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Thursday, April 27, 2017


You're on your way to the finish line, but there are still a few skills that need to be reinforced.  Here are some activities where all children will be engaged and the teacher can quickly see who has mastered a skill and who needs additional work.


Each child has two index cards. One says “yes” and the other says “no.” As you ask questions, children respond by holding up the card with their response. For example: “Our state is Arizona.” “Fish has the short a sound.” “Blue and glue rhyme.”
*Cut an envelope in half. Write “yes” on one side and “no” on the other.

*Teach children signs for “yes” (shake fist forward) and “no” (extend fingers from thumb and then close. They can quickly answer questions without any props. If they know the signs for alphabet letters they can respond to a phonics review.

Pinch Cards

Cut construction paper or heavy paper into 8 ½ “ x 5 ½” rectangles. Down the left side write the numerals 0-10. Write the very same numerals on the reverse side. As the teacher calls out math problems the children pinch the correct answer and hold up their cards.
*Make pinch cards for words, numeral recognition 10-20, phonics, etc.

Zip It

Write letters, words, numbers, etc. on the left side of a sheet of paper as shown and insert the paper in a zip bag. Call out a question, and children “zip” to the correct answer and then hold up their bag.
*If you write numerals horizontally you can use it like a number line.

Note!  Cardstock works best.  I had to trim my paper a little to fit snugly into the zip bag.

Wipe Off Boards

Children write letters, words, or numerals on wipe off boards and hold them up. Erase with a sock and you’re ready to go again.

Hint! White plastic plates or laminated white card stock are great substitutes for white boards.