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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.

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessmentsThe 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.

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessmentsChildren 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.

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessmentsOn 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.

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessments* 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.

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessmentsI’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 ...

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessments* 5 shape games along with ...

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessments* 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.

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessmentsI hope your kiddos enjoy learning with "Socrates" as much as mine did. 

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.  

scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, shape activities, shape crafts, shape assessments, fall centers, owl activities, emergent reader booklets, owl activities, owl crafts, shape games, shape assessmentsWell 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 Practice the "Owl-phabet" With Me

I’m delighted to post anotherDollar Deal from Diane.
This “owl-phabet” craftivity is a super-fun way for students to practice upper & lowercase letters .

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsLook closely at Ollie the owl’s eyesYou will see an uppercase letter in one, and a lowercase letter in the other.  Ollie is one of my "Turn & Learn” alphabet wheels.

Play "I Spy” a letter & have children turn the "eye wheels" 'til they've found both.

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsThey hold their owl in the air, and you can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

You can also play “Whoooo has a clue?” Call on a child to choose a letter, then give 3 clues to the class. For example: “My letter is a vowel; it comes before P and after N. What’s the ”mystery letter?”

Children turn the owl’s “eyes” ’til they’ve found it. “Whoooo was the first? Is that person correct?”

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsI've also included a few owl-themed worksheets and a "color me" bookmark in the packet.

Besides playing games with Ollie, use it as a non-threatening way to assess.

Turn Ollie into an “Owl” miss you!” activity at the end of the year, so that students can review letters over the summer, lest they forget all you’ve crammed into their heads.

For a quick & easy way to make the letter “windows” in the eye, I used a circle paper punch

I set Ollie up as a center/station activity that children get to do after they have completed their morning table top work. 

All of the pieces and parts are on a table, with a variety of colors to choose from.  They pick out their parts & return to their desks to put Ollie together. 

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsYou can also do this as a whole-group "monkey see-monkey do" activity, where you demonstrate the assembly step-by-step & children copy what you are doing. 

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to grab Ollie for just a dollar.  I hope your kiddos enjoy their owl-phabet pal as much as mine did. 

The featured FREEBIE for today is a set of owl alphabet cards.  Click on the link to get your set today.  There are 3 sets in the packet. Owls showing both the upper & lowercase letters, as well as separate sets of each, so that you can play Memory Match, Speed, and "I Have; Who Has?" games. 

owl activities, owl crafts, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet craftsWell that's it for now. Thanks for visiting.  It's still chilly out, so time to grab my jacket and take my poodle pup Chloe for a walk. 

Right now she's asleep under my desk.  Maybe she thinks it's a bit too nippy today too. 

"I  don't know what my path is yet.  I'm just walking on it." - Olivia Newton-John

1-2-3 Come Give A Hoot With Me

Are you looking for an activity for Earth Day (April 22nd)? If you're into owls, then I think you'll enjoy the "Give a Hoot; Don't Pollute!" writing prompt craftivity.  Take a close look and you'll see that I used 2D shapes to design the owl, which provides a teachable moment on Earth Day to review shapes, as well as ways your students can take care of the earth. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, The packet includes the owl poster pattern pieces and a writing prompt for older students.  They can glue this to the back of their poster. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Completed projects look wonderful suspended from the ceiling. 

I set this up as a listening and following directions-whole group activity, so that I could assess how my students were doing with that life skill. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Everyone got a large sheet of blue construction paper at their desk, along with the owl body and caption to cut and glue to their poster. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, When everyone accomplished that, I passed out the shapely owl pieces. 

To expedite this, I had set all of them out in student piles ahead of time.  From there I'd hold up a piece and glue it on my sample and my Y5's would do the same. 

We continued "monkey see-monkey do" 'til everyone had their poster done, which took us about 12 minutes.  If you have older students, they can simply get their supplies and work away. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, I've also included some "Give a hoot" bookmarks in full color as well as black and white for your kiddos to color.  Click on the link to view/download the Give a Hoot Earth Day Owl packet.

