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Idea Bank-PS - 1. Paper Partners -Paper Partners is an...

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1. Paper Partners -Paper Partners is an activity that we did in class that I think would be especially good for students in K-2, to help them learn and depict various prepositional words. For this activity, the students are all asked to take out one piece of paper. Then the students are asked to stand up, and spread out around the classroom, so that they are at least arm’s length from the person beside them. After the students are in place, I would say “Put your paper partners. .. (in front of you, beside you, above you, under you, behind you, between your hands, over you, etc.) In class we just used a piece of notebook paper, but in my classroom I would allow the students to pick the color of construction paper that they would like to use (this may make it more engaging to the students). Also, in my classroom I would look up a list of prepositional words to use during this lesson. 2. Making a Paper Book - Students could use a paper book to write down their ideas, reflections and other things throughout the year, similar to having a journal. When making a paper book, you start with two stacks of paper, and fold one stack horizontally. Then tell the students to decide about where an inch is on the fold, and cut on the fold, leaving an inch on the outside of both sides. I would draw a picture of what I want the students to do if I am teaching younger students. Next, fold the other stack of papers horizontally as well. But this time, have the students cut out an inch on both sides that they had kept before. Lastly, hold one stack of paper up to your mouth then roll it up and stick it half way through the other stack and then fold them down to make it into a book. 3. Hand Jive -For this activity, I would write the 16 movement phrases on the board: tap head, lasso, roll fists, heel clicks, boogie-woogie, back side, tap shoulders, chicken, knock knees, clap, click tongue, snap, cool wave, toes, hitchhike, and windshield wipers.(Based on the grade, I might have to adjust a few of these movements to make it more suitable for students. For example if I was teaching kindergarten I would use “touch nose” instead of “click tongue”.) Next, I would have the students stand up and demonstrate these movements with me. After practicing a few times, I would play music with a steady beat. Have the students repeat the movements 8 times, then 4 times, then 2 times, and then one time. Next, have the students come up with a four-count movement, using two of the movements listed on the board, and then have the students move to pair with a classmate to teach their four-count movement to their partner. Then have the students to combine both of their four-count movements to make an eight-count movement. (Play the music for the students) Then have one pair combine with another pair, and teach one another their eight-count movement to make a sixteen-count movement. Allow the students time to work on this together, and then share with the rest of the class. (If there is extra time, challenge the
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