Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Practice Shapes With Brown Bear And Me

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, shape games, brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, back to school activitiesBrown Bear Brown Bear is one of my students' all-time favorite stories.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, shape games, brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, back to school activitiesWith that in mind, I designed a super-fun Brown Bear's Silly Nose packet.

It's chock full of cute, brown bear craftivities & games, which practice the following shapes: (3D) sphere, cone, cube & cylinder; plus (2D) circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, star, heart & crescent.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, shape games, brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, back to school activitiesThe packet includes:

* Pocket chart cards
* A large and small "Bear's Shapely Nose" slider craft, which is also a quick, easy & fun way to whole-group assess.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, shape games, brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, back to school activities* Whole-group graphing extensions
* Bookmark writing prompt
* 4 worksheets (graphing, attributes, spatial directions, shape words)

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, 2D shape posters, 3D shape posters, FREE shape posters, 3D shape crafts, shape games, brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, back to school activities* "Spin & Graph" game.
* "Roll & Color" dice game.

* 3 sets of "Memory Match" or "I Have; Who Has?" game cards.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, shape games, brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, back to school activities* "Pin the Nose on the Bear" game.
* "Brown Bear What Do You See?" whole-group chant activity, with different shaped noses, a poster & pocket chart chant cards. 

cov 2D shape poster packetI have two featured FREEBIES for you today. Both have a shape theme as well. 

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, 2D shape posters, 3D shape posters, FREE shape posters, 3D shape crafts, shape games, brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, back to school activitiesThe first one is a set of 2D shape posters. The 2nd is a matching set of 3D posters.  I hope you find them useful. 

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 3D shape activities, 2D shape posters, 3D shape posters, FREE shape posters, 3D shape crafts, shape games, brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, back to school activitiesWell that's it for today. I imagine, like most of you, my summer is flying by, with still so much left to do. 

Wishing you a productive and fun-filled day; and hoping you have lots of relaxing moments.

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

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple graphing, apple colors, Studying about apples is one of my favorite teaching units, partly because I can teach every subject area using them. 

My newest apple packet practices colors, color words and counting, in quick, easy and super-fun ways, with lots of variety & options.

The activities are great for independent centers or done as a whole group; and can also be used for a sub tub, and early finishers.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple graphing, apple colors, There are over 20, different sets of (12-on-a-page) apple cards, which your students will enjoy playing with, as they learn and reinforce a variety of standards.

There are apples of all colors, apples with faces, patterned apples with polka dots, chevrons, plaids & stripes, as well as animal prints & other crazy kinds of apples.

Students can use these cards for sorting, sequencing, graphing, counting, making groups/sets, showing equations, and playing games.

What a time saver! Choose your favorites; make your activities and use them throughout the year every year. Woo Hoo!

Games:
* “What’s Missing?” White board game
* “What’s Missing?” On the floor “flip” game.
* “Not All Rotten Apples Are Bad” board game.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple graphing, apple colors, * “Fill The Bushel Basket” Spinner/Dice game
* “Pick & Place” Apple Tree Game (Colors & Numbers 1-30)
Untitled 645* Puzzling Apples (red, yellow & green)

* “Stack 'em Up” dice patterning game
* “Roll, Color & Graph” dice game
* “Kaboom!” and a ...
* 1-to-1 correspondence counting game

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple graphing, apple colors, Plus you can use any of the apple cards to play:
* Memory Match
* "I Have; Who Has?” and
* "Who’s Got The Rotten Apple?" (Played like Old Maid) or other card games like Crazy Eights and Go Fish.

I’ve designed the games so that you can mix & match and interchange pieces & posters, so that you can make up more of your own games.

Some of the games can be played with the Johnny Appleseed spinners or using dice.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple graphing, apple colors, The packet also includes:
* 12 sets of colorful mini apple tiles (with 70 on a page): red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, black, brown, and gray, plus a wormy apple template too.

Use for the games, as well as counting, sorting, patterning, & making equations.

* Colorful, apple pocket chart cards.  Make an extra set and cut them in half to make puzzles.
* A "Crazy Colors!” apple emergent reader flip booklet, chock full of Dolch sight words.

apple games sorting buckets* Several color and color word assessment activities
* An “Itty Bitty” (color, trace & write) apple-color booklet, plus a blank template.
* 4 graphing activities

* 3 worksheets
* A set of color word cards in matching colors as well as BW.
* 21, "Johnny Appleseed-bushel basket" sorting mats

* 9, “Bob For Apples” bucket sorting mats, for practicing colors and counting to 20.
apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple graphing, apple colors, * A set of math symbol cards for making & solving equations (addition +, subtraction -, equal to =, plus greater > and less than <) with a recording worksheet for more practice.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, apple graphing, apple colors, * 15, “Complete the Pattern”, strip cards, with a blank template so that children can create their own pattern strips. And finally …

* 2 certificates of praise (4-on-a-page for easy printing).

