1-2-3 Come Make Some "Paper Love" With Me
I really enjoy designing things that will get even my most reluctant writers excited about writing.
With that in mind, I made this very versatile, quick, easy & super-fun writing prompt craftivity. The "envelope" unfolds to reveal a "secret message" or "love note" that can be used for:
* Valentine’s Day (Great for a party day activity.)
* Mother’s Day
* Father’s Day
* Grandparents Day
* Volunteer or Veteran’s Day “Thank You! We Appreciate You!” notes
* “Get Well” or sympathy notes for an ill or grieving classmate
* “Just a Note” to a friend OR… Whatever else you may think of.
If your kiddos are like mine, they will absolutely LOVE making these, so be prepared and run off extra copies for early finishers, and students who ask to “Please…” make another one.
Woo Hoo! They are that addicting & fun; plus “print & go” easy-peasy for you.
I think one of the reasons they are so popular, is that the envelope unfolds to be a heart-shaped message.
I added the 4, “Confidential”, “Top Secret!” & “For Your Eyes Only” labels, to add to the fun.
Nothing like writing a “secret” message to get students excited about writing.
Works for many age groups — from preschool (who can draw a picture and dictate a sentence, or simply write “I love you”) all the way to upper elementary, who can use the blank template.
Great for Daily 5 or your writing block, and simple as a generic lesson for your “Sub Tub” too.
There are 8 graphic options on the front of the “envelope”. These templates come in a horizontal AND vertical pattern.
For PK kiddos, demonstrate how to fold the “envelope” with “monkey see - monkey do”, step-by-step directions. Even my 3-year-old grandson had fun making several.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping in.
Much to do today, as one of our 8 grandchildren is celebrating their 1st birthday this weekend. Wishing you an "ed-venture" - filled day.
"Let all that you do be done in love." -1 Corinthians 16:14
1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For "Polar Bear What Do You Hear?"
Bill Martin's ”Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” is one of my Y5s all-time favorite stories.
With that in mind, I just finished designing some quick, easy and fun activities children can transition to after you read the tale. I'm featuring 3 on the blog today.
First up is a story wheel craftivity, which is an interesting and simple way to assess comprehension and practice the sequencing and retelling a story standards.
There are full color patterns to use for centers, plus a black and white pattern so your students can make their own.
When everyone is done with their story wheel, have children pick a partner, and take turns retelling the story.
We sometimes do this with our older "reading buddies".
As a comprehension-assessment tool, and for fine motor practice, another option is to make the “Polar Bear Pie Puzzles”, which have BW & color templates.
In order to practice a variety of standards, there are 5 different puzzle-base options.
Simply choose which is most appropriate for your kiddos.
There's also a writing prompt worksheet, where students write what happened in the story, which will further check comprehension and reinforce chronological writing.
Next up is the "Polar Bear What Do You Hear?" SOUND packet.
Because the characters in the story hear different sounds, the tale is perfect for explaining onomatopoeia & reinforcing the 5 senses.
Since most of my students have never heard the sound of these animals, I’ve included links to real animals roaring, hissing, snorting etc. (One for each animal in the story!)
My kiddos absolutely LOVE this activity, and are truly amazed how animals “speak”.
The packet also includes:
* 3 writing prompt worksheets.
If your students are like mine, even your most reluctant writers will enjoy contributing their page to 3 class-made books.
1. “Animals Animals What Would You Like To Hear?”
( Fill-in-the-blanks & illustrate worksheet page).
2. “Chit Chat With The Animals”
( If a _______ (animal) could talk what are some things they might say?” Color-me worksheet pages featuring a variety of animals for children to choose from).
Younger students can dictate or write one simple sentence, encourage older students to do a bit of research on their animal and write sentences that incorporate that information. "The zookeeper measured me today and I weigh 5 tons and an 11 feet tall."
3. “Children Children What Do You Like To Hear?”
(When it comes to awesome sounds, here’s a list of my top ten favorites: color-me worksheet pages). Includes girl & boy options.
Completed work makes a wonderful bulletin board.
I've included 3 posters to use for the center of your displays.
Later, add the covers to make class-made books, which are great for parent-teacher conferences. There's also . . .
* A set of puzzle cards where students match the animal section to the sound section. Fun for Daily 5 word work, or a vocabulary-building activity.
* 2 graphing extensions.
* A set of pocket chart cards, which helps reinforce the onomatopoetic vocabulary in the story.
Make an extra set for an independent center activity, where students match the sound card to the animal/zookeeper card.
These can also be passed out prior to reading the story.
As you read “Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” the child holding that card brings it up and places it on your flannel or white board.
Afterwards, pass the animal cards out and see if children can arrange them in the correct sequence of the story. Grab that teachable moment to practice ordinal numbers.
