1-2-3 Come Do Some Elf On A Shelf Activities With Me
"Jingle" visits ours, and since he's such a fabulous behavior modification tool, and lots of fun for my Y5s; I designed some quick, easy & fun activities, which practice a variety of standards. I'm sharing 4 of our favorites on the blog today.
To grab your students' attention, ask them, "Who wants to be an elf?" then watch the excitement and enthusiasm grow for the “Wanted: Elf Help” creative writing prompts.
Collect everyone’s page, add the cover of your choice, and you have an “awwww-dorable” class-made book.
There are 15, elf-themed pages for your kiddos to choose from.
For pre-writing, have students fill out the “My best qualities for being Santa’s helper” worksheet. There are 2 options to choose from.
They can refer to this list to write their letter to Santa, convincing him that they’d make a terrific helper.
Although students can certainly write about their real qualifications, toss out a more creative option, where students think outside the box.
To practice "point of view" have them pretend to be a “real” elf applying for the job, and go from there.
I’ve included a silly letter from Jingle, my made up elf, that you can use to help explain things, and jump start those creative juices.
I'm sure that thinking up a name for their "elf-self" will be fun.
To add to the hoopla, I’ve also included:
* 3, “I’m an official elf helper for Santa” badges
* A “Congratulations! You’re hired” certificate.
* 2, Wanted Posters to hang up to peak students’ interest and introduce the lesson.
Later, you can use them for a festive holiday bulletin board, if you want to display students’ letters before you make them into a book.
* There’s also a “We’re Qualified” poster you can use for the center of that display as well.
Because of the way I designed the pages, you can re-use the templates for other writing activities you may have throughout the month as well.
Next up is "Where's The Elf?" Part of our 2D shapes standard, is to recognize spatial directions, so I designed an emergent reader with some worksheets & 2D shape games.
You'll love the variety of skills and standards you can cover with this sweet emergent reader packed with 16 Dolch sight words.
Students read the sentence, add end punctuation, trace & write the directional word, then color, cut & glue the elf to the appropriate spot.
I've included a black & white, boy and girl elf cover options, with color copies for teachers to use for their sample.
I love putzing with a play on words, so I came up with "Elf-abet" and designed a few elf-themed activities to help my students practice upper and lowercase letters.
The packet includes games,
* A variety of worksheets, some of which can be used as assessments.
* Upper & lowercase full-color assessment mats, with a matching black and white set to send home with struggling students.
* Plus an upper & lowercase letter assessment recording sheet.
Finally, since recognizing numbers and counting are also something we work on daily, I designed another elf-themed packet to practice those standards as well.
* Number cards from 0-130
* A 4-page tip list of all kinds of things you can do with the cards, including the “Kaboom” game
* Even & odd sorting mats
* A set of number symbol cards for more games and to show equations.
* A one - page template of 35 elf shoes & hat tiles to use as manipulatives to make groups/sets.
* 11 trace & write worksheets. The “What’s Missing?” ones can be used as an assessment tool.
* 3, “I spy a number” game worksheets, that you can use for whole-group assessing.
* You can also re-use the worksheet 6 times! There’s a full-page template, as well as 2-on-a-page to conserve paper.
* 3 bookmarks of praise.
* 14 number puzzles (black & white, plus color) that practice sequencing numbers 1-10, counting backwards from 10 to 1, plus skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s.
Speaking of numbers, the featured FREEBIE for today is a sweet "You Can Count On Rudolph" keepsake craftivity.
Students trace and write the numbered pages to make a Rudolph's nose counting booklet.
Choose to count by 1's to 20, count backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0, + skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
Simply fold the ends of the top of the "triangle" head down, add some hand print "antlers" & wiggle eyes, for a super-cute bulletin board display.
Well that's it for now. My mom's visiting from Wisconsin, so I have an especially fun-filled day planned.
She'll be 91 in a few weeks, and constantly on the go, so I'll try to keep up! Wishing you a safe and blessed day.
"Mothers hold their child's hand for a moment, but their hearts for a life time. " -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Travel Around The World With Me!
Woo Hoo! Having spent over 200 hours researching & creating, plus a small fortune on graphics designing things, I’m so excited to post this jumbo “labor of love”, "Travels Around The World" packet, which features the awesome talents of 38 clip artists!
This super-fun packet is extremely versatile, as everything stands alone, so you can mix & match creating a unit that is tailored specifically for your class, or use pieces and parts with lessons you already have implemented.
I think my students, favorite part of our Travels Around the World is making the cereal box suitcase, which can be done in class or for homework.
The sky's the limit of how you want to design them.
My kiddos absolutely LOVE collecting the "suitcase stamps/stickers" to decorate with.
Others I use as a motivational & behavior modification incentive, which is very successful.
There are 4 options, including a passport specifically for "Christmas Around The World" traveling, as well as a huge variety of passport stamps, which they also enjoy collecting.
I had an absolute blast designing these from real photographs & stamps from those countries.
