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Old 12-20-2019, 08:23 PM
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especially at the beginning of the year, was play dough. At the end of the afternoon, the students were finished even though the school day wasn't. Of course, they'd just had an 8 week vacation, which may be different from your situation.

I taught them to make "snakes" by rolling the dough between their hands to make several ropes of dough. I had them shape the dough into various letters,
and depending on their level, shape the letters into words--especially their names. They can also flatten out the dough and create various geometric shapes, compare sizes with their partners, even make patterns with the shapes: circle, circle, square, etc.

It gave them something academic-ish and yet relaxing at the end of the day when they were very tired.

Later on in the year, play dough would come out now and then as a reward for hard work on a Friday.

I gave each child a place mat size piece of wax paper to serve as area to limit the traveling range of the dough and to help them collect all the bits and return them to the can at the end of the time.

Custodians don't like play dough in the carpet

First graders are very interesting people who readily express their emotions and are typically eager to learn. They are, as are all students, challenging and rewarding to share the day with.
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