1-2-3 Come Do A Valentine Storytelling Craft With Me
Do you read "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose" by Lucille Colandro?
My students absolutely love this collection of stories, and they are perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
If you don't have the book, and would like to familiarize yourself with the story, click this LINK to find it on YouTube.
Either craft is simple enough as a great addition to your Valentine’s Day party too.
First up, the "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose" storytelling SLIDER:
There are 4 “cover” options available:
Pick your favorite or give children a choice.
All of them are easy-peasy to cut, as they are in a box shape; however, you can also choose to cut around the little old lady’s head.
There are also 2 size options available.
You decide which best suits your students' abilities.
Children color, cut & glue their slider strips together, then insert it into the “slits” of their cover.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner.
I introduce the lesson by reading the story, then share my sample with the children.
We retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on the slider.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose” slider of their own.
As always, both color, as well as black & white patterns are included.
For a quick, easy & interesting way to assess comprehension, there's a “Let’s sequence the story” worksheet, where students color and trim the picture tiles then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.
Use the teacher’s colorful copy as a whole group sequencing activity, by passing the cards out to your students.
When you get to that part in the story, the child with the matching card, comes up & places it on the ordinal number mat. (Use magnet or Velcro dots to adhere the cards).
After the story, I pass the cards out to different children for a final review.
Remember to grab that teachable moment to practice ordinal numbers as well.
Use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger kiddos, discussing beginning, middle & end.
Finally, the storytelling wheels are also a super-fun way for your students to practice the sequencing & retelling standards.
There are 3 wheel “cover” options to choose from.
When everyone is done, practice telling “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose” using the manipulative.
Simply turn the wheel & call on a child to explain what’s happening in that graphic.
Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies.
For more reinforcement, as well as another way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included 2, “color, cut & glue” puzzle worksheets.
There is puzzle for the first half of the story, plus another puzzle for the second half of the tale. To make this center self-correcting, number the pieces on the back using two different colors, which will make sorting easy-peasy.
Add to the fun by using a dice for the first puzzle.
Whatever number a child rolls is the number that they put on their puzzle.
If they roll a 6 they lose their turn.
When doing the second puzzle, children play with two dice, which will help practice simple addition.
It's a simple, (rip & tear) "I love you to pieces" valentine card, that's lots of fun for your kiddos, while being a great way to help strengthen their finger muscles.
It's perfect for your valentine party day, and is generic enough so you can use it for Mother's Day, Father's Day or Grandparents Day as well.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
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Wishing you a toasty & warm week.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some 4 Seasons Activities With Me #3
"4 Seasons PUZZLE Fun" is the 3rd packet in my "4 Seasons 4-Part Series".
My Young 5 students really LOVE putting puzzles together.
I especially enjoy this quiet time activity, as they are practicing a variety of standards, while truly enjoying themselves. (On task & focused! Woo Hoo.)
With that in mind, I designed 5, different of puzzle activities, all of which can be turned into partner games as well.
Each set is based on the 4 seasons.
As always, I’ve included patterns in black & white for students to color, as well as colorful templates, so you can print on card stock, laminate & trim, then use for a seasonal puzzle center.
There is a 3-part puzzle for each of the 4 seasons.
Students color their worksheet, including the seasonal word, then draw something in each of the 2 scenes.
For example, if you look at my completed "Summer" picture, you'll see I've added a boy jumping into the pool and a beach ball to one of the scenes. I drew a happy sun in the other.
When children are done with their worksheet, they cut on the dashed lines, then glue to a colorful sheet of construction paper.
As you can see by my photo, it's up to children to decide how they want to glue on their pieces. The seasonal word can appear at the top, middle or bottom of their scenes.
Students color the view out of their window, then cut on the dashed lines.
I've also included a different set of window scenes in color to use in a center.
To make these into a game, children pick a puzzle & a partner. They take turns rolling a dice.
I've included a colorful set of adorable bears dressed for each season.
Simply print on card stock, laminate & trim, to make a cute puzzle center.
Students can also use a dice, as explained above, to make this a game as well.
I used simpler graphics, for a black & white "Big 4" version, so students can easily color & make their own.
4."6-Piece Seasons On a Roll" is played as a game too.
