Count the Room - Earth Day - Recycle, Reduce, Reuse is an interactive and fun activity, differentiated for three to six year olds in preschool, kindergarten, special education, or home school classrooms. Students practice counting pictures of colorful recyclables and nature items in arrays from 1 through 10 and then writing the appropriate numeral on differentiated recording sheets. Print and laminate the posters for durability and hang them around the classroom.
Students take a recording sheet, clipboard, and crayon, and visit each poster. They count the items on the lower half of the poster and write the answer on one of three individualized recording sheets. This fun count the room activity is differentiated for beginners, who trace the grey numerals. Others write the correct numeral from a sheet with an answer bank. More experienced learners write the numeral without a visual cue.
***I've included three alternative sets of the lower half of each poster labeled B, C, and D. Change the bottom half of the posters for four different versions of the activity. Great for review or as a convenient activity for a substitute teacher in your classroom.
This download of Count the Room - Earth Day - Recycle, Reduce, Reuse includes:
• 10 posters • 15 pages of 3 sets of interchangeable counting arrays • 6 recording sheets, differentiated for varying levels of writing skills • 2 pages of numeral cards and storage labels • 1 page of directions for assembly and use
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An experienced teacher of 30+ years, I'm pleased to be here among so many talented teacherpreneurs. For the past 12 years I have taught 3 to 5 year-olds in a Developmental Preschool classroom in an IL public school. Previously I taught general education students in grades 2, 4, 6, and 8. I've also taught students in special education classrooms (self-contained and resource) in grades K-3; 6-8; and high school.
For me, learning is all about making connections to our everyday lives. For the little ones, everything we do has a connection because the world of reading, writing, counting, computing is unfolding each and every day. For the older kids, my favorite question to answer was, "What's this got to do with my life?"
I'm a big picture sort of person by nature, but being a special education teacher has allowed me to hone my skills of task analysis. Enticing kids into stories and activities is my goal - make it fun and include movement! My job as a teacher of little ones with developmental delays permits me to be creative every day.