1-2-3 Come Do Some Earth Day Activities With Me
Since Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22nd), I thought I'd design some quick, easy and fun writing prompt craftivities.
Tossing in a bit of craftiness to a writing activity, grabs my students' attention and gets them excited to start writing. With that in mind, I came up with the Earth Day: Lend A Helping Hand Dangler.
Students can choose to dangle their "writing prompt" circles vertically under their hand, or they can glue them together to form a sphere (like the earth).
The child's hand print makes this a sweet keepsake craft. PK children can skip the writing prompts and simply color their circles.
Completed projects look wonderful swirling and twirling from the ceiling.
Another Earth Day hand print craftivity I call "Reach Out!"
After studying the importance of taking care of our earth and discussing the fact that even little children can make a difference, I’d give a few directions, and tell my Y5s that they were going to be part of Mrs. Henderson’s “Kids Care Cleanup Crew”. (Name badge included.)
Each child got a pair of non latex gloves and armed with their own plastic grocery sack to put litter in, we’d hit the playground when no one was using it. My kiddos absolutely LOVED running around picking up all sorts of debris. They were always very proud of themselves.
Afterwards we'd do the craftivity. Adding flat-backed "jewels" to "rings" and polish to the nails on their hand print, was a big "woo hoo" for the girls.
Older students can complete the writing prompt (2 options) and glue it to the back of their poster. Younger kiddos can color their poster-poem certificate and glue that to the back. Punch a hole at the top, tie on a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling.
Next up is a "What's In Your Garbage?" writing prompt craft, which features a teachable moment to review the cylinder shape by making the garbage can "windsock". (The writing prompt is completed on the colorful "ribbon" strips.)
In general, I don’t think students realize what or how much garbage their family throws away, nor the importance of recycling, which they soon discover isn’t all that difficult, thus the reason behind this craftivity, which includes ...
* A letter to parents,
* A “Tally Time” data collection worksheet
* Graphing worksheet with a matching . . .
* Whole-group graphing activity
* 2 writing prompt worksheets (boy & girl options), plus . . .
* A 3D writing prompt craftivity (“I Can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" garbage can dangler) to pull it all together. Add a school photo for that finishing touch.
"I CAN Make A Difference" is another "dangler", which is one of my students' favorites. I think it's because they really like the eye graphic with the recycle symbol inside the pupil.
Older students can write how they can make a difference on the back of their "dangler", while PK kiddos simply do the craft.
Run off the R (for reduce, reuse & recycle) on a variety of colors of construction paper. Children choose one and trim. They can either write the 3 Rs on their letter, or cut & glue the labels.
The packet also includes a boy/girl "promise pledge" for added accountability. Plus separate "How I can make a difference" writing prompt worksheets, which can be done as a whole-group activity, with younger students on the "How WE can make a difference" paper.
The patterns come on a full page, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for PK. Add extra pizzazz with a school photograph.
Finally, my personal favorite is the "Reduce Your Envoronmental Footprint" writing prompt craft. I'm sure your girls will enjoy making a 3D flip flop and adding a flower as much as mine do.
Read my background information about environmental footprints, and share a few things with your students. I've added a checklist of things even a child can do to help reduce their footprint.
You can do this as a whole-group discussion. I’ve also included a page of links with lots more interesting information.
There are several options for the “craftivity”. For that “keepsake” effect for younger kiddos, or to add a nice variety to your display, have students trace their foot with their shoe on.
I’ve also included 5 other footprint options, as seen on the cover. Older students complete the writing prompt, starting on the front of their shoe, then completing their thoughts on the back.
Children can glue their shoe to the large earth pattern which they’ve colored, or older students can make the 3D earth sphere, by gluing the 3, smaller earth-circles together. Completed projects look awesome swirling & twirling from the ceiling.
Today's FREEBIE also centers around Earth Day and is an "Every Day Should Be Earth Day!" bookmark.
I've included a 4-on-a-page pattern in color, as well as black & white, so students can enjoy coloring their own.
Older students can explain "why" they think "Every day should be Earth Day" on the back of their bookmark, then share with their classmates.
