1-2-3 Come Do Some "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" Activities With Me
Do you read "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" by Charles Shaw?
It’s a terrific, springtime story for introducing your study of clouds, and helps children stretch their imaginations.
Because my Young Fives really enjoy this story, I designed several cloud-themed activities for them to transition to, after we read the tale. They are both featured on the blog today, along with an awesome FREEBIE.
Since "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards, I designed a quick, easy and fun slider craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.
There are 2 outside slider options to choose from.
One features a cloud, the other a square with a spilled milk "splat".
I chose blue construction paper, to resemble the story as well as the color of the sky.
Pick your favorite or give children a choice.
Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
There are 2 "storytelling slider strip" options as well.
One, for beginning readers, has the pictures labeled, while the other strip's graphics are blank.
As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various “cloud” pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
I introduce the lesson by reading the book ”It Looked Like Spilt Milk”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
I have them guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making an “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” storytelling slider of their own.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
I’ve included a “Let’s “sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.
There’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions.
Finally, I thought it would be fun to practice upper and lowercase letters with a "cloud alphabet", which also includes an "animal cloud" for each letter as well.
The "Cloud-Themed Alphabet Packet" includes:
* An “Alpha Clouds” (color, trace & write) booklet.
With 4 pages on one, to make a "just-the-right-size", mini booklet.
* 2 sets of animal cloud cards. There is a “cloud animal” for each letter of the alphabet.
* There are also matching animal word cards, which will provide more ways to play “Memory Match” and “I Have; Who Has?” games.
* Children can also pick a picture card and describe the animal using 1-3 adjectives OR…
* Pick a word card and use it in a sentence. OR…
* Students can arrange the letter and/or word cards in alphabetical order.
-Use the “Kaboom!” cards to add to the fun.
-Use the cover to make an “Itty Bitty” booklet.
* I’ve also included a 5-page, tip list of other games and things you can use the cards for.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a set of number posters.
These anchor charts are perfect for a math bulletin board that you can refer to daily and review:
* fractions, colors, patterns, telling time, fact families, money, tally marks, ordinal numbers, measurement with a ruler, +1 addition, sequencing numbers, counting groups and sets of objects, and using a ten frame for addition or subtraction.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. My feet have hit the floor running, as I'm watching 3 of my grandchildren today.
They are age 4, 2 and 1, so it will be a busy day of play, filled with lots of fun and giggles. Wishing you a love-filled day.
"Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric." ~Pam Brown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake Alphabet Activities With Me
Because my Y5s need to review letters throughout the year, I thought it would be fun to design some snowflake-themed alphabet activities; thus this snowflake letter craft was born.
For added pizzazz have children glue their school photograph inside the small snowflake and write their name on the larger one, then arrange and glue them to their letter craft.
If your kiddos have lockers, laminate and display there.
I've also included 3 writing prompt worksheet options for older children.
Choose which one is most appropriate for your students, or give them a choice.They attach the worksheet to their initial.
So that the letter "pops" out, have children choose 2 colors to write their words.
For added pizzazz have them draw and color a picture of one of the words.
I find that children really enjoy sharing about themselves, so filling in the blanks on this worksheet (favorite color, food, animal etc.) is an especially fun activity for them. When everyone is done, have them "show & share" their completed project.
Since all of the worksheets are so different, you could easily stretch this activity over several days doing all 3 prompts.
Completed projects make interesting & awesome wintry bulletin boards too.
I've included a "Letters are 'snow' much fun!" poster for the center of your display.
Teachers can also assign a letter to each student then hang the completed alphabet cards up as a winter border, or use them as large flashcards.
These could also be collected, collated and made into a class-made, wintry alphabet book.
Introduce the craftivity with my snowflake “Hush!” poem. So that the poem easily transitions into the activity, I added another stanza on a separate poster: "We made our time together, snowing blowing better, making a snowflake letter!"
I’ve provided one in color, which can also be part of your bulletin board display, as well as a BW version for students to color, take home and read to their families.
The poem is packed with Dolch sight words and offers a nice rhyming review and easy way to include the poetry genre into your lessons.
* Besides the snowflake letter writing prompt craftivity, there’s also a Venn diagram compare & contrast activity, and a set of lovely snowflake cards perfect for sorting, patterning, or playing a Memory Match game with.
