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 #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.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin
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-Apple Activities With Me
My apple studies spill into October because of our big Harvest Theme going on.
With all of the rules, “getting to know” you activities, and assessing where my kiddos are at, I simply don’t have enough time in September, to get to all of the interesting apple science I have planned because we don't start school 'til after Labor Day.
So my super-fun apple activities, simply flow into October, along with my other harvest themes: pumpkins and scarecrows.
October is also the perfect time to learn about the seasons because my students can definitely see lots of changes going on outside.
With that in mind, I designed the Seasons of my Apple Tree packet.
It’s chock full of all sorts of fun activities that reinforce a variety of standards.
I introduce these lessons by reading The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree, by Gail Gibbons.
The packet includes:
* An emergent reader booklet, which includes 36 Dolch sight words!
* There’s 6-mini pages on a one-page template, for a “just the right size” Itty Bitty booklet, which saves on paper & printing.
* I’ve included an emergent reader in full-color for teachers, as well as black & white for your students.
* There’s an optional last page, so you can Segway into graphing a favorite season, as well as a favorite color apple.
* My personal favorite, is an adorable keepsake 4-seasons tree.
* You can either have children trace their hand and arm, to make the branches and trunk of the tree, or print off my pattern.
* I live in Michigan, which is a huge apple growing state, so there are plenty of places you can see orchards.
Use the pictures as posters, a bulletin board display, or simply share with your students before or after reading apple stories.* I've also included worksheets, & pocket chart cards.
Well that's it for today. My grandchildren are coming over and we're going to decorate the house for fall.
I so enjoy doing that, especially with little ones to help energize me with their excitement.
Wishing you a love-filled day.
"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation." -Lois Wyse