We were fortunate to have an adult volunteer in both the PM and AM classes. This brought the table groups to 6 children with one adult. What a difference this makes. I would like to make a cheer and thankyou for all those parent volunteers out there.
The math program was reviewing shapes and catergorization this week. My “Sequence Vocabulary” activity happens to have shapes in it, so I decided that would be a good activity. Again I had to add 6 more sets of cards to accomodate our class size. This was a matter of printing train and shape pictures, pasting them on poster board, and laminating.
In this activity the cards are drawn from a pile in the center of the table one by one. The students have a possibility of getting a shape card or one of four cars to make a train. It allows for the discussion of first, last, ending, middle, and beginning of the train. There is also a same and different decision to be made because a student doesn’t keep a card he already has. These and the shapes go into a discard pile. The first student to get the four train cards is declared the winner and the game can be played again. Six students to a table made the turn taking much easier and the game appeared to go well. We went through the stack 3 times in a 20 minute period of time. I had them each build a train sequence, review the sequence vocabulary and then rubber band each set so it would be ready for the next class. The volunteers seemed to catch on quickly. It’s good to have activities that don’t need much explanation.