Sunday, February 9, 2014


Day 2 of our trip!


Before reading a book “walk about” the pictures and encourage the children to make predictions. Read and compare their predictions with what actually happened.
*What does a “walkabout” mean in Australia? How can you find out?

Scatter and Read (Melissa Webb)
Teach your students how to do this at the beginning of the school year and practice, practice, practice! Whenever the teacher says, “Scatter and Read” the children stop, go quickly and get their book box, and then go to their special reading spot. This works perfectly for a productive break, when an administrator comes to the door, etc.
Hint! Let them choose a new spot at the beginning of each month.

Pipe Cleaner Counting
(Angelica Lara, El Paso)
Put 10 beads on a pipe cleaner (knotting the pipe cleaner on the ends). Children can slide the beads horizontally from left to right as they count to ten – then flip it over and count from 11-20. Keep flipping as you count as high as you want.
*Angelica also says they hold the pipe cleaner vertically to count the number of words in a sentence.

Quiet Man (Candace Reed)
Make "quiet man" with your fingers by sticking up pinky and pointer and touching thumb, ring man, and tall man. When the teacher holds up "quiet man" the children respond by making "quiet man" and focusing on the teacher.