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These action cards include stretch, march, long jump, clap, jump, skip, hop on one foot, crawl, cheer and push. Below is an example of how these cards can be used.
To begin, have one student stand in a circle and place two bags in the middle of the circle: one bag will contain action cards and the other bag will contain numerals one to ten. Following this, instruct the student to take one card out of the ‘action card’ bag and one card out of the ‘number bag’. The student will then show the cards to the whole group and say “Jump 7 times”. This means that the action card that was pulled out of the bag was a picture of a child jumping and the number card from the number bag, showed numeral 7. While the students are jumping, encourage them to count out loud. When the first person is done, the children should take turns rotating clock-wise until everyone has had at least one turn. The teacher should model this game for the students enough times, so they can get used to all the rules and recognize all the actions from the pictures. Provide guidance as needed. This activity would be beneficial for the ELL as it is almost like Total Physical Response. The student will be encouraged to take a turn leading the group, but will not be forced if he/she is not yet ready. Moreover, this activity teaches students to self-regulate, an important part of learning in the Kindergarten, by following the rules and taking turns.