## Community Helper Activities 4

1-2-3 Study Community Helpers and Shapes With Me!

Whenever I'm working on a theme, I try to design things that cover a variety of standards.

Making a booklet featuring community helpers that would incorporate the 8 2D flat shapes, that students need to recognize, was a lot of fun.

I could have listed a lot of community helpers who work with a rectangle shape, but thought a teacher using their blackboard, was the most appropriate.

This activity will help with the Common Core State Standard:K.G.1 as well as a variety of reading standards.

Students read the sentences; trace and write the shape word, trace and draw the shape, and then cut & glue the appropriate picture to the box.

The booklet makes a nice Daily 5 activity.

After I completed the 2D shape booklet, I thought it would be fun to design a community helper easy reader featuring 3D shapes.

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## 2D Shape Activities: Piggy Practice

1-2-3 Come Study Shapes With Me!

This 40-page packet will help you review Common Core Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, RF.K.1a, RF.K.3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a, K.MD.3, 1.MD.4, 1.G.1
with quick, easy and fun ways to review 2D shapes.

The packet includes:

• Easy reader pig shape booklet using over 40 Dolch words. Nice for Daily 5 Word Work.
• Attributes worksheet
• Matching shapes to shape words worksheet
• Spatial direction worksheet
• Graphing extension
• Craftivity: Nose Shape Matching Game or center activity
• Craftivity: Piggy shape paddles. Use as a manipulative for assessing, or make several sets, pass them out to students so they can show you the correct shape when you ask for it.
• Craftivity: Color shape mobile
• 10 color word cards with 10 "color me" piggy cards.  Use to make Itty Bitty booklets or play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
• Shape word cards with matching piggy shape picture cards in color and in black and white. Use to make Itty Bitty booklets or play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
• Craftivity: Feed the Pig assessment game.  Use the above cards, pass them out to students and then have them feed the pig as you call for the various shapes or colors.
• A certificate of praise

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## 2D Shape Activities

1-2-3 Come Make Silly Shaped Owls With Me!

Since the Silly Shaped Penguins were such a huge hit in January, I decided to whip together a packet of 2D shape activities using owls

I love owls, and lately, they seem to be all the rage.

You can quickly make these silly shaped owls and increase your students knOWLedge of shapes, shape words, attributes etc.

These activities make nice Daily 5 Word Work lessons, and will help reinforce Common Core State Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, K.MD.3, 1.MD.4, 1.G.1

• Owl shape "craftivity".  Using the patterns, make the owls and laminate.
• Use them as anchor charts, a shape bulletin board, oral assessments, or manipulatives for students to hold up during a shape story.
• Make an extra laminated set and cut them in half for an independent math center.
• Choose 4 and suspend them from the ceiling in each corner of your classroom, so that you can play "4 Corners".  My kiddos absolutely LOVE this game and it's a quick, easy and super-fun way to reinforce the more difficult shapes.  When they've learned those, I hang up 4 other ones 'til they know them all.
• Students could also make one or several at a math center, perhaps choosing their favorite shaped owl(s).

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## Ten Frame Easy Reader Math Booklets

1 2 3 Count February Stuff With Me!

You asked for it, you got it!

The 123 Count With Me easy reader math booklets continue to be downloaded 100's of times a day!

Visitors have requested Valentines and Presidents, but I also whipped together one for Dental Hygiene Month, which was a big theme for my Y5's.

The packets range from 27-37 pages and help with Common Core State Standards: K.CC.4a, K.CC.4b,K.CC.4c, K.CC.3, K.CC.5, K.CC.7, RF.K.1a, RF.K.1c, RF.K3c, L.K.2b, L.1l2b, Rf.1.1a

You can practice a variety of skills and standards with these cute booklets.

They are a fun way for your students to learn or review, write, recognize and read numbers and number words.

These latest additions also have the end punctuation left off, so that students can add it, and you can cover yet another CCSS!

1. Students read, trace and write the number and number word.
2. They see a number of themed items in a sentence and say it.
3. They spy the number in a sequence and circle it.
4. They X-out that many boxes or use a bingo dot marker or stamp in the 10 frame. ( I encourage my students to make a color pattern.)
5. They cut and glue the set/group to the matching numbered box.
• It only takes one time for students to need assistance and then they can work independently on their books.
• Do one a week or month, depending on your themes or needs of your students.
• They are great for Daily 5, something to do when they have finished their work,
• something to send home to do with parents,
• great for a sub folder or to send home with struggling students.

