Valentine’s Day

Theo told me he has a wonderful surprise planned for Valentine’s Day. I have no clue what it is, and I know that it is not happening tonight since he is at work until 10:30. So here I sit, grading paper and trying to recover from my day. It was a crazy day. The kids were hyper BEFORE they got all the sugar. And after….well, their hyper-ness was off.the.scales. Insane.

For our Valentines party, I had the students move around in centers. I allowed them freedom to roam from center to center whenever they wanted, the only rule what that there could not be more than four students at a center at one time. I got all the resources I used from this fantastic site. And everything was actually free!

My teacher and I planned one additional center that involved constant guidance from the teacher. I actually took pictures of this center, so I am excited to share. Lately, we have noticed that the students have extreme difficulty with actually reading the directions/questions. They just rush through the work and skip some very important details in the process. (For example, I will give them a math problem. Mrs. Hines had 3 erasers, 9 pencils and 2 sharpeners. What month is it? Almost every student will respond ’14’ ARRGGGGGG). So, we designed this center to have some fun, get some sugar and practice following directions!

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Step 1: Roll a die. Roll it again. Add those two numbers together. Continue rolling the die until you get to 20. Then, you may select your cookie.

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Step 2: Roll the die. If it is an even number, put red (or pink) icing on it. If it is an odd number, put white icing on it.

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Step 3: Roll the die. Each number rolled had a specific type of sprinkles, and the students would put that kind on their cookies!

Step 4: Draw a picture of your cookie on the back (This would be great as an assessment piece to see if they followed the directions correctly!)

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The kids LOVED it! and it was super fun for me to watch and help with, too! =) I highly recommend doing something like this during a party/fun day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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