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1-2-3 Come Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar With Me!

Because Eric Carle’s story, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” lends itself to “feeding” a caterpillar, I designed “Mr. Munch” as a quick, easy and super-fun way to review not just the story, but all sorts of standards!

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day crafts“My caterpillar’s hungry. His name is Mr. Munch. He likes to eat all sorts of things, especially for lunch”. Is the poster poem I start the lesson with.

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day craftsAfter reading the story, I pass out the life cycle of a butterfly cards, as well as the food cards to my students.

My Y5s absolutely love sequencing and retelling the story “feeding” Mr. Munch, as they drop the cards into his “mouth” in the appropriate order.

Simply attach the caterpillar pattern to the top of a Kleenex box, or large, ZipLock Baggie.

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day craftsThere are 2 caterpillar head options, with 3 size choices.

I included a small, 4-on-a-page size, so students can make their own very hungry caterpillar, which they attach to a ZipLock Baggie.

This is an inexpensive and fun way for them to practice reading words to a classmate or reading buddy. 

Each time they play, run off a different set of word cards on a different color paper.

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day craftsIn the end they’ll have a Baggie full of words that they can read, and a nifty activity to take home for more practice during the summer

They can also pull X amount of cards from their caterpillar’s “belly” to do the various “word-apillar” worksheets with.

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day craftsIn addition to “feeding” the caterpillar, you can use the cards in a ton of other ways; as the versatility of the cards makes them adaptable for games, centers, and assessing.

I’ve included a tip list of ideas, including my students’ favorite “Kaboom” game, plus 15 worksheets”, which are perfect for Daily 5, table top lessons, a sub folder, early finishers, or homework.

Besides the cards that directly relate to the story (life cycle & food) I’ve also included:

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day crafts* A set of days of the week cards
* 2D shape cards, with matching shape words, with 13 options.

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day crafts* Time to the hour and half hour analog clock cards, with a blank set to program with additional times.

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day crafts* Number word cards from 0-22
* Number cards from 0-140, with a blank set of caterpillar cards to program with more numbers, as well as an odd & even sorting mat.

* Math symbol cards(+ — = < > ), so children can make equations
* A set of ordinal number food cards

* Alphabet cards showing both upper & lowercase letters, as well as separate cards for each.
* Mini word cards for ALL of the Dolch word lists. Each set has its own graphic so they are easy to sort.

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day crafts* 570 mini, long & short vowel word cards (60 on 1 page) with a sorting mat and sorting cup game.

* Word family cards for 22 word families, with blanks to program more. Plus…

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day crafts* Butterfly color cards, with matching color words

*“The Caterpillar Creeps” game, plus ...
* Each set of cards comes with a matching “Itty Bitty” booklet.

It took almost a month of work to complete The Very Hungry Caterpillar packet!

However, I felt it was time well spent, as the versatility makes this something you can do throughout the year, hauling out your hungry caterpillar anytime you want to reinforce and practice all sorts of things. 

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day craftsSince Mother's Day is just around the corner, today's FREEBIE is a quick, easy & fun Mother's Day "keepsake" craftivity made with a child's fingerprints.

Here's the poem that's part of the card:

"I've left some little fingerprints on just about every wall.  On furniture, doors and windows, I've really marked them all.  Here are some that won't rub off, to remember when I was small.  Because I'll love you forever, even when I'm big and tall."

caterpillar activities, caterpillar crafts, the very hungry caterpillar activities, 2D shape activities, alphabet cards, days of the week activities, Mother's Day activities, mothers day craftsWell that's it for today. I have an entire pile of weather activities I want to get done, so it's lucky the current weather is chilly and not providing a temptation to be outside playing in my garden.

Wishing you a stress-free day filled with everything you enjoy the most.

"A Mother's heart is the child's classroom." -Henry Ward Beecher

 1-2-3 Come Do A Few Ghostly Activities With Me

I had a request from Alma, over in California, for a few non-scary math activities, with a skeleton or ghost theme.  She teaches a Hispanic group of kinders in Oakland and their Day of the Dead celebration (Dia de Los Muertos) is huge for them.

day of the dead activitiesI referred her to the Numbskull math activities, as well as the Candy Bones activities, but also decided to design a few ghost -themed things as well. Cute little ghosts seemed to be a lot less scary to me than a skull, although that seems to be the prominent symbol for their holiday.

