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.
Inspired 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.
The 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.
When everyone is done, children choose their favorite color to glue their creations on. Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
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.
Writing their name with sidewalk chalk outside the school, is also a super-fun activity for your students.
The 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 . . .
* 5 options for a class-made name booklet with inside pages plus covers.
There 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.
My 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.
As 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.
Because 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.
Today'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.
Well 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.
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Have Some Fun With Chrysanthemum And Me
I thought I had finished up designing some quick, easy and fun activities to go with the story "Chrysanthemum", 'til I had a request from Erin in Idaho.
Great idea Erin, and easy-peasy to do, as the theme of "Chrysanthemum" is all about being kind, and careful with the things you say. Thus "Bucket Filling With Chrysanthemum" was born.
I’ve also included color copies so you can do this as a whole group activity as well.
The packet also includes several posters: “We are a bucket-filling classroom”, “Easily Fill A Bucket By . . .” plus a “Please Don’t Be A Dipper”.
The “Chrysanthemum’s ABCs of Bucket Filling” worksheets help build vocabulary while practicing letter sounds.
These can be done individually, or use the colorful ones with a whole group.
I’ve included answer keys with lots of alliterative options: “Aa: aid, applaud, ask, award, advise, affirm, acknowledge…”
Finally, students can use the little Chrysanthemum "bucket cards" to encourage each other. There’s a set in color so that you can leave your students a compliment or note as well.
I was now in the Chrysanthemum mode again, so I also designed some Chrysanthemum-Themed Alphabet Number Puzzles.
Because the story is all about this little mouse’s name, I like to transition my kiddos to some name writing activity afterwards.
These puzzles provide a super-fun way to do that, plus children get in some uppercase alphabet practice too.
They're a real “sanity saver” as children are happily engaged coloring, cutting, then putting their puzzle together.
While they work independently you are freed up. Woo hoo!
The puzzles mix math with literacy, as they help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, working on those toughie teen numbers, as well as skip counting by 10s.
Simply choose which number concept is most appropriate for your students.
For a fun back to school bulletin board, have children mount their puzzle to a sheet of construction paper leaving a little gap between each strip, which will create an interesting mosaic effect.
I’ve included 2 “ABC 1-2-3 Look Who’s In The Class With Me!” posters to use for the center of your display. (Plus preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade as well).
There’s also a colorful Chrysanthemum puzzle (1-10, 11-20, & counting by 10s) to use as an independent math center, plus an additional name writing worksheet where children finish drawing Chrysanthemum.
Finally, while I was putzing with this, another name activity popped in my head, so I created a quick, easy & fun "color, cut & glue" name craft, which provides wonderful fine motor practice, plus assists children in learning how to spell their name as they begin to recognize those letters.
Completed projects make a sweet back to school bulletin board too. Besides the name craft, the packet also includes:
* Separate upper & lowercase letter cards, as well as a set of cards with both the upper and lowercase letter on one card.
Use them for Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?” games.
I’ve also included a 4-page tip list of other ideas for the cards, including the “Kaboom!” game as well as . . .
* A variety of letter worksheets plus…
* Some simple letter games like "What Letter Did Chrysanthemum Hide Today?" and "What's Missing?", as well as several dice worksheet games.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a set of 10 Classroom Management Posters. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Time to move on to another theme.
Hmmm... shall I start working on "Chicka Boom" or "If You Take A Mouse To School" stuff? Stay tuned. I'll be doing both before August disappears.
Wishing you a carefree, happily lazy kind of relaxing day.
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."-Margaret Mead
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Chrysanthemum Activities With Me
Since my students absolutely LOVE the story "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes, I've made an assortment of Chrysanthemum-themed activities to practice a variety of standards.
Today I'll be featuring 3 of my newest creations. First up, are some Chrysanthemum Number Puzzles.
They are a quick, easy and super-fun way for your students to practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, as well as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s & 10s, plus I’ve added a template for those “toughy teen” numbers as well.
There are 7 different Chrysanthemum-themed patterns, each has an example of all of the above templates, with 97 puzzles in all.
Some are vertical, while others are horizontal. Pick and choose your favorites to make a collection of choices for your students.
Print, laminate & trim the full color options and use as an independent math center.
Use the black & white ones, so that students can color & cut up their own puzzle.
For an interesting “craftivity” have children glue their puzzle to a sheet of construction paper.
Remind them to leave a little bit of a gap between each numbered strip, to create an especially cool mosaic effect.
Completed projects make a cute back to school bulletin board.
Next up is a set of "Fix the Sentence" cards. These 27, Chrysanthemum-themed sentence cards, are a quick, easy and fun way to review and sequence the story, while practicing capitalization and end punctuation.
Read the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of 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).
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.
Afterwards, students can swap their paper with a partner to correct.
I've included 2 sizes of mini "fix the sentence" cards for this, which make a nice Daily 5 word work activity too.
There are 27 mini cards on one sheet of paper. Simply print, laminate and trim several copies for a class set
As an independent center activity, have children arrange the cards in sequential order. To make this activity self-correcting, number the cards on the back.
Finally, since my students absolutely LOVE glyphs (Didn't matter what grade I taught and that's lots!) I designed a Chrysanthemum-themed glyph, as a quick, easy and fun way to get to know your new students. while assessing listening and following directions.
Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't.
Completed projects make a wonderful back to school bulletin board, as each one will be different!
I’ve provided two, Chrysanthemum-themed glyph posters to use for the center of your display.
Afterwards, have children pick a partner, and try to guess which glyph is theirs by asking them a few key questions, which will narrow down the field.
The featured FREEBIE today is also based on one of my all-time favorite back to school books ("The Kissing Hand", by Audrey Penn).
