1-2-3 Come Play Some Alphabet Games With Me
I designed these cards to go along with the FREE ABC Zoo Booklet that I posted yesterday. (Scroll down to the next blog article to have a look or click on the link for the item.) Whenever I did a theme with my Y5's I really tried to find or make matching things. I'm not sure if that's the perfectionist or artist in me.
Any hoo, I thought you might like a few matching things to supplement your lessons too, so I once again used the adorable clip art of djinkers. She's one of my favorite artists and I simply fell in love with her cute critters.
These alphabet cards, can be found in my whopping 200-page Wild About the Alphabet packet in my TpT shop. For a limited time, the cards will be FREE (all this week), simply click on the word FREE.
Use the cards as a border or for flashcards. They are also great for games like Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" Students can match uppercase cards to lowercase ones or they can match the word card with the picture card. Have them find all three to complete a puzzle.
One of my favorite games that I played with my Y5's was "What's Missing?" I'd gather my kiddos in a circle and lay 4 small seasonal items in the center, then point to each one and we'd say the name together. They then closed their eyes and I'd take one away. To make sure there was no "peeking cheating" I held a paper plate or some sort of cover over the items, then reached under and took one.
"Open your eyes!" I'd whisper and they'd try to figure out what I took away. To strengthen their memories, I'd continue to add up to 7 items for them to look at. To reinforce standards, you could do this with shapes, numbers or these ABC cards.
Make things a bit more interesting, by giving the missing card to the person who calls out the correct answer first, then add another card and continue to play 'til you've used all of the letters. For more ideas, and games, such as "Kaboom" , take a look at the 4-page list of tips that are also included in the packet.
I've also included a black and white set of cards, so your kiddos can make an Itty Bitty alphabet booklet to color, cut and collate, then take home and share with their family. (Great home-school connection and fun way to reinforce lessons.)
Mix up the word cards and have students put them in alphabetical order, then post them on a mini-word wall, or pass them out and then flash an uppercase letter card.
Whomever is holding the matching word card holds it up and reads it. Afterwards, as a writing extension, have students use their word card in a sentence. There's a "No Lion About It" worksheet for that in the packet as well.
For letter-writing practice, there are plenty of upper, as well as lowercase "trace and write" worksheets, along with 20+ other fun worksheets to reinforce letter recognition, formation, as well as word sounds. I hope you like the packet as much as I enjoyed designing it. Wild About the Alphabet
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"I love acting, but it's much more fun to take the kids to the zoo." -Nicole Kidman
1-2-3 Come Do Some Bunny Activities With Me
The last week of April was sort of a catch up week for my Y5's. I would plug in anything my kiddo's still needed to work on and simply give it a spring twist. It was also a nice time to review and reinforce things that they should already have learned.
As you may have discovered, just because you taught something in the first 9 weeks of school, and everyone passed those assessments, doesn't mean that they retained what they learned by the last 9 weeks of school. Because there is so much to cover, in such a short amount of time, we seem to always be moving on to the next thing.
It's imperative though, that you continually reinforce standards throughout the year. A quick, easy and fun way to do that is via centers, and games that students can do independently. With that in mind, I designed the "I'm All Ears" packet.
I think you'll enjoy the versatility of this packet, as you can program the bunny "ears" (craft sticks) with just about anything you want to continue to review.
There's a large as well as small bunny template. Choose one or make up a variety. I used the large craft sticks for the bigger bunny, and the smaller Popsicle sticks, as well as spoon-shaped crafts sticks, for the smaller bunnies. Program them with whatever and keep each set in their own Baggie.
Think of things that you teach that can be divided up into pairs, so that you can write/draw them on the craft sticks.
Here are some of the ideas that I came up with:
If you think of anymore, I'd enjoy hearing from you firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to leave a comment below.
To expedite things, I've also included a list of contractions, as well as a list of synonyms/antonyms to help you program those Popsicle sticks.
