1-2-3 Come Make An Alpha Tree With Me
Are you a fan of Pinterest? It's the first place I go now, if I'm looking for some inspiration. While popping around looking for autumn ideas, I came across this darling letter tree by Brooke over at Blissful Roots, which she made for her son's room, using scrapbook paper and die cuts.
It was my inspiration for creating two classroom alpha trees. You can easily make them to use as a center or game, to help reinforce upper and lowercase letters. There are several ways to make and use the alpha trees.
#1. Run off the bare trees on white construction paper. (There are 7 to choose from.) Give students a choice.
Using fall-colored stamp pads, have students make 26 “leaves” with their fingerprints. Set aside to dry.
Using a black marker, children write either the upper or lowercase letters on each one of their fingerprints.
For a review game, give students a piece of candy corn to use as a manipulative, and then play “I Spy!” Choose a student to call out a letter. Children place their piece of candy corn over that letter “leaf” then raise their hand. This is a quick and easy way to whole group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
#2. Instead of making fingerprint leaves, use sticker dots. You or your students can write the letters on the dots.
#3. Besides sticker dots, you could also run off the blank squares template, on a variety of fall colors of construction paper. Give students a strip of each color and have them write letters on the construction paper squares. They snip and glue to their alpha tree. Or...
#4. Use the colorful letter "leaf" tiles that I’ve provided and run off the uppercase letters. Students trim, sort into color piles, then arrange the letter tiles on their tree. When they are satisfied with the look, they glue the letter "leaves" down. Also give each child a set of lowercase letter tiles to trim.
They use these as manipulatives to cover the matching uppercase letter leaves on their tree. This can be set up as an independent center, or whole group activity. If you do this as a whole group, children can take their letter leaves home in a Snack Baggie to continue to play at home.
#5. So that you can play the game two different ways, assemble and laminate several sets of uppercase trees, with lowercase tiles, and lowercase trees with uppercase tiles. Use these as independent centers for center time, early finishers, or to send home with a struggling child, to be returned later.
#6. I’ve also included a set of blank color tiles, as another option. Use this template if you want your kiddos to have more writing practice. Students write the letters inside the colored "leaf" squares, trim, and then glue to their tree.
#7. If you’d like to turn this into a cute keepsake craftivity, have students pick a partner, so they can trace each other’s hand and arm on a sheet of brown construction paper. Remind them to spread their fingers (these will be the branches of their “tree”) and keep their arm straight, as this becomes the tree trunk. Children trim and glue to a large sheet of blue construction paper.
#8. If you don’t have time to make your own alpha trees, I’ve included completed ones. Simply print, glue to a sheet of fall-colored construction paper, laminate and trim.
#9. Children can also play "Speed". Have students pick a partner and see who can match their letter tiles the fastest.
#10. Another thing you can do is to print, laminate and trim extra sets of both upper and lowercase letter leaf tiles. Keep each set in their own separate Snack Baggie. Children sequence the tiles putting them in alphabetical order.
Click on the link to view/download the alpha tree packet.
This packet will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be up-dated and placed in Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop.
In keeping with my latest endeavor to post an oldie, but goodie for TBT (Throw Back Thursday) click on the link for the leaf alphabet cards.
I've also included separate upper and lowercase letter cards, so that you can use them as a fall border, or for games like Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" There's a tip list of suggestions.
Besides letters, you can review shapes with the easy reader booklet, The Shapes On My Tree. Students trace and write the shape words, then draw that shape on their tree.
Finally, I used the same tree template (I like when things match) for the Counting Leaves packet, which helps reinforce a variety of standards.
As with the shape booklet, you can fun off copies for each student, or print, laminate and use for a math center.
Students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words, then place/glue that many leaves on the tree. I've included 4 different leaf tiles for you to choose from.
Thanks for visiting. Time to rush off to my next project, on a way too long list of things to accomplish today. Wishing you a stress-free day.
