1-2-3 Come Make An Alphabet Wheel With Me
Alphabet Wheels are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.
They feature 7 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black & white, as well as full-color, so that you can use a colorful one for an independent center and use the black & white pattern for a whole-group or individual word work activity, where kiddos make their own.
Alphabet wheels are perfect for letter of the day/week activities.
I've also tried to use popular themes so that you can revisit the wheels or feature them with your apple, leaves, gingerbread, turkey and snowmen etc. themes.
Another idea, after children have gone through the entire alphabet, is to have them make their own alphabet wheel that starts with the first letter of their name.
On the back of the wheel they can write the other picture words along with their name: “Kk is for kite, key, kangaroo, king, koala and Kaiden!”
I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words then put them in alphabetical order.
So that you can give them a try, the first alphabet wheel, "A is for Apples and..." is FREE. It's today's featured freebie as well.
I’m always happy to bundle up packets particularly for the alphabet, so you can get a nice price break and save more.
I’ve bundled 13 alphabet wheels A-M together, then another bundle for the rest of the letters N-Z., so instead of being a dollar each if bought separately, they are now only .50 cents.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
We've been having some chart-topping temps again for September, so it's time to go water my garden.
Wishing you a happy-go-lucky kind of day.
"Be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - M. Angelou
1-2-3 Come Make Some Storytelling Sliders With Me
Since the "Brown Bear What Do You See?" and Pete the Cat's "I Love My White Shoes" storytelling sliders that I designed this month, have been so popular, I decided to make one for"Polar Bear What Do You Hear?"
While working on the polar bear this week, I had a request from Enadia in Michigan, for a sequencing craft for "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie".
Today's blog features my newest sliders, along with a fun FREEBIE.
First up is the "Polar Bear What Do You Hear?" storytelling slider. It’s one of my students' all-time favorite stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards, or introducing verbs and onomatopoeia to older students, as animals roar, hiss, snort and snarl.
I also use “Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” and “Brown Bear What Do You See?” when we’re studying the 5 senses.
If your kiddos are like mine, I know that they will enjoy making this hands-on craftivity, that will help them retell the story in the proper sequential order.
There are several bear options. I’ve included a large, full-page pattern for teachers, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for your students.
Children color the story characters 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 bear’s “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their polar bear 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” slider worksheet for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank strip.
I introduce the lesson by reading ”Polar Bear What Do You Hear?”, then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
I have them guess which animal 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 Polar Bear story 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.
"Cookie Mouse" follows the same format as the polar bear slider packet, but I've also inlcuded another idea, that will be included in any new story telling sliders that I create.
Children simply color, cut and glue the story element pictures to their worksheet in the correct order. This way, teachers can read the story, have children make their slider, review the sequence with the craft, then assess comprehension with the worksheet.
I'm currently working on a storytelling slider for The Very Busy Spider, and will be making one for "The Jacket I Wear In The Snow" as well. I welcome requests for any other stories you'd like a slider for. They really are a super-fun way for students to practice those sequencing and retelling a story standards.
In case you weren't aware of it, whenever I put something new in my shop, it's on sale (for a dollar off) for 48 hours. Since most of my packets are just $2.95, this is almost 50% off, so the sliders are only $1.95 right now.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a sweet "My Selfie" packet. Do you have your kiddos draw a self portrait during the first week of school? Do you take a photograph of their first day?
Why not hop on the "selfie" rage and use these cute worksheets for your kiddos to do their work on. They're sure to become a keepsake. Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board too.
Well that's it for today. I have a very long "to do" list of errands, so time to put my zoom-zoom hat on and get cracking! Wishing you a productive day.
"The best way to predict your future is to create it!" -Abraham Lincoln
1-2-3 Come Play Some Color Games With Pete and Me
To get my students excited about learning, I try to design things that feature a “hot button”.
Since they absolutely love Pete the Cat, I made these color games and activities with a shoe theme, inspired by 2 of their favorite stories: Pete’s “I Love My White Shoes” and Pete’s “Rockin’ In My School Shoes”.
I'm featuring my 5 newest creations on the blog today, along with today's fun FREEBIE.
First up, is the packet "We're Rockin' In These Color Shoes!" which is a whole group game and assessment, as well as an independent center activity.
Use the 12, colorful posters featuring a wonderful variety of ethnicities, as a super-fun, non threatening way to individually assess colors and color words.
My students can’t wait for their turn to show me what they know, as they get to play a game with their teacher.
The packet also includes black and white worksheets featuring 12 different children, so that students can color, cut and make their own game, which can now be used as a whole group assessment tool.
When everyone is done, simply call out a color. Children find those matching colored shoes, as well as the color word and place them on their worksheet. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Next up is the "Cool Cat Rockin' In My School Shoes!" color game, which includes spinners in color as well as black and white, with a "color me" bookmark.
You can also skip making the spinners (I use them for a center), and run off the black and white game sheet, which have the spinner already on the worksheet; simply "Print & Go!"
