1-2-3 Come Do Some Seuss Hat Craftivities With Me
First up is a Seuss-hat, “flip the flap” ABC booklet. My kiddos absolutely LOVE making these emergent readers. I enjoy the versatility.
The packet contains a booklet for each letter of the alphabet.
You can make these as a whole group activity, as an independent center, for a bulletin board, for a class-made book (each student contributes a letter) or have each child do all of the letter booklets as a “letter a week” activity, and keep them in their ”portfolio" file folder.
Students trace and write the upper and lowercase letters, as well as the words that begin with that letter. They read the sentence and add end punctuation.
I have used almost all of the words from the Pre-Primer, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Dolch word lists, plus many of the Dolch nouns!
There are covers for the class book, as well as the file folder, and I’ve also included a mini, set of letter cards that you can toss into a Seuss hat.
Children choose one, and that’s the letter they will contribute to the class book.
The packet also includes upper & lowercase letter assessments, plus "trace and write" upper and lowercase letter worksheets, plus a "Hats Off To Wonderful Work!" poster.
From letters let's go to numbers with “I’ve Got Your Number!” Seuss hat booklet.
This is super-fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you to "print & go".
The booklet helps review quite a few math standards as you flip from left to right, and then again, with another section, of "flip the flap" pages, from right to left, to show a group/set of apples.
I chose apples as the object because of Seuss’s story: 10 Apples Up On Top
You don’t have to add that extra flap to make it simpler for PK kiddos, but it’s really not hard at all, and provides great fine motor cutting practice.
I've also included a pattern without clocks for them, as well as completed teacher samples in full color, to expedite making a sample to share.
For more math practice, I designed a simple "print & go", "Show Me The Number!" worksheet that covers a variety of math standards.
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Valentine Activities With Me
I love Valentine's Day; it's one of my favorite parties at school too, so I'm constantly dreaming up new ideas to make the day special, while still learning standards. Today I'm featuring 3 of my newest creations.
“Valenteens” are goofy little heart people that feature a ten-frame.
I designed the craftivity to showcase teen numbers, which can be toughies for kiddos. However, because of the blank templates provided, you have the option to simply make a silly valentine, or one with numbers 1-12, for younger students.
Children can create a boy or girl "valenteen", by where they glue the bow.
The bows come blank, as well as printed with a teen equation.
There is a blank full-size heart pattern, so that children can draw their own silly face, as well as 10 hearts with a variety of faces for them to choose from.
I’ve also included a 1/2 heart pattern. Print and fold on the dashed line. Keeping the paper folded, students cut on the black line and then unfold their paper to reveal a large heart. My students are always amazed at this, adding to the fun of our lesson.
There are 4 options for the 10 frames: a blank set, a set with numbers, a set with hearts, and a set with numbers & hearts.
If you choose the blank set, children can make X’s & 0’s (hugs & kisses), use stickers, bingo daubers, or draw and color shapes to fill in the boxes. For that finishing touch, I’ve also included gloved hands and shoe templates.
You don’t have to have legs, but I think they add to the silliness of the “valenteens”, plus accordion-folding paper is a fun fine motor skill, that helps strengthen finger muscles.
I included links for the "My Funny Little Valentine" song, so you can play it while your kiddos work on their creations.
There’s also a poster of the refrain, as well as an “Our Funny Little Valenteens” poster to use in the center of your bulletin board display.
Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.
They feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black & white, as well as full-color, so that you can use a colorful one for an independent center and use the black & white pattern for a whole-group or individual word work activity, where kiddos make their own.
Finally, The “100 Chart, Heart Art” is a very versatile activity, as I’ve differentiated the directions for PK to 2nd grade.
“Mystery Math” hidden pictures, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice recognizing some of those big numbers that kiddos often trip over, when learning how to write and count numbers.
Using a 100s chart so students are seeing numbers in proper sequence, helps them wrap their head around a variety of math patterns, and is especially helpful to visual learners.
I’ve included a 100s chart worksheet without directions, so you can do this as a whole-group, “Listening & following directions” activity. For younger kiddos, simply call out the numbers they need to color.
I feel even young children can gain number sense by doing this as a “monkey see-monkey do” activity.
I’ve also included a set of spatial directions for you to read to older students: “Find the number 66. Color that box and the box that is UNDER it.”
There’s also a worksheet that includes the numbers to color, if you want to use this as a homework assignment, table-top activity, independent center, or something for early finishers.