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." -Henry Ford
1-2-3 Come Make A Multi-Purpose Scarecrow With Me
Since there are so many standards on our plates these days, there never seems to be enough time for everything, let alone a fun seasonal craft that we know our students would enjoy. That's why I spend so much time designing hands-on "craftivities" that revolve around all sorts of standards.
Because it's so comprehensive, it took me several days to complete this Common Core scarecrow, and even more hours to make a sample of all 11 scarecrows, but it was time well spent, as they turned out so cute, are easy for your kiddos to make, and reinfore the following:
Upper and lowercase letters, vowels, sc blend, beginning s sounds, matching words with pictures, numbers 0-30, odd and even, skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s & 10s, shapes, telling time, colors, contractions, number words, color words, compound words, CVC words, and rhyming words.
Completed projects make a wonderful fall bulletin board, or look sweet hanging back-to-back from the ceiling.
To make this extra special, fold a sheet of white construction paper, have students trace their hand and then cut once, to get two hand prints for their scarecrow's "gloves". I ran yellow construction paper through a shredder to make the "hair".
Run off the scarecrow's body templates on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students trim and glue together.
For more fine motor practice, cut yellow rectangles with a paper cutter. Have students snip the bottom portion and glue the "hay" to the back of the scarecrow's pant legs, then crumple.
I purposely made these patterns super simple to cut out, but if you think this is too much for PK kiddos, have a room helper trace once and then cut 3-6 shirts and pants out at a time, leaving just the head for preschoolers to cut out.
There's a blank head so children can draw their own scarecrow face, as well as a completed template for little ones to color.
Students make their scarecrow and then trim and glue on the appropriate patches. The vowel scarecrow is especially versatile, as it not only covers vowels, but shapes and colors too.
For extra practice, when everyone is done, play an "I Spy" game and give students a piece of candy corn to use as a manipulative. Choose a student to call out a "patch".
Children locate that letter, number, shape or whatever, cover it with the candy corn, and then raise their hand.
This is a fun way to practice and review standards, as well as a quick and easy way to whole group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
I've also included blank patches for you to fill in with whatever, plus ideas and templates to use the number, letter and shape scarecrows for matching games.
i.e. match the lowercase patches to the uppercase letters; match the number word patches to the numbers; and/or match the shapes to the shape words.
For more scarecrow-themed letter fun, click on the link for a set of scarecrow alphabet cards.
The following scarecrows are wonderful for vocabulary building and Daily 5 word work: Carl is the Compound words scarecrow; (Click on the link for an alphabetical list of over 3,000 compound words.)
Connie, is a contraction action scarecrow; (With an alphabetical list of 72 contractions)
Sam, is a scarecrow that loves 37, 3-letter words that begin with S; (CVC practice!)
Scott, is the SC blend scarecrow, with a list of 50 words. The packet also includes an entire SC blend section, with lots more activities.
Sophie, is a scarecrow with 47-picture patches, for simple words starting with the letter S.
For a quick review, I've also included 4, Ss word, picture posters.
Rodney, is the Rhyme Time scarecrow, with 56 words that rhyme with scare and a list of 274 words that rhyme with crow.
Write the words that rhyme with scare on the front of Rodney, and have children choose some words that rhyme with crow and write them on the back.
In the sample, I chose 24-scare rhyming words and wrote them on the shirt, and then wrote an equal amount of words that rhyme with crow, on the pants. The alphabetical lists include rhyming words that start with every letter except U & X. I chose one of each.
Finally, the number scarecrow, has several options and serves double duty. There are number patches from 0-30, which I traced in a variety of colors.
You can make Odd Todd and Even Steven scarecrows (front and back) or put the odd numbers on the top and the even numbers on the bottom. (See photo.)
For more math number practice, I've also included skip counting patches. Children can skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's. There are matching worksheets in the packet as well, along with number cards, plus number puzzles in color & black and white.
