“Nashville Notes”
Nashville, Tennessee
June 11 & 12, 2009

17. Where Is______? (Amber Oakley)

Use the tune from “Where Is Thumbkin?” to reinforce colors, shapes, numerals, letters, etc. For example, children could each have a set of cards with the shapes drawn on them. They would hold up the appropriate shape as you sing:

Where is square?
Where is square?
Here I am.
Here I am.
How are you today, square?
Very well, I thank you.
Back in the box.
Back in the box.

18. Mouth Patterns (Amber Beam)

Make pattern cards similar to the ones shown. Children make appropriate patterns with their mouths as they follow the pattern.

Mouth Patterns

19. Shark Game (Suzanne Chapman, Gadsden, TN)

Cut sharks out of construction paper using the pattern in the Downloads section. Fold down the top fin. Write a number word on the body and the numeral under the fin. Self-checking games like these are great for repetition. This game pattern could be used for phonics, math facts, and other skills.


20. Recording Data and Assessment (Wanda Reding)

Children use a clipboard with an answer sheet numbered on the left. The game cards are also numbered. Children select a card and then write down the beginning sound, ending sound, word, etc. next to the appropriate number on their sheet. *For math write a, b, c, d…down the left side of their answer sheet. Number the cards with similar letters. Children select a card and write the answer next to the appropriate letter on their answer sheet.


21. Spanish Cheer (Christine Amezquita, Nashville, TN)

Muy bien, child’s name, muy bien! Ole!

22. Hand Shapes (Christine Amezquita, Nashville, TN)

Using their hands to make shapes will really help kinesthetic learners. Say each shape and then challenge children to create them with their fingers.

23. Check It Out! Cheer (Teresa Nicks)

Use this cheer when a child answers a question correctly:

“Check it out! Check it out!
Child’s name knows what he’s (she’s) talking about!”
Pretend to touch index finger to tongue and then hold up as you say,
“Psssss!” (Like it’s really hot!)

24. Poochie Lip (Diane Lytle)

Here’s a song from Patch the Pirate:
The poochie lip will get you if you don’t watch out.
The poochie lip will get you if you start to pout.
So take this little tip,
Please control your lower lip
And chase away the poochie lip disease.

25. Phonics Actions (Angie Heffner)

Say several words orally using a sound you are working on. Write those words on the board and brainstorm other words with that same sound. Then let the students make up actions for the sounds. For example:

Ch – touch chin
Sh – touch shin
Aw – pretend to crawl
Ow – pretend to milk a cow

26. Review Baseball (Angie Heffner)

Establish bases in the classroom. Divide students into teams. As each player comes up to bat she can choose a single, double, triple, or homerun question. Play like baseball.
*You can also play review basketball. Children get to throw a ball in the trashcan after they answer the question correctly. Select a score keeper to total the points.

27. I Can Read! Numeral Step Book (Dr. Barbara Gamble, Kingsport, TN)

Layer 5 sheets of paper on 1 sheet of colored paper as shown. Fold backwards and staple at the top. Children write numerals and number words on each page and illustrate with sets.

28. Puppet Pal (Debbie Seigfried)

Cut the handle off a milk jug and hot glue it to a Pals paper plate. Children can use this as a puppet for telling stories, acting out songs, etc.

29. Ruler Game (Bonnie Dennison, Proctorville, OH)

Give each child a ruler. Count and point to the numbers in order. Use the ruler like a number line for solving problems. For example: “I had one apple and George gave me two more. How many do I have now?” Use the names of the students or family names in the math problems.

30. Brain Spray (Dana Jackson)

Fill an empty spray bottle with water and glitter. Pretend to spray this in the air when you want children to pay close attention and learn a new concept.

31. Marshmallow Feet (Wanda Lovell, Nashville, TN)

To remind children how to walk in the hall make marshmallow feet for snack. Give them a graham cracker to munch out the shape of a foot. Then give them 5 miniature marshmallows for toes. Talk about how we walk like marshmallows in the hallway and then eat your foot! Yum!

32. Dotty Llamas

Use the pattern in the Downloads section to cut llamas and saddles out of construction paper. Make sets of dots on the bodies. Write numerals on the saddles. Children use clothespins for legs to stand up the llamas. Then they match the saddles to the appropriate dotty llamas!

Dotty Llamas

33. Paper Plate Fractions (Kay Cessna, Hopkinsville, KY)

You can color paper plates or use decorative plates for this activity. Cut a slit half way through each plate. Insert plates and spin around to demonstrate ½, ¼, and other fractions.

Paper Plate Fractions

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