* For more letter practice, I’ve included 2 sets of snowflake-themed, upper & lowercase letter cards, along with a 4-page tip list of what you can do with them, including games like “What’s Missing?”, “Hidden Letter” and “Kaboom!”.
* There’s also a set of snowflake alphabet puzzles, plus a “How many words can you make using the letters in snowflake?” worksheet, with a 111-word answer key.
* The “I Spy a Letter!” game sheets are a quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess upper or lowercase letters.
There’s a strip for uppercase letters, and another for lowercase.
I have my students choose 2 different color highlighters, so that they can trace the letters in an ABAB pattern.
To play the assessment game, call out a letter. Students pull their slider strip up or down 'til they locate that letter in the "window" of their snowflake, then hold it up.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. My students absolutely LOVE making and collecting sliders, so we do one each month featuring a seasonal theme that practices a variety of standards.
Woo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today. The first one is a quick, easy & fun snowflake craftivity that your kiddos will really enjoy doing with their families.
Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board. My students love pointing out their family's picture, which is especially nice for preschoolers who often miss their moms during the day.
The next one is a "Shapely Snow Angels" emergent reader booklet featuring 2D shapes. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for now. Today's the perfect day to putz with more snowflake activities, as zillions of them are dancing in the breeze outside my office window.
Wishing you a snuggly day, filled to the brim with fun.
"Snowflakes may be delicate and fragile, but look what they can do when they stick together!"
1-2-3 Come Make An Alphabet Wheel With Me
Alphabet Wheels are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.
They feature 7 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black & white, as well as full-color, so that you can use a colorful one for an independent center and use the black & white pattern for a whole-group or individual word work activity, where kiddos make their own.
Alphabet wheels are perfect for letter of the day/week activities.
I've also tried to use popular themes so that you can revisit the wheels or feature them with your apple, leaves, gingerbread, turkey and snowmen etc. themes.
Another idea, after children have gone through the entire alphabet, is to have them make their own alphabet wheel that starts with the first letter of their name.
On the back of the wheel they can write the other picture words along with their name: “Kk is for kite, key, kangaroo, king, koala and Kaiden!”
I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words then put them in alphabetical order.
So that you can give them a try, the first alphabet wheel, "A is for Apples and..." is FREE. It's today's featured freebie as well.
I’m always happy to bundle up packets particularly for the alphabet, so you can get a nice price break and save more.
I’ve bundled 13 alphabet wheels A-M together, then another bundle for the rest of the letters N-Z., so instead of being a dollar each if bought separately, they are now only .50 cents.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
We've been having some chart-topping temps again for September, so it's time to go water my garden.
Wishing you a happy-go-lucky kind of day.
"Be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - M. Angelou
1-2-3 Come Have Some Fun With Chrysanthemum And Me
I thought I had finished up designing some quick, easy and fun activities to go with the story "Chrysanthemum", 'til I had a request from Erin in Idaho.
Great idea Erin, and easy-peasy to do, as the theme of "Chrysanthemum" is all about being kind, and careful with the things you say. Thus "Bucket Filling With Chrysanthemum" was born.
I’ve also included color copies so you can do this as a whole group activity as well.
The packet also includes several posters: “We are a bucket-filling classroom”, “Easily Fill A Bucket By . . .” plus a “Please Don’t Be A Dipper”.
The “Chrysanthemum’s ABCs of Bucket Filling” worksheets help build vocabulary while practicing letter sounds.
These can be done individually, or use the colorful ones with a whole group.
I’ve included answer keys with lots of alliterative options: “Aa: aid, applaud, ask, award, advise, affirm, acknowledge…”
Finally, students can use the little Chrysanthemum "bucket cards" to encourage each other. There’s a set in color so that you can leave your students a compliment or note as well.
I was now in the Chrysanthemum mode again, so I also designed some Chrysanthemum-Themed Alphabet Number Puzzles.
Because the story is all about this little mouse’s name, I like to transition my kiddos to some name writing activity afterwards.
These puzzles provide a super-fun way to do that, plus children get in some uppercase alphabet practice too.
They're a real “sanity saver” as children are happily engaged coloring, cutting, then putting their puzzle together.