For more odd and even scarecrow number fun, click on the link to practice numbers from 1-120, in the Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch packet.
If your kiddos are familiar with that concept, but need to work on matching numbers to their number words, use the Norman & Nancy number scarecrow patterns, with numbers 0-10, along with their matching number word patches.
Glue the numbers on the shirt and the number words on the pants. For more practice, have students write the words above their matching number patch.
Click on the link to view/download the "craftivity" portion of the Common Core Scarecrow Packet.
This section will be FREE for an entire year! After that, you can pick up the whopping 184-page jumbo packet in my TpT shop for just $5.95. Click on the link for Patches, The Standard Scarecrow Craftivities packet to pop on over.
Thanks for visiting today. I need to unclutter my brain, so we're off to a nearby fall festival. It's a beautiful autumn-weather day, if the rain just holds out for awhile.
"If stars can shine with darkness, so can you." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet Activities With Me
Lorraine, over in Texas, has 3 cats. Her love for them spills over into her preschool classroom, as she has a cat theme going on. Pete the Cat stories are some of her favorites. She also collects the seasonal alphabet cards I design, using them in her ABC center. Mrs. K wondered if I had time to make some alphabet cards with cats.
Since I was already putzing with the "Cool Cat" packets, it was perfect timing! Do you decorate your room with a cat-theme? Do your kiddos enjoy Pete the Cat stories? If so, I think you'll like this alpha cat packet.
The packet includes separate upper and lowercase letters that are purr-fect for Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games.
There's also a set of cards with both the upper and lowercase letter on them. Cut them up to make puzzles, or run off a set for each student. They color, trim, collate and add a cover to make an Itty Bitty ABC booklet.
The packet also includes an upper and lowercase letter assessment mat, recording sheets, plus matching upper to lowercase letter worksheets.
For easy printing, there are 2 different worksheets on a page. Simply cut them in half to use for table top lessons, morning work, something for your sub folder, or for "early finishers" to work on. Send them home with struggling students for extra practice, or as homework if your district requires that.
I've also included 2 trace and write the letter worksheets. (One for uppercase letters, the other for lowercase.) There's a 3-page tip list of ideas for using the cards, plus a Kaboom game as well.
Click on the link to view/download the Alpha Cat packet. Thanks for visiting today.
I'm off to a huge "It's all about kids" consignment sale. With 4 wonderful grandsons and a baby girl on the way, I'll be in search of "pinkalicious" stuff, toys, books and whatever else I just have to have... Hope your day is as exciting.
"Think less. Do more." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Make Some Sliders With Me
I enjoy designing "sliders." They are a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess all sorts of standards. I gave them the name "sliders" because students trace the numbers or letters on the strip of paper.
The teacher chooses students to call out a letter/number and then everyone slides their strip of paper 'til that letter/number shows in the "window" of their slider. Since this is like an "I Spy" game, students really enjoy sliders, and teachers can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Because I've been making some activities to go with Pete the Cat, I decided to create a cat slider. One turned into 4 and there went my day...
You can choose the cat for your students, or give them a choice. Run the cat patterns off on blue construction paper (for a Pete the Cat one) and have students trim, or run them off on white construction paper and have students color their cat.
To add a bit more pizzazz to the blue construction paper cats, I've included patterns for little tennis shoes. Run them off on white paper. Students trim and glue to the appropriate cat.
Cutting out the cats, can be a bit tricky, so I would not do this option for really little ones. Instead, use the smaller cat patterns, with the dashed lines, and run off on white paper.
Younger kiddos can easily follow the lines and get some cutting practice in, but are not overwhelmed with twisting and turning their scissors.
Since the blue ones turned out especially cute, you may want to make a set of your own and laminate them. After students have found the letter/shape/number that is called out for the "I Spy" game, and everyone's hand is raised, you can hold up your cat and ask: "Is this letter/shape/number showing on your cat?"
Students make adjustments, so you are reinforcing the correct answer, without having to take the time to individually correct a struggling student, or embarrass them.
