Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Do Some Pete The Cat Thanksgiving Activities With Me  

pette the cat activities, pete the cat and the first thanksgiving, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving craftsAre your students a bit bananas over Pete the Cat?  Mine are; so I was excited to find the book "Pete the Cat and The First Thanksgiving", which allowed me to carry my students' "fur frenzy"- enthusiasm into November.

pette the cat activities, pete the cat and the first thanksgiving, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving craftsBecause this story is a “lift the flap” book, I thought it would be fun to make a “Flip the Flap Thankful Craft” for an interesting transition activity after reading the tale.

On the last few pages, Pete’s family goes around their Thanksgiving table and tells what they are thankful for.

His mom is thankful for family, his brother Bob is thankful for his skateboard, and Pete is thankful for the Pilgrims. The author then asks the reader what they are thankful for.

pette the cat activities, pete the cat and the first thanksgiving, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving craftsThe craft features these characters as well. When you lift the flap you see a picture of what they said they were thankful for.

The last flap has a variety of options:
* There’s a blank section so that students can draw a self portrait, or for a sweet keepsake, children glue their school photograph on. (See sample pictures in the PREVIEW.)

* I’ve also included 4 boy graphics, as well as 4 girl clips for students to choose from.

Children pick an option then color, cut and glue their “thankful for” answers under the flaps; completing the project by writing what they are thankful for and then illustrating it.

pette the cat activities, pete the cat and the first thanksgiving, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving craftsDuring Pete’s “The First Thanksgiving” play, children learn a variety of fun facts; so I’ve included a “color me” writing prompt worksheet, where they can list some of these.

There’s also a fill-in-the-blank worksheet, where students complete the 3 sentences with what that character was thankful for, as well as an “I’m thankful for . . .” writing prompt page, where students can write a lot more, then color the picture.

Finally, I’ve included 2, “Roll and Color” game sheets. One is for numbers 1-6 for younger kiddos, the other for numbers 1-12, where students roll 2 dice, then add them together to get numbers 7-12. 

pette the cat activities, pete the cat and the first thanksgiving, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving craftsToday's FREEBIE is a Thanksgiving-themed Pete the Cat number puzzle, which comes in black and white so students can make their own, as well as one in color to use as an independent math center.  The FREEBIE is one of the four 6-piece puzzles included in my big packet.

Students can simply color, cut and put their puzzle together, or they can pick a partner and take turns rolling a dice.

Whatever number they roll, they place that numbered piece on the matching numbered square on their puzzle grid. The first one to complete their puzzle is the winner. 

Besides the black and white patterns for your students, I’ve also included colorful templates that you can use for an independent math center.

My students absolutely love the puzzle games, so if you're looking for a "sanity saver" before the holiday break, these provide a quick, easy, and educationally fun activity, which can be used as a sweet Thanksgiving card for parents too.

To extend the activity, have students glue their pieces to the puzzle grid as they play the game, then when done, write about the things that they are thankful for, or a note to parents of why they are thankful for them on the back of their completed puzzle.

pette the cat activities, pete the cat and the first thanksgiving, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving craftsWell that's it for today. My feet have hit the floor running, as 2 of my grandchildren are coming over for the day. 

Wishing you a day filled with giggles galore and lots of snuggly hugs.

"Even when my grandchildren are not in my arms, on my lap, or in my home,they are in my heart and there they will stay forever." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Make A Thanksgiving Slider Craft With Me

pieDo you read ”There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie” by Allison Jackson? 

How about "Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav' Pilkey?

twas covThey are two of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving stories and are perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

cover There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie copy 3With that in mind, I designed these quick, easy and fun storytelling “slider” craftivities, that will help your students retell the tale in the proper order.

Children color the objects on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

little old lady who swallowed a pie Thanksgiving storyAs they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the ”window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craft home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

sample there was an old lady who swallowed a pieI’ve included a “sequence the story” worksheet for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank worksheet.

So that you can quickly and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.

cover the night before thanksgiving pktAfter I read the story, we retell the tale together using the picture prompts on my slider. I have them guess what they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.

the night before thanksgiving storytelling craftMy students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a slider of their own.

I’ve also included 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 or other transitions. 

night wingA perfect "comparison-contrast" story for "The Night Before Thanksgiving" is Natasha Wing's book with the same title, yet they are two completely different stories, so I read Natasha's book the next day.

I’ve also included a Venn diagram activity, as well as a graphing extension, which you can do as a whole-group activity.
If you don’t have these books, here are the links to short, YouTube videos of the stories being read.:
* http://bit.ly/1lDSSbV   * http://bit.ly/2fft8m8

cover T sliders 2Besides the sequencing & storytelling sliders, I also designed some Thanksgiving-themed ones, which practice a variety of standards. Sliders are also a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess, whatever we’re currently working on.

Because of my students’ enthusiasm and their success at learning these concepts, I designed 5 different,Thanksgiving-themed slider patterns, in two sizes.

t slidersYou can make more than one because there are also a variety of slider strips to choose from, which will help practice:
* upper & lowercase letters,
* counting & number recognition 1-10, as well as 1-30, plus
* skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, & 10’s, as well as
* counting backwards from 10-0 and 20-0.

