Is It On Your Left Or Is It On Your Right?
Learning spatial directions is a Y5 report card standard. One of the most difficult ones for my kiddos to learn was left and right.
I designed the easy reader Left or Right? with an October theme, to help my students learn this standard, in a fun way, while also reinforcing other skills.
This packet is filled with fun activities to help your students practice their fine motor, listening and following direction skills, as well as help reinforce this rather difficult spatial direction, in an interesting way.
Students read and trace a sentence, deciding whether things are on the left or right side of the page.
Point out the fact that the first word is capitalized and that the sentences have ending punctuation, as well as the fact that they have spaces between words and that they are reading from left to right and top down and you’ll be reinforcing 4 Common Core State Standards as well.
Children also practice their cutting and gluing skills as they follow directions.
The last page has a play on words and offers 2 alternatives, depending on the age of your students.
I’ve also included a skill sheet and pumpkin paddle art activity, where students flip their pumpkin Popsicle stick to show left or right, so that you can whole group assess.
There’s left and right hand posters and a certificate of praise too.
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Howl With The Owls And Learn About Vowels!
Vowel Owls are a fun, hands-on way to teach Common Core State Standards:RF.K3b, RF.K2a, RF.K2d, RF.K3c.
Students sort the 570 CVC & Dolch word cards into the various long and short vowel owl cups.
The Vowel Owls make a great "Word Work" Daily 5 activity. The cards are just the right size, small for little hands and easy printing. With 60 CVC words on a page, and 10 pages, you'll have enough cards to practice as a whole group.
I've also included a Vowel Howl game board, as another option for a fun way to practice long & short vowel sounds, as well as a list of other things you can do with the word cards, including games, + sorting the cards by rhyming sounds, to cover another Common Core State Standard.
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I hope you and your students get a hoot out of these activities and are enjoying a fun-filled fall! It's brisk this morning and frost is definitely on the pumpkins. Time to drain and bring in our garden hoses. Wishing you a delightful day.
"Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes." -Parkes Robinson
Whenever I introduced math concepts to my Y5's I liked to make it hands on.
We played lots of games and I used manipulatives whenever I could.
As one of my students was fond of saying: "We didn't even know we was learnin' cuz we was havin' so much fun!"
I created I See Sum Fall Puzzles so that little ones would especially enjoy solving simple addition problems in a more creative way than simply looking at them on a worksheet.
Putting puzzles together was also a report card standard, so these would do double-duty.
Students solve addition problems by cutting and gluing the puzzle piece answers to the appropriate equations.
This packet includes 11 fall puzzles + a blank template to program your own equations, so you can also do subtraction, multiplication and division.
Several of the other puzzles are also without numeric answers in the boxes, so they can be programed as well to meet other Common Core Standards.
You can laminate the puzzles and store them in Ziploc baggies, using them as math centers each year, or run off individual puzzles for each student, and use them as worksheets.
Have students arrange pieces on the equation sheets before they glue them down, making sure the picture "looks correct" before they glue pieces down, to make sure they have the right answers.
You can also switch things up a bit and challenge students to program their own puzzles and then exchange worksheets with another student.
What a fun way to practice math skills!
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"Encouragement is oxygen to the soul." George M. Adams
Fall Into Some Fun Common Core Writing For Fall!
I LOVE combining art with creative writing. I call these activities “Craftivities” and when you can mix in a little science at the same time, that's a real win-win.
Craftivities also make simple and easy bulletin boards or hallway displays that are pretty outstanding.
These fall writing prompts will help you teach several Common Core State Standards. They are listed and explained below.
Draw an oak tree on brown bulletin board paper with bare branches so that you can hang the leaves and acorn writing prompts on it, and scatter the squirrels underneath.
The leaves say: I see... I hear... I smell... The acorns say: I taste... and the squirrels say: I feel... (Older students write the entire sentence; younger students trace the first few words.)
Display the tree on a wall in the hallway. You can use the caption: Our 5-Senses Creative Writing Oak Tree OR Using Our 5-Sense In The Fall.
If you want this to appear a bit more 3-D, twist brown lunch bags into strands, and use duct tape to attach them to the branches and down the trunk.
Run the oak leaves off on a variety of colored construction paper, as this will look better than brown leaves, even though oak leaves turn brown when they lose their chlorophyll. Mention this fact to your students.
