Two neat activities involving newspapers for grades K-3.
Submitted by Tommie Bowling, Greenwood, South Carolina.
I am grateful to Dr. Peter Werner at the University of South Carolina for introducing me to newspaper activities. Here are two ways for using old newspapers for a limited space or rainy day activities:
1.) Jack (Joan) Be Nimble: All of the students have a newspaper page and sit scattered about the gym. The teacher leads the students in the following activity: Can you find the letter “w?”
We have been working on locomotor skills this year. Raise you hand if you know of a locomotor movement that begins with the letter “w.” (Walk) Now walk around your paper without stepping on it. Can you find the letter “j?”
What locomotor skill begins with “j?” (Jump) With both feet together, can you jump over the paper? Continue with “g” for gallop, “h” for hop, and “s” for skip.
2.) Preposition Positions: All of the students have a newspaper page and sit scattered about the gym. The teacher leads the students in the following activity:
” Can you place your body over the paper. Can you place your body under the paper. How about beside, in front of, or behind the paper?
Can you form a bridge over your paper with your stomach facing the ground? Make the bridge as high as possible. Make the bridge come as close to the newspaper as possible without touching it.
Can you form a push-up bridge (push-up position) over your paper?