1-2-3 Come Make A Glyph With Me
This Flower Glyph is a super-fun little something to do for spring or at the end of the year when your kiddos have "blossomed". No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs.
They are a quick, easy and interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions, as well as a super-fun way to get to know your students better.
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 an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different! I've included a colorful "Glyphs!" poster for the center of your display.
I've included 2 flower glyphs in the packet. One is pretty easy, the other a bit more complicated.
Choose which one is best suited for your students. The glyphs are also easily adapted by simply tweaking the directions to fit your needs.
I also made 3 helpful "direction" posters to use with younger students, should you want to give the more advanced glyph a go with them.
Next up is a Bee Glyph. Besides the glyph and a poster for the center of your display, this packet includes a few extras.
To practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students pick a partner to "interview", to help them figure out which glyph is their partner's.
I've included a data collection worksheet for this, challenging students to try and solve the "mystery" with the least amount of questions.
Afterwards, for an interesting discussion and “revelation” for some, discuss if and why asking a certain question helped eliminate more possibilities than others, and if strategy was important in choosing which questions to ask first.
I've also included 6, whole-group graphing extensions, so you can practice another math standard.
Since graduation is just around the corner for kinders and preschoolers, today's featured FREEBIE is a super-cute bio writing prompt craftivity.
This is also appropriate for other grades as well, simply skip the grad hat.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Hopefully all of the crazy "frost warning" weather is over, and I can finally start gardening! Woo hoo.
The sunshine and dirt are calling me. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." -Daniel J. Boorstin
1-2-3 Come Do Some End Of The Year Activities With Me
As the year winds down and I had all of my assessments done, I was always looking for some fun things my students would enjoy doing, for those last few weeks of school.
With that in mind, I designed some cute writing prompts with a little bit of craftiness, to grab their attention and get them excited to write.
I'm featuring 3 on the blog today, along with a sweet treat for today's featured FREEBIE.
First up is a cow-themed craftivity, great for anyone, but especially perfect if you had a farm or animal theme for your classroom.
"Moo-vin' On Up To A New Grade!" has several options. Students can simply color the cow, (there are 3 options) cut it out and glue it to the top of their writing prompt, or you can run off the cow parts on construction paper.
Children trim, glue their cow together, add some pizzazz with crayons, then glue it to the top of their writing prompt.
(There are 2, plus a blank template to program with whatever).
Preschoolers can dictate their answers to a volunteer, or send the paper home for parents to help complete the writing prompt portion, then do the cow craftivity in class.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board.
I’ve included 2 posters for your display, as well as a cow bell pattern.
For that finishing touch, have students sign their name & glue a school picture on the bell.
There are color as well as black and white bookmarks for you to give your students as well, with patterns for preschool-3rd grade, plus a blank template to fill in a different grade.
Next up is a self-esteem "Compliment Cat!" "Filling buckets" or being a "bucket filler" seems to have really caught on in a lot of schools.
We have this program in ours. The idea is to encourage positive behavior. Children catch on fast and see how easy and rewarding it is to express sincere kindness, appreciation, and caring about others on a daily basis.
With that in mind, I wanted to think up a quick and easy end-of-the-year "bucket filler" so to speak, that would help promote a child's self-esteem.
Thus, the Classmate Compliment Cat Craftivity was born. I chose a cat not only because of the alliteration, but because my kiddos absolutely love Pete the Cat, so it was no surprise to me when many of them colored their kitty various shades of blue.
Students accordion fold the template following the lines, which provides wonderful fine motor practice, then they color and glue their cat to the top of their folded paper.
Decide on a direction, and have children pass their "compliment cat" to another child to write something nice about them on one of the accordion-folded sections.
They continue passing 'til everyone has signed all of their classmates’ cats, and end up with their own.
So students get a special compliment from their teacher, make sure you are part of the signing, or write a personal note to each child on the colorful, (4-on-a-page) note. Add the finishing touch by having students glue a piece of colorful border to the top.
The cats make a wonderful bulletin board, or look cute hung as a border along a hallway wall. I’ve included two posters for your display.
