1-2-3 Come Do Some More Valentine Activities With Me
I had a special request from Iesha, in Michigan, for some 10-frame cards with hearts on them. Since this was also on my "to do" list, I got right to it.
All of the new 10-frames packets include extra tiles, so that students can use them as manipulatives to make groups/sets to match the number on the cards, sort the tiles or pattern with them. Click on the link to view/download the Valentine 10-Frames packet.
1-2-3 Count Valentines With Me compliments the cards, as this easy reader booklet is based on a 10-frame and covers all sorts of standards.
Students read, trace and write the numbers and number words, circle the number in the sequence, dot that many spots on the 10-frame, then cut and glue the appropriate picture showing a group of that many.
The new "Count With Me" booklets, also have students add end punctuation to the simple sentences. Each packet also includes several worksheets. Click on the link to view/download the 1-2-3 Count Valentines With Me packet.
When I'm diddling around designing, an idea sometimes happens because of the adorable graphics done by really creative artists, like Laura Strickland (mycutegraphics) and DJ Inkers.
When I taught high school, my students enjoyed a variety of poetry that I shared with them. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, was a personal favorite.
I thought this would make an interesting writing prompt for students. Just incase you'd like to share the original poem, I've included it in the packet.
Instead of love, I substituted the word like. Students can choose to complete the prompt for someone they are close to, or to promote friendship and build self-esteem within your class, have students choose a classmate. Students write things they like about that person, or things that person does that they like etc.
To jumpstart your students' creative minds, make one about your best friend, sister, brother, husband or wife to share as an example. I've also included a bookmark in color, that teachers can fill out for each student. Write the child's name on the heart and then list a few things of why you enjoy having them in your class. Click on the link to view/download the How Do I Like Thee? Valentine Writing Prompt packet.
I didn't have much time to design more valentine crafts this year, but I did want to make a few valentines that your kiddos could make and take home to their families.
Moms especially LOVE the cute "paper love" keepsakes that their child makes at school. With that in mind, I designed the "Blow A Kiss!" keepsake card.
The original idea came from "Life Is Sweet." She painted her baby's hand and pressed it on some paper for grandma and grampa. Here's my version:
Run off my template on white construction paper, or for more pizzazz, print it on regular copy paper and then have students trim and glue their card to their favorite color.
Students pick a partner and take turns tracing each other's hand. For PK kids, have a room helper do the tracing and cutting.
Draw a little tab at the base of the palm, so that the hand has a "hinge" and then cut out. Glue the hinge to the back, of the bottom of the card, so that it flips down, to reveal the sentiment.
I made a page of lip tiles (kisses), so that students can glue their "kiss" to the middle of their flopped over hand. For that finishing touch, add a school photo and some glitter. Click on the link to view/download the "Blow A Kiss" Keepsake Valentine Card.
Another quick valentine craft is a simple positive-negative reverse picture. My Y5's were always amazed when they folded the half-heart template, cut on the solid line and then unfolded a whole heart!
Most of them didn't even realize that they were cutting a heart out, and I didn't spoil the "surprise." I loved their excited exclamations over this scissor "magic."
Turn this into an interesting writing prompt for older students: "Half of me enjoys _______ and half of me enjoys ____________." I had a lot of fun writing a sample for you that will help to explain the lesson.
For more pizzazz, I cut my photo in half and arranged it on my "heartwork."
To get in some keyboard practice, have students write their rough draft, and then type up their final copy and mount it on construction paper. Completed projects make an awesome February bulletin board.
Click on the link to view/download the Folded Heart Writing Prompt Packet.
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"The educated differ from the uneducated, as much as the living from the dead." -Aristotle
Cylinder Santa Windsock: A Great Keepsake for Christmas!
The cylinder is one of the tricky 3-D shapes for my Y5’s to grasp, so I try to do things with cans and toilet paper rolls.
We also make at least one windsock a month and December is the perfect time to make one that will become a treasured keepsake.
Cylinder Santa is not that difficult, and reviews a variety of flat shapes as well as brings home the vocabulary word cylinder!
Do you have a tip you can share of how you teach the cylinder shape or a fun Christmas craft? I'd enjoy hearing from you! email@example.com
Be sure to pop back tomorrow and I'll share a fun reindeer puppet that you can make out of a lunch bag!