I use this lesson with students grades 1-2 to discuss the difference between small problems and big problems. I describe big problems as situations where someone is getting hurt or could get hurt. After a class discussion, we quiz ourselves by "fishing" for problems. I have foam fish (with magnets I glued on them) that students can fish for as they sit in a circle. Once a student catches a fish, they have to listen to a situation and decide if it's a small problem or big problem. We finish the lesson by drawing examples of small problems and big problems on a worksheet.
Tattle Monsters are created using tissue boxes, egg cartons (for the eyeballs), and construction paper. They are adorable and provide a place for students to tattle without disrupting their education or the education of others. The monsters eat the tattles so that students can feel heard (the teacher may read after school).
This idea from Kindergarten Rocks is a wonderful way to check your students' understanding. When you ask comprehension questions after your lesson, students take turns swatting their answers. You can hang your chart paper on the wall or lay it out on the floor. If possible, laminate the paper so it can withstand more lessons.
I would use this activity to pre-test my students and to end a unit. If you're conducting many classroom lessons in a year, you'll need to change things up a bit. This is a perfect way to do so.
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