To practice double digit addition and subtraction, there's a worksheet where students have to solve problems to find out what numbers they are supposed to color.
Completed projects make a cute February bulletin board. Use the “We LOVE Mystery Math!” poster in the middle of your display.
The featured FREEBIE today is a set of valentine 10-frames. A nice "go along" to the Valenteen 10-frame craftivity mentioned above.
Besides the 10-frame cards, the packet also includes heart-themed, counting tiles, plus math symbols and number cards, so that you can make equations and play a variety of games.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a blessed day filled with lots of "warm fuzzy" moments.
"Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love." -William Shakespeare
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More St. Patty's Day Activities With Me
I had a few special requests this week, and thought I'd combine them all in today's blog article. I hope you enjoy them.
Kyanne, from Wisconsin, wanted a simple St. Patrick's Day word search for her young five students. Even though there are a lot of word search generators out there, they mostly have uppercase letters.
Further difficulties arrise, because they share letters, show the words going backwards, as well as diagonally and vertically, so I usually make up my own. I like to include a shape to add interest as well.
Word searches are a great way to practice spelling and build vocabulary, so that's why I think they should be in lowercase letters. I also like them relatively easy (showing the words in forward-horizontal fashion) so that my kiddos don't get frustrated.
If you want to do these easy ones with older elementary students, simply give them 1-minute to find as many as they can. Speed games, help prepare children for timed tests in a non-stressful way. Besides using them as a game, they are a nice plug-in for your Daily 5 word work activities too. Click on the link to view/download the 2 St. Patrick's Day word searches.
Another way to work on words, is by giving students a themed-word and challenging them to create other words, using only the letters that appear in that word. With that in mind, I created How Many Words Can You Find in Leprechaun, and another one for the word shamrock.
Surprisingly, I made 97 words from the letters in shamrock, and found 161 words using the letters in leprechaun. The packet includes recording sheets, as well as my answer keys. Click on the link to view/download the How Many Can You Find St. Patrick's Day activity.
I made 16, which includes some in color, as well as 5 in black and white, so that students can color their own.
Gloria, from Wisconsin, collects my alphabet cards, and wanted some with shamrocks and kites, two big theme weeks for her kinders.
I had already made shamrock alphabet ones, and am now working on the ABC kite cards, to add to our growing collection.
All of the alphabet packets, include a tip list of what to do with the cards, including games like Kaboom, plus a separate set of upper as well as lowercase letters, so that you can play Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games. Click on the link to view/download the shamrock alphabet cards. The kite cards will be done and posted by Monday.
Finally, Sara from Maine, likes to change her 10 frame math center each month. She was looking for some with shamrocks. I spent quite a bit of time making 10 frame templates, so it's pretty easy for me to plug in appropriate clip art to make them for any theme you do.
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1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Coin Activities With Me!
I had quite a few requests for some specific coin-related lessons, so I made time to get these designed, as I think many others will find them helpful as well.
The ever-popular 10 frames packet collection, has really grown! I think I've covered all of the monthly themes, but am happy to make others.
Karissa, from California, says she has collected them all, and wondered if I could make some with coins on them for her kinders.
I've included 10 frames for pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, plus extra tiles of each, so you can run off and use them as manipulatives. Using real pennies would also be fun for your kiddos. Click on the link to view/download the 10 Frames Coin Packet.
Connie, in Delaware, teaches preschool and wondered if I had any coin games? I liked to use dice to help my Y5's subitize, (Quickly identify how many in a group, without having to count.) so I designed the Coins On A Roll dice game.
Simply run off the coin bookmarks. Students pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice. If they roll a one they color in the penny. If they roll a two, they color in the second coin, which is a nickel and so on. However, if someone rolls a six, they lose their turn.
The first child who colors in all of the coins on ther bookmark is the winner. This game also provides a teachable moment to review ordinal numbers as well. Click on the link to view/download the Coins On A Roll dice game.
Quite a few teachers asked if I could make some worksheets involving coins. Many of them were required to send homework home and several needed something for early finishers to do.
These are also great for Daily 5 word work or a sub folder. Click on the link to view/download the 10-page Coin Worksheet packet.
I also had several homeschooling moms and teachers who were looking for some crafts with a coin theme, so I re-designed the coin dangler.
My Y5's enjoyed making the "Money Matters Mobiles." They looked wonderful swirling and twirling from our hallway ceiling.
They're also an easy way to review sizes (small-medium and large) as well as the circle shape, and provide great cutting practice too.
I opted to add the paper dollar to the top and cut out my students' school picture, so they could glue it over Washington's face.
