Thursday, March 8, 2012
Jack the Builder - Building Block Activity
The book is about a boy who builds various things as he stacks up more and more blocks. I think this is a terrific book, not necessarily for teaching addition, but for its message about using your imagination and the wonderful illustrations (we spent a lot of time examining each picture and pointing out different objects we found).
For this activity, I took out our wooden blocks and the girls tried to duplicate the creations the boy was making. There are a number of skills involved:
1. Picking out the correct blocks by color, shape, and size
2. If the same color/shape/size block is not available, identifying what criteria to use to select an alternative
3. Using the correct number of blocks
4. Placing the blocks in the right orientation to replicate the formation in the picture.
Of course I let the girls discover these skills on their own as they worked on this task:
We counted backwards from 10 and the girls screamed "Blast Off!" Then, like in the book, the kids knocked the towers down and started again, building all sorts of creations from their imaginations.