There were a few people on the amazing #kinderchat talking about having students make posters in the classroom. I’m sorry folks, I can’t remember who exactly I was chatting with! I’m pretty sure it was @hechternacht and @Havalah but there could have been more, so sorry if I forgot you!
I got to talking about how Reggio and Reggio inspired classrooms have most items made by the students. No more trips to Education Station! I love the idea of having students make items for the classroom in order for it to be meaningful. We did it last year and I wanted to continue this year.
BUT I wanted to make it a little more “digital”.
Last year, I made numbers for the wall with my students by helping them trace numbers with pencils and then having them glue items on top. I plan on making our alphabet for the class with the help of our artsy hands and creativity, so something different was needed for numbers. So I guided the students towards completing the math activity with the help of the iPad.
I printed out the numbers 1 through 10 on cardstock. I also put a sticker in the top left hand corner (inspired by the Handwriting Without Tears program we are currently using parts of) so that the students didn’t confused 6 and 9 when they were working on their project.
I put them in a basket. The students chose a number and then had to go around the classroom and find that number of items. They then had to take a picture of the items next to the number.
Once they had done all 10 numbers, I printed the photos out, mounted them to black cardstock and taped them to the cupboard. Boom. Home. Made. Digital. Reggio. Number. Posters.
I would have liked for them to be a little lower on the cupboards for students to see easier, but as per usual, space is at a premium in a K class.
I think they look smashing however! I hope the students do too.
I think this is such a great math activity to do with all students. I would maybe make another set of cardstock numbers with super hero stickers, or boy friendly stickers, to get the reluctant boys a little more enthusiastic about the idea. All the students enjoyed the activity however, so I guess that’s a thought for the future.