There are "sliders" for upper and lowercase letters, numbers, counting backwards from 10-0, shapes and skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
Pick the slider for the standard that you want to practice, run them off and trim on a paper cutter. You could also reuse the sliders and review another standard, with a different slider on another day.
For more teachable moments, review patterns or odd and even numbers, by having students choose 2 or 3 colors of crayons or markers and trace the letters/numbers in an ABAB or ABC pattern. (I did this in my samples, so be sure and look at the photographs closely. )
To review shapes, I'd suggest using the cat head pattern. Children color the shapes on their slider, which will then become the "nose" of the cat when they slide the strip into that position. I think they turned out pretty cute if I do say so for myself.
Click on the link to view/download the Cat Slider packet. I hope it's simply "purr-fect" for Pete the Cat or any other cat-themed activities you have going on.
Thanks for visiting. The chill is in the air today and really feels like fall. Time for a brisk walk with my pup Chloe, to help get energized.
"Your current safe boundaries, were once unknown frontiers." -Anonymous
1-2-3 Come Make Two Apple Games With Me
Do your students do centers or stations? Are you looking for some easy-peasy ones to whip off? LaVonne from New York, and Kathy from Wisconsin, were.
They e-mailed me and asked if I had any independent centers with an apple theme. LaVonne was looking for an alphabet one, and Kathy needed one for number words. It was fun designing their requests. I hope you enjoy them too.
Here's a quick, easy and fun ABC game that you can make for an independent alphabet center, which will help reinforce upper and lowercase letter recognition.
Simply run off the uppercase letter apple templates on red, yellow and light green construction paper; add a bit of color, laminate and trim.
I used these three colors, because my Y5's are learning that apples come in 3 colors. Students can also sequence the apple cards and see the ABC color pattern.
So that students can insert the matching lowercase worms, use an Exacto knife to cut a slit to the right of each letter.
As with the apples, run the lowercase letter worms off on (green) construction paper; add a bit of color, laminate and trim.
Students insert the lowercase worm into its matching uppercase apple.
Keep the apples and worms separate, in small Ziplock Baggies, and then put both Baggies in one larger one. Place in your alphabet center.
To make this self-correcting, write the lowercase letter on the back of the apple, or the uppercase letter on the back of the worm.
I've included a certificate of praise that you can give to students when they have successfully completed the center. They can color and take it home to share with their family.
Make a few extra copies of the game to send home with struggling children, to be returned when they have mastered the standard.
This Wormy Apple Alphabet Matching Game will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be up-dated and put in Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop.
Finally, the other center game I made reinforces numbers 0-10 and their matching number words.
There are several ways to play the game, as well as some worksheets to further reinforce number to word recognition. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Number Word Fun packet.
Thanks for visiting today. It's rather hot and muggy outside so I'm enjoying the air conditioning. Time to work up a sweat doing a bit of housework and laundry, or not...
I'm wishing you a refreshing day.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Apple Activities With Me...
I know that I said I was done designing apples for awhile, but I found a few more notes while cleaning off my desk, and one thing led to another, 'til 4 mini apple packets were knocked off. I hope you enjoy them. The desk is cleared and just waiting to be filled with all sorts of other fall fun . . . where to begin?
I always get a few requests for some worksheets that connect-the-dots for a variety of things. Raesha, from Arizona, wondered if I had any connect the dots with skip counted numbers.
She's reviewing skip counting by 5's and 10's with her firsties and thought these would be fun.
I chose an apple theme for my template and included numbers from 0-10, as well as numbers from 0-30, plus apples for skip counting by 5's and then 10's.
Since I had the template designed, I also made a connect the dots for uppercase letters and another for the lowercase letters. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Connect The Dots packet.
Another request came from Rachel, over in Wisconsin. She wanted a quick and easy way to whole-group assess a variety of standards, to see where her kinders are at.
