1-2-3 Come Tell Time With Me!
The mustache mania continues here at TeachWithMe.com
I thought it would be fun to make a mustache telling time game; it's entitled: "I Mustache You What Time Is It?"
This packet includes recording sheets, a mustache clock spinner + a telling time matching worksheet, which you can use as an assessment for time to the hour.
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1-2-3 Come Have Fun Becoming a Pirate and Writing With Me!
Since pirates continue to be an extremely popular theme, I've been working on a variety of activities this week.
I just completed these two, so if you are looking for a fun writing prompt before students leave for spring break, I think your students will enjoy making a class book entitled: Arrrr You Ready For Spring Break?
If your spring break has come and gone, you can make this booklet in May or June and have students write about what they are going to be doing over the summer.
This class book is entitled: Arrrr You Ready For Summer Vacation?
I've included insert pages for both. There's a girl pirate page, as well as one for the boys.
Students trace the beginning sentence and then complete the thought.
When they are done, they illustrate their page.
Make the book even more of a keepsake by having students glue their school picture over the face of the pirate and then color it.
Collect the pages, laminate and collate the book.
Make sure you do a sample for yourself as well.
When you read the book to your class, have each student come up and read their own page.
Making a monthly class book is a wonderful way to show student progress and are great items to set out for Parent-Teacher conferences.
Click on the link to view/print the Arrrrr You Ready spring and summer writing prompt packet.
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1-2-3- Have Fun Writing About Goals With Me
Pot of Goals is a fun "craftivity" March writing prompt, that reinforces Common Core State Standards: L.K.2a, L.K.2b, RF.K.3d, RF.K.1c, RF.1.1a, L.1.2b
Simply run off the templates on construction paper.
Students complete the "goal" coin sentences and add their reasons why.
Remind students to use appropriate capitalization, end punctuation and spacing, when they write their goals on the coins.
Lay out a selection of large construction paper, in the colors of the rainbow. Only have enough paper so that all of it will be chosen, and you'll have a sampling of every color.
Students cut out their pot and coins, and glue them to the construction paper.
Hang the completed pots, in rainbow color order, on a large wall. Your title can be: A Rainbow Of Wonderful Writing.
For a bit more pizzazz, have students write their names in rainbow colors, add a school photo + gold and silver glitter.
Click on the link to view/download the March writing prompt: St. Patrick's Day Pot of Goals.
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1-2-3 Come Tell Time With Me!
If you need a clock, telling time templates to make games and activities, or assessment worksheets for assessing analog and digital time, this is the packet for you.
Choose from a variety of digital and analog clocks to help you teach the Common Core State Standard:1.MD.3
I've designed both large teacher clocks for demonstration purposes, as well as matching mini clocks for students to make and manipulate.
Run off and glue the clock templates to construction paper or a paper plate for durability. Add paperclips or tag board hands for students to manipulate.
I've also included fraction clocks to show 5 after, quarter after, and half past, so that you can review this vocabulary and another Common Core Math Standard as well.
These clocks make nice telling time anchor charts to refer to.
Calling out a time and having students move the hands to make that time, and then holding up their clock, is a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess.
There are a variety of blank as well as filled-in clocks so students have an opportunity to learn as they make their clock.
I truly believe that "doing" leads to understanding. Why give a child a pre-made plastic clock, when you can build their self-esteem, by having them make their own.
Writing in numbers on their clocks, will help reinforce time concepts as well.
I also have several different telling digital and analog time assessment sheets so students can record answers and give you a paper trail of accomplishment for their student portfolio's or file.
You can make these into games, by orally giving students a time for them to record on their answer sheet.
You can also hold up your clock and have students shoot up their hand to tell you what time it is, or use the assessments as an "I Spy!" the time activity.
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"The whole purpose of education is to turn my errors into windows." -Sidney J. Harris
1-2-3's, ABC's, and Shapes Via The Mail
Woo Hoo! This is my 500th blog article! Hope you enjoy it.
I love making up special alphabet, number and shape cards for each month.
I think it helps students stay interested and focussed if they come in the first of every month and see a seasonal change that brightens up your room and adds variety to the "same-old- same-old"...
My Y5's loved going to the post office to mail their Valentines. It was a fun way for me to cover that information, and just a few blocks walk from our school.
With that in mind, I wanted to dream up some cards involving envelopes. I thought letters of the alphabet and letters in an envelope was a cute idea, thus Letter Letters, Number Letters and Shape Letters were born.
Number Letters covers the Common Core State Standards: RF.K.3c, K.CC.4a, K.CC.4b, K.CC.4c, K.OA.5,K.CC.6 and is a fun way to review counting, number words, simple addition and subtraction as well as greater and less than.
It includes a blank set for you to program with whatever...+ math symbols: < > + - = so students can make equations and solve them.
I've also included 2-pages of tips of what to do with the cards, including games.
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Letter Letters can be used as a border or laminate, cut them up into puzzles and use them to play games.
This packet includes a blank sheet for you to program with whatever...+ a cover so students can make an Itty Bitty Booklet, as well as 3-pages of tips of what to do with the cards.
Finally, Shape Letters is a delightful way to review these 11 2-D shapes: circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, heart, star and crescent.
The packet helps reinforce colors and color words as well. Remind students that these are two-dimensional shapes and lie in a plane or "flat."
Put them on the wall as a border, or run off a set for your students and have them write the shape word and then trace and color the shape.
You can also laminate them, cut them up and make them into puzzles. Students match the word to its shape.
Pass them out to students and give spatial directions: "Put your shape over, under, between, behind, beside, left-right, etc."
If you do the above, you'll be covering Common Core State Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, K.G.3
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." -Albert Einstein
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.
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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“The secret for success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” –Benjamin Disraeli
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:
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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“May all of your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!” –Joey Adams
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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“Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.” – Will Rogers
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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"Expecting a kid to learn only from a textbook, is like asking them to look at a travel brochure and calling it a vacation." -Unknown
1 Student + 1 Fun Activity = Learning!
I’ve been busy designing all sorts of easy readers that incorporate a variety of standards so you get more bang for your time buck.
I also like to overlap math with language arts so that I can cover even more standards with one activity.
I try to design my booklets so that they have a consistent format.
That way even when it’s a new month with a new theme, the format is the same.
Students feel empowered and their self-esteem is built, because once they have done that first booklet, little or no directions have to be explained for students to get right down to business.
I think this is one of the reasons for the popularity of the 1-2-3 Count With Me series.
Click on the link to view all 25 booklets thus far.
I’m working on 123 Count Valentines With Me this week, and just finished 123 Count Groundhogs With Me.
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My Y5’s never got tired of doing them.
A new series I plan on doing once a month, ‘til all of the months are covered, is the +1 Addition Booklets.
I just completed January’s +1 Snowman Addition Booklet,
as well as the Plus 1 Valentine Addition Booklet for February.
Click on the links to view/download them.The booklets help review Common Core State Math Standards: K.CC.3, K.CC.4a, K.CC.4b, K.CC.4c, K.CC.5, K.OA.1, K.OA.5, K.G.1
Students trace and write the numbers and number word and then follow the spatial directions of where to glue that many snowflakes or Valentine hearts.
They also circle the number in its proper sequence.
All booklets in this series will include a graphing extension and certificate of praise.
Be sure and check back for a kite or shamrock one for March, a butterfly one for April, and one with a frog theme for May!
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