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1-2-3 Come Do Some Kite-Themed Activities With Me

One of our themes for spring is kites; so I've been busy designing an assortment of kite activities to help teach a variety of standards.

Today's blog features 4 of them, along with the featured FREEBIE.

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activitiesPractice 3D shapes with the "Shapin' Up With 3D Kites" packet.  The  emergent reader reinforces 3D shapes as well as colors.

The packet includes:

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activities* A 2-on-a-page emergent reader booklet.

* Students read the simple sentences, trace and write the shape and color words, then color the pictures appropriately.

* A set of colorful, 3D shape pocket chart cards, with matching black and white ones, so that students can color, cut, and add the cover, to make an Itty Bitty Booklet.

* I've also included a graphing extension, a “design your own kite” worksheet, plus  40 lovely photographs of real 3D-shaped kites, many of which also feature 2D shapes.

Print, laminate and trim. (There are 4 pictures per page.)  Children choose one or two and write the shapes and colors that they see on their “I Spy!” recording sheet.

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activitiesFor writing practice, have students write a sentence or two about the kite picture. To use as an independent center, have students sort the photographs by shape. The pictures also make a lovely spring bulletin board.

* Since I included color words in the emergent reader, I also included a set of colorful pocket chart cards, as well as a set in black and white, so students can add the cover and make a “Flipping Over Colors!”  Itty Bitty Booklet. (“grey” & “colours” spelling options are also included). 

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activitiesNext up is an ordinal number "craftivity". It's a quick, easy and fun way for students to review ordinal numbers, ordinal number words + sequencing.

Encourage children to color the stripes on their kite in a pattern, or in rainbow-color order.

I've included ordinal number kite cards to play a Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" game, as well as a set of mini, sequencing cards, which could double as a bookmark for students' math journals. 
There's also a whole-group assessment worksheet, with 2 size options.     

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activitiesDo your students enjoy playing with pattern blocks? Spring things up with these 2, kite-themed pattern block games.

I've included a full-color pattern, as well as a black & white version, so that little ones look for a shape, rather than a color.

There's also a set of pocket chart cards that show and name the pattern block shapes.

Use them to introduce the lesson, then put the cards in a center, for a "trace, draw, and place the pattern piece" activity.

Students can play "Spin to Win" with the spinner, or practice numbers as well, by rolling a dice, then referring to the poster to see what pattern block they should place on their mat.  Students can play independently or with a partner

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activitiesFinally, practice synonyms with the "Soaring With Synonyms!" packet.  So that you can also do this packet with younger kiddos, I've included a blank kite pattern.
They could list rhyming words, sight words, color words etc. PK students can simply do the craft.

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activitiesThe back of the kite can also be used for a writing prompt, or spring poem. Completed projects look awesome suspended from the ceiling in our hallway.

Studying synonyms and antonyms not only increases vocabulary, but enhances students’ writing; making it more interesting and vivid, as it gives children a better word base to choose from, so their writing is not redundant and boring, filled with over-used words like “said”, “pretty”, “went” etc.

Besides the synonym/antonym kite craftivity, the packet also includes:

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activities48 kite word cards to play Memory Match & "I Have; Who Has?” games, plus a blank set of kite cards to program with whatever...

Black line mini kite worksheet for more synonym/antonym practice, plus a full-color, completed worksheet to use as a sample, along with synonym and antonym “definition” anchor charts plus . . .

An alphabetical, word-list poster of 70 words students can choose from to complete their kite, with background information about synonym/antonym word work, as well as a list of 290 synonym/antonym pairs. 

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, alphabet games, alphabet cards, alphabet activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activitiesThe FREEBIE today also features kites.  It's a set of alphabet cards.

I've included separate upper and lowercase letter cards, as well as ones displaying both letters. 

There's also a tip list of things you can do with the cards, including playing games like Memory Match, "I Have; Who Has?" and "Kaboom!" 

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, alphabet games, alphabet cards, alphabet activities, 3D shape posters, 3D shape photographs, kite activities, emergent readers for spring, pattern block activities, pattern block centers, synonym activities, ordinal number activitiesWell that's it for today. The wind is howling outside and making my office window rattle, the perfect background to work on my wind activities!

Wishing you a fun-filled, easy peasy breezy day. 

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

1-2-3 Come Practice, Review and Assess With a Bunny and Me

Spring has sprung and it's time to review some of those Common Core Standards you've been teaching all year. 

