## 100 Day Badge

1-2-3 Count To 100 With Me!

If you haven’t celebrated 100-Day yet, I think you’ll like this quick, easy and fun way for your students to count to 100.

Run off the star badge template on yellow construction paper, (when you color it, the colors still show up pretty good.)  Run off the star ribbons on white construction paper.

If you want to give their badges a bit more pizzazz and strength, run off the larger background star on a complimentary construction paper color.

Students cut out the pieces and glue them together.  The diagonal lines on the ribbons will help.

Simply rub glue on them, and then press to the back of the star.

Students count the stars as they count up to 99.  Did they count the big star? That will make 100!

Use safety pins to pin them on your star students, who’ve survived 100 days of school!

Be sure and make one for yourself, so that you have a sample!  You are a star too!  Click on the link to view/download the 100-Day Star Badge.  If you're looking for a few links, to other fun things, to help you celebrate 100-Day, you'll want to check out this fun "Find The Missing Animals" game.

Students are asked to click on different number spaces in the 100 grid, when they click on the correct number space, an animal appears and goes into their "found" column.

Also, Joan Holub, who wrote 100 Days Of School for Scholastic, asked educators for their favorite 100-Day ideas.  She's published a list of 300 ! Click on the link to view 300 ideas for 100 Day.

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## Punctuation Activities

Punctuation Popsicle Stick Paddles

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.)

Click on the link to view/download the Monthly Punctuation Paddles.

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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.

Click on the link to view/download the Googol Monsters activity packet.

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.

Click on the link to view/download the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star activity packet.

Do you have a nursery rhyme idea you could share with us?  I’d enjoy hearing from you: diane@teachwithme.com or post a comment here.

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## 2-D Shapes

What Key Will Unlock The Secret Shaped Lock? What Will You Find When You Do?

Announce the booklet activity with that question, and I'm sure you'll have your students' attention.  They LOVE a mystery.

When I owned an old Victorian house and renovated it to be the Hastings House gift shop, one of my best sellers in the “Kids’ Collection” were little metal locks.

I always let my own children “shop” the catalogs with me, to see what they’d want.

They were a great gage as to what other children would want too.

I never would have ordered the locks, because I had no idea what a child would do with them.

They came with a set of 2 little keys.  Well, a zillion other kids liked those pretty-colored locks too; I used to order them by the gross every few months.

It was that memory, that inspired this little booklet, which I dedicate to my awesome adult “kids”.

It’s a fun way to review the various 2D shapes, including the pentagon, hexagon and octagon, as well as the Common Core State Standards: RF.K.3a, RF.K.1c, RF.K.3d, RF.K.3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a, K.G.2

Students read the simple sentences, helped by picture clues.

They trace and write the shape word, circle the capital letters and add the end punctuation, as well as cut and glue the key, to the matching numbered box in their booklet.

The last page offers some additional writing practice.

When everyone has completed their booklet, read it aloud as a whole group, to reinforce concepts of print, as well as reminding them that there are spaces between words, they read from left to right and from the top down.

Click on the link to view/download The Secret Shaped Locks easy reader booklet.

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## Story Poem

30 Days hath September, April, June and November...

Are your students learning the months of the year during calendar time?  Are you working on rhyming words too?  I've combined both in the easy reader: From August To September a Story Poem.

I always run my poems by my husband, as Daniel has a knack for getting the beat just right,  as well as choosing better words, so thanks honey for making this better!

This 12-page packet will help you review: Common Core State Standards: RF.K1a, RF.K1c, RF.K2a, RF.K3c, L.K2a, L.K2b

It's a sweet story to help your students learn the months of the year.

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

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.

To make sure my students are understanding the concept of rhyme, whenever I'm reading a rhyming story, I ask them what other words rhyme with the word I've just read.

Because this is poetry, it will fit nicely into having your students experience another genre.

Click on the link to view/download

If you're looking for another monthly easy reader, I think you'll also enjoy my version of There Was A Old Lady she too, reviews the month and celebrations of the year.

Click on the link to view/download this other monthly easy reader.

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## 100-Day Writing Prompt Quilts

98, 99, Hooray! It's 100-Day!

Are you looking for a fun, quick and easy writing prompt for 100 Day?

How about a poster?  Simply run them off and have students fill in their answers. Add a photograph for pizzazz and mount on construction paper.

What an awesome 100-Day bulletin board these will make. Click on the link to view/download the 100-Day Writing Prompt Poster.

After I had designed the poster, my thoughts some how drifted to making a 100-Day quilt.  I decided to expand the above writing prompts and dreamed up this equally easy quilt-square template.

There are several different things you can do with this 100-Day quilt template. Run off the larger quilt square on a variety of colored construction paper.

Divide 100 by the number of students you have in your class to see how many quilt squares each person gets.

If this is an odd number you can do the remaining ones, or ask the principal, secretary or another staff member, that the children know, to do 1 too.

Run the writing prompt quilt squares off on white construction paper.