So if you too, are you looking for a few activities to plug into your Halloween party day, but still want to cover some standards, then I think you'll enjoy this cute little ghost-themed packet. 

The packet includes:

  • halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, candy bones activities, free number cardsA ghost craftivity that I call Spooky "Soles".   Students trace their shoe, trim & add some wiggle eyes to make a keepsake ghost (the heel is the head).  They glue their ghost to the back of the tombstone, which has a little poem on it.  "Here's a little ghost traced from my shoe. Made with lots of TLC cuz I love you."  

Instead of the R.I.P. signifying rest in peace, I printed Really Important Person on the tombstone.  Children sign their name at the top.  Older students can complete the writing prompt: Things that scare me... on the back.

  • halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, candy bones activities, free number cardsThe packet also includes some Spooky sliders.  Even though this packet is mostly about numbers, I've also included extra sliders to cover other things.  Sliders for: upper & lowercase letters, shapes, numbers 0-30, counting backwards from 10 to 0 & 20 to 0, plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.

Children can also trace their shoe to make their ghost slider and then cut 2 slits in the center, so they can insert their "slider" strip, or simply run off my ghost template, (bottom right in the photo), choosing whatever slider you want to practice.

  • halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, 5 little ghosts poem, candy bones activities, free number cardsA Five Little Ghosts rhyme poster that I wrote. (Use the number cards as manipulatives for the poem.)
  • "Five little ghosts flying out the door, one flew away and that left 4.  Four little ghosts playing happily, one flew away and that left 3.  Three little ghosts yelling boo, boo, boo! One flew away and that left 2.  Two little ghosts having spooky fun, one flew away and that left 1.  One little ghost sleeping in the sun, flew back home and that left none."
  • ghost cardsCute little ghost number cards to 35, number word cards to 10, and ordinal number cards, with a blank set to program with higher numbers, plus a set of math symbols, so students can make equations. There's also a 3-page tip list of what to do with the number cards, that includes the Kaboom game.
  • An Odd Todd & Even Steven sorting mat.
  • ghost trace and write numbers 51-100, halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, 5 little ghosts poem, candy bones activities, free number cards3 trace & write worksheets for numbers 0-120.  I faded in a little ghost in the background for a rather cool looking affect. 
  • ghost with the most rhyme worksheet, halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, 5 little ghosts poem, candy bones activities, free number cardsPlus a "ghost with the most" rhyming word worksheet with helpful answer key.  
  • Click on the link to view/download the Common Core Ghost packet.

halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, 5 little ghosts poem, candy bones activities, free number cardsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting.  Time to straighten up the toy messes happily strewn hither and yon around the house.  Proof that a little pumpkin plays at Nana's house.

One of my dearest friends is coming over.  We are celebrating Jude's going into remission from cancer news!  Since it's Cancer Awareness Month, just want to give a shout out to all those brave people battling it, as well as those helping in and supporting the cause.  Blessings all around.  Click on the link for an inspiring musical video "Truly Brave" by Sara Bareillis and Cyndi Lauper

"We haven't failed. We now know a thousand things that won't work, so we are much closer to finding what will." --
Thomas Edison 


1-2-3 Come Sing A Fire Safety Song With Me

 fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activitiesAlmost 15 years ago, my 1st graders enjoyed singing my version of The Wheels On The Bus Go 'Round and 'Round,  as I'd add all sorts of extra goofy things to the traditional favorite. 

When October rolled around, and we were studying fire safety, I thought it would be fun to substitute a fire truck for the bus.  My kiddos loved it. 

Well it's years later and I decided to build a Common Core packet around this silly little song.  While doing research, I even found a few people who had the same idea. ("Great minds think alike and all that..." )

Any woo, what started out to be just a few things, morphed into a whopping 69-page packet, and believe me, my brain is a bit fried. 

fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activities0-1I had a few requests for some fire safety themed alphabet and number cards, so I threw them into the mix, and one thing led to another...

Take a peek, pick the items that suit your fancy, and let the fun begin. 