Sigh.... as we all know, just because our little ones passed an assessment months ago, if we didn't continue to practice it throughout the year, sadly, a few of them did not retain that information.

bunny crafts, bunny activities, bunny games, Popsicle stick crafts, Posicle stick activities, craft sticks activities, Easter games, Easter crafts, Easter activities, spring assessments, assessment games, common core review, common core assessments, common core games, contraction activities, contraction games, antonym activities, synonym activities, color words, number words, shape games, shape activities, 2D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape gamesWith that in mind, I designed the very versatile  "I'm All Ears" game packet that will make reviewing a variety of standards quick, easy and fun. 

I don't know about your kiddos, but I've found that if I make a game for anything, I've grabbed my Y5's attention and can easily have them focused for a nice chunk of time.

Use the large and small bunny for a center activity, assessment, or game.  Run off the large and small bunny heads on ivory construction paper; laminate and trim.

Program large and small craft sticks with whatever you'd like to reinforce.  Keep each set in their own Baggie. 

bunny crafts, bunny activities, bunny games, Popsicle stick crafts, Posicle stick activities, craft sticks activities, Easter games, Easter crafts, Easter activities, spring assessments, assessment games, common core review, common core assessments, common core games, contraction activities, contraction games, antonym activities, synonym activities, color words, number words, shape games, shape activities, 2D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape gamesI've included a list of synonyms/antonyms and a list of contractions so you can easily program the bunny ears with words that fit your age group.  

Here are some ideas:

  • uppercase-lowercase letters
  • number-number word
  • number-group/set
  • contraction-words that make up the contraction
  • synonyms and antonyms
  • equation-answer
  • color-color word
  • shape-shape word
  • 2 words-compound word
  • singular-plural
  • long or short vowel sound to a matching word example

As you can see the possibilities are endless!  I hope this makes those end of the year reviews a bit more fun and less tedious.  Click on the link for the "I'm All Ears" For Common Core Bunny Game Packet

bunny crafts, bunny activities, bunny games, Popsicle stick crafts, Posicle stick activities, craft sticks activities, Easter games, Easter crafts, Easter activities, spring assessments, assessment games, common core review, common core assessments, common core games, contraction activities, contraction games, antonym activities, synonym activities, color words, number words, shape games, shape activities, 2D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape gamesThanks for visiting.  It's hard to believe that the school year is almost at an end.  Aprill and May months always seemed to simply fly, as there was so much to cram into the limited time I had left. 

My timer's ringing, so I'd better check the "No Peek Chicken".  It's one of my favorite recipes and smells delicious.  Wishing you a carefree day.

"Sweet April showers do spring May flowers!" -Thomas Tusser

 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple-Themed Vocabulary Building With Me

Apple-themed week, continues with some interesting vocabulary building activities.  Part of all of the themes that I did with my Y5's, included the vocabulary that they needed to learn that would help them understand apples, pumpkins, butterflies etc. 

apple crafts, apple activities, apple word find, antonym activities, synonym activities, adjective activities, label an appleThe science aspect of what we studied, provided a plethora of new words.  Having children label the parts of an apple, is a quick, easy and fun way to reinforce a few of them. 

To visually show the "peel" or "skin" of an apple, I made this "craftivity" as a flip open.  The "skin" is flipped off to reveal the inside of the apple.

Students add a bit of color, cut and glue the words, or write them.  If you look closely at my sample, you can also see the front that says: Kelli's apple, as an interesting way for students to write their name. Click on the link to view/download the Label An Apple Craft.

Another way I reinforced vocabulary was for students to write the words.  To cover yet another standard, I often had them put the words in alphabetical order. 

apple crafts, apple activities, apple word find, antonym activities, synonym activities, adjective activities, label an appleI designed a sweet apple knOWLedge bookmark, with a list of apple related words on it, plus a worksheet on the side for students to write the words in alphabetical order.  Click on the link to view/download the apple vocabulary bookmark. 

apple crafts, apple activities, apple word find, antonym activities, synonym activities, adjective activities, label an appleWord finds are also fun for students.  These not only reinforce vocabulary, but help increase spelling skills.  This one features 18 apple-themed words. Click on the link for the apple word find.

No matter what grade I taught, I always encouraged my students to use adjectives in their writing to make things more vivid, and to incorporate them orally when they were describing something.  

apple crafts, apple activities, apple word find, antonym activities, synonym activities, adjective activities, label an appleHaving children think up words as they use their senses to feel, taste, and smell an apple, also helps increase vocabulary. 