Gather students in front of the whiteboard. Review what the 5 senses are. Brainstorm with them about using their 5 senses to see, hear, smell, taste and feel different things typical of the fall season.
Review beginning capitalization of words, Common Core State Standard: L.K.2a, as well as ending punctuation. Common Core State Standard: L. K. 2b, and RF.1.1 as well as L.1.2b for 1st grade.
Have students spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships, or write a list of words from your brainstorming session on the white board having students help you spell them as you write them. Common Core State Standard: L.K.2d for kindergarten and L.1.2d for 1st grade where they use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
Review what a noun, verb and adjective are, with older students. Keep things simple for PK students and have them TRACE the beginning words and complete the sentence with 1 noun and a period. K’s can add nouns and verbs; older students can add adjectives as well.
Make sure that you do an example yourself, explaining the parts of speech, grammar and punctuation as you go. RF.K.1a (Point out to students that they are reading words from left to right, top to bottom and page by page.) RF.K.1c (Point out that the words are separated by spaces and remind them to make sure they have a finger-space between their words too.)
Students can add color to their cut out pieces. Remind them to include their names. For a bit more pizzazz, you can also add glitter. Use this as an incentive for students if they give their best effort and do their work correctly.
To give variety to your “wall board,” I have designed two squirrels. You can run off both kinds and give children a choice. Sprinkle the squirrels around the bottom of your oak tree.
If you don’t want to make a bulletin board, or hallway tree mural out of these writing prompts, you can collate the pages together to make a class book. I’ve provided a cover for you if you want to do that.
You can also suspend the various similar pieces back-to-back from fish line and hang from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download 5-Senses Oak Tree Creative Writing packet. Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN anything you think others may find helpful.
"It takes time to save time." -Joe Taylor
Getting Boxed In, Can Be Educational AND Fun!
The 50-word Elkonin Box Packet was such a popular download; I decided to do another packet.
More Elkonin Boxes includes 19 more word templates. I drew these words from the Dolch noun word list.
I also made a sheet of blank Elkonin Box templates, so that students could try their hand at writing a word at the top and then segmenting the word into individual phonemes underneath.
I believe that by providing a template, students are empowered, instead of being frustrated, as my Y5’s often had a difficult time drawing boxes.
This also expedites the exercise and allows children to concentrate on the lesson at hand.
Click on the link to view/download Elkonin Box Packet #2
In Introduction To Elkonin Boxes I give detailed instructions of how to guide your students through segmenting simple CVC words and then moving on from there.
This packet includes 3, 4, and 5 Elkonin box blank templates.
Unlike the first two Elkonin Box packets, these do not have pictures, and are boxes that are equal in size.
I also give you a variety of quick and easy ideas of things you can do with the Elkonin boxes,that are sure to not only turn light bulbs on, but get your students excited about segmenting words.
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Writing Prompts From A Poster!
Well the creative juices were flowing last week when I diddled around with a song to teach Common Core Standards. I didn't think I could get more fun than Old MacDonald helping out with vowels.
I putzed with the idea of making up a poster to help students do a bit of creative writing. Kids love posters, and as the saying goes "A picture is worth a 1,000 words" so why not use one to stimulate writing those words.
I thought by making an interesting and thought-provoking poster, teachers could use it as a segway into several writing prompts their students would enjoy diving into.
Older students could write about the symbolism and what the poster means. Teachers could explain this to lower elementary.
Even young children can think of other things in the classroom that could give advice and tell what advice they would give.
After discussion, let them choose an object and complete a sentence, like the poster, making an illustration. Have them cut and glue their contribution to a class tag board poster.
This would make a nice "Word Work" activity for Daily 5.
Older students can make their own poster, using their room or another room in their home or school as the example.
What a hoot to do the cafeteria, gym, locker room, kitchen, basement or garage!
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Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels!
Well, I've written several blog articles using kiddie lit to help teach the Common Core Standards, as well as class-made books and art activities. I thought is there a song that children know that I can use to teach Common Core?
That got me to thinking of what song do most children know? Old MacDonald came to mind, and as soon as I sang E-I-E-I-O, I thought of vowels! So, the Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels song-booklet was born.
It's 7 pages and covers the Common Core State Standards:RF.K1a, RF.K1b, RF.K1c, RF.K3b, RF.K3c, RL.K.10 woo hoo!
