February: All About Friendship!

I love the month of February - the students are very eager to write cards for each other for Valentine's Day and it's the perfect opportunity to discuss what it means to be a friend!
We brainstorm all the nice things we can do for each other.

Last week we set up a post office in our classroom, filled with various cards, stamps, and envelopes (and a mailbox too!) to encourage the children to write messages to one another.

You can find everything you need to set up your Post Office{here}.

They even made their own "mailboxes" when the postal worker delivers the mail!
(yes, they are wine boxes, free from the liquor store!)

You can read all about how we set up our Post Office {here}.

We set up a lot of fun provocations this past week, perfect for Valentine's Day!

The students chose a "secret friend" and made that person a pattern bracelet.  Then wrote "To: and From:" on the envelope and mailed it!  We can't wait to open our packages on Valentine's Day!

We have been working a lot on identifying numbers without having to count them (subitizing) and these games were lots of fun to play!

Roll the die, count the "mail", record on graph.
We often set up co-operative games so that Year 2 students can show Year 1 students how to play.
We played this with a partner or in a small group - roll the die and cover up the numeral on your playing mat.
Flip over a 5-frame card and read it.  Colour in the correct box.
The book, The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins, is one of my favourite books to read - it discusses fair shares.  How many ways can you share the cookies?  Is it fair?  We had a lot of great discussions as we tried to share the "cookies" with our friends.

Then in small groups we worked with numbers to 10, looking at if we could share them (even numbers) or could not share them (odd numbers).

M.M.:  Every time you could share the cookies it reminds me when we count by 2!

We discussed what we could do with the extra cookie when we could not share fairly.

S.F.:  We could cut it in half so we both get part of it.

C.F.:  No one gets it so it's fair.

C.C.:  We could throw it away!

You can find the above math games (and lots more!) in my I Heart You!  A Friendship Unit on TpT.

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