Leaping Through Letters And Numbers On Leap Day!
Although I made these sliders specifically for Leap Day (These are animals that are fairly good at leaping/hopping) they also fit in nicely with your other monthly themes.
I’ve designed a slider for all of my units and had my Y5’s make one every month to review a variety of report card standards.
They enjoyed making and collecting them. Sliders were especially helpful for my ESL students and strugglers.
The Leapin' Animals have strips for skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. Students can also make an upper and lowercase "Letter Leaper" and younger students can count by 1's.
Here’s How To Make A Leap Day Slider:
Run off the animal templates on construction paper.
Decide which letter or number strip you want to review and make copies.
Cut them on a paper cutter. Pre-cut slits with an Exacto knife.
Give children a choice of which animal they want to make.
Students cut out their Leap Day critter and add some colorful details with crayons or markers.
Give students glue dots and wiggle eyes to add a bit of pizzazz.
Children trace the letters and numbers with a highlighter, marker or crayon.
Add a math extension to the process by having them choose 2 or 3 colors and trace in an ABAB or ABC pattern.
Demonstrate how to insert their strip into the slits.
I've made a template for some "Hoppy" Leap Day! sticker labels, if you want students to be able to add one to their creations.
When everyone is done assemble them on the carpet area and skip count together, start leaping from one number or letter to the next, sing the ABC song, spell words, names, etc.
To help get the wiggles out, children can take out their strip and you can do the Leap Day Animal Pokey with them. I've included the song in the packet.
Students can also use their Leap Day Pal for a spatial direction review.
The teacher tells students to put the kangaroo beside, under, above, behind etc.
Teachers can also review body parts with students by having children place their squirrel on their knee, hip, thigh, wrist etc.
Click on the link to view/download Leapin' Animal Sliders for Leap Day
I hope you have a “Hoppy” Day learning and leaping as you go!
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