Well that's it for today; thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something useful. To help celebrate Earth Day, all of the above writing prompt crafts are on sale for just $1.95.
It's FINALLY spring here in Michigan, and a gorgeous 73 degress, so it's time for a much-needed break. Wishing you a happy-go-lucky day.
"Look deep into nature, then you will understand everything better." -Albert Einstein
1-2-3 Come Do Some Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities With Me
My students absolutely love Eric Carle's story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It's one of my favorites too, and is the inspiration behind the 6 caterpillar craftivities that I'm featuring today.
The “smile” of the caterpillar says the title of the story. The circle "body segment" features the characters and setting, with an optional "problem-solution" circle.
Students write a brief description about the beginning of the story on the leaf, something about the middle on the apple, then concluding with the end of the story, which is written on the butterfly.
Add extra 3D pop & pizzazz by giving students two leaves and two butterflies. They fold the leaf in half and glue to one side, and attach the thorax of the top butterfly to the one on the bottom.
I also gave my kiddos a tiny white pom pom that they attached to the leaf with a glue dot, to represent an egg. This way I could also review the life cycle of a butterfly. The 3D options take just a few minutes and really add the “Wow! factor".
Completed projects look awesome dangling from the ceiling, or hung as a border along the top of a hallway wall.
Another way you can retell the story is with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling Slider craftivity.
There are 2 caterpillar options. Choose one, or give children a choice. Children color their caterpillar, then color, cut and glue their slider together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the caterpillar’s “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their caterpillar home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
Besides a slider, my students also enjoy practicing this standard with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Wheel.
It's a quick, easy & fun way to assess comprehension and practice sequencing, as well as retelling a story.
There are full color patterns to use for centers, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so your students can make their own.
As a comprehension-assessment tool, and for fine motor practice, another option is to have students cut up the picture sections, then glue them to the blank wheel in the appropriate order.
I've also included "Sequence the Story” Puzzles. Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black and white pattern, so children can color, cut and arrange their own puzzle.
Besides the picture puzzles, I’ve also included “word slices” so you can practice recognizing the vocabulary for this story.
There are also 2 writing prompt worksheets, where students write what happened in the story, or explain why they’d rather be a butterfly or caterpillar.
Follow up checking comprehension with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Elements worksheet, which can be completed as homework, or tucked in a sub-folder.
I've included a completed sample, so that you can quickly and easily make an example to share with your students.
You can also review the story while students practice their grammar skills, with the "Fix The Sentence" packet.
These 32, caterpillar/butterfly-themed, sentence cards, are also a quick, easy and fun way to review the life cycle of a butterfly.
Students practice rules for appropriate grammar for capitalization and end punctuation. Simply read the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of sight words as well.
Choose a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).
You can do this on a whiteboard, with a pocket chart or pass one card out to each child to correct. I've also included a set of mini-cards, so that students can work on the sentences independently.
Finally, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is perfect for a "Devouring Words & Books" challenge, which will build vocabulary, reading fluency and motivate students to read more.
Run off the caterpillar pattern on a variety of colors of construction paper or card stock, then give students a choice.
A word-apillar can be sight words, word wall words, seasonal vocabulary words, or specific to the life cycle or study of butterflies, with science vocabulary like metamorphosis, chrysalis, proboscis, etc.
It’s also a fun way for students to practice their spelling words, or complete their word work portion of Daily 5. I’ve provided 2 pattern pages of extra “body segments” so students can make a really long caterpillar.
Today's FREEBIE is a set of butterfly alphabet cards. There are 3 sets: one has both the upper and lowercase letters on them, as well as a set with each, so you can play Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Gotta rush as it's my grandson's 6th birthday and we are off to a "Jump" party.
Wishing you a happy and carefree day.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Spring Things With Me
During spring, it’s a good idea to once again assess things like colors, color words, and shapes.
With that in mind, I designed the “Bunny Tails & Tales” packet as a super-fun way to practice, assess, or teach.
Add a bit of “crafty” to writing practice, and your students will be excited to show off their writing skills, with the “Bunny Tale” shape booklet.
The cover flips up to reveal their bunny tale. Add a cotton ball for that finishing touch.
I’ve included my silly story about the “Magic Carrot”, so that you can easily make an example to share with your students.
