April is right around the corner and I’m ready to spring out the fun spring themes,of Ducks, Rain, and Umbrellas in math , literacy, and science activities in April Workshop. Workshop is a great way to combine the April math centers, literacy centers, writer’s workshop, and more all in an effective and efficient manner. Check out this fun way to set up April Workshop in your classroom! April is the perfect time to add all the fun spring themes.
I do workshop every day and have been doing so for my 36 years of teaching.
I love workshop because all the kiddos work at their own pace and always moving forward from job to the next job. The only exception is, before the kiddos can move to the next job I have to see the current job they finished. In other words my eyes see all the kiddos work. I can make corrections, watch letter and number formations, neatness, and accuracy.
Every week or two I have a different theme to my workshop. This week is April Workshop I’m going to share with you how fast and easy it is to set up my April Workshop. I use Workshop in place of math centers and literacy centers as I find it more effective and efficient. Need to get your workshop set up? Check out how I set up my workshop, why I use workshop, rules for workshop, and get your FREE workshop set-up!
April Workshop Job 1
Job 1-BUMP SUBTRACTION
The kiddos love BUMP games and the subtraction BUMP is no different. It takes on a new twist with the subtraction problems. I have the kiddos use the number line on the game board or small counters to help them figure out the answer.
Because I do play many “themed” BUMP games I have sets of 10 unfix cubes for each kiddo in by class ready to go. I keep them in a separate container. It saves so much time.
April Workshop Job 2
Job 2-Beginning Digraph
The game is a card game with a picture and a partial word. The kiddos need to choose the beginning digraph sound that begins the picture. The kiddos write the word on a recording sheet. It is a GREAT job for deciding the correct beginning digraph sound. (Many kiddos get “th and sh ” mixed up.) They also have to write the word correctly. I love the activity and bring it into Workshop many different times. I make 3 sets of the cards for a class set.
April Workshop Job 3
Job 3-Umbrella Number Sequence
A good job for number recognition and understanding. The kiddos cut out umbrellas and put them in the order. (largest to smallest or smallest to largest) It’s a great activity but I only let the kiddo do one strip at a time. I cut out the strips. This is a job that I might do over two days.
April Workshop Job 4
Job 4-Splash into Ending Sounds
The ending sound game is a lotto board with ending sound picture cards. The kiddos match the cards to the board. When the spaces on the board are covered the game is finished. I usually copy 2 sets of the games so more kiddos can play.
April Workshop Job 5
Job 5-Ducks on the Pond
This is a great problem solving activity.
The Ducks on the Pond is a subtraction card game. The kiddos are subtracting from 10. They count the ducks on the pond and figure out how many ducks flew away. The kiddos fill in a 10 frame and number sentence on a recording sheet. There are 12 Ducks on a Pond cards, but I always copy two sets for a whole class.
April Workshop Job 6
Job 6-Rain Slicker Kid
The rain slicker kid is so cute. It makes an eye catching bulletin board with poems and rain drops. The project might go over a couple of days.
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