After students color the seasonal object & cut on the dashed lines, they pick a partner & take turns rolling the dice; only here, since there are 6 pieces, a roll of #5 or #6 is not a penalty.
Students simply place that numbered piece on their puzzle grid/base.
For simple coloring, there is only one, large graphic per picture.
5. The final set of seasonal puzzles is called "Spin to Win".
They will help students practice their counting skills, as children can count by ones to 10, or skip count by 10s to 100, while they assemble these 10-piece puzzles.
As with the "Big 4" puzzles, I have made 2 different sets. The one in color is a more complicated seasonal scene, while the black & white ones depict a nice big graphic for little ones to color.
For added fun, the super-cute, BW version, has students draw a face on the child to depict if they like that season or not.
To make things more personal, I've included graphics featuring girls, and another set with boys.
To play the game, children pick a puzzle, partner & matching seasonal spinner; then take turns spinning, placing that numbered puzzle piece on the base.
I use a paperclip, which is held in place by a pencil, for my spinner.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a wonderful week, filled with giggles galore.
"When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts as well." -Dhlai Lama
1-2-3 Come Do Some 4 Seasons Activities With Me #2
If you've read Part 1, of this now "4-Part Seasonal Series", you know that I began with a "4 Seasons, Look Out the Window" writing prompt craftivity.
As always, my brain kicked into hyper-drive & I had a zillion ideas jotted on sticky notes, that literally covered my desk!
(Not quite as crazy as the photo, but right up there!)
They were notes for all sorts of additional (4 seasons) fun activities, which included an assortment of games & puzzles.
Striving not to overwhelm anyone (including myself), I decided to make a separate packet featuring just games.
Well... after 56 pages I still had enough sticky notes left for (can you believe) 2 more packets! Thus a 4-part series.
"4 Seasons Fun Games & Activities" includes 25, quick, easy & super-fun games & activities, all with a 4 seasons theme.
The "Looking Out Of A Seasonal Window" center, pairs perfectly with the matching, writing prompt packet from my 1st "4 Seasons" blog article.
Here I've printed the "empty" windows on card stock, then before I laminate them, I cut out the window "pane".
After laminating, the cellophane acts as a glass-like, see-through "window".
One features clip art graphics, while the other is a photo of a real season.
This can be one, easy-peasy center, where children match the view to the appropriate window, as each window sill is designed with some seasonal graphics to give children a clue.
Another way to use the windows is with the "seasonal sorting" activity.
Children pick X number of tiles, sort them, then put them in a "pocket envelope" under the matching window.
Besides these center games, I've also included a list of 21 other games, along with directions & additional playing pieces for more, 4-season fun.
Use them for table top, early finishers, partner games, whole group activities, a sub tub, or centers.
After I designed the "photo windows" for the initial center, I diddled around for several hours making a photo collage for each season.
You can use them to introduce your lesson, then incorporate them in a 4 seasons bulletin board or seasonal display.
For a fun review of the seasons, hold up a photo poster & ask students which season is being depicted. Continue with a discussion of what the photographs in the collage have in common, what types of weather is happening, and how should people dress during this season.
I also made a specific header card for each one. These can be used in a matching game, or use the "dashed line" patterns to make puzzles. They are also great for your word wall or pocket chart.
Since it's winter, I thought a penguin activity would be fun for today's featured FREEBIE.
These "shapely penguins" are one of my students favorite activities, and such a fun way to teach shapes. Completed projects turn out absolutely adorable.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." -Albert Einstein
1-2-3 Come Do Some 4 Seasons Activities With Me #1
Sometimes when I sit at my desk with a simple idea, my mind morphs it into a bajillion others.
These ideas often come so fast, that if I don't quickly jot them down, my senior brain loses them a moment later.
After working over a week on my newest "4 Seasons" packet, which involves glancing out a window, I realized that this could easily be divided into two packets.
One with the writing prompts, the other with extra games & activities.
Concentrating on just the writing aspect, would be less overwhelming; so Woo Hoo here's packet #1: "4 Seasons Window Craft Writing Prompt".
No matter what the age, the 4 seasons are a super-fun topic.
We all have glanced out of a window, often succumbing to daydreaming a bit, especially if the view before us, is a summer beach scene, or one filled with gently falling snow.
