More or less?
You put me to the test!
Someone emailed that her students were having difficulty with the concept “more and less,” and she wanted to know if I had a song. Well, I didn’t, but that was a great idea so I made one up! If you ever need help with anything, please let me know and keep me on my toes!!!
More or Less?
(Tune: “If You’re Happy”)
If you have lots of something say MORE! (Open arms wide and say in a loud voice.)
If you want lots of something say MORE!
More books, more toys,
More friends, more joy.
If you have lots of something say MORE!
If you don’t have much of something say LESS. (Palms close and whisper.)
If you don’t want much of something say LESS.
Less homework, less tests,
Less booboos, less mess.
If you don’t have much of something say LESS.
Make a T-chart where children list things they’d like more and less of.
Extend arms and make the body be like a balance scale. Call out things children would want more of (cookies, recess, etc.) as they raise their right arm. Call out things children would like less of (chores, shots) as they lower their left arm.
Give children manipulatives. Make a set on the board. Tell them to make a set that is MORE. Can they make a set that is LESS?
Using a number line (on the floor) ask a child to stand on a number. Can you show me one more? Can you show me one less?
Sing the ABC’s and tell the children when you put your hands together they should sing very softly. As you extend your arms they sing louder and louder. Can they follow your directions as they make their voices louder and softer?
*Let children take turns being orchestra leader as friends sing loud and soft according to their directions.