Sunday, May 13, 2012

My kiddos LOVED this easy-to-implement activity! Check it out!

Agh!  I cannot believe I have let almost an entire month slip by me without posting anything new on my blog.  In my defense, however, I am nine months pregnant and expecting baby any day!  (How exciting!!)  Also, my work situation has been scary and stressful lately.  (Not exciting.)  Anyway, I hope you forgive me!

So I saw this cute idea on Pinterest.  Click HERE to go to the pin.  It looks like the original idea and photo came from Tammy at "Forever in First," though the Pinterest link does not take you back to Tammy's post about this cute idea.  I guess you would have to search around her blog to find it.

Anyway, this idea is a neat twist on the traditional Venn Diagram.  Instead of using your whiteboard or chart paper, you use your students!  Here is what we did:  I named one student the "penny" and another student the "nickel."  Our "penny" and "nickel" linked arms.  All the other students shared things they knew about the penny, the nickel, or both.  I wrote all of their information and knowledge of sticky labels.  The students who shared the information were then allowed to come up and stick the label to the "penny" or the "nickel" or both.  They ALL thought this was hilarious!!  And in the meantime, I was able to informally assess their understanding of our current Math topic.  A formative assessment that was FUN and ENGAGING for my Kinders!?  How about them apples!?

Here is a picture of my cutie-patootie "nickel" and "penny."  (I hate that I have to cover their precious faces.)

We did this activity again!  This time we compared the nickel and the dime.

This activity was too awesome to stop!  Here are a couple more of my kiddos acting as a "dime" and a "quarter."


Easy, right!?  Try it out.  If you do, I would love to know how it works for you and your kiddos!

Thanks for stopping by.  :)