Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple-icious Activities With Me 

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesStudying apples is a great way to plug in some science and interesting math activities into your day.

Today's blog features 3 of my newest apple packets that are a quick, easy and fun way to do that.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesFirst up is Apple Fraction Action

I had a request for some easy fraction activities for kinders, so I thought I'd use apples because you can easily cut them in half and then quarters to show children. An apple pie is also a perfect example of this math concept.   

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesThe packet includes:
* games

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 senses* worksheets, which can also double as whole-group assessments

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 senses* 4 craftivities
* lots of posters plus . . .

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 senses* puzzles
* graphing activities

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 senses* pocket chart cards
* 2 emergent reader flip booklets and...

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 senses* 2 “Itty Bitty Fraction Action” booklets, all with an apple or apple pie theme.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesUse the numerous sets of (12-on-a-page) apple & apple pie cards, for explaining, sorting, sequencing and playing games like Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?”

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesThe bulk of the packet reinforces whole, half and quarter fractions; however, there are a few items which also include higher fraction options (up to 8ths & 12ths) to challenge students and add diversity.

Next up apple-themed "Fix the Sentence" cards.

These 39, pocket chart-sized cards, are a quick, easy and fun way to review a variety of apple related facts, while practicing capitalization and end punctuation.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesRead the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of sight words. This activity not only helps improve students writing (proofing & editing) skills, but recognizing those Dolch sight words as well.

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).  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 the worksheet provided.  I've included 2 sizes of mini "fix the sentence" cards for this, which makes a nice Daily 5 word work activity too. 

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesFinally, my simple and fun Apple Investigation packet covers a variety of math standards (particularly measurement), with a splash of science, as children use all 5 senses to learn about apples and record their findings.

To make this easy-peasy, I’ve purposely set up the 9, “print & go” pages of the booklet, so that they act as a single worksheet for that particular skill/standard/vocabulary, which students can do independently, with a partner, in small groups, or as a whole group.

For beginning or non-readers, complete each page as a whole group as a “monkey see-monkey do” activity.

Teacher reads the sentence of a numbered activity, demonstrates it, then pauses for students to complete the task with their apple, and record that information in their workbook.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesTo use with preschoolers, have one investigation booklet, which you work on together using one or two apples, then call on children to participate, as you investigate and do the activities on each page.

I’ve included a KWL to introduce the lesson.  There’s a template in black & white for students to fill out, as well as one in color to use as a whole group to list your findings.

The booklet is a great way to teach a variety of measurement vocabulary and how to find out height, weight, width, circumference, as well as the tools used to do that. (ruler, scale, measuring tape), along with non-standard units of measurement (blocks & apples).

Children use guess-timation while analyzing their apple, then investigate to find the result, then compare their guess with the correct answer, using more math vocabulary (equals, less than & greater than).

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesThey also use observation & comparison techniques as they study the outside as well as the inside of their apple.
Students trace and write vocabulary-building words, predict, answer questions, + collect & analyze data.

Grab that teachable science moment, to discuss the 5 senses, as students use all of them while completing their apple investigations.

The “pick a partner” and find out "how many apples tall" you are, as well as the “Does my apple sink or float?” are 2 of my students’ favorite activities.

Finally, there are 5 whole-group graphing extensions for more math practice, which you can do after children finish their booklet.
I've also included a mini-certificate of praise children glue to the back of their cover. 

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 senses"I Spy a . . ."   is today's featured FREEBIE, which also has an apple theme. 

Teach, review, practice and whole-group assess with these game sheets. 

The packet includes worksheet-games for uppercase letters, lowercase letters, shapes, numbers 0-10, numbers 0-20, plus a blank template to fill in with higher numbers. 

Students enjoy playing the game and you can see at a glance who is having difficulty. 

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple crafts, apple centers, apple science, apple investigations, fraction activities, firx the sentence activities, 5 sensesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Fall is in the air here in Michigan, and I've really been enjoying the cooler, sweater weather.  Wishing you a fun-filled day. 

 "Use your imagination to not scare yourself to death, but to  inspire yourself to life." - Adele Brookman

1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Activities With Me!

Learning about apples is one of my students' favorite units.  It's a great way to plug in all sorts of science too. Today's blog features 3 of my newest apple packets. 

