A talk circle where students can just talk about what’s on their minds. It’s a good way to connect on a personal level and problem solve issues that arise. It also gives students time to have a voice when they often feel unheard.
I have a few go-to activities: We have a class clean up and dance party. Our special Friday song is “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. We also have extra share time because my kids love to share about their lives with their peers.
Joy de Nance
Action and movement songs like “The Goldfish Song” by Laurie Breckner.
Shylock Fox mysteries!! My kids love trying to solve them.
Riddles, read aloud, or make up a silly story together. "Once upon a time there was a ____ who wanted ____ but ____.”
Chatting about life and my students’ interests or playing a game as a class.
“I am thinking of the product of five and seven.”
“I am thinking of the estimate of 424 and 219.”
“I am thinking of the sum of 378
Squeeze in any mental math I can.
Reading to my students. We always have a book on the go.
Sometimes a humorous read aloud, sometimes a student reads their book to the class, sometimes we just tell jokes and laugh.
LOL time—we watch bloopers, share jokes, tell funny stories. We always end the day with a laugh.
Pit and peak of the day! Everyone shares their high and low of the day.
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