Our simple twist on Go Fish creates a natural inclination to ask for pairs of higher numbers to win. Since the student has to count higher once they get a high-value pair, he or she is self-selecting their degree of difficulty when they call out “Do you have a…” Try grouping by ability for your differentiated elementary classroom (Ages 3 to 6).
I think it’s enough to know how easy it was to find smiles, enjoyment, absorption, and animated conversation for this preview. That is the success of these learning stations. You can see the value of the educational research that went into them, the carefully chosen instructional strategies, the details. You can see it in the faces.
Take a look.
This along-the-way activity is especially good for children who have inadvertently gotten ants in their pants en route to a field trip destination. It also works as a 3-minute energizer in the middle of class – simply do the actions on the spot. From toddlers to preteens, use it with whole classes or, for the eager homeschooler, it is great for one or two.
If there is nobody teaching, can you still take advantage of a teachable moment? I’d venture to say yes. I’d even say that when it comes to a museum, you have to. The question is – how do you find them?
I watched my little guy learn how to ride a bike today. Note that I didn’t say that I taught my son how to ride a bike today. I suppose I can claim I facilitated it, and that’s simply the truth of teaching no matter what the subject.