* I’ve also included a mini-set of the cards for “Memory Match” & “I Have; Who Has?” games. Children can sort, sequence & alphabetize these smaller cards, as well as use them to make up sentences.
Toss them into a container and have children choose an animal card then make that noise, or choose a sound card and tell which animal made that noise.
Finally, the farm unit, is one of our preschoolers favorites, so I wrote “Farmer Farmer What Do You Hear?” as a fun, parody-like writing prompt, for them to transition to after we read “Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” Instead of wild animals, this story features animals on the farm.
Even beginning writers will enjoy filling in the blanks, then illustrating their page for a sweet class-made book. PK kiddos can simply dictate their answers.
Completed projects also make an adorable bulletin board. I’ve included a poster for the center of your display.
Later, collate the pages and add the cover to make the booklet, which is perfect for parent-teacher conferences.
Besides the class book, I’ve also included an emergent reader.
There are 3, BW options, making it suitable for PK kiddos as well as kindergarten and first grade, or to diversify within your classroom.
The featured FREEBIE today is a cute "5 Senses" anchor chart poster. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm watching 2 of our 8 grandchildren today, so it's time to switch to my "Nana hat"; we're going to make Valentines.
Wishing a day filled to the brim with blessings.
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." - Doug Larson
1-2-3 Come Do Some Groundhog Day Activities With Me
Do you read ”Who Will See Their Shadow This Year?” by Jerry Pallotta?
It’s one of my students’ favorite Groundhog Day stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun ”Who Will See Their Shadow?” “slider” craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in chronological order.
The gist: A variety of animals are sick of winter and anxious for spring. Since the groundhog is sleeping, they wonder if they can make it come sooner by seeing their shadows.
Each one takes a turn, causing all kinds of weather from a hurricane to a tornado, which makes this a great story to review all kinds of weather with your kiddos as well.
There are 3 outside slider options to choose from. Pick your favorite or give children a choice.
There are also 2 slider strip options: one with just the animal graphics, and the other with the animals and their weather word.
For example, when the chicken saw her shadow it rained; when the polar bear saw his shadow there was a blizzard.
Students color the animals on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various animal characters go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Even if you don't have time for everyone to make a slider, make one for yourself, as it's a great tool for reviewing a story.
I introduce the lesson by reading the book ”Who Will See Their Shadow?”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included full-color patterns.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
I have them guess which animal character they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Shadow” storytelling slider of their own.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
I’ve included a “Let’s sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.
There’s also a, “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, (BW & color) as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions.
Today's featured FREEBIE also has a Groundhog theme.
Click the link for the quick, easy & fun "Fickle Phil" Groundhog Day lunch bag craft.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. I hear the snowplows zipping up and down the roads, sure wouldn't want that "way too early" morning job.
Wishing you a prosperous day.
"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Writing Prompt Crafts With Me
With that in mind, I designed several craftivities that you can transition to after reading the tale. I'm featuring two of my latest creations on the blog today.
First up is my "Jacket Packet", which includes 4 writing prompt options for older students, as well as 2 jacket patterns, so little ones can also do the craft.
* One jacket pattern is generic, which students can color, or you can run off on a variety of colors of construction paper.
* The other jacket looks like the one in “The Jacket I Wear In The Snow” story.
Pick a jacket or give children a choice, then choose a “lining” for your craft.
There are 5 options, plus a blank version to dream up something else.
* The first “lining” has pictures of the story elements in chronological order, which is a fun way for students to practice the “retell a story” standard.
* The other 4 “linings” are writing prompts.
Students cut the jacket on the dashed line, then glue just the sleeves, to the “lining” creating a booklet, when flipped open reveals the pictures or one of these writing prompts:
1. “Here’s what happened…” (Checks comprehension. Can be written as a “beginning, middle, end” prompt, or as a “sequential list” of what happened, or as a “paragraph of summary”.)
2. “The jacket I wear in the snow is…” option: (Descriptive writing, adjective practice).
Children write about what their favorite thing to do in the snow is, then draw a picture underneath.
4. “When I’m all bundled up for winter I like to…” option: (Longer, expanded, can also be a list.)
Children write about all of the things that they enjoy doing when they play in the snow.
Because they are very different, you can do the “retell the story” picture jacket, as well as the generic jacket with a writing prompt.
Possibly one for class and another for “early finishers” a fun homework assignment, or tuck in your "sub tub".
* Besides the black and white options, I’ve also included full color, plus my samples, so teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board or hallway-wall display. I’ve included several posters to use for the center of your display.
Finally, since my storytelling "sliders" are such a hit, I also made one for "The Jacket I Wear In The Snow", which will help your students retell the story in chronological order.
Because I've become quite the clip art collector, there are 5 outside slider versions to choose from. I LOVE options and thought you might too.