Review thirteen, 2D shapes with the “Shapely Bunny” game.
Students match the appropriate shaped tail to the matching bunny with that shape word.
I used glue dots to add a mini, white pom pom to each piece.
This not only makes manipulating the tails easier, but the pinching aspect, is a great way to strengthen finger muscles.
If you’re making this center for PK, simply trace the tail shape onto the bunny, so they can practice one-to-one correspondence.
The packet includes patterns for these 2D shapes: circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, square, hexagon, octagon, pentagon, rhombus, trapezoid, star, heart and crescent. Choose those appropriate for your group.
Besides writing and shapes, the packet also practices colors and color words.
I’ve included mini word cards for all of the basic colors, which are placed over the matching rectangle on that color bunny. Children then place the matching colored pom pom “tail” underneath.
There are word cards in matching ink colors for little ones, as well as cards with black ink, so you can use this as an assessment tool as well.
I wanted to see if you could do the games with a 3-year-old, so I tested them out on my grandson Kaiden, and he absolutely loved playing them.
When he got done matching the color words and pom poms he proudly exclaimed, "I did it!"
He also enjoyed the shape matching game, so you're good to go with a preschool group.
Finally, the packet includes a sweet “just the right size” Itty Bitty Shape booklet.
Children read the shape word, write it on the bunny’s head, then draw that shape for a tail.
There’s a booklet with the standard 2D shapes, as well as optional pages for the rest.
When children have completed their booklet, graph which shaped tail they liked the best.
Continuing with the bunny theme, I designed a packet called "The Shape Of My Bunny's Nose", which is a center activity, game and Itty Bitty booklet, that reinforces thirteen, 2D shapes.
The pattern comes in color on a full-page size, as well as a two-on-a-page size to use as a center activity. I've also included shape word cards, so that older students can practice matching a shape to its shape word.
There's a smaller, 3-on-a-page size to use for games, where children pick a partner and play “Show me the shape.” I’ve also included black & white patterns, so that children can make their own shape games.
* To play the game as a large group, attach a soft Velcro dot to the nose section of the bunny, as well as the word section, then scratchy Velcro dots to the pieces.
* Pass out the pieces and call for a shape.
* The child holding that shape, comes up and attaches it. Everyone says the shape as the child points to the nose, then repeats it by reading the shape word as they point to it.
There’s also a black and white “My Bunny’s Nose” booklet, with options for additional pages which feature other shapes.
Children read the word and draw that shape on the bunny’s face, then color, trim and collate their shape booklet.
I’ve also included a graphing extension to practice another standard.
Finally, since April showers bring May flowers, and Mother's Day is just around the corner, I designed this 3D tulip writing prompt craftivity.
PK kiddos can simply make the craft, while older students can choose from 2 writing prompts. Use the blank pattern to program whatever.
I've also done a "two lips" play-on-words, for a sweet Mother's Day card.
Cutting on a spiral to make the "stem", is wonderful fine motor practice. I've included a pattern for "lefties" as well.
Completed projects look wonderful suspended from the ceiling. There's a "Spiraling Into Spring" poster for the center of your display.
Since the "mustache craze" continues, I thought it would be fun to make an "I 'mustache' you about colors" game, with two versions, one for PK kiddos, plus another for older students.
Well that's it for today. The snow has finally melted here in Michigan, and although the sun is shining, temperatures are still in the 40s, so I'm looking forward to when spring truly arrives.
Wishing you a stress-free, happy day.
"In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours." -Mark Twain
1-2-3 Come Do Some Butterfly Activities With Me
After spring break we started our butterfly studies. It was always one of my students' favorite themes because I ordered real butterfly eggs.
My kiddos could see first hand how they hatched into caterpillars, ate almost all of their food, formed a chrysalis, then in 14 days morphed into 5 painted lady butterflies!
To study the amazing life cycle of a butterfly, I designed a variety of activities to reinforce and practice this science standard. Today's blog features 4 of our favorites.
First up is a quick, easy and fun, "print & go" craftivity, which is a butterfly-shaped, flip-the-flap booklet.