My favorite way to whole-group assess is with an "I Spy!" game. I designed these with an apple theme. Students spy uppercase letters, lowercase letters, shapes, and numbers.
They trace the letter/shape/number called, and then raise their hand. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Students enjoy this form of assessment, and you know where the majority of your students are, without a whole lot of time invested testing.
Another plus for these worksheet-games, is that students can take them home and use them several more times, as they play with their parents, continuing to reinforce standards in a fun way.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple-Themed "I Spy" packet.
I continued to reinforce name recognition with my Y5's through October, and tried to think of a variety of ways for them to practice finding and writing their names. With a big apple unit in September, it seemed only fitting to do something with apples.
Print a copy of the apple name game template and then write your students' names on the inside.
I also include my own name, so that I had a sample to share and show, as I explained what I wanted my kiddos to do.
Every year some of my little ones were amazed that I had a first name (Diane). They simply thought of me as their teacher Mrs. Henderson.
I guess it was sort of like asking the question: "What's your mom's name?" To which most of them would reply: "Mommy." :-)
Students find and circle their name, write it on the bottom and then, because I was teaching them that apples came in three colors, I'd have them trace their apples with those 3 color markers or crayons. Completed projects make a cute bulletin board. ("The Apples Of Mrs. Henderson's Eyes!" )
I've also included an apple card template for you to use as name tags and/or games. Print a few copies of the apple card master; write your students's names on one set and then run off on yellow construction paper.
Print another set on white card stock and trim. Each child colors their own apple and then glues their photo in the middle. Collect, laminate and trim. Use the photo apple cards with the name apple cards, to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
You could also put both sets of apple cards on a split ring and use them as flashcards, to help your students learn the names of their classmates, as well as how to read their names. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Name Game packet.
Finally, I made some apple puzzles, that make an easy and inexpensive little gift for the 1st week of school, or whenever.
I've included 3 different header cards for your treat Baggies, as well as a black and white template, so that your students can color their own puzzle.
When they are done, have them cut out their puzzle, mix up the pieces and challenge them to be the first one to complete their apple puzzle.
I've also included a blank template to help young students easily put their puzzle together. Click on the link to view/download the apple puzzle packet.
Thanks for visiting today. The sunshine is calling and I'm happily answering. See you later apple-gator.
"We can teach from experience, but we cannot teach experience." -Sasha Azevedo
1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Alphabet Activities With Me
If you've been following the various blog articles for "apple week" you know that I've covered apple art, apple science, and apple math. (Simply scroll down to grab all of those FREEBIES in the articles that follow.) It seemed only fitting to design some Apple Alphabet Activities... Wow! Try to say that alliterative tongue twister three times. Any hoo, you've come to the right place if you're looking for some apple-themed activities that help students practice their alphabet skills.
You've probably seen all the wonderful clothespin matching games all over Pinterest. They were my inspiration for this upper and lowercase letter apple game.
Whenever I design something, I make samples, so that I not only have a photo of what a completed project looks like, but as a way to jot down specific steps, so you can easily follow my directions. Making something, also irons out any kinks I may run across that I can share, so things run smoothly for you.
The big one here is to clip your clothespins onto the apple BEFORE you write the letters on the tips. I learned that the hard way. Because my Y5's are just learning letters, they are easily confused when the thing they are matching doesn't look exactly like the mate.
By clipping the clothespins first, you are able to write the letters in the proper direction. As you can see by the photo, sometimes the letter needs to be written vertically on the clothespin, other times horizontally You also won't have any letters appearing upside down when a child clips them.
Here's another TIP: When I got the uppercase set done, I thought it would be a good idea to write the lowercase letters on the back, so that there were several ways to play the alphabet apple game (uppercase to lowercase, as well as lowercase to lowercase etc.) So that children aren't confused, write the uppercase letters using a different color permanent marker, than the lowercase letters.