IMG 9483* The 2D shape slider reinforces the standard shapes: circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, square, & hexagon; as well as “add-on” options with a: pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, star, & heart.

pilgrim girl 10 frame* Besides the sliders, the packet also includes a 10-frame spinner or dice game, and several 10-frame matching games, which come in color for an independent center, as well as black & white, so students can make their own games to continue practicing at home.

* I’ve also included 10-frame cards, with matching manipulatives, so students can practice simple addition & subtraction.

* Children can use the mini number, & math symbol tiles, to make equations and practice greater & less than too. 

cov indian cornToday's featured FREEBIE is a collection of Indian corn-themed activities. The "crayon melt" is a personal favorite with absolutely awesome results.

Me 3Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Since I stayed up 'til 3:30 AM watching election results, it's time for a brisk autumn walk to help slap myself awake.  Wishing you a clean slate and fresh start. 

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord whose confidence is in Him." - Jeremiah 17:7 

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

There's quite a bit of "generic" election activities out there, so I wanted to design a nice assortment of quick, easy and fun activities specific to the 2016 Presidential Election.

2016 election activities, election activities for elementary, election graph, election centers, election crafts, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, election writing promptsThus the Election 2016 packet was born and includes:

* Several graphing options
* A variety of Venn diagrams
* An assortment of writing prompts as well as . . .
* “Positive & negative qualities of a candidate” worksheets, which includes the 4 Presidential nominees, plus Vice President running mates Pence & Kaine.

I’ve included black and white patterns for students, as well as ones in color, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share, or do them as a whole group activity then post the results.

2016 election activities, election activities for elementary, election graph, election centers, election crafts, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, election writing promptsThere’s also:
* A Memory Match Game, where students can match portraits & symbols to the matching picture or to the corresponding word card; plus . . .

* A set of vertical & horizontal number puzzles, which practice sequencing numbers 1-10 & teen numbers, plus counting backwards from 10-0, as well as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s.

They come in color so that you can use them as an independent center, as well as black & white so students can color, cut and put their own puzzle together.

2016 election activities, election activities for elementary, election graph, election centers, election crafts, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, election writing promptsThese activities are great for table top, early finishers, and homework.

The featured FREEBIE for today is a collection of election-themed writing prompts. Once completed, they make terrific November bulletin boards and hallway displays.

Some of these are set up to become class-made books, which are wonderful for sharing during Parent/Teacher Conferences.  I've included color covers for these as well.2016 election activities, election activities for elementary, election graph, election centers, election crafts, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, election writing prompts

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  The sun is shining and an autumn breeze is calling my name. 

Time for a much-needed break and a long walk, crunching the lovely leaves with my poodle pup Chloe.

Wishing you a day that dazzles and delights.

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." - John Burroughs

1-2-3 Come Do Some Election-Themed Activities With Me  

When it comes to the election, it's often difficult to find simple and appropriate activities for little learners, which are quick, easy and fun, as well as educational. 

Because of that, I designed some interesting craftivities I think you and your kiddos will enjoy.

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsFirst up is the elephant-donkey dangler. Younger kiddos can simply make the “dangler” with several “topper” options to choose from. As you can see by the photograph, there are a variety of ways to put them together.

I knew this was a “winner” when my 4-year-old grandson saw my samples and exclaimed, “Cool. Can I make one?”

He just turned 4 but is very adept with scissors, so I guess if he enjoyed it, perhaps your preschoolers could also make a dangler.

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsHowever, I designed this for kindergarten & 1st grade as an art activity, and as a writing prompt for older students 2nd-5th.

Older kiddos can opt for the square “topper” with the star on it, then choose one of the following writing prompts to jot down on the back of it:

* If I could vote I’d be voting for
____________ because . . .
* It’s important to vote because …
* I can’t wait ’til I can vote because …


If you want to mix some non-fiction reading and research into this activity, have students find out the interesting history of the donkey & elephant that are used as symbols to represent the Democratic & Republican parties.
They can write their findings on the back of the topper.

Another option is to have students write the pros and cons of each nominee on the back of their respective animal.

It’s hard to believe in today’s world that not everyone was allowed to vote in the past, so another interesting writing prompt would be for students to find out when and how Afro Americans and women won the right to vote. 

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsNext up is a writing prompt craftivity that can be used during an election year, or for Presidents Day as well, as the prompt is: "If I Were President..."  

Whenever I add a bit of craftiness to our writing block, my students can't wait to get down to business; so I'm often creating simple "headers" to add some extra pizzazz to generate excitement.

Give your students a choice between the 2 White House "topper" options, which they color, trim and glue to the top of their border paper (To add variety to your display, there are 3 choices.)

I've included black & white patterns as well as color templates, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

Finally, I wanted to reinforce the alphabet and our study of the letter Vv, as well as build some vocabulary in a fun way, so I designed the "Vv Is For VOTE!" craftivity. 

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsYounger kiddos can simply make the donkey-elephant “Vv is for vote!” craft. Scatter them on a bulletin board or punch holes in the heads and dangle from the ceiling or as a hallway wall border, then follow things up with the matching worksheet.

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsThe star paper that I used for the letter V is also included.

Since Vv is also for vocabulary too, older students can write as many words as they can think of that start with the letter Vv, then write them on the back of the letter, or jot them down on one of 2 bookmark-size strips, which can be glued to the bottom of the letter.

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsI’ve included a completed sample for you to share, as well as a list of 61 nouns that begin with the letter Vv, which children should be familiar with.

Another option is to color the boy or girl page and mount that to the bottom of the letter, after completing the writing prompt: “It’s important to vote because …”

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsThere are also 5 other prompt ideas your students can choose.

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsThe writing prompt worksheets come in black and white, as well as full color, so that you can easily make a sample to share.

I’ve also included 3 “badge buttons” students color, cut, trim & wear. 

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsToday's featured FREEBIE is a set of "It's Time To Vote!" games.  Study analog and digital time with these election-themed games.

Packet includes:

  • * Several games
  • * Clock spinners
  • * Analog clock
  • * Traceable digital time cards to the hour and half hour and a ...
  • * Blank analog clock cards to be filled in as an assessment or skill practice.

election activities for early elementary, election activities, election bulletin boards, election crafts, election writing prompts for kidsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in.  The color here in Michigan has reached its peak, so time for a nice break to go rustle through some of those vibrant colors.  Wishing you an inspiring, nature-filled day.

"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time, like dew on the tip of a leaf." - Rabindranath Tagore

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

When it comes to election activities, it's often hard to find something quick, easy & fun that's age-appropriate for early elementary.  I basically wanted something simple to help my students become familiar with the 2016 Presidential candidates.

With that in mind, I designed 3 election-themed craftivities that I think your students will really enjoy. They are featured in this blog article, along with today's special FREEBIE.

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryFirst up is a Presidential Candidate Slider, which is easy enough for preschoolers, and still appropriate for kindergarten and 1st grade as well.

Simply pick one of two star options, or give your students a choice.

They color and trim, then insert their "slider" which features the 4 presidential candidates for the 2016 election.

I've included black and white patterns for students to color, as well as colorful templates, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryWhen everyone is done, review the names of the candidates by pulling the portraits of the 4 nominees through the star "window".

You could also go over the party that they are affiliated with, as well as their Vice Presidential running mates.

Afterwards, check comprehension by calling out a name, party or running mate; students slide the matching picture to the window, then hold up their star.

You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.  Next up is a versatile writing prompt craft I call the "Democracy Dangler". 

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryThere are many options for putting this  craft together. 
Children can simply choose the candidate that they are going to vote for in your school’s mock election, or the candidate that they would vote for if they were 18.

They can pick the full-page large oval or the smaller, 2-on-a-page version.

Writing Prompt Options: On the back older students write the reasons why they support that candidate, reasons why they are going to vote for that nominee or the things that they like about that person.

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryStudents could also pick 2 candidates, glue these ovals back-to-back then complete a comparison-contrast writing prompt which they’d write on the back of the “Election 2016” square. OR …

Children feature all 4 candidates in the order that they like them, the top one being the one that they will be voting for, then write factual information on the back of each oval, or things they like and dislike about each candidate.

Ovals can be glued on a length of yarn or patriotic ribbon, with a loop at the top for hanging,

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryI’ve also included real photograph-ovals of each candidate which you can use:
* to introduce your lesson,
* help explain things,
* test for comprehension of who that nominee is, and/or
* use for a display.

Completed projects look awesome dangling from the ceiling, as a border along a hallway wall.  I’ve included a “Hanging Out With The Candidates” poster you can use for your display as well.

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryFinally, the "Flip For Facts" writing prompt craft, is a nice introduction to doing research, and practicing technology skills, and is wonderfully simple!

Students can practice their research skills and find X number of facts (I ask for 3), about each candidate via books, magazines, newspapers or on the Internet.

Older kiddos can cite their sources on the back.

I’ve also included some general biographical and campaign information on all 4 candidates that you can share with your students as well.
These can be read as non-fiction passages for older students.

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryRun off the pattern, which children fold over, color and snip to create “flaps” for “flipping”.
Underneath they write their “bulleted” facts.

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryGive students a star sticker to place on their favorite candidate.
When everyone is done, have students share their “flipper flapper” with the class, telling one interesting fact that they found.

Besides the BW template for students to color, I’ve also included a pattern in color, as well as a completed set of facts, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board too.
I’ve included 2 patriotic posters for the center of your display. 

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryToday's featured FREEBIE is a 40-page, election-themed number packet, which practices a variety of math standards suitable for PK-1st.

election crafts, election activities, election centers, election activities for early elementaryWell that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

My granddaughter is celebrating her 2nd birthday this week, so it's time to do some shopping. 

Wishing you a carefree and happy-go-lucky kind of day. 

"Age is strickly mind over matter.  If you don't mind, it don't matter." -Jack Benny

 

 

 

 

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