Alphabet games

1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake Alphabet Activities With Me    

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsBecause 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.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsIt's very versatile, as younger kiddos can simply snip & glue their initial.

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. 

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsOne option practices the vocabulary associated with letters. "Cc is for Cody and cat, crayon, clown, circle, crown & car."

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. 

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsAnother writing prompt option, "I am unique like a snowflake!" helps students get to know a bit more about their classmates.

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.  

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsThe 3rd writing prompt option, is also a fill-in-the-blank worksheet which revolves around their letter and name, and practices counting.  

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.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsI'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.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsIntroduce 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.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing prompts* 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!”.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, snowflake letter puzzles, January writing prompts, snowflake writing prompts* 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.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing prompts* The 6 bonus worksheets are nice for early finishers, homework or a sub tub.

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing prompts* Another super-fun way to practice letters and whole group assess, is with the snowflake slider craftivity.

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.

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsWoo 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. 

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snow angel activities, 2D winter shape activities, snowflake writing promptsThe next one is a "Shapely Snow Angels" emergent reader booklet featuring 2D shapes.  I hope you find it useful. 

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snow angel activities, 2D winter shape activities, snowflake writing promptsWell 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 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.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersHer preschool has adopted the "Bucket Filling" program and she wondered if I could tie that concept in with the "Chrysanthemum" story. 

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. 

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersAfter reading the story, children transition to making a list of “bucket dipping” moments in the story, as well as “bucket filling” times on the 2 worksheets.

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”.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersThe “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.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersI’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. 

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersI 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.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersThese 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!

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersThe 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.

Chrysanthemum posterFor 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.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersI’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.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersFinally, 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.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersCompleted 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.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, free classroom posters, classroom management ideas, classroom management posters, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersUse 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.

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, free classroom posters, classroom management ideas, classroom management posters, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersToday's featured FREEBIE is a set of 10 Classroom Management PostersI hope you find them useful.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Time to move on to another theme. 

bucket filling ideas, bucket filling ideas, free classroom posters, classroom management ideas, classroom management posters, chrysanthemum activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum crafts, skip counting by 10s, number puzzles, alphabet crafts, alphabet puzzles, alphabet games, alphabet centersHmmm... 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 Do Some Alphabet Activities With Me

alphabet activities, alphabet centers, alphabet games, alphabet wheels, letter L activities, letter v activities, letter l crafts, letter v crafts, letter t crafts, letter T activitiesI'm working away at the ever popular alphabet wheels. I featured Aa is for Apple in September, and Pp is for Pumpkin in October.

For November, I just completed Ll is for Leaf, Tt is for Turkey and Vv is for Veterans.

alphabet activities, alphabet centers, alphabet games, alphabet wheels, letter L activities, letter v activities, letter l crafts, letter v crafts, letter t crafts, letter T activitiesSince we continue to work on the alphabet throughout the year, it's nice to add something new to my Alphabet Center activities each month.

Because of the seasonal themes, the Alpha Wheels are  a perfect addition, and my kiddos LOVE making them.

alphabet activities, alphabet centers, alphabet games, alphabet wheels, letter L activities, letter v activities, letter l crafts, letter v crafts, letter t crafts, letter T activitiesI 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.

alphabet activities, alphabet centers, alphabet games, alphabet wheels, letter L activities, letter v activities, letter l crafts, letter v crafts, letter t crafts, letter T activitiesYou'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.

abc covClick 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.

MeThat'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 Read With Me

Hooray for Dollar Deals from Diane.
Here’s another emergent reader “just the right size”alphabet booklet

alphabet activitites, emergent readers, itty bitty booklets, alphabet games, alphabet posters, alphabet literacy centers. I hope your kiddos are enjoying them as much as mine did. You know you've got a winner when your students ask for another one!