Cut them apart, toss them in a container and have each child pick out X number of squares to complete.

In order to practice another Common Core State Standard, I purposely left off end punctuation.

Remind students to add the end punctuation after they have filled in the blanks.

It would be a good idea to review the period and exclamation point with them.

When you show students your sample, be sure and explain that their answers can be funny, but that they should make sense.

For example, it’s obvious that you can’t fit 100 dinosaurs in a lunch box, but you wouldn’t even put 1 in a lunch box. They need to think of things that are appropriate, things that they normally would find in a room, locker, yard, etc.

In the blank spaces, they need to draw, use stickers, pictures from a magazine, a photograph or clip art, to illustrate their square.

Students choose whatever colored squares they want to glue their writing prompt squares on.

Assemble the quilt squares on the wall, bulletin board or pieces of tag board and display.

Assembling the quilt squares is a nice way to practice a color pattern. Another thing you can do is have each student do the entire quilt-block template.

It only took me 15 minutes to find all of the clip art and do the sample, so this is not a huge homework assignment.

Parents can interview younger children, and fill in the blanks with their answers.

You can have each child be responsible for their own background, to glue their answer quilt to, suggesting to parents in a note home, that they choose a large square sheet of fun-colored or patterned piece of scrapbook paper.

To expedite things, you could also simply buy a nice variety of sheets and let your students choose one.  Along with their writing prompt quilt, give them each a !00 Day header strip for them to glue at the top of their quilt.

Hole punch each side and string with yarn.  Add student photographs to make their quilts even more of a keepsake and add pizzazz to your display.

Be sure and make a quilt yourself. So you have an example to share with your students.   If you don’t have the time, I’ve included my completed template for you to fill in and add a backing.  My final quilt is a little fancier.

I cut a 3rd size square template and chose 3 different patterns of scrapbook paper.   After you have glued all of the squares together, students glue them on a large sheet of colored construction paper of their choice.

Top with the header caption and add a hanger.  You can also add photographs to these larger quilts too. Click on the link to view/download the 100-Day Quilt Poster Writing Prompt

Whatever quilt you decide on, I know your students will enjoy making them, and your display will be awesome!

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## Alphabet Activities

Puzzled Over What To Do To Assess and Review the ABC's?

Are you looking for some fun ways to assess and reinforce the letters of the alphabet?

Well you’ve come to the right blog spot! It took me 3 days to complete the whopping  67 page Alphabet Puzzle packet .

It's filled with goodies that will help review
Common Core State Standards: LK.1a, L.1.1a, RF.K.1b, RF.K.3c, RF.K.1d, RF.K.3a, RF.K.3b, RF.1.2a, L.K.2c, L.K.5a

The packet includes:

• 202 alphabet puzzles! (The initial set of 26) + lots of extras for students to mix and match.
• The 202 word cards come from word wall sight words as well as 56 from the Dolch Noun Word List.
• Cover to make a set of cards into an Itty Bitty booklet.
•  25 sorting mats so students can sort pictures, upper and lowercase letters, as well as words into a variety of different categories like seasons, themes, plural/singular, vowel/consonant etc.
• Activity mat for students to put the letters in alphabetical order.
•  Activity mat for students to choose 12 or 20 words and organize them alphabetically
• 3 pages of tips and games for what else to do with the cards besides use them as puzzles.
• Uppercase letter assessment activity + recording sheet.
• Lowercase letter assessment activity + recording sheet.
• Letter to word assessment activity and recording sheet.
• Letter home to parents about assessments
• Matching uppercase letters to lowercase letters activity and recording sheet.
• Trace and write uppercase skill sheet.
• Trace and white lowercase skill sheet +
• 5 different certificates of praise for students who have completed the above assessments successfully.

Click on the link to view/download the ABC Puzzle packet.

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## Alphabet Activities

Come ABC With Me!

Boy do I have a terrific alphabet packet for you today!

It’s a whopping 90 pages long and took me a zillion hours to complete!

It was worth it though, because you can do so many things with it!

The packet is an outstanding way to help your students match letters and pictures to words and their sounds  and incorporates a variety of standards.

The packet includes:

• 439 picture cards with matching word cards.
• I've included CVC words, sight words + 65 Dolch nouns
• 6 different sets of uppercase letters + a lowercase set
• A blank set of picture cards so you can program your own
• A blank set of word cards so you can program your own
• 8 shape cards with matching word cards
• 11 number cards (0-10)
• ABC letter sorting mats so students can sort pictures and words and  put them under the matching letter.
• 34 category sorting mats so that students can sort pictures into appropriate categories. i.e big-little, vowels-consonants, farm animals-wild animals, winter, spring, summer and fall etc.
• A "My ABC Book" so students can make their own booklet. Includes cover + inside pages.
• A tip sheet of what sorts of things you can do with the cards, including games +
• A certificate of praise.

Many of these activities are great for your Daily 5 “Word Work.”

Click on the link to view/download the Alphabet Letter, Picture and Word packet.  I hope you enjoy it!

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