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glyphs for fall

1-2-3 Come Make A Glyph With Me

If you have never made a glyph with your students I highly recommend you give it a go with one of these quick, easy and super-fun fall glyphs.

apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersMy latest creations are an apple glyph and scarecrow glyph.

apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersNo matter what grade I taught, my students absolutely LOVED making glyphs, which is saying a lot because besides 4th, 6th & 7th grades, I've taught them ALL, beginning with PK all the way up through college freshmen!!

Glyphs are a quick, easy and fun way to practice listening and following directions.

They also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't, which comes in handy during parent-teacher conferences, and selecting the yes or no box on a student's report card. 

Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different.

apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersI've included a colorful glyph poster in both the apple & scarecrow packets, to use for the center of your display.

apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersGlyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students and build a classroom community, so the apple glyph is wonderful for a back-to-school icebreaker as well.

apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersBoth packets include several posters you can show to explain directions, which is particularly helpful for younger children.

To practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students pick a partner and try to figure out which glyph they made.

apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, pumpkin activities, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersI’ve designed the glyph directions in such a way, that you can easily tweak them to fit your needs and levels of your kiddos, making things super-simple, or a bit more challenging for older kiddos in order to test their listening skills as well as comprehension.

Be sure and make a sample of your own, so your students can get to know you as well. 


apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, pumpkin activities, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersAfter everyone is done with theirs, you can share yours and practice inference by asking them questions. 

Last fall I designed a pumpkin glyph you may also want to check out.

All 3 of these glyphs are part of "Diane's Dollar Deals".

Venn diagrams, apple pumpkin venn diagram, comparing apples with pumpkins, apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, pumpkin activities, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersToday's featured FREEBIE also has an apple-pumpkin theme.

Just like glyphs, my students really enjoy making Venn diagrams, which are a siimple, quick and fun way to practice comparison and contrast writing.  They too make an awesome bulletin board

apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, pumpkin activities, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, venn diagrams, apple & pumpkin venn diagrams, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersThis Venn diagram compares apples with pumpkins and is an easy way to reinforce all sorts of science facts.

Children can do these individually or with a partner. If you teach younger kiddos, doing one together in a whole-group setting is beneficial.

Venn diagrams, apple pumpkin venn diagram, comparing apples with pumpkins, apple glyph, scarecrow glyph, pumpkin glyph, pumpkin activities, assessing listening and following directions, back to school activities, apple activities, scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, apple craftss, getting to know you ice brekersWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

I'm watching 2 of my 9 grandchildren today, so we're going to visit Robinette's Apple Orchard and pumpkin patch.

One of the many reasons why I love fall here in Michigan. 

Wishing you a fun-filled day.

"Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadows of your wing." -Psalm 17:8

1-2-3 Come Do Some Quick,Halloween Activities With Me

Halloween happens to be on a Monday this year, so some schools will be celebrating on Friday, others waiting 'til the real day. 

Since our party day is Friday, I still wanted to have some quick, easy and educationally fun Halloween-themed activities for Monday, so I whipped together a pumpkin glyph, writing prompt and class book.  They are featured on the blog, along with today's  FREEBIE.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsFirst up is the pumpkin glyph. No matter what grade I taught, my students absolutely LOVED making glyphs.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsThey are a quick, easy & interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions.  This pumpkin glyph will also review some 2D shapes as well.

Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't listen & follow directions.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsCompleted projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different! 

I've included 2 posters for the center of your glyph display.

Glyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students.  The packet also includes a few posters for explaining things so even PK students can make one.  

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsThe "Positive-Negative Writing Prompt Pumpkin" also makes an awesome bulletin board or hallway wall display.   

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsThe controversy of Halloween, makes a nice comparison-contrast writing activity, where students list the positive aspects of Halloween that they like, as well as the negative ones that they don't care for.

Whenever I include a bit of hands-on craftiness to a lesson, I instantly have my students' attention; and they can't wait to get down to the business of writing.

So as a topper for their completed October writing prompt, children use an art form fittingly called: "positive-negative" and create a Jack-O-Lantern with my easy-peasy pattern.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsTo add some variety to your display, I've included 5 writing prompt worksheet options with different Halloween-themed graphics and fonts for your students to choose from.

PK teachers can do this as a whole-group discussion activity, where students give their opinion and you jot down their answers on one of the writing prompt worksheets, then each child can make a positive-negative pumpkin, which can be scattered around the prompt.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsFinally, if your kiddos are like mine, they are constantly talking about what costume they are going to wear for Halloween.   I take advantage of their excitement and enthusiasm by having them make a costume class book.

They are super-excited to get down to the business of illustrating their own page, which is a great activity for the week of Halloween, or even on party day for something educationally fun to help channel all of that energy.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsI’ve included 2, full color cover options to choose from, as well as 3 different page designs. (See PREVIEW).

There’s a black and white pattern for your students, as well as templates in color, so that you can easily make a sample to share to help explain things, then contribute your costume page to the book too.

On party day I snap everyone’s picture, then add their photograph to our book as well.

Class-made books are one of my students’ favorites in our classroom library; they are terrific to share during parent-teacher conferences too.   Besides the book, I’ve also included 2 song posters.

I enjoy making up songs to familiar tunes. One is “Trick or Treat” to the tune of “Are You Sleeping Brother John?” the other is “What Costume Will You Wear” to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”.  

Pages from Ready Set Ghost Halloween games LKToday's featured FREEBIE is a collection of tried and true Halloween party games that my students really enjoy.  I call the packet "Ready-Set-Ghost!"

Click on the link or photo to grab your copy and let the spooktacular fun begin!

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsWell that's it for today... Gotta dash, as there are treat bags yet to make for the neighborhood children.  We don't have that many, so I like to make something extra special. 

Wishing you a very Happy Howling Halloween!

"There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight!" -Unknown

 

 

 

 

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