They're truly a quick, easy and fun way to reinforce a variety of standards.

alphabet activitites, emergent readers, itty bitty booklets, alphabet games, alphabet posters, alphabet literacy centers. Besides the 4-on-a-page template, I’ve also included an 8-on-a-page pattern, so that you can make an “Itty Bitty Alpha-bits” booklet if you want.

Using the pictures as a guide, children read the page, trace the letters, write the letters, then color the picture. 

alphabet activitites, emergent readers, itty bitty booklets, alphabet games, alphabet posters, alphabet literacy centers. Afterwards, they cut the pages into 1/4ths (grab that teachable moment to review fractions if you're studying them) collate the pages and then staple their booklet together.

When everyone has completed their booklet, read it together as a whole group to cover concepts of print, and reinforce the repetitive text.

alphabet activitites, emergent readers, itty bitty booklets, alphabet games, alphabet posters, alphabet literacy centers. Even though my Y5's were technically not really "reading", they "got it" because of the repetitious sentences and picture clues. 

I think one of the reasons they loved making these little booklets was because they could share them with their family.  They were really proud of themselves.

There’s also a "Color Me" alphabet poster, which comes on a full page, as well as 2-on-a-page, and is the featured FREEBIE today.  Click on the link to grab your copy.

Children can color their poster all at once, or keep the poster in their writing journals, and color only the letters that they have studied & mastered. 

alphabet activitites, emergent readers, itty bitty booklets, alphabet games, alphabet posters, alphabet literacy centers. This is a wonderful visual way for kiddos to see how much they are learning in a short amount of time--a real self-esteem builder.

You can also use the poster to play an “I Spy a Letter” game.
Give children an M&M or other manipulative.
Call out a letter; children cover it with their playing piece.

You can see at a glance who is having difficulty, which makes this a quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess.

alphabet activitites, emergent readers, itty bitty booklets, alphabet games, alphabet posters, alphabet literacy centers. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop for this latest Emergent Reader Dollar Deal.  While you're over there, I would so appreciate it if you'd follow me; you'll know when I post more Dollar Deals & FREEBIES that way. Thanks in advance. 

Well that's it for today. I need to get going on apple stuff before it's pumpkin time!  So LOVE fall.  Wishing you a day filled with giggles.

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed." -Khalil Gibran

 

1-2-3 Come Practice the "Owl-phabet" With Me

I’m delighted to post anotherDollar Deal from Diane.
This “owl-phabet” craftivity is a super-fun way for students to practice upper & lowercase letters .

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsLook closely at Ollie the owl’s eyesYou will see an uppercase letter in one, and a lowercase letter in the other.  Ollie is one of my "Turn & Learn” alphabet wheels.

Play "I Spy” a letter & have children turn the "eye wheels" 'til they've found both.

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsThey hold their owl in the air, and you can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

You can also play “Whoooo has a clue?” Call on a child to choose a letter, then give 3 clues to the class. For example: “My letter is a vowel; it comes before P and after N. What’s the ”mystery letter?”

Children turn the owl’s “eyes” ’til they’ve found it. “Whoooo was the first? Is that person correct?”

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsI've also included a few owl-themed worksheets and a "color me" bookmark in the packet.

Besides playing games with Ollie, use it as a non-threatening way to assess.

Turn Ollie into an “Owl” miss you!” activity at the end of the year, so that students can review letters over the summer, lest they forget all you’ve crammed into their heads.

For a quick & easy way to make the letter “windows” in the eye, I used a circle paper punch

I set Ollie up as a center/station activity that children get to do after they have completed their morning table top work. 

All of the pieces and parts are on a table, with a variety of colors to choose from.  They pick out their parts & return to their desks to put Ollie together. 

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsYou can also do this as a whole-group "monkey see-monkey do" activity, where you demonstrate the assembly step-by-step & children copy what you are doing. 

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to grab Ollie for just a dollar.  I hope your kiddos enjoy their owl-phabet pal as much as mine did. 

