Last week, was a lot of fun. We did a lot of acting out and a lot of story telling. It was fun for my students to be creative and make up stories and it was a great way for them to practice some of the skills we are learning this month.
The character trait this month is patience. Mother Goose Time sends unique books that go along with the trait for the month. They also send story pieces so the students can act out the story. This past week, I let the students explore with the story pieces. I told them to recreate the story or to make up a different story where the characters have to be patient and wait for something. They all chose to recreate the story by making an apple tree using play dough and sticks. Then, they had the characters wait for the apple to drop. It was neat to see how they interpreted being patient by watching them tell the story in their own words.
This last week, we also did math story problems. The students had a lot of fun acting out the story and they didn’t realize that they were doing math and practicing their counting skills. We used a squirrel, acorns, a tree, and some flowers to make our story problems. The students got to act out the story as I told it using the pieces and along the way I would make them add and subtract acorns. I started the story with “Once upon a time there was a squirrel named Steve. He was very hungry. He was in search for food when he came across a very big acorn tree.” Then, I continued with Steve picking acorns from the tree and hiding them in the flowers. But, then some were stolen. The kids had a lot of fun with it. And I did too!
All kids learn in different ways. Acting out a story emphasizes a concept and learning through stories can help a student remember better. Plus, it’s fun! This week, we will finish our theme “Orchard Harvest” by learning about different kinds of nuts.
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