1-2-3 Come Do Some "Wemberly Worried" Activities With Me
No matter what grade I taught, to get students excited about writing, all I had to do was incorporate a bit of craftiness, to get & hold their attention.
With that in mind, I designed these super-fun writing prompt craftivities, which were inspired by Kevin Henkes’ book, “Wemberly Worried”, an all-time favorite back to school story.
I think realizing that others also have fears, helps children not feel so alone when dealing with their own emotions; especially if they find someone who shares the same worry (Like Wemberly & Jewel).
Hopefully, these various writing prompts will provide cathartic fun.
1. There are 14 cover options for the “Sometimes I worry about…” craftivity, which includes 5 girl & 5 boy patterns.
Students color & draw in the facial features. There’s also a generic pattern, plus one featuring Wemberly, as well as a blank template where students can draw themselves inside the “worry circle”.
The cover is then glued to the top of their writing prompt so it flips up.
2. So that you can do a variety of quick, easy & fun writing activities throughout the week, I’ve also included 4, “point of view” postcards, where students pretend they are Wemberly and then write a postcard to a classmate.
3. Students need to know that everyone worries; it’s normal and there are coping skills to help. Which is why I also designed the “Flip the Face” (Mice Advice) craftivity.
Students color, cut and glue Wemberly’s face together, so that it flips up to reveal something they do to help with their worries.
I think this prompt is easier for students to “share” because they feel they are helping others.
4. As another story extension, I’ve also included several Venn diagram options, where students compare Jewel with Wemberly, as well as Wemberly to themselves.
For a fun icebreaker, have students partner up, and do the “Venn Friend” activity, which make an adorable back to school bulletin board.
5. A discussion helps to alleviate fears as well, so I’ve included a whole-group activity, comparing young people’s worries with those of adults.
6. To help get rid of worries, I’ve also included 2 worksheet options, where students write their worries on a large W or “pencil page”, then rip their worries into small pieces, ball them up into a wad, then “toss their cares into the trash”.
7. On the same order, is “Give your worry warts away”, where students give their warts to Wharton the toad, who never worries about anything.
The warts are simply colorful stickers they sprinkle on one of two toad options.
To expedite coloring, I ran the patterns off on tan construction paper. Students add some shading with crayons.
On the back of Wharton, they write down 3-8 worries that they have, numbering them as they go.
The "worry ball" that Wharton sits on says: Don't Worry Be "HOppy". While students are working, I play Bobby McFerrin's song. Click the link to have a listen.
I've included several photo posters of real toads to help introduce your lesson, then later they can spice up your bulletin board display.
The packet includes:
* A “Chalk” behavior modification, positive reinforcement activity, that will help promote working as a team to achieve a desired goal, building self-esteem at the same time.
* Black & White “color me” headers, for a sidewalk chalk treat Baggie, as well as patterns in full color for preschool, kindergarten, & first grade, with a blank template for you to fill in with any other grade. I’ve also included a generic one you can give at anytime of the year.
* A “Chalk Talk” bear poster you can write a daily message on.
* A “Chalk Talk” kitten poster wishing children a “purrr-fect” day. Plus...
* 2, Chalk Talk ("I had a nice time at school today. These are a few of the things that I did:" ) writing prompt worksheets.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's the middle of August, so my feet have hit the floor running. My "To Do" list is way too long, but it's also a ton of fun.
Wishing you a zippidy-do-dah kind of day, filled with lots of zip and not so much "to do" dah.
"You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!" - Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Make a Venn Friend With Me
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy & fun way to introduce the concept of comparison-contrast writing.
Years ago, I came up with the concept of students choosing a partner to make a "Venn Friend" with, as an interesting way for students to get to know each other.
I designed the fall "Venn Friends" packet, which feature apples, pumpkins, leaves, turkeys, Pilgrims & Native Americans.
Introduce the lesson with the "What's a Venn diagram?" poster.
To help them do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.
