Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Math
- Lined paper
- Drawing paper and chart paper
- Markers and crayons
- Examples of instructions or directions from a cookbook, food label, or game
- Language and literacy
Show children a few examples of different types of instructions during group time. Discuss how instructions are written in numbered steps. For example, you may want to ask them to recall the sequence of steps they go through when playing a favorite board game, preparing a favorite snack, or putting on their shoes.
Explain that each child will make a "How To" book. Ask children to think of something they know how to do, like riding a bike, making a sandwich, building a block bridge, or playing a game. Invite children to share, and record their ideas on a sheet of chart paper.
Schedule time to meet with each child. Divide a sheet of drawing paper; leave a larger space on top where the child can draw and use the bottom space for writing. Begin by inviting children to write or dictate their directions, using a separate sheet of paper for each step.
Provide drawing materials and ask children to make a drawing to illustrate each step. Give them another sheet of paper on which to create a cover with a title. Help them organize their pages and staple them together to make a book. Invite everyone to share their books with the group.
Remember: You may need to work individually with some children to help them choose topics for their "How To" books, and to sequence their directions.
Sequencing: Ask parents to think of a new activity that they can do with their child, such as cooking or baking together, playing a game, or learning how to tie shoes or make the bed. Afterwards, ask parents to invite their child to recall the sequence of the activity.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: DRAMATIC PLAY
Charades: Explain the concept of charades to children. Suggest that one child at a time silently act out an activity that he likes to do. The rest of the children will try to guess the activity. Offer ideas if children can't think of an activity on their own.
How to Be a Cat by Mary Hoffman (Frances Lincoln, 2004)
How to Rock Your Baby by Sibley Fleming (Peachtree Publishing, 1997)
What Happens When...? by John Farndon (Scholastic, 1996)