
There is always 1 big item, 2 little items, and then 1 more big item.
Practice Question 3
Take a look at this picture. What will come next in the pattern?
Label the medium objects “A.” Label the big objects “B.” Then label the little objects “C.”
Practice Question 4
What color will come next in this pattern?
You can label each size as A or B to see what size should come next.
Practice Question 5
Look at this picture. What size will come next in this pattern?