January 2009


"Show and Share" from Raleigh
Camp K North Carolina
June 24 & 16, 2009

1. Kindergarten Cadence (Paula Pennell, Lenoir, NC)

Students repeat each line:
Kindergarten, kindergarten, what do you say?
We’re gonna have some fun today!
We’re gonna read and write and spell.
We’ll do these things very well.
Sound off. (Students repeat 1-2).
Sound off. (Students repeat 3-4).
Bring it on down, 1-2-3-4 (clap, clap) 3-4.

2. Welcome Collage (Emily Hall, Danville, VA)

Make a poster with “Who is this teacher’s name?” in the middle. Put pictures of your favorite things, places, foods, etc. on the poster. Add personal pictures of friends and family. Display this at Open House. For the first few days of school let each student pick a picture for you to talk about. Send home construction paper with “Who is this student’s name?” for them to make their own collage to share at school.

3. English/Spanish Color Song (Jan Barry, Stafford, VA)

Sing this song to the tune of “Frere Jacques.” (Children could repeat each line.)

Red is rojo. Red is rojo.
Blue, azul. Blue, azul.
Yellow, amarillo. Yellow, amarillo.
Green, verde. Green, verde.
White is blanco. White is blanco.
Black, negro. Black, negro.
Purple is morado. Purple is morado.
Brown, café. Brown, café.
Orange, anaranjado. Orange, anaranjado.
Pink, rosado. Pink, rosado.
These are all the colors. These are all the colors.
In Espanol. In Espanol.

4. Name Nursery Rhymes (Jennie Adamas & Delilah Mitchell, Henderson, NC)

When doing nursery rhymes, substitute student’s names. For example: Instead of “Jack and Jill when the hill” say, “Joe and Bob went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Joe fell down…”
Substitute the names of school personnel, such as the principal, librarian, etc.

5. If You Don’t Know What to Do (Sherry Lee & Jess McGuire, Concord, NC)

Focus children’s attention on what behavior you are looking for by singing this song to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It!”

If you don’t know what to do, look at child’s name.
               (Name child who is doing what you want the others to do.)
If you don’t know what to do, look at child’s name.
If you don’t know what to do, look at child’s name to get a clue.
If you don’t know what to do, look at child’s name.

6. Air Hug (Jane McPartland, St. Louis, MO)

Say, “Give me an air hug.” Students open arms and pretend to squeeze.

7. Air kisses (Beth Jenkins, VA)

Kiss your fingertips numerous times as you scan the class. Blow kisses to all the children. Cross your arms across your chest and rub your arms as you say, “Feel the love.”

8. Think Time Fingers (Ashley Neal, Roanoke Rapids, NC)

When a teacher poses a question to the class (for example: “How many ways can you make 6?”) tell the children to show they have an answer by putting their thumb up against their chest. (This won’t “bother” those still thinking.) Challenge bright children to continue to think by having them stick out fingers on the hand against their chest as they come up with alternative answers.

9. Listen Up

Download a picture of an ear from the Internet. Glue it to a craft stick. When you want the children to listen, hold up the ear. (Each student could also have her own ear to get out as a reminder.)

Listen Up

10. Button Bags (Brenna Logan, Greenville, NC – adapted from Holly Strack)

Each student receives a small canvas bag with his/her name on it to take the nightly book home in. (You can order these from discountschoolsupplies.com.) When 10 books are recorded at home and the reading log is returned to school, the student selects a button from the “Button Box” and the teacher sews it on her bag.

*The students can use the buttons to county by 10’s. One of Brenna’s students had 23 buttons at the end of the year. That’s 230 books!!!

11. Family Photo Sheet (Sherry Lee & Jess McGuire, Concord, NC)

At the beginning of the year send home one sheet of colored construction paper and ask students to cover the page with family pictures. Ask their parents to label the pictures. Put the family photo sheet in a sheet protector and have children keep it in their writing folder. This will inspire them to write about family members and experiences.

12. Lock It or Pocket

When the teacher says, “Lock it or pocket,” the children clasp their hands together or put them in their pockets. “Lock it or pocket and lips” reminds the children not to talk.

13. Turn on the Charm

Need to get the class quiet? Say, “Turn on the charm.” The kids put their arms up and elbows out like a mantle as they perch their head on their hands. Tilt head and smile!

14. Ducks in the Pond (Katy Slotta)

To get the students to put their hands in their laps, tell them to put their ducks (quack, quack) in their pond. Ducks are their hands and the pond is their lap.

15. If You Can Hear Me…. (Jill Robertson & Maria Sarabria)

To calm children begin softly saying, “If you can hear me, touch your nose. If you can hear me, touch your ear….” Continue until all the kids are listening. Finally, end with, “If you can hear me directions for what you want them to do.” For example, “Get out your math book and open to page 36.”

16. Word Family Neighborhood (Jackie Jenkins)

As you introduce a word family, make a house for it and list the words on the house. Put the houses on a bulletin board with trees, flowers, cars, etc. Make apartments for some words. You’ll have a whole community of word families.

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