The Packet Includes:

  • The song that started it all: Wheels On The Truck Go 'Round And 'Round
  • Poster of the song.
  • fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activities9 pocket chart cards to go with the song
  • Labeled fire truck poster
  • Fine motor Popsicle stick fire truck activity
  • if a fire truck could talk writing prompt, fire safety writing prompts, fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activitiesWriting prompt graphic organizer page:  "If a fire truck could talk it might say . . ."
  • fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activitiesA wheels on the fire truck upper and lowercase matching game, with answer key. 

Students place the uppercase letter circle on the first wheel and then match the lowercase letter circle to the back wheel.

  • Upper and lowercase letter cards, with a 4-page tip list of what to do with them.
  • A Kaboom game to make playing a variety of the other games like Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" even more fun.
  • Number cards from 0-120, with a 2-page tip list of what to do with them. (I tried to keep the ABC and number cards small, to conserve ink and paper.)
  • fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activities11 number cards with numbers and their matching number words. (0-10).
  • Ordinal number cards (1-10).
  • Odd and Even Sorting Mat +
  • 20 worksheets, which include the following:
  1. Can-Are-Have
  2. Label the truck
  3. KWLfire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activities
  4. Match the pictures to the words
  5. Unscramble the words.
  6. Graphing shapes.
  7. Trace and write the words in alphabetical order.fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activities
  8. Re telling a story: Beginning-Middle-End
  9. Describing fire trucks (Adjective activity).
  10. How Many Words Can You Make? (Use the letters in fire truck.) I've included my list of 56 that I came up with. Great for vocabulary building.
  11. Two cutting skill sheets.  One difficult with zig zag lines, the other simple with straight lines.
  12. Two dot-to-dot worksheets.  One with all the letters of the alphabet, the other with numbers 1-30.
  13. Two trace the numbers to to the fire. (Skip counting by 5's, the other #s 1-20).
  14. Two trace the letters to the hydrant. (Uppercase and lowercase).
  15. Match the number to the number word and finally,
  16. Fire Trucks On A Roll a dice game to practice numbers, counting and addition. Whew!

  fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activitiesClick on the link to view/download the Common Core Wheels On The Truck Packet.

 fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activitiesWhile looking for fire truck ideas, I came across a super-simple fire truck Make a Vehicle game over at Enchanted Learning

I always liked to give my Y5's some computer time, and this would make a quick, easy and fun independent activity to practice keyboarding skills etc.

 fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activitiesI also found an excellent video on YouTube featuring real fire trucks.  It's only 2:44 minutes long.  My grandson was revited, but then he's only 2 and everything is pretty exciting.

 fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activitiesIf you're teaching numbers 1-10, Monster Fire Trucks is also a rather short video (4:18) that's kind of cute.  Certainly attention grabbing.

fire safety activities, fire truck activities, fire truck books, fire safety alphabet cards, fire safety number cards, fire safety songs, fire safety games, shape activities, skip counting by 5's activities, number word activities, ordinal number activities, label the fire truck, fire safety KWL, cutting practice, graphing activitiesWell that's it for today. (Where has it gone?) I hope your kiddos enjoy learning, as their own wheels start turning.  I'm off for a romp outside to unclutter my mind.  Wishing you a fabulous fall!

"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places." -Author Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Kissing Hand Activities With Me

Since all of The Kissing Hand Activities have been such popular downloads, I decided to make a few more activities to review all sorts of Common Core State Standards

The first packet has to do with the alphabet.  I've included large 5x7 upper and lowercase letter cards that you can use as flashcards or for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games. 

Make an extra set; cut them apart, and use them for an ABC puzzle center.  I've included a tip list of all sorts of other things you can do with the cards, including a "Kaboom" game.  

alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsThere are also mini cards.  Run them off and have students arrange them in alphabetical order, or don't cut them apart, and make the lowercase worksheet into an "I Spy" game board. Students color their uppercase heart-tiles and cut them apart. 

alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsChoose a student to call out a letter.  Students find the uppercase letter heart-tile and place it over the lowercase letter hand on their game board.  You can also have them glue them down. 

I've also included several assessments, a recording sheet, plus 2 trace and write worksheets

alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsClick on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Alphabet Game packet. 

