1-2-3 Come Make a Scarecrow With Me
Do you read the story “Scarecrow’s Hat” by Ken Brown? Click the picture to check out a nice reading of the book on YouTube..
My Young Fives really enjoy this story. Personally, it’s my favorite scarecrow-themed book.
Here’s the gist:
A very clever chicken admires Scarecrow’s hat, who will gladly swap it for a walking stick for his tired arms. Chicken REALLY wants that hat, but doesn’t have a walking stick; however, she knows who does! Thus begins her quest…But why does the chicken want an old straw hat?
Because of all the “swapping” going on with the various animal characters in the story, “Scarecrow’s Hat” is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
Completed projects make an adorable fall bulletin board too.
Fittingly, the top of scarecrow’s hat flips up and tells the tale.
Students color, cut & collate the “hump of the hat” - shaped pages into a little booklet, which is sequenced and glued to the top of scarecrow’s hat.
This also allows you to choose less pages for preschool students, who can easily sort beginning-middle-end, then retell the story with a limited number of “picture prompts”.
For my sample, I ran 2 sheets of yellow paper through my shredder, then glued just the end of a few strands under the brim of the hat, creating that finishing touch.
There are two booklet options.
The pages of the first version have only graphics, while the second option includes an unfinished “fill in the blank” sentence, which allows you to practice reading, writing, end punctuation, as well as check comprehension.
I’ve included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.
When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns retelling the story of “Scarecrow’s Hat” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.
There’s a black & white template for students to fill in, plus a colorful pattern page so you can do this as a whole-group activity with little ones.
Today’s featured FREEBIE also has a scarecrow theme.
“My Scarecrow’s 5 Senses” is a rhyming, emergent reader packed, with plenty of Dolch words, and helps reinforce lots of Common Core State Standards.
Students read, trace, write, add end punctuation, underline the adjectives and color the pictures.
Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Time to put a costume together for party day. Hmmmm I think I’ll be a nice witch. Now where did I leave my wand…
Wishing you a magical day.
“If the broom fits, ride it!" - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Shape Activities With Me
Are you studying 2D shapes? If so, I think your kiddos will really enjoy learning & practicing with these super-fun, hands-on activities, featured in my newest packet: Scarecrow Shapes.
The packet is stuffed with a variety of hands-on fun for learning 2D shapes.
Here’s what you’ll get:
* An emergent reader, “The Scarecrow’s Nose”, which practices a variety of standards, and packs a lot of sight word clout, as I’ve included 33 Dolch words.
Children read the sentence, add end punctuation: (period, question mark & exclamation point).
They trace and write the shape & color word, trace and draw the shape, then color the picture.
There is a pattern with 2-on-a-one-page template, as well as 4-on-a-page to make an Itty Bitty booklet.
On the last page, children draw a scarecrow. The nose is their favorite shape and color.
* There’s a whole-group graphing activity to graph the results.
* I've also included a really cute “My Scarecrow’s Nose” slider craftivity.
"Socrates" is not only super-fun, but a quick, easy, and interesting way to whole group assess 2D shapes.
I’ve included a full-page size, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern.
* There's also 7 shape worksheets that practice a variety of standards, as well as ...
* 6 colorful pocket chart cards, plus a matching black and white set, so students can make a Shape Flip Booklet, plus ...
* 5 shape games along with ...
* 4 assessments using just one worksheet! And finally,
* A bookmark-size, “color me” certificate of praise.
This packet is a whopping 63 pages long.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to have a look: Scarecrow Shapes: Emergent Reader, Games, Worksheets & Craftivities and let the learning fun begin.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also another fun way to practice shapes.
Back in 2009, I designed Silly Shaped Penguins.
Because it's one of my most popular downloads, throughout the years I've added to the menagerie.
Since it's fall, I thought the Silly Shaped Owls were perfect for a fall FREEBIE. Hope you enjoy them.
Well that's it for today. I have so many projects "in process" and scattered all over my desk , that I'm not sure where to begin.
October is flying by way too fast! Wishing you an awesome autumn.
"I craft so hard, I sweat glitter!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Leaf Activities With Me
There are so many themes that I incorporated into my October lessons, that it was sometimes difficult to get to them all. I think one of my favorites though, was leaves.
A leaf theme is an easy way to toss in a little bit of science, and build vocabulary with words like chlorophyll and photosynthesis. Leaves also work well with math and language arts too.
Here are a few of my favorite leaf-themed activities:
To help practice all sorts of math skills, (addition, subtraction, odd & even, greater than and less than) click on the link for the Leaf Counting Games.
Students can play the math games and do the center activities independently or with a partner.
There are also leaf cards with number words on them, to help reinforce reading skills. I've included a 3-page tip-list of ideas.
The 10 frames leaf packet is also a fun way to practice a variety of math skills.
Are you working on ordinal numbers?
The Ordinal number packet not only has a leaf worksheet (2 on a page for easy printing), but other fall themes as well.
Likewise, the Fall Graphing packet has similar themes, including one for leaves.
Besides graphing, you can also reinforce the various 2D shapes.
I always tried to include some sort of hands-on "craftivity" with any theme that I taught.
Older students can complete the "Leaves are, can, have" writing prompt on the back of their leaves.
I've included a worksheet for this as well. Do it as a whole group, or have children fill in their own. There's a completed sample to share as well.
Do some of your kiddos still need practice identifying the letters of the alphabet?
These leaf-themed alphabet cards will help. I've included separate upper and lowercase letter cards as well, which are perfect for all sorts of ABC games. A tip-list of what to do with the cards is also included.
Finally, since the weather is so beautiful during the fall here in Michigan, I liked to take my Y5's for a mini nature walk.
This was just a walk around the block of our school to look for things on a nature list that we brainstormed before departure.
