Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Words in Words (a Literacy Board Game)


Our youngest son is doing a great job on his journey to becoming a fluent reader. I've been surprised to see some of the words that he gets hung up on, though. When he knows the sight word "ate," for example, I expect him to read "gate" with relative ease. Not so, though. 

This activity is an effort to help him see words inside of words, which sometimes (not always) will be just the cues he needs to read them more quickly.

What You Need to Play
2 players
2 different game pieces (we used LEGO minifigures)
Free PDF of the cards and game board (download it here)
Dot stickers (or tape)
Heavyweight card stock (8 pieces)
Scissors or paper cutter
Marker

Assembly
Download and print the 8-page PDF file on heavyweight card stock. 



Cut out the game cards so that each has a word at the top and blank rectangle at the bottom.

Fold the cards in on themselves and write the word that's inside on the outside in marker. Use a dot sticker (like what you'd use for pricing yard sale items) folded over the top edge to seal each closed.

Put these in a pile or bowl.

How to Play
Both players put their game pieces on the START circle. The youngest player picks a game card, reads the word in marker and tries to figure out what word is inside that word (without scrambling the letters!). Once they have a guess, have them open the card.


If the word they discovered inside the main word is on the inside of the card in red, they move their game pieces the number of letters in that word. For example, if the child selects the card with the word 'seen' on it, and says 'see' is the hidden word, they'll move their game piece three spaces since there are three letters in the word 'see.' 

If there are multiple options on the inside of the card, the player can only move their game piece the number of letters in the word they guessed (so if they said 'an' and not 'ant' in elephant, they move TWO spaces, not three).

The player to reach the finish first is declared the winner.

I was shocked at how well my youngest son did with this and how much his older brother also enjoyed playing with him. If we're going to keep the enjoyment going, it looks like I'll have to make even more cards!

Monday, May 2, 2016

After School Linky (5-2)

Let's party!


I can hardly believe how quickly the school year has gone. Are you already planning for summer fun?

This linky has loads of ideas and activities for inspiration.

Here are my favorites from last week's link-up.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Algorithm Activity and Printable at JDaniel4's Mom

 FREE 100s Chart Puzzles from Boy Mama Teacher Mama

 Kids' Color Mixing App at The Science Kiddo



Rock Sums at Creative Family Fun

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We would love to have you link up your School-Age Post (Ages 5 and up) about your learning week after school including Crafts, Activities, Playtime and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children's lives after their day at school, home school, or on the weekend!

When linking up, please take a moment to comment on at least one post linked up before yours and grab our after school button to include a link on your post or site! By linking up, you're giving permission for us to share on our After School Pinterest Board and feature an image on our After School Party in the upcoming weeks.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Turtle or Tortoise? Reading Comprehension + Art


My boys have both been fans of the Wild Kratts cartoon. It seems to ignite not only a fascination with animals, but a curiosity too - at least it has for my sons. 


Because of this and a love of art, I thought my son would enjoy this activity.

To gain some knowledge, I read him a great book about the differences (and similarities) between turtles and tortoises. Trisha Speed Shaskan's book contains simple explanations and beautiful illustrations that captivated our interest with the turn of each page.



When we were finished, I asked him if he wanted to make a turtle or tortoise. He answered the latter, so we traced a big bowl onto half of a piece of brown card stock.



We added feet and a head, and then some paper shapes in a contrasting color, laid out like a mosaic to form the pattern on our tortoises' shell. Lastly, we glued a googly eye on.

Now it was time to test his reading comprehension. 


I gave him a worksheet that I designed and asked him to cut out the slips of paper at the bottom and put each of the characteristics under the proper reptile. He got them all right!


Download the free Turtle vs. Tortoise PDF I made here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

That penny's not a lemon. Just shine it up!


There's SO much you can do with lemon juice - including shining up a copper penny. 


This little experiment is a fun way for kids to see what an acid can do. 

What You Need
Dull pennies from before 1982 (they contain 95-percent copper)
cup
lemon
knife (for use by grown-ups only)

What to Do
Rub a lemon under the heal of your hand against a table/counter. This will help release the juices after it's cut. Have an adult cut the lemon in half.

Kids should squeeze the lemon so the juice runs into the cup. Squeeze hard. (Don't worry if a few seeds drop into the cup.)

Drop a penny or two into the glass. Make sure it's completely submerged in the lemon juice and that the pennies aren't overlapping.


Wait 5-10 minutes.

Remove the pennies and wipe with a paper towel. Look how much shinier they are now!

Disappointed in the result? Soak it longer!

We started with four pennies, all of which were equally brown. The two we kept out of the lemon juice were our control, and made it easy to see how much brighter the juiced pennies were.

How it Works
Dull pennies aren't just dirty. Oxygen in the air has reacted with the copper to form a copper oxide coating. The juice from lemons contains citric acid, which effectively releases the coating from the penny, renewing its shiny appearance.

Monday, April 25, 2016

After School Linky (4-25)

Let's party!


Thanks for stopping by either to generously share your ideas by linking up, or for perusing all the wonderful blogs for inspiration. I'm so glad you've joined us.

Here are a few of my favorite links shared last week.



 FREE Numbers Battleship Games at Boy Mama Teacher Mama

 Map Books for Children at The Jenny Revolution

 Tree of Benefits at Fumbling Through Parenthood



The After School Linky is cohosted by
Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

We would love to have you link up your School-Age Post (Ages 5 and up) about your learning week after school including Crafts, Activities, Playtime and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children's lives after their day at school, home school, or on the weekend!

When linking up, please take a moment to comment on at least one post linked up before yours and grab our after school button to include a link on your post or site! By linking up, you're giving permission for us to share on our After School Pinterest Board and feature an image on our After School Party in the upcoming weeks.