1-2-3 Come Do Some Spider ABC Activities With Me
Although I really don’t care for spiders, it’s one of my students’ favorite themed-units.
I keep things non-creepy with nursery rhymes, fun stories and interesting crafts. Spiders are also a fun fall theme, if you don't do Halloween; or if you do, these spider activities are a fun educational activity for Halloween week or party day.
Each year my Y5s are super-excited to “get their turn” to visit these "new" October centers, and play the games; which make letter practice a lot of fun for them.
The Packet Includes:
* Large and small patterns to make “Clippy the spider” an alphabet clothespin game. Use for a center, assessment, whole group craftivity, game for struggling students, or fun homework assignment.
This is an inexpensive game to make, as The Dollar Store sells packs of "hinged" clothespins. Students clip the lowercase letter clothespin, to the matching uppercase letter on the spider.
Younger kiddos can simply practice one-to-one correspondence and match UC to UC or LC to LC letters.
I've included a smaller pattern, as a super-fun way to practice as a whole group, which is also a quick and easy way to whole group assess. My Y5s love making their own spider and even name them!
Children get just one clothespin. Teacher calls out a letter, students find it and clip their clothespin, then hold up their spider. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
You can use pipe cleaners or paper strips to make the spider's legs. The packet also includes...
* Spiderweb letter cards (separate upper & lowercase sets) to play a variety of games with: “What’s the Mystery Letter?”, “Kaboom”, “Memory Match”, “I Have; Who Has?” and “Flip It!”
I’ve included a 4-page “tip list” filled with ideas of how to use the ABC cards + directions for the games that I know your students will really enjoy.
* 5 “trace & write” worksheets are a simple way to practice both upper and lowercase letters
* “I spy!” is another whole group game that practices upper or lowercase letters, which I use as a quick, easy and super-fun way to whole group assess too. One student game sheet, can be used 5 times!
* Assessment worksheet, where students match the lowercase letter to the matching uppercase letter, plus 2 individual assessment forms, one for uppercase and another for lowercase letters. You can assess 4 times with one recording sheet.
* The “Spider Slider” craft is one of my students' favorites. It's another fun way to practice and whole group assess upper or lowercase letters, as there is a "slider" strip for each.
To practice patterning, have students choose 2 or 3 different color crayons or markers, then trace the letters in an AB-AB or ABC-ABC color pattern.
Simply glue the upper or lowercase letter circle to the back, then cut slits in the spider's body on the front and insert the uppercase slider!
* There's a “spiderific” certificate of praise (4 on a page) bookmark, which students can color.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's October and temps hit 79 in Michigan today! (What?) I just turned the heat on yesterday when it was 47 outside. No complaints though...
Time to go take my poodle pup Chloe for a romp. Wishing you a blessed day.
"Education is the kindling of a flame; not the filling of a vessel." - Socrates
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Spider Stuff With Me!
The spider shape activities are popular downloads, so I decided to do a few more spider-themed things. All of these lessons will help your kiddo's practice upper and lowercase letters. (To see the spider shape activities, scroll down for that blog article.)
Since the apple and pumpin clothespin "craftivities" were also very popular, I thought it would be fun to design a spider one too. I named him Alphie. Use my patterns to make templates; and then trace, cut and glue your spider together. I added wiggle eyes and black pipe cleaner legs for that extra pizzazz.
So that students can self-check, I've included a spider ABC chart. For more letter practice, I designed a match the uppercase letter to the lowercase letter worksheet as well.
Alphie makes a wonderful independent center, or something for early-finishers to do. You may want to make a few extra spiders to send home with children who are struggling. I've included a note home, + a reminder note incase a family "forgets" to send Alphie back. Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet matching game.
I had a request for some spider alphabet cards. If you collect ABC cards so you can change them each month, I have lots of themes available, and am always open to any requests visitors have for others. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I've also included a BLANK color, as well as a black and white set of cards, for you to program with whatever + a 3-page tip sheet of ideas for games and other activities that you can do with the cards. Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet cards.