I gave each child a paper bag to collect "nature stuff" in, then we'd go back, wash up and design a paper plate "leaf pal".
As you can see by the photographs, they turned out absolutely awesome.
Also in this packet is a quick and easy chlorophyll leaf craft. Simply run off the leaf template on a variety of colors of fall construction paper.
Students trim, fold in half and glue only one side to their matching green leaf, so that the other side flips up to reveal the green leaf underneath.
This was an easy way to show that leaves were green when they were filled with chlorophyll, but changed to their natural color once it was gone.
By the end of the activity my little ones could tell you about chlorophyll, as well as photosynthesis. (Their parents were duly impressed.)
Well that's it for today. I hope you found something you could use to help your students fall into some learning fun. :-)
Time to go get dinner started. We're having stuffed red peppers. Yum!
"Everyone must row with the oars he has." -English Proverb
1-2-3 Come Do Some Crimping With Me
Crimping? What's crimping? It's a wonderful way to add that finishing touch to your students' crafts. Alicia, over at Jam Paper, contacted me and asked if I would be willing to design some sort of craft activity using their paper. Of course! (They have "every color and every size!" including brown which is rather unusual and perfect for fall.)
I checked out their site and found that they also carried an awesome tool called a "corru-gator" which crimps paper! Well the creative juices kicked in and my brain went into over drive, with all of the fun things I could do with one. The more I pondered, the more excited I got. I hope you will too.
I chose the "wave" pattern for it's versatility. (One with straight lines, that crimps like corrugated cardboard, is also available.) I'm sure scrapbookers are well aware of these fun gadgets, but I wanted to figure out ways a teacher could use one in the classroom.
One of the reasons that this is great for school, is that it has a width of 8 1/2 inches, so it will fit a regular sheet of paper, (smaller sizes too) as well as card stock thickness, so you can add texture to just about any project.
The corru-gator is a safe and easy-to-use-tool even for little ones. Inserting a sheet of paper and cranking the roller, is wonderful fine motor practice that is a super-fun way to strengthen finger muscles, which is so important for pre-writing skills and scissor cutting capability.
A child's excitement at seeing their finished project being cranked out, with a cool texured look, is priceless. "Wow! Look what I made."
Because students will want to add that "finishing touch" to whatever you deem appropriate, use the tool as an incentive to keep students focussed, by allowing them to use the crimper after they have completed their project.
What kinds of projects? Oh the possibilities... Here are just a few that I thought of:
Students can crimp a file folder (portfolio) or pocket folder to keep their work in. The "Flip For Facts" file folder activities that I've posted also look more interesting after they're crimped too. Make sure you use plenty of glue on projects to be crimped and that they are completely dry.
Crimp shapes, letters and numbers to add a bit of pizzazz. Use Elison die cut letters and have students glue them together to make a name plate then crimp it, or simply have them write and color their names and then add the texture.
When students make a special card for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Father's Day, allow them to crimp it to add that "wow" factor or have them crimp the envelope for something different.
Crimp your plain colored bulletin board borders to add some 3D pop. Have students design a bookmark and then crimp it.
Crimp a writing prompt topper, or even the written page. I crimped the entire haunted house 5 senses craftivity to add an extra touch of creepy. As I've discussed before, tossing in a bit of hands-on art to go along with a writing prompt, simply gets students more motivated.
Completed projects make awesome displays, which help build self-esteem.
Crimping only takes a minute and the unusual results will surely get all sorts of comments. Everyone wanted to know how we made these cool tri-colored apples.
A myriad of themed craft activities are also perfect for crimping. Here are just a few:
For Fall: crimp apples, pumpkins, scarecrows, bats, spiders, candy corn, skeletons, & monsters.
Studying fire safety? As you can see by the photograph, flames look awesome crinkled and definitely add that finishing touch!
Are you studying leaves? Paper leaves look wonderful crimped.
I designed this fall dangler then added the texture for an interesting 3D effect.
Trees are also the perfect craft to crinkle.
The pumpkin sliders gained extra pizzazz by being "munched and crunched". (My Y5's have named this cool tool "The Muncher Cruncher".)
Our pumpkin Venn Friends turned out especially cool with a little crimping.
I LOVE that the size of this tool accommodates an entire project.
The scarecrow's face and hat, look extra special when crimped, which gave it more of a burlap look. I also ran yellow paper through a shredder to make the hair.
Thinking ahead to WINTER: Crimp Christmas trees, ornaments, snowmen, snow scenes, and mittens.
Do you celebrate 100 Day? Have students draw a self portrait of how they think they'll look if they get to be 100-years-old, then crimp for instant wrinkles, or simply crimp a real photo of them.
For Groundhog Day, crimp children's groundhog craftivities to give those animals some "fur". Are you studying shadows? Using a light source, trace your students' profile, trim and crimp.
For Valentine's Day add texture to paper hearts. If you study Abraham Lincoln, crimp a log cabin.
Moving on to Spring: Crimp rain, the water cycle, a Seuss hat, butterflies, caterpillars, shamrocks, flowers, grass, eggs, baskets, bunnies, lions, and lambs.
As you can see I'm pretty excited about the educational potential of this fun gadget, and at $24.50 it's certainly an affordable tool to add to your teaching bag of tricks.
If you're going to do the Frankenstein envelope activity with your kiddos that I posted a few days ago, they also sell the green envelopes. Your kiddos could also crimp their completed envelope monsters too.
Well that's it for today. I'm going to play around a bit more with this fun gadget to see what else I can come up with.
If you've thought of another way to use the tool, or an activity you plan to do with your kiddos, I'd enjoy hearing from you: firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to leave a comment below.
"There is a great distance between said and done." - Puerto Rican proverb