While they work independently you are freed up. Woo hoo!
The puzzles mix math with literacy, as they help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, working on those toughie teen numbers, as well as skip counting by 10s.
Simply choose which number concept is most appropriate for your students.
For a fun back to school bulletin board, have children mount their puzzle to a sheet of construction paper leaving a little gap between each strip, which will create an interesting mosaic effect.
I’ve included 2 “ABC 1-2-3 Look Who’s In The Class With Me!” posters to use for the center of your display. (Plus preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade as well).
There’s also a colorful Chrysanthemum puzzle (1-10, 11-20, & counting by 10s) to use as an independent math center, plus an additional name writing worksheet where children finish drawing Chrysanthemum.
Finally, while I was putzing with this, another name activity popped in my head, so I created a quick, easy & fun "color, cut & glue" name craft, which provides wonderful fine motor practice, plus assists children in learning how to spell their name as they begin to recognize those letters.
Completed projects make a sweet back to school bulletin board too. Besides the name craft, the packet also includes:
* Separate upper & lowercase letter cards, as well as a set of cards with both the upper and lowercase letter on one card.
Use them for Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?” games.
I’ve also included a 4-page tip list of other ideas for the cards, including the “Kaboom!” game as well as . . .
* A variety of letter worksheets plus…
* Some simple letter games like "What Letter Did Chrysanthemum Hide Today?" and "What's Missing?", as well as several dice worksheet games.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a set of 10 Classroom Management Posters. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Time to move on to another theme.
Hmmm... shall I start working on "Chicka Boom" or "If You Take A Mouse To School" stuff? Stay tuned. I'll be doing both before August disappears.
Wishing you a carefree, happily lazy kind of relaxing day.
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."-Margaret Mead
1-2-3 Come Chew On Some Common Core With the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Me
Since so many people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I wanted to use Eric Carle's cute little critter as a spring board to studying a variety of Common Core Standards.
I created the caterpillar template and made a list of all sorts of ways I could use it, then set about to design the details. You can choose which one you want your students to do, or give them a choice.
Teachers could also make up their own set and laminate to use as anchor charts.
Make several sets but don't glue the body-segment circles together, to use for independent, sequencing centers or to play games with.
You could also use them to independently or whole group assess the various standards.
In The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet, students trace and write upper and lowercase letters.
I've also included a set where a bit of the butterfly's life cycle is also included with the letters.
Completed projects make a sweet spring bulletin board. I've included a poster for the center of you display.
The packet also includes an alpha-pillar craftivity teachers can make, which features upper or lowercase letters, which actually look like the background pattern of Eric Carle's book!
These make a wonderful border, or puzzle center as well.
There's also a set of uppercase, as well as lowercase (12-on-a-page) letter cards, with matching picture cards of things that begin with that letter, plus a set of word cards for those objects, which provides a variety of center activities and games.
I also made a set of 2-on-a-page alphabet anchor charts, which feature the beginning letter object on the caterpillar's tail end.
This packet makes a nice spring review, as I find that just because I've taught and practiced something with my kiddos at the beginning of the year, doesn't mean everyone retains everything later on.
There's a blank version, where older students think of something edible that color, then write it down and draw a picture of it, as well as a simpler version, where the black line graphics are on the page for children to color.
I've also included a teacher's copy with full color graphics, so you can quickly make a sample to share.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers, is similar to the alphabet packet.
This caterpillar counts from zero to ten, where students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words.
There are also caterpillar "body" circles for skip counting by 2s 3s, 5s, and 10s.
If you are practicing counting backwards from 10 to 0, simply have children put the caterpillar in reverse order.
I've also included a "You Can Count On The Very Hungry Caterpillar" craft for teachers to make, just like the alphabet one mentioned above.
As with the alphabet packet, there are posters, anchor charts, games and a worksheet.
In all of the packets there are 4 patterns for the caterpillar's head, plus a variety of options for butterflies.
Since I have many requests for shape craftivities, particulary 3D shapes, I thought I'd make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats 2D & 3D Shapes, which reviews: the circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, star, heart & crescent, plus 3D shapes: cone, sphere, cylinder & cube.
There are various options to choose from. Simply choose which "body segments" are appropriate for your students.
Older students can write the attributes of each shape on the back. One of the options also practices the days of the week.
