Saturday, September 19, 2009

Double duty teaching: emotions and pronouns

What can you do with poster boards? Draw huge "emotion faces." It's fun. :-)

With four kids, ranging from 4th grade to 2-years old, teaching must get creative. Kids are learning ALL the time, so we might as well sneak in extra education when we can. And the funner (and funnier) it is, the more memorable, right?

I had one of the kids sit on the couch to complete the sentence. Dash and Little Lad "read" it to me. Little Lad would just shout out "circle" most of the time, so we helped him along. The face is supposed to be "bored" and The Artist did her best to mirror it.
She looks very bored, doesn't she?

Then we talked about what a pronoun is. Simple explanation: A word that can take the place of a noun. This is review for The Artist, so I had her go first to lead by example.
Artist, how would you read this sentence?
Yes! "I am bored."
"I" is the pronoun.

Then the middle boys sat down.
Boys, what might someone say about you when they see this?
Yes! "They are angry."
"They" is the pronoun that takes the place of "boys."

Short photo session.
Little Lad needed to get in on the couch-sitting action,
so I took some pictures of him sitting on the signs.
Okay, now that he's had his fix, we're moving on...

Nature Man is happy.
Dash, what could take the place of "Nature Man?"
Yes, "he" is happy! "He" is the pronoun.

(Nature Man has also studied pronouns --beginning of last year, I think-- but he acted like this was all new info. Go figure.)
Nature Man, your sister is worried. What could take the place of "Your sister?"
Yes, "she."
She is worried. "She" is the pronoun that takes the place of "your sister."

(The Artist and Dash got up on the couch for this next one,
but Little Lad needed to be in the picture again. So be it. He's a cutie!)

Dash and Artist, how do you feel?
"We feel confused."
Yes! "We" is the pronoun.
Great job, kids!!!


Just what are those Woods up to? said...

Aww, this post made me smile! What a great idea, and the kiddos did a great job mirroring the faces. Soo cute!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Thanks, Jules. It was fun. This is my niche. And if I can take pictures and blog about it, then it's like an extra incentive for me.... you know, I get to do the fun activities and then "online scrapbook" them, too.

Suzanne ~ TheJoyfulChaos said...

and Great Job, Mama!!

I love this! And I love how Little Lad sat on the poster! that gets another "great job, mama!"

Twisted Cinderella said...

What a great idea!! I might borrow this!