The featured FREEBIE for today is a set of owl alphabet cards.  Click on the link to get your set today.  There are 3 sets in the packet. Owls showing both the upper & lowercase letters, as well as separate sets of each, so that you can play Memory Match, Speed, and "I Have; Who Has?" games. 

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsWell that's it for now. Thanks for visiting.  It's still chilly out, so time to grab my jacket and take my poodle pup Chloe for a walk. 

Right now she's asleep under my desk.  Maybe she thinks it's a bit too nippy today too. 

"I  don't know what my path is yet.  I'm just walking on it." - Olivia Newton-John

1-2-3 Come Pair Up With Me

Welcome to another one of Diane's Dollar DealsThis cutie-patootie, Pair Pears Packet is packed with versatility.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet puzzles, classroom management ideas. shape games, shape activities, shape puzzles, nAt the beginning of the year, when children are learning their classmates' names, glue a photo on the top of the pear, and write students' names on the bottom half.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet puzzles, classroom management ideas. shape games, shape activities, shape puzzles, nChildren can match their friend's photo to their name in an independent "get to know you" center.

Use the puzzle pair pears as a classroom management tool for a fun way to have children partner up.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet puzzles, classroom management ideas. shape games, shape activities, shape puzzles, nUse them to play games like Memory Match & "I Have Who Has?"

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet puzzles, classroom management ideas. shape games, shape activities, shape puzzles, nI have included pairs that review shapes/shape words, numbers/number words, and uppercase/lowercase letters etc.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet puzzles, classroom management ideas. shape games, shape activities, shape puzzles, nYou can also run the templates off so that each student can make either an alphabet, number or shape booklet.

Covers are included, as well as blank pears for you to program with whatever.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet puzzles, classroom management ideas. shape games, shape activities, shape puzzles, nBe sure and grab the "teachable moment" to discuss homonyms

Click on the link to grab this super-fun Pair Pears Dollar Deal.

The featured FREEBIE for today, includes another fun way to pick a partner.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet puzzles, classroom management ideas. shape games, shape activities, shape puzzles, n"It's Partner Time!"  is an "oldie but goodie" that I made years ago, before all of the cool graphics programs, fonts & clipart that I now use. 

Yet it's still popular & a fun way to practice colors, shapes & numbers while picking a partner.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet puzzles, classroom management ideas. shape games, shape activities, shape puzzles, nWell that's it for now.  Thanks for visiting.

I'm busy working on the rest of my letter packets. Wishing you a peaceful & productive day.

 "In the past a leader was a boss.  Today's leaders must be partners with their people...they no longer can lead solely based on positional power." -Ken Blanchard

1-2-3 Come Do Some Super-Fun Alphabet Activies With Me

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftWhether you do a letter of the week, or review a letter a day, I think you & your kiddos will enjoy my newest creation: The Letter Aa packet.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftI know there are a zillion letter activities out there, but I think I've come up with some really creative & different ones, that will help make learning the alphabet especially fun.

letter a worksheetsI’ve incorporated a variety of standards for reading, writing, and even tossed in some math, so that you get more bang for your “time buck”, as you can review additional things besides one letter of the alphabet.

This is the first in a series of letter packets.

Countless hours went into designing it, because I wanted to create a format that I could use with every letter.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftThe consistency, will empower students, as they can get right down to business because they know what to do.  

This independence builds confidence, which leads to self-esteem.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftTeaching’s a breeze because you don’t have to waste time continuing to give directions or explaining what you want your kiddos to do. 

Children are responsible & accountable, which frees you up to work one-on-one with strugglers.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftThe packets are a big & loaded with lots of variety.

There are activities to suit various levels, as well as practice reading & writing skills at the same time.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftSimply choose what’s right for you and build your lesson plan.  

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftYou’ll have plenty left over, to use in a sub folder, as homework, independent centers, or for early finishers.

The packet includes:

* Posters & anchor charts
* Emergent readers

* Lots of Worksheets
* Pocket chart cards
* and a variety of Games.
skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craft* There are also several "craftivities" such as the letter pennant.

