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Pattern and Design in Nature
This activity suggests that art is a fun way to encourage children to see the world around them and increase their visual awareness. Students observe natural objects like shells, rocks, minerals, and plants and notice that they have subtle and striking detail, regularity of pattern, texture, and shape. By exploring natural design, students will be encouraged to observe the natural world more closely and will begin to observe natural objects carefully and note intricate design and structure beyond surface form. In discussion, students will learn how patterns result from natural growth processes and land-shaping processes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Biology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information is unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-498
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Properties of earth materials
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • C - Life science:
        • Structure and function in living systems
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'K-12 Earth Science'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Society for Sedimentary Geology

Author: Lauret Savoy
Department of Geography and Geology
Mount Holyoke College

Contact: Carol Mankiewicz
Beloit College