This will be easy for students to sort, and see which side they should be using for whatever game you want them to practice. Click on the link to view/download the wonderful fine motor skill game: apple alphabet clothespins.
While I was making the numbered apples from 1-100, in yesterday's article, it was easy to use that same template to make apple alphabet cards. (I really like when things match!) There's a set that shows the upper and lowercase letters on each apple, as well as a set with just the uppercase letters, and another for the lowercase letters.
Use them as a border, flashcards, and for a variety of games. I've included a tip list of ideas. Click on the link to view/download the apple alphabet cards.
I've had quite a few requests for simple alphabet worksheets. Some teachers need them for an option for early finishers, or their sub folder, while lots of visitors need them for "homework!" It amazes me that some schools make homework mandatory for such a young age. The caramel apple coloring worksheet has been very popular as a fun home-school connection.
To reinforce the 3 colors of apples, students color the uppercase letter A's red, the lowercase a's yellow and the rest of the apples green. Click on the link to view/download a copy of the caramel apple coloring activity.
The "I spy" an apple letter on the apple tree, is a quick and easy way to whole group assess upper or lowercase letters in a fun way. Teacher starts the game by calling out a letter. Children search for that "apple" on their paper, and then trace it. When they are done they raise their hand.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. Play continues 'til all of the letters have been traced. Students can play this game again at home, by coloring the "spied" letters. They can play it a 3rd time, by X-ing out the letters. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Tree I Spy game.
Finally, for a variety of other apple-themed activities and games, including ones involving the alphabet, click on the link for a 33-page Apple Activities packet.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you found something useful here, to help get your kiddos excited about learning. Just a reminder, if you're looking for an activity that I don't have, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org Some of the things I design are special requests, and I'm glad to help out.
I'm off to meet a friend for lunch. Will be nice to catch up and share our excitement over teaching. I hope you have a lovely day too.
"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child." - George Bernard Shaw
1-2-3 Come Do Some Kissing Hand Activities With Me
Since all of The Kissing Hand Activities have been such popular downloads, I decided to make a few more activities to review all sorts of Common Core State Standards.
The first packet has to do with the alphabet. I've included large 5x7 upper and lowercase letter cards that you can use as flashcards or for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Make an extra set; cut them apart, and use them for an ABC puzzle center. I've included a tip list of all sorts of other things you can do with the cards, including a "Kaboom" game.
There are also mini cards. Run them off and have students arrange them in alphabetical order, or don't cut them apart, and make the lowercase worksheet into an "I Spy" game board. Students color their uppercase heart-tiles and cut them apart.
Choose a student to call out a letter. Students find the uppercase letter heart-tile and place it over the lowercase letter hand on their game board. You can also have them glue them down.
I've also included several assessments, a recording sheet, plus 2 trace and write worksheets.
Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Alphabet Game packet.
The next packet is all about numbers. There's a counting booklet for numbers 0-10, with a blank sheet to program with larger numbers.
Have students show "how many" with stickers, or X's (kisses) to show the group/set for each number.
Students trace the numbers and number words. If you want to extend the activity, have them practice writing the numbers and words on the back of the pages.
I've included large and small "lipstick-ers" for your students to cut and glue the appropriate amount to the hands.
There are also large 8x10 number posters that you can use as flashcards or for games. There's a blank hand for this activity as well, so that you or your students can make cards for those teen numbers and beyond.
As with the alphabet packet, this one also includes several trace and write worksheets. Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Number Packet.
Finally, I wanted to toss in a "craftivity," so I designed some number, shape and letter sliders.
There are two different "Chester" raccoons to choose from, as well as upper & lowercase letter strips, plus a shape strip.
If you want to reinforce numbers, choose a slider with numbers to 20, or practice skip counting with strips to count by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Slider packet. Do you have a Kissing Hand activity that you could share with us? Would love to hear from you: email@example.com or leave a comment below.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you found something here that you can use to help make learning even more fun. As always, feel free to PIN away.
