1-2-3 Come Play I Spy With Me
You can show a child or tell a child, where something is and hopefully they’ll remember. Taking into consideration their short attention spans and roving thoughts, young children may look like they’re listening, but in reality they’re somewhere else.
However, if you involve them, with some sort of hands-on activity, chances are you'll not only have their attention, but the information will be solidified.
Put yourself in a 4-year-old's place. It's warm, you're tired and some big person is droning on showing you where "stuff" is. Yawn.... Instead: "How would you like to become detectives and go around the room spying stuff?" Yippee! A game; movement to get the wiggles out. Wahoo!
With this in mind, I designed a sort of scavenger hunt for the important things in your classroom. It's a quick, easy and fun little "find it now, before you really need to..." activity.
I tried to think of the things that were important for my Y5's to know where they were located and then searched for clip art to make a map of sorts.
So that you can clarify things, show the paper to your students and point to the pictures asking "What's this?" Hearing the vocabulary will also help any ESL students that you might have. Explain what you want them to do (find the things and zap them with an X, or color them.)
Pass out the papers and turn them loose. I had a class set of clipboards that made students feel especially official and important. You can buy them at The Dollar Store; they are well worth the investment. I used them for read & write the room, science data collection, games, and interview writing, to name just a few ways I incorporated them.
If you are NOT lucky enough to have a bathroom and sink in your room, take your kiddos down the hall to your restrooms, to complete the activity and have a potty break at the same time.
I hope you found something here to make your life a bit easier. Be sure and pop by tomorrow for another back-to-school FREEBIE.
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!" -Unknown