The packet also includes 5 colorful bookmarks that you can pass out to everyone after they have completed their projects.
I’ve also included a different, black and white bookmark option, if you want this year’s students to color it and then write a note to next year’s kiddos wishing them a “purr-featly wonderful year”.
Finally, when I think of summer, I think of picnics, and anticipate a wonderful vacation. Thus, the ANTicipation writing prompt craftivity came about.
Anticipation is very versatile, as I’ve included a variety of writing prompts suitable for the beginning and end of the year, as well as a summer prompt entitled “The Perfect Picnic” which can be a short story, or simply a list of things that a child would want to have, take, eat, and do on a picnic.
There are also blank patterns for you to program with something else, as well as a completed sample so you can quickly and easily make an example to share.
Completed projects make an awesome and interesting bulletin board or border along a hallway wall. I’ve included 3 posters for your display.
Children cut out their ant head, add details with crayons and then glue it to the other 2 body segments. I purposely made this ant with 3 parts because I wanted to reinforce science information about insects.
Because of limited time, it’s often difficult to plug in some science, so I try to incorporate it with our reading and writing.
I’ve included “Parts of an ant” posters (realistic & cutesy) plus worksheets, as well as a writing prompt and posters for “Ants can: have: are” if you want to do that too.
Share the poster, write the vocabulary on the board, then have students label these parts on their ant with a white crayon.
Adding pipe cleaner legs and antennae will also give you the opportunity to explain more science vocabulary, at the same time giving the craftivity a 3D look.
I also read the informational, non-fiction book, Ants Ants And More Ants, which we discuss afterwards.
This book is a level G, 1st grade reader, if you want your students to read it themselves & get in that non-fiction genre requirement.
To test their comprehension, I write some of the facts on the board as they share them, then they fill out their “Ants Can: Have: Are:" worksheet.
Today's featured FREEBIE serves a dual purpose, as you can use if for the beginning or end of the year.
To turn it into an inexpensive treat, stick on a pencil, pen, marker, glow stick (bracelet), pixie stick, (filled with powdered candy), or an individually wrapped piece of licorice as the mast, to add that little something extra.
There are two sail patterns. One is for the end of the year:“Have fun sailing into summer. I hope it’s fantastic!”
The 2nd one is for back to school: “Have fun sailing into a new school year. I hope it’s fantastic!”
Well that's it for today. I hope you found something useful to make those last few weeks of school fly by.
Everything is finally greening up here in Michigan! Woo hoo; the sunshine is calling me. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." -Tom Bodett
1-2-3 Come Do Some Dual Purpose Activities With Me
After I've designed a writing prompt craftivity, I take a look and see if it can serve double duty. Can I tweak the prompt so that it not only works for a back-to-school activity, but something teachers could plug in at the end of the year as well?
Such is the case with the 4 craftivities I'm featuring in this blog article. The featured FREEBIE today, also serves a dual purpose too.
First up, is a super-cute "play on words" bicycle craftivity. "I had a 'wheel' great year/summer"
I chose a bike theme because no matter what grade I taught, riding a bicycle was something most of my students really enjoyed doing.
Use the bicycle template for a cute end of the year writing prompt, where students choose two wheel options and complete the prompts inside the spokes.
You can also use it as a super-fun icebreaker for back-to-school, as an interesting way to get to know your new students.
Completed projects make a wonderful bulletin board.
I’ve included 2 posters to use for the center of your display.
There’s also an additional writing prompt worksheet where students describe their bike, or an experience riding their bike, or some other bike-themed idea you come up with.
Next up is the double duty "I Had A Blast in ___________ grade." or "I Had A Blast This Summer!" firecracker writing prompt craftivity.
Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board and nice keepsake. You could also keep this bulletin board up for back to school.
Besides the above prompts, I also thought it would be fun for this year's students to make a TP tube firecracker and tuck a note inside: "You're going to have a blast in ______________ grade because..."
Or... skip the note and have children jot a greeting on the bookmark writing prompt. What a nice surprise for your kiddos to find on/in their desk on the first day of school. I’ve also included bookmarks for you to give your current students, wishing them a blast of a summer.
