Monday, October 13, 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 13!

Deep underground in a dreary old tomb 10 little mummies were stuffed in one room. Nothing to play with, no books on the shelves, Just 10 little mummies wrapped up in themselves. "This is the pits!" said a mummy one day. "I am bored stiff. Let's go outside and play!

Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates deserves a place in every primary classroom. It is a counting book that only goes up to ten, but it is so much more! This was one of the most popular books in my holiday collection. The stick figures are all big smiles as they come out of their tomb to have some fun.

The book is loaded with play-on-words that relate to Egypt and mummies. It is full of references to things like the Sphinx, sandstorms, and chariot races. Connecting something we already know (counting one to ten) to something we don't know that much about (Egypt and mummies) = connections =Common Core=new knowledge=yay for us!

A natural follow up (I would read this story to begin my math mini-lesson (can you spell engaging?) would be to do some fact family work using sums of ten.

Of course, if it doesn't involve some fun I probably would not want to do it, so here are some samples of wonderful mummies the students can whip up later in the day!

 These mummies were created from a coloring book page that was laminated, a plastic spoon, a toilet paper tube, a craft stick and two googly eyes, and a humble lunch bag stuffed with last week's grocery ad. I twisted a rubber band around the top and cut off the extra. Any kind of gauzy, white fabric that you can cut into raggy strips will work. Mine came from an old curtain panel that had lost its zest for life. Instant reinvention!

Hint: if making these in a classroom (we made the craft stick/googly eyes version, which they loved) you need to have a bunch of the fabric strips cut out ahead of time. Just make one yourself so you have an idea how long a strip each one will take. Two drops of glue will hold the whole thing together. Have the kids wind it tight!

Happy Reading, Math Fact-Finding, and

Crafting!   Till Next Time, Nancy

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