On the last day the caterpillar rests in his chrysalis, then awakens as a beautiful 3 dimensional butterfly with the various shapes on its wings.
Since telling time is also a standard, I made a "clock-apillar" which reinforces time to the hour and half hour.
Use as a whole-group craftivity, game, center or assessment tool.
Like wise, we are also studying coins at this time, so I made a "coin-apillar" too.
These caterpillars feature a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar coins.
Finally, if you want to practice reading with a very hungry caterpillar, your kiddos will enjoy making the versatile "Word-apillar".
I use this craftivity as a super-fun way to build vocabulary and practice whatever “word work” I want to reinforce: Dolch & Fry sight words, word-family words, seasonal words, whatever...
I’ve included a list of 31 “word work” ideas, along with ideas for games you can play after you choose your words.
Whew! That's a lot of Very Hungry Caterpillar options! I hope they help your kiddo-caterpillars blossom into smart little butterlies!
Today's FREEBIE also features a butterfly.
It's one of my personal favorite spring craftivities, which makes a wonderful keepsake for mom, as the wings of the butterfly are a child's shoe print.
Do this with your butterfly activities, then tuck it away for Mother's Day.
Click on the link for the "Fluttering By With A Mother's Day "Hi" craft.
Thanks for visiting. I normally don't post on weekends, but I finished so many things up over spring break that I wanted to share.
Wishing you a relaxing and fun-tastic weekend.
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Valentine Activities With Me
I love Valentine's Day; it's one of my favorite parties at school too, so I'm constantly dreaming up new ideas to make the day special, while still learning standards. Today I'm featuring 3 of my newest creations.
“Valenteens” are goofy little heart people that feature a ten-frame.
I designed the craftivity to showcase teen numbers, which can be toughies for kiddos. However, because of the blank templates provided, you have the option to simply make a silly valentine, or one with numbers 1-12, for younger students.
Children can create a boy or girl "valenteen", by where they glue the bow.
The bows come blank, as well as printed with a teen equation.
There is a blank full-size heart pattern, so that children can draw their own silly face, as well as 10 hearts with a variety of faces for them to choose from.
I’ve also included a 1/2 heart pattern. Print and fold on the dashed line. Keeping the paper folded, students cut on the black line and then unfold their paper to reveal a large heart. My students are always amazed at this, adding to the fun of our lesson.
There are 4 options for the 10 frames: a blank set, a set with numbers, a set with hearts, and a set with numbers & hearts.
If you choose the blank set, children can make X’s & 0’s (hugs & kisses), use stickers, bingo daubers, or draw and color shapes to fill in the boxes. For that finishing touch, I’ve also included gloved hands and shoe templates.
You don’t have to have legs, but I think they add to the silliness of the “valenteens”, plus accordion-folding paper is a fun fine motor skill, that helps strengthen finger muscles.
I included links for the "My Funny Little Valentine" song, so you can play it while your kiddos work on their creations.
There’s also a poster of the refrain, as well as an “Our Funny Little Valenteens” poster to use in the center of your bulletin board display.
Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.
They feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black & white, as well as full-color, so that you can use a colorful one for an independent center and use the black & white pattern for a whole-group or individual word work activity, where kiddos make their own.
Finally, The “100 Chart, Heart Art” is a very versatile activity, as I’ve differentiated the directions for PK to 2nd grade.
“Mystery Math” hidden pictures, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice recognizing some of those big numbers that kiddos often trip over, when learning how to write and count numbers.
Using a 100s chart so students are seeing numbers in proper sequence, helps them wrap their head around a variety of math patterns, and is especially helpful to visual learners.
I’ve included a 100s chart worksheet without directions, so you can do this as a whole-group, “Listening & following directions” activity. For younger kiddos, simply call out the numbers they need to color.
I feel even young children can gain number sense by doing this as a “monkey see-monkey do” activity.
I’ve also included a set of spatial directions for you to read to older students: “Find the number 66. Color that box and the box that is UNDER it.”
There’s also a worksheet that includes the numbers to color, if you want to use this as a homework assignment, table-top activity, independent center, or something for early finishers.
To practice double digit addition and subtraction, there's a worksheet where students have to solve problems to find out what numbers they are supposed to color.
