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.
Practice 3D shapes with the "Shapin' Up With 3D Kites" packet. The emergent reader reinforces 3D shapes as well as colors.
The packet includes:
* 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.
For 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).
Next 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.
Do 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.
Finally, 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.
The 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:
48 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.
The 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!"
Well 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.
With 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.
I'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:
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
Thanks 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.
The 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.
I 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.
Word 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.
Having 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.
To 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.
Finally, 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.Thanks 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.
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.
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
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.
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