And if we differentiate in response to learning profile, we have to consider our students' multiple intelligences, right?
That means those little Bodily Kinesthetic have to move! They don't care if you have an arena sized classroom or a closet-sized classroom. So you can either make room for them to move, develop routines for them to move and get creative, or they're gonna find ways to move all on their own.
So if you do decide to venture into the world outside your classroom, what could they possibly do that would be academic, developmentally appropriate, safe, engaging and fun? Well, let's take a look and find out.I was fortunate enough that when I arrived in my building my neighbor teacher, Kerri, had already started a tradition of using the hall with her students. Each month there are die cuts with various letters, words and numbers written on them depending upon the time of year, readiness levels, themes and skills being introduced.
So these are used daily for 'tapping' out words, numbers or letters depending what's 'hanging.'
I know what you're thinking, 'How do we get them to hang?' Well, there are these little clip hooky thingys (that's a technical term) you can get from Home Depot that work great. Don't pay attending to the S hook. What you'll want to do is thread a string through the end and tie a clothes pin or binder to the end.
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fluency charts with a sand timer can be utilized and changed out as students' abilities change.
then tap out the letters to spell the word with their pointers. (I wish I could tell you where I acquired these cute little letters, but I couldn't find it on my computer so if you know who I can credit, please drop me a line.)
We also purchased two oil pans to velcro up in our hall from our local Walmart (approximately $10.00) so that we could extend not only our math stations to the hall,
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On this oil pan we use elkon boxes (by the way, those are picture frame mats with magnets on them) and large (like 8 inches tall or so) foam letters that you can purchase from Lakeshore.
or in this case, environmental print and put them in alphabetical order.
Lately, my write the room activities can also be found out there on occasion (this is one called 'Bug Inspectors' where my kinders use magnifying glasses to find the hidden picture within the picture and then write the word they see- you can click on the picture if you want to learn more about it).
When you suffer from small room syndrome, you need to be creative and think outside the box . . . or in this case, think outside the classroom.
To get you started, I've whipped up some cards for you to hang from your own hallway ceiling. Make sure you grab your copy. Then leave me a note to let me know how you use YOUR hallway.