This week, we learned about Treasure Maps. The first activity we did was sequencing a story. Mother Goose Time sent 4 story cards to go along with this daily theme. My student and I looked at the pictures and talked about what was happening in each picture. We talked about what the boy might be doing and what pictures were on the map. Then, we found the picture that we thought was the first picture in the story. We sequenced the story (first, next, then, last) and my student told a little bit about why she thought a certain picture should be next. We talked about what might happen next after each picture as well which helped her pick the correct picture for sequencing.
Next, we made our own treasure maps. This was fun and also tricky! We took some jewels and hid them outside, under the slide. I told my student to draw a map to the treasure. My student drew a big “X” on her paper, then asked me how to make a treasure map.
I had to teach her new vocabulary words like: symbols and landmarks. We took a walk around the house and neighborhood and talked about the different landmarks. Then, we went in the backyard and talked about the different landmarks we saw that we could draw on our paper that would lead someone to the treasure.
My student was so excited to draw her map. She gave it to her dad as soon as he walked in the door from work. She tells him, “I hid a treasure for you! But you have to find it using the map.” And then, 2 seconds later while he was trying to decipher the map, she says, “I can’t tell you where it is, but it’s under the slide.”
The last activity we did was a matching shape game. I had 2 sets of shapes. One set went into the pocket cube, and the other set I hid under paper plates. The students roll the cube, and try to find the shape they rolled under a paper plate. They only get to lift up one plate per turn. If they get the same shape, they put that shape in the treasure box. If it is not the same shape, they put the paper plate back over the shape and the next person rolls.
My student was very excited when she got a matching shape and could put it in the treasure box. She would yell out the shape and the color. When we were finished, she wanted to count how many jewels she collected.
I love that she extended the learning on her own. I think she is so used to having me ask her to do a little bit more that she has just started doing it on her own. She is taking charge of her own learning. She is developing a love for learning that will hopefully continue into adulthood.
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