Concept Group 8

This week we used the “Skip and Pass” activity that is in the “Vocabulary” building section on this site.  This activity works best with larger groups and we only had 3 adults that could participate.  We formed 3 circles of 10 students each.  The purpose of this activity is to present the concepts of left, right, skip, every other one, and every one.  These are some of the hardest concepts for this age to understand so this activity is typically harder to do at this time of year.  It gets presented again later in the spring  and on the second presentation goes much better.  We reviewed left hand and right hand which is still very confusing.  We then did a trial of passing a ball around the circle left and right.  The students are given white or black paper shapes they place in front of them.  Students take turns tossing the  direction cube  into the center and the ball is passed following the direction on top.  The direction is something like “skip white pass right”.  The child with the ball starts passing it accordingly to those with the black paper shapes until it completes a full circle.   At this point it was heavily adult directed in getting the ball going the right direction.   The groups are generally doing  better at following directions and turn taking.

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