To accommodate other countries, alternate grEy and coloUr spellings are also included.

free apple gameI have 2 featured FREEBIES today. Both are from this whopping, 162-page packet. 

The first one is the "Stack 'Em Up" patterning dice game, which reinforces the 3 colors of apples, colors, color words, as well as an ABC-ABC pattern.

apples games, apple activities, apple centers, apple countingThe next one is the 1-to-1 apple correspondence cards.

apple activities, apple games, apple math, graphing apples, free apple lessonsWell that's it for today.  I hope you're enjoying your summer and looking forward to getting things decorated and ready for back to school.

Time to get some fresh air as the sunshine is calling me. Wishing you a relaxing and fun-filled day.

"A word fitly spoken, is like apples of gold in settings of silver." -Proverbs: 29:11

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Brown Bear Activities With Me

Do you read the story Brown Bear Brown Bear as part of your back to school activites?  If so, I think you'll enjoy these 3 Brown Bear packets, which practice a variety of standards.

First up is a set of number puzzles featuring all of the characters in the Brown Bear story.

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesNumber strip puzzles, are a quick, easy & fun way for your students to practice sequencing numbers, counting from 1 to 10, counting backwards from 10 to 1, as well as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s & 10s.

There are 11 different character puzzles, plus a grouping of all of them.

Each character comes in a 1-10 numbered puzzle, as well as a skip count by 10s to 100 puzzle, plus an assortment of puzzles that count backwards, plus skip count by 2s, 3s, and 5s.

There are puzzles in full color, so you can use them for an independent math center, as well as black & white, so that children can make their own puzzles. 

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesNext up, is  a “Brown Bear’s Colors" booklet.  There are two black & white booklet options, which feature all of the colorful characters in the Brown Bear story.

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesThere’s a blank square with lines in one version, where older students can think of 3 items that are also that color, then write them in the space provided, while younger students can simply trace the words with the matching crayon or maker, in the other option.

I’ve provided pages in color as well, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

Besides using the patterns to make a booklet, you can also cut the 4 sections out and then glue them on a matching sheet of construction or scrapbook paper.

These can be hung up as a single poster or put together like a quilt

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesFinally, I made a Brown Bear Literacy Packet.  After reading the story, review each sentence using the pocket chart cards.

Don’t have a pocket chart? You can also put magnets or Velcro dots on the back and use on your white board or flannel board.

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesMake an extra set and use these for a sequencing game.

You can also pass this set out to students while you read the story. When you come to that character, the child holding that card places it on the board.

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesFor more word work practice, I’ve included 6 worksheets where students read, trace, write, color, cut & glue, character and color words.

These are great for Daily 5 word work, homework, or early finishers too.  I’ve also included a “Which was your favorite character?” graphing extension.

For an individual center, or whole-group activity, print, laminate & trim the individual word cards. There’s a large set to use for your center, as well as a smaller set, to make for your whole group.

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesChildren play “Build a Sentence” by arranging the cards in appropriate order, which will help reinforce beginning capitalization and end punctuation.

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesWhen they’ve “built” their sentence, they record it on their “construction” worksheet. (There are 5 options, which include BW & color versions).

For a job well done, give children a “We read Brown Bear. I can retell the story” bookmark, as a prompt to share the tale with their families. 

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesThis is also my first packet that I've made a Spanish version for!

The bundle is just a dollar more, so woo hoo if that helps you out too.  

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE includes back to school treats and a bulletin board, as it will "o-fish-ally" be that time all too soon. 

brown bear activities, brown bear crafts, brown bear puzzles, back to school activites, back to school treat bags, back to school bulletin boards, color activitiesUntil then, wishing you a super relaxing summer. 

Gotta dash; time to go buy some fireworks! 

"Our nation will remain the land of the free, so long as it is the home of the brave." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Brown Bear Activities With Me

One of my all-time favorite books is Brown Bear Brown Bear. It's great for emergent readers, a super way to practice colors, and perfect for sequencing.

With that in mind, I designed a variety of Brown Bear-themed activities, and will feature 3 on today's blog.

brown bear activities, brown bear games, brown bear crafts, color games, color activitiesFirst up is a Brown Bear Literacy Game Card packet, with 23 sets of playing cards to help practice a variety of standards.

The packet includes 2 sets of clip art character cards, with 2 sets of real photograph cards, so that students can match real to pretend, or real to real, or pretend to pretend. There’s also a set of character word cards.

Besides matching games, students can sequence the character cards in correct story order, or put them in alphabetical order, as well as sort the cards by color, or spatial directions of the picture. i.e. looking left, looking right, or looking forwards/front.

brown bear activities, brown bear games, brown bear crafts, color games, color activitiesI’ve included 3 different sorting mats for these independent center activities.

So that children can make their own “Brown Bear Character Matching Game”, black & white patterns are also provided

Later, these can be sequenced in appropriate story order and stapled, to make an Itty Bitty booklet as a fun way for children to retell the story to their family.