All Of The Packet includes:

• 30-60 number and word wall word flashcards, + number cards that count to 20.
• Covers for the flashcards to make Itty Bitty Books
• A + one more math skill sheet
• 1-5 graphing extensions &
• A certificate of praise.

123 Count Valentines With Me,

123 Count Presidents With Me,

There are 29  123 Count With Me booklets in the collection, starting with 123 Count Apples With Me.

If you'd like to view them all by simply scrolling down an alphabetical listing, click on the link.

As always, I welcome your feedback of what other booklets you'd like to see.  Anyone want stamps or coins?

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## Punctuation Activities

Teaching punctuation can be pretty dry and boring for little ones, and assessing it can be time consuming.

I've designed Punctuation Paddles that solve both problems!

They also help review: Common Core State Standards: RF.K3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a

Punctuation paddles are quick and easy to make and a super-fun way for students to learn about end punctuation. They also make a terrific whole-group assessment tool.

All 3 punctuation marks are on one Popsicle stick (it's a tri-fold).

I jazzed mine up with crayons, glitter glue, rhinestones and wiggle eyes.

I've incorporated Dolch and word wall words in the simple sentences.  Print and laminate the monthly cards.

Teachers read a card; students twirl their Popsicle stick so that the correct punctuation faces forward, and hold it up in the air.

Teachers can see at a glance, who does not have the correct answer and jot down notes of who needs help.

Teachers then show their students the card, and choose a child to correct the capitalization errors.  They are sometimes not just the first word.  Students write in the appropriate end punctuation.

The teacher can also print more cards and pass them out to students. so they can work on them for a Daily 5 activity, or play with a partner.

Packet includes: Directions and patterns for 10 punctuation paddles. (September through June), + 50 sentence cards.  (5 for each month.)

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## Monster Math activities

Googlie-eyed Googol Monsters
A googol is the number 1 with 100 zeroes after it.

I thought it would make a fun, quick and easy 100-Day activity if students designed their own crazy looking Googol Monster, wrote the googol number on their body somewhere and then added googlie (wiggle) eyes.

This 51-page Goolgol Monster packet will help with Common Core State Standards: L.K2a, L.K2b, K.CC.1, K.CC.2, K.CC.3, K.CC.4c

It’s chock full of wonderful activities for that "something different" for your 100-Day celebration, or simply helping your students learn to count to 100 and 120.

The packet includes:

• Traceable count to 100 by 1's, 5's and 10's worksheets.
• Traceable 100 grid.
• Traceable 120 grid.
• Blank 100 grid so students can fill in the numbers.
• 100-Day bookmarks
• Writing prompt worksheet. (Circle the capital letters and fill in the end punctuation.)
• 2 Black & White Googol Monster sliders.
• Counting slider strips from 1-100 and 1-120
• Skip counting slider strips by 5's and 10's to 100.
• Counting by 5's and 10's Googol Monster spot activities.
• 4 "What's Missing?" number worksheets.
• Monster number cards counting by 5's to 100.
• Different monster number cards counting by 10's to 100.
• 2 blank monster cards to program with whatever you want.
• A Happy 100-Day card.
• A Happy 100-Day poster.
• Googol Monster "googlie-eyed" craftivity, includes
• 12 example posters.
• Photographs of completed projects with directions.
• Behavior poster +
• A certificate of praise.

If you're looking for more monster number fun, be sure and check out my Monster Math activity packet.

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## Nursery Rhyme Activities

Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars, Look How Far That You Have Come!

Whenever I got a chance, I plugged in nursery rhymes into my Y5’s day; I felt it was important to cover all sorts of genres.

Surprisingly, the longer I taught, the less little ones I found who knew nursery rhymes by heart!

I guess that sort of went the way of “I love to color!” and enjoying a coloring book.

I used to have an entire unit on nursery rhymes, but the school year zipped by so fast, that there was never enough time in May to get to everything I wanted to.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star can be plugged in anywhere during the year, as most teachers have a Star Student board, and as teachers, we are endeavoring to help those little ones, twinkle and shine their brightest.

