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1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin-Themed 2D Shape Activities With Me

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, emergent reader books, Dolch words, Since pumpkins are carved with all sorts of shapely features, I thought it would be fun to make some "pumpkin eye" activities to practice 2D shapes.  Today's blog features my "just finished" packet, along with today's featured FREEBIE.

The packet includes:

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, emergent reader books, Dolch words, * 2 sets of picture cards featuring pumpkins with the various shaped eyes: circle, oval, rectangle, square, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart and star.

These can be used as flashcards or for Memory Match, or "I Have; Who Has?" games.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, * There’s also an emergent reader craftivity:Pumpkin Eyes", with 3 options:

* One option features pages with simple sentences using words from the Dolch lists, especially pronouns: “My pumpkin has rectangle eyes.” There is space underneath for students to draw that shape.
* Option 2 includes the sentences as well as the shapes. The 3rd option, for little ones, doesn’t have sentences, just the picture shapes for them to color.

Students cut the pages and staple the "Pumpkin Eyes" booklet to the eye-section of their pumpkin.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, * I’ve also included a whole group chant written on a poster. Read and point to the words on it:
“Oh my! We’re wise. We spy a pumpkin with ____________ eyes!”
When you get to the blank, place a shape word card on the poster.

To start the game, pass the various shaped eye cards out to your students. The child holding the called-for shape, puts that eye-card on the pumpkin poster.

Continue the chant ’til you have used all of the shape word cards.
My Y5s absolutely LOVE practicing shapes this way.

* Make an extra set to be used as an independent center. Children place the shape word above the pumpkin, then put the matching eyes on. To make this self-checking, draw the shape on the back of the word card.

* This activity can also be used as a fun tool for individually assessing 2D shapes.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, * Afterwards, graph which pumpkin eyes everyone liked the best using the “Graphing Time” poster.

* Another fun way to whole-group assess 2D shapes, is by making a Pumpkin Eyes” slider craft.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, There are 2 pumpkin patterns to choose from, as well as two slider strip options featuring the various 2D shapes.

* I’ve also included 2 pumpkin patterns where students draw a shapely face, which makes for a sweet bulletin board. 

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, Place the “Welcome to our patch” poster in the center of your display.  This poster is today's FREEBIE.  Click on the link to grab your copy.

* Finally, a great “go along” story to read with these activities is Denise Fleming’s “Pumpkin Eye”.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, The story is about all of the things the pumpkin’s eyes see on Halloween, so I’ve included a class-made book activity as well.
Class books are wonderful to share at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, emergent readers, class made book, october bulletin board ideas, writing prompts for october, pumpkin games, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, assessing 2D shapes, 2D shape craftsEach child completes the prompt: “My pumpkin’s eyes are ___________. (shape) He sees ____________________.

Students draw those shaped eyes on the pumpkin, then illustrate their page of what their pumpkin saw. Collect the pages, collate, then add the cover.  

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, Well that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in. 

It's time to put my "Nana hat" on, as I'm watching two of my favorite little "punkins" today.  Wishing you giggles galore and lots of warm snuggly hugs.

"There's nothing quite like a grandchild to put a smile on your face, a lump in your throat, and a warm, loving feeling in your heart." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For The "5 Little Pumpkins" Poem With Me

One of the seasonal poems I do for October, is “5 Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Gate”.   (Click this link to take a look at an animated version on YouTube.)

The poem is chock full of Dolch words, rhymes, has ordinal numbers and is a fun way to practice counting with little ones.

With that in mind, I made up some quick, easy and fun activities for the “5 Little Pumpkins”, which practice a variety of standards and am featuring 3 (hot-off-the-press) packets on the blog today. 

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetryFirst up is a simple "flip the flap" craftivity, which is a super-fun way for students to read and share the "5 Little Pumpkins" poem.  

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetryBesides the black and white templates for students, I’ve also included colorful patterns, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

Even if you don’t do this as a whole-group activity, you can whip one together for yourself to use as a storytelling manipulative, which will be a great visual for your students.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetryI’ve also included an “Itty Bitty” emergent reader booklet for children to color, cut and collate.

Have them pick a partner and take turns reading to each other, then encourage them to remember to read it to their families.  

Next up, is another quick "5 Little Pumpkins" craftivity. 

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetryMy kiddos absolutely LOVE making and wearing crowns, so I thought it would be fun to design 5 crown options for my own little pumpkins.

The patterns come in color as well as black and white.