If you'd like a list of compound words, I just finished updating a comprehensive alphabetical list of 3,317 compound words! Click on the link to view/download it.
Click on the link to view/download the I'm All Ears Bunny Packet. Thanks for visiting today. As always, you may PIN away.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Pirate Activities With Me
I've had several requests for some pirate-themed activities, so I thought I'd putz with designing some that would help reinforce upper and lowercase letters.
Did you ever decide to do something that you thought would take a few hours and all of a sudden you whiled away so much more time?
That's what happened with the Polly Wants A Letter Cracker packet. It's three days later, and I'm finally done working on it!
Here's how to use the packet: Print off Polly's body parts, trim, glue them together and then laminate.
Cut out her mouth, to make a nice opening for your kiddos to "feed" her letter "crackers".
I perched Polly on a very small wastebasket that I bought at The Dollar Store, so that when students "feed" her, the crackers will drop into the basket.
Print, laminate and trim the upper and lowercase letter "cracker" cards. Pass them out to your students.
So that you'll have more than enough food for Polly, I designed two different sets of uppercase letter crackers, plus two sets of lowercase ones.
These could also be used for Memory Match, or "I Have; Who Has?" games. There's a tip list of other ideas in the packet as well, including a Kaboom game.
You can call for the "crackers" in alphabetical order, sing the ABC song, or read a pirate alphabet book. Whatever letter you come to, have those students feed Polly the upper and lowercase letter crackers.
For even more review, the packet has a variety of pirate-themed upper AND lowercase alphabet worksheets, like "I Spy a lowercase letter" game.
After students have practiced, you can assess their knowledge.
I've included a variety of alphabet assessment activities, such as the "Spy some letters" assessment mat.
A nice activity for your Daily 5, is the Polly Wants A Letter Cracker ABC booklet, where students color, trace and write the letters.
Have older students write a word that begins with that letter. To make this more of a challenge, have them use a pirate word or phrase.
To help you with this, I spent several days reading a few pirate books and lots of pirate articles about the history of pirates, real pirates, places they went, their treasure and adventures etc. This helped me to compile an alphabetical list of pirate words and phrases.
With the aid of lots of "Talk like a pirate" sites, as well as nautical jargon dictionaries, and all of the above resources, I came up with 794 words and phrases related to pirates, and included this list in the packet.
I really enjoyed learning a lot of new pirate vocabulary and trivia, that's now buzzing in my head with some future ideas...
While doing that research, I came across several wonderful pirate alphabet books, perfect to read before and/or after feeding Polly.
Shiver Me Letters by June Sobel, Pirate's Alphabet by Patti Wigington, A Is For Arrr! by Laura Purdie Salas, Twenty-six Pirates by Dave Horowitz, An A to Z of Pirates by Caroline Stills and Pirates of the Alphabet by Tim Whitney, are all worth taking a peek at. A cute trailer for the Pirates of the Alphabet is also on YouTube.
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"A merry life and a short one, shall be my motto." -Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts
1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet Activities With Me
I had a few requests for some black line letter posters, to use as alphabet anchor charts. Woo Hoo! After a lot of work they are finally done! Click on the various links to grab them.
I made a set of separate uppercase letters and enlarged them to take up the entire page. You can use them as posters or for a variety of other fun activities.
These are perfect for running off your students' initials and then having them decorate however they wish, or reinforce that letter and sound, by having students decorate the letter with words and pictures that begin with that letter.
Encourage them to use stickers, clip art, pictures cut from magazines, photographs and even drawings. This idea makes an interesting and fun homework assignment, or something they can work on for their Daily 5 word work. Click on the link to view/download the Uppercase Letter Posters
If you read the book Chicka Boom, run the letters off on a variety of colors of construction paper, laminate and then cut out. Scatter them on your classroom Chicka Boom palm tree.
I also made a set of large lowercase letters as well. To strengthen upper body muscles, run off several sets and have students lie on their tummies and make up words. These too, are great for your Chicka Boom activities.
I've included a tip list of ideas of all sorts of fun things you can do with these letter sets, including games like a giant Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" + a Kaboom game.
Because the letters are easy to see, choose 4 posters and put one in each corner of your room. I dangle mine from the ceiling.
You can then play the game 4-Corners. Each week choose another 4 letters 'til you have reinforced and reviewed them all. Click on the link to view/download the Lowercase Letter Posters.
To make an awesome class alphabet book, use the letter posters that show both the upper and lowercase letter together. Glue them on a variety of colors of construction paper.
Scatter them on the floor face down and have students pick a letter that they will decorate for your class book.
I made a sample page of the letter Aa, where I used words and pictures that started with that letter. This is a photo of my completed page.
I also included this as a non-colored pdf, so that you can easily make a sample of your own to share with your kiddos.
I've included two covers for you to choose from for your ABC class book as well.
Click on the link to view/download the Alphabet Book Poster Packet.
Finally, since all of the number puzzles have been such popular downloads, I thought it would be fun to make some alphabet ones. I purposely made them using both upper & lowercase letters, because I think it's very important for little ones to see both letters together.
By immersing them with "matches" the light bulbs start going on.
If you want a set in color, have your students help you decorate them, then laminate and trim. Keep each puzzle in its own Baggie.
Use them as an independent center, or have students work on them as a whole group activity.
You could also run off the initials of your students and have them make a personal letter puzzle.
Once they've diddled around with their creation as a puzzle, have them glue it to a sheet of construction paper, leaving a small gap in between the pieces to create an interesting mosaic.
These look wonderful on a bulletin board. The alphabet number puzzle packet, will be FREE for an entire year, after which time they will become part of Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Olympic Word Work With Me!
I had no idea that the Olympic Alphabet Card packet would take me over two days to finish, but I think you'll really find it worth while.
You can use the ABC cards for games like Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" or make an extra set to cut up, to make puzzles.
As you can see by the photo, there are 4 parts to each Olympic alphabet card, where you could make a cut: uppercase letter, both letters together, lowercase letter, and bottom word card.
Cutting them up also allows you to play more alphabet games. I've included "Kaboom" cards to make things more fun, as well as a 3-page tip list of how to use the alphabet cards.
Also in the packet, is over 300 Olympic words on mini cards, so that students can alphabetize them, sort them and put them under that appropriate letter card, or pick several cards and then write sentences incorporating the words they have drawn.
I've included a worksheet for this + a blank word-card template if you want to make some up of your own.
Since the words include all sorts of parts of speech, I made a noun, verb, adjective sorting mat. Students pick 10 word cards and arrange them under the appropriate column.
For another extension, have students think up synonyms and/or antonyms where appropriate.
There's also a cover for an Olympic Words Journal, where students write words that are associated with the Olympics and then look up their definitions, if they aren't familiar with them.
I've also included an alphabetical list of over 500 words associated with the Olympics. Click on the link to view/download this whopping 48-page packet of Olympic Word Fun.
There aren't too many Olympic-themed books for children out there, but one that would be a great introduction to your Olympic alphabet activities would be Brad Herzog's G is for Gold.
Herzog showcases athletes and events that set sports records, and impacted history. He has some different choices and includes quite a bit of interesting information.
My all-time favorite book to read for an Olympic-themed day, is Tacky and the Winter Games, by Helen Lester. I have all of the Tacky books, and this is one of her best.
It's simply laugh-out-loud silly, as is Tacky the penguin. If you don't want to buy the book, you can click on the link to hear it being read by Joe Tilly on YouTube.
Since the word searches have been so popular, I designed 4 different Olympic ones with an alphabetical list of about 20 words per word find.
A total of 88 Olympic-themed words are used. Word finds are a quick, easy and fun way to build vocabulary and reinforce spelling. Click on the link to view/download the 4 Olympic Word Searches.
Besides word searches, the How Many Words Can You Find? worksheets have also been downloaded a lot, so I made one for the Olympics.
