1-2-3 Come Tell Digital and Analog Time With Me!
I was pretty happy; after I got done with the Whooo knows the time? owl clock. Everyone I showed it to thought it was cute.
A friend commented that she felt a smaller version might be better for students.
I know that some teachers might not have the time for their kiddo’s to create the larger ones, so I decided to make mini Whooo knows the time? owl clock PADDLES. My “coin paddles” are one of our most downloaded items, so perhaps these will be a winner too.
While frogging around gluing the analog owl to the Popsicle stick, I thought why not put a digital one on the back, so teachers could review both Common Core State Standards. (1.MD.3a) They can use the big one and call out a time. Using dry erase markers, children draw the hands on their clock, and the numbers on the digital side, and then hold it up. Does it match the clocks that the teacher is holding? You can whole-group assess in seconds!
Print off the colored ones, or run off the black and white template on white construction paper. Students color their owls any color they want. Laminate and return to them to cut and glue to a Popsicle stick, gluing the analog owl on one side and the digital clock on the other.
If you want to use your owls each year, instead of having students make their own, print off the colored owl template and laminate.
Mr. Clean Erasers do a nice job of cleaning dry erase, and even permanent marker off laminate! Students only need a small square of the eraser, so cut your Mr. Clean ones in 8 pieces.
You could also make a few of the big clocks and have students partner up. One plays the teacher, and the other shows their student-paddle. This is a great way to pair up a strong student, with a struggler, for more one-on-one review time.
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From Seeds To Pumpkin Pie -- Life Cycle Craftivity
I LOVE teaching hands-on "craftivities." They are wonderful vehicles that get students motivated and excited to learn.
They involve a multitude of senses as I incorporate all sorts of skills, report card standards and subjects.
From Seeds To Pumpkin Pie is an example of how I do this.
The front of the pumpkin reviews all of the basic shapes, including the hexagon, as students design their Jack-O-Lantern. (K.G.2)
Students can draw them on their orange circle or give them an assortment of the various shapes, by pre-cutting them out of black construction paper. I would opt for the latter with Y5’s or younger.
I’ve found that little ones are often frustrated with reproducing shapes, particularly triangles, so they make a dot here and there and put a smile on their pumpkin face, which defeats the purpose of the lesson.
This way you’ll get all sorts of unique Jack-O-Lanterns with hexagons, ovals, triangles etc.
Things are also done in a short amount of time, yet students are still getting a good fine motor skill work out.
Listening and following directions is imperative to assembling their project, which can be whole-group assessed.
The back of the pumpkin converts into a pie and is divided into quarters and shows the life cycle, so you’ll be teaching science.
A cycle is done in a specific order, so you can review ordinal numbers as well. i.e., first we plant seeds, second we’ll see a sprout, third the yellow flower will appear etc.
The picture is divided into 1/4ths so it’s perfect to introduce or review fractions (Common Core math standard1.G.3) with first graders.
That’s specifically why I added the 2 skill sheets with the pumpkin pie and stem activities, so 1st grade students can work on partitioning circles (pumpkin pies) and rectangles (pumpkin stems) into two and four equal shares; describing the shares using the words halves, fourths & quarters. (1.G.3)
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I hope your little “punkins” enjoy this hands-on craftivity, while they’re learning Common Core.
Their self-esteem will be built as they see their work dangling from the ceiling in the hallway too. What a treat!
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