Children color, trim around the crown, then glue the bottom to the center of a sentence strip, or length of card stock.

Bulletin board border also works really well, and adds extra pizzazz because you can choose either plain or a  Halloween-themed pattern

Afterwards I have my kiddos line up and we have a pumpkin parade, marching around the room to some spooky music. 

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetryFinally, I created a jumbo, "5 Little Pumpkins" packet, with a nice assortment of simple activities which help practice a variety of standards.

The packet includes:

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* 2 versions of the poem.
The original with the line “witches in the air”, as well as an optional poem which changes the line to “bats in the air”.

The poems come in a colorful poster, as well as black and white “color me” worksheets.

One features the words for emergent readers, while another alternative for PK kiddos, has just the pictures.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* I’ve also included a fence and 5 pumpkin manipulatives for telling the “story”.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetryThere's also a colorful set of pocket chart, sentence cards. (For both versions.)

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* Plus pocket chart cards that feature numbers 1-5, with the number words, and a group of pumpkins showing that many.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* There’s a matching set with “cutting lines” so that you can make an independent puzzle center, as well as a set of ordinal number cards children can sequence.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* Plus a set of "Memory Match" cards, which can also be used to play “I Have; Who Has?” games.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* An “Out went the light” storytelling-pumpkin craft
* 5 pumpkin-themed worksheets

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* A “5 Little Pumpkins” Itty Bitty booklet
* A “Pumpkins On A Roll” dice game
* 2 “I Spy” a number game sheets, which are wonderful for whole group assessing.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* A pumpkin “slider” craftivity, which will help practice numbers 1-5, 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, as well as skip counting by 5s. And finally…

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetry* Pete the Cat has a “5 Little Pumpkins” book out, so I’ve included a worksheet where students “trace the numbers” and color the pumpkins who are “rolling out of sight” on a skateboard.  This is today's featured FREEBIE.  Click on the link to grab your copy.  

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, crown crafts, crowns, Halloween crowns, math centers, activities for 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins poem, 5 little pumpkins crafts, 5 little pumpkins activities, common core pumpkins, ordinal numbers, october poems, october poetryWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

We are losing some of our beautiful autumn leaves today, as it's windy with a misty drizzle. 

Just the kind of weather for a spicy hot cup of apple cider and a good book.  Wishing you a peaceful and snuggly day.

"There's something about autumn that lifts up our senses and reminds us to truly take a moment to notice all of the beauty that surrounds us, which we sometimes take for granted." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Shape Activities With Me

Do you read the story “Spookley The Square Pumpkin”, by Joe Troiano?  This cute book has a message of tolerance, acceptance and being kind, which is so important in today’s diversified classrooms. 

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesIt’s also a great read if your class follows a “bucket filling” program. I use it to practice 2D shapes as well.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesWith these things in mind, I designed this shapely pumpkin packet which includes an emergent reader booklet featuring words from the Dolch lists, with a full page option teacher's can share, as well as a 2-on-a-page pattern for your students. 

Students read, trace, write and color, as well as draw the 2D shapes: circle, oval, rectangle, square, triangle, & hexagon. They also underline the capital letters and include the end punctuation.

There’s also a quick, easy and super-fun "shapely pumpkin" craftivity.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesIf your school's not into Halloween, but a harvest theme, students pick a shape and make a plain, pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

Older students can write the name of the shape on the front of their pumpkin and a list of attributes on the back.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesMy school celebrates Halloween, so we opt for a Jack-O-Lantern "shapely pumpkin".

I've included the blank patterns mentioned above, where students can draw on their own face, plus there's a set with facial features on each pumpkin shape that match the shape of their pumpkin. (Check out the photographs.)

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesBesides the standard shapes listed above, I’ve also included patterns to make a pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart and star pumpkin too.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesFor some extra 3D pizzazz, have students strengthen those finger muscles by wrapping a green pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a vine, which they attach to the top of the back of their pumpkin using a piece of tape.

Completed projects make an adorable, pumpkin patch bulletin board. Use the 3 posters for the center of your display, and the "pumpkin patch" sign for the side.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesAfterwards, use the graphing extension to see which pumpkin shape was your students' favorite.

For further reinforcement, there’s a set of colorful pumpkin cards, which feature all of the 12, 2D shapes listed.

Use as a center for an independent sorting activity. You can also make an extra set; cut the cards in half to make puzzles.
The matching pocket chart cards could also be cut in half. (These cards are on the cover photo.)

