1-2-3 Come Do Some Chick and Bunny Craftivities With Me
I love springtime. There's something magical and invigorating about it; and there are so many themes you can incorporate into your lessons.
The chick and bunny seem to be popular symbols, so with that in mind I used them to design some quick, easy and super-fun craftivities, which practice a variety of standards.
I'll be featuring 4 of my favorites, along with today's FREEBIE. First up is a chick-themed -ick word family packet.
The packet includes:
* An -ick chick word slider craftivity, featuring 20 words, with 2 size options.
* An -ick family poster with 22 words, plus 10 “flip the flap” -ick word booklets, as well as an “ABC Me” worksheet. I've also included ...
* A cover to make an -ick word family dictionary, along with an Itty Bitty -ick word family booklet, plus a "Fill in the blanks” missing -ick word, sentence worksheet along with ...
* A set of -ick word family picture cards, with matching -ick word cards, so you can play “Memory Match” and “I Have; Who Has?” games, individually, with a partner or as a whole group activity.
* To mix math with literacy, there's an “Isn’t it slick that I can skip count with my chick?” slider craft, with 2 size options.
These number sliders skip count by 2s, 3s, 5s, or 10s.
You can also practice the -op word family with my bunny packet.
The format is similar. The -op word family poster has an alphabetical list of 49 words, with some new words even to me, llke kop and trop, so I've also included a cover to make an —op word family dictionary.
I chose 18, or those -op words and made "just the right size", mini-cards. Students can put them in alphabetical order, as an independent center, or partner up to see who can do it the fastest.
Another idea, is to have children choose 2-3 cards and use the words in a sentence.
It's a wonderful, hands-on way to review 2D and 3D shapes.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board.
I've included several posters for the center of your display.
For the emergent reader, students read, trace and write the shape word, fill in the shapes to look like chicks/bunnies; trace the shape and then draw that shape.
Both animals are super-cute, but my personal favorite is the bunny.
There are 3 pattern options for the rabbit: A whimsical looking one, a "fluffy" faced one, as well as blank templates so children can draw their own.
I've also included a paw pattern to make the shapes look even more like a bunny.
For a bit of 3D pizzazz, students choose one and glue the bug to the top of one of the bunny's ears.
To get the 3D "pop" bend the ladybug's antennae forward.
For the butterfly, give children 2 different colors.
Since many teachers are also teaching 3D shapes, there's also patterns for the cone, cube, cylinder and sphere.
Finally, while diddling around with pattern blocks, I discovered that you can use other pieces, to make a hexagon.
Since this is a really new shape for my Y5s, it tends to be a "toughie" for them to remember.
I think part of the difficulty, is because there are not many "real life" examples for them to see. With that in mind, I designed the "Don't be vexed by the "hex", hexagon challenge.
I putzed 'til I created a dozen arrangements, and have included a full-color, as well as a black & white template (filled in with lines, plus blank) for them to place pattern pieces on.
Later, after they've created some patterns, turn it into a "Speed" game; set a timer and see who can make the most hexagons before it rings.
Today's FREEBIE also has a bunny theme, which practices skip counting.
Your students will enjoy hopping to the next number, as they skip count with the bunny, by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. I've also included "What's Missing?" worksheets for each skip counted set. These are great for "early finishers" or homework to send over spring break.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Time to switch gears and put my nana hat on, as I'm taking care of my grandchildren today.
Kaiden (3) and Kaitlyn (1) put the grand in grandma.
Wishing you a love-filled day filled with lots of hugs and giggles.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Spring Things With Me
Spring has officially sprung, and even though we've still got it in the 40s here in Michigan, I'm full gear into springtime fun.
Today's blog features 3 of my favorite spring activities, which when completed, make adorable springy bulletin boards or hallway displays, sure to put a smile on your face.
First up is a sweet little bunny glyph. They really do turn out absolutely "awwww-dorable".
No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs.
They are a quick, easy & interesting way to practice and assess 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 listen & follow directions.
Glyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students.
Be sure and make your own sample. I think children really enjoy learning about their teacher too.
The packet also includes 4, sweet photo-posters of real bunnies, as well as a links page for a few bunny songs & the story of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny.
I also designed an Easter egg glyph as well. I've included 2 egg 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.
Because each one is different they make a super-interesting bulletin board. Every year we get tons of compliments!
Most passers-by are unaware that these are glyphs, so I made a springy "Glyphs" poster for each packet, to use for the center of your display.
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy & fun way to introduce the concept of comparison - contrast writing, and an interesting way for students to get to know each other better.
My kiddos absolutely love making them, so we do a seasonal one each month; they’ve come to really look forward to picking a new partner to learn more about.
To help students do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.
For added fun, and to practice another standard that mixes math with literacy, I’ve also included a graphing extension.
Finally, today's FREEBIE also features bunnies. This bunny craftivity, is a quick, easy and super-fun center, assessment, or game, with 4 sizes of bunny patterns to accommodate the various sizes and kinds of craft sticks.
Program the "ears" with whatever you'd like to reinforce, then keep each set in a Ziploc Baggie.
The beauty of this bunny pattern, is that you only have to make a few bunnies, yet you're able to use them to practice a variety of Common Core Standards, or whatever else you can think up.
Here are some ideas:
* uppercase-lowercase letters
* number-number word
* contraction-words that make up the contraction
* rhyming words
* color-color words
* shape-shape words
* 2 words-compound word
Well that's it for today, I hope spring has sprung in your classroom.
Wishing you a joyous holiday break whenever that happens.
The earth teaches me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. The earth teaches me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. The earth teaches me courage as the tree which stands all alone. The earth teaches me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. -William Alexander
1-2-3 Come Do Some Kite-Themed Activities With Me
One of our themes for spring is kites; so I've been busy designing an assortment of kite activities to help teach a variety of standards.
Today's blog features 4 of them, along with the featured FREEBIE.
Practice 3D shapes with the "Shapin' Up With 3D Kites" packet. The emergent reader reinforces 3D shapes as well as colors.
The packet includes:
* A 2-on-a-page emergent reader booklet.
* Students read the simple sentences, trace and write the shape and color words, then color the pictures appropriately.
* A set of colorful, 3D shape pocket chart cards, with matching black and white ones, so that students can color, cut, and add the cover, to make an Itty Bitty Booklet.
* I've also included a graphing extension, a “design your own kite” worksheet, plus 40 lovely photographs of real 3D-shaped kites, many of which also feature 2D shapes.
Print, laminate and trim. (There are 4 pictures per page.) Children choose one or two and write the shapes and colors that they see on their “I Spy!” recording sheet.
For writing practice, have students write a sentence or two about the kite picture. To use as an independent center, have students sort the photographs by shape. The pictures also make a lovely spring bulletin board.
* Since I included color words in the emergent reader, I also included a set of colorful pocket chart cards, as well as a set in black and white, so students can add the cover and make a “Flipping Over Colors!” Itty Bitty Booklet. (“grey” & “colours” spelling options are also included).
Next up is an ordinal number "craftivity". It's a quick, easy and fun way for students to review ordinal numbers, ordinal number words + sequencing.
Encourage children to color the stripes on their kite in a pattern, or in rainbow-color order.
I've included ordinal number kite cards to play a Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" game, as well as a set of mini, sequencing cards, which could double as a bookmark for students' math journals.
There's also a whole-group assessment worksheet, with 2 size options.
Do your students enjoy playing with pattern blocks? Spring things up with these 2, kite-themed pattern block games.
I've included a full-color pattern, as well as a black & white version, so that little ones look for a shape, rather than a color.
There's also a set of pocket chart cards that show and name the pattern block shapes.
Use them to introduce the lesson, then put the cards in a center, for a "trace, draw, and place the pattern piece" activity.
Students can play "Spin to Win" with the spinner, or practice numbers as well, by rolling a dice, then referring to the poster to see what pattern block they should place on their mat. Students can play independently or with a partner.
