1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Activities With Me
The 3 main characters in Dr. Seuss’s story “Ten Apples Up On Top” are a dog, lion & tiger, so I thought it would be fun for children to practice number recognition and counting to 10 with an animal "slider".
After reading the story, have students transition to this whole-group craftivity.
There are 6 BW pattern choices.
Two of each animal, plus I’ve included full-color templates so you can quickly & easily make a sample to share, helping explain what you want your students to do.
Simply run the patterns off on white construction paper or card stock and give children a choice.
They color their animal, then trim around the edges.
There are 4 apple slider strip options.
Two are in BW the others in color.
The apples are numbered as well as blank, so that students can write them in.
So that the "slider" is not pulled out, have children fold and glue the end. Wahla! Instant stop guard.
To play this whole-group game, call out a number.
“I see 6 apples up on top!”
Children gently pull on their slider, counting out 6 apples, then hold their animal pet in the air.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
* Save the number 10 for last, then count all of the apples together one more time.
* Children lay their animal down, and point to each number as you count the apples to ten.
* Students exclaim: “Hooray! Ten apples up on top!”
* If you’re also learning how to count backwards from 10, do that next, by having children pull the apple slider back down, pausing at each number, looking at it and saying it.
* When you get to the end, have children crouch down with their critter and repeat the backwards sequence exclaiming:
“No apples up on top. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0. Blast off!”
* As they yell “Blast Off!” they jump in the air, and can quietly file out to their backpacks to put their animal slider away.
Have older students glue two apple strips together to count to 20 and work on those tricky teen numbers.
This is also a great activity and story to read for a substitute teacher. (Instant lesson. Just tuck in your sub tub).
Today's featured FREEBIE also has an apple theme.
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Well that's it for today. Hope you are enjoying your summer. Mine is going way too fast.
My mom's coming for a visit next week, so It's time to get some marathon cleaning and shopping done.
Wishing you a carefree day.
"Summer: Rest, Relax, Repeat!"
1-2-3 Come Do A Few Ghostly Activities With Me
I had a request from Alma, over in California, for a few non-scary math activities, with a skeleton or ghost theme. She teaches a Hispanic group of kinders in Oakland and their Day of the Dead celebration (Dia de Los Muertos) is huge for them.
I referred her to the Numbskull math activities, as well as the Candy Bones activities, but also decided to design a few ghost -themed things as well. Cute little ghosts seemed to be a lot less scary to me than a skull, although that seems to be the prominent symbol for their holiday.
So if you too, are you looking for a few activities to plug into your Halloween party day, but still want to cover some standards, then I think you'll enjoy this cute little ghost-themed packet.
The packet includes:
Instead of the R.I.P. signifying rest in peace, I printed Really Important Person on the tombstone. Children sign their name at the top. Older students can complete the writing prompt: Things that scare me... on the back.
Children can also trace their shoe to make their ghost slider and then cut 2 slits in the center, so they can insert their "slider" strip, or simply run off my ghost template, (bottom right in the photo), choosing whatever slider you want to practice.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Time to straighten up the toy messes happily strewn hither and yon around the house. Proof that a little pumpkin plays at Nana's house.
One of my dearest friends is coming over. We are celebrating Jude's going into remission from cancer news! Since it's Cancer Awareness Month, just want to give a shout out to all those brave people battling it, as well as those helping in and supporting the cause. Blessings all around. Click on the link for an inspiring musical video "Truly Brave" by Sara Bareillis and Cyndi Lauper
"We haven't failed. We now know a thousand things that won't work, so we are much closer to finding what will." -- Thomas Edison
1-2-3 Come Do Some Pirate Activities With Me
I was excited to see that the Polly Wants A Letter Cracker packet was a very popular download this week.
I had several teachers that liked Pirate Polly so much, that Karyn from Florida, and Elaina from California, asked if I could make some crackers with numbers on them, so I designed crackers with numbers from 0-130.
"Feeding" Polly is a fun and less tedious way to practice counting that high. The mini cracker cards, are also the perfect size for for sequencing.
Make extra sets and have students lie on their tummies and string 20-30 crackers in the appropriate order.
Use them to play a game of "I Have; Who Has?" Toss whatever cracker numbers your kiddos need practice on, into a container and have students choose several.
