*Lesson note: Throughout the lesson at various times, call out the word “freeze!" Students must immediately stop moving. You can create a point system if you would like, but this is a way to keep students on their toes with managing themselves.
1. Warm Up: Play “Simon Says" or any game that employs students controlling their body movements.
2. Time Monitor: Give each child a coloring page and a timer (my favorite are the mini sand hourglass’ that come with almost any game). Tell the students to turn their timer and begin coloring. Tell them they must complete a certain part of the picture before time is up (emphasize that they must color to the best of their ability). Call out “freeze!" at the end of one minute and check for completion. Have them turn their sand counters and ask them to color a specific part again. Continue on until the picture is finished.
3. Math: Play the game “Blink." This game works on categorization and sorting, as well as self-control and auto-monitoring skills using numbers, shapes, and colors.
4. Language Arts: Give each student a story that is written out with each sentence on a separate line. At the end of each sentence, place a small square that will serve to put a check or an “x" in. As students are reading the story, teach them to read each sentence with a green pencil and a red pencil. When they finish a sentence, have them ask themselves if they’ve understood what they read. If they did, they put a green check in the box and move on. If they didn’t understand, tell them to put a red “x" in the box and read the sentence again. If the student is still unsure after reading the sentence three times, tell them to ask for help. At the end of a paragraph, you may put a blank box and ask students to draw about the story to check for even further comprehension. Click HERE to see an example.