Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Social/Emotional
- The Little Red Hen by Lucinda McQueen (Scholastic Inc.; $2.24; in Spanish: La Gallinita Roja, $2.96)
- chart paper
- poster board
- self adhesive Velcro tape
- nontoxic glue
- markers and crayons
- clear contact paper
Objective: Children will create a classroom job chart to encourage the development of social responsibility, cooperative learning, and creativity
1 Read The Little Red Hen to children and engage them in a discussion about how they can work together to keep their classroom clean. What must we do to keep all of our areas organized? How can we keep our classroom supplies from getting lost or broken? How can we help before and after mealtimes?
2 Explain to children that they will work together to create a job chart for their classroom. Ask each child to think of a special job for the chart. Use chart paper to record each child's response. Review and discuss the completed list of ideas with children.
3 Provide children with small sheets of oaktag and drawing materials. Ask each child to draw a picture of the job he listed. Assist children in writing the specific job below their drawing. Glue children's finished drawings onto a large sheet of poster board to create the job chart. Leave space below each drawing to place a small strip of Velcro for the children's nametags. (You may want to cover the job chart with clear contact paper before attaching the Velcro.)
4 Assist children in writing their names on strips of oaktag. Cover the nametags with clear contact paper. Attach a small piece of Velcro to the back of the nametags. Incorporate the job chart into morning meeting time. Remember to compliment the children on their creativity and their cooperative efforts as they work together to keep their classroom organized and clean.
Movement and Math: Musical Numbers. Engage children in this fun movement game to help them learn their new classmates' names and develop beginning math skills. On sheets of paper write individual numerals from 1 through 10. Tape the numbered paper onto the floor to create a circle. Explain to children that they will move around the circle to recorded music. When the music stops, a teacher will name two numbers and the children will stand by those numbers. To teach one-to-one correspondence, stop the music, ask children to go to a number, and match the number of children to that specific number.