Debbie gives some great suggestions for getting Math Stations going at the beginning of the year. I was reading over (page 50) about making sure kids know.... "How to Take Turns"
I've been to several Donna Whyte (from the smartie zone)workshops and her idea of making one day a "big" day and the other day a "little" day has always been a winner for me!
I number my kids (they use the numbers on their paper, get in line, etc...) so when you're with a partner...you look at the calendar board and see what "day" it is...if Big is showing, then the partner with the biggest number for a class number is the partner that starts. If you end up playing more than one game...the other partner gets to go first....manners please! If you look at the calendar and "little" is showing, then the littlest number for the partners would go first.
Changing the day from Big to Little and vice versa is a BIG TADO during calendar time!
I usually just make a quick card with the kids and list all the different ways to say big on the car and flip it over and do the same with Little...bring in the synonym concept early on...but I made some cards you can download, print and glue back to back before you laminate. I use the magnetic clip to hold the sign on my board, but I guess you could put it in a pocket chart...just thought I'd share.
If you'd like a copy of the "new and improved" WHAT DAY IS IT cards....
Download a copy here. or Here
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