Children decorate their pennant with things that start with the letter Aa.  They can use stickers, pictures cut from magazines, words, letters, & clip art.  

* There are Bookmarks
* Puzzles
skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craft* A Song
* A Maze
* and a Word Search.

Another thing that I included in the packet are “Learn & Earn” brag tags. I think your kiddos will really enjoy collecting them. 

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftThere's one for each letter of the alphabet, plus a star-student one to hand out, when they've learned all of the letters. 

Simply run the tag template off on card stock, trim, punch a hole at the top and attach them with split ring. 

You can buy 8 in a package at The Dollar Store.  There are large teacher tags, which you can use as flashcards. 

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftThe split ring makes it easy for children to flip through, so you can play "Flip & Find". You hold up your letter tag & children see who can find theirs the fastest. 

You can also ask for the letter that is before or after the letter that you're showing them.

* There are a variety of writing prompts too. My personal favorite is the Letter Aa Post Card. 

Children fill in the blanks with things that begin with the letter Aa. Grab a teachable moment with "How to address correspondence".

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftMy Alphabet Wheels have been so popular, that I wanted to make a set for each individual letter.

There's a color copy for the teacher, as well as a black & white one, so that students can make their own.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftEach packet will also have an alliterative story. 

This packet features "Going Ape".  Counting how many featured letters are in the story, will provide additon practice as well.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftBesides a letter story and alphabet wheel, each letter packet will also have a "_______ is for . . ." flip booklet.

These are emergent readers that help reinforce pronouns too. 

The background picture features something that begins with that letter.  For the letter Aa I used an apple.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craft* A 100 chart hidden letter provides more math practice.
* There's also a class book writing prompt and
A Word Work booklet plus

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craft*A cute certificate of praise, with 2 on a page to save paper.

Have students keep them all together, and when done staple their "Letter Achievement" booklet together.

* Also included is an “I found the sound” activity as well as
* A “growing” alphabet booklet (As you study a new letter that page will be added to this Itty Bitty “Alpha-bits” booklet.

My Y5s really enjoy making "Itty Bitty" things that are "just the right size" for them.  With that in mind, I designed a "Pocket Full Of Practice". 

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftSince lined paper is really inexpensive because of the loss leaders supply stores have, (I picked up a pack of 100 sheets for just a quarter) I decided to have my kiddos fold a sheet into a pocket, to hold "small stuff" that they completed from the letter packet. 

Everything is in one place, things don't get lost in the bottom of a backpack, and parents have a nice little keepsake. The paper pocket full of practice, is also included in every letter packet.

Because these packets are over 100 pages each (The Aa packet is a whopping 140 pages long!) I will not be "bundling" them, when they are all finished. 

I will however, sell them for only $3.00, instead of the usual $4.95 for packets with this amount of work. As an added bonus, the first 48 hours they will be on sale for just $2.50.  

So that you can take advantage of the savings, if you are a follower of mine, you will get an e-mail notification from TpT when I post a new packet.   Click on this link to pop on over to my shop.

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftSince it's September, and "apple time" here in Michigan, today's FREEBIE is a sweet little "You Can Count On Willie" craftivity. I hope you like it.  Click on the link to grab yours today.  

skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s, apple activities, apple crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, alphabet posters, alphabet worksheets, alphabet emergent readers, letter a activities, letter a crafts, pennant craftThat's it for now. TGIF!  My brain has been on overload working on alphabet "stuff" so it's time for a much-needed break. 

I'm not sure what that might be, but here's wishing you a wonderful weekend.

 "I'm learning the power of going away for the weekend and keeping myself company." - Zoe Saldana

1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet and Number Activities With Me

Amy, from Kentucky, asked if I was going to do a Kissing Hand -Themed activity packet for the alphabet, or one for counting & numbers that would match the trio that I posted this past week.   Like me, she likes to teach a variety of standards using a theme. 