It's steamy outside, as the gentle rain splashed all over the hot asphalt. Time to pretend to be two again, as I go puddle jumping with my little grandson. Hope you have a refreshing day!
1-2-3 Come Do Some Back To School Activities With Me
As children head back to school, it's helpful if you can do some early assessing with your kinders and firsties to see where everyone's at, yet that can be time consuming and really not all that fun for your kiddos the first week of school, when they're already antsy sitting through rules, regulations and procedure talks.
It's a wonderful back to school packet that you can use for a variety of activities.
Fill in your students' names on the "Look who's been spotted" worksheet. I've included templates for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade, plus a blank one to write in whatever you're teaching.
Students find their name and color the circle their favorite color. Be sure and include your name on the heart.
Having simple worksheets like this gives your students something to do, and allows you a few minutes to work one-on-one with them.
To quickly and easily whole group assess where your students are at, play the "I spy" games for numbers, shapes, plus upper and lowercase letters. They'll have fun and you can see at a glance who's having difficulty.
The packet also includes 2 writing prompt activities. I've designed these as extra large bookmarks, with 2 on a page. Students can choose one, color it and complete the prompt.
It's a quick home-school connection that lets parents know what their child did that day.
I've included completed samples for you to share as well.
Another writing activity is D is for dog. Students can roam the room and spot items and words that start with the letter Dd.
If you do Daily 5 this is a nice option.
The packet also includes a Whose Name Is On The Bone? activity. Because my Y5's were learning how to recognize their name, I filled a dog dish (I bought mine at The Dollar Store) with paper bones that I had written their names on.
For a few minutes each day, I'd hold up a bone and the child who recognized their name would bark. I know it sounds silly, but they absolutely LOVED this. As time permitted, we'd do 3-6. To help get the "wiggles" out, after they had sat through whatever else I had planned for carpet time, I'd play the song Who Left The Dogs Out?
They'd pretend to be puppies and crawl around on all fours singing and barking 'til the song ended. I'd reign them in and we'd transition to our next activity. (Too cute and rather hilarious!)
Click on the link for a nice YouTube video featuring the song and cute dog animation. Who Let The Dogs Out? For a shorter version, sung by kids and showing some nice dance moves for them to imitate, click on this link: Who Let The Dogs Out?
As another simple fill-in, I've also included 4 dog-themed bookmarks in color as well as black and white, plus one you can give for good behavior.
Click on the link to view/download the Back To School Puppy Packet. Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away.
Work's done for today, so I'm off to play. As always, summer is flying way too fast!!!
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." -Scott Adams
1-2-3 Come Do An Alphabet Craftivity With Me
So that I could get a handle on the ability of my new students, I always liked to do some fun assessing of my first graders the first week of school.
Testing and assessing students can be tedious and overwhelming for young children, as well as time consuming for you. Keeping that in mind, I designed Alpha Bird.
Precut "Alfie's" body parts from a variety of colors of construction paper. Students choose the pattern pieces that they want, and glue them to their paper plate bird body.
To expedite things, I'd fold the paper plates and staple them shut ahead of time, leaving the bottom middle open so that students can insert their alpha-bird legs.
For extra pizzazz I added several feathers for a tail. You can buy a bag full at The Dollar Store.
Students cut and glue the alphabet strips to make Alfie's legs. When everyone has completed their alpha bird, play "I Spy" by calling out a letter.
Students find and trace both the upper and lowercase letters. When they have done so, children raise their hand, so that you know that everyone is done.
With just a glance, you can see who is struggling. Call on a child to choose the next letter. Play 'til all of the letters have been traced.
Alfie offers a simple, quick and interesting way to whole group assess, while providing a nice review of upper and lowercase letters. The birds also make a stunning hallway wall border. Simply tie a yarn loop at the top and suspend from the ceiling. Caption: "We know our letters and that's something to TWEET about!"
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"If plan B doesn't work, don't give up; the alphabet has 25 more letters!"