1-2-3 Study Community Helpers and Shapes With Me!
Whenever I'm working on a theme, I try to design things that cover a variety of standards.
Making a booklet featuring community helpers that would incorporate the 8 2D flat shapes, that students need to recognize, was a lot of fun.
I could have listed a lot of community helpers who work with a rectangle shape, but thought a teacher using their blackboard, was the most appropriate.
This activity will help with the Common Core State Standard:K.G.1 as well as a variety of reading standards.
Students read the sentences; trace and write the shape word, trace and draw the shape, and then cut & glue the appropriate picture to the box.
The booklet makes a nice Daily 5 activity.
Click on the link to view/download the Community Helpers Take Shape easy reader.
After I completed the 2D shape booklet, I thought it would be fun to design a community helper easy reader featuring 3D shapes.
Click on the link to view/download Community Helpers Shape Up.
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1-2-3 Come Make A Father's Day Booklet With Me
As I've stated in a previous article, daddies sometime get jipped out of a homemade gift or card for Father's Day, that their little one made in school, because many children are alreay on vacation, before that special day rolls around.
If you still have a few days or weeks left, you may want a sweet summer writing prompt for your kiddo's to work on.
This booklet makes a wonderful card for Father's Day and a nice independent activity for your Daily 5 or writing/reading center.
It's a nice review of a variety of Common Core State Standards, that students need to incorporate, as they work on their booklet.
Students use adjectives and verbs to describe their dad and then draw a picture of him.
Children can also cut out the happy Father's Day heart or the square and glue it to their paper for a bit more pizzazz.
Make this even more of a keepsake by adding a school picture.
Click on the link to view/download the My Dad, Father's Day activity.
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1-2-3 Come Make A Mother's Day "Craftivity" With Me.
It's hard to cram in making a Mother's Day gift when you have to cover so many standards every day, so I designed a writing prompt "craftivity" that covers writing standards and makes a sweet keepsake gift for mom.
The horse's head is made by tracing the child's foot with their shoe on. Simply run off the rest of the templates on brown construction paper.
Students glue the pieces together to make a quick and easy "horseshoe." I've included a little rhyme students can glue to the neck of the horse, or have older students write it themselves.
It says: "This horse's head was made by me tracing my shoe. A keepsake for Mother's Day and an I love you."
Run off the writing prompt template: How do I love you? Let me count the ways: Students think of at least 10 things they love about their mom, which includes the first one: I love playing and horsing around with you.
For more pizzazz add wiggle eyes and students' school picture. Completed projects make a cute bulletin board. Take it down and send the horses home the Friday before Mother's Day.
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1-2-3 Come Tell Time With Me!
The mustache mania continues here at TeachWithMe.com
I thought it would be fun to make a mustache telling time game; it's entitled: "I Mustache You What Time Is It?"
This packet includes recording sheets, a mustache clock spinner + a telling time matching worksheet, which you can use as an assessment for time to the hour.
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1-2-3 I Mustache You To Please Measure Stuff With Me!
I've had quite a few requests for measurement activities that will help review Common Core State Standards: K.MD.1, K.MD.2, 1.MD.1, 1.MD.2.
I thought it would be extra fun for your students to become a detective, don a mustache and scamper around the room figuring out the length, width, height etc. of a variety of things.
Simply run off the mustache ruler template on a variety of colored construction paper.
For ease of printing, I've included 2 on a page. Make sure you measure the ruler after you print it.
I made it to scale, but sometimes when printers read a scanned PDF they print it a bit smaller. Simply enlarge it a tad on your copier, so that it is exactly 10 inches.
Students trim their "stache" and do one of the measuring worksheets that you've run off.
There are 10 different measuring activities to choose from.
Several of the worksheets ask students to find and measure things, others ask them to measure their mustache with "stuff," like paperclips, unifix cubes, their thumb, etc.
I've also included a cut and glue longer or shorter comparison activity.
Students measure the objects shown on their paper and then decide if they are longer or shorter than their mustache.
They then cut and glue the representative picture to the appropriate side of their graph.
There are also 2 "measure the animal" worksheets. One is Tatum the turtle, the other Alfred the alligator.
Click on the link to view/download the I Mustache You To Measure packet.
I hope these activities measure up, and that you'll enjoy doing them as much as I did designing them.
Do you have a measurement or mustache activity you could share with us? I'd enjoy hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment below.
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1-2-3 Come Have Fun Becoming a Pirate and Writing With Me!
Since pirates continue to be an extremely popular theme, I've been working on a variety of activities this week.
I just completed these two, so if you are looking for a fun writing prompt before students leave for spring break, I think your students will enjoy making a class book entitled: Arrrr You Ready For Spring Break?
If your spring break has come and gone, you can make this booklet in May or June and have students write about what they are going to be doing over the summer.
This class book is entitled: Arrrr You Ready For Summer Vacation?
I've included insert pages for both. There's a girl pirate page, as well as one for the boys.
Students trace the beginning sentence and then complete the thought.
When they are done, they illustrate their page.
Make the book even more of a keepsake by having students glue their school picture over the face of the pirate and then color it.
Collect the pages, laminate and collate the book.
Make sure you do a sample for yourself as well.
When you read the book to your class, have each student come up and read their own page.
Making a monthly class book is a wonderful way to show student progress and are great items to set out for Parent-Teacher conferences.
Click on the link to view/print the Arrrrr You Ready spring and summer writing prompt packet.