Challenge your students to make up as many words as they can (before the timer rings) using the letters in the word Olympics.
I've included my list of 77 words, as well as a worksheet + certificates of praise. Click on the link to view/download the How Many Words Can You Make Out Of The Word OLYMPICS? packet. Any of these lessons make nice Daily 5 word work activities.
Finally, in the Olympic Writing Activities packet, I've included an Olympic KWL, an Olympic acrostic poem template, an Olympic parts of speech graphic organizer, an Olympic Venn diagram comparing the ancient Olympic games with our contemporary events.
There's also an Olympic Flip For Facts file folder activity. I designed the folder flip files, as a way to introduce early elementary students to doing research and putting facts that they find interesting into their own words.
These are a great precursor to reports that they'll later be writing.
I broke down a page into eight parts. Students glue it on the front of their file folder and cut on the lines. There's a blank 8-sectioned page, where they will record their final-draft facts. I've included a filled-in page with some facts, so that you can easily make a sample to share with your students.
When they come across something they want to include in their report they put it in their own words. I suggest using a sheet of scratch paper, so they can edit, and then write their final-draft facts on the template.
As with any factual reporting they also need to include their sources. (I assign at least a 3-source minimum and have included an example of how you cite internet sources, along with some helpful websites. )
This bibliography if you will, can go on the back of their folder. So you know which material came from what source, have students number their sources and then include that number at the end of their fact.
The Olympic Writing packet also includes a class book that is made up of three Olympic writing prompts. Students can choose one, or assign all of them on 3 different days. Click on the link to view/download the Olympic Writing Packet.
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1-2-3 Come Plan A Christmas Party With Me
The day before any vacation can be pretty wild, as children are bound to be filled with lots of energy. Their excitement for the season finds some of them not sleeping well, so you have cranky pants to deal with too.
Because of this, I planned all sorts of educational games and especially fun activities for the last day before Christmas break. Our official "party" was "supposed" to take place at the end of the day. Let's face it, when it's Halloween or Christmas time, the entire day might as well be a "party" and by the time the "end of the day" rolled around, my Y5's were also pretty much done and tired as well.
Wearing my Santa hat and jingle bell necklace, I told my students that we'd be doing extra special lessons, games, crafts etc as part of our "party" and that we'd be having a great time all day, ending quietly with our gift book exchange and snack. I never once had a child say: "When is the party going to start?" They were also happily focused, busy learning all day, just in a different way.
Behavior was wonderful, because they got the chance to get the wiggles out throughout the day. Gross motor activities were a part of our report card standards, so even our dancing and prancing around was legit. To keep children calm, I also played soothing Christmas music throughout the day.
I've compiled a list with brief explanations, of all of my favorite classroom Christmas games that I've played with my students over the years. They are quick, easy, educational and fun. Most of them require little or no preparation. (Woo hoo!) I ho-ho- hope you find something that will fit in perfectly for your party day. It's so important to give students brain breaks to keep them refreshed. Click on the link to view/download the Christmas Games packet which includes 36 games!
I've up-dated the packet to include stationery for students to write how many words they can think of using the letters in Merry Christmas.
Give students 5-10 minutes to work on this individually, then have them work in groups of 3 or 4 to combine their lists. Remind children that they can make more words by adding an s or es to make plurals. (A teachable moment.) Contractions are another option, or ask students how many of their classmates' names can be made with those letters.
What team had the most? Put my list on an overhead; did they think of words that weren’t on my list? Have them guess-timate how many words are on the list and then have them count them to see who has the closest guess. (I thought of 657!)
Make a copy of the list and have students circle all of the words that they don’t know. For whatever time remains, challenge them to look up as many words as they can and then share one or two with the class.
Here are a few other table top lessons you could plug in to cover standards in a game-type fashion; also, any of the winter alphabet cards that I've been posting, would work well. All those letter packets include a 3-page tip list of ideas, including games to play.
