Hi friends! Have you noticed that I'm going longer in between posts lately? Sorry.....but I am swamped this year and October is such a busy month! Is anyone else already looking forward to Christmas break?
I did want to give you a peek into a FAB lesson I did that my kids loved - SCORE!!
So, we were working on composing the number 5...
I found this adorable video for the song 5 Little Speckled Frogs on youtube:
How stinkin' adorable is that??? Well, not only is it a super fun song to sing and act out - it's totally FABULOUS for teaching composing number 5. Don't cha just love it when you can teach with a song? I know I do!
So, of course I introduced this song the day before we started our lesson. I wanted to make the kiddos knew the song well so we could sing it but still concentrate on our learning. I even came up with hand motions to go along with the song and that really "hooked" the kids.
I happened to have the Frogs on a Log Counting Kit from Lakeshore Learning, so we were ready to work with some numbers! :0)
Each child got 5 frogs (we counted several times to make sure that it was 5 no matter how many times we counted -- 5 is 5 is 5)....
Then, we started singing the song.....
5 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log - eating the most delicious bugs -- YUM, YUM! 1 jumped in the pool where it was nice and cool! Now there are 4 speckled frogs -- Glub, Glub!
The kids love doing this and asked me repeatedly, "Can we do the speckled frog song?" So, of course, we sang the song dozens of times this week :0) I love when a song really hooks the kids!
Now, this activity is in our math tubs, but it would also work really well in a retelling center too!
A few other books/songs that are great at teaching young children how to compose/decompose numbers is:
In fact, any 5 Little Monkeys books work great and I also love using Halloween-ish poems like 5 Little Pumpkins, Bats, etc........sooooo fun!!
Question: Do you have any books that you just LOVE using for composing/decomposing books??? Tell us about it below :0)
Oh, and on a sadder note: We were informed that our district (which had been a long time proponent of "traditional home and blocks centers" ) is no longer allowing them in the classroom :0( So, here is a picture of my sad little home center in the hallway.......Rest in Peace.......Why do we feel a need to push children out of childhood????? Anyways......makes me sad :0(