There are shape word cards for a Memory Match game as well. Children can match picture to word, or picture to picture.

You can use these for an “I Have; Who Has?” game too. “I have the circle shaped pumpkin card. Who has the circle word card?”

The packet also includes several writing prompts based on "Spookley", as well as 2 Venn diagrams, plus several bookmarks.

Because "Spookley The Square Pumpkin" is a rhyming story, I've also included  a “Rhyme Time” activity, where students think of words that rhyme with square

You can do this independently using the worksheet, or list them together as a whole group.  As always, I've made an answer key with an alphabetical list of 81 words! 

peter peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween cardsToday's featured FREEBIE, is also a rhyme.  Since I don't have time anymore to do a specific unit on nursery rhymes, I try to include matching themed ones with whatever we're currently studying.

Peter peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme activites, pumpkin craftsThus "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" is perfect for October.  Click on the link for a sweet, keepsake craftivity, along with a poster poem of the rhyme. 

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in.

The trees have just started to turn beautiful orange, yellows and red, so it's time for a nice long walk with Chloe. Wishing you a relaxing day.

"Autumn leaves come falling down; red, orange, yellow and brown." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Spider Activities With Me

With all of the spooky goings on in October, I thought it would be a fitting time to study spiders; using that as a theme to practice a variety of standards. 

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesWith that in mind, I designed a "Speaking Of Spiders" packet, which provides a nice assortment of non-fiction spider activities and includes writing prompts, a mini-report, worksheets, a graph, plus a “flip the flap” craftivity.

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesI’ve included several pages of non-creepy spider facts.

Choose which ones are the most appropriate for your age group, then share them with your students.

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesAfterwards test their comprehension by asking them to complete a few fill-in-the-blank statements, or make up some “true or false” questions to answer orally, by simply referring to these fact pages.

Students also use this information to complete a variety of worksheets, some of which relate to knowing the difference between a fact and opinion. 

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesI’ve included black and white templates for students, as well as full color patterns, so that you can do some of these activities as a whole group, especially with younger children. 

The spiders "Can-Are-Have" flip the flap craftivity, is also an interesting way to check comprehension.

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesI've also included a one-page, graphic organizer that acts like a mini spider report.

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesThere's a KWL worksheet to introduce and end your spider lesson with, which can be done individually or as a whole group.

I've also included a fun writing prompt about tarantulas as pets, with a real photograph to grab attention, plus a spider webbed paper to write on. 

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesMany of the completed worksheets make a nice spider-themed bulletin board.

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesI also use a spider to practice 2D shapes. My Y5s have really enjoyed making "Inky" the 2D shape "spider slider". (He's very busy eating them.) 

I’ve included templates if you want to pre-cut the circles, as well as patterns you can run off to have students trim their own.

There are also eye patterns with and without pupils, so students can add wiggle eyes with glue dots for that extra bit of 3D pizzazz, or they can draw their own.

To reinforce the fact that a spider is an arachnid and not an insect, we count the 8 legs and I remind students that insects have 6.

Accordion-folding the "legs" is not only fun for your students, but a great fine motor activity that will help strengthen their finger and hand muscles. I think it also adds that “finishing touch”

common core spiders, spider games, spider centers, addition games, fall math games spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesChoose the 2D shapes you want to review and print those sliders off. Children color, cut & glue the strips together.

The 2D shape options are the basic 5: circle, oval, triangle, square & rectangle, as well as options for a hexagon, pentagon, octagon, star, heart, trapezoid and rhombus.

There are sliders with the blank shapes, as well as patterns with a fly on each shape. My students like to pretend that the spider is slurping up the flies as we identify the various shapes.

The spider sliders also provide a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess.

common core spiders, spider games, spider centers, addition games, fall math games spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesFinally, my students practice math skills, with this quick, easy and fun spiderweb game. 

PK children pick a partner, then take turns rolling ONE dice. Whatever number they roll, is how many web "sections" they color in. 

Older students practice their addition skills, by rolling a pair of dice, writing and solving the equation on the worksheet, then coloring that many sections of their web. 

common core spiders, spider games, spider centers, addition games, fall math games spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesFor an additional math extension, students "guess-timate" how many sections are in the web, then record their answer along with how they figured that out on the worksheet provided.

common core spiders, spider games, spider centers, addition games, fall math games spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesCompleted projects make a nice bulletin board, as each web is colorfully different.

