1-2-3 Come Do Some Fall Writing With Me
Since the "Apple Sense" craftivity was downloaded quite a bit, I decided this format would also work well for Pumpkin Sense. No matter what grade your students are in, they need to be reminded to use their senses to make their writing "come alive." The use of adjectives is equally important, and such a simple thing to explain using examples. I find that if students can add a bit of art to their creations, writing is more fun and completed projects make wonderful bulletin boards that build self-esteem.
Run off the pumpkin template on orange construction paper. Students add a bit of color to the the stem, with a green crayon. You can make this even cuter, by having students trace their hand (with their fingers spread) onto a sheet of green construction paper, trim and glue their "leaf" next to the stem. Adding a photograph gives things that finishing touch.
Run the "pumpkin guts" off on yellow construction paper. Students trim and fill in their answers. Before hand, discuss the 5 senses, as well as what an adjective is, explaining the importance of using both to write better.
Brainstorm words that can be used to describe a pumpkin using the various senses and write them on the board. Students can draw from this word bank when they write.
So that they are practicing starting a sentence with a capital letter, have students write a complete sentence, rather than filling in their answer. Review proper end punctuation. To make sure that they use adjectives, encourage students to underline them.
You may want children to write a rough draft, checking to make sure that every noun has a descriptive word before it. Can they think of a better word to describe what they are seeing, feeling, tasting, smelling, etc? When they are satisfied with their final draft, they can write it on the yellow insert. Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Sense craftivity.
Continuing with adjective practice, I designed a Describing Fall packet.
Students think of words that describe the various fall themes: school, apples, leaves, pumpkins, spiders, bats, scarecrows, sunflowers, turkeys and Pilgrims, and then fill in the appropriate boxes with adjectives. Once they have done that, students incorporate several words into 1 or 2 sentences that they write on the back of their worksheet.
Children can add a bit of color with crayons or markers. When everyone is done, have them share their work. I've also included a definition of an adjective anchor chart. Click on the link to view/download the Describing Fall Adjective Writing packet.
If you're looking for more activities involving the 5 Senses you may like Sam's Senses craftivity. Children cut and glue the labels to Sam the pumpkin man. What makes Sam special is that his hands are the traced hands of the student. Click on the link to view/download Sam.
My Fall Senses, is a quick and easy candy corn graphic organizer that again helps students practice their writing skills. Click on the link to view download this fall writing activity.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see what I can do.
Number words were always part of my word wall. I found that the more contact my students had with these words, the easier it became for them to automatically recognize and read them. Playing word games made learning them interesting and fun. To make the games, print off the cards, laminate them and then trim.
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.
To go along with the apple and pumpkin shape games, I also made 5 more fall-themed shape matching games. They too include the above sets: leaves, spiders, bats, owls and turkeys.
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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1-2-3 Come Make A KWL With Me
I first learned about a KWL in college. KWL's are graphic representations that are especially helpful for visual learners. They are a wonderful way for teachers to see what prior knowledge their students have, as well as what they'd like to learn. KWL's are simple, easy and a fun way to accomplish quite a bit in a short amount of time.
K stands for what students Know about a topic, W for What they Want to know, and finally, L representing what students have Learned when the unit is over. I used them quite a bit to introduce a variety of subjects to my Y5's. I'd simply put a KWL chart on the board and we'd have a discussion. As students shared, I wrote things under the appropriate letters. The chart stayed up 'til the end of our unit. As children learned things we'd add them to the L section.
I was cruising Pinterest awhile ago and found a KWL on apples over at The Lemonade Stand. Click on the link to check out Rayann's sweet blog. She made a KWL using a red, yellow and green apple. I thought this bit of art, thrown into the KWL concept, was a terrific idea, so I decided to make some creative KWL's for fall. I've included an apple and leaves KWL for September; along with a KWL for pumpkins, spiders and bats for October, and finally, a turkey and Pilgrim KWL for November.
Besides the large KWL that you can put on your board, I've made matching 1-page personal KWL's, so your students can practice their writing.
When I taught 1st grade, I made writing folders for my students to use as journals. They were simply a pocket folder with brads inside. Anytime I gave a writing extension, students would 3-hole punch their worksheet and put it in their folder.
The folders documented wonderful progress throughout the year and were shown at parent-teacher conferences. These individual KWL's would be terrific for your students' writing journals/folders and something they could do during Daily 5. Click on the link to view/download the KWL's For Fall packet.
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