Monthly Archives: March 2009

Shake The Beans

Today, during our Math time, I introduced Shake the Beans (3).  I like to introduce it as close to Dr. Seuss Day as I can because I use red and white for my colors.  I don’t know where this game came from, where it got its start, but I just love it and we will be playing it pretty much everyday from here on to the end of the year.  I could not find my sheets for adding to 3 and 4, so I had to make new ones:



To play you need beans that have been spray painted on one side (I use red).  If you are playing STB 3 you would need 3 beans.  

I have the children color the first number in the number sentence red so that they can visually see what number needs to be red.  They shake the beans and separate red from white.  I then ask them to remember that RED ALWAYS COMES FIRST! and we repeat this over and over.  They look at their beans and tell me the number they have red and then the number they have white.  They then need to locate the correct number sentence.  So if you had 2 red and 1 white you would need to find the number sentence that said 2+1=3 (and the 2 would have been colored red).  They write that number sentence in the box above the number sentence and continue until they get 1-2 winners (or columns to the top).

It’s much easier to explain in person so if you have any questions or I’ve confused you terribly, let me know! 😉

Kristen 🙂

Dr. Seuss Day Pictures

Here are some pictures from our morning stations.  See the previous post for details on where to get these materials! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday 3/2/09

We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday along with many others tomorrow and here’s what we will be doing:

I will be dressing up like The Cat!  I wear all black and my red and white striped stove pipe hat–no paint or anything! 🙂

Here is the link to (there are TONS of printables there and games for the kids to play online)

The Kinder. kids will be rotating through 6 stations, one for each table in my room.  I will lay it all out in the AM, but generally here’s what the stations will entail:

Station 1: The students will color a white hat with red stripes (I’ll photo tomorrow) and then we will staple it on a pink/red sentence strip.

Station 2: The students will color and cut out a red bow tie and a button that says “I’m Hooked On Reading” (from Copycat Magazine)

Station 3: The students will complete a maze I got years ago from and try to get the cat back to his hat.

Station 4: The students will play the -at family word game and tally the number of times they roll each word

Station 5: The students will create a door hanger for their bedroom door so their family knows not to disturb them when reading! (from Copycat Magazine)

Station 6: The students will complete a rhyming sheet, matching two pictures that rhyme in the -at and -an families (from Teacher’s Helper Magazine)

We will be reading Dr. Seuss books all day long and listening to books on tape as well! Afterwards, we will graph our favorite Dr. Seuss book!

What do you do?

Stay tuned for pictures tomorrow! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

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