Another day, another republished post from my first days as a teacher blogger!
- Skip Count beanie toss: Skip counting is big in second grade. Beanie babies are huge in my class. Pairs of children pick up a beanie and start counting. The children say a new count every time they catch the beanie. They keep going as high as they can until time is up. This could be done with Math facts, too!
- Musical Math Facts: Work in groups of 4 or 5. Put one less fact card on the desk or table. As the music starts, they walk around the table. (Dancing is
- Calendar March: My students need to practice the days of the week and the months of the year until they know them by heart. From their desk position, they all chant the months of the year and march in any direction. (Of course, I remind them to keep their distance from furniture and people.) Then I challenge them to find their way back to their seat by marching to the Days of the Week.
Of course, feel free to adapt any of these ideas to your own grade level. I use most of these as a warm up at the beginning of math, or as a break to keep the brain focused.
Of course, these three activities can be adapted for anything that needs to be reinforced. Rather than skip counting, math facts, or days of the week, try the same activities for some other subjects. Here are some ideas
- Spelling: practicing their spelling words, or "igh" family words
- Reading: Name all the characters in today's story, or tell the main events in sequential order
- Social Studies" Name the 7 continents, or name as many states as you can