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Well that's it for today...  Short and sweet, or at least I'm trying.  Thanks for visiting. I have my grandchildren Kaitlyn and Kaiden today. (5 months and 2 years)

Hopefully the weather will warm up, so we can go for a nice long stroller ride.  Regardless, it will be a day filled with snuggles and giggles.  Wishing you a love-filled day too.

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"... "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”  -Frances Hodgson Burnett  from The Secret Garden

1-2-3 Come Do An Owl Craft With Me

owl crafts, owl writing prompts, writing prompts for fall, fall bulletin boards, owl bulletin boards, back to school ideas, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, owl activities, owl crafts, owl writing prompts, icebreakers, icebreakers for the first day of school, icebreakers for the 1st wekk of schoolWhether you do this activity at the beginning of the school year for a back to school icebreaker, or in the fall for October or November, this owl craftivity is a wonderful way to get to know your students, and for them to get to know their classmates better. 

Completed projects make an adorable fall bulletin board.  A caption could be: "Owl Stars!" as a play on the words all star.

owl crafts, owl writing prompts, writing prompts for fall, fall bulletin boards, owl bulletin boards, back to school ideas, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, owl activities, owl crafts, owl writing prompts, icebreakers, icebreakers for the first day of school, icebreakers for the 1st wekk of schoolFor those finishing touches, have students cut out their owl, fold the wings inward, and add some highlights with crayons.

Adding a pair of wiggle eyes, stuck on with glue dots, is also cute.  I've included owl templates with the pupils missing, so they can be creative.

Where they place the eyes really changes the personality of these cute little critters. They can even make them goofy, like I did in my sample.

owl crafts, owl writing prompts, writing prompts for fall, fall bulletin boards, owl bulletin boards, back to school ideas, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, owl activities, owl crafts, owl writing prompts, icebreakers, icebreakers for the first day of school, icebreakers for the 1st wekk of schoolThere are two options to choose from:  Students can make an owl for themselves: "Owl" About Me... or have children pick a partner and make one for that student: "Owl" Be Your Friend.

owl crafts, owl writing prompts, writing prompts for fall, fall bulletin boards, owl bulletin boards, back to school ideas, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, owl activities, owl crafts, owl writing prompts, icebreakers, icebreakers for the first day of school, icebreakers for the 1st wekk of schoolIf you have chosen the personal owl for your kiddos to do, adding their school photo makes this a sweet keepsake. 

owl crafts, owl writing prompts, writing prompts for fall, fall bulletin boards, owl bulletin boards, back to school ideas, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, owl activities, owl crafts, owl writing prompts, icebreakers, icebreakers for the first day of school, icebreakers for the 1st wekk of schoolIf you're doing this in October, it's a fun activity for your Halloween party day

Children can write "Happy 'Owl-oween!" on the back and present the card to their friend. 

Click on the link to view/download the Owl Writing Prompt Craftivity. 

owl crafts, owl writing prompts, writing prompts for fall, fall bulletin boards, owl bulletin boards, back to school ideas, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, owl activities, owl crafts, owl writing prompts, icebreakers, icebreakers for the first day of school, icebreakers for the 1st wekk of schoolThanks for visiting.  I'm off to do a zillion and one things that I never have enough time for.  Wishing you an energizing day.

 "If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear." -- Mark Twain

1-2-3 Come Do Some End Of The Year Writing Prompts and Craftivities With Me

Since yesterday's article on having current students make something for your next year's kiddos was so popular, I decided to make one with an owl-theme, as owls continue to be really popular.  I know I love them. 

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Run off the templates on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students choose and trim.

Print the facial pattern, trim and trace on an old file folder.  Trace once and cut 3 to 6 eye pieces out at a time.  If you want your beak to be 3D, cut on a fold.

Place and position wings, poke a hole with a protractor at the top and insert a brass brad so they “fly” open. Choose your grade-level heart template and run off on a variety of colors of construction paper. 