I've included "Kaboom!" bomb crackers, to make things even more fun + a tip list of what else you can do with these number cards.
Have students sort the number crackers on the odd and even sorting mat, or make equations with the math symbol crackers, and then solve the addition and subtraction problems, or show greater and less than.
I've also included a variety of trace and write the number worksheets in the packet, as well as "What's Missing?" skip count worksheets, plus a certificate of praise.
Click on the link to view/download the Polly Wants A Number Cracker packet.
While I was expanding Polly's appetite for learning, I thought it would be fun to make shape crackers too.
Brook sent me an e-mail that's she's always looking for more 3D shape activities, so along with 2D shapes, I included 3D shapes, and even threw in the pattern block shapes.
The crackers are still square, but the "cheese" on them is shaped. Of course "Polly" loves these treats. So that you can also play a Memory Match game, as well as reinforce vocabulary, I also made crackers with shape words on them. I hope your little pirates will enjoy "feeding" Polly yummy shapes and word crackers.
As with the other Polly Packets, I've also included some extras. Students can "get in shape" by playing a variety of "I Spy" a shape worksheet games, as well as several "Shipshape" porthole dice games.
Click on the link to view/download the Polly Wants A Shape Cracker packet.
Finally, I also made a Polly Slider for a bit of hands-on fun.
This "craftivity" includes "sliders" for upper and lowercase letters, numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 10 to 0 as well as 20 to 0, plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, and of course a shape slider featuring 2D shapes, pattern block shapes and 3D shapes.
Run off Polly on white construction paper and have students color her, or run the bird off on green construction paper; students trim and add a black pirate hat (there are two to choose from) as well as a 3D yellow beak.
Run off whatever "slider" you want your students to practice. They trace the letters and numbers, or color the shapes, and then insert their strip into the slits, so that the various objects will appear in a "window" as they slide the long piece of paper up and down.
I pre-cut the slits with an Exacto knife, as this sort of cutting was a bit too difficult for my Y5's to do on their own. Sliders are a quick and easy way to review and whole group assess.
Call out a shape, letter, or number and have students slide 'til it appears in the window. When they've found the correct answer, they hold up their parrot. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Add a bit more pizzazz by attaching a wiggle eye with a glue dot. Click on the link to view/download the Pirate Polly Slider packet.
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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.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Feel free to PIN away.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some More Coin Activities With Me
The more opportunities you give students to experience coins, the better chance they have of latching on to some sort of comparison, fact or piece of trivia that will help them identify the coins.
Making the Coin Autograph Booklet is a fun way to do that. Run off copies for all of your students, or simply make one for yourself and share your teacher’s copy with them.
I did a bit of research to see if I could find the the President’s signatures, and found them extremely interesting. Washington and Jefferson wrote with feather quills, so set up a center activity where your students can write their name with a feather-dipped in paint.
I did this for a Constitution Day activity and have a template for that you can use. Click on the link to view/download the quill page from Activities For Constitution Day.
To get some name writing practice in, include an extra page with the booklet and have students collect some autographs of their friends, or to expedite things, have each student sign one paper, and run off copies for everyone, entitled Your Classmate’s Autographs. Click on the link to view/download the Coin Autograph Booklet.
Set up a center with these 6 coin puzzles and help your students practice counting, counting backwards from 10 to 1, and skip counting by 10's to 100, as they review the various coins. Click on the link to view/download the coin puzzle packet.
Another way to review coins as well as skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's is with these President trace and write skip counting skip counting cards.
I used nickels for students to count by 5's with, and dimes when they count by 10's.
Covers are included if you want your kiddos to make Itty Bitty Coin Counting booklets. Click on the link to view/download the coin cards.
When I'm studying something with my students, I try and cover several standards.
With that in mind, I designed 30 grammar coin cards. Use them as pocket cards and read them as a whole group. This is an interesting way to review facts about the various coins.
Using a dry erase marker, call on students to circle any letters that should be capitalized and have them add end punctuation as well. I made enough cards so that you can pass one out to each student.
When everyone has shared their corrected card, put several on the board and have children rewrite the sentences correctly on a sheet of paper. Click on the link to view/download the 30 grammar coin cards.