My report card standards only required my Y5's to know the penny, nickel, dime and quarter, but I've also included templates for the half dollar and dollar coins as well. Click on the link to view/download the Money Matters Coin Dangler craftivity.
Finally, Connie, from Oregon, really liked the Olympics flip for facts file folder activity, that was included in the Olympic writing packet and asked if I had one for coins. I thought this was a wonderful idea, so I got right to it.
File folder facts are a simple and effective way to introduce research to early elementary students. Children search for interesting facts Online, choose their favorites, and then put them into their own words.
As with the Olympic file folder, I've also included several pages of how to explain citations to your kiddos and provide links too.
The Flip For Facts File Folders are a nice pre-cursor to writing a report. Click on the link to view/download the Coin Flip For Facts File Folder Packet.
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Review a variety of math standards, with this 10-frames packet. If you enjoy using 10 frames, be sure and check out the rest of our themes. We have LOTS! I've included extra tiles to use as manipulatives for sorting, making groups/sets & patterning.
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Valentine Activities With Me
I had a special request from Iesha, in Michigan, for some 10-frame cards with hearts on them. Since this was also on my "to do" list, I got right to it.
All of the new 10-frames packets include extra tiles, so that students can use them as manipulatives to make groups/sets to match the number on the cards, sort the tiles or pattern with them. Click on the link to view/download the Valentine 10-Frames packet.
1-2-3 Count Valentines With Me compliments the cards, as this easy reader booklet is based on a 10-frame and covers all sorts of standards.
Students read, trace and write the numbers and number words, circle the number in the sequence, dot that many spots on the 10-frame, then cut and glue the appropriate picture showing a group of that many.
The new "Count With Me" booklets, also have students add end punctuation to the simple sentences. Each packet also includes several worksheets. Click on the link to view/download the 1-2-3 Count Valentines With Me packet.
When I'm diddling around designing, an idea sometimes happens because of the adorable graphics done by really creative artists, like Laura Strickland (mycutegraphics) and DJ Inkers.
When I taught high school, my students enjoyed a variety of poetry that I shared with them. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, was a personal favorite.
I thought this would make an interesting writing prompt for students. Just incase you'd like to share the original poem, I've included it in the packet.
Instead of love, I substituted the word like. Students can choose to complete the prompt for someone they are close to, or to promote friendship and build self-esteem within your class, have students choose a classmate. Students write things they like about that person, or things that person does that they like etc.
To jumpstart your students' creative minds, make one about your best friend, sister, brother, husband or wife to share as an example. I've also included a bookmark in color, that teachers can fill out for each student. Write the child's name on the heart and then list a few things of why you enjoy having them in your class. Click on the link to view/download the How Do I Like Thee? Valentine Writing Prompt packet.
I didn't have much time to design more valentine crafts this year, but I did want to make a few valentines that your kiddos could make and take home to their families.
Moms especially LOVE the cute "paper love" keepsakes that their child makes at school. With that in mind, I designed the "Blow A Kiss!" keepsake card.
The original idea came from "Life Is Sweet." She painted her baby's hand and pressed it on some paper for grandma and grampa. Here's my version:
Run off my template on white construction paper, or for more pizzazz, print it on regular copy paper and then have students trim and glue their card to their favorite color.
Students pick a partner and take turns tracing each other's hand. For PK kids, have a room helper do the tracing and cutting.
Draw a little tab at the base of the palm, so that the hand has a "hinge" and then cut out. Glue the hinge to the back, of the bottom of the card, so that it flips down, to reveal the sentiment.
I made a page of lip tiles (kisses), so that students can glue their "kiss" to the middle of their flopped over hand. For that finishing touch, add a school photo and some glitter. Click on the link to view/download the "Blow A Kiss" Keepsake Valentine Card.
Another quick valentine craft is a simple positive-negative reverse picture. My Y5's were always amazed when they folded the half-heart template, cut on the solid line and then unfolded a whole heart!
Most of them didn't even realize that they were cutting a heart out, and I didn't spoil the "surprise." I loved their excited exclamations over this scissor "magic."
Turn this into an interesting writing prompt for older students: "Half of me enjoys _______ and half of me enjoys ____________." I had a lot of fun writing a sample for you that will help to explain the lesson.
For more pizzazz, I cut my photo in half and arranged it on my "heartwork."
To get in some keyboard practice, have students write their rough draft, and then type up their final copy and mount it on construction paper. Completed projects make an awesome February bulletin board.