The next packet is all about numbers.  There's a counting booklet for numbers 0-10, with a blank sheet to program with larger numbers. 

alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsHave students show "how many" with stickers, or X's (kisses) to show the group/set for each number. 

Students trace the numbers and number words.   If you want to extend the activity, have them practice writing the numbers and words on the back of the pages. 

I've included large and small "lipstick-ers" for your students to cut and glue the appropriate amount to the hands.

alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsThere are also large 8x10 number posters that you can use as flashcards or for games.  There's a blank hand for this activity as well, so that you or your students can make cards for those teen numbers and beyond.

alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsAs with the alphabet packet, this one also includes several trace and write worksheets. Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Number Packet.

kissing hand alphabet slider, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsFinally, I wanted to toss in a "craftivity," so I designed some number, shape and letter sliders

kissing hand shape slider, kissing hand alphabet slider, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsThere are two different "Chester" raccoons to choose from, as well as upper & lowercase letter strips, plus a shape strip.

If you want to reinforce numbers, choose a slider with numbers to 20, or practice skip counting with strips to count by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. 

kissing hand alphabet slider, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsClick on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Slider packet.  Do you have a Kissing Hand activity that you could share with us?  Would love to hear from you: diane@teachwithme.com or leave a comment below.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you found something here that you can use to help make learning even more fun. As always, feel free to PIN away.

kissing hand alphabet slider, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet cards, alphabet assessments, number cards, skip counting activities, counting booklet, shape activities, shape games, raccoon craftsIt's steamy outside, as the gentle rain splashed all over the hot asphalt.  Time to pretend to be two again, as I go puddle jumping with my little grandson.  Hope you have a refreshing day!

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." -Rabindranath Tagore

ABC Come Teach With Me! Featuring A Letter and Number A Day In A Filmstrip!

back to school ideas, alphabet ideas, alphabet activities, alphabet lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day ideas, alphabet posters, alphabet cards, number cards, number of the day, letter of the week activities, letter of the week ideas, letter of the week lessons, number lessons, alphabet lessons, alphabet certificatesFilmstrip Fun is another way to review letters and numbers with your students. It's that "something different" you may be looking for.

back to school ideas, alphabet ideas, alphabet activities, alphabet lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day ideas, alphabet posters, alphabet cards, number cards, number of the day, letter of the week activities, letter of the week ideas, letter of the week lessons, number lessons, alphabet lessons, alphabet certificatesPrint off and laminate the “Today’s Featured Letter” and “Number” posters.  If you do a letter a day, make this part of your calendar routine and put these posters close by.

You can also display the complete upper and lowercase alphabet under their header cards, as well as the numbers.

I’ve provided upper and lowercase letters + numbers 0-10 for you to run off and laminate.  To make things quick and easy, use Velcro dots to attach them.

Run off extra sets so that your students can play Memory Match Concentration games as well as “I Have; Who Has?”

Make copies of the upper and lowercase bookmarks for each student.

Have children “spy” the various letters with a filmstrip “spy glass”.

To make them, cut out the center rectangles on the filmstrips with an Exacto knife and then run the sheet through the laminator.

Cut the “spy glasses” out in sections of 2 so that the filmstrip on the bottom can be trimmed and used as a gluing tab.  (See photo.)

I used a large glue dot to adhere the “window” to a Popsicle stick. Write students’ names on with a black permanent marker.

When students pass the various report card standards for letters and numbers reward them with an “I’ve Been Framed!” certificate.

Make a copy of your class composite and glue each student’s photo to the filmstrip mini-frame.

Write their name under the congratulations word and then sign and date the certificate.

I hope you enjoy Filmstrip Fun and having one more way to review letters and numbers with your sweeties!

back to school ideas, alphabet ideas, alphabet activities, alphabet lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day ideas, alphabet posters, alphabet cards, number cards, number of the day, letter of the week activities, letter of the week ideas, letter of the week lessons, number lessons, alphabet lessons, alphabet certificatesback to school ideas, alphabet ideas, alphabet activities, alphabet lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day ideas, alphabet posters, alphabet cards, number cards, number of the day, letter of the week activities, letter of the week ideas, letter of the week lessons, number lessons, alphabet lessons, alphabet certificatesClick on the link to view/download the Filmstrip Fun packet.

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