Because assessing can be overwhelming for little ones, I like to dream up fun ways I can do that. Assessing is time consuming too, so I did a lot of whole-group assessment to weed out the strugglers.
Playing "I Spy" is a fun game that enables you to see at a glance who is having difficulty. I designed a spider upper and lowercase letter bookmark that's perfect for an "I Spy" game.
Run off the spider bookmarks and give each child a spider ring or piece of candy corn to use as a manipulative. Whenever I'm using candy as a marker, I always allow students to eat one at the beginning of the activity.
It saves a lot of time reminding students that they cannot eat the candy 'til the game is done, and helps them enjoy the game and stay focussed better.
The teacher starts by calling out a letter, children move their marker to that letter and raise their hand to signal that they have "spied" it. The teacher then calls on a child to choose the next letter. Play continues 'til all of the letters are called. If you don't want to reuse the bookmarks each year, students can also circle the letters and then take their bookmarks home.
If you are doing an individual assessment, circle the letters the student does not know, write a note on the back asking parents to work on those letters and send it home with the child. There are also 6 alphabet worksheets for even more practice. Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet activities.
Finally, if you're looking for a bit more, you may enjoy an older Spider packet that has a few alphabet activities in it, as well as lots of math fun. My kiddos especially enjoyed working with the paper flies and spider web sorting mats.
If you want to see all of the other spider freebies I offer, click on the link.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you found something you can use for your spider studies. I'm off to check the basement after a ton of rain. Hopefully there are no disasterous puddles down there, or spiders for that matter. :-)
"Children don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Spider Stuff With Me!
Even though I am absolutely creeped out by spiders, I LOVED teaching our spider unit to my Y5's. These spiders were cute and not creepy. The reason I hate real ones, is a huge pine spider dropped from the ceiling onto my shoulder, when I was lying on a cot at our cottage. I was only 5, but I still remember it. Yikes!
Anything I design with shapes seems to be downloaded quite often, so I decided to whip together some 2D flat shape activities, featuring some sweet spiders.
These lessons are quite versatile. Use them for independent math centers, table top lessons, a Daily 5 option, review, game, or even a whole-group assessment!
Inky is a quick and easy "craftivity." Students trace, cut and glue their spider slider together. Add some wiggle eyes for extra pizzazz and have students trace and color the shapes. Cut slits and insert the shape slider.
Teacher calls out a shape and children slide their strip up and down 'til they locate Inky's "tongue." If you want to whole-group assess, have students show you their answer.
Click on the link to view/download the spider slider shape craftivity.
Peek-A-Eek is another "craftivity" that you can simply make for yourself and share as a read-aloud to review the basic 2D-flat shapes.
I used a file folder to make my easy-reader sturdier.
If you want your kiddo's to have their own, simply trim some folders and have them glue the cover (circle web page) to the front, and the hexagon web page to the inside.
Make a fluffy spider, by gluing a black pom pom to the center of the hexagon shape. This is the last page.
Trim and assemble the rest of the pages. Cut the "web window" shapes out so that the spider will peek through all of the pages. Click on the link to view/download Peek-A-Eek the spider shape booklet.
Spin A Spider is also quick and easy. Your little ones will enjoy taking turns spinning. Whatever shape they spin, they color or bingo dot the matching spider on their web.
I've included spider cards with the shapes as well as the shape words on them. Laminate and trim into puzzles.
Besides putting together a puzzle, use the cards for a Memory Match, or "I Have; Who Has?" game. There's also a "Match the spider shape to the shape word" activity. Students can use the spinner to fill in this worksheet as well. Click on the link to view/download the Spin A Spider game packet.
Finally, I made a Spider Shape game, that matches the other themed ones that have been so popular.
Run off the shape tiles on a variety of colors of construction paper; laminate and trim. Students place the tile onto the matching spider card. Click on the above link to view/download.
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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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