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, I actually had one in the works, which includes both, and just finished it today!  Woo hoo. This ABC-123, raccoon-themed packet, matches the other 3 “Kissing Hand” inspired packets: Literacy,  Shapes &  Where’s the Raccoon?

The ABC-123 includes the following:

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, 3 sets of letter cards: uppercase, lowercase, & both UC & LC on one card, so you can play all sorts of games like Memory Match, “I Have; Who Has?”, Kaboom & Speed. I’ve included a 4-page tip list of ideas & directions.

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, An accordion-fold out, “trace the letters” booklet.

0-10, number & number word pocket chart cards, with a matching poster.

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, 9 number puzzles (color + black & white) to practice numbers 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, as well as skip counting by 10s to 100.

Use for an independent center & games. Run off the black line ones for children to color, cut & make their own number puzzle.

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, Counting Kisses 0-10 poster, with a matching worksheet & game cards.
An accordion-fold out Counting Kisses booklet.

Large (8x10) Counting Kisses poster cards for numbers 0-10, with a matching set of 5x7 cards. Use as anchor chart posters & flash cards.
A matching booklet for students. They glue on the appropriate number of kiss “stickers”.

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, 5 number worksheets.
2 roll & color games. You can also use these as “I Spy” game worksheets.

A letter poster showing the arrow directions to write letters, with a matching worksheet, along with 5 other alphabet worksheets.

2 “I Spy A Letter” game sheets for whole-group assessing upper & lowercase letters, with a recording sheet.

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, A raccoon “slider” craftivity for upper & lowercase letters, numbers 1-20, counting backwards from 10-0 & 20-0; plus slider strips for skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s. A quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess. Includes an assessment sheet.

Upper & lowercase assessment mats & recording sheets, along with a set of upper & lowercase Kissing Hand letter cards, and an alphabet matching game.

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to take a peek at my newest Kissing Hand packet: ABCs & 123s.

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, However, since many teachers offer a bundle to give you added savings, I combined this new ABC-123 packet, with the Shape & "Where's the Raccoon?" packets.

You'll save $3 by buying the bundle, as this 247-page whopper, is only $10.95.  Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to check it out: Kissing Hand Bundle.

Dear Students posterAnd now for today's featured FREEBIE: A "Dear Students..." poster.  Perfect for back to school. Click on the link to grab it.

kissing hand activities, alphabet activities, counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s & 10s, back to school activities, Well that's it for today.  It's super-hot and muggy here in my little corner of the world. 

Yuk! Humidity really zaps my energy, so it's time to escape for a dip in the the pool.  Wishing you a refreshing day filled with Ahhhhh moments.

"The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it." -Woodrow Wilson

1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet Activities With Me

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, Since the lowercase picture-word puzzles have been so popular, I decided to make a few more matching items. 

I don't know about you, but I like when things are coordinated.  This new packet is an Alphabet Poster Packet with 74-pages of goodies.

As with the puzzle packet, these items can also be used as an independent center or whole-group activity.

The packet includes:

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, 26 (8x10) full-color lowercase letter posters.  
     Use them as toppers for your word wall letter columns, a border, bulletin board, or jumbo flashcards.      

Laminate a set and put them in your alphabet center.  Using a dry erase marker, students choose several cards and record other words that they can think of, or copy words from your word wall.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, A set of full-color alphabet cards.  Use them for Memory Match, “I Have; Who Has?” games, or put them on a split ring and use as flashcards.

I’ve included a 4-page tip list of what else to do with the cards, including more games, like Kaboom.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, Alphabetize the Words” game, with 140 mini word cards that match the pictures inside the letters, plus a blank template for you to program with more words from your word wall.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, A boy and girl “ABC Look At Me” alphabetize the words, recording sheet.

Besides placing word cards on the various letter mats, students can also choose X number of cards and write them on their recording sheet in alphabetical order. 

On the back, older students can use the words to make several sentences.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, Two, “What letter is missing?” posters. Put one on the top and one on the bottom, with a set of the abc cards in alphabetical order in the middle. 

