We began our discussion about patterns by looking around the room and then outside the windows. While talking about patterns in nature, we ventured into patterns found on animals...stripes, dots and spots, spotches, zig-zags, circles, diamonds, and others. Students were asked to create their own "animal pattern."
The differences between geometric and organic shapes were stressed and students could only use organic shapes by tearing each piece...no scissors used. They also had to have four layers plus the base layer somewhere within their design. Glorious patterns emerged during this lesson as you see below.