The Dollar Shapes Up is another money-themed easy reader that reviews shapes. Click on the link to view/download it.
Finally, My Buck Book is an easy reader as well, and reviews ways students can make a dollar. Click on the link to view/download it.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you found a few things that will help your students with coin identification. To check out lots more money-themed FREEBIES, click on the link to zip on over to that section of my site, and feel free to PIN away.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Craftivities And Games With Me!
Did you ever have one of those days where you might as well have stayed in bed? Well that was yesterday! The reason there was no blog article was that our main server (in Texas) crashed. It seemed everything techno in my world went on the fritz, from my e-mail, to the printer and even my favorite design software was having glitchy hiccups.
I apologize if you tried to visit us and got an error-connection message. I'm back to being a happy camper with lots of FREEBIES to share.
Keep review of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and skip counting fresh and interesting, by making these puzzles. Laminate for an independent center (I've included a blank grid for kiddo's to place the pieces on), or have your students pick one, run them off and then they cut and glue them to a blue or black sheet of construction paper.
If you're doing the alphabet, have students think of a word that starts with that letter on the puzzle piece, and then write it on the appropriate tree-strip.
Remind students to leave a little gap inbetween the pieces. You can add a bit of pizzazz by dipping a Q-tip in glue and then dotting on "snowflakes." For an awesome effect, sprinkle with white or silver glitter.
These make a lovely bulletin board too. Caption: Learning About Letters and Numbers Is "Snow" Much Fun! or "Look At All Of The TREE-mendous Work From Mrs. Henderson's Kinders!" Click on the link for the Snowman Tummy Puzzles or The 13 Merry-Making Tree Puzzles.
Since the Silly Shaped penguins and Owls Shape Up "craftivities" continue to be in the top 10 downloaded items from my site, I decided to design a Shapely Snowman, as well as a Gingerbread set, with plans to make special shape pals for all of the months. (i.e. pumpkins for October and butterflies for April!)
You can make the gingerbread heads a game, by running the bow pieces off on red construction paper.
Instead of gluing the shape words inside the bows and then gluing them to the gingerbread head, glue only the bows. Keep the shape-word circles separate.
Students place the shape word on to the matching shapely gingerbread's bow. To make a girl gingerbread, glue the bows to the top of the head. Glue it as a bow tie under the chin to make a gingerbread boy. To add a bit of pizzazz, I used white puffy paint for "frosting." Click on the link for the Shapely Gingerbread packet.
There are also several things you can do with the Shapely Snowman templates. Make a laminated set for a bulletin board, or use as puzzles for an independent center activity.
For a center matching game, do not glue the hats on the snowmen. Instead make only one hat with interchangeable hat bands. Students pick a shape word-hat band and place it on the hat, then they look for the matching snowman and place the hat on his head. Play continues 'til the child has used all of the hat bands and snowmen. Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Snowman Packet.
Another popular winter activity is the Snowman Glyph. Each one turns out a bit different so this too makes an adorable bulletin board. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Glyph.
Practice addition and subtraction with Dominic the Snowman Domino-Dice game. Click on the link to grab it.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you can stop by tomorrow for even more FREEBIES. My brain is on over-drive again, and since the weather outside is "frightful" I might as well have a "delightful" time inside designing away. Feel free to PIN away!
"Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Gingerbread Activities With Me
I LOVE drawing gingerbread boys and girls. Each one has their own personality. I try to give them that cuteness factor with special eyes and grins. Since the "craftivities" I post are pretty popular, I decided to revamp a few favorites.
Gingerbread Cookie Counting now has a variety of traceable number sequences. Choose one for your kiddo's to trace and write. I've included counting to 20, counting backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0 + skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, or 10's.
Children cut and collate their little booklet and staple the edge. Glue the last page on the box on the gingerbread's belly and you're all set. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Cookie Counting packet.
Look closely at the picture and you'll see that the cheek portion of the gingerbread is a pocket! Students paint 2 paper plates brown. When they are dry, cut one in half and staple it bottom-up, to the "face" of the gingerbread man to make a pocket.
Children decorate their pocket to look like a gingerbread man's face, and fill with a variety of little accordion-folded books. I up-dated this packet so that all of the booklets are now traceable. There are strips for counting to 36, skip counting by 2's, 3's 5's, and 10's.