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesFirst up is "Life Cycle Of An Apple Activities". This packet includes a variety of quick, easy & fun, “Print & Go” activities that will help your students learn about the apple's life cycle.

Choose which one is appropriate for your kiddos, or give them a choice.
They are different enough so that you can do several: one to introduce your lesson, another to reinforce it, then later to assess.

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesYou could also do one in class, then tuck another in backpacks for homework. They are great for early finishers and a sub tub too.

The packet includes:

* A Life Cycle of an Apple Wheel, which comes in full color so you can explain the science, then use as an independent center.
There’s also one in black and white, so that students can make their own.

* For a center, there’s a Life Cycle of an Apple “puzzle pie”, as well as…

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activites* A Life Cycle of an Apple worksheet-poster, with a variety of options, plus 2 completed teacher samples you can use to explain what you want your students to do, or leave in your center so students can self-check their work.

Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board I’ve included a poster for the center of your display.

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activites* There's also a set of sequencing cards for the apple’s life cycle. These can also be used for a Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” game.

* Create more games by using the life cycle word cards, ordinal number cards and the ”Kaboom!" cards, plus you can add the cover to make an "Itty Bitty" Life Cycle of an Apple Booklet.

* Finally, use the colorful life cycle of an apple bookmarks, as a mini- certificate of praise, which students can refer to as they share what they've learned with their families.

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesNext up is an apple-shaped “flip” booklet, which is a quick, easy and fun way to teach the life cycle of an apple as well.

I’ve included full-color patterns so you can quickly & easily make a sample to share, as well as a BW version for students.

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesSimply run off the whole apple “cover” on red, yellow & lime green construction paper.  (There are 2 options: One with graphics, the other with just words.)

The inside life cycle “pages” are 2-on-a-page to conserve paper.

There are adorable boy & girl graphic options to make the booklet more personal.

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesI purposely made the booklet just 2 pages long, so this would be a simple activity that can be done in a short amount of time.

Children color, trim, and glue their pages to the right hand side of the apple base, then add the cover.

When everyone is done, read the picture booklet as a whole group to review the science vocabulary, and solidify the life cycle's sequence. 

Finally, I think you will really enjoy the versatility of The "Itty Bitty" Apple Booklet packet.

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesMy kiddos absolutely love “Itty Bitty” booklets.

I call them that because my pattern has 4 small pages on a one-page template, making the completed booklet “just the right size” for my students.

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesBecause the booklet is little, children are not overwhelmed with a lot of worksheets, but instead, enjoy working on the mini pages.  It's a super-fun alternative to the "same old-same old worksheet".

Even though I just assign a few pages, many of my students ask if they can do more! The booklet keeps everything nice, neat and organized too, plus printing’s a breeze conserving paper and ink.

Another advantage of this packet is that you get to design your own booklet to suit your students’ levels and reinforce the skills you want them to practice.

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesIt’s also super-simple to diversify which helps slower learners feel comfortable, while choosing other pages to challenge your brighter kiddos.

I’ve included 80 different options ( ! ) so your kiddos can practice a variety of math & language arts standards.
Assemble a “big” Itty Bitty booklet, with a variety of pages, or make several for the different subjects.  

They can be used for morning work, Daily 5 word work, a math center, for homework, early finishers or tucked in a sub tub.

cov seasons of my apple tree poster set 2Today's featured FREEBIE also has an apple theme, which will help you explain the 4 seasons by using a seasonal apple tree poster and worksheet

It's a great activity to transition to after reading the story, "The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree" by Gail Gibbons I hope you find it useful. 

life cycle of an apple activities, life cycle of an apple crafts, life cycle of an apple centers, apple crafts, apple centers, 4 seasons activities, 4 seasons  of my apple tree activitesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

Gotta dash, getting my haircut in an attempt to beautify myself for an upcoming wedding. Wishing you a stress free and relaxing day.

"Just because you find one bad apple, doesn't mean you should give up on the whole tree." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Constitution Day Activities With Me 

constitution day activities, constitution day centers, constitution day crafts, constitution day emergent readerI'm all for easy, when the administration throws these "According to the law, everyone has to teach something about the Constitution on April 17th..." zingers at us.