Explain to students that what they will be making will be given to your new kiddos in the fall.  They write why their current grade was a hoot.  What a nice surprise for your incoming class to find on or in their desk.  These could also be put up on a bulletin board.
To make it even more personal, have students glue their school photo somewhere.

owl crafts, owl activities, owl writing prompts, school was a hoot, end of the year crafts, end of the year activities, end of the year writing prompts, keepsake crafts, memory books for the end of the year, writing prompts by current students for next years students, memory craft for the end of the year, If you don't want to putz with a craft, I've included just the writing prompt as a template. As with the above craft, I've included templates for preschool through third grade, plus a blank one to fill in with something else.

owl crafts, owl activities, owl writing prompts, school was a hoot, end of the year crafts, end of the year activities, end of the year writing prompts, keepsake crafts, memory books for the end of the year, writing prompts by current students for next years students, memory craft for the end of the year, There's also 2 different bookmark options to give your current students.  Click on the link to view/download the "___________ Grade Was A Hoot" packet.

As with the "tree-mendous" packet yesterday, (scroll down to the next blog article to take a look), I also made a keepsake craft for your students to make for themselves.  This packet is called "School Was A Hoot."

owl crafts, owl activities, owl writing prompts, school was a hoot, end of the year crafts, end of the year activities, end of the year writing prompts, keepsake crafts, memory books for the end of the year, writing prompts by current students for next years students, memory craft for the end of the year, I used 3 file folders to make my sample, but you could also use 2 large sheets of construction paper.  Here's how to make them:
Open up 2 file folders. Glue the right side of one to the left side of the other.  You will now have a left flap, middle section and right flap.  Use the pattern to trace the wings and then trim.

I used a third file folder for the head, but you could also use a sheet of construction paper.
Students can draw their own face, or you can use my pattern.  You could also cut these pieces out of construction paper and have students glue them on.

owl crafts, owl activities, owl writing prompts, school was a hoot, end of the year crafts, end of the year activities, end of the year writing prompts, keepsake crafts, memory books for the end of the year, writing prompts by current students for next years students, memory craft for the end of the year, Choose your grade-level flag and run them off on a variety of colors of construction paper.  Students trim and glue only the left portion of the pennant to the left wing.  Add a school photo to make it extra special.

Brainstorm with students about all of the things they did that year that were a hoot.  You may want to jot these on the board to help with spelling.

After students have written a rough draft, they rewrite their final thoughts on the writing prompt page that will be glued to the middle of their owl.

owl crafts, owl activities, owl writing prompts, school was a hoot, end of the year crafts, end of the year activities, end of the year writing prompts, keepsake crafts, memory books for the end of the year, writing prompts by current students for next years students, memory craft for the end of the year, Students can draw a full-sized body picture of themselves in the oval, or just their face.  Have students really think about what they'll write in the "favorites" and "memories" sections, which will be glued to the wings. 

owl crafts, owl activities, owl writing prompts, school was a hoot, end of the year crafts, end of the year activities, end of the year writing prompts, keepsake crafts, memory books for the end of the year, writing prompts by current students for next years students, memory craft for the end of the year, The autograph page goes on the back.  Students color it and can collect their own signatures or to expedite things, you can have everybody sign a master sheet and then run it off for everyone.

Make a sample of your own to share with your students.  I’m sure they’ll enjoy hearing about their teacher’s favorite things and why (s)he thought this year was a hoot. 

“A picture is truly worth a 1,000 words” and will help you explain what you want your kiddos to do.  Click on the link to view/download the file folder School Was A Hoot packet. 

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"No matter how much you think you hate school, you'll find that you'll miss it when you leave." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Earth Day Craftivities With Me

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Are you looking for a little something to give your students on Earth Day?  How about a bookmark?   The "Every day should be Earth Day!" bookmarks come in full color or black and white, so your kiddos can color their own.  Click on the link to grab them.

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, If you're into owls, then I think you'll enjoy the "Give a Hoot; Don't Pollute!" writing prompt craftivity.  Take a close look and you'll see that I used 2D shapes to design the owl. 

Take advantage of this teachable moment on Earth Day to review shapes as well as ways your students can take care of the earth. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, The packet includes the owl poster pattern pieces and a writing prompt for older students.  They can glue this to the back of their poster. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Completed projects look wonderful suspended from the ceiling. 

I set this up as a listening and following directions-whole group activity, so that I could assess how my students were doing with that life skill. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Everyone got a large sheet of blue construction paper at their desk, along with the owl body and caption to cut and glue to their poster. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, When everyone accomplished that, I passed out the shapely owl pieces. 

