Getting to the Core

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. 

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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.

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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. 

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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!"  

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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.

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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.

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white 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.

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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. 

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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.

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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 . . .

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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.)

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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 equationsworksheet.

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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.

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, There's also an Itty Bitty “My Colors” booklet, plus 2 mini-certificates of praise.

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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. 

pete the cat activities, color games, color activities, color word games, color word activities, activities to go with rockin in my school shoes, activities to go with i love my white shoes, 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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesI 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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, check meowt, getting to know you activitiesOne 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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesIn 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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesPK 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.
pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activities

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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesWhile 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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesThis 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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesEncourage older students to write short, but descriptive sentences and turn this activity into an emergent reader.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesWhen 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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesI’ve also included pages that go along with the story “Pete The Cat’s New White Shoes”.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesBesides 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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activities* 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. 

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesToday'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.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, free pete the cat stuff, school posters, getting to know you activitiesThere'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. 

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, 5 senses activities, cat crafts, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activitiesWell 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.

cover petes name writing 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.

Pete the cat activities, cat activities, name writing activities, keepsake name writing booklets, coloring pages for school, coloring pages for pete the catThe 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:

Pete the cat activities, cat activities, name writing activities, keepsake name writing booklets, coloring pages for school, coloring pages for pete the cat* 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.

Pete the cat activities, cat activities, name writing activities, keepsake name writing booklets, coloring pages for school, coloring pages for pete the catFinally, 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.

Pete the cat activities, cat activities, name writing activities, keepsake name writing booklets, coloring pages for school, coloring pages for pete the catNext 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.

Pete the cat activities, cat activities, name writing activities, keepsake name writing booklets, coloring pages for school, coloring pages for pete the catThe 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.

Pete the cat activities, cat activities, name writing activities, keepsake name writing booklets, coloring pages for school, coloring pages for pete the catI’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.

Pete the cat activities, cat activities, name writing activities, keepsake name writing booklets, coloring pages for school, coloring pages for pete the catThere’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.

starburst treats, treats for testing, back to school treats, inexpensive treats, icebreakersToday'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.


Pete the cat activities, cat activities, name writing activities, keepsake name writing booklets, coloring pages for school, coloring pages for pete the catWell 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

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

Are your kiddos crazy over a blue cat named Pete? Mine are; and one of their favorite stories is “I Love My White Shoes”.

With that in mind, I designed a variety of Pete-themed activities to practice an assortment of standards.  I'm featuring 2 of them on the blog today.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activitiesFirst up is a whopping 125-page jumbo literacy packet which I just finished this morning! Woo hoo. Thrilled to be done is an understatement!

It's chock full of a huge assortment of activities for you to choose from.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activitiesThe packet includes:
* A variety of Worksheets
* Writing prompts plus a class-made booklet

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activities

* “Sentence writing” activities, which practice beginning capitalization and end punctuation, along with . . .
pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activities* Graphic organizers, plus 2 graphing activities, as well as . . .
* Helpful Literacy Posters to introduce and explain things. 

All of my literacy packets include at least one, quick, easy and fun craftivity.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activities* The “My Shoes Are . . .”  kitty craft is a personal favorite.

Completed projects make a really cute bulletin board or hallway display.

* The “Let’s Text!” activities are for “Making Connections“: (text to self, text to text, text to world).

I've included BW patterns for your students to fill in, as well as matching colorful posters to use to help explain things. There are also . . .

s* “Cat Comprehension” activities that include a cute "Popsicle Stick Pete Puppet", which children make & manipulate to answer "Yes!" and "No!" questions about the story (28-question sheet included).

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activities* Lots of super-fun “Word Work” and vocabulary-building activities, games, worksheets, and a word booklet, as well as 50+ word cards for all of the words in the story, most of them are Dolch sight words! 

For more word practice there's the...
pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activities“Feed The Face” Cat Craft as well as a
* “Syllable Sorting” word mat. 

"I Love My White Shoes" is perfect for teaching "Cause & Effect" so I've included...
cause and effect activities, cause and effect activities for Pete the cat, Pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, i love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activitiesCause & Effect activities with black and white worksheets for students, a full color version to use as a whole group, plus an answer key. 

cause and effect activities, cause and effect activities for Pete the cat, Pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, i love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities* There are Activities comparing “I Love My White Shoes” with “Rockin’ In My School Shoes” plus more

* Comparison-Contrast activities with Venn diagrams.

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activities* Another literacy standard is . . .”Sequencing the events of the story”, so I designed a variety of worksheets, including an ordinal number booklet along with a set of colorful pocket chart cards.

I’ve tried very hard to include a variety of materials suitable for PK-2nd, so you can diversify for the various skill levels of your students; helping the strugglers, while challenging others.

Pete the cat activities, pete the cat craftsSimply choose which activities are appropriate for your students, then “print & go!”  For PK kiddos do the activities as a whole group.

Use the packet for morning work, table top lessons, centers, early finishers, homework or a sub tub

Finally, Pete's "I Love My White Shoes" is also great for teaching and practicing "how to sequence and retell a story", since this packet was already huge, I decided to make the Pete's Story Telling Slider a separate item.  

