# Free Patterns Printable with a Space Theme

This post has a free patterns printable with a space theme.  I like to suggest a book to help create the anticipatory set, and any space book would really do for these activities.  I did read  STAR WARS: The Story of Darth Vader by Catherine Saunders.

So many children’s books are written for girls and so many girls naturally love reading or being read to that it is nice when a book is written for boys!  STAR WARS:  The Story of Darth Vader was interesting to me as I had seen the first three movies but when the prequels came, out I didn’t watch them.  So this book explained a few things like why Luke and Leia were brother and sister but raised on different planets.  And actually, I was expecting glory of war and villains, but the book has a satisfying resolution at the end that was news to me.  Maybe I didn’t know Darth Vader when to the light side at the very end of his life, but this book tells that part of the story and I am glad to know.  I remember driving around to garage sales to get all the Star Wars play toys for my son.  I also remember explaining to him that the movie was “trick camera” and not true.  I wasn’t worried about him believing the story as we would also watch the “making of” movies shows once in awhile so I was sure he understood movies are staged.  The fun of all the toys and pretend play was the part that I liked.

Of course, I have to make everything educational, even Darth Vader.  So today’s free PDF is about patterns.  In kindergarten and first grade math classes, we discuss AB patterns and ABC patterns and so on.  For instance, during calendar time, teachers might use green numbers and orange numbers every other day on the calender and refer to it as an AB pattern.  Morning Math and Calendar Math programs include patterning as part of the daily routine, varying the colors and shapes of the number squares on a pocket chart calendar.  Children clap the patterns (clap, tap) and discuss their attributes.

Below is a photo of one of the work pages included.  No pattern is just that, A pattern is one repeating object, and an AB  pattern is two alternating object repeating.  I asked  music teacher from Strings, Keys, and Melodies and in music one repeating note is just that, a repeating note!  An art teacher explained to me one object that repeats is an A pattern, just one repeating shape/object.  When people dress in shirts with an all dots that are the same and repeat, that is a pattern.  We often wear clothing with one repeating pattern.  Just look at Tacky the Penguin!

You might also like the free kindergarten space theme writing printable at this link.

## About the Author: Carolyn Wilhelm

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.

1. Tonya Dirksen 04/20/2012 at 8:23 pm

Love the Star Wars printables. I am going to send this link to my sister-in-law who homeschools her 7 year old son who is enthralled with Star Wars right now. He will love this. And thanks for mentioning me and my blog!
Tonya

• Carolyn Wilhelm 04/21/2012 at 4:11 pm

Tonya, isn’t it fun to find materials for other teachers and homeschools free online, and share? That is so nice of you. Thanks, Carolyn

2. Jackie 04/20/2012 at 7:26 am

As a mom of all boys– and an Aunt to ALL nephews, I can tell you these are the coolest printables ever!! We’re gearing up for a Lego Star Wars birthday party here in two weeks! Where did you get your clip art?

3. Deb 04/19/2012 at 5:44 pm

Very interesting about the A pattern, Carolyn! Great idea to create a printable that will appeal to boys as well as girls! Thanks for so generously sharing. I pinned your pattern printables to the collaborative Math and Geometry board at http://pinterest.com/kristi_cck/math-geometry-global-ideas/. Deb @ LivingMontessoriNow.com

• Carolyn Wilhelm 04/19/2012 at 5:49 pm

Thank you Deb, I think of the “A PATTERN” as just simply a pattern. We say that, anyway. Children has such interesting views of things. Thanks for pinning my PDF! I just love all your lessons. Carolyn