SKILLS: Children develop observation and creative-thinking skills, and learn math concepts as they engage in a variety of activities using their feet and shoes.
- The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
- poster Board
- tape measure
- brown paper
1 Read The Foot Book to children. Engage children in a discussion about feet. Invite children to remove their shoes and socks and observe one another's feet. Create a language-experience chart with children, recording what they already know about feet.
2 Use poster board to record the growth of children's feet over the course of the school year. Write the months of the school year across the top of the poster board and list children's names along the left side in a vertical column. Explain to children that you'll measure their feet each month to create a chart showing how their feet have grown during the school year. As the months go by, ask children to describe what they notice on the chart. Which classmate's feet showed the most growth? Which classmates have similar size feet?
3 Provide children with tempera paint, markers, and brown paper. Ask them to work in pairs and trace one another's feet on paper. Provide children with scissors to cut out the feet and display them in the classroom.
4 Invite children to sit in a circle on the floor. Ask them to place one of their shoes in the middle of the circle and to describe the shoe. Use chart paper to record children's comments about the differences and similarities among the shoes. Ask children to create a graph about their shoes. Invite them to think of several categories for their graph, such as colors, sneakers, and laces. Record children's findings on their graph.
Family involvement: family feet. Provide each child with a long sheet of brown paper. Send a note home to families explaining that children have been requested to trace their family members' feet in order of size. Children can use markers or crayons to color them. Ask children to write each family member's name below his or her feet.