Bashful Bunnies . . . A Differentiated Dolch Word Freebie For YOU!

Pocket chart activities are always a favorite for my kinder bunnies.  It gives them the opportunity to get up and move because face it, you can stick a Target $1.00 pocket chart darn near anywhere with a thumb tack or a strip of velcro.

I swear I have no less than 12-15 of these in my room.

This particular activity is tiered so you can use it to meet them at their own readiness level instead of teaching to the middle. Differentiated instruction is supported by brain research which tells us that optimal learning takes place when instructional activities are neither too easy (BORING!!!) nor too hard (FRUSTRATING . . .GRRRR!!!!)

“Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com”

 Face it, either situation is a recipe for behavior problems. Someone’s gonna move a clip, or flip a card, have a time out or do whatever it is that happens when things go bad in your classroom (in my class, it’s ‘move your monkey’ but I’ll save that for another blog post).    However, if we can meet our students where they are at now, create just a bit of challenge that is still within their reach, we can maximize learning and engagement. Students who are engaged generally aren’t looking for trouble.
Differentiating can also be as easy as changing up the learning environment.  With this little pocket chart game, you can place your activity in quiet corner on the back of bookshelf, a door or even in the hall. 

Set up the pieces that are appropriate for your players, have the choose an egg by saying the word (no fair pointing).  If there is a bashfun bunny behind the word, they keep the bunny and search for more.  You can use as many bunnies as you like.  I use four.  When all the bunnies have been found, you count them up to see who has the most.  You could even make some bunnies worth more points than others if you want.  Store each level in a separate bag for easy organization.
Get this freebie by click on the picture below.
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Marsha Moffit McGuire

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