Saturday, May 30, 2015

NOT A BOX


Recently we bought a piece of furniture from IKEA and it came in a large, sturdy box. When  it was headed for the curve I begged my husband not to throw it away. "Why not?" he asked. "It's just a box." Kindergarten teachers—you and I know it was NOT JUST a box! So I made asked him to drag it to my classroom.


First of all, it was the tool for a group lesson in number combinations. We took turns getting in and out. The kids recorded the action with pictures and numbers in their math journals.




Next we read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. 
We looked at the pattern of the book. For a shared reading experience, we alternated reading the brown pages or the red pages by teacher/students and boys/girls.



Finally, we drew pictures to create a new book. (Sadly, there is not a picture...so use your imagination. After all, that's what the book is all about!)

This is not a box. It is a camper.

This is not a box. It is a monster.
 
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7 comments:

  1. I have not seen that book before. Thanks for sharing; looks like a fun lesson and an excellent use for the box! Have a great weekend!

    Amanda
    A Very Curious Class

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  2. I love the idea of using this to teach number combinations. Just pinned it! I'll be sharing it to my Facebook page as well. Thanks so much!
    Heidi

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  3. What an awesome post! I love boxes and keep as many of them as I can. My wife even brings some home for me and many make their way to my classroom. The activities you had your students do with the box were great.
    ~Michael
    The Color of Sound

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  4. Okay, so I really like this book and could not think of a creative way to use it!!! Thank you for the ideas!!

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  5. Okay, so I really like this book and could not think of a creative way to use it!!! Thank you for the ideas!!

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