I've included a "We're Caught in the Web Of Learning!" poster for the center of your display. 

common core spiders, spider games, spider centers, addition games, fall math games spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesToday's featured FREEBIE is a "Spin a Spider" 2D Shape Game.  Students take turns spinning.  Whatever shape they land on, they color or bingo dot the matching shaped spider on their web. 

 I've included a "match the spider shape to the shape word worksheet", which they can also complete using the spinner.  

A set of shapely spiders and their shape words are included in this packet, which you can use to make an Itty Bitty "trace & write" Spider Shape Booklet.

common core spiders, spider activities, spider crafts, non fiction spider activities, spider centers, spider writing prompts, graphing spiders, 2D shapesThat's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. Time to put on my "Nana hat" as my grandchildren are coming over this afternoon.

Wishing you a love-filled and snuggly day. 

"Grandchildren fill a place in your heart that you didn't even know was empty." -Unknown

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

Do you read Eric Carle's "The Very Busy Spider"?  It's one of my students' favorite spider stories.

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, I introduce the story, and grab my students' attention with this quick, easy and fun scissor activity. As my kiddos are gathered on the carpet waiting for me to start reading, I begin cutting out a spider.

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, Since it’s folded, you can’t easily tell what I’m cutting. Invariably a student will ask “What are you doing?” To which I reply I’m very busy cutting. Can you guess what I’m making?”

When I’m done, I slowly open the paper to reveal the very busy spider. After reading the story, I pick a name stick and give the spider to a child who was “very busy" listening.

After you’ve made your own, you can decide if this is an appropriate, whole group activity for your students. I've included a shaded pattern so it's easy to recognize what areas to cut out.  There's also a full-bodied "color me" spider for little ones.

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, You can also use this as a "topper" for a writing prompt. Remember to grab that teachable moment to discuss symmetry.

Completed projects look awesome glued to a square of brightly colored construction paper, then scattered on a bulletin board

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, I’ve included several “We’ve Been Very Busy” posters for the center of your display.

For a splash of 3D pizzazz, add some of those “pull apart” spider webs to each corner.  

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, After reading the story, we retell the tale together using the picture prompts on my "spider slider".  I have them guess which character 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 a "spider slider" of their own.

So that you can quickly and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern, as well as the black & white version for your students. 

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, There are two slider options.

A completed orb spider web, as well as a corner spider web with the very busy spider dangling as he weaves.

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

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the “web window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their spider slider home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

To assess comprehension, I’ve included a “sequence the story” worksheet, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank 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 or other transitions. 

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, Another quick, easy and fun way to review the story, is with my 23, “Very Busy Spider” fix the sentence cards, which will also check comprehension and practice capitalization and end punctuation.

Read the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of Dolch sight words.

Choose 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).

For more practice, as an individual activity, have students choose X number of mini cards and rewrite the sentences correctly on the worksheet provided. 

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, I continue the "Very Busy Spider" theme for our Daily 5 writing block, where my kiddos contribute a page for our class-made book "The Very Busy Students and Their Spiders".

There’s a "trace & write" template for younger kiddos, as well as a pattern page for older students to fill in the blanks:
“My spider was very busy ___________. As for me, most of the time I’m busy _____________.”

Children complete the prompt and illustrate their page. You collect, collate and add the cover.

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, I’ve included a completed sample to help clarify what you want your students to do.

When you share the story with the class, each student can come up and read their page.

The parents really enjoy reading our class-made books during parent-teacher conferences

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, Today's featured FREEBIE is a glittering spider web craft.

I mixed Elmer's glue with white paint. A black construction paper circle is placed in a metal cake pan and a dollop of the paint-glue is put in the middle and a marble is placed on top. Students manuever the pan to "spin" a web. 

When they are happy with the results, they sprinkle opalescent or silver glitter on their creation, and can pick a plastic fly or spider to squish in the center.

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, I found some cute spider web stationery, so each child glued that on for a splash of color.  So you can do the same, I've included a colorful web with the poem on it. 

spider activities, spider crafts, the very busy spider activities, correct the sentence, end punctuation activities, spider writing prompts, spider bulletin boards, Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. It continues to be windy mixed with a misty rain; perfect weather to tackle my too long "to do" list. 

Wishing you a stress-free and productive day.

"When life gives you rainy days, wear cute boots and jump in the puddles." -Unknown

 

 

 

 

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