This 12-page packet is a fun way to reinforce a variety of Common Core State Standards: L.K.2a, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a, RF.K3c, RF.K.2a, RF.K.1a, RF.K.1c, K.G.1

The packet includes:

• The Twinkle Twinkle easy reader booklet. Students read the rhyme, trace and write the noun, color the star and color word the appropriate color.  The last page provides several writing prompts.
• Skill sheet on similes
• Skill sheet on spatial directions
• Color word matching skill sheet
• 3 rhyming skill sheets (sky and star)
• Word cards to cut and put together to make the poem (Punctuation and capital letter 1st words included.) +
• A certificate of praise.

When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group to reinforce and review concepts of print.

So that you are also covering more standards, point out spaces, capital letters, end punctuation etc.

Any of these items, make nice activities for your Daily 5 or word work.

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## Learning the Months Of The Year

30 Days Hath September, April, Jume and November!

If you’re looking for something that will help your students learn the months of the year, you’re certain to enjoy From September to August: An Easy Reader Story Poem.

This 12-page booklet will help reinforce the Common Core State Standards: RF.K1a, RF.K1c, RF.K2a, RF.K3c, L.K2a, L.K2b

Helped by picture clues, children read the story which includes 58 sight words (Many from the Dolch word list.)

Students trace the month word and then write it. They also color, cut and glue the matching numbered pictures to the page.

In order to cover the above standards, have students circle the beginning capital letter as well as identify and circle the ending punctuation.

When everyone has completed their booklet, read it aloud as a whole group, so you can cover concepts of print, as well as review aspects of rhyme.

Whenever I'm reading a rhyming story, I ask students what other words rhyme with those words, to make sure they understand.

I’ve also included an additional writing-discussion prompt + a certificate of praise.

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## More Alphabet and Number Sliders

Ring In The New Year With ABC's and 1-2-3's

Sliders are a fun way for your students to review upper and lowercase letters, counting by 1's to 30, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, plus counting backwards from 10-0 and 20-0.

Students trace the letters and numbers and make a snowman or penguin slider to insert their strips into.

I've included a colorful snowman and penguin as well as ones that are plain, so students can color their own.

You can jazz them up even more by mounting them on construction paper, as I did the snowman.

Give students a glue bottle or for little ones, put a dollop of glue on a small paper plate and have them use a Q-tip to make X number of dots as they count, then sprinkle with silver glitter after you have finished working with the sliders and have reviewed whatever lessons you wanted to.

Students set their sliders some place safe 'til they are dry and can take them home.

How do you make a slider?

Simply run off the templates, (I use white construction paper so they are more durable) and rough cut them, so that students can practice their own cutting skills, which will exercise and strengthen hand muscles.

You may want to slit the lines in the slider's body before hand.  This is difficult for little ones to manage with safety scissors.  I use an X-acto knife.

Students trim, color and trace their slider and then insert whatever strips you want them to review.

Have students fold down their long ABC strip to manage it better and for ease of taking them home.

Encourage parents, via a newsletter to reinforce these lessons at home.

You can sing the Alphabet Song while pulling letters through the window.

You can play "I Spy" and have a student call out a letter or number.  Everyone pulls their strip through til they find it and then raise their slider, so that you see at a glance who has what so that you can whole group assess and help those who are struggling.

Laminate a set for yourself and use as a fun way to assess individuals as well.

Click on the link to view/down load the Snowman Alphabet and Number Slider or The Penguin Slider.

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## Counting Booklets

1-2-3 Count Winter “Stuff” With Me!

Are you looking for some quick and easy readers that also incorporate math skills and have a winter theme?

You’ve come to the right blog!  The ever-popular 1-2-3 Come Count With Me booklets, have 3 suitable packets for winter: 1-2-3 Count Snowflakes With Me,

The booklets help students practice a variety of skills and standards, and are a fun way for children to learn or review, write, recognize and read numbers and number words.

1. Students read, trace and write the number and number word.
2. They see a number of "things" (snowmen, snowflakes, mittens) in a sentence and say it.
3. They spy the number in a sequence and circle it.
4. They X-out that many ten-frame boxes or use a bingo dot marker or stamp to fill them in.
5. They cut and glue the set/group to the matching numbered box.

It only takes one time for students to need assistance and then they can work independently on their books.

Teachers can do one a week or month, depending on your themes or needs of your students.

They are great for Daily 5, something to do when students have finished their work, something to send home to do with parents,  great for a sub folder or to send home with struggling students.

All of the packets include:

• At least 1 graphing extension
• Traceable-word wall word/number flashcards
• Covers for the flashcards to make Itty Bitty Books
• A "Plus one more" math skill sheet &
• A certificate of praise.

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