Pick your favorite or give children a choice. Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
I’ve included a “Let’s “sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.
There’s also 2, “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheets, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions.
Completed projects look terrific dangling from the ceiling, or as a border in the hallway.
Well that's it for today, it's snowing once again, and I'm finding it difficult to break my reclusive habits; as I'd much rather be snuggly and warm crafting away, than braving the outdoors.
Wishing you a delightful day filled with memorable moments.
Happy Year of the ROOSTER!
“One year goes by taking with it a set of hopes and aspirations. Another year comes in with bundles of new opportunities to relive your dreams and realize your goals. “ -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Clothing Activities With Me
This “getting dressed for winter” - themed packet, is jam-packed with all sorts of quick, easy & fun activities, which practice a variety of standards.
There are easy-peasy activities for PK, as well as more challenging "Print & Go" ones for K-1st, which makes it simpe to mix & match to fit the various levels in your class.
The packet includes:
* Label the winter wear “color me” worksheets, with matching full-color posters for the teacher.
* Picture cards to practice sequencing, ordinal numbers and the correct order to put things on. Can be used as a poster, center or game. Has matching BW bookmark.
* "Color Me" ordinal number, fill-in-the-blank (boy & girl) worksheets, with full-color posters for the teacher. I've also included an ordinal number, whole-group assessment.
* Picture & word cards for an ordinal number game.
* A graphing extension.
* 3 Emergent Reader Booklets:
1. ”Let’s Go! Let’s Play In The Snow!” is packed with lots of Dolch sight words. Practices ordinal numbers.
There’s a full color teacher’s edition plus 2, BW options for students: a “color me” one, plus a “color, cut & glue” version.
2. “Wintry Colors” With lots more Dolch sight words. Students read the simple sentences; add end punctuation, trace, write & color the color words, then color the picture.
3. “My Winter Clothes” is my personal favorite, as it makes a sweet keepsake. Students complete the sentences by filling in the blanks with the color of their clothing, then coloring the pictures to match.
I've included a matching “Let’s Go!” label-me poster worksheet option.
As your kiddos get ready to go out for recess, snap their picture and then print them off, so that they can trim & glue to their worksheet and label it.
As you can see by my samples, these turn out absolutely adorable, which makes for a sweet bulletin board. There's also . . .
* A variety of worksheets which practice: contractions, plurals, alphabetical order, word recognition, compound words that begin with snow, ordinal numbers & color words.
* 2 sets of pocket chart-size, picture-word cards for winter clothing. Use on your word wall, as flashcards, or cut in half to make puzzles.
* Word games:
word scramble worksheet, winter clothing word search, “How many words can you make using the letters in jacket?” game, with a colorful 15-word answer key.
* 8, colorful “Dress the Child” cards, with a variety of outfits. There are 4 boy & 4 girl options which cover various ethnicities.
My Y5s absolutely LOVE this independent center.
Use the matching BW options as a color, cut & glue worksheet.
* A set of colorful clothing cards for sequencing, patterning, & Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” games.
* 8, color-me “In the winter I wear…” writing prompt bookmarks
* 12, clothing word cards to use for more games, with a “Write a Sentence” worksheet.
* Colorful “Winter-Summer Clothing Sort” center game, with matching BW worksheets.
* 10 sets of colorful clothing cards (red, orange, yellow, etc.) with matching word cards and sorting mats.
Use for sorting, patterning, and a variety of games. Mix & match with the “Colorful Mittens” and “Colorful Hats” for more card options.
* A set of “trace, write & place” Elkonin box cards for an independent center; with 2 matching worksheets.
* 21, “Dressed for Winter” number puzzles, which practice counting forwards (1-20), backwards, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s. One set comes in BW so children can color, cut and make their own; the other set is different and in full-color so you can use them for an independent center activity.
I’ve also included some tips, tricks and posters to help motivate your students to want to get dressed as quickly as possible, saving your sanity and precious teaching time.
There are also 3 snowman posters to use in your bulletin board displays of student work.
Woo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today, which are both from the jumbo "Winter Clothing Activities" packet.
The first one is a set of boy & girl "Color-me" number posters which will help reinforce sequencing numbers and counting from 1-20.
The other FREEBIE is the "This is how we get ready!" poster. Reviewing these steps with my Y5s was a HUGE help in getting them independent.
Although many valiantly try, only to waste more time taking things off and retrieving a stuck boot in a pant leg. Some just stand there totally befuddled. I hope you find the poster useful and have as much success as I've had with it.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The only good thing about the rainy weather today, is that it will hopefully wash away all the dirty, ugly snow blobs left here and there. I am so looking forward to spring and some much-needed, and energizing sunshine! Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." -Hal Borland