I’ve included full-color patterns so you can quickly & easily make a sample to share, as well as black & white so children can make their own.
Simply run off the whole butterfly template on a variety of colors of construction paper. There are 2-on-a-page to conserve paper and make the booklet “just the right size” for children.
Run off the “wing pages” on white copy paper. Children trim, fold the wings up, gluing just the thorax “tab” to the thorax of the base butterfly.
When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group to review concepts of print, and solidify the butterfly's life cycle in children’s minds, so that they are able to share this bit of science with their family.
Another favorite is the life cycle "slider" butterfly craftivity.
The packet includes 3 realistic butterfly patterns, with more realistic graphics for the life cycle "slider", as well as 12 simpler butterfly patterns, which younger students will enjoy coloring.
The life cycle slider for those, has simpler graphics as well.
I've included full color slider options, so you can quickly and easily make an example to share, as well as 2 black line versions so your students can color their own.
When everyone is done, review the life cycle orally, then have students write the various stages on their "Here's What Happened" worksheet, which is a great way to practice ordinal numbers, transitions and sequencing.
Choose which one is appropriate for your kiddos, or give them a choice. They are different enough so that you can do several: one to introduce your lesson, another to reinforce it.
You could also do one in class and tuck another in their backpacks for homework.
The packet includes:
* A Life Cycle of the Butterfly Wheel, which comes in full color so you can explain the science, then use as an independent center. There’s also one in black and white, so that students can make their own.
There are several options to choose from depending on the age and ability of your students.
* For a center, there’s a Life Cycle of the Butterfly, “puzzle pie”; as well as…
* A Life Cycle of the Butterfly worksheet -poster, with 4 options, plus 2 completed teacher samples you can use to explain what you want your students to do, or leave in your center, so students can self-check their work.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board. I’ve included a poster for the center of your display.
* I’ve also included two life cycle “Itty Bitty” booklets, which students trace, write, color, cut & collate; plus …
* A butterfly shaped life cycle worksheet, with 3 options.
* 8 photograph-posters of real butterflies in the various stages of their life cycle, make a nice bulletin board as well. Use them to explain the butterfly’s life cycle.
* There are 3 different sets of sequencing cards for the butterfly’s life cycle.
They come in color as well as black & white.
Use them for sequencing, centers and a variety of games, which are explained in the packet. There's a . . .
* Set of ten, 2-on-a-page, life cycle posters. Use them for a bulletin board, center, or flashcards. Make an extra set, cut them in half and make puzzles, plus a
* Set of 9, pocket chart vocabulary cards; and ...
* A life cycle of the butterfly bookmark, which students can keep in their writing journal, or they can use to help explain what they learned; and finally...
* A mini certificate of praise.
I had a request for just the butterfly life cycle wheel, so I made a separate packet, featuring two; one with more realistic graphics, which has 10 "pie slices", as well as a simpler, 6-piece wheel, similar to the one in the larger packet, with more cutesy graphics for younger kiddos.
To reinforce the lesson, I've also included a worksheet for students to explain the various stages, which will practice ordinal numbers, transitions, and sequencing factual information.
Click on the link to take a closer look at these: Life Cycle Of A Butterfly Story Wheels.
Finally, because my kiddos absolutely love Eric Carle's story, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", I designed a life cycle of the butterfly caterpillar craft.
For one of the caterpillars, students trace and write the words and then color, cut and glue the realistic graphics to the appropriate "body segments".
An easier version, includes cute clip art right on the circles, skipping the "cut & glue" steps.
I've included a full-color "teacher's version" of this caterpillar, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share. There are 4 head options as well.
Wiggle eyes, a tiny white pom pom for the egg, plus a pipe cleaner folded into a V, then taped to the back of the caterpillar's head as antennae, all add that 3D bit of pizzazz.
Folding the wings of an extra butterfly up, then gluing just the thorax to the bottom butterfly, also adds the finishing touch "Wow! factor". Completed projects make a wonderful spring bulletin board.
I turned the matching worksheet into a bit of a craftivity, as children use their fingerprints to make the caterpillar on the cover. Click on the link to grab your free copy: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Parts Of A Book.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something useful to add a bit of excitement to your spring lessons.