I also made the "We're Rocking In Our School Shoes" color-me booklet, to not only reinforce colors and color words, but as a fun way for students to learn how to read and write their fellow classmates’ names.
To complete the first sentence on each page, Students fill in the name of one of their new friends.
There are 2 pages on a template to create a “just the right size” booklet. Children color, trace and write the color words then color the graphics accordingly.
Besides the booklet, I’ve also included a colorful set of pocket chart cards featuring color words with matching colored shoes.
Another emergent reader "Cool Cat Shoe Colors" is a bit more advanced as it includes 20+ Dolch sight words; however, I keep it simple by setting this up like a worksheet, with just 3 pages.
Children read the simple sentences, fix letters that should be capitalized, and add end punctuation, then trace, write and color the color words and shoes.
For the cover, children color the cat their favorite color, color his shoes to match the color shoes they are wearing, then name their cat.
The story ends with children drawing a picture of the shoes that they are wearing.
Finally, my largest Pete Color Packet ("I Love My Shoe Colors!") can be used for centers, games, and assessments.
The main focus of the packet is having fun playing games using 20+ sets of colorful cards.
Besides depicting a huge variety of shoes, the cards include colorful cats, paw prints, and guitars.
There are also word cards in matching colored ink, as well as sets in black ink so you can test comprehension.
Children enjoy using the cards for . . .
Sorting: Simply print and laminate the color-word sorting "mats" on a matching color of construction paper; have children pick X number of cards, then sort them by color.
Patterning: Children choose 2 to 3 colors or kinds of cards, then create a row of patterns. (ABAB, ABC etc.)
Math: Children can make groups/sets with the cards, and use them as manipulatives to count, add, subtract, and show greater & less than. I’ve included those math symbol cards as well as a “recording equations” worksheet.
Games: Most of the templates have 11 color cards on a full page pattern, so they are perfect for Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?” games, or card games like “Go Fish”.
Besides the individual card games, I’ve also included several whole group games like...
“Pete! Pete! Where are you? We think you’re hiding under a shoe!”; "What's Missing?"; "Oh No! Pete's Lost A Shoe."; "1-2-3 Come Find Pete With Me" (a number recognition game) and "Cat-Cat Who Took Your Shoe", as well as a syllable, color-chant game.
In addition to the games, I’ve also included 2 color-word worksheets, which can be used for an assessment.
There's also an Itty Bitty “My Colors” booklet, plus 2 mini-certificates of praise.
Use the activities for centers, as a whole group, partner fun, in small groups, or as an assessment tool.
Today's FREEBIE also features Pete's shoes, and is called Alpha-Cats. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I usually don't post on Saturdays, but it pouring rain and my husband's taking a nap.
Perfect time to dash off a blog article. Wishing you a relaxing and fun-filled week.
"Anyone who thinks sunshine is pure happiness, has not danced in a gentle summer rain." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Pete The Cat Activities With Me
Since Pete the Cat stories are so popular with students, I decided to design a “getting to know you” cat-themed writing prompt.
I think building a community in your classroom is one of the most important things teachers can do to ensure appropriate behavior, kindness, camaraderie and a team spirit.
One of the easiest ways to do this, is for your students to get to know their classmates. Thus the reason for “Check Meowt!”
Although this is a super-fun icebreaker for the first week of school, I continue to do “getting to know you” activities throughout the year.
No matter what grade I taught, whenever I tossed in a bit of craftiness to the lesson, my students were excited to get down to the business of writing.
They particularly enjoyed sharing things about themselves, interests, opinions, likes and dislikes.
In this packet there are several options.
Children can make the cat head, then complete that worksheet and attach it under the “Check Meowt!” header, or they can simply fill in and color the worksheet.
If your kiddos are crazy over Pete the Cat, then run the pattern off on blue paper, if not, a variety of crazy colored cats makes for a vibrant display.
There’s an easier version for younger students, as well as one with more questions for older children.
PK kiddos can dictate their answers to a reading buddy, classroom aide or the worksheet can be completed at home with the help of a parent.
The inspiration for this craftivity came from the song “I’m a Cat”, which is on YouTube. The link’s in the packet.
If you like it, why not play it while children work on their “Check Meowt!” writing prompt, or use it to introduce the lesson.
Completed projects make a cute bulletin board.
I’ve included several posters to use for the center of your display, as well as a color copy of the worksheet so you can easily make a sample to share.
While I was in the "creating cats" mood, I thought it would be fun to learn about, and practice the 5 senses with a cat theme as well.
This packet includes an Itty Bitty “My Cat” booklet, as a fun way to reinforce the 5 senses as this cool cat sees, hears, smells, & tastes things as he moseys along. When you pet him, how does he feel?
Children color their cover, complete the prompt by writing one or two words of what their cat saw, heard, tasted etc. then draw a picture.
Encourage older students to write short, but descriptive sentences and turn this activity into an emergent reader.
