1-2-3 Come Do Some Turkey Activities With Me
Studying a bit about turkeys is not only super-interesting, but it helps me get in some science and non-fiction practice as well.
Turkeys are a perfect November theme, without being totally tied to Thanksgiving, which is not celebrated by everyone in our very diverse classrooms of today.
With these things in mind, I designed “Turkey Talk”. It’s chock full of a variety of activities that include:
* A colorful KWL chart which can be done as a whole group, while the BW version can be done individually.
* 4 realistic and lovely clip art posters featuring a male, female and baby turkey along with a nest of eggs.
* I’ve also included a set of “Match Game” picture and word cards.
* A “color me” Turkey Talk emergent reader, that’s packed with Dolch sight words, as well as a “trace & write” version for younger kiddos.
* A “Let’s Talk Turkey” vocabulary building poster, with a matching...
* “Define These Words” worksheet.
* A “Turkey Time” word search as a fun way to practice these new words.
* A labeled turkey head, photo-poster, with an accompanying definition one, plus
* 2, “Label the Turkey” worksheets.
* 20+ interesting turkey facts. Pick your favorites, share with your students, then use this background information to check their comprehension.
* A follow up “Some interesting facts I learned about turkeys” writing prompt worksheet.
* 10 photo-posters of wild and domestic turkeys.
* 2 Venn diagrams, which come in color to do as a whole group, as well as BW to be done individually or with a partner.
* 3 photo-posters of a peacock for a comparison-contrast activity.
* A “Turkeys Are Can Have” worksheet in color and BW
* A “Would you like to have a turkey as a pet?” writing prompt worksheet.
* A “Describe a Turkey” worksheet for adjective and descriptive writing practice.
* 2 life cycle of a turkey crafts. One's a slider the other a "Turn & Learn Wheel" Plus several matching worksheets & a game.
Just finished them, so I thought I'd include them in this blog post as well.
These 28, Thanksgiving-themed sentence cards, are a quick, easy and fun way to practice capitalization and end punctuation, while reinforcing some factual information about the first Thanksgiving.
Choose your cards, then read them together as a whole group to practice lots of Dolch sight words.
Pick a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).
You can do this on a whiteboard, with a pocket chart, or pass a card out to each child to correct.
For more practice, as an individual activity, have students choose X number of mini cards and rewrite the sentences correctly on one of the 7 worksheet options.
Afterwards, students can swap their paper with a partner to correct.
I've included 2 sizes of mini "fix the sentence" cards for this, which makes a nice Daily 5 word work activity too.
There are 28 mini cards on one sheet of paper. Simply print, laminate and trim several copies, for a class set.
The featured FREEBIE today is a collection of fall-themed, 2D shape matching games. Students place the colored shape tile on to the matching shape on the leaf, spider, bat, owl, or turkey card.
I've included a blank template for each theme, so you can program with more shapes or whatever. Hope your kiddos enjoy them as much as mine.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. Time to hit the road and do some grocery shopping for turkey day.
Lots to do when our crowd of 20+ gathers. Feeling very blessed. Wishing you a warm-fuzzy kind of day.
"When I was growing up, and other people I knew were getting into trouble, I was somewhere in a deer stand or going to bed early, so I could be up before dawn to hunt turkeys. My love of the outdoors kept me solid. - Donald Trump, Jr.
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Fire Safety Activities With Me
I think one of the most important things that I teach my Y5s is fire safety; however, with all of our discussions about not playing with matches, houses burning down, and people getting hurt, I discovered that my students were coming away with the idea that fire was bad.
Simply ask for a thumbs up or down whether your kiddos think fire is good or bad; and I think you’ll find like I did, that most, if not all of your students will give you a thumbs down, emphatically believing that fire is bad!
Since fire is truly beneficial and a necessary part of everyday life, I feel there’s a need to explain this to young children.
It’s important that they learn to respect fire without fearing it. Children need to understand the difference between good fires and bad fires, as well as fire’s beneficial and harmful effects.
With these things in mind, I created this “Good Fire-Bad Fire” packet. These quick, easy & fun activities will help children develop a healthy understanding of fire, so they are able to identify fire as a necessary part of their lives and an essential tool.
The packet includes:
* A simple way to help students realize that fire can be good is to show them pictures, so I've included 65 real photographs of fires which can be categorized by children as good or bad.
Choose a dozen or so and use them for . . .
* flashcards, where students give you a thumbs up or down,
* an independent center where children sort the photographs into the 2 “good/bad fire” file folders
*a puzzle center (Cut the photographs in half or in quarters).
