Sorry I haven’t been blogging. First my computer had a virus and then I had a virus :(. Fortunately for me I type my blogs on Word first. So a series of December blogs are to follow.
Well here is an activity we started about two weeks ago for the winter/holiday season. The kids helped me trace a gingerbread stencil and gave them the option on coloring them any color they wished. I helped them cut the stencils and then glued the shapes we’ve been studying on their bellies. I found gingerbread man worksheet that related to Matching and Sorting of letters. I liked the concept but I rarely use worksheets in these types of activities because if I want the kids to continue practicing the concept I need to keep on printing worksheets. So I decided to make a game out of it….shapes instead of letters.
So the game is really easy. Basically each gingerbread man has a partner. I created cups labeled “Same” and “Different.” They are to name the two shapes that are the same and the one that is different and put them in their corresponding cup. I choose gingerbread man because we’ve been reading stories on gingerbread men….plus they’re cute.
(tips on keeping things cheap and exciting for the classroom: I rarely print anything out on color. Everything in printed out on grayscale or as a draft. I either have them color anything we will use as a game or I will color it. If I want it to look nice and would reuse later I color it. If they are to take it home I let them color it. I like to share what we do in the classroom with the parents. I also use recycled boxes to add durability to the manipulatives. I simply glue the colored picture that I print on either cardstock or regular paper on the box, go over it with clear packing tape, and they cut them out. My form of laminationJ, this only works on small things. You wouldn’t really want to use this method on something big. I only laminate things when I have to.)