Chester, a little raccoon is apprehensive about going to school 'til his mom kisses his hand, so he can continue to feel her comforting presence, so I thought it would be fun to give my students a few Hershey Kisses in a Snack Baggie after I read the story.
I designed 3 "header" tags for the top of your sweet treat. There are patterns with 5 on a page as well as 10.
Click on the link to grab your copy and let the smiles begin. The Kissing Hand-Inspired Snack Bag Tags.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in. I hope you found something useful.
We continue to melt here in Michigan with unusually hot 90 degree temperatures. PTL for air conditioning, so I have energy to get the mountains of stuff done I need to. Wishing you a relaxing day.
"Dear Weather, Stop showing off. We already know you're hot!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Chrysanthemum Activities With Me
It provides the perfect introduction to name activities, as well as reinforces the importance of speaking kind words.
With that in mind, I designed this jumbo Chrysanthemum literacy packet, which is chock full of a huge assortment of activities for you to choose from.
The packet includes:
* A variety of Worksheets
* An assortment of super-fun writing prompts
* Lots of posters
* Non-fiction: Interesting facts about chrysanthemum flowers, with follow up research challenge & poster to record their personal “fact finding”.
* “Bio Blip” for Kevin Henkes, an author activity
* “Let’s Text!” Making Connections activities: (text to self, text to text, text to world).
* Word work booklet with vocabulary-building activities, plus 30 word cards from the story.
* Cause & Effect activities
* Comparison - Contrast activities with Venn diagrams plus a personal favorite of mine the . . .
* Chrysanthemum “Promise Pledge” Bulletin board display and writing prompt activity with . . .
* 30 “I Promise” photo name cards.
I've included a pattern with a leaf that says: "A mum for my mom" as well as "A mum for my mum."
As you can see by the photographs, the results are truly awesome.
Even if you don't do them as a whole-group craftivity, make some up to add extra 3D pop & pizzazz to your bulletin board display of students' Chrysanthemum work. There's also a . . .
* “Color Me" Flower Petal Power name poster plus . . .
* An alphabetical list of 300 words in Chrysanthemum's name!
* Name writing-coloring pages
* “Sticks & stones may break my bones…” posters, discussion & writing prompt activities and finally . . .
* 4 real photograph posters of delphiniums, plus 30 picture posters of chrysanthemum flowers.
Use them to introduce the story, for descriptive writing prompts, or adjective practice, and for your bulletin board or hallway display.
Whew! that's a whole-lotta literacy--in all, over 100 fun-filled pages!
Today's FREEBIE also features this sweet little mouse as well as a raccoon named Chester.
The worksheets are based on 2 of my favorite back to school books: "The Kissing Hand" by Audry Penn and "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes.
Since the first week of school, especially that 1st day, can be exhausting, I designed these 2 "color me" worksheets, as a fun, quiet and independent little something children can do at the end of the day.
They're a real sanity saver, as kiddos are happily engaged coloring and writing their names, while you have a few peaceful minutes to get things ready for dismissal. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Not really complaining about summer weather, but these 90+ degree days have me seeking air conditioning, so I'm missing being active in my garden.
That being said, I am getting a lot of designing done. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"When the weather is hot keep a cool mind; when the weather is cold keep a warm heart." -Ajahn Brahm
1-2-3 Come Do Some "Getting To Know You" Activities With Me
Whether you do this activity at the beginning of the school year for a back to school icebreaker, or in fall, for October or November, this owl craftivity is a wonderful way to get to know your students, and for students to get to know their classmates better.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board. I’ve included a poster to use for the center of your display.
For those finishing touches, have students cut out their owl, fold the wings inward, add some highlights with crayons and perhaps a pair of wiggle eyes.
Where they place the eyes really changes the personality of this cute little critter.
Gluing on a school picture adds that sweet, “keepsake-touch”.
There are two writing prompt options: Students can make an owl for themselves: "Owl" About Me…” or have children pick a partner and make one for that student: "Owl" Be Your Friend.”
Another interesting way to get to know your new students is with this welcome glyph. No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs.
They are a simple and fun way to practice and assess listening and following directions.
As with the owl above, completed glyphs make a wonderful back to school bulletin board, as each one will be different!
I’ve provided two “Welcome to school” glyph posters to use for the center of your display.
Because this glyph involves letter recognition, I’ve included a preschool version, as well as one for students who can recognize letters.
You can also simply hold up an unfinished sample and point to the letter you want them to color.
Afterwards, older children can pick a partner, and try to guess which glyph is theirs, by asking them a few key questions, which will narrow down the field.
I’ve included a recording sheet questionnaire for this.
While your students are working on the investigative extension, snap their picture.
Make a small thumbnail, class composite and print it off, so that students can glue their little photo to the end of the exclamation point to make your “Welcome!” display extra special.
Glyphs also provide a collection of data, so they’re an interesting way to introduce or practice graphing.
Based on the information in the glyphs, I’ve included 4 graphing extensions you can complete as a whole group activity.
Since my kiddos are practicing writing their name, I read the graph and have them write their name in the blank of the appropriate section.
Today's featured FREEBIE (I Made Lots Of New Friends Today!) is a wonderful sanity-saver for the first day of school.
Use it as an autograph-coloring page for young children, or a writing prompt for older students, where they write about a few of their classmates that they've made friends with.
If you don't have time for everyone to sign everybody's paper, have children sign the master copy, and run off during recess or your lunch break. Pass out at the end of the day, to allow yourself a few moments of peace to get things done before dismissal, while students work independently.
Well that's it for today. I hope you found something useful.
It's my mom's last day of her visit with us; some of the grandchildren are coming over, so it's time to put my party hat on.
Wishing you a fun-filled day with lots of memorable moments.
"Grandchildren complete life's circle of love." -Unknown