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1-2-3, Come Slide With Me, To Study a Word Family!
My Y5's really enjoyed making "sliders." I named them that, because you slide a strip of paper through slits that then revealed something in the cut out "window."
I made sliders for lots of my report card standards: upper and lowercase letters, numbers, skip counting, counting backwards, shapes, colors, word wall words etc.
A slider was an especially successful way for my students to actually see, how a word family operated.
They liked seeing new words appear, as they slid their letter strip up and down.
To make a slider, simply run off the templates on construction paper. Students cut out and assemble.
Add pizzazz to their chick with wiggle eyes, a 3D beak, a yellow feather atop the head, and by folding the wings forward.
I added that finishing touch to the bunny, with wiggle eyes and a pink pom pom nose. Students can also glue a cotton ball to the back for a fluffy bunny tail.
Sliders are a wonderful way for discovering words that your students are not familiar with.
Add these to the vocabulary-building activities included in the packet like this sweet -ick ending word dictionary.
I often built vocabulary for a variety of themes and word families via a dictionary.
I've included a cover for both the -ick chick word family slider, as well as the bunny -op word family slider.
I hope your students LOVE learning new words as much as I do! One of my favorite things about the internet is the unbelievable amount of information available at the click of some keys.
While I was researching ick and op ending words I learned a few new ones I didn't know: snick, strop and swop!
There's also a worksheet in each slider packet, where students trace and then write the word family words in alphabetical order.
Because I thought it would be slick for students to skip count with their chick, I also included skip counting strips for 2's. 3's, 5's and 10's.
Click on the link to view/download the chick ick word family and skip counting sliders.
Click on the link to view/download the -op word family bunny slider packet.
If you like these spring sliders, you'll probably want to take a look at the sheep slider, featuring -eep Da -eap word family words. Click on the link to view/download it.
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1-2-3- Have Fun Writing About Goals With Me
Pot of Goals is a fun "craftivity" March writing prompt, that reinforces Common Core State Standards: L.K.2a, L.K.2b, RF.K.3d, RF.K.1c, RF.1.1a, L.1.2b
Simply run off the templates on construction paper.
Students complete the "goal" coin sentences and add their reasons why.
Remind students to use appropriate capitalization, end punctuation and spacing, when they write their goals on the coins.
Lay out a selection of large construction paper, in the colors of the rainbow. Only have enough paper so that all of it will be chosen, and you'll have a sampling of every color.
Students cut out their pot and coins, and glue them to the construction paper.
Hang the completed pots, in rainbow color order, on a large wall. Your title can be: A Rainbow Of Wonderful Writing.
For a bit more pizzazz, have students write their names in rainbow colors, add a school photo + gold and silver glitter.
Click on the link to view/download the March writing prompt: St. Patrick's Day Pot of Goals.
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1-2-3's, ABC's, and Shapes Via The Mail
Woo Hoo! This is my 500th blog article! Hope you enjoy it.
I love making up special alphabet, number and shape cards for each month.
I think it helps students stay interested and focussed if they come in the first of every month and see a seasonal change that brightens up your room and adds variety to the "same-old- same-old"...
My Y5's loved going to the post office to mail their Valentines. It was a fun way for me to cover that information, and just a few blocks walk from our school.
With that in mind, I wanted to dream up some cards involving envelopes. I thought letters of the alphabet and letters in an envelope was a cute idea, thus Letter Letters, Number Letters and Shape Letters were born.
Number Letters covers the Common Core State Standards: RF.K.3c, K.CC.4a, K.CC.4b, K.CC.4c, K.OA.5,K.CC.6 and is a fun way to review counting, number words, simple addition and subtraction as well as greater and less than.
It includes a blank set for you to program with whatever...+ math symbols: < > + - = so students can make equations and solve them.
I've also included 2-pages of tips of what to do with the cards, including games.
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Letter Letters can be used as a border or laminate, cut them up into puzzles and use them to play games.
This packet includes a blank sheet for you to program with whatever...+ a cover so students can make an Itty Bitty Booklet, as well as 3-pages of tips of what to do with the cards.
Finally, Shape Letters is a delightful way to review these 11 2-D shapes: circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, heart, star and crescent.
The packet helps reinforce colors and color words as well. Remind students that these are two-dimensional shapes and lie in a plane or "flat."
Put them on the wall as a border, or run off a set for your students and have them write the shape word and then trace and color the shape.
You can also laminate them, cut them up and make them into puzzles. Students match the word to its shape.
Pass them out to students and give spatial directions: "Put your shape over, under, between, behind, beside, left-right, etc."
If you do the above, you'll be covering Common Core State Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, K.G.3
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1-2-3 Count Coins With Me!
I always did my coin unit in February. It made sense to me (no pun intended) because it was Washington and Lincoln’s birthday month and they are on 2 of the coins we had to learn to identify.
I decided to combine coins with penguins, as that’s a popular theme that many study in January, thus Cent-sational Penguins was born.
The Cent-sational Penguin packet will help you with Common Core State Standards: RF.K3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a, 1.OA.5, RF.K.3a, RI.K.7, RI.K.10
It’s an easy and fun way to review a variety of math and reading standards in a short amount of time.
Students trace and write the coin word and its value. They also circle the capital letters, add end punctuation, as well as color, cut and glue the matching coins.
There are additional writing opportunities, as students think of alliterative nouns and verbs to complete the last sentences.
The packet includes:
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