If you read my post from yesterday, you know how frustrated I was with my classes behavior. This morning at circle time I had a talk with them about how they are big boys and girls and it’s their job to follow the rules and listen at school. Then, instead of us (the teachers) going over the rules – I had them take turns telling me the rules. I don’t know if it was the talk or the fact that we had 5 less kids today – but finally – after days of frustration – we had an almost great day! YAY! I am so happy! 🙂
Today we did a math/science activity that the children were really excited about. We talked about how big things are and how we measure using a ruler or measuring tape. Then we talked about how we could use other items to measure with – like hands, feet, blocks, or in our case, unifix cubes! I have a bunch of plastic ocean animals and I took out a few and asked the children to guess how many cubes long we thought the animal was. After I took a few guesses, Ms. Bennet showed the children how to snap the cubes together until we had a line of cubes as long as the animal. Then we counted the cubes and compared our guesses with the actual amount.
Then I laid out our container of unifix cubes, 4 plastic ocean animals, a couple pencils, and an ocean animal measuring paper I made to record their data. I showed the children how to use the paper to record their data and told them that only two children at a time could work because it was a small table. I also put out a sentence strip with numbers written on it to help them out with writing their numbers. I made sure I sat very near the table to help any children that didn’t feel like they were ready to tackle this on their own (there were quite a few – but I expected that)!
In the end the children really enjoyed working on this activity and I told them that they did the kind of work a real scientist would do! They were excited to take home their papers and show their parents how they wrote numbers (most for the very first time)! And I was excited to see them so excited about learning! We will keep this activity out until everyone who wants to has had a turn!