* writing prompts (There are 4 graphic organizers, plus 6 “complete the prompt” worksheets for this)
* a bulletin board displaying the pictures under the “good fire/bad fire” header cards.
* I’ve also included a “Flip the Flame” craftivity, where students color, cut and glue the “happy” good flame and the “angry” bad flame back-to-back on a Popsicle stick.
You show a photograph asking “Is this a good or bad fire?” Children flip their flame and hold up their answer.
After sharing and discussing the photographs, children will be able to see that each type of fire has common denominators: good fires are planned, desired, beneficial and supervised by an adult; bad fires are not.
* Two, writing prompt craftivities are a fun way for students to show this understanding, and allow you to check comprehension.
The other craftivity is a side-by-side comparison.
Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board or hallway wall display too.
Younger kiddos can show this knowledge with several worksheet options.
I've included full color patterns, so you can easily make a sample to share, or use for further explanation.
The good fire-bad fire sorting worksheet (see photograph) could also be made into an independent center.
Simply laminate and trim the pieces. To make this self-correcting, put a G or B on the back of each picture.
* The packet also includes a graphing activity, several other worksheets, posters and a bookmark.
Besides being able to differentiate between good and bad fires, I wanted another way to review all of the fire safety rules my students were learning.
As with many of my activities, I like to "kill two birds with one stone", so I designed these "Fire Safety Fix the Sentence" cards.
These 36, fire safety-themed sentence cards, are a quick, easy and fun way to review a variety of fire safety related facts, while practicing capitalization and end punctuation.
Read the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of Dolch sight words.
Choose a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).
For more practice, as an individual activity, have students choose X number of mini cards and rewrite the sentences correctly on the worksheet provided.
There are 3 poster options for you to choose from. I hope your kiddos enjoy it as much as mine.
Well that's it for today. I'm still in a daze that September is over and we are now in October!
My grama Lydia always said "The older you get the faster time flies." Now that I'm in my "sexy sixties" I find that to be especially true!
Wishing you a day filled with sunshine and laughter for a happily-ever-after.
"Time is free, but it's priceless; you can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it, and once you've lost it, you can never get it back." -Harvey Mackay
1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple-icious Activities With Me
Today's blog features 3 of my newest apple packets that are a quick, easy and fun way to do that.
First up is Apple Fraction Action.
I had a request for some easy fraction activities for kinders, so I thought I'd use apples because you can easily cut them in half and then quarters to show children. An apple pie is also a perfect example of this math concept.
* 2 “Itty Bitty Fraction Action” booklets, all with an apple or apple pie theme.
Use the numerous sets of (12-on-a-page) apple & apple pie cards, for explaining, sorting, sequencing and playing games like Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?”
The bulk of the packet reinforces whole, half and quarter fractions; however, there are a few items which also include higher fraction options (up to 8ths & 12ths) to challenge students and add diversity.
Next up apple-themed "Fix the Sentence" cards.
These 39, pocket chart-sized cards, are a quick, easy and fun way to review a variety of apple related facts, while practicing capitalization and end punctuation.
Read the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of sight words. This activity not only helps improve students writing (proofing & editing) skills, but recognizing those Dolch sight words as well.
Choose a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point). You can do this on a whiteboard, with a pocket chart, or pass a card out to each child to correct.
For more practice, as an individual activity, have students choose X number of mini cards and rewrite the sentences correctly on the worksheet provided. I've included 2 sizes of mini "fix the sentence" cards for this, which makes a nice Daily 5 word work activity too.
Finally, my simple and fun Apple Investigation packet covers a variety of math standards (particularly measurement), with a splash of science, as children use all 5 senses to learn about apples and record their findings.
To make this easy-peasy, I’ve purposely set up the 9, “print & go” pages of the booklet, so that they act as a single worksheet for that particular skill/standard/vocabulary, which students can do independently, with a partner, in small groups, or as a whole group.
For beginning or non-readers, complete each page as a whole group as a “monkey see-monkey do” activity.
Teacher reads the sentence of a numbered activity, demonstrates it, then pauses for students to complete the task with their apple, and record that information in their workbook.
To use with preschoolers, have one investigation booklet, which you work on together using one or two apples, then call on children to participate, as you investigate and do the activities on each page.
I’ve included a KWL to introduce the lesson. There’s a template in black & white for students to fill out, as well as one in color to use as a whole group to list your findings.
The booklet is a great way to teach a variety of measurement vocabulary and how to find out height, weight, width, circumference, as well as the tools used to do that. (ruler, scale, measuring tape), along with non-standard units of measurement (blocks & apples).