To expedite this, I had set all of them out in student piles a head of time.  From there I'd hold up a piece and glue it on my sample and my Y5's would do the same.  We continued "monkey see-monkey do" 'til everyone had their poster done.  If you have older students, they can simply get their supplies and work away. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, I've also included some "Give a hoot" bookmarks in full color as well as black and white so that your students can color them.  Click on the link to view/download the Give a Hoot Earth Day Owl packet.

Another cute "craftivity" perfect for Earth Day, involves a litterbug.  We don't see littering as much as I used to when I was a child.  Eons ago, people threw lots of trash out of their cars, and the countryside was looking like an awful garbage dump. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson way back when, laws were passed and fines implemented for littering and "Keep America Beautiful" became a popular slogan. 

With that in mind, I nostalgically drew a grumpy old litterbug and designed a "craftivity" around him, that encourages kids to be litter leaders and not litterbugs. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Your students can create their own ugly litterbug, or color and cut out mine. 

For some 3D pizzazz, staple a Dixie cup to the bug's belly and wad up a piece of trash paper to put inside. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, The packet includes a writing prompt that older students can complete and then glue to the back of their litterbug.

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, There's also a poster of a song-poem I wrote, plus a black and white "promise" version for students to color. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, I've also included some litterbug bookmarks in color as well as black and white.  Click on the link to view/download the Litterbug Earth Day Writing Prompt packet. 

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Thanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN away.  For more Earth Day FREEBIES scroll down to take a look at the other blog articles with that theme, or click on the link to pop over to that section of my site.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." -John Muir

1-2-3 Come Work On Vowel Digraphs With Me

I think most everyone has heard the reading rule “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”  It was probably thought up by a teacher or parent who was trying to make learning to read a bit easier.  

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It’s one of the reasons non-English speaking people have a rather difficult time sorting through all of it.  Just as soon as they learn that cute little ditty, they trip over said, weight, shoe and so one.

Keeping that in mind, I wanted to discover what sort of percentage the rule had at bat.  After about an hour of surfing and many articles later,  I was surprised to find that educational gurus gave this rule a rather low score. Averages for being “correct” ranged anywhere from as high as only  57% to as low as 36% depending on their word list.

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, One must also keep in mind that if you list all of the possible vowel digraph combinations (two written vowels together that make one sound), the results also vary.  

Clymer’s study (1963/1996) seems to be the most referred to reference; he found that when two vowels appear side by side, where the long sound of the first one is heard and the second is usually silent, happens only 45% of the time!

I let my students know that the ai, ea, ee, and oa digraphs, have the most success with this rule.  Some teachers also like to add the ie digraph, and although I can think of quite a few examples where it’s true, (pie) I can think of many more words that are an exception to the rule. (piece)

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, Prompted by a request, I decided to make a "When two vowels go walking..." packet.  In it, I’ve provided a list of words with the above vowel digraphs that are age appropriate. 

Quite a few teachers seem to be calling these "team words" as the vowels work together like a team, to make one sound.  Starfall.com, a popular educational site, also refers to them in this way.

To provide more teachable moments, and build vocabulary, as well as practice spelling, I’ve also included a list of words that are exceptions to the rule.  I call them "rule breakers."

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, To make coming across exceptions less frustrating and more fun, have students toss these rule breakers into jail. 

Instead of moaning and groaning that they’ve found another exception, they will take delight in tossing those words into a cell. 

I've included empty jail cell templates for the ai, ea, ee & oa vowel diagraphs, as well as filled-in ones for you to use as an example, after your students have completed theirs. 

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, Bobbi, a visitor to the site, e-mailed me an adorable walking vowel bookmark,  she did not know the source, and despite some effort, I could not find it either, so I made up my own version.   

I thought others, who also teach the When two vowels go walking...rule,  would enjoy making them as well.  That request led to lots of research and creating an entire When two vowels go walking... packet!  (Thanks for the adorable idea Bobbi!)

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, There are several tops and bottoms your students can choose from. 

Use the black line versions, so that your students can color, cut them out, and then attach them to whatever vowel pairs you’re working on.   I've provided the color versions, so that you can easily make laminated samples for yourself.