Likewise, new kiddos can complete the "I had a blast this summer!" for a back to school writing prompt. I’ve included posters for the center of that display as well.
Another versatile writing prompt, is a super-cool looking T-shirt craftivity. I think the key to the “way cool” result, is that I used tie dye, plaid and watercolor splattered copy paper, which came in a ream of 50 sheets per pattern.
I ran the T-shirt template off on this paper, as well as the cover pattern; so when the booklet is stapled to the front of the T-shirt the cover matches and blends in. “Awesome!” is what my students tell me.
This "craftivity" is very versatile, as it includes templates for an end-of-the year memory book, with covers for preschool through 6th grade, plus a blank template.
If you already have a memory book, have students write why they think this grade was terrific, or have this year’s students write a note to next year’s class: “You’re going to have a T-‘rrific Year” because…
You can also use this as a self-esteem building (fill a bucket) activity. Use the “______ is “T"-'rrific!" template and have each classmate write a compliment in everyone's booklet.
The prompt also works for Father's Day. Simply fill the blank in with: “My Dad is “T-‘rrific” or... for back-to-school have students write about why their summer was terrific.
For a “fun-tastic” display, hang completed projects on a rope suspended against a wall and use real clothespins to clip them on.
Finally, another double-duty writing prompt craftivity that's a bit on the wacky side, also features a T-shirt plus a pair of shorts.
You can use the patterns separately, or combine them to make a dorky dude & dudette by adding funky sunglasses, and gluing on a student's traced hands and feet.
Besides using this for a beginning or end of the year activity, it's also perfect for "Wacky Wednesday" fun, as part of a week-long Dr. Seuss celebration.
Explain to your students that the term “In short” means to explain briefly or summarize, which is one of 5 options for the writing prompts on the pair of shorts.
Likewise, the T-shirts also have a variety of options as well. Pick and choose what's best suited for your kiddos. As with the above T-shirts, these also look cute hung with clothespins from a clothesline.
As promised, the featured FREEBIE today is also versatile. I did countless hours of work looking for songs appropriate for an end of the year slide show, as well as a preschool or kindergarten graduation.
As long as I had done the research, I decided to make an alphabetical list, in hopes that it would save somebody else a ton of time. Click on the link for the 150 Songs For The End Of The Year..
Well that's it for today. I hope you found something useful.
Whether your're reading this at the end of the year (woo hoo) and looking forward to a much-deserved summer hiatus, or checking things out in the fall, excited for a brand new year, I hope you have an absolute blast!
"So often you find that the students you are trying to inspire, end up inspiring you." -Sean Junkins
1-2-3- Come Do Some "Happy Graduation!" Activities With Me
When I taught kindergarten we had our graduation in the afternoon, with punch and cookies afterwards.
Even though we had a "dry run" and practiced our songs beforehand, I still needed something to keep my kiddos occupied for the rest of the morning.
With that in mind, I designed some quick, easy and fun activities, and made them appropriate for preschool graduation as well.
I hope you find them useful and your planning easier.
First up, is a bookmark. I've included patterns through 2035.
Who knows where we'll be 20 years from now, but if you're in need of a graduation bookmark, I've got you covered.
There are 2 patterns to choose from, with 4-on-a-page for quick printing.
For extra pizzazz, we mounted the bookmark on printed scrapbook paper using our school colors, glued a school photo inside the circle, then I laminated them.
For that finishing touch, punch a hole at the top and add some matching curling ribbon.
Next up is a graduation memory book, sure to become a cherished keepsake.
Run off on a variety of colors, or use your school colors.
You can buy real tassels, or simply slip a few strings of yarn around a brass brad.
There are a variety of pages to choose from, which come in color as well as black & white.
Simply choose which pages are appropriate for your kiddos.
Students can cut and collate their own pages, or you can ask for parent volunteers to help you with this; pre-assembling the books, so that all students have to do is color, write and glue on a photograph.
I purposely made all these lines straight cuts, so that you can easily cut 3-6 pages out at a time.
Once the pages are cut and put in the order you want them, staple the booklet to the back page and add the cover.
Students can work on some of the pages beforehand, like the "A note from my friend" page.
