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How to keep students active and engaged

Feb 27, 2013 4:11am

Students in my kindergarten have a hard time sitting during lessons or whole group practice. They are only five and six. We have one recess. We do quite a bit of dancing and singing. What other ideas are there for keeping them engaged, especially at Calendar Time?

  • English Language Arts / Math / Social Studies / Technology
  • Pre K-2
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement / Planning


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    • Feb 27, 2013 7:50pm

      I love using the "match me" attention getting signal. It's pretty easy - you say "match me" and make a motion, and then the kids have to silently match the motion. It's a great way to incorporate some movement into a lesson while kids are still at their seats.

      • Mar 3, 2013 10:33am

        I like to write numbers or words on a colorful item, such as a : hand puppet, etc.
        then I like to have them use these items to tell or arrange whatever you need them to tell or explain:

        ex: puppet for a rainy day ( weather)
        colorful balls for counting numbers
        blowing bubbles for explaining air and science of ingredients
        in the bubble mixture. etc.

        I'm sure you can get the idea.. fit the item to the project !

        • Mar 1, 2013 3:11pm

          Thank you. Those are both great ideas I will definately try.

          • Mar 11, 2013 1:25pm

            I teach older students with the attention span of younger students. It is essential that I include kinesthetics in my class. Any time I can incorperate sign language (like finger spelling) in drills they stay on task for longer periods of time.

            • Mar 25, 2013 5:32am

              I've borrowed several of your ideas, and added some technology to the mix. I created an interactive Nearpod presentation for my kindergarten students and their iPods. They are excited to go to calendar, focused on what we are doing (most of the time), and I've been able to add more math skills to Calendar Time.

              We also still do quite a bit of singing, moving, and counting. I'm always on the search for fun math songs, rhymes and motions that go with them.