Finally, practice synonyms with the "Soaring With Synonyms!" packet. So that you can also do this packet with younger kiddos, I've included a blank kite pattern.
They could list rhyming words, sight words, color words etc. PK students can simply do the craft.
The back of the kite can also be used for a writing prompt, or spring poem. Completed projects look awesome suspended from the ceiling in our hallway.
Studying synonyms and antonyms not only increases vocabulary, but enhances students’ writing; making it more interesting and vivid, as it gives children a better word base to choose from, so their writing is not redundant and boring, filled with over-used words like “said”, “pretty”, “went” etc.
Besides the synonym/antonym kite craftivity, the packet also includes:
48 kite word cards to play Memory Match & "I Have; Who Has?” games, plus a blank set of kite cards to program with whatever...
Black line mini kite worksheet for more synonym/antonym practice, plus a full-color, completed worksheet to use as a sample, along with synonym and antonym “definition” anchor charts plus . . .
An alphabetical, word-list poster of 70 words students can choose from to complete their kite, with background information about synonym/antonym word work, as well as a list of 290 synonym/antonym pairs.
The FREEBIE today also features kites. It's a set of alphabet cards.
I've included separate upper and lowercase letter cards, as well as ones displaying both letters.
There's also a tip list of things you can do with the cards, including playing games like Memory Match, "I Have; Who Has?" and "Kaboom!"
Well that's it for today. The wind is howling outside and making my office window rattle, the perfect background to work on my wind activities!
Wishing you a fun-filled, easy peasy breezy day.
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean
1-2-3 Come Do Some Kite Craftivities With Me
Kites is a theme that my kiddos enjoy in March. With that in mind, I created some quick, easy & fun lessons that involve kites and cover a variety of standards. I'm sharing 4 of my all-time favorites today, along with a kite-themed FREEBIE.
No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs, and since the shamrock glyph that I posted a few days ago has been so popular, I decided to create a kite one.
Glyphs are a quick, easy & interesting way to practice & assess listening & 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 an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different! Glyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students.
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.
I've also included 6, whole-group graphing extensions, so you can practice another math standard.
Next up is my latest alphabet wheel: Kk is for Kite. Dollar Deal-Alphabet Wheels, are a super-fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.
They feature 7 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black & white, as well as full-color, so that you can use a colorful one for an independent center and use the black & white pattern for a whole-group or individual word work activity, where kiddos make their own.
I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words in alphabetical order.
Next is a set of 18 print & go, “Can Do!” Common Core kite worksheets, that cover a nice variety of standards.
There are full-page patterns, as well as 2-on-a-page templates, plus an "I Spy" game cover, if you want to collate them into a little workbook for your kiddos.
Fun for your students and easy-peasy for you!
This is an interesting little something, that you can send as homework to do over spring break.
There are several options for this kite craftivity. Children can simply make a kite clock to practice digital & analog time.
You can also use this as a whole-group or individual assessment tool.
Call out a time. While sitting at their desks, children arrange the paperclips to show that time. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Students can also play the “Time Flies” kite game. After children have made their kite clocks, complete with 12-digital time “kite ties” glued to a string, (no times are put on the ties yet) they begin the game.
Students pick a partner and take turns rolling first one dice, to get the 1 to 6 O’clock times.
Whatever number they roll, is the number that they write on their analog kite clock. They also write the digital time on the appropriate digital kite tie.
When they have all 6 numbers done, they roll two dice, adding them together to get the 7-12 O’clock times.
The first one to complete their kite clock, or the one with the most times filled in when the timer rings, is the winner.
I've also included an assessment worksheet, a "special note" poster, plus 4 clock face options.
Today's FREEBIE also features a kite. It's a "High Flying With Patterns!" Game, Craft, & Whole-Group Assessment Tool.
Use as an independent math center, run off the patterns on a variety of colors of construction paper, laminate, and trim.
