We are still celebrating the new year!! Why not?
This morning we started off with a fun whole group Party Hat Balance Activity. I simply cut out a giant hat shape and added some spaces for 2 addition sentences on either side of the hat. I wrote out some large numbers from 0 to 9. The kids brought their whiteboards down to the floor. We randomly pulled the first 2 numbers and then had to think of another addition sentence for the other side of the "balance." Every kiddo had a chance to manipulate numbers as others wrote facts on their whiteboards.
This afternoon we worked hard on adjectives, this time describing what we think 2013 was going to be like. After brainstorming, we got busy writing and creating. Then of course we had to add our party horns! What better way to bring in the new year than with nice loud part horns!! Kids loved being able to be noisy in school! It was worth it to see their great writing and adorable little crafted faces!!
Both of these ideas including mini version of Party Hat Balance, and a template for the writing activity are in my Happy New Year Unit.
You can get that HERE! :)