It's hard for me to get into the "spring of things" when it's snowing outside right now! I guess "global warming" has not yet arrived in Michigan.
Wishing you a supercalafragalisticexpeallidocious day.
1-2-3 Come Chew On Some Common Core With the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Me
Since so many people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I wanted to use Eric Carle's cute little critter as a spring board to studying a variety of Common Core Standards.
I created the caterpillar template and made a list of all sorts of ways I could use it, then set about to design the details. You can choose which one you want your students to do, or give them a choice.
Teachers could also make up their own set and laminate to use as anchor charts.
Make several sets but don't glue the body-segment circles together, to use for independent, sequencing centers or to play games with.
You could also use them to independently or whole group assess the various standards.
In The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet, students trace and write upper and lowercase letters.
I've also included a set where a bit of the butterfly's life cycle is also included with the letters.
Completed projects make a sweet spring bulletin board. I've included a poster for the center of you display.
The packet also includes an alpha-pillar craftivity teachers can make, which features upper or lowercase letters, which actually look like the background pattern of Eric Carle's book!
These make a wonderful border, or puzzle center as well.
There's also a set of uppercase, as well as lowercase (12-on-a-page) letter cards, with matching picture cards of things that begin with that letter, plus a set of word cards for those objects, which provides a variety of center activities and games.
I also made a set of 2-on-a-page alphabet anchor charts, which feature the beginning letter object on the caterpillar's tail end.
This packet makes a nice spring review, as I find that just because I've taught and practiced something with my kiddos at the beginning of the year, doesn't mean everyone retains everything later on.
There's a blank version, where older students think of something edible that color, then write it down and draw a picture of it, as well as a simpler version, where the black line graphics are on the page for children to color.
I've also included a teacher's copy with full color graphics, so you can quickly make a sample to share.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers, is similar to the alphabet packet.
This caterpillar counts from zero to ten, where students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words.
There are also caterpillar "body" circles for skip counting by 2s 3s, 5s, and 10s.
If you are practicing counting backwards from 10 to 0, simply have children put the caterpillar in reverse order.
I've also included a "You Can Count On The Very Hungry Caterpillar" craft for teachers to make, just like the alphabet one mentioned above.
As with the alphabet packet, there are posters, anchor charts, games and a worksheet.
In all of the packets there are 4 patterns for the caterpillar's head, plus a variety of options for butterflies.
Since I have many requests for shape craftivities, particulary 3D shapes, I thought I'd make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats 2D & 3D Shapes, which reviews: the circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, star, heart & crescent, plus 3D shapes: cone, sphere, cylinder & cube.
There are various options to choose from. Simply choose which "body segments" are appropriate for your students.
Older students can write the attributes of each shape on the back. One of the options also practices the days of the week.
On the last day the caterpillar rests in his chrysalis, then awakens as a beautiful 3 dimensional butterfly with the various shapes on its wings.
Since telling time is also a standard, I made a "clock-apillar" which reinforces time to the hour and half hour.
Use as a whole-group craftivity, game, center or assessment tool.
Like wise, we are also studying coins at this time, so I made a "coin-apillar" too.
These caterpillars feature a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar coins.
Finally, if you want to practice reading with a very hungry caterpillar, your kiddos will enjoy making the versatile "Word-apillar".
I use this craftivity as a super-fun way to build vocabulary and practice whatever “word work” I want to reinforce: Dolch & Fry sight words, word-family words, seasonal words, whatever...
I’ve included a list of 31 “word work” ideas, along with ideas for games you can play after you choose your words.
Whew! That's a lot of Very Hungry Caterpillar options! I hope they help your kiddo-caterpillars blossom into smart little butterlies!
Today's FREEBIE also features a butterfly.
It's one of my personal favorite spring craftivities, which makes a wonderful keepsake for mom, as the wings of the butterfly are a child's shoe print.
Do this with your butterfly activities, then tuck it away for Mother's Day.
Click on the link for the "Fluttering By With A Mother's Day "Hi" craft.
Thanks for visiting. I normally don't post on weekends, but I finished so many things up over spring break that I wanted to share.
Wishing you a relaxing and fun-tastic weekend.
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey