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Santa Shapes

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Santa Shapes

You'd better watch out,
You'd better not cry,
You'd better not pout,
I'm telling you why….. Santa Claus is coming to town!

Let your kindergartners make this cute little "SHAPE SANTA" for the holidays.  I just cut triangles, rectangles, and circles out of construction paper.  I placed the shapes at a table and the kids went to town!!! 
(no pun intended.. LOL!)

Ho! Ho! Ho!  Get festive!!!!  :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Left and Right

How on earth do you teach "left and right" so that the kids will stay engaged during a lesson?  I did a couple activities that worked really well….. and I was AMAZED how great my students did!

1. Play the "Hokey-Pokey" song
We sang the Hokey-Pokey and acted out the actions….. the kids loved it!!!

2. I made up a left right story called "Lucy Left and Randy Right."  I sat the kids in a circle (where I joined them) and began the story……. as the word "left" or "right" was said, the kids had to pass the bag to the corresponding words (left and right).  At the end of the story, the person holding the bag, got to pass out the treat that was inside the bag!  I put rings for their "right hand."  The kids lovvvvvvvved it!  :)

3. Left and Right bracelets were a BIG hit!  I gathered plastic and foam beads, pipe cleaners (chenille stems) and sat them at each table.  The kids made 2 bracelets….. a left and right bracelet!!!  It's just the little things…… they thought it was FUN!

Comparing Numbers

Finding anything useful to use in my classroom for comparing numbers was not going so well.  I was looking for a "hook" to introduce this concept.  I came across Jack Hartman's song called "Mr. Alligator Can Chomp" and it was perfect…… I just needed something to incorporate into my flip chart.  Sooooooo, with the help of my 13 year old son, I made my very first YouTube video to go along with the song!  I hope you enjoy it and can incorporate it into your "comparing numbers" lesson plan!!  :)

Just click the link below: