## Wednesday, May 15, 2013

### IDEAS GALORE FROM IOWA, MINNESOTA, AND THE MARYLAND SHORE! Part 1

Class President (Maggie from Wayzata)
Every day select a new class president and vice president.  They both have special responsibilities, like leading the morning meeting, passing out snack, etc.
*Write a class constitution together during the first weeks of school and sign it.

Paper Doll Bears (Donna)
Let children use clothespins to match up shapes, colors, numbers, etc. on paper bears.

Attention Grabber  (Julie Navratil)
To quietly and quickly get the students’ attention whisper:

If you are going to have a Q (stick out right hand),
Then you have to have a U (left hand out).
Because a Q and a U stick together
Like glue (clap your hands together).

Picture Perfect (Beth Schmitt)
When you are getting your picture taken turn to the side and put one foot in front.  You’ll always look skinnier!!

When You Finish Early…(Rana Webster)
When you finish early, tell the children to “write your teacher a message.”  They can practice writing and it makes them feel special.
P.S.  Always write a note or reply back.
Example:  Can I be at the art center today?

Odd and Even Milk Count  (Mary Petron)
Use craft sticks with students’ names to do the milk count.  Count by 2’s as you hold the sticks in one hand.  If one is left over, the kids will know it’s odd.

Find a Partner (Jean Doroff)
You will need a deck of cards with aces through nines.  Select pairs that equal ten.  Each child gets a card and finds a partner whose card makes ten.
*You can also do by colors.  Red ace with red nine or black ace with black nine.

Mathematical Thinking Bag  (LaRae Dill)
Kids take home a bag with instructions to share their mathematical thinking with the class.
Number Story – Bring in items to model the story.
Number Collection – Show a number in different ways.
Number Estimation – Bring items for the class to estimate.

Journey Song  “Don’t Stop Believing”
B-R says /br/ in bride.
B-R says /br/ in bride.
C-H says /ch/ in church.
These are the special sounds – they go on and on and on and on.