Click on the link to view/download the Folded Heart Writing Prompt Packet.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Interesting Activities With Me
Since the lists of my all-time favorite books for various units, have been so popular, I decided to make one for my love-themed selections, which include Valentine's Day books and books about hugs, kisses and love.
I think it's probably my biggest collection, as Valentine's Day has been my favorite holiday since I was five. Click on the link to view/dowload the list of My 100 All-Time Favorite Valentine Books.
Books need a bookmark, so I designed ten Valentine bookmarks that you can use as incentives (challenge students to collect all of them as they complete various tasks each day) or give as prizes on your party day.
Click on the link to view/download the Valentine's Day Bookmark packet.
Like the book lists, the punctuation pocket cards, have also been extremely popular, so I made a set of 30 with a valentine theme. Print; laminate and trim.
You can put them in your pocket chart, read as a whole group and then make corrections with a dry erase marker.
Students circle the letters that should be capitalized, and then add end punctuation.
I made a lot more cards for this packet, as I thought it might be a fun activity for Valentine's Day.
Pass one out to each student to make corrections and then share the results with the class.
I purposely included quite a few contractions in the simple sentences to provide yet another teachable moment. Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Grammar Cards.
While I was making the valentine clock cards yesterday, I was working on several other telling time activities, and finished them today.
Whatever number they land on, is the heart that they color on their recording sheet. Students also write in the digital time, and if you want, have them cover the heart with a candy one.
The student who completes their clock first is the winner. The prize can be the candy hearts. Inform students that they may eat one, and then put the rest in the box to take home. Click on the link to view/download the Candy Heart Clock Game.
Finally, I also finished the Watch Me Tell Time whole-group assessment activity. Print off the pocket watch page on tan or gold paper, cut off the directions.
Run off the clocks and digital time rectangles on glossy photo paper. Cut out the clocks and boxes and glue one to each pocket watch paper. You've now created a dry erase board.
Call out a time. Using a dry erase marker, students draw hands on the clock face and write the digital time in the box. When they are done, they hold up their pocket watch.
This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess analog and digital time to the hour or half hour. (Common Core State Standard: 1.MD.3) Click on the link to view/download the Watch Me Tell Time assessment packet.
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1-2-3 Come Use 10-Frames With Me.
As promised, I got the rest of the fall 10-frames completed this week. Pumpkin 10 frames, Spider 10 frames, Scarecrow 10 frames, Leaf 10 frames, Football 10 frames, Bat 10 Frames, Fire Safety 10 Frames and Candy Corn 10 Frames are now ready for instant download. (Whew!) Just click on the links. If you missed the apple 10 frames, or the owl 10 frames for September, simply click on their links. To view all of my 10 Frame FREEBIES click on this link.
Thinking about numbers using 10 frames, can be a helpful and easy way for students to learn basic number facts. A 10 frame is a simple graphic tool that allows people to “see” numbers.
They will help your students with number sense, place value, patterns and relationships, as well as subitizing (being able to recognize at a glance, domino and dice patterns, without having to count the dots).
There are lots of activities that you can do with the 10-frame packets besides the obvious. Use them as flashcards, examples in your pocket chart, switch up your number word wall to be seasonal, and post a themed set there. You can make laminated sets for games and/or run off copies of whatever you'd like your students to work on, and use them as a table top lesson, math center, or to make booklets.
A set of numbers, number words, and math symbols (plus, minus, equals, greater and less than) allows students to make equations (covering more standards) plus play a variety of games. i.e. Match the 10 frame to the number card, or number word, to play a Memory Match game, or play "I Have; Who Has?"
You can also use the number word cards to ask questions of "How many more to make ______?" i.e. There are 2 pieces of candy corn on the candy corn number cards. How many more are needed to equal the number on a particular card. (1 more is needed for the one card, 9 more for the ten card etc. )
Do the same with the bat number word cards, that feature 4 bats.
The scarecrow-number word cards have 2 different pictures in an ABAB pattern. Ask students which picture is on all of the even numbered cards and which is on the odd numbered cards. You can do the same with the spider number cards as they are 2 different colors.
I'm always looking to improve things, so I thought I'd make some extra tiles for you to print, laminate and cut out, so that your students can use these as matching manipulatives for the 10 frames. Use them for the above games to fill in a 10 frame. Children can also count, sort, and pattern with them. For added fun, and a sweet treat, give students 10 pieces of candy corn when you're working with the Candy Corn 10 frames. As a reward for wonderful work, students can eat a few at the end of the activity.
