January 2009


“Nashville Notes”
Nashville, Tennessee
June 11 & 12, 2009
34. Telephone Number

Insert children’s names and phone numbers into the song “Jenny, Jenny, What Is Your Number?”
Juliana, what is your number?
Juliana, what is your number?

35. Hook Up Hug (Kristin Bauer)

Thumbs up. (Put out your arms and stick up your thumbs.)
Thumbs down. (Point thumbs down.)
Cross your hands. (Cross your arms.)
Clasp your fingers. (Intertwine fingers.)
Give yourself a hug. (Bring clasped hands toward your chest and squeeze your arms.)
*This is a great way to cross the midline and help children center themselves. You could also ask them to “hug” (cross) their legs.

36. Birthday Song (Bonnie Dennison)

Oh, happy birthday to you!
Oh, happy birthday to you!
May you feel joy and cheer every day of the year.
Oh, happy birthday to you!
Oh, happy birthday to you,
And the best year that you’ve ever had.

37. High Five Words (Kim Cron)

Each week choose five different high frequency words and write them on index cards and tape them to the door. Before the children can leave the classroom the teacher calls out a word. The child gives a “high five” (slap) on the word before exiting.
*You could also write the words on hand shapes.

High Five Words

38. Whoosh Cheer! (Lisa Lorance)

Clap three times and then put your arms in the air as you say, “WHOOSH!”
Make up different variations of this cheer. (Lisa did a great Paris Hilton and Joey from “Friends.”)

39. Flower Power Bulletin Board (Carol Bolt)

Cut circles and petals out of construction paper. Write each child’s name on a circle. Friends say three nice things about that child. Write those words on the petals and attach to the circle to make a flower. You can make a lovely garden bulletin board from these.

40. Recycle Notepad

Cut the side off a milk jug and use it to make the cover for a notepad or book.

41. Friends of Ten (Tina Durham-Wochler, Murfreesboro, TN)

Make six “Friends of Ten” using colored card stock. The numbers should coordinate on like colors. For example: 0 & 10, 1 & 9, 2 & 8, 3 & 7, 4 & 6, and 5 & 5. Pass out cards to the children. They walk around and find their “friend” (sets that equal ten). Review the numbers (friends) that equal ten.
*Make matching games for friends of ten at a math center with paper plates.

42. Numeral Cards (Laura Lemons)

Make numeral cards similar to the one shown. Put stickers to show children where to start and stop. Children can put counting bears, cereal, etc. on the numerals.

Numeral Cards

43. Salute (Angie Heffner)

The teacher holds a deck of cards and two children come up and draw a card. They must place the card face down on their chest without looking at it. When the teacher says, “Salute,” the students place their cards against their forehead so their opponent can see it but they can’t. The teacher calls the product, sum, etc, and the students try to guess the number on their card based on what they see on their opponent’s card. The first one to guess their number gets to stay. Another student gets to come up and challenge them.

44. Park the Car (Dana Jackson)

Use a house pattern and cut out garage doors. Put sets on the houses and numerals on toy cars. Students park the cars at the correct house.

Park the Car

45. Hundreds Board (Dana Jackson)

Make a giant hundreds board out of a shower curtain. Use for before, after, greater than, less than, in between, etc. Let children toss bean bags on these and identify numerals.

46. Shape Murals

Cut shapes out of construction paper and challenge children to create things out of them that are found in different places. For example, you could do a beach scene, farm, city, etc. Makes a great classroom mural.

47. Number Boogie (Paula McCullen)

Use number stickers or tape numbers to the floor. Make sure you have several of each number on the floor. Play some dance music. When the music stops the teacher calls out a number and the children find that number and stand on it. (It’s O.K. if several children are on the same number.)
*You could play a similar game with colors, shapes, letters, words, etc.

50. Tracking Print (Kathy Smith)

To help children learn to track print, sing this song to the tune of “London Bridge.”

When you read you track the print,
Track the print, track the print.
When you read you track the print,
Touch every word.
Start on the left and move to the right,
Move to the right, move to the right.
Start on the left and move to the right,
Track every word.

51. Matching Game (Elizabeth Rennels)

Use leftover repetitive bulletin board boarders to make a matching game. For example, take 2 identical strips that have about 15 frogs on them. Write uppercase letters on half of the frogs and matching lowercase letters on the other frogs. Cut apart the frogs with the lowercase letters and put them in a green cup “lilypad.” Children can match up the frogs as a table game or in a pocket chart. The children “hop” the frogs from the cup to the matching letter. (You could use this idea for matching colors/color words, sounds/pictures, objects/numbers, etc.)

52. Self-Check for Classroom Management (Elizabeth Rennels)

Teach children how to do a “self-check.” Make sure their heads are doing what they are suppose to do (eyes, ears, mouth), hands are doing their job, feet are doing their job. Put the responsibility on the students by asking them to “please do a self-check.”

53. Short and to the Point! (Elizabeth Rennels)

To settle children into their seats say, “Backs on the backs, bottoms on the bottoms, and feet on the floor.”


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