|"The Water Hole" by Graeme Base|
I just made these number sequencing cards that you can use to retell the story. You could laminate them and place them in a math or science center, or assess the students by having them glue them onto a sentence strip. I think that I am going to do all of the above, because numbers are so important and I really need additional number activities and books. The Core Curriculum focuses so much on numeral identification, counting, sequencing, etc.
Water Hole Cards 1 to 10
I think I've mentioned this idea in an earlier post, but it works so well that it's worth mentioning again. Sometimes I use tablecloths to represent different habitats or terrains. For this story I would use a blue tablecloth, have the students sit around in a circle, and when it's their turn they would come up and drink the water from the "watering hole". I would then start folding the tablecloth so it gets smaller each time "animals" take a drink. I'd also fill a clean spray bottle with water and squirt the children a little as they take their drink. My pre-k and kindergarten students have always been SO into being squirted! They totally pay attention so they will get their turn to be animals.
Here is another free matching sheet that you could also use to help your students identify numerals and amounts. If you like this paper, I have a whole collection of these including snap cubes, cars, balloons, and other things that kids really like. In fact, their preferences inspired me to make most of these sheets.
Number Fingers 6 to 10
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