Besides the smaller set of character cards, there's also a larger set in both color & BW, plus a matching "cut on the dashed line to make a puzzle” set of cards.

brown bear activities, brown bear games, brown bear crafts, color games, color activitiesThere are also ordinal number cards, ordinal number word cards, paint splat color cards, colorful bear cards, and color word cards to provide even more game options, which can be done as an independent center or played with a partner.

Another fun thing you can do with the cards is use them while you're reading the story.  Choose whichever sets you like, then pass them out to your students.

When you get to that part in the story, the children holding those cards bring them up and place them in a container, or put magnet dots on your story telling set of cards, so that children can place them in correct sequential order on your white board.

Play an "I Have; Who Has?” game. i.e. “I have the red bird, who has the red color card, or the red word card or the real picture card?" or practice sequencing the story by playing the  "What's Missing Flip?”  game. Directions are included in the packet. 

cover brown bear story sliderNext up are two Brown Bear packets that practice sequencing and retelling a story standards. One of the options is my ever-popular slider craftivity.

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” according to the colors in the book, then cut and glue it together.

brown bear brown bear story sliderAs 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 Brown 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 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. (Hopefully students will be using a variety of ordinal numbers or other transitions.)

dThe other option for practicing sequencing and retelling the story is with a story wheel or pie puzzle

There are full color patterns to use for centers, as well as a sample to share, plus a black and white pattern, so your students can make their own.

bb puz picWhen everyone is done with their story wheel, take a moment to retell the story as a whole group by turning the wheel. 

Besides the wheels, I've also included (BW + color)  "Sequence the Story” Puzzles, which are a quick, easy and fun way to check comprehension as well.

There are also 3 writing prompt worksheets for further reinforcement.

cov stack em upToday's featured FREEBIE is a quickie apple-themed game that not only practices colors & color words, but counting, number recognition & patterning as well.

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in.

A warm summer breeze is calling my name, so it's time to take a much-needed break and unclutter my buzzy brain. 

Wishing you a relaxing and rejuvenating day.

 "It's a smile; it's a kiss; it's a sip of wine...it's summertime." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Compare With Me The Very Hungry Caterpillar With The Very Lonely Firefly

Besides The Very Hungry Caterpillar, another of my students’ favorite Eric Carle stories is The Very Lonely Firefly.

activities for the very lonely firefly, very hungry caterpillar activities, firefly activities, story sliders, eric carle book activitiesI do a big butterfly unit in April, and a sampling of other insects in May/June (fireflies, ladybugs & bumble bees).

With that in mind, I designed some activities for The Very Lonely Firefly, along with a few, which also give students an opportunity to compareThe Very Hungry Caterpillar” story to “The Very Lonely Firefly”.

activities for the very lonely firefly, very hungry caterpillar activities, firefly activities, story sliders, eric carle book activitiesThere are 2 Venn diagrams, as well as 2 graphing extensions and a writing prompt for this specific comparison.

The B&W “The Very Lonely Firefly”  Itty Bitty” booklet, is another way to practice these standards.

activities for the very lonely firefly, very hungry caterpillar activities, firefly activities, story sliders, eric carle book activitiesThere’s also a “color me” bookmark, and colorful set of sequencing cards, which can be used in an independent center, as well as for Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?” games.

The packet also includes several worksheets, one you can use as a whole-group assessment of the story, while reviewing ordinal numbers too.

aThere's also a graphic organizer for “beginning-middle-end”, plus pocket chart cards for story elements

Since my "story sliders" continue to be really popular, I’ve also included 2 firefly “slider” craftivities, which will help reinforce the sequence of The Very Lonely Firefly, as well as the ability to retell the story. 

firefly crafts, activities for the very lonely firefly, very hungry caterpillar activities, firefly activities, story sliders, eric carle book activitiesThe "whole-picture" slider, is perfect for little ones as they simply color the pictures, while the "color, cut & glue" version is great for fine motor scissor practice, which helps strengthen those finger and hand muscles. 

As you can see by the photograph, there are 4 options for making the head of the firefly.

For that finishing touch, add some gold pipe cleaner antennae. Wiggle eyes give it that 3D pop too.

father's day card, father's day writing prompts, father's day crafts, firefly crafts, activities for the very lonely firefly, very hungry caterpillar activities, firefly activities, story sliders, eric carle book activitiesSince Father's Day is just around the corner, today's FREEBIE is something special for dad. 

Younger kiddos can simply make the craft, while older students can "hinge" the golf ball to make a writing prompt card, explaining why they think their dad is "tee-rrific".

firefly crafts, activities for the very lonely firefly, very hungry caterpillar activities, firefly activities, story sliders, eric carle book activitiesThat's it for today.  Thanks for visiting. Time to go water my garden and take my poodle pup Chloe for a walk.  Wishing you a wonderful day.

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."-Jim Valvano

 

 

 

 

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