Have you ever noticed how kids just can not resist the pull of something strange and new? Novelty helps capture attention.
Catching Student Attention With Container Creations
|Sorting picture cards with a Long & Short Vowel Sorting Book|
Short On Time…Break Out The Stuffed Animals
When I introduce the animals and vowel sounds, I bring out a stuffed animal or creation from my closet. This visual and auditory pairing, along with a cartoon-like animal pal, help to cement the information in some children’s brains. You don’t need to create something as elaborate as a container creation. It can be as simple as finding a stuffed animal and building up the intrigue around it.
Leave it on your desk with it’s head poking out over the top of a bag or container. I like building up the mystery by not answering questions about the creature. The suspense builds until they can’t wait to find out about and interact with the “guests” in your room.
Use Puppets To Amp Up The Excitement
Puppets are another quick and easy way to bring any type of learning to life. A lot of kids are fascinated by any type of puppet. You can add the puppet to a learning center to add another type of hands on learning!
Bring Your Content to Life
Reading the “Frog and Toad” books by Arnold Lobel? Why not bring out a frog and toad to teach some literacy skills!
I made another set of container creations- this time a frog and toad. ‘Freddy Frog’ only snacks on short vowel words, while ‘Toby Toad’ eats only long vowel words. Kids can sort pictures or words. It is easy to differentiate and fun to play. If you don’t want to make the “Container Creations”, simply print out the labels. Either way, kids will love it. See my blog post with DIY directions on making Frog and Toad + you can pick up the freebie, too!