Five Little Monkeys Subtraction

We read/sang Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree. Afterwards, we acted it out using monkey props. One of our students pretended to be the alligator and would snatch a monkey out of the tree each time! The kids LOVED this. Then, we modeled subtraction situations with the monkeys on a mimio. Finally, the students got to create their very own monkey subtraction problems. 🙂

Before You Speak, Think and Be Smart!

Our class listened to the story Chrysanthemum. It is about a little mouse who LOVES her name, but when she starts school her friends make fun of it for several reasons. In the end, all of the characters love her name. Throughout the story, every time something rude or hurtful was said to Chrysanthemum, our class made a little wrinkle in a cut out heart. By the end of the story, the heart was super wrinkled. We tried to straighten it to how it looked before, but there was no way. The moral of the lesson was to think and be smart before you speak to someone. You can always say you are sorry, but it does not take back the hurt you may have caused to that person. Lastly, we made little headbands that read: Before you speak, think and be smart. It’s hard to fix a wrinkled heart!