I've also included templates for the hexagon, pentagon and octagon shapes. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Pocket Pal.
Every month I put up a new paper chain that contained a link for each day in the month. I used it to review a variety of standards. We'd count the links and subtract one by tearing it off; we'd identify the colors in English and Spanish and state what the pattern was.
Children would count how many were left in English and then up to 10 in Spanish. Students told me that the number of links was greater yesterday than they were today etc.
As a great fine motor skill, I'd sometimes have my Y5's make their own paper chains. They could take it home, hang it up and countdown the days to whatever special occassion was happening that month. I designed the gingerbread paper chain with all of this in mind. Click on the link to view/download it.
Another fun way to get some number recognition and counting sequences in, is to have students put together gingerbread 10-piece number-strip puzzles. There's one that counts to 10, another that counts backwards and finally one that counts by 10's.
Print, laminate and trim and have students place the pieces on the numbered grid, or run off copies for everyone; they trim and then glue back together. Click on the link to view/download the gingerbread puzzles.
I made a gingerbread dice game with a 6-piece puzzle as well. Students pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice. Whatever number they roll, they place that numbered puzzle piece on the grid. The first one to complete their puzzle is the winner.
I've also included a black and white set if you want to run off copies for all of your kiddo's. They color and trim.
They can either glue their rolled pieces to the grid, or place them on so that they can take their gingerbread puzzle home and play again. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread 6-Piece Puzzle packet.
I hope your students will also enjoy the Gingerbread Number Fun packet. This 33-page packet is chock full of all sorts of activities to help students recognize numbers; add and subtract; make groups and sets; show greater and less than; and count from any number.
I've included gingerbread number cards from 1 to 126, with a blank template for you to program with more. There's also trace and write the number worksheets, "what's missing?" worksheets + skip counting activities by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. Skip counting bookmarks to use as rewards, are also included. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Number Fun packet.
Finally, since the Clothespin Number Matching games have been so popular, I decided to make some winter ones as well, and started with gingerbread. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Clothespin Number Matching Game.
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1-2 3 Come Do Some Skelton Activities With Me!
Since it's October, it seemed fitting to plug in a few skeletons, so I was diddling around with the idea of making a math packet around the play on words "Numb Skulls."
If you don't do Halloween-themed things, the skulls are perfect for a pirate theme too, or perhaps you can use them as centers when your kiddo's study about bones and the human body.
I think your students will enjoy rolling 2 dice to make additon or subtraction equations on their "Numb Skull" and then solving them. They write in their answer and color that many teeth.
Students can play independently or with a partner. Once I started designing with the skulls, more ideas kept popping into my brain, 'til I had a whopping 46-page Numb Skull packet that covers a variety of Common Core State Standards!
Lots of the items are very versatile. The number cards with number words, can be cut into puzzles, or run off so students can make an Itty Bitty Counting booklet, which is a nice activity for your Daily 5 word work.
You can also use them for a Memory Match game, or to play "I Have; Who Has?" Add the "Kaboom!" bomb cards to make things more exciting.
The packet includes: A Numb Skull slider, where students trace the numbers from 0-30, or insert a skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, or 10's number strip.
There's also a slider for counting backwards from 10 to 0 and 20 to 0.
I've included several games as well. There's A Numb Skull addition and subtraction game, plus a Count to 100 Numb Skull game, where students add the dice that they roll and then X-off that many skulls 'til they have added their way to 100.
Skull number cards from 0-120 also provide options for even more games. Since the numbers are at the top of the skull, play a game of "What number am I thinking of?"
Students choose a card and then give classmates clues. i.e. "My number is odd. It's greater than 20, but less than 27. When you add 11 and 10 together, you'll know my number.
I've also included matching math symbol cards, so students can make equations. Use the blank skull cards to program with whatever, or to make groups/sets for the equations students create.
There are some Trace and Write the numbers from 0-120 worksheets, as well as quite a few What's Missing worksheets for numbers 0-120, plus all of the skip counted numbers.
There are several puzzles that you can use in a variety of ways, as well as Odd Todd and Even Steven skeleton sorting mats. When students have completed whatever you deem appropriate, give them a certificate of praise for a job well done.
Click on the link to view/download the Numb Skull Math packet.
