Saturday, January 12, 2013

Great Number Sense Game

I found a great number sense game for kinders on the Teaching Channel!  It is called Mingle and Count.  The students mingle around the room until the teacher calls out a number.  The students have to form groups of that number.  Then the teacher and children check each group.  Any students that are left over without a group are assigned a special way to mingle, such as hopping like a bunny or flapping their arms like a bird.  In the video the teacher did this with the numbers 2,3,4 and 5.  I cannot believe that I forgot about the Teaching Channel and I haven't been on it in a while.  I found so many great ideas just now!
Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dear Gingerbread Man... (and freebie)


I can't believe I haven't posted anything in so long!  It has been a crazy school year with so many changes and I am just trying to keep my head above water!  I wanted to share something that I did in my classroom before winter break.  Before the holidays we always do a unit on The Gingerbread Man.  There are so many great versions of this story now and this can lead to so many good discussions with the student!

During one of our discussions one of my students said, " I want to write the gingerbread man a letter and warn him about the fox so he won't be eaten again".  What a great idea!  I ran with this and the next day after brainstorming things that we would tell the gingerbread man we starting writing letters to him.  The kids loved this and we had a lot of fun with it!  I created a simple template for writing this letter that you can download if you would like a copy.  Click HERE.

After the students wrote the letters I posted them in the classroom and told them that sometimes the gingerbread man visits classrooms so he would see the letters if he came.  So I got out my stuffed gingerbread man, had him write a letter to the students and he was waiting for them the next day!  They couldn't believe it ( I love how 5 year olds still have that great imagination)!  I had not read a book yet where the gingerbread man lived in the end so after all of this I read The Gingerbread Baby and the children swore that it was because of their letters that the gingerbread baby lived!  Haha I loved it!  We covered comprehension, creativity, reasoning skills, and writing all in one lesson! Here are a few pictures of some of the letters that they wrote:

"Don't go near the fox because he will trick you because he will eat you."
"Don't trust the fox."
"Don't go near a fox."
Bulletin board with the letters posted.

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