From: Linda

Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:16:20 -0700 (PDT)

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Hi, Need cheap puppets?  Just cut a line in the back or belly of a s=
tuffed animal and remove the stuffing.  Insert your hand in the legs or h=
ead of the animal and wiggle away! Nothing fancy, but works just as well as=
an expensive puppet.  I usually find cheap/cute stuffed animals at yard =
sales for under $1.00.  One music and movement reward activity I tri=
ed is one your students may also enjoy.   1.  Pass out one puppet per=
child. 2.  Play upbeat music and allow the students to play with their=
puppet. (30 seconds to 1 minute) 3.  Pause the music and call out "pas=
s".  Students should then pass their puppet to their neighbor while also =
receiving a different puppet from their other neighbor.  (I'd suggest f=
irst teaching rotations so that you have one continuous line going througho=
ut the students in the room.  It works best if you teach the rotations be=
fore passing out puppets.)  4.  Continue playing/pausing the music =
and calling out "pass" numerous times.  This will allow students to play =
with many different puppets/stuffed animals. You can weave instruction=
throughout the activity, but I'd suggest just allowing the students to hav=
e fun.  They don't get to do that often enough these days. Even the 5th=
graders left class with smiles on their faces.  It was fun...for me, too=
! Linda in KY Linda Lawson-------