Saturday, July 24, 2010

School Theme

1. I worked with the book Jigsaw (Macmillan) , which uses symbols for teaching English. The symbol for Hello was a green hand. I´ve used it ever since. I made it with fun foam and a wood stick.

2. When teaching boy- girl words, I made a class graph, as suggested in the book Sprinkles (Richmond Publishing). I placed the boy and girl cutouts on the board. The students decorated a picture frame that was in their workbook and glued their picture on it. One by one, they came and put their picture under boy or girl. Then graphed the results.

Graphs help students to organize information, to practice literacy and social skills. to develop the skills of one-to-one correspondence counting, number recognition.

I made this other class graph: download the template and labels:

Have the girls and boys stand in different lines. Write the words boy and girl (use template) and display them on a wall. Then have students come up one at a time and attach their drawings under the corresponding label.

3. Make a boy-girl pattern. You can make it using cutouts that come with the book series or create your own.

Also, ask students to come to the front of the class. Say a pattern and help students to line themselves up accordingly: boy, girl, boy, girl, boy,girl.

Integrating patterning activities is fun for the children and helps them to be aware of patterns in their daily surroundings.

4. My new friend. This is an activity from the book Jellybeans( Richmond Publishing). I made a frame for the students to draw their friend. Encourage them to introduce him or her to the class.

(This is Mónica).

Here´s the link to the frame:

5. File Folder Games: I love these games and created this one as a matching activity.

6. Flannel Board: I saw this idea on a lot of blogs and gave it a try. A flannel board is a board that is covered with felt and could be propped up on a easel or table. It is used as a storytelling device. It is a way to enhance storytelling. It is very visual for young students, and cost-effective.
As I said, I love working with the book Jigsaw. This is an example of guided composition.

Here´s the link to the flannel board pieces.

I got a big piece of styrofoam and used it as a board, but you can get heavy cardboard . The flannel is a piece of white felt that I had sewn, so it looks like a frame. Above is the link to the pieces which I made out of fun foam. Glue the hook side of the velcro to each piece. I used fun foam glue for that. The pieces won´t fall.

For the guided composition, place the eye and the crayon. Say: Look, a crayon.

Point to the eye for look and then to the crayon.
Then continue: Look, a book.
Do the same with: chair and table. Look, a chair. Look, a table.

Finally, have a student read the story.

Look, a crayon.
Look, a book.
Look, a chair.
Look, a table.

7. Bowling:

It´s a fun game and good for the Hand-eye coordination+ balance. I glued velcro on the bowling pin and on the cards so I can use the bowling pins with any theme.

8. Fly swatter: Give students a fly swatter.The teacher says a word.The students will attempt to be the first to "fly swat" the word to earn points.

9. Make a necklace: an activity from the book Jellybeans1. Get the templates at:

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