On the end of a piece of yarn, wrap some tape tightly to make it easier to thread. Tie a big knot on the opposite end of the yarn. String cheerios on until the string is full. Hang it from your nearest tree. The cheerios are bird food and then they can use the yarn in their nest! This is a great fine motor activity and perfect for earth day, a unit on birds, or animals in winter.
Graphing ‘O’ the Green
Use a die cut machine to cut out shamrocks. Enough for each student to have a few. Put “green” statements on the bottom. If they agree, they write their name on the shamrock and post it above the statement. For example, My favorite color is green. I like to eat green beans. and so on.
S’mores Descriptive Words
100 day Trailmix
1. I drew 10 circles on the paper (traced air freshener!) and wrote a 10 on each.
2. Put out 10 bowls filled with small items, such as popcorn, M&M’s, goldfish, cheerios, oyster crackers, etc.
3. Each student counts 10 of each item into each circle for 100 total. Pour into a baggie and enjoy!
100 going into my classroom. Students had to crawl through it. (So did I a few times, so next year, I will put this up at the ceiling!)
1. Peel old pieces of crayons.
2. Put pieces into a disposable foil tin. Melt in oven at 250. How long depends on how many crayons you have, so keep your eye on it.
3. Pour into a lollipop mold. Mine were for Christmas, so they are snowmen and Santas. Put a little tape onto the holes where the lollipop stick should go first. I didn’t do this and a lot of the wax ran out of the hole. Allow to dry and pop them out!
Math Center Activity
1. Students choose a card with a number on them.
2. Students count the correct number of foam “Teeth” and place them on the pumpkin.
1. Do a group tasting of apples.
2. Write name on apple. Graph favorite kind of apple.
3. Transfer the data from group graph onto pictograph worksheet.
Skip Counting Hop Scotch
My students were studying counting by fives so that we could get busy using TouchMoney. You could change this to counting by tens as well.
I laminated sheets of construction paper after I wrote the numbers on them. I taped them to the floor using packaging tape. It stayed for a few months until I got tired of looking at it!
My Morning Meeting Routine
1. Calendar- copy number and pattern, write the date
2. Days of the Week- One student leads, other have BoardMaker Pictures to sequence
3. Weather- Post and Graph
4. Hundreds Chart- Tally and Money
5. Number- Read the word and write the number
6. Read the Message on the easel