As I stated above, because most children are familiar with the tune of Old MacDonald, this booklet is a fun way to guide them into learning about long and short vowels.
In case you have some children who are from other countries and cultures, or live here and are not familiar with Old MacDonald, obtain a picture book of the original as well as a CD of the song.
Introduce both to your students, so that you can also compare and contrast the two. Get the wiggles out by having children choose an animal and prance around for a few minutes as animals, before you get down to business, then begin your lesson.
You should already have introduced vowels to your students and done letter sorting between consonants and vowels with them. I have several activities, posters, puzzles, and packets that you can obtain lessons for this. Simply click on my Vowel link.
Students are able to read the repetitious simple sentences, because they are filled with common Dolch sight words.
The pictures help them guess the new words that begin with the long or short vowel sound that they repeat to the tune of Old MacDonald.
Cutting and gluing a matching picture helps them practice much-needed fine motor skills, which makes this a nice independent reading center or Daily 5 activity.
Instead of the familiar E-I-E-I-O of the old favorite, children are learning all of their vowels by repeating them through out the story-song: A-E-I-O-U.
Animals and songs are favorites with children; combine them, and you have a winning combination for learning!
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""Things can be different only if you can make them different." -Unknown
My Pumpkin Shape Booklet Easy Reader (K.G.2)
Since yesterday’s My Pumpkin Booklet was such a huge hit, I decided to continue with a pumpkin theme for the rest of the week.
The 14-page My Pumpkin Shape Booklet Easy Reader packet is a fun way to review the basic shapes and common Word Wall words with your students.
When students make these easy readers you can review concepts of print with them by asking simple questions: Where is the cover, where is the back page, what is the title? (RI.K5) They will delight in the fact that they are part author as well as the illustrator of the booklet. (RI.K6
You can point out to them that the first word in the sentence is capitalized (L.K2a) and ask them what the end punctuation is. (L.K2b) In my easy readers where they re-write the entire sentence this reinforces those standards.
Students are also following words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page. (RF.K3a ) They are seeing and understanding that words are separated by spaces in print as they trace and then write them. (RF.K3d)
I specifically choose common high-frequency words in the easy readers and repeat them through out the booklets so that simply via repetition students learn them. (the, of, to, you, she, he, my, is, are, a, do, does, it, etc.) This is also a Common Core State Standard: (RF.K3c)
Children TRACE the words in the sentences as well as the shape and then write the shape word and draw the shape on the oval pumpkin, which they also trace.
Because of the spatially placed shapes, the last page has the pumpkin turning into a Jack-O-Lantern.
Take this opportunity to ask your students how the shapes are placed. Is the circle nose ABOVE the triangle teeth? Are the square eyes UNDER the rectangle stem? You have then incorporated the Common Core standand K.G.1 where "Students describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to. "
Younger students can trace him, older students can draw their own. (There are 2 different pages.)
Also includes 3 skill sheets about shapes, a certificate of praise, and 8-word wall-flashcards including 6-shape picture cards.
Students can make these into an Itty Bitty booklet. Make a laminated set to use for a Memory Match game, where the students can match the words to the picture or the colored picture to the non-colored picture.
The booklet + worksheets make a great independent writing center or Daily 5 activity.
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1-2-3 Come Get Rid Of The First Day Jitters With Me!
If there are more Common Core Packets you'd like me to whip together, just drop me an e-mail email@example.com, or leave a comment here.
These packets truly are a very simple, quick, and easy way to cover the Common Core State Standards: RI.K5,RI.K6,RI.K9,RI.K10,RL.K2, RL.K3,RL.K6, L.K1d, RI.1.9, RL.1.2, RL.1.3 in a short amount of time.
Your students will enjoy them, as they are empowered by the consistency in format. To view/download the other common core packets, click on the following links: The Kissing Hand, Chrysanthemum, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, and If You Take A Mouse To School.
The packet includes:
The "Feelings" worksheet is great for a September writing prompt, and the one covering synonyms is great for Daily 5 "Word Work". Click on the link to view/download First Day Jitters Common Core packet.
Thanks for visiting today! I hope you're getting excited, rather than anxious for your first day! As for me, I'm off to take a break and get some fresh air. My brain's been on overload lately...perhaps basking a bit in the sunshine will help unclutter my mind.
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