1-2-3 Come Make a Pumpkin Slider With Me!
Making a hands-on craftivity, is a fun way for students to learn about, and review the basic 2D shapes and the shape words associated with them. I tried to do at least one shape activity a week with my Y5's. The more exposure they had to shapes, the better the chances of their light bulb going on, in an interesting and non-stressful way.
My "sliders" have always been extremely popular, so I wanted to make a pumpkin one with shapes. They are called sliders, because students pull(slide) their strip through slits, to reveal whatever I want to teach. Sliders are a quick and easy way to whole-group assess. Simply call out a shape and have students find it on their slider and then hold it up. You can also individually assess with a slider; the game-like activity, lessens a child's apprehension when being tested.
Here's how to make the Pumpkin Shape Slider:
Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Shape Slider. I also made a Pumpkin ABC-123 Slider that has different strips, so you can review: upper and lowercase letters, numbers from 0-30, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, as well as counting backwards from 10 to 0 and 20 to 0. Run off whatever strips you want your students to work on. Make a laminated one yourself to use as a demonstration, review, or assessment sample.
So that the strip is easily managed, students can fold the ends up. Have children TRACE the letters/numbers with two different colored highlighters in an ABAB pattern. Click on the link to view/download the ABC-123 Pumpkin Slider. There are 3 pumpkin templates to choose from: students can draw on their own face, add wiggle eyes, or use the pumpkin that has a face on it. TIP: Decorate the pumpkin on both sides and glue 2 slider strips back-to-back for double duty.
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"The only place success comes before work, is in the dictionary!" -Vidal Sassoon
I think students find it more fun to review report card standards if you give them a new twist by adding them to a theme day.
Slap on a bit of Cat in the Hat clip art and you have a new Memory Match game that will have your little ones wanting to review upper and lowercase letters one more time.
Print them off on two different colors so the game is easier to play. I’ve also made cards for skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 10’s and counting by 1’s for little ones.
Click on the link to view/download the Dr. Seuss number and letter cards. Play the Cat in the Hat spinner game and continue to review skip counting.
Decide which group of numbers you want students to work on. Run off the Cat in the Hat sheets and pass out some red markers. Students play in groups of 2 to 4, taking turns spinning the paperclip.
Whatever number they land on they trace and then write the number on their hat. They do not have to do it in any particular order.
If they spin a number they’ve already traced, they lose their turn. The person who fills in their entire hat, or the one with the most stripes colored in by the time the timer rings, is the winner.
Seuss Time is played the same way, only with digital time to the hour. I have also included digital time cards so students can make Itty Bitty time booklets as well.
Click on the link to view/download Dr. Seuss Time & Counting Games
I hope these ideas add some fun to your Dr. Seuss or Cat in the Hat Day celebrations. Scroll down for lots more Dr. Seuss ideas and activities, booklets, bookmarks, centers, art activities and more!
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