Have students pick a partner to exchange their booklet with, and then complete that page.
Later, finish the special graduation pages on graduation day.
This is a super-fun craftivity that I think your students will really enjoy making, and parents will truly appreciate, as a cherished keepsake of one of their child’s many milestones.
(“Hip Hippo Ray! I’m on my way!”), ("Hip Hippo Ray! It’s graduation day!") or (“Hip Hippo Ray! Happy 1st day".)
The bows contain the greeting. The mouth of the hippo flips up to reveal a variety of writing prompt options. Choose one page, or several to make a little booklet.
There’s also an autograph page, plus a blank template for children to draw a picture of themselves, or use for more writing prompts that would turn “Hilda & Henry Hippo” into a Memory Book.
I’ve included a “note from your teacher” page too. Simply write one note and run off. I pre-cut my page to expedite things.
For that finishing touch, have students glue their school photo somewhere.
The packet also includes an ABC word hunt worksheet for the last day of school, as well as bookmarks in color and black and white, for all 3 occasions.
Today's FREEBIE also works for preschool or kindergarten graduation.
Well that's it for today. Hope you found something useful.
My "to do" pile is way too high for the days to be flying by this fast. Wishing you a stress-free happy day.
"Wherever you go, go with all of your heart" - Confuscious
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mother's Day Activities With Me
Tuesday's blog featured Mother's Day craftivities that could also be used for the end of the year, as well as back to school. Here are two more that offer that same versatility:
The "souper" soup can craftivity, can be a "flip up" card, or a windsock, where the writing prompt is completed on the paper "ribbons".
Besides those "crafty" options, you have a choice of 7 writing prompts:
* "I had a 'souper' year!" is a fun way to reflect about what students have accomplished.
* "You're going to have a 'souper' year in _________" is written by this year's students for next year's kiddos.
* "___________ is a 'souper' student." Is a terrific "bucket filler" which will help build self-esteem.
* "I'm looking forward to a 'souper' summer." Is a fun end of the year option. You could also change it to "I had a 'souper' summer." and use at the beginning of the school year.
* There are also patterns for Mom, Dad & grandparents to help celebrate their special days, as well as a blank soup can for anything else.
The "Bee-utiful Bee-cause..." bee-themed craftivity can also be used for Mother's Day, BTS (Back To School) or the end of the year.
There are 2 craftivities in the packet. Children can make a bee and choose the prompt “My mom is bee-utiful because . . .” or make fingerprint bees around a hive. Another writing prompt is: “My mom is terrific ‘bee-cause” . . .
So that students can write something different, I’ve included blank bee and hive patterns. There’s also a generic “You are ‘bee-utiful’ because …” or “You are terrific ‘bee-cause’” options.
At the end of the year, students can make a bee or hive that says: “I had a ________________ year in ________________ ‘bee-cause’..." or “I’m looking forward to a super summer ‘bee-cause’..."
Another interesting option is to have this year’s students make a bee or hive for next year’s students. “You’re going to have a _______________ year in _______________ ‘bee-cause’”.
What a fun thing to have tucked in your students’ desks or displayed on their lockers at the beginning of the year.
As with the other bee craftivities, children can write their note of “why” on the bee’s stripes, or if you want students to write more, they can complete the little apple booklet and glue it to the front.
I wanted the Mother’s Day beehive card to be a keepsake, so my students dipped their thumb in yellow paint to make the bees, and used their pinkies and white paint for the wings.
When their cards dried, they drew on details with a black marker, and glued their school photo in the “door”.
If you like the hive card, but don’t want to mess with paint, I’ve also included bee “stickers”. Students get a strip of 4, trim and glue to their card.
Teacher's and parents could also make a little gift for their students/children. I made small "Love you to pieces" cards that you can print off and attach to a Snack Baggie, or package of Reeses Pieces candy.
There's also a completed puzzle writing prompt pattern, so you can easily make a sample to share, to explain what you want your kiddos to do.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's cold, rainy and windy out; the perfect weather for shortening my ever-growing "to do" list. Wishing you a snuggly relaxing day.
"A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy." -Robert Lumsden