Friday, April 15, 2011
1. Bunny Book and Bunny Guided Drawing
HeidiSongs Facebook page. I asked people to tell me what their favorite book making activity was, since my class was really enjoying making books this year. I got lots of great ideas, and one idea included making a book out of envelopes. I think that this is usually done by stapling envelopes together and letting the children put props inside them to help tell their stories. Another idea was to make a “Lost and Found” book. For example, the children write, “I lost my _____. I found it on my _____,” etc. As I turned these ideas over in my head, an idea for combining the two types of books popped up as I was falling asleep, so I jumped up and wrote it down!
To help prepare them, I taught them the “Saw” and the “Under” song from Sing and Spell Five so that they could more easily write sentences like, “I saw an egg under my shoe.” I also taught them the “Little” song and the “Down” from Sing and Spell Vol. 2, so that they could use those words if needed as well. We also learned to draw some bunnies in various positions through guided drawing, and I am including the directions for this as a free download for you this week. I hope you enjoy it! Empowering the children to draw pictures to go with their stories seems to make such a difference to my students, and they just LOVE the drawing lessons!
We worked on the booklets in small groups for two days. Lots of children had no trouble at all, but some had a hard time catching on to what I wanted them to do. They were forgetting to include something about eggs being hidden by a bunny and then found. Basically, they just wanted to decorate the paper eggs, but I wouldn’t give them ANY until they finished the entire book! I kept reminding them that if they didn’t include the part about hiding and finding the eggs, then there would be no reason to “surprise” their parents by pulling the eggs out their pockets, etc. This finally started to sink in on day two, when a few of the struggling writers began to change some of their stories around to include this.
2. Bunny Bag and a Bunny Hat
In any case, I am giving you the patterns for the bag and the hat. Be careful with the hat pattern, though! It is larger than the pattern that would fit on the 8.5” x 11” paper. The bunny shape should fill up an entire half sheet of construction paper, so you will have to enlarge it to make it work. Just trace around the outside of the bunny shape to make the whole thing larger, and that should just about do it. Or, put it on a copy machine and enlarge it that way.
3. “Boing!” Game
This game is a fun “Bang” style game that plays a lot like the “Barnyard Bang” game and the “Jingle Bell Bang” game that I told you about last fall, but it has a spring theme. It is actually part of the Musical Math Resource CD, but is also sold as a download, so this one is not free. Sorry! It is part of the “Musical Math Songbook and Visual Aids Set download.” It focuses on counting skills, and especially works on getting the kids to count to 100. This is how it is played:
What Comes Next “Boing!” Game Directions
1. Practice telling what number comes next on a few of the cards by saying the numbers aloud in sequence, and then having a child tell what number should come next. Check a hundred’s chart with the children if necessary.
2. Shuffle the cards and choose a child to go first. On each child’s turn, place a card in front of him or her . If the child receives a number card, he must try to tell what number comes next. You will probably have to read the sequence of numbers aloud to the child, and then have him respond. If the child receives a “special” card, then he or she must do the following: Rabbit (Boing! card): The child hops up and down like a rabbit, says “Boing!,” and gets all of the cards at the table (except the dealer’s cards.)
Duck: The child gets up and quacks and waddles like a duck. Optional: Have him choose two friends to get up and follow him around like baby ducks following their parent.
Frog: The child gets up and hops all the way around the table like a frog.
Bee: The child buzzes like a bee and says, “Give me some honey!” The teacher must give him a small treat, like a piece of cereal. Optional: Give the child a extra card instead.
Bird: The child must fly around the table like a bird and choose a friend with whom to trade places. That child gets up and flies to the other child’s seat, both of them leaving their cards behind.
Basket: The child must say “Happy Spring!” or “Happy Easter!” etc., and give someone a card.
Puppy: The child must give someone in the room a hug (if they are comfortable with it.) Optional: Or, the child must whine like a dog, begging someone for a card.
Here's a little video of my class playing the game. They LOVED it! It was a nice break from subtraction; I think that they needed it!
4. Easter Sight Word Surprise!
And I am including it as a free download again for you this week. Probably, this summer we will pull all of the free downloads from this year’s blog off and make them downloads for sale on my website, so if you like what you see, you might want to try to find the time to download whatever you can now while the getting’s good! :)
I hope that you have a wonderful Easter, Passover, or holiday of choice for you and yours to celebrate. Be blessed!