There are 3 from each country, as well as "color me" postcards, so that students can practice "point of view" writing in a fun way.
The 6 countries included in this packet are: USA, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Italy & Germany.
They come labeled & unlabeled, so you can use them as an assessment tool as well.
I've included several pages of interesting information about how each country celebrates Christmas, should you want to do the "Christmas Around the World" theme.
You can opt to do just the camera(s), or hinge them with a piece of tape to the "scrap" page, so that it flips over to reveal the information underneath.
The title is a double play on words, for the craft opens like a fan, and students quickly become "fans" of these super-interesting facts.
Later, check comprehension by playing "Name That Country?" by reading a fact and having students tell what country it came from.
Teachers jot down 3-5 clues on the poster, then students write down their dated-answer on their worksheet.
X number of correct answers and they receive a "super spy" stamp for their suitcase.
They are different enough so that you can do them all, or pick & choose what's appropriate for your kiddos.
The beauty of this jumbo packet is that it's very versatile, so you can mix & match things to do individually, as a whole group, with a partner, in small groups, or for homework.
Besides social studies, many items practice a variety of other standards like graphing, weather, telling time, comparing & contrasting & research, with a bit of math tossed in for good measure.
There are also a variety of ways to use the packet. Teachers can give the information, or students can pick a country and research it independently.
The "Travel Bucks" are a fun way for students to give their presentations, as they become "travel agents", who share highlights about their country, in the hopes that their fellow classmates will use their travel cash to buy a trip from them.
Top sales certificates & suitcase brag tags add to the fun, and are a wonderful incentive.
Another simple writing activity is the "Travel Quilt" craft, which practices adjectives in a unique way.
Even younger kiddos can do this, and completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.
The "Peace is in our hands" craft, is also quick & easy, with lovely results making a terrific hallway display.
This craftivity really helps children wrap their heads around the "big picture" of their "personal geography" and their cut out hand prints add that keepsake, finishing touch.
I've included a poster for the center of your display, as well as a suitcase sticker kiddos can earn upon completion.
Because my kiddos are learning about seasons, weather and appropriate clothing to wear, I designed the "Pack It Up" suitcase craftivity; where they color, cut & glue various clothes suitable for a particular country, to a "suitcase" page; while older students simply list the items they want to take.
The suitcase opens to reveal several pages of the different things they packed for the various countries that they visited.
Besides a “Christmas Around the World” theme, you can use this unit all year long, as I have matching generic counterparts.
Start whenever you want, then in December, board the “Holiday Express” & add the activities of how these countries celebrate Christmas.
Lessons are easily diversified for various classroom abilities & grade levels. Simply pick what’s appropriate for your kiddos.
"Travel Tweets" are also an interesting way to get students enthusiastic about writing, as is the "Welcome To Our House" booklet, "Airport Adventures" and "Whooooo Do You Want To Travel With?" color-me worksheets.
Besides black & white versions for students, I’ve included colorful templates, so you can quickly make samples to share.
There are also graphs, Venn diagrams, posters, a song, and some worksheets, which can also be used as assessment tools.
As you can see there's a ton of fun for you to choose from including some puzzles.
These come in color for an independent center, as well as BW so kiddos can make their own, as they practice recognizing & sequencing numbers from 1-10, or skip counting by 10s to 100.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look. Travels Around The World.
Today's featured FREEBIE comes from the packet and is a "Merry Christmas From Around The World" poster and coloring card, which includes an alphabetical list of how 28 countries say "Merry Christmas" , with 4 links to other websites with more countries.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
My feet have hit the floor running, as there is much to do, and not enough time in the day to get it all done.
But I will endeavor to slow my pace and enjoy the journey, making sweet memories, as we decorate our blessed home for Christmas. Wishing you and yours a special day.
"Maybe Christmas" he thought, "doesn't come from a store." "Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more!" -Dr. Seuss From "The Grinch"
1-2-3 Come Do Some Gingerbread Puzzle Craftivities With Me
First up, is a sweet gingerbread puzzle game. It's a quick, easy and fun way for your kiddos to practice numbers 1-6.
Print off the numbered, "color me" gingerbread pattern, along with the base.
Children take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll, they glue that piece of their gingerbread man to their worksheet.
If they've already rolled that number, it becomes their partner's turn.
The first one to assemble their gingerbread man is the winner.
You can also skip the gluing part, so that students can continue to play the game at home.
Another option, is to run a class set off on brown construction paper; color and laminate.
Before I cut the pieces apart, I add white puffy paint trimming.
It really looks like frosting!
So that I can reuse them every year, I keep each puzzle in its own Snack Baggie, and the laminated worksheet bases in a file folder.
This Dollar Deal has a full-page pattern, as well as a smaller, two-on-a-page gingerbread puzzle.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Turkey Activities With Me
Studying a bit about turkeys is not only super-interesting, but it helps me get in some science and non-fiction practice as well.
Turkeys are a perfect November theme, without being totally tied to Thanksgiving, which is not celebrated by everyone in our very diverse classrooms of today.