The vowel digraph “body” also has several options, and comes filled in with the ae, ea, ee, and oa pairs, a blank set, where you can have your students fill in other vowel digraphs that you want to cover, as well as a pattern, where students choose a vowel pair and then list examples of words in the empty boxes. 

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, I've included filled-in teacher samples too.  Click on the link to view/download the When two vowels go walking... packet.

2 vowels go walking activities, 2 vowels go walking postersThis packet will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be revamped and then put into my 137-page jumbo "Vowel Villains & When 2 Vowels Go Walking" packet.

I'm forever searching YouTube to see if some creative person has posted something that will help students learn. I found 3 rather short and very cute videos about the When two vowels go walking... rule.  The pictures are screen shots from those clips. 

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when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, Another adorable clip, was made by a creative teacher and her sweet kindergarten kiddos.  I love the fact that she had them make vowel t-shirts, so they truly could walk side-by-side.  

I'm sure they all had a great time making this 1.54 minute video.  Click on the link to view the kindergarten vowels go walking.

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when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, If you'd like some anchor charts of the most popular vowel digraphs that fit this rule, click on the link When two vowels go walking..." poster packet.  

Use them as anchor charts to hang in your room, or run some off for your students and have them write a list of words that conform, on the back. 

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, If you're looking for a few more vowel activities, The Vowel Owl packet is a popular download: Students sort the 570 CVC & Dolch word cards  into the various long and short vowel owl cups, making it a fun "Word Work" activity for your Daily 5.

I've also included a Vowel Howl game board, as another fun option for practicing long & short vowel sounds.  Click on the link to view/download the Vowel Owl packet.

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, My personal favorite vowel activity is the Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels packet. 

My Y5's, kinders and 1st graders, all enjoyed singing the song and substituting the EIEIO with the vowels AEIOU. 

Because children are familiar with the tune, the emergent reader booklet, is a fun way to reinforce long and short vowels

The repetitious-simple sentences, are filled with common Dolch sight words.  

Click on the link to view/download the Old MacDonal Had Some Vowels packet. 

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, Finally, for a set of vowel anchor charts/posters click on the link.  To take a look at all of the vowel FREEBIES on teachwithme.com click on the link to pop on over to that section.  Simply scroll down to pick and choose.

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you found some useful items. Wishing you a stress-free day. 

"Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly." -Arnold Edinborough

1-2-3 Come Make Some Valentines With Me

Since Valentine's Day is Friday, this will be my last blog post with heart-themed "stuff" 'til next year.  It's time to move on to President's Day

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I always sent a Valentine's Day Party information note home, as well as a list of their child's classmates, followed up by a thank you note to anyone who helped with the party, or donated something. 

I thought perhapes you could use a time-saving template for those things.  Simply print and then fill in your own info.  Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Note Packet.

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Before I design anything new, I surf the net to see if anyone has done what I'm thinking about; no sense reinventing the wheel. 

Erin had done just that, as I found a simply adorable mustache valentine FREEBIE over at:  I Love Naptime! 

Aren't they cute?  I love how she inserted the sucker so that it looks like a nose.  Your kiddos can trim off the writing and wear their mustache while they slurp away, which makes for a sweet photo op.  Click on the link above to grab her FREEBIE. 

homemade valentines, mustache valentines, Christian valentines, valentines day activities, valentines day crafts, valentines for kids, vintage valentines, valentine crafts, valentine writing promtps, writing prompts for February, The Internet provided all sorts of examples of old-fashoned, vintage, and handmade valentines.  A few hours quickly slipped away, as I flitted from one site to the next.

One of my favorite finds was made by Kristen over at Yellow Bliss Road. She overlayed the word love on top of one of my favorite Bible verses.  Click on the link to get this lovely FREEBIE, suitable for framing.

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Another great site that's less overwhelming, has 70 vintage valentine FREEBIES  and can be found at Sweetly Scrapped. 

homemade valentines, mustache valentines, Christian valentines, valentines day activities, valentines day crafts, valentines for kids, vintage valentines, valentine crafts, valentine writing promtps, free vintage valentines, free victorian valentines, writing prompts for February, I really enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane, as my grandmother collected all sorts of valentine postcards from the early 1900's.  I fondly remember paging through her scrapbooks. 