With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to design a seasonal window, where students could write about what they saw, and then illustrate their thoughts.
This activity is very versatile and easy to diversify your lessons.
Option #1. A booklet: Depending on your students'writing ability, your seasonal booklet can be 5-9 pages long.
For younger kiddos, I simply staple the 4, seasonal window pages to the cover to make a 5-page booklet.
They write one sentence under the window, then illustrate & color their windowpane.
I've included my sample on the left, which you can use to explain what you want your students to do.
During the beginning of a season, we complete that page. I start with fall and end with summer.
This makes a nice keepsake at the end of the year, which should show improvement in coloring, penmanship & writing ability.
For older students, include the additional writing prompt page, which features seasonal graphics.
Students begin writing under the window worksheet, then continue on the additional graphic-themed page.
There are blank, as well as lined templates to choose from.
Students can either illustrate their window FIRST, then write sentences about what they drew; or they can think about various fall things, then write their sentences on the separate seasonal paper.
Then, afterwards, they go back and illustrate their window, referring to their writing.
You can include these extra writing pages, to make a 9-page booklet, or simply use each of the 4 seasonal windows as a separate activity, then hang up the completed projects on a bulletin board or hallway display.
To display, students glue their illustrated window, to the top of their completed writing paper.
I’ve included a cover if you want to make a booklet, plus several posters to enhance your display, if you choose to do 4, separate writing prompt craftivities.
So that teachers can quickly & easily make examples to share, I've included colorful scenes for each seasonal window, along with a completed writing prompt for each one.
Also included, are checklists for students to jot down ideas, as well as 4-part graphic organizers, which will help students organize their thoughts.
There's also a rubric.
A 3-on-a page, BW one for students (boy & girl options to make it more personal) as well as a colorful poster to introduce the lesson, then hang so students can refer to it.
I use these all the time, as they truly help jump start and improve writing.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also about the 4 seasons.
It's a sweet set of seasonal posters, one of which combines all of the seasons in one silly picture, which students can label.
I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
"One of the most beautiful things about learning, is that no one can ever take it away from you." -B.B. King
1-2-3 Come Do Some 4 Seasons Activities With Me #4
"4 Seasons Writing Prompt Circle Puzzle Craftivities" is the final packet in my "4 Seasons 4-Part Series".
I hope you enjoyed learning about the new things I've been designing, to help my students have fun with the 4 seasons.
To immerse little ones in becoming familiar with the 4 seasons, I’ve included a 4-part circle puzzle. There’s a puzzle piece that represents each season.
Children place the appropriate piece on the labeled base. In no time at all my students are able to actually "read" these words!
As always, I’ve included a black & white version, so that students can make their own 4 seasons puzzle.
For example, in the photo on the right, each of the 4 pieces have items that are seen in the fall.
I designed this because is one of our report card standards. This is a quick, easy & fun way to leave a “paper trail” proving if your students do or don’t.
This whole group activity also acts as an assessment, checking students' understanding of the 4 seasons.
“Winter? Spring? Summer? Fall? Which is your favorite season of them all?”
My kiddos absolutely love sharing their opinions, so when I turn those into a writing prompt, they are excited to get right down to business.
Students have a choice of writing about their favorite or least favorite season (you could also do both & use one as a homework assignment).
I’ve included a “seasonal circle” to use as a “topper” where students can draw a picture, which represents some part of their writing.
There’s also a graphing extension you can do afterwards.
As you can see by the photo on the right, I’ve included “toppers” as well as “banner bottoms” to add extra pizzazz to their work.
The photograph also shows the various levels of writing. Younger students can write or dictate simple sentence answers, while older kiddos can add more descriptive words.
Students can also choose to use the circular puzzle pattern for their "topper" or a square version, pictured on the left. Note that I've topped the square off with a semi circle, which can be seen in the middle picture to the right.
Completed projects make a cute bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included a poster to highlight children’s work.
Completed projects turn out quite amazing. My Y5s really enjoy creating this colorful 100.
We do it as one of our many 100 Day centers.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
We have about a foot of snow here in Michigan, which puts me in the mood to design some wintry stuff.
Wishing you a creative & cozy day.
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