With these things in mind, I designed “Turkey Talk”. It’s chock full of a variety of activities that include:
* A colorful KWL chart which can be done as a whole group, while the BW version can be done individually.
* 4 realistic and lovely clip art posters featuring a male, female and baby turkey along with a nest of eggs.
* I’ve also included a set of “Match Game” picture and word cards.
* A “color me” Turkey Talk emergent reader, that’s packed with Dolch sight words, as well as a “trace & write” version for younger kiddos.
* A “Let’s Talk Turkey” vocabulary building poster, with a matching...
* “Define These Words” worksheet.
* A “Turkey Time” word search as a fun way to practice these new words.
* A labeled turkey head, photo-poster, with an accompanying definition one, plus
* 2, “Label the Turkey” worksheets.
* 20+ interesting turkey facts. Pick your favorites, share with your students, then use this background information to check their comprehension.
* A follow up “Some interesting facts I learned about turkeys” writing prompt worksheet.
* 10 photo-posters of wild and domestic turkeys.
* 2 Venn diagrams, which come in color to do as a whole group, as well as BW to be done individually or with a partner.
* 3 photo-posters of a peacock for a comparison-contrast activity.
* A “Turkeys Are Can Have” worksheet in color and BW
* A “Would you like to have a turkey as a pet?” writing prompt worksheet.
* A “Describe a Turkey” worksheet for adjective and descriptive writing practice.
* 2 life cycle of a turkey crafts. One's a slider the other a "Turn & Learn Wheel" Plus several matching worksheets & a game.
Just finished them, so I thought I'd include them in this blog post as well.
These 28, Thanksgiving-themed sentence cards, are a quick, easy and fun way to practice capitalization and end punctuation, while reinforcing some factual information about the first Thanksgiving.
Choose your cards, then read them together as a whole group to practice lots of Dolch sight words.
Pick a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).
You can do this on a whiteboard, with a pocket chart, or pass a card out to each child to correct.
For more practice, as an individual activity, have students choose X number of mini cards and rewrite the sentences correctly on one of the 7 worksheet options.
Afterwards, students can swap their paper with a partner to correct.
I've included 2 sizes of mini "fix the sentence" cards for this, which makes a nice Daily 5 word work activity too.
There are 28 mini cards on one sheet of paper. Simply print, laminate and trim several copies, for a class set.
The featured FREEBIE today is a collection of fall-themed, 2D shape matching games. Students place the colored shape tile on to the matching shape on the leaf, spider, bat, owl, or turkey card.
I've included a blank template for each theme, so you can program with more shapes or whatever. Hope your kiddos enjoy them as much as mine.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. Time to hit the road and do some grocery shopping for turkey day.
Lots to do when our crowd of 20+ gathers. Feeling very blessed. Wishing you a warm-fuzzy kind of day.
"When I was growing up, and other people I knew were getting into trouble, I was somewhere in a deer stand or going to bed early, so I could be up before dawn to hunt turkeys. My love of the outdoors kept me solid. - Donald Trump, Jr.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Thanksgiving Pilgrim Activities With Me
Do you read ”The Littlest Pilgrim” by Brandi Dougherty?
I think part of the reason my students enjoy this story so much, is that they truly identify with Mini, the main character, for they too are young and often feel left out.
Mini is too little to chop wood, bake bread, hunt, build a cabin, or fish. (A nice list of things that the Pilgrims did).
However, she’s not too little to pick berries and make a special Native American friend; which in truth is the very essence of why the Pilgrims survived.
Because of my students’ enthusiasm for the story and their empathetic identification with Mini, I designed 3 quick, easy and fun writing prompt activities that I think your students will enjoy.
* The first one: “When I was younger I was too little to . . .” features 4 different “toppers” for them to choose from then color. See the samples on the cover.
* The next one is a comparison-contrast activity, where students complete the prompts: “It’s great being a kid because…” then compare that with “I look forward to being an adult because…”
Students can choose a boy or girl Pilgrim worksheet.
* Finally, a Pilgrim girl bookmark, has children make a list of words (character traits) that describe Mini.
The activities are different enough so that you can do all three, or give children a choice of the top two, then build vocabulary and practice descriptive character traits, as a whole group.
Besides the black & white patterns for students, I’ve also included full color templates, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share. My finished examples are also included.
To practice "text to self" we discuss times in our lives that we felt just like Mini.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
I’ve included 2 posters for the center of your display.
This craftivity is a quick, easy and fun way to reinforce the "sequencing and retelling a story" standards, while relaying factual information about the Pilgrims at the same time.
Children color the objects on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As 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 Pilgrim home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
I’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. There are patterns for both a boy and girl Pilgrim.
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.
The featured FREEBIE for today are some fun acorn-themed craftivities, which make a nice "sanity saver" for the last day before vacation.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping over.
The Sandhill Cranes are migrating and make a stop over in a marsh close by.
So time to bundle up to go see this truly awesome sight, as literally 1,000s swoop in honking away. Wishing you an inspiring day.
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes