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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Under the Sea Me Mobile

Another activity that I did this past summer with one of my groups of boys entering second through third grade was a self-esteem activity based off of a previous lesson that I blogged about last year (Self-Esteem Me Mobiles). I wanted to tweak the activity to be a little more 'boy friendly' as well as incorporate a little summer flare to it as well. So I chose to use a wave and sea animals instead of the clouds, hot air balloons and rainbows in the original version. I just googled different animal images (sea turtle, jelly fish, whale, dolphin, sea horse, star fish, crab and nemo clown fish) on google images with the settings of drawing and kids to find all of these images (sea turtle example). The ocean wave I drew myself based off of a colored version I found online that I really liked, but you could easily just find a black and white coloring version to use too! Some kids could do all the cutting on their own, others needed some help and one or two needed a lot more assistance with the cutting as some of the animals were quite intricate with lots of legs! I had a slightly diverse group of kids abilities, but you can easily base your chosen sea animals based off of the skill level of your kids if you want them to be able to do all the cutting themselves.

As for the words that are written on each animal I followed the same questions as I used previously however, I also added a couple extras such as name something you are really good at and name your favorite game or activity.


The boys seemed to really enjoy the activity and were really excited to bring home their finished products!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Monsters!

So this summer I had 2 groups of boys entering Kindergarten through 1st grade at summer camp/school. I try to keep it fun over the summer with the different groups! We did an entire unit related to MONSTERS with different activities that I found. The first activity went great with the students and it was FREE from Teachers Pay Teachers seller Growing-Kinders. The activity is called Monster Fun! Teaching Manners and Expectations and the kids absolutely loved it!

I broke the activities up over a few days. The first day I had the kids sort out together if the monster manners were Above the Line, Below the Line or Bottom Line choices and each kid would bring one up to my intern who acted as Vanna White to pin them up. The kids wanted to come up with some of their own to so I used the blank monsters that were provided to add even more to our Monster Manners collection! We also did the Whole Body Listening activity one day that was also provided and the students then drew their own monster Making a Good Choices at School. Like I said, the kids LOVED all the monster activities!



Another day we played the game Angry Monster Machine. The kids (sometimes with adult help) used play-doh to make a monster with the mold from the game. They then had to demonstrate different ways to handle their anger by following a prompt and demonstrating by turning their play-doh monster into something else. For instance, turning your monster into a musical instrument because turning on some music is a strategy for calming yourself down when angry.

Finally, we ended our monster theme by reading Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley together. One group made different monster masks with a paper plate craft I found on MakingLearningFun.com, they could choose from all the different monsters (glad, sad, mad, silly, scary, loving and worried). This was a really cute activity and the kids loved it, but it was a lot of cutting out of intricate shapes so I only ended up doing it with one of the two groups.



With the other group I did a slightly different activity, also found on MakingLearningFun.com. We used the coloring pages and each student picked a different monster and colored them. Some students wanted to use the exact colors of the monster from Glad Monster, Sad Monster while others wanted to make their monster uniquely their own creation. Either way the kids loved the monster activities! One boy even asked me today if we were doing more monster activities, even though we finished up 2 weeks ago!!


It is amazing all the different resources you can find online if you just spend a little time searching! Thanks everyone for sharing all the great ideas and resources!
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