## Friday, October 11, 2013

### Room on the Broom Activities

This week we read Room on the Broom and my kids absolutely loved it! We read it several times throughout the week and every time they are just as engaged as the first.
We acted out and retold the story using recurring phrases and the characters. The story pattern and repetitive phrases made this story perfect for retelling and acting out.

We retold the story using the characters. We made a list of the characters in the order they appeared in the story using interactive writing. Then I had my students work with their elbow partner to order picture cards of the characters and retell the story to one another.

Since the book is full of rhyming words, we did a rhyming word sort in the pocket chart. I gave out the cards to all of the students and then as one student placed a card in the pocket chart, the other student came up and made the match.
Since we have been learning about nouns, we also made a noun tree map. We sorted noun picture cards into persons and animals, places, and things.
We have been doing a lot of work with understanding characters and using characters to help us become better readers. We made a bubble map to describe the witch. I was really proud of the words my students came up to describe the witch. We talked about wanting to describe the character from the inside. We have only done this a few times, but they are already a lot better at it. Then we made witch legs to go with our bubble map. You can get all of the picture cards and instructions and shoe pattern for these activities here

We also did some Room on the Broom math. I made a giant broom. Then we used it to make sets, to count backwards, and to decompose numbers. We started simple by adding the characters one at a time to the broom. We counted how many we had each time and talked about the pattern of adding one more. When we count we always count left to right and right to left and we also talk about ways to organize what we are counting to make it easier to count and keep up with. Then we did a little decomposing with the number 5. I separated the students into groups on the broom using simple story problems. Everyone stayed on the broom, but we grouped them differently so that we could see all of the different ways we could make 5. We also talked about greater than and less than. As we added characters to the broom or took them off we talked about which amount was greater or less and then we discussed why.
Students used "broomsticks" and counters to practice independently what we were doing together on the big broom.

Tara said...

U have to watch the DVD tooo!!! It is great!

Jen Stanjeski said...

Hi there,
Can you tell me more about what you did with the Broom during math time? I love all of the ideas. Room on the Broom is one of my favorite books to read at this time of year.
Thanks
Jen

robyn said...

Hi there!
Love everything you do!!! Fantastic ideas!!!

Mrs. Larremore said...

Jen- I went back and added some more information to the post to answer your question. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

I need to get a copy of the DVD!!

Allyson Schu said...

I just bought the activities to go along with the book. Adorable! Thank you!

futureteachergetsschooled said...

Fantastic ideas! Love the integration of language arts with math, and particularly the "bubble map" and having students practice "wanting to describe the character from the inside."

Kirstylee said...

Great ideas! We actually did a fun activity with this same book. So cute!

Nikki Binkinz said...

I would love to purchase this but can't find where to. Help! please email me at nikkibinkinz@vistausd.org

Mrs. Larremore said...

You can get it here Nikki :)
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Room-on-the-Broom-Literature-Response-Activities-922384

Megan Gooding said...

You've come up with so many good ideas. I love this book, it is one of my all time favourites.

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I have seen children doing lots of interesting works at kindergarten. It is the best way to keep them busy.
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Kelly Burlinski said...

Oh, I LOVE this! I am definitely teaching this next week!

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