## More Butterfly & Caterpillar Activities

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Is April flying by for you too? Here are a few more super-fun butterfly & caterpillar activities that practice a variety of standards.

Since the apple & pumpkin-shaped number puzzles were such a huge hit in fall, I decided to make some butterfly-shaped ones for a springtime center.

The puzzles help reinforce sequencing numbers, counting from 1-10, 11-20, as well as counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s.

For something new, I've also included a set of alphabet letter puzzles as well. (Aa-Jj, Kk-Tt, Qq-Zz)

Choose which puzzles are appropriate for your students. Print on a variety of colors of construction paper or card stock. Trim and keep in their own Ziplock Baggie in your math & alphabet centers.  These are also fun for your students to make one of their own.

Have them trace & write the numbers/letters then trim. They can pick a partner and play "Speed Sequence" with them, to see who will be the first to complete their butterfly.

Besides these "shape" puzzles, another packet includes 50 regular number puzzles for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Some are vertical, others horizontal.  They come in color plus black and white and are a super-fun way to review Eric Carle's story, as well as practice the life cycle of a butterfly.

Another math center activity featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a 10 frames game, which reinforces numbers 1-10, number words, groups/sets, and addition.

Children pick a partner and take turns rolling one dice to fill in 10 frames 1-6; then use two dice, and add them together, to fill in 10 frames 7-10.

Before starting the game, children number the body segments. To reinforce number words, have them write the number above the 10 frame and the number word underneath.

If a child rolls an 11 or 12 they get to draw facial features on their caterpillar's head. The first one who completes their caterpillar is the winner.

Each month I do a glyph with my students, so I designed a butterfly one for April.

Glyphs are a quick, easy and fun way to get to know your students better, at the same time practice listening and following directions.

Because each glyph is different, they make a terrific bulletin board display.  No matter what grade I taught, my kiddos absolutely LOVED making glyphs.

In April I'm also trying to get my students to improve their writing by using adjectives, which help make sentences "come alive" because they are more descriptive.

Caterpillars and butterflies are a perfect vehicle for that, thus the reason behind the "print & go" Butterfly Caterpillar Adjective Worksheets, great for Daily 5 word work, or your writing block.

I’ve included 28 photographs of real caterpillars, along with an assortment of 32 butterfly photos. There are 4 on a page. Choose your favorites, print, laminate & trim, then have students take a look and pass them around.

Afterwards, discuss what an adjective is, and brainstorm a list of words that describe caterpillars and butterflies. Students then write as many words as they want on each of the worksheets.

Remind students to color the pictures, then include those words on their worksheet as well.   I've also included a "trace, cut & glue" option for younger students.

For more word work practice, after students complete their worksheets, have them write some sentences on the 8 choices of “stationery” provided, using the adjectives that they thought of.

Finally, to practice colors and color words, I designed a 3D Caterpillar Paper Chain Craft.

I’ve included word strips for all of the colors pictured, plus optional spellings for gray & grey

Completed projects look fabulous suspended from the ceiling, or used as a border along a hallway wall.

Since a lot of teachers study rainbows in March, I decided to add a snake head pattern as well, making this a fun activity for St. Patrick's Day too.

Today's FREEBIE is entitled "Butterfly UT Word Play" and features 3 different worksheets with a butterfly theme, perfect for Daily 5 word work activities.

Students fill in the UT to make words; + trace, write and alphabetize words that rhyme with butter as well as fly.

It's an "oldie but goodie" that I designed years ago before all of the design programs I use now.

3 different worksheets with a butterfly theme.
Students fill in the UT to make words; + trace, write and alphabetize words that rhyme with butter as well as fly.

Includes a mini certificate of praise.

- See more at: http://teachwithme.com/downloads/item/3042-978#sthash.yIR0lIO4.dpuf

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

I've got so many "idea piles" on my desk for Mother's Day, I best get to sifting and sorting to see what fun things I can come up with for May.

Wishing you a productive and fun-filled day.

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." -Rabindranath Tagore

## 10 Frames Bee Packet

8 pages. If you're doing a busy bee theme, then you'll enjoy this bumblebee 10 frame packet.

Be sure and check out our other 10 frame packets; we have lots!

## 10 Frames Pirate Packet

9 pages.

If you are doing a pirate theme, you'll enjoy this 10 frame pirate packet.

Be sure and check out our other 10 frame activities; we have lots!

## 10 Frames Owl Packet

8 pages.

If you have an owl theme going in your classroom, then you'll enjoy these 10 Frame activities. If you like teaching by theme, be sure and check out the many other 10 Frame packets.

## 10 Frame activities

Me and My 10 Frame

My 10 Frames have been one of the most downloaded items on the shopping cart.  (Over 100,000!)

I thought to spice things up, and keep your students interested, I’d design a mini set of 10-Frames they could manipulate, and make a set for each month (September through June.)

3 days, and 101 pages later, Monthly 10 Frames was born.

It will help you with Common Core State Standards:K.CC.2, K.CC.3, K.CC.4a, K.CC.4b, K.CC.4c, K.CC.5, k.CC.6 K.OA.1 K.OA.5

Your students will really enjoy the variety of hands-on activities they can do with this packet.

Now you can use a different-themed 10 frame each month. These can also be a fun way to individually or whole-group assess.

The packet includes:

• 10 different monthly 10-Frames in color. (September -June). Print & Laminate.
• I've also included 10 black & white monthly 10-frames, so you can run them off to give to your students.
• 20 different manipulative sheets with 80 pieces per page.  Print, laminate and cut out.  Store each set in a Snack Baggy.
• A blank set of 10-frames so you can design your own, or make 20-Frames for higher number math.
• Traceable numbers from 1-50 so students can make equations and then show their work with the manipulatives and 10-frames.
• A page of math symbols for the + sign, - sign, & = sign.
• A page of > < symbols.
• A "Trace & Write" skill sheet for numbers 1-50.  As a game have students choose a number and count from there to the end.
• Sort by 5's & 10's mats.
• Blank addition & subtraction mats for you to fill in with your own equations.
• 10 addition mats with equations for the fact families.
• 21 subtraction mats +
• 2 certificates of praise (1 for addition, 1 for subtraction.)

Partner students up and play math games. Use the manipulatives to make patterns.

Click on the link to view/download the 101-page Monthly 10 Frame packet.

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