Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kindergarten Ready, Set, Go, Monster Activities

This week we launched our full second week with a monster mess thematic literacy and numeracy lesson! It was so much fun and yes it was ALSO A BIG MONSTER MESS. Isn't that true anytime we use PAINT with kindergartners! We read three different books, compared and contrasted them and then students talked about their favorite one! I started with Deanna Jump's "Monster Mess" innovation of Mouse Paint. Then took off with Go Away Big Green Monster  and Leonardo the TERRIBLE MONSTER. 

I did create some activities of my own, to practice counting and cardinality skills. Our main focus with this lesson was representing numbers 1-5 as a quantity, numeral, and word. In addition, we also did some writing that included high-frequency words and color words. All perfect for beginning of the year.

On days 1 and 2 we focused on counting, writing (tracing), and making an equal set using a 5 frame and counters.

 Days 3 and 4, some of the kids were ready for a "Challenge." So, I cut scrapbook/card stock paper in half,   laminated and cut out all the parts, so they could play "matching" game (scaffolding at it's best.)

Next week I will post on how I will be taking this same activity and making it part of our Math interactive journals! I LOVE LOVE using interactive journals for math and reading. I've been using them for 3 years now, and each year I seem to "perfect" them. They are a great tool for parent teacher conferences and formative assessments! In my classroom they've practically replaced "student" portfolios! Stay tuned! Once all done, I will be giving away a couple free downloads!

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