With that in mind, and because I couldn't find an emergent reader that simplified the Constitution for PK-K, I decided to make my own.

This little, non-fiction Constitution booklet, is filled with basic facts, in easy to understand, kid-friendly terms, which help explain what the Constitution is all about.

constitution day activities, constitution day centers, constitution day crafts, constitution day emergent readerSo...Woo hoo! Simply "print & go" and you're all set with a quick, easy, and interesting little something to plug in for Constitution Day.


Students "read" the simple sentences (I used plenty of words from the Dolch lists) then trace and write the main idea word.  Doing so, will help build vocabulary and reinforce comprehension.

constitution day activities, constitution day centers, constitution day crafts, constitution day emergent readerBesides the "kiddy" emergent reader version, I also added more factual information to make a non fiction booklet which is suitable for 3rd & 4th graders.

constitution day activities, constitution day centers, constitution day crafts, constitution day emergent readerFor quick printing, there are two pages on one template.  The booklet for older kiddos has 5 more pages

This 16-page packet is just $1.95 in my TpT shop.  Click on the link to pop on over.  Emergent Reader Constitution booklet.

last page hip hip hooray copy1I turned the last page of the booklet into a Constitution Day coloring page.  It's one of today's featured FREEBIES. Click on the link to grab a copy. 

constitution day activities, constitution day centers, constitution day crafts, constitution day emergent readerAnother quick, easy & fun little something to do on Canstitution Day, is play games with a set of Constitution themed Memory Match cards.

They match my Constitution Day Number Puzzles, which makes for a nice coordinated center/station.

constitution day activities, constitution day games, constitution day centers, constitution day for early elementaryStudents can match the picture to the picture or the picture to the word card.  I've numbered them, so children can self-check.

You can also play an "I Have; Who Has?" game. "I have George Washington. Who has his name card?"

Use the picture cards to build vocabulary and explain a bit about the Constitution.
"The men on these cards are some of the "Framers" that worked on the Constitution." etc.

Use them as flashcards to see who can tell what's on the card and how that person or thing relates to Constitution Day.

constitution day activities, constitution day for early elementaryLater in the year, bring the game out again in February for Presidents' Day, posing the question: "Which of these men became President? Who was the first?" 

My other FREEBIE for today is one of the puzzles from the 25 Patriotic Number Puzzles packet.

constitution day activities, constitution day centers, constitution day crafts, constitution day emergent readerClick on the link to grab your copy today. "Hip Hip Hooray For the USA!"

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting.  It's pouring rain so a perfect day to tackle my too long "To Do" list.

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Make An Alphabet Wheel With Me  

alphabet activities, alphabet crafts, alphabet centers, balphabet wheels, uilding vocabulary activitiesAlphabet 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.

alphabet activities, alphabet crafts, alphabet wheels, vocabulary building activities, 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.

alphabet activities, alphabet crafts, alphabet centers, balphabet wheels, uilding vocabulary activitiesOn 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

alphabet activities, alphabet crafts, alphabet centers, balphabet wheels, uilding vocabulary activitiesSo 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.

alphabet activities, alphabet centers, alphabet wheels, alphabet crafts, vocabulary buildingI had a request for "bundling" the alphabet wheels.

I’m always happy to bundle up packets particularly for the alphabet, so you can get a nice price break and save more.

alphabet activities, alphabet centers, alphabet wheels, alphabet crafts, vocabulary buildingI’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.

alphabet activities, alphabet crafts, alphabet wheels, alphabet centers, building vocabulary, apple activitiesWe'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 

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptSince 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?"

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptWhile 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". 

When I told her about the storytelling sliders, she loved the idea, and thought it would be perfect for her "kinder kids", thus "Cookie Mouse" was born. 

Today's blog features my newest sliders, along with a fun FREEBIE. 

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptFirst 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.

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptChildren 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.

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptI’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. 

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptBesides assessing comprehension via making the "color, cut & glue" slider, or completing the "Here's What Happened" writing prompt, I designed a "Sequence the Story" worksheet. 

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. 

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, icebreakers, first day of school activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptIn 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?

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, icebreakers, first day of school activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptWhy 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.

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