Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Here are a few more ideas the teachers shared last week in Illinois.

Potato Handshake (Alicia Grant)
Potato – hit fists
French fry – open hand and spread fingers apart
Dip it – turn hand down with fingers toward the floor as if dipping in ketchup

I Have – Who Has?  (Betsy Martin)
You will need a blank deck of 22-26 cards.  Put a dot on the first card so the child with that card will know to begin.  On each card put a statement and a question similar to those below:
I have 4.  Who has 2 more?
I have 6.  Who has l less?
I have 5.  Who has 2 of me?
I have 10.  Who has 10 more?
Shuffle the cards and pass out for the students to line up as they read their card.

Paper Clip Book
This is similar to the book I make with a popsicle stick.  Cut two sheets of paper in half.  Stack.  Make two holes on the fold about 1 1/2" from each end.  Insert a rubber band in one hole and attach to a large paper clip.  Insert the other end of the rubber band in the other hole and fasten to the paper clip.  Taa daa!
Read with Me If…  (Betsy Martin)
This idea makes it seem like the students are special and they “get” to reread with the teacher!
Read with me IF you…like chocolate ice cream
                                  like broccoli
                                  are pretty
                                  have pants on
                                  are wearing red

Shiny Pennies (Judy T.)
Let the kids clean pennies with ketchup.

Signs for Transitions (Mary Barney)
While waiting to use the restroom, sign a spelling word or high frequency word.  This will focus children’s attention in a positive way.

Welcome Mat (Rhonda McAlpine)
Students choose a gesture from a mat on the floor before entering the classroom. 
Wave – wavy line
Hug - heart
High Five - hand
Smile – smile

Finger Signals (Cecilia Navata)
1 = bathroom
2 = water
3 = garbage
4 = tissue
5 = question
Hang loose (thumb and pinky extended) = Me too!  That was my answer!
Read aloud connections = hook index fingers together

Squash a Bug (Katie Hitchock)
Draw bugs on a clear shower curtain with a Sharpie.  On the underside tape flash cards with letters, math facts, words, etc.  As students walk across they step on the bugs and say the letter name, make the sound, say the sum, etc.

Phoneme Beads
String beads on a pipe cleaner or shoe lace.  Children can slide a bead for each phoneme they hear as they segment words.  
Hint!  I put a green bead at one end and a red bead at the other end to encourage children to go from left to right as they sounded out the words.