Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dr. Seuss

Our addition unit was the same week as Dr. Seuss week, so after reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish we did this addition activity.

Graphing our favorite Dr. Seuss books. I like doing graphs using the children's pictures. You can discuss math words, such as most, least, and equal.

Teacher-directed art lesson. Start with doing the painted hands the day before so it can dry. With one hand, paint red stripes on the fingers for the cat's hat and put it on the top center of the paper. With the other hand, paint blue on the fingers and do it on both sides of the paper for Thing 1 and Thing 2's hair.

Rhyming hat- Differentiate by having higher students come up with a 5 rhyming word set. Other students can come up with 2 words that rhyme and write them in the two white stripes.

 Flipbook- Fun way to identify the story elements of a book. Sheet of white, sheet of red, and another half sheet of red for middle. Staple at top after you Fold them staggerdly.


Shape Scavenger Hunt
After learning about our shapes and the characteristics of each, we went on a shape scavenger hunt around the school and outside of our building. I was the photographer and the kids would find the shapes. When the pictures got developed, we made a class book that the kids enjoyed reading when in our classroom library.
*Beware because the kids will start finding shapes everywhere now! When walking down the hall looking at the same old things, suddenly the children's eyes have been opened and they are finding all kinds of shapes!

Making Shapes
When talking about the characteristics of shapes, make some out of play dough and straws. You can talk about how many points (play dough balls) and sides (straws) shapes have. Circles and ovals are hard to do with this, but you can do squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, trapezoids, and diamonds easily.

Shape Bingo
All kids love bingo, especially if there is a prize involved! Have different shapes on the bingo cards, but make the calling cards describe the shapes, then the kids have to figure out which one to cover. A little more difficult.
For example, your calling card could say, "This shape has 4 sides and looks like a kite." (Kids would cover the diamond.)