10 — Patterns in illustrations: Indigenous art – Part 1
Sequence focus points
- Literature: focus text – An Australian 1, 2, 3 of Animals by Bronwyn Bancroft; class library suggestions – imaginative and informative texts with the themes of animals and Indigenous Australians.
- Patterns: pattern in sentence writing – words that tell us ‘what is happening’, ‘who or what is involved’ and ‘other information’; patterns in words – words ending in ‘ing’; patterns in counting; patterns in Indigenous art; finding patterns in illustrations.
- Reading and viewing: modelled reading using initial sound and pictures to predict unfamiliar words; reading number words; recalling events from a story; reading words that tell us ‘what is happening’.
- Writing: modelled joint construction and independent writing of sentences about patterns; sentence punctuation; using onset and rime as a spelling strategy.
Read An Australian 1, 2, 3 of Animals to the class. Display the Digit and number word cards from Sequence 7 and assist the students to locate the number words in the written text. ACELY1649, ACELY1650
Responding to literature
Allow students to respond to the book on a personal level. Ask them to recall the animals depicted in the book and encourage them to think of where they have seen the depicted animals in other books, on television programs, in a wildlife park or in the local environment. ACELT1575, ACELT1783, ACELT1578, ACELY1646
Activity 1: Language focus – patterns in sounds
Draw the students’ attention to the rhyme in An Australian 1, 2, 3 of Animals and note the words that create the rhyme. Highlight the patterns of sound that echo the patterns in the illustrations. For example, each sentence ends in a word that tells us ‘what is happening’, and each of these words ends in ‘ing’. Ask the students to listen to the sentence as it is read and locate the word that ends in ‘ing’. ACELA1439
Activity 2: Close reading and viewing – looking for patterns
Look closely at the illustrations and note the patterns that can be seen in the images. Students search multiple copies of the text in small groups and draw examples of the patterns found. Some patterns that can be found in the illustrations include dots, circles, curved lines, straight lines, squares and rectangles. ACELA1786
Activity 3: Modelled and jointly constructed writing
Share the drawings done by the students and model the writing of sentences about the patterns observed (for example, ‘This pattern has circles and squares’). Ask the students to contribute to a joint construction of further sentences. ACELA1435, ACELY1646, ACELY1651
Activity 4: Independent writing
Students write about their patterns; for example, ‘My pattern has straight lines and dots’. Provide a word bank to assist the students and encourage all attempts at spelling words so that the focus of the writing is on the sentence and making meaning. You may decide to provide a sentence starter for students (for example, ‘My pattern has …’). ACELA1435, ACELY1651