As they share the words that they come up with to describe their apple, list them on the board. 

Use the  apple adjective worksheet before or after your brainstorming.  I've included a completed sample that you can also share. Click on the link to view/download the apple adjective activities.

As a part of our science requirements, we also studied the 5 senses, which fit in perfectly with adjective use.  I challenged my students each month to increase their use of adjectives by using all of their senses when describing something

apple crafts, apple activities, apple word find, antonym activities, synonym activities, adjective activities, label an appleTo make this easy, I designed a simple and quick worksheet for them to fill in each month.  I called these Sensory Word Anchor Charts.  Each month I chose a different word that would be appropriate for that time of year. 

For example, for September, I used an apple.  Click on the link to grab a copy of the monthly sensory adjective writing. 

apple crafts, apple activities, apple word find, antonym activities, synonym activities, adjective activities, label an appleFinally, another way to build vocabulary and increase writing skills, is by teaching antonyms and synonyms for the words that your students use and are learning. 

In keeping with the apple theme, I made up antonym apples with synonym leaves.  Cut them into puzzles to play all sorts of matching games

The apples provide 132 words to help build student vocabularies.  There's also a blank apple template to fill in with whatever, plus 80 synonym leaves with 2 blank leaf templates. 

Encourage students to make up some of their own antonym apples and write in synonyms too.  For more practice with antonyms, be sure and check out my list of 290 antonyms.  I've included a cover in this packet, so that students can make their own antonym word booklets.

apple crafts, apple activities, apple word find, antonym activities, synonym activities, adjective activities, label an appleThanks for visiting today. Time to clear the clutter on my desk and in my mind.  I'm off for a walk to soak up some sunshine, with the tail-wagging Chloe. (My black poodle pup!)  The air smells so fresh from the down pour last night.  Wishing you a happy day.

 "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach them the way they learn." -Ignacio Estrada

1-2-3 Come Study Antonyms and Synonyms With Me!

Since vocabulary building is such a huge part of learning to read and write, I try to think of interesting ways to do that.  Puzzles and games always grab students' attention, so I thought I'd design some with an apple theme for September, and because of the many requests for antonym and synonym activities, I decided to incorporate those. 

apple activities, apple puzzles, apple games, list of 290 antonyms, common core apples, free ccss apples, free commom core for kindergarten and 1st grade, antonym activities, synonym activities, Daily 5 word work, daily 5 for fall, Run off on red, yellow and green construction paper; laminate and trim the 66 antonym apples to make puzzles.  Use them for games too, such as Memory Match or toss them in a basket and have students choose several to play "I Have; Who Has?"   The apples provide 132 words to help build student vocabularies.  A blank apple template is also included.

list of 290 antonyms,apple activities, apple puzzles, apple games, common core apples, free ccss apples, free commom core for kindergarten and 1st grade, antonym activities, synonym activities, Daily 5 word work, daily 5 for fall, Be sure and check out my list of 290 antonyms + a cover so students can make their own antonym word booklets.

I've also included 80 synonym leaves with 2 blank leaf templates.  Run off on green construction paper, laminate and trim.  Encourage students to write in synonyms of their own.

These activities are wonderful for Daily 5 Word Work.  Click on the link to view/download The Antonym Apples packet

list of 290 antonyms,apple activities, apple puzzles, apple games, common core apples, free ccss apples, free commom core for kindergarten and 1st grade, antonym activities, apple bookmark, apple themed vocabulary, synonym activities, Daily 5 word work, daily 5 for fall, I also whipped together a little activity to help build apple-themed vocabulary specifically.  Students cut off the apple word list bookmark on the left of the page, and then write the apple words in alphabetical order on the right. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Word activities.

list of 290 antonyms,apple activities, apple puzzles, apple games, common core apples, free ccss apples, free commom core for kindergarten and 1st grade, antonym activities, apple bookmark, apple themed vocabulary, synonym activities, Daily 5 word work, daily 5 for fall, Thanks for visiting.  Feel free to PIN anything from my site.  I truly appreciate your sharing. To ensure that "pinners" return to THIS blog article, click on the green title at the top of the page; it will turn black, now click on the "Pin it" button on the menu bar.  If you'd like to take a look at all of the terrific educational items I spend way too much time pinning, click on the big heart to the right.

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