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activitiesThere are several slider options:

* Check comprehension by having older students color, cut and glue the pictures in the correct sequential order on their slider.

* For PK kiddos the picture "cards" are in the correct order, or skip the cutting and gluing steps and have little ones simply color the slider with the pictures already on the strip. 

Besides the water graphic option, there's also a slider with a picture of bucket.

I’ve also included a full-color copy so that you can quickly and easily make a teacher’s sample to share with your students, helping to explain what you want them to do.

As children pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through Pete’s “neck window”, so that students can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take Pete home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

I’ve also included a color as well as BW “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing.  

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE is also a Pete the Cat craftivity.

This one's sure to become a keepsake as I’ve included a heart pattern that says: “This is the hand you used to hold when I was only _______ years old.”

Children write in their age, trim and glue it to their hand print paper, which says: “We read ‘I Love My White Shoes.’ Please ask me to tell you the story.” 

The head is glued to the top of their (traced then cut out) blue hand, with their thumb being the "tail".

The colorful shoes glued to the cat's "legs" (their fingers), will help them sequence the story in the correct order.  

pete the cat activities, pete the cat crafts, pete the cat games, vocabulary building activities, dolch word activities, I love my white shoes activities, rockin' in my school shoes activities, back to school activitiesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

It's another rainy morning, but I'm glad for the respite from the super-hot and humid days all week long.  Wishing you a refreshing day.  

"When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles."

1-2-3 Come Do Some Name Writing Activities With Me

“Elmer” by David McKee, is a wonderful story about the beauty and importance of diversity. This colorful, patchwork elephant, enjoys making others happy and is an instant favorite of my students.

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesInspired by this heartwarming character, and because I’m always looking for quick, easy and fun ways for my students to practice writing their names, I designed some name writing activities featuring a patchwork elephant.

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesThe packet includes:

* Several posters
* 5 worksheets
* 3 different name cards as well as . . .

* Colorful name tags
* Several games plus . . .

* 3 super-cute craftivities
The mosaic letter craft is a personal favorite. 

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesChildren color the squares inside their initial then cut it out.  On another day, they color the patchwork elephant and complete the worksheet.

When everyone is done, children choose their favorite color to glue their creations on. Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesWhen you take your display down, collate the pages in alphabetical order and add the cover for an awesome class book. 

My Y5s absolutely love painting with watercolors. It's an easy-peasy center for me, so I created an elephant watercolor craft using a coffee filter.

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesStudents can write their name around the circle, or cut out the elephant, mount it to a paper "blackboard" and write their name with colored chalk. 

Writing their name with sidewalk chalk outside the school, is also a super-fun activity for your students.  

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesThe other name craft is a "so proud pennant".  Children write their name on the pennant color of their choice.

They color the patchwork elephant however they want, then attach the pipe cleaner "staff" around his nose. 

The pipe cleaner can be bent up a bit so that this is a free-standing place marker, or keep them flat and scatter them on a bulletin board. 

Besides these craftivities, the packet also includes . . .

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activities* 5 options for a class-made name booklet with inside pages plus covers.

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesThere are two, 2-on-a page booklets. The one pictured in the mosaic craft, as well as this one, which features a child's favorite color as well.

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesMy personal favorite is the big "color me" elephant featuring a child's initial.  And finallly, I've also included ...

* A mini certificate of praise. 

For more name writing practice, check out this other name writing packet in my TpT shop which makes a super keepsake. 

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesAs long as my students were learning to write and recognize their names, I decided to make practicing especially fun, with this assortment of activities.

Since some of my kiddos came in with just a scribble, I also wanted to show their progress and how much they had improved by the end of the year.

I needed a simple assessment tool for the beginning of the year as well, to see where my students were at, that was also fun for them and easy for me.

With these things in mind, I designed several monthly keepsake booklets specifically for name writing practice

Finally, I created a "color-me" name writing practice packet too, because my kiddos are simply too young to keep track of a portfolio, and I don't need more work collecting and filing "stuff" for it. 

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, elephant activities, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Elmer activitiesBecause coloring is great for strengthening those weak finger muscles, I drew "color me" pictures for each month and put 2-on-a-page to make a "just the right size" booklet.

At the end of each month, they write their name on the appropriate page and give their best effort coloring the seasonal picture.

The booklet provides a wonderful look at the progress children are making, and is perfect to share during conferences.
At the end of the year my students have a wonderful keepsake to take home. 

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, Elmer activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE is from my Name Writing Activities With An Elephant packet mentioned above. 

I've pulled the reminder poster, the "Don't get behind practicing" name cards, plus the 2 "trace me" alphabet bookmarks (one with uppercase letters, the other with lowercase). Use them for practice, then later as an assessment tool

Click on the picture to zip on over to grab today's FREEBIE: Name & Letter Practice With An Elephant.  

Elmer the elephant activities, name writing activities, name writing crafts, back to school name activities, back to school ideas, icebreakers, elephant crafts, Elmer crafts, Elmer activitiesWell that's it for today. I'm happily snuggled in my office creating new stuff, as a storm rages outside my window.

We so needed the rain and I love the sound of the thunder.  Wishing you a refreshing and relaxing day.

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