Monday, April 13, 2015

Moments Teachers Treasure

Seeing an image of the Milky Way Galaxy for the first time in the Museum of Natural History.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bigger, Smaller, Same - a Venn Diagram Freebie!

This is more suitable for Pre-Kinders, especially around the beginning of the year. But I've used it in Kindergarten later on in the year in the following manner:

In little plastic sandwich bags, I have a collection of items. If you do this with several children, make sure each bag has the same items. I then give each child or group the Venn diagram below. (Note: You can click on the picture to get a full size render you can save and print!)

Then I announce which item they are going to compare the others to. In the example below, they're going to compare the other items to a penny. 

The students then place the items in the correct areas. With Pre-Kinders, we make it a race to see who finishes first with all the correct answers (emphasize correct answers). 

In Kinder, once they're done, the children then have to write down the names of the items (purple eraser, sticker, die, paperclip, etc.) on a separate sheet of paper (or on the back of this one) under the correct heading as being bigger, smaller, or the same size. Also, this makes for a great center activity!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy April Fools Day!

15 April Fool pranks you can play on your kids and family. For more info, go here.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Wiggle Worm Game

The Wiggle Worm Game

Put the letters of the alphabet on small cards. (I used index cards cut in quarters.) On 2 cards, draw a picture of a wiggle worm.

1. Place cards in a bag or box.
2. Children draw a card from the bag.
3. If they draw a letter, they have to name it, or give its sound if you're that far along. If they're wrong, give them help. They then put the card back and the next child draws.
4. If they draw a Wiggle Worm, they have to wiggle, then sit down. They're out of the game.
5. Last child left standing wins!