Each morning ask students what letter is missing?

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, A “What letter is hiding?” poster.  Hinge to the wall or your whiteboard with a piece of Scotch tape, so that it flips up. 

Place one of the letter cards under it.  Give 3 clues.  Children try and guess what letter is hiding, before you flip it up to find the answer. 

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, I've also included a word booklet where students can record words on the appropriate pages.

This packet matches the popular Alphabet (numbered strip) Puzzles, as well as the ABC Flip Up packet.  

As you can see, the packet is very versatile.  I think you'll find it extremely useful and a nice time saver. 

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop; 74-pages and just $4.95.  Once laminated, you can use these items year-after-year! 

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, As always, I have a FREEBIE for you too. There is so much "paper-stuff" we have to pass out to families during that first week of school.

So that parents aren't overwhelmed, and really DO read these important handouts, I made up an "ABC's of School Information Sheet."

It was very successful, and I received lots of complimentary feedback. The needless questions, because I had already covered "all that" in this note, pretty much ended too.  I hope you find my sample useful in creating your own.  Click on the link to grab this time-saving FREEBIE.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet posters, Thanks for visiting.  It's a lovely summer day and time to get ready for our big, beach-birthday bash. I've reached the wonderful age of social security. Woo Hoo, happy that I don't feel 62. 

I'm really looking forward to fun in the sun, with all of my adult children, their spouses and my grandchildren.  Hopefully Lake Michigan has warmed up a bit, since it's been in the high 80's all week.  Wishing you a relaxing and fun-filled weekend as well. 

"To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude." -Jeanne Moreau

1-2-3 Come Make Some Letter Puzzles With Me

Woo hoo!  I just finished another alphabet packet.  I hope your little ones enjoy practicing letters with them, as much as I did designing the puzzles.

number puzzles, alphabet puzzles, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, back to school gifts, back to school activities, These letter puzzles are not only great as a center or word work activity, they make an inexpensive & fun gift for your kiddos for that special first day or week of school. 

number puzzles, alphabet puzzles, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, back to school gifts, back to school activities, Print off each child's initial in color and laminate.  Cut them apart, mix up the pieces and fasten with  a paperclip. While you're doing all of those busy 1st-day activities, children can be putting their personal puzzle together. 

Numbered strip-puzzles are a quick, easy & fun way to help your kiddos practice counting and sequencing numbers, as well as review lowercase letters and words that begin with that letter.

Each letter has a puzzle that counts by 1s to 10, counts backwards from 10 to 1 and skip counts by 10s to 100.

letter a number puzzles 9They are in color as well as  black & white, so that on another day, they can color and create a different letter puzzle.

Make a laminated, full-color set, to use as an independent center, or do as a whole group activity.

For more word-work practice, older students cut their puzzle into strips, have them write the words that are featured in the picture. 

After they have cut their puzzle into strips, they can write an additional word that begins with that letter, on the back of each strip.

http://teachwithme.com/downloads/item/4810-alphabet-activities-alphabet-puzzles-alphabet-games-alphabet-bulletin-boards-alphabet-craftsFor an interesting “craftivity” have students glue their puzzle to a sheet of brightly colored construction paper. 

Remind them to leave a little bit of a gap between each section for an especially cool mosaic effect. Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.

Another idea is to make a student-made classroom border, by assigning a different letter to each child. These could also be used for the letters above your word wall. 

This jumbo letter puzzle packet is in my TpT shop.  It's a whopping 163-pages long and just $3.95.  Click on the link to pop on over.  As always, there's a FREEBIE.   I pulled the 6, lowercase letter "a" puzzles, so you can try them out.  Click on the link to grab them.

number puzzles, alphabet puzzles, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, back to school gifts, back to school activities, That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  Time to take a much-needed break and go kayacking with my hubby. Such a peaceful activity once you hit the water.  Wishing you a lovely day.

"Summer: If you're not barefoot, you're over-dressed." -Unknown
 

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