Friday, January 27, 2012

Meeting Common Core Standards With Spaghetti ???

Yup, you heard me right.  I did this activity for the first time at the beginning of the year with my kinders.  We made shapes and also wrote our names.  Cooked spaghetti is fantastic because it can be made many sizes, it can make straight lines or curvy ones, its inexpensive, it tastes good, and it can also meet standards, too.  And, not that this is a prerequisite (I am just always up for a little bit of fun) it is easy to make pretty (by simply adding Wilton food coloring gel to the boiling water as you cook the spaghetti).  As I was brainstorming with my student teacher about meeting the common core standard for children to "model shapes in the world by building shapes from components and drawing shapes", I remembered this activity we had done at the beginning of the year. 

So, as you can see, you can easily meet the Common Core Standard K.G.5., but what else can you do with a small box of spaghetti in your classroom?
  • Introduce parts of letters and numbers. 
  • "Write" letters and numbers
  • Write names
  • Write words
  • Measure (particularly good for circumferences)
  • Comparing
  • and many, many more!
  • Can you add some ideas in the comment section?
  • Have you ever done this activity before?
Go here to get a freebie I posted at the beginning of the year during our 2D shape unit. Perfect for preschoolers learning their shapes and great fine motor work as well!
  • Click the picture to grab this free printable poster I made for you!
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