To save you time, I used a  few free clips to make a vintage valentine packet.

I've laid them out so there are minis you can print for all of your kiddos, as well as a larger one with only one valentine on the page, to print and give to that special someone.  Click on the link for my Vintage Valentine packet.

homemade valentines, mustache valentines, Christian valentines, valentines day activities, valentines day crafts, valentines for kids, vintage valentines, valentine crafts, valentine writing promtps, writing prompts for February, I was pleasantly surprised at the popularity of ALL of the writing prompt valentines that I've been posting.   They have been the most downloaded items these past few days. 

TeachWithMe is mainly geared towards early elementary, but most of the writing prompts can be tweaked up, and some, I specifically designed for older students. 

With that in mind, I decided to make a folded heart envelope, which my crafty grandma Lydia, taught me a zillion years ago.  Give older students a writing prompt or have them record whatever they want inside. 

I've also included a few poem ideas they could use as well, or challenge them to write their own poetry. There's a heart pattern that includes one of my favorite "love" quotes, which I used for  "my special saying" that went under my senior yearbook picture. 

Run off the heart pattern on a variety of pastel colored construction paper, or for especially pretty "envelopes" print on patterned scrapbook paper that has a plain flip side. Click on the link to view/download the Folded Heart Envelope Valentine Writing Prompt.

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While surfing the net, I came across the idea of making thumbprints look like hearts; they were posted on a variety of bridal pin boards. I LOVED this idea, so I had my husband press his thumb on a bronze stamp pad and then I pressed mine next to his, so that it looked like a heart. 

I cut out my construction paper heart and glued it to a circle of textured scrapbook paper, which I glued to the back of a paperweight. 

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I also designed a sweet "thumb body" loves you valentine, for your kiddos to do the same thing on.  There's a color as well as a black and white pattern. Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Thumbprint Valentine.

I hope you found a few things here that you can do personally, or with your students to make your Valentine's Day extra special. 

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"Love wasn't put in your heart to stay; love's only love when you give it away." -Rogers and Hammerstein

1-2-3 Do Some Fall Games With Me

Since the apple and pumpkin shape games, as well as the apple and pumpkin number games, were such a huge hit, I decided to design some for the rest of the popular fall themes.  There are sets for leaves, spiders, bats, owls and turkeys.  If I've missed a theme that you do, and would like games for, simply shoot me an e-mail: diane@teachwithme.com and I'll see what I can do.

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Students clip a clothespin to the number that matches the number word on the themed-card.  So that students can self-check, put an X on the back of the card in the location of the correct answer.  I kept clothespins in a tub and games in their own separate Baggy. 

There's a blank set of cards for each theme, so that you can program higher numbers, or use for whatever.  Click on the link to view/download the Fall Themed Number Word Clothespin Games.

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Run off the shape template on a variety of colors of construction paper; laminate and trim.  Students place the colored shape tile onto the matching shape on the themed card.   The shapes on the cards also include the shape word, to help reinforce word recognition as well. 

I've included a blank set of cards with these sets too, so that you can program them with more shapes or whatever.  Click on the link to view/download the Fall Shape Matching Game packet.

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"This above all else: to thine own self be true." -William Shakespeare

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Howl With The Owls And Learn About Vowels!

Vowel Owls are a fun, hands-on way to teach Common Core State Standards:RF.K3b, RF.K2a, RF.K2d, RF.K3c.

Students sort the 570 CVC & Dolch word cards  into the various long and short vowel owl cups.

cvc word cards, cvc words, cvc games, cvc list of words, vowel activities, long vowel activities, short vowel activirties, vowel games, alphabet games, owl activitiesThe Vowel Owls make a great "Word Work" Daily 5 activity. The cards are just the right size, small for little hands and easy printing. With 60 CVC words on a page, and 10 pages, you'll have enough cards to practice as a whole group.

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Click on the link to view/download the Vowel Owl Packet.

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I hope you and your students get a hoot out of these activities and are enjoying a fun-filled fall!   It's brisk this morning and frost is definitely on the pumpkins.  Time to drain and bring in our garden hoses.  Wishing you a delightful day.

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