How Many Scoops?
Write a different number from 1 to
10 in the bottom of each of ten styrofoam bowls. Put the bowls in
math center, along with an ice cream scoop and some play dough balls in a
variety of cool and creamy ice
cream colors. Invite a pair of children to visit the center. Have
one child choose a bowl and put in the
corresponding number of play dough ice cream scoops. Have him serve it to
his partner, who pretends to eat
the ice cream white counting to check the server's work. Then have the
children switch roles and dish up more fun.
Summer Play Equipment
Make a chart/graph of your
children's favorite park equipment.
Give each child a paper sack. Take
the children outside to a place where there are lots of
Ask them to find dandelions with big flowers, small flowers, and unopened
flowers, and those that have
gone to seed. Let them place their dandelions in their bags and
bring them back to the room.
Then have the children place all of their dandelions on a table. Have them
sort the dandelions
by the categories mentioned above. Make a chart showing all of the
types found and
how many of each type were found. What type of dandelion
was found most? Least?
Discuss with your children how the
sun makes it hot outside during the summer months. After your
discussion, make a chart to show how your children feel about sunny, hot
days. Draw two
columns on a large sheet of butcher paper. Draw a sun with a happy face
at the top of one column,
and label the column "I like it when it's hot." At the
top of the other column, draw a sun with a sad
face, and print, "I don't like it when it's hot." Ask each child if he or
she likes it when it's hot,
and the put a check mark in the corresponding column. When all of
your children have
voted, have them help you count the votes. What do your
children think about hot days?
From yellow poster board, cut out
five circle "suns." Number the suns from 1 to 5.
Give the suns and 20 spring type clothespins to one of your
children. Let the
child clip the appropriate number of clothespin "rays" to each of the
Yarn Sun Rays
Place the numbered suns (as
mentioned above) on a piece of construction paper. Glue the
of yellow yarn "rays" to the paper around each of the suns.
Remove the suns and give them and the sheet
of paper to one of your children. Let him or her match the suns to
the corresponding number of rays.
The students were
each given a slice of watermelon. BEFORE they ate it, the student was asked to
(a NEW word for some) the number of seeds in his slice. Then, with the
teacher's help, the seeds were removed
and counted. A graph was made: my estimation- the actual amount 1.
Then, the students ate the watermelon.
Some even had a contest to see who could spit the farthest!
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