Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Spectacular Circles! - Section 3: Independent Practice


The beginning of kindergarten is something else!  Some kids will be completely ready to go, and other students will need help holding a pencil or a pair of scissors!  The needs can be so diverse, and no teacher wants kids rolling around because they are bored or frustrated.

For the students who have a strong early academic background, the basic activity will be like review, with possibly the drawing a "real world" example as the only exception.  We don't want to make fast finishers feel punished with more work, so choosing an appropriate extension activity is important.  

I like play dough shape mats for this time of year.  A colleague of mine found them free online, and I'm happy to share them.  Play dough mats feel like play to young students, and they get to choose their color of play dough if you use the party pack containers in your classroom.  

Students practice fine motor skills rolling out their long "snakes" and then wrapping them into formation.  Also, the focus stays on the focus shape of the day, so it's a win-win.  Students have something productive to do that focuses on the shape we've practiced, but they get an aspect of choice and play!

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Spectacular Circles!

Unit 4: Oh, Those Shapes!
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT identify, create circle bracelets or backpack decorations, and draw circle-shaped objects in the environment.

Big Idea: Students will have fun making circles out of chenille stems (pipe cleaners) and placing small circular pony beads while they practice drawing and identifying circles.

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