Children use guess-timation while analyzing their apple, then investigate to find the result, then compare their guess with the correct answer, using more math vocabulary (equals, less than & greater than).
They also use observation & comparison techniques as they study the outside as well as the inside of their apple.
Students trace and write vocabulary-building words, predict, answer questions, + collect & analyze data.
Grab that teachable science moment, to discuss the 5 senses, as students use all of them while completing their apple investigations.
The “pick a partner” and find out "how many apples tall" you are, as well as the “Does my apple sink or float?” are 2 of my students’ favorite activities.
Finally, there are 5 whole-group graphing extensions for more math practice, which you can do after children finish their booklet.
I've also included a mini-certificate of praise children glue to the back of their cover.
Teach, review, practice and whole-group assess with these game sheets.
The packet includes worksheet-games for uppercase letters, lowercase letters, shapes, numbers 0-10, numbers 0-20, plus a blank template to fill in with higher numbers.
Students enjoy playing the game and you can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Fall is in the air here in Michigan, and I've really been enjoying the cooler, sweater weather. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"Use your imagination to not scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life." - Adele Brookman
1-2-3 Come Do Some Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities With Me
My students absolutely love Eric Carle's story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It's one of my favorites too, and is the inspiration behind the 6 caterpillar craftivities that I'm featuring today.
The “smile” of the caterpillar says the title of the story. The circle "body segment" features the characters and setting, with an optional "problem-solution" circle.
Students write a brief description about the beginning of the story on the leaf, something about the middle on the apple, then concluding with the end of the story, which is written on the butterfly.
Add extra 3D pop & pizzazz by giving students two leaves and two butterflies. They fold the leaf in half and glue to one side, and attach the thorax of the top butterfly to the one on the bottom.
I also gave my kiddos a tiny white pom pom that they attached to the leaf with a glue dot, to represent an egg. This way I could also review the life cycle of a butterfly. The 3D options take just a few minutes and really add the “Wow! factor".
Completed projects look awesome dangling from the ceiling, or hung as a border along the top of a hallway wall.
Another way you can retell the story is with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling Slider craftivity.
There are 2 caterpillar options. Choose one, or give children a choice. Children color their caterpillar, then color, cut and glue their slider together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the caterpillar’s “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their caterpillar home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
Besides a slider, my students also enjoy practicing this standard with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Wheel.
It's a quick, easy & fun way to assess comprehension and practice sequencing, as well as retelling a story.
There are full color patterns to use for centers, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so your students can make their own.
As a comprehension-assessment tool, and for fine motor practice, another option is to have students cut up the picture sections, then glue them to the blank wheel in the appropriate order.
I've also included "Sequence the Story” Puzzles. Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black and white pattern, so children can color, cut and arrange their own puzzle.
Besides the picture puzzles, I’ve also included “word slices” so you can practice recognizing the vocabulary for this story.
There are also 2 writing prompt worksheets, where students write what happened in the story, or explain why they’d rather be a butterfly or caterpillar.
Follow up checking comprehension with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Elements worksheet, which can be completed as homework, or tucked in a sub-folder.
I've included a completed sample, so that you can quickly and easily make an example to share with your students.
You can also review the story while students practice their grammar skills, with the "Fix The Sentence" packet.
These 32, caterpillar/butterfly-themed, sentence cards, are also a quick, easy and fun way to review the life cycle of a butterfly.
Students practice rules for appropriate grammar for capitalization and end punctuation. Simply read the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of sight words as well.
Choose a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).
You can do this on a whiteboard, with a pocket chart or pass one card out to each child to correct. I've also included a set of mini-cards, so that students can work on the sentences independently.
Finally, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is perfect for a "Devouring Words & Books" challenge, which will build vocabulary, reading fluency and motivate students to read more.
Run off the caterpillar pattern on a variety of colors of construction paper or card stock, then give students a choice.
A word-apillar can be sight words, word wall words, seasonal vocabulary words, or specific to the life cycle or study of butterflies, with science vocabulary like metamorphosis, chrysalis, proboscis, etc.
It’s also a fun way for students to practice their spelling words, or complete their word work portion of Daily 5. I’ve provided 2 pattern pages of extra “body segments” so students can make a really long caterpillar.
Today's FREEBIE is a set of butterfly alphabet cards. There are 3 sets: one has both the upper and lowercase letters on them, as well as a set with each, so you can play Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Gotta rush as it's my grandson's 6th birthday and we are off to a "Jump" party.
Wishing you a happy and carefree day.