Punch a hole in the bottom point of the kite and add a yarn tie.
Students pick a card and show that pattern by arranging the various colored kite ties on the string.
Another option is to do this as a whole group "craftivity", allowing each child make their own kite.
You can whole-group assess, by choosing cards and having children arrange their “kite tail strips” appropriately. You’ll be able to see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Later, have students pick their favorite pattern and glue the appropriate colored kite strips to their yarn tie.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I have a few more kite activities to finish up, then it's on to some "wind stuff".
Wishing you a day filled with luscious, fresh air and happy nature-filled moments.
"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." -Hans Christian Andersen
1-2-3 Come Do Some Saint Paddy's Day Activities With Me
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so I've been busy designing a few things for that week. Today's blog features 4 of my favorites, plus the featured FREEBIE of the day.
First up is the quick, easy and fun "Pot Of Goals" writing prompt craftivity. Students complete the "goal" coin sentence prompts.
Coin Prompts: "I want to...", "I want to be...", "I want to go...", "I want to learn...", "I want to see...", "I want to read..."
Younger kiddos can dictate a one-word response, while older students also include a reason why.
So that you can program your own, I've also included a set of blank coins.
Mount on rainbow-colored construction paper, and hang in an arch in rainbow-color order, on a large wall.
Your title can be: "A Rainbow Of Wonderful Writing".
Next is a shamrock glyph, which is a super-fun little something to do on St. Paddy's Day, or whenever...
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.
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, and are also an interesting way to get to know your students; plus completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different!
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 them to try and solve the "mystery" with the least amount of questions.
I've also included 6, whole-group graphing extensions, to practice another math standard.
A Shamrock Venn Friend is also a super-fun way to get to know your students better. These too make an adorable bulletin board for March, and are a visual way to practice "comparison-contrast" writing.
Introduce the lesson with the "What's a Venn diagram?" poster, then have children partner up.
To help them do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.
Each student does their own "different" portion of their shamrock. Afterwards, the two-some glues their shamrock to the “pot of gold”, and takes turns filling in the “same” section oval, which is then glued to the top of the pot.
For that finishing touch, students color their leprechaun, add a school photograph on the leprechaun’s face, then glue it to their side of the Venn diagram.
For added fun, and to practice another standard that mixes math with literacy, I’ve also included a graphing extension.
Finally, the St. Paddy's-Themed CVC Word Packet is a personal favorite.
To break things down, the packet focuses on 100 CVC words that begin with the letters "L is for leprechaun"; "M is for March"; "P is for Patrick", and "S is for shamrock.”
The packet includes:
* A Celtic shamrock craftivity that reinforces CVC words beginning with the letter S
* A leprechaun craftivity that reinforces CVC words beginning with the letter L.
* I’ve also included dice and spinner games, plus …
* A whole-group "Feed the leprechaun” review game, with a matching, mini- independent "Feed the leprechaun" activity.
* Long and short vowel sorting mats, 5 bookmarks for CVC word writing, 26 alphabet shamrock cards, with 20 extra vowel shamrock cards, plus 4 CVC worksheets with 4 anchor chart answer keys. I've also included . . .
* 100 black & white “trace & write” CVC word cards, with covers to make Itty Bitty booklets, 100 mini-CVC word cards, and 100 full-color CVC word cards to use for flashcards, pocket charts, games, puzzles etc.
Finally, there's a "Super Shamrock Sentences” worksheet, 4-page tip list of ideas, games and activities to use the various word cards for, plus a certificate of praise for "wonderful word work."
Today's FREEBIE also has a St. Paddy's Day theme. It's a set of 16 number "strip" puzzles, which help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 10s to 100.
I've included full-color puzzles to use in a center, as well as some black and white ones, so that kiddos can make their own. They are vertical as well as horizontal.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.The sun is shining and even the tall, ugly piles of dirty snow have started to melt.
Hooray! Spring is finally on its way. Wishing you a carefree day filled with springtime fun.
"Spring: The season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth!" -Unknown