Completed projects make a cute February bulletin board. Use the “We LOVE Mystery Math!” poster in the middle of your display.
The featured FREEBIE today is a set of valentine 10-frames. A nice "go along" to the Valenteen 10-frame craftivity mentioned above.
Besides the 10-frame cards, the packet also includes heart-themed, counting tiles, plus math symbols and number cards, so that you can make equations and play a variety of games.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a blessed day filled with lots of "warm fuzzy" moments.
"Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love." -William Shakespeare
1-2-3 Come Do Some Letter Activities With Me
Because my Y5s study the alphabet all year long, I like to plug in some themed, letter activites each month. The single-letter alphabet wheels are perfect for this.
The Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.
They feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black and white, as well as full-color, so that you can use them as an independent center or individual word work activity.
Vowels, have word examples for both long and short vowel sounds.
I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words in alphabetical order.
Besides the individual letter alphabet wheels, I also have a collection of 20 seasonal alphabet wheels, which cover all of the upper and lowercase letters.
As you can see from the photo, there's a gingerbread man and a mitten alphabet wheel for winter.
Besides the alphabet wheels, another fun way to practice letters is with my elf slider.
There’s nothing quite like a quick and easy little craftivity, to make practicing a variety of standards fun.
The paper elf can be used as a “slider” or turned into a "belly booklet”.
I’ve also included an easy-peasy “color me” option, where you can skip the craft, or simply do both.
Your kiddos will also enjoy making the little mini, belly booklets.
There are 3 options:
* Upper & lowercase letters that students trace & write, with enough room for older kiddos to write a word at the top and bottom;
* Numbers 1-12, where students also trace & write (play the Twelve Days of Christmas carol, while they’re working).
* There’s also a shape booklet. Here students trace, draw & color the 2D shapes, then trace & write the shape word.
Each booklet is on a one-page pattern, so students could make all of them, over a period of a few days, for a really big belly book!
* The “sliders” are a quick, easy and super-fun way to whole group assess a variety of standards as well.
* There’s a slider for: numbers 1-10, 1-30, counting backwards from 10-0 & 20-0, as well as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s; plus one for upper case letters, another for lowercase, and finally one for the 2D shapes.
* Choose which one you want to work on. I have my kiddos trace the letter & number strips in a red and green, ABAB color pattern, and color each shape a different color.
To whole group assess, simply call out a letter, number or shape. Students “slide” to it, and hold up their elf.
You can see at a glance, who is having difficulty. Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop and have a look: Elf Slider & Belly Booklets
Today's featured FREEBIE is a gingerbread-themed 10 frames packet. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. TpT's 20% off Cyber Sale continues through midnight tonight. Type in the code SMILE for an extra 10% off.
As for me, I'm dashing through the snow today, to get some more shopping done. Wishing you a delightful day.
"He who doesn't have Christmas in their heart, will never find it under a tree." - Roy L. Smith
1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet Activities With Me
Because of the seasonal themes, the Alpha Wheels are a perfect addition, and my kiddos LOVE making them.
I enjoy them, because they are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.
They feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black & white, as well as full-color.
Use a colorful one for an independent center and use the black & white pattern for a whole-group or individual word work activity, where kiddos make their own.
You'll find that your students will look forward to making and collecting them.
For writing, vocabulary building and alphabetizing practice, I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words then put them in alphabetical order.
Click on the pictures or hot links above, to zip on over to my TpT shop to have a look.
I sincerely hope these alpha-wheels make letter practice more fun for your kiddos.
Fittingly, the featured FREEBIE today, is an alphabet packet, with a set of alphabet cards & poster which you can play games with. I hope you find it useful.
That's it for today. A work crew is coming in to put a new window in my office, so I don't get to "play" today, but it's time and money well-spent, as I won't be freezing all winter!
Wishing you a relaxing day.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Letter Aa Activities With Me
Woo Hoo for Diane's Dollar Deals! I'm featuring two, apple-themed ones, on the blog today. Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters.
I priced them at only a dollar, so that you can afford to collect all of the individual alphabet wheels.
They feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black and white, as well as full-color, so that you can use them as an independent center or individual word work activity.
I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words in alphabetical order.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a peek at the Aa is for Apple Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheel.
The other Apple Dollar Deal is an emergent reader: Aa is for Apple. It's filled with beginning letter Aa nouns. There are 6.
It's also packed with Dolch sight words and great practice for pronouns, as well as end punctuation.
Students read the simple sentences using the pictures as clues, and then add the appropriate end punctuation. (period, question mark, exclamation point).
They trace and write the Pp word, then color the picture. There are 5, mini-strip pages, to a one-page template.
Students trim, collate and staple to the front of their "Aa is for apple" cover to make a flip booklet.
I've also included matching picture and word cards to play games like Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?".
They come in color as well as black & white, so that you can use them as an independent center for Daily 5 Word Work, or children can make their own game to practice at home.
Students can match picture to picture, or picture to word. They can also alphabetize the word cards and use them to write their own sentences.
As with the individual alphabet wheels, I've priced these emergent readers at only a dollar, to make them affordable, so that you can collect all of the flip booklets in this series.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look: Aa is for Apple Emergent Reader.
The FREEBIE today also has an apple theme. It's called Apple Adjectives. On the worksheet, students describe the outside and inside of an apple. You can do the same with a pumpkin.
It's a quick, easy & fun way for students to practice descriptive writing and the use of adjectives. For your convenience, I've included a completed sample.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. It's a bit chilly, but the sun is shining through the lovely fall-colored trees.
A perfect day for a walk in the woods with my poodle pup Chloe. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"Happiness is a warm puppy." -Charles Shultz
1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Activities With Me
I've created so many apple activities over the years that it was time to up-date and revamp some of my favorite ideas and toss them into Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop. I'm featuring two today, plus a FREEBIE.
First up is the Magic Math Apple. It's a quick, easy & fun way to practice recognizing some of those big numbers that kiddos often trip over when learning how to write and count numbers.
Seeing them in proper sequence helps them wrap their head around a variety of math patterns, and is especially helpful to visual learners.
By doing this as a whole group activity, you can quickly & easily assess students’ knowledge of numbers, colors, & spatial direction words, as well as their ability to listen & follow directions.
This activity also builds vocabulary. I purposely used words like left, right, top, bottom, diagonal etc. to reinforce spatial directions. To assist kiddos with the new words, I've provided full-page posters that you can refer to.
Ordinal numbers are also practiced, as well as colors. I feel even young children can gain number sense by doing this as a "monkey see-monkey do” activity.
On your large teacher copy, you color in the number 14 box brown. Show it to your kiddos & they copy you.
I've included a full-size teacher's template for this. There are 2-on-a-page, as well as 4-on-a-page number grid options for students.
Completed projects make a nice bulletin board. “We’re taking a bite out of number sense.” “Apple-icious math work.” or whatever... Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to grab this super-fun Dollar Deal: Math Magic Mystery Picture.
Next up is Willie the Wormy Alphabet Apple game. He was one of my kiddos' favorite apple centers.
So that I didn't have to reinvent the wheel each year, and my centers were easy-peasy to set up, I try and create independent center/station activites that I can use every year.
Willie took me less than an hour to make, and was so worth the effort, as he's a super-fun way for kiddos to practice matching upper & lowercase letters.
Finally,the Melted Crayon Apple craft is a personal favorite, and today's featured FREEBIE. Even though this craftivity is quick, easy & fun, it definitely has the "Wow!" factor.
"Apples can be red, yellow and green. These are the prettiest apples I've ever seen." is the little poem that's in the middle of the apple.
There are several pattern options in the packet (a large, full-page teacher pattern, plus 2-on- a page for students, with and without the poem.
Using a crayon sharpener & broken, peeled crayons, have students "shave" separate piles of red, yellow & green shavings.
They pinch a bit and then sprinkle the 3 colors on top of their apple cut out. Both of these activities, provide super, fine-motor skill practice, that helps strengthen those finger muscles.
Cover with a sheet of wax paper, press with a warm iron for a few seconds, then gently peel off the paper.
My kiddos often squealed with delight at how awesome their apple turned out.
Each one is different & completed projects make a lovely fall bulletin board.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you can pop back tomorrow for a few more apple activities, then it's time to move on to scarecrows & pumpkins!
I love all of the seasons, but I think fall is my favorite. Wishing you a refreshing day.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Ralph Waldo Emerson