Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Someone recently remarked at a conference that TEACHERS ARE GOOD PIRATES.  YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHO TO PIRATE FROM!

I hope you visit my blog and "steal," "borrow," and "adapt" when you need a new idea!
Sight Word Hunt (Amanda Sterner)
Write sight words on jumbo craft sticks and store them in a cup in the classroom library.  Invite children to choose a stick and then find that word in books they are reading.

Letter Hunt
Do a similar activity with younger children by having them look for letters in a book. Write letters on jumbo craft sticks or use letter pops (magnetic letters glued to craft sticks).


Superhero Yoga (Charley Schillinger)
Superman – Do a plank.
Wonder Woman – Sit in an invisible chair.
Spiderman – Feet together and squat.
Batman – Arms out and one leg up.

You’re on a Roll Cheer(Shelby Steele)
Say, “You’re on a roll!” as you roll your arms back and forth.

Air Writing(Lisa Callis)
Go from large to small as you practice air writing letters, numerals, shapes, etc.
Stick out one arm and write with your finger.
Hold your shoulder with the opposite hand as you write with one finger.
Hold your elbow and write.
Hold your wrist and write.
Hold finger and write. 


Ten Little Everything (Karen Foley)
Adapt "Ten Little Indians" for every topic or holiday in the year.
"1 little, 2 little” for penguins, snowmen, hearts, butterflies, etc.
     1 little, 2 little, 3 little penguins,
     4 little, 5 little, 6 little penguins,
     7 little, 8 little, 9 little penguins at the South Pole (or at the store, or on the farm, etc.)
Itsy Bitsy Spider (Sharon Howard)
After singing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” let children change what kind of spider it is. It could be happy, mad, mean, angry, silly, pretty princess, etc. Then children decide how that spider would go up the waterspout.

Preschool Clubs (Laney Brightbill)
Make posters that describe self-help skills. Once children can do they skill they get to add their picture and name to the club. For example:
-Button club
-Zipper club
-Glove club
-Shoe tying club
-Jacket club

Doubles Don’t Give Me Trouble (Sarah Jackson)
(Tune: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”)
1 + 1= 2, 2 + 2 = 4, 3 + 3 = 6, 4 + 4 = 8, 5 + 5 = 10, 6 + 6 = 12
Now I know my doubles,
They don’t give me any trouble.
7 + 7 =14, 8 + 8 = 16, 9 + 9 = 18, 10 + 10 = 20, 11 + 11 = 22, 12 + 12 = 24

ARITHMETIC (Bridget Weaver)
This mnemonic device will help you remember how to spell arithmetic.