Affective warm ups and wrap ups
These activities are a great way for teachers to start or finish a class. Enjoy the moment!
This little phonemic awareness activity is called Magic Spoons. Basically, in order to help children with sounding out words, even those pesky nonsense words, you take a pack of spoons and on each spoon write a consonant. (For the letter Q you write a "qu" combo - because those two are always together.) These will be used as the initial consonants of the words the students will be reading. Then, students practice with one spoon at a time adding the first letter to various different word fam...
forming letters w. pipe cleaners
The Marionette: pretend the student is a marionette and sew line lifting his arm and then making a knot to hold it in the air. Then do the same with the other arm, fingers, head, and legs. With imaginary scissors go cutting the strings and see what happens. You can narrate while you do it.
Take shell and choose one you think a person you love would pick. Explain why!