Since I get quite a few requests for telling time activities, I decided to whip together a Numb Skull clock and a few telling time to the hour and half hour games too.
This packet includes analog as well as digital time cards that you can use as flashcards, or to play games with. Click on the link to view/down load the It's Numb Skull Time packet.
Well that's it for today; thanks for visiting. I'm off to take a drive in the country with my hubby.
The fall colors have peaked and a windy afternoon with a bit of rain, threatens their ability to cling onto branches for too much longer.
Even though it's a bit chilly, a nice cup of apple cider at our farmer's market will warm things up. Wishing you a lovely day.
"One man who has a mind and knows it, can always beat ten men who haven't and don't." -George Bernard Shaw
Come Blast Off With Me!
My Y5 standards have students learning to count from 10 to 0; other states have kindergartners needing to count backwards from 20.
No matter what number you have to start from, here are a few tips to help you make that easy and fun!
I use counting backwards as a way to transition. Whenever I need my students to go from point A to point B, I tell them, “Let’s do it before I get to zero. Count down with me: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0!” They enjoy this, and scamper to achieve.
We countdown every time I have them line up. I also have my students countdown while we wait for children to finish up in the bathroom. We’ll countdown and clap, countdown in a whisper voice, countdown in a deep-monster voice, countdown and hop, countdown and balance on one foot, or countdown slowly and finish really fast.
Their favorite way to countdown is when they are gathered on the carpet. I have them pretend that they are rockets. They crouch down and then when we get to zero, they yell, “Blast off!” jumping as high into the air as they can. I tell them I’ll be watching for who jumps the highest. They are highly competitive and really want to be the highest “blaster rocket”.
Activities: Rocket Art Projects:
Since my students are also learning to identify and write numbers, as well as learning to count backwards, I combine learning all of these standards with 2 quick and easy rocket art projects. They can be found in my 50-page Fun Activities Countdown Booklet.
Blast Off Skill Sheets:
I also have them do several tracing countdown skill sheets, and “Zap” the numbers in sequential order in I Spy the number games as well. After we’ve traced/zapped all of the numbers, we countdown together and they “blast” out of their chairs.
To change things up a bit, they do a similar activity with bingo dot markers in an ABAB pattern. These countdown skill sheets are also found in the Fun Activities Countdown Booklet.
Blast Off Bookmarks:
I’ve also made horizontal countdown number line bookmarks for them. After students have traced the numbers, countdown as a whole group and blast off. Click on the link to view/print the Blast Off bookmarks
Use these number strips and have students glue them to party tweeters. I purchased jumbo ones at The Dollar Store.
It’s just another fun way to have students working with, and recognizing this number sequence.
You can also use these strips as an "I Spy!" game and give children a token or M&M to move down the line as they countdown. They can eat their treat to fuel their rockets, after they finish blasting off.
Blast Off Games:
Blast Off! Is a spinner game using a brass brad and paperclip. Children play with a partner and take their rocket to the moon counting down as they go. This game is also in the Fun Activities Booklet.
Another fun game your students will enjoy playing is Sequence Yourself. Print off and laminate the “Blast Off” cards.
Cut them out and pass out numbers 20 to 0 or 10 to 0 depending on your standard. Since children enjoy picking a card and holding it, I’ve included “Blast Off!” cards as well as rocket cards.
Set a timer for 5-minutes and instruct your students to get into “Blast off” order starting with 20 or 10.
Everyone else remains seated holding their blast off or rocket card. Children are all in a crouching position.
Begin the countdown. The student holding that card bounces up, then the next, ‘til you get to zero and then everyone still remaining crouched, jumps up as everyone yells “Blast off!”
Click on the link to view/print the Blast off cards.
Blast Off Booklets:
I’ve included covers for the cards incase you want to run off copies so that your students can make an Itty Bitty Blast Off book. Click on the link to view/print a copy of the traceable Blast Off cards.
These cards come from the 25-page Come Blast Off With Me! booklet packet. It’s an adorable easy reader that students enjoy making. They choose a rocket, fellow astronaut friend, planet, and even a new alien friend! It also includes 6 graphing extensions for math fun.
Blast Off Certificate:
Finally, give everyone a certificate of praise to encourage their efforts. Click on the link to view/print a copy.
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