We have been working on fractions and symmetry lately, and some of my kiddos were really struggling with the "mirror image" concept of symmetry. They could identify figures that were or were not symmetrical, but could not produce a symmetrical image on their own. So we did the cutest little activity that I got from my roommate last year.
-4 pieces of black construction paper (1 8.5 by 11 paper cut in 4 pieces)
-Various bright paint colors (orange, yellow, white, etc.)
-Squirt bottles/ketchup bottles
1. Students get 4 pieces of black construction paper and fold them in half.
2. Open the paper back up and students draw a design (with minimal paint) on one side of the fold. (For my kids, my aide and I actually "drew" the designs, with the direction of the kids since squirt bottles are difficult to control, but they could easily do it themselves)
3. Fold the paper back in half again paint side in. Have students smooth it out on the table. (Depending on where the paint is, it may ooze out the sides a little....its no big deal)
4. Open back up and viola! A perfect symmetrical match.
5. Repeat with other three pieces of paper!
You would have thought that I gave them a big bowl of candy. This was the most fun I've seen them have in the longest time!
Our story this week is called A Friend for Little Bear by Harry Horse, and it was one of those cutesy stories that they girls love and the boys don't. So we had to make it fun!
We have also been learning about Bossy R. I started out with the "ar" and "or" sounds, which I think are easier. We talked about how the a and the o do not make the short vowel sound or the long vowel sound, because the r wants them to say his name.
We thought of little sayings:
"Ar" is a pirate, and he says: "Arrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhh!" "Or" is what a seal says: "Or, or, or!" (And you slap your outstretched arms together like a seal!)
When I introduce sounds for the first time, I like for my students to practice reading words with these sounds as much as possible, to make them familiar with it. So I created these little sound cards. They worked SO well with my ELL students, because in addition to the ar/or word, there is also a picture to assist them! You can have them for FREE :)
I only have 15 days of school left. I can't believe it! Next week my kids have their spring concert, the talent show, and our school Olympics. We are busy busy busy!