If there's a fall theme that I missed, that you'd like a 10-frame packet for, simply shoot me an e-mail email@example.com and I'll see what I can do. 10 Frames for Turkeys and Pilgrims are in the works for November. I'll also be making 10 frames for winter and a set for spring as well, so if you have a request, let me know.
If you'd like some links to a few wonderful 10-frame videos and 10-frame games, click on the link to pop on over to that blog article. For more 10-Frame practice that incorporates reading standards too, try our 1-2-3 Count ____________'s With Me booklets. They are themed easy-readers, based on 10 frames. All of the above 10 frame packets, have matching "Count With Me" booklets, that would be wonderful seasonal extensions. Click on the link to zip on over to my 10-frame section, and scroll down to see all of the 1-2-3 Counting booklets.
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1-2-3 Come Make Some 10 Frames With Me
Thinking about numbers using frames of 10, can be a helpful and easy way for students to learn basic number facts. A 10 frame is a simple graphic tool that allows people to “see” numbers. They will help your students with number sense, place value, patterns and relationships, as well as subitizing.
While researching 10 frames, I found a wonderful 10 frame game your students can play. There's no reading involved, a voice tells you what to do. The four games that can be played with their applet, help to develop counting and addition skills. Children can independently play: How Many, Build, Fill and Add. Click on the above link to hop on over.
I also took a look at YouTube to see if I could find some quick explanations. There's a Ten Frame 4-minute video that does a nice job. Click on the link to pop over. For a 1 minute 10-frame explanation click on that link.
Since I planned all of my teaching around various themes each month, I decided to make 10 Frames featuring the most popular ones I could think of. Working on the same procedures can get a bit boring, but if you switch things up with different 10 frame templates, students will get excited to continue practicing skills.
There are a lot of ways to use these 10 frames. They certainly enhance number sense. They also help students subitize:recognize at a glance, domino and dice patterns without having to count the dots.
Besides the obvious uses, I've also made a set of numbers, number words, and math symbols ( plus, minus, equals, greater and less than) so students can make equations and play a variety of other games. i.e. Match the 10 frame to the number card, or number word, to play a Memory Match game, or play "I Have; Who Has?"
To practice subitizing, use them as flashcards to see who can call out the correct number first. They are also nice in a math center, using manipulatives and dry erase markers to fill them in. To make manipulatives to add to the 10 frames, simply run off extra pages of the 10-filled 10 frame and cut them into squares.
I'm in the process of making some for each month, and started with September. I just finished apple 10 frames, owl 10 frames and pirate 10 frames. Click on the links to zip on over to download these freebies. I also have pumpkins, leaves, scarecrows, frogs, stars, bats, spiders, dinosaurs and bees in the works, to round out fall, before I begin ones for winter. If there is a theme that you'd like 10 frames for, shoot me an e-mail and I'll add it to my list, and let you know when I've completed it. firstname.lastname@example.org
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1-2-3 Come Work With 10 Frames With Me!
Ten frames are such a visual help for little ones. I find that most of my kiddo's are visual and kinestetic learners. I provided pictures and examples of things and plenty of math manipulatives, so they could do a lot of hands-on fun. At first, children think that these are just toys; they later learn that the "toys" are wonderful learning TOOLS to help show and demonstrate math concepts.
I tried especially hard to design things with little boys in mind, as their attention span as a Y5 seemed quite a bit shorter than the girl's.
Anything to do with trucks was always a hit, so when I was fooling around with what could appropriately hold a 10-frame, that would be exciting to a boy, but fun for girls too, a semi truck came to mind.
You can print off one and laminate, to use as a "teacher-led" instruction manipulative. Simply put it up on your white board, and using a dry erase marker, fill in a new number or equation each day. By writing these on Popsicle sticks, and letting students choose them, you can keep track of what you've already covered.
Call on a student to make X's or bingo dots in the correct number of boxes. Using 2 colors to SHOW the 2 numbers in an equation, is extremely helpful. Make an extra 10 frame semi truck and put it in your Math Center, or if you are able to make an entire class set, allow students to choose the colors for their truck and add their school photo, so that it looks like they are driving their semi.
Younger students can work with single numbers to 20, while older students can work with math equations to 20.
This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole group practice and assess understanding.
I've also included 2 ten frames in one of the trucks, so that you can work with numbers greater than 10 and less than 21.
Click on the link to view/download the 10 Frame Math Semi Truck Activity.
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