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Loads Of Activities To Go With The Story "Chrysanthemum" By Kevin Henkes

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chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideasOne of my students’ all-time favorite back to school books is “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes. 

It provides the perfect introduction to name activities, as well as reinforces the importance of speaking kind words.

chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideasWith that in mind, I designed this jumbo Chrysanthemum literacy packet, which is chock full of a huge assortment of activities for you to choose from.

chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideasThe packet includes:
* A variety of Worksheets
* An assortment of super-fun writing prompts

* Lots of posters

chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideas* Non-fiction: Interesting facts about chrysanthemum flowers, with follow up research challenge & poster to record their personal “fact finding”.
* “Bio Blip” for Kevin Henkes, an author activity

chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideas* “Let’s Text!” Making Connections activities: (text to self, text to text, text to world).

* Word work booklet with vocabulary-building activities, plus 30 word cards from the story.

* Cause & Effect activities
* Comparison - Contrast activities with Venn diagrams plus a personal favorite of mine the . . .

chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideas* Chrysanthemum “Promise Pledge” Bulletin board display and writing prompt activity with . . .
* 30 “I Promise” photo name cards. 

If you enjoy crafts, then I think you'll really like the . . .

chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideas* Simple paper chrysanthemum flower craft, which you can do at the beginning of the year for back to school, or save for Mother’s Day.

I've included a pattern with a leaf that says: "A mum for my mom" as well as "A mum for my mum."   

As you can see by the photographs, the results are truly awesome.

Even if you don't do them as a whole-group craftivity, make some up to add extra 3D pop & pizzazz to your bulletin board display of students' Chrysanthemum work.  There's also a . . .

chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideas* “Color Me" Flower Petal Power name poster plus . . .

chrysanthemum activities, chrysanthemum crafts, paper flower crafts, back to school activities, bucket filling activities, chrysanthemum writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, classroom management ideas* Mazes, Word Finds, “How Many Words Can You Make?” and “I spy my name!” game sheets, as well as . . .

* An alphabetical list of 300 words in Chrysanthemum's name!

* Bookmarks
* Name writing-coloring pages
* “Sticks & stones may break my bones…” posters, discussion & writing prompt activities and finally . . .

* 4 real photograph posters of delphiniums, plus 30 picture posters of chrysanthemum flowers. 

Use them to introduce the story, for descriptive writing prompts, or adjective practice, and for your bulletin board or hallway display. 

Whew! that's a whole-lotta literacy--in all, over 100 fun-filled pages!

the kissing hand activities, chrysanthemum activities, first day of school activities, classroom management ideasToday's FREEBIE also features this sweet little mouse as well as a raccoon named Chester. 

The worksheets are based on 2 of my favorite back to school books: "The Kissing Hand" by Audry Penn and "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes.

the kissing hand activities, chrysanthemum activities, first day of school activities, classroom management ideasSince the first week of school, especially that 1st day, can be exhausting, I designed these 2 "color me" worksheets, as a fun, quiet and independent little something children can do at the end of the day.

They're a real sanity saver, as kiddos are happily engaged coloring and writing their names, while you have a few peaceful minutes to get things ready for dismissal.  I hope you find them useful.

the kissing hand activities, chrysanthemum activities, first day of school activities, classroom management ideas, free coloring pages for back to schoolthe kissing hand activities, chrysanthemum activities, first day of school activities, classroom management ideasWell that's it for today. Not really complaining about summer weather, but these 90+ degree days have me seeking air conditioning, so I'm missing being active in my garden. 

That being said, I am getting a lot of designing done. Wishing you a fun-filled day.

"When the weather is hot keep a cool mind; when the weather is cold keep a warm heart." -Ajahn Brahm

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