Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Math/Literacy
- 3" x 5" index cards
- old magazines and catalogs
- chart paper
- markers and pencils
- child safety scissors
- glue sticks
- hole punch
- small binder rings or yarn
Objective: Children will gain an understanding of size differences and develop fine-motor and literacy skills.
In Advance: Use a hole punch, yam, or small binder rings to attach several 3" x 5" index cards together to make books. Collect old school supply catalogs or magazines for the children to cut.
1. During group time, engage children in a discussion about things that are very small. What are the smallest toys in the classroom? What are the smallest foods we eat? What about living things? Use chart paper to record their answers.
2. Show children the small blank books. Invite them to each make a "small book about small things." Explain that they can draw pictures of small things or cut out pictures of small things from magazines and catalogs. They can even do both.
3. Invite a group to the table to work on their books. Assist children in creating a cover that includes the title and their name. Provide children with art materials to illustrate their book pages. The small books can be used as wordless books or children can dictate words for a story.
4. Place children's small books in a basket in your book area and encourage them to read their books alone or with friends during transition times, group time, or quiet time. Follow up this activity by creating a class Big Book About Big Things.
Remember: Children's interest levels tend to vary. Some children may want to work on a few pages a day.
Movement: Big and Small Movements. Explain to children that they will create big and small body movements to music. Ask them to think of different ways they can move their bodies to make big movements and small body movements. Tell children that when you hold your arms open wide, you want them to make big movements, and when you hold your hands against your body, they will make small movements. Let the music, the movement, and the fun begin.
Clifford the Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell
George Shrinks by William Joyce
"I Can't" Said the Ant by Polly Cameron