I was visiting with a teacher this week and she mentioned that she had not done show and tell for several years but that she was going to do it again this year. I loved show and tell when I was little, my students loved it when I taught, and my grandchildren love it. It’s a tradition in early childhood that can nurture important speaking and listening skills. However, it can also become “bring, brag, and boring”! Here are some tips that might make this a more meaningful experience in your classroom this year.
All, Several, or One? Limit sharing time to one day a week, or assign several children to each day. You could also have a special “show and share” bag that goes home with one child each day.
Three Statements - The person sharing can make three statements about what they have brought. The class then gets to ask them three questions about it.
*You could also ask children to come up with three clues about what they have brought from home. (Parents could write these for younger students.) After giving the clues, friends try and guess what it is.
20 Questions - Let the class ask 20 questions about show and tell items. Tally their answers on the board.
Show What You Know - Try “show what you know” where children can demonstrate what they have learned about a theme. They could do an art project, make up a song, do a skit, make a video, etc.
Listening Share - Have children close their eyes as friends take turns sharing. Can everyone remember one thing at the end of sharing time?
Podium - Provide a child-size podium (old music stand) for children to stand behind when they speak.
Sharing Shelf – Instead of passing objects around the class, designate a special shelf or table in your classroom where students can place their show and tell objects for friends to look at later in the day.
And that’s my show and tell for the day!!!