When students have completed their worksheet, they cut out the pages, put them in any order they want, then staple them to the “purr-fect” section on the cover of their booklet.
There are pages with word prompts for K-1, as well as ones with picture prompts for PK kiddos.
I’ve also included pages that go along with the story “Pete The Cat’s New White Shoes”.
Besides the booklet, the packet also includes:
* A colorful cool cat 5 senses poster.
* 2 “Label the cat’s senses” worksheets, with write-in, or cut & glue options. There are 2 size choices as well.
* For more practice, students can also think of one more thing their cat could see, hear, smell etc. and write those answers on the bookmark-size worksheet.
* There’s also an “I listen with my whole body” classroom management poster, as well as one for students to color.
Today's FREEBIE also features Pete the Cat.
Even before Pete the Cat made the saying "It's All Good!" popular, others felt the same way, like Glennon Melton, so I used her quote to make a cat-themed poster.
There's one in black and white for kiddos to color, as well as a colorful one for you to introduce the writing prompt with, then hang in the center of your display of students' work.
Using the worksheet, children write whether they agree or disagree with the quote and why.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Praise the Lord that the 90 degree temps have flown the coop to be replaced with a wonderfully sunny, 70 degree day.
Time to clear my brain and walk Chloe (my poodle pup). Wishing you a fun-tastic day filled with everyone and everything you enjoy the most.
"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Pete The Cat Activities With Me
Are your kiddos crazy over Pete the Cat? If you’re a fan, then these packets are for you! Today I'm featuring 2 of my newest creations featuring a cool blue cat.
Since my other name activities have been such a hit, I decided to make some with a cat-theme. These keepsake, name writing booklets enable me to assess my students’ abilities from that first day on to the last.
They are not only a quick, easy and super-fun assessment tool, but a great way to keep interest high as children continue to practice.
The booklets also provide me with something easy that I can share during conferences to show progress, and at the end of the year, with no added work on my part, children will have an awesome keepsake to take home.
They’ve also worked as a wonderful “stress buster” when I’m ill, or if an emergency arrises, as I’ve easily plugged them into my sub plans with no extra work or running things off.
My kiddos are also familiar with doing them, and where they are located, so it’s a real win-win.
The packet includes:
* 3 different keepsake writing booklets to choose from.
However, I specifically designed them all differently, so that you can make all of them for your students if you want.
All of the templates have 2 pages on one, so that the booklets are half size, which is less overwhelming, expedites coloring and ensures good effort, as well as saves on paper.
The first one is short. “My seasonal name writing booklet”, which features a page for fall, winter, spring and summer.
It’s perfect for when you need a “fill in” or have a sub.
The second booklet “I Can Write My Name With Different Stuff!” gives children an opportunity to write with different things: pencils, crayons, markers, pens and chalk.
They also have a picture to color.
Finally, the “My Monthly Writing Booklet” is a real keepsake, as it shows how children wrote their name on the first and last days of school, as well as each month.
The cat-themed graphic depicts something appropriate for that month, with several options for some of them. Mix and match to make a booklet just right for you.
Next up are my ever-popular "sliders". I gave them that name because children “slide” a strip of paper through a “window” in a crafty little graphic, that displays numbers, letters, or 2D shapes.
The cutting & sliding are great for strengthening finger muscles too.
There are 5 cat graphics in this packet, (full-page & 2-on-a-page) as well as 3 different sizes for the sliders, so you can make more than one.
If you’re a big “Pete the Cat” fan, have children color their cats various shades of blue, or if you want your students to get in some cutting practice, run off the patterns on blue construction paper.
I’ve included shoe patterns as well. All of the cat patterns come with and without shoes.
There are “sliders” (number strips) for sequencing numbers from 0-10 as well as 1-30; plus a strip for counting backwards from 10-0 or 20-0, as well as strips for skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s.
There’s also a slider for uppercase letters, as well as lowercase letter strips, plus a strip of 2D shapes as well as a “shoe slider” that reviews colors/coloUrs.
Students trace the numbers/letters and color the 2D shapes/shoes on their slider strips.
If you’re working on patterning, have children choose 2-3 colors to show an AB-AB, ABC-ABC color pattern.
My favorite thing about sliders is that they are a quick, easy and interesting way for me to review, as well as whole-group assess a variety of standards, by playing a “Show me the number, letter, color or shape” game.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a sweet treat idea. It's perfect for your students' first day/week of school, or something you can give them during those grueling tests, or whenever you need a little surprise treat.
Print off the star template (2 to choose from) and attach Starburst candy with glue dots.
While they're chomping away, have them write "I AM a star!" on the back and sign their name, then hang up as a positive "you got this" happy space.
Well that's it for today. My grandchildren are coming over, so it's time to change hats.
We'll for sure be coloring some Pete pictures! Wishing you a super-groovy kind of day.
"A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story. At the end of the day it's all good." - Glennon Melton