Last week was all about parts of a bird: wings, bodies, beaks, feet, and tails. We have made some really cool things, including these cool bird beaks:
My students have had a lot of fun learning about birds and pretending to be birds as well. They LOVE to role play. They NEED to role play. Preschoolers need dramatic play throughout their daily routine to practice interacting with their peers and building friendships, exploring new ideas, trying out new roles, practicing language and communication skills, and to practice expressing a range of emotions in a safe, monitored environment.
This week, we are learning about specific kinds of birds. We learned about woodpeckers, hummingbirds, chickadees, eagles, and bluebirds.
We have been pretending to be these different kinds of birds all week! It’s been fun pretending to build nests, find food, and fly.
We did an adding and subtracting activity using dramatic play. We pretended to be woodpeckers. We pretended links were our food. I read the word problems to them as they acted out the problem.
In my experience working with children, I have found that they have an easier time remembering problems and strategies if they act it out.
We took it a step further, and actually pretended to be the woodpecker in the story problems. The students pretended to go around finding insects in trees. They would tell me, “This one is a spider.” And, “This one is a worm.”
Mother Goose Time provided me with 4 word problems to use for this activity. They start off easy, having your child use the links to count to 8. Then, they gradual get more challenging. Below are a few examples of the questions these cards might ask the students to do.
Using the links, the students will be able to make connections about adding and subtracting that they wouldn’t have been able to make without using manipulatives. Role playing the scenarios is a fun way to learn and helps students remember the problems they are working on. I love sneaking role playing into math lessons.
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