Teach me and I may remember,
Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin
This famous quote by Benjamin Franklin is more like a mantra for the everyday teacher. Involvement in an activity or task is imperative to reinforce the fundamental learning within the classroom. Any early childhood trained teacher would agree emphatically with the notion that children learn best through play.
I found that most of the learning within my classroom took place when I differentiated the tasks to cater for a range of learning styles and abilities. It was most successful when I implemented a variety of activities using stations on a rotational basis. The objectives of the task had to be clearly stated, written down for reference and easily accessible for all students. Every activity had a common denominator and all tasks were linked in some way to the explicit teaching that took place earlier on in the week. An example of an activity that can be implemented within the classroom as one station in a Maths lesson on Number is ‘Jump Frog.’
‘Jump Frog’ enables children to become more fluent in recognising numbers that make ten, counting and addition. There are numerous ways to extend students or cater for those who may find it challenging to make ten, and some examples are included on the instructions. As you can see from the photo, there are 2 players (the pink frog and the blue frog) and the person with the blue frog has just rolled a nine and jumped to 1 (9 + 1 = 10). You can see the pile of lily pads each person has collected at the bottom of the photo, which will be added at the end of the game to find out who wins! You can purchase this activity at my TpT store by visiting this link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Jump-Frog-1938943