If you're set for party day, but want something for that busy first day when you return after break, any of these snowman themed activities would also work.
This snowman matching game is a lot of fun and reinforces numbers, number words, counting and tally marks. It also includes a keepsake "craftivity." Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Number Puzzles.
Help reinforce upper and lowercase letters + numbers from 1-20 with an "I Spy" game. Teen numbers are sometimes toughies for little ones. Practicing with an "I Spy" game makes it more interesting. My Y5's enjoyed playing "I Spy" daily. It was a fun way for them to practice, as well as a quick and easy way for me to whole-group assess.
Teacher starts by calling out a number or letter; students trace it and then raise their hand when they are done. I could tell at a glance who was having difficulty. Play continued with different children taking a turn to choose the number or letter for classmates to find.
The worksheet served double-duty, as I'd tell my students to take it home to play again with a family member, this time circling the letter/number. Click on the link to view/download the Snow Spy packet.
Finally, students catch on fast to the concept of small-medium and large, as well as the difference between a 2D and 3D shape, when they can do a hands-on craftivity.
This was the reason behind "Snowman Melt" "My snowman was 3 snowballs, 3 spheres with a hat, now he's melted into 3 circles that are flat!" Click on the link to view/download it.
For more games and activities click on the link to visit Miss Mary's Victorian and Vintage archive.
If you're looking for some online Christmas games for your kiddo's to play as a computer center, I found a site that lists over 1,000.
Make sure you play any online games first to make sure that they are age and content-appropriate for your kiddo & educations.
For more ideas and FREEBIES, check out my winter Pinterest boards. They are themed and filled with lots of creative fun. I spend a lot of time searching the web for interesting and educational FREE stuff, so you don't have to. You can also click on this December link to pop on over to that section of TeachWithMe.
Once there, you'll find categories for the following: Christmas, Elves, Gingerbread, Ornaments, Reindeer, Santa, Snowmen, Snowflakes & Wreaths. Lots of these activities would also be terrific for your last day or Classroom Christmas party, particularly the ornament section if you're looking for a quick craft to do as a center.
That's it for today. I hope you found some "We're Winding Down" tips and FREEBIES for those last few days before you can collapse, rest, rejoice and get energized for next year! Feel free to PIN away.
"A good conscience is a continual Christmas." -Benjamin Franklin
1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Craftivities And Games With Me!
Did you ever have one of those days where you might as well have stayed in bed? Well that was yesterday! The reason there was no blog article was that our main server (in Texas) crashed. It seemed everything techno in my world went on the fritz, from my e-mail, to the printer and even my favorite design software was having glitchy hiccups.
I apologize if you tried to visit us and got an error-connection message. I'm back to being a happy camper with lots of FREEBIES to share.
Keep review of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and skip counting fresh and interesting, by making these puzzles. Laminate for an independent center (I've included a blank grid for kiddo's to place the pieces on), or have your students pick one, run them off and then they cut and glue them to a blue or black sheet of construction paper.
If you're doing the alphabet, have students think of a word that starts with that letter on the puzzle piece, and then write it on the appropriate tree-strip.
Remind students to leave a little gap inbetween the pieces. You can add a bit of pizzazz by dipping a Q-tip in glue and then dotting on "snowflakes." For an awesome effect, sprinkle with white or silver glitter.
These make a lovely bulletin board too. Caption: Learning About Letters and Numbers Is "Snow" Much Fun! or "Look At All Of The TREE-mendous Work From Mrs. Henderson's Kinders!" Click on the link for the Snowman Tummy Puzzles or The 13 Merry-Making Tree Puzzles.
Since the Silly Shaped penguins and Owls Shape Up "craftivities" continue to be in the top 10 downloaded items from my site, I decided to design a Shapely Snowman, as well as a Gingerbread set, with plans to make special shape pals for all of the months. (i.e. pumpkins for October and butterflies for April!)
You can make the gingerbread heads a game, by running the bow pieces off on red construction paper.
Instead of gluing the shape words inside the bows and then gluing them to the gingerbread head, glue only the bows. Keep the shape-word circles separate.
Students place the shape word on to the matching shapely gingerbread's bow. To make a girl gingerbread, glue the bows to the top of the head. Glue it as a bow tie under the chin to make a gingerbread boy. To add a bit of pizzazz, I used white puffy paint for "frosting." Click on the link for the Shapely Gingerbread packet.
There are also several things you can do with the Shapely Snowman templates. Make a laminated set for a bulletin board, or use as puzzles for an independent center activity.
For a center matching game, do not glue the hats on the snowmen. Instead make only one hat with interchangeable hat bands. Students pick a shape word-hat band and place it on the hat, then they look for the matching snowman and place the hat on his head. Play continues 'til the child has used all of the hat bands and snowmen. Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Snowman Packet.
Another popular winter activity is the Snowman Glyph. Each one turns out a bit different so this too makes an adorable bulletin board. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Glyph.
Practice addition and subtraction with Dominic the Snowman Domino-Dice game. Click on the link to grab it.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you can stop by tomorrow for even more FREEBIES. My brain is on over-drive again, and since the weather outside is "frightful" I might as well have a "delightful" time inside designing away. Feel free to PIN away!
"Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Spider Stuff With Me!
The spider shape activities are popular downloads, so I decided to do a few more spider-themed things. All of these lessons will help your kiddo's practice upper and lowercase letters. (To see the spider shape activities, scroll down for that blog article.)
Since the apple and pumpin clothespin "craftivities" were also very popular, I thought it would be fun to design a spider one too. I named him Alphie. Use my patterns to make templates; and then trace, cut and glue your spider together. I added wiggle eyes and black pipe cleaner legs for that extra pizzazz.
So that students can self-check, I've included a spider ABC chart. For more letter practice, I designed a match the uppercase letter to the lowercase letter worksheet as well.
Alphie makes a wonderful independent center, or something for early-finishers to do. You may want to make a few extra spiders to send home with children who are struggling. I've included a note home, + a reminder note incase a family "forgets" to send Alphie back. Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet matching game.
I had a request for some spider alphabet cards. If you collect ABC cards so you can change them each month, I have lots of themes available, and am always open to any requests visitors have for others. (email@example.com).
I've also included a BLANK color, as well as a black and white set of cards, for you to program with whatever + a 3-page tip sheet of ideas for games and other activities that you can do with the cards. Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet cards.
Because assessing can be overwhelming for little ones, I like to dream up fun ways I can do that. Assessing is time consuming too, so I did a lot of whole-group assessment to weed out the strugglers.
Playing "I Spy" is a fun game that enables you to see at a glance who is having difficulty. I designed a spider upper and lowercase letter bookmark that's perfect for an "I Spy" game.
Run off the spider bookmarks and give each child a spider ring or piece of candy corn to use as a manipulative. Whenever I'm using candy as a marker, I always allow students to eat one at the beginning of the activity.
It saves a lot of time reminding students that they cannot eat the candy 'til the game is done, and helps them enjoy the game and stay focussed better.
The teacher starts by calling out a letter, children move their marker to that letter and raise their hand to signal that they have "spied" it. The teacher then calls on a child to choose the next letter. Play continues 'til all of the letters are called. If you don't want to reuse the bookmarks each year, students can also circle the letters and then take their bookmarks home.
If you are doing an individual assessment, circle the letters the student does not know, write a note on the back asking parents to work on those letters and send it home with the child. There are also 6 alphabet worksheets for even more practice. Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet activities.
Finally, if you're looking for a bit more, you may enjoy an older Spider packet that has a few alphabet activities in it, as well as lots of math fun. My kiddos especially enjoyed working with the paper flies and spider web sorting mats.
If you want to see all of the other spider freebies I offer, click on the link.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you found something you can use for your spider studies. I'm off to check the basement after a ton of rain. Hopefully there are no disasterous puddles down there, or spiders for that matter. :-)
"Children don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Activities With Me!
A quick, easy and fun way to help little ones understand number sense, is to have them practice 1-to-1 correspondence. The numbered apple cards, were such a huge success, I decided to make some with pumpkins. With the repetition, children feel empowered, as they know what to do; you don't have to spend time explaining directions, and because there's a new theme, students' interest is still high.
I've included a set of 1-10 pumpkins in color, as well as a set in black and white. Print off, laminate and trim several sets of colored pumpkins. Using small manipulatives such as mini-pom pom's, flat-backed jewels, or pony beads is great fine motor practice.You can run off the black line set and send home with students who need more help, or as a table top worksheet, have children draw X number of "seeds" to match the number on the pumpkin.
I've found that using a smaller card, instead of one with all 10 pumpkins on it, is less overwhelming for little ones, and keeps them from messing up their piles as they work. When a child completes a mat, they can get another one with higher numbers. You can also use a set of mats to review ordinal numbers. Click on the link to view/download the 1-to-1 Correspondence Pumpkin cards.
Another quick and easy fall game, is Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins. It took me an entire morning to design yesterday, but only half an hour to make the actual game, so little ones can play it. You'll find it so worth your effort, as you can do lots of things with just the letter cards! I've included a list of activities + Kaboom cards to play even more games.
To make the Peek-A-Boo alphabet game, simply trace the pumpkin template onto orange construction paper and cut 4-6 pumpkins at a time. Fold the pumpkins in half, and glue just the edge, to the left side of your yellow-construction paper cards, so that the pumpkin will flip open on both sides of the card, revealing the little ghost. You can write the letters by hand, or use an extra set of pumpkin tiles and glue them to the front of the pumpkin. I colored mine to add a bit more pizzazz.
Children choose a card, and look at the letter on the front of the pumpkin. They place the matching lowercase letter tile on the card, that they think will match the ghost hiding under the pumpkin. They flip up the pumpkin to see if they are correct.
To add math practice to the activity, have children keep track of how many answers they get right, by making tally marks on their "pumpkin pal". When children have done all of the uppercase pumpkins, they can flip the cards over and do the lowercase ones on another day. Click on the link to view/download The Peek-A-Boo Alphabet Pumpkin Game.
For a Pumpkin Word Find, click on the link. There's an alphabetical list of wonderful pumpkin words to increase your students' vocabularies.
As a little something for "early finishers" print off some easy-to-difficult pumpkin mazes, by clicking on the link: "A-maze-ing" Pumpkins. I hope YOUR "little punkins" enjoy these fall activities with a pumpkin theme.
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My Y5's really enjoyed playing games. It was a hands-on fun way to get all sorts of life-skills and standards covered in a short amount of time.
I designed "I Spy A Letter." with those concepts in mind, as they will help teach: Common Core State Standards:RF.K1d, L.1.1a
I Spy A Letter is a very versatile packet. Although the picture shows lowercase letter samples, the packet also works on recognizing and practicing uppercase letters in an interesting way as well.
Your students will enjoy becoming ABCDe-tives as they spy letters and then trace them.
They will also like making a slider. Sliders are simply the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet, listed vertically on two separate strips of paper. Students slide their strip through two slits that make a viewing "window".
You can use this packet for table top worksheets, Speed games, or even as an interesting and less stressful assessment tool.
I've also included traceable upper and lowercase letter flashcards with a cover, so students can make Itty Bitty booklets, a tip sheet of what else you can do with the traceable cards, + "kaboom" bomb cards to make games even more fun.
There's an upper and lowercase trace and write worksheet; an upper and lowercase "I Spy!" tracing game sheet, that can double as an assessment tool; + the "craftivity" upper & lowercase letter slider for girls and 1 for boys.
These too can be a fun "I Spy!" game, or used as an assessment tool. Finally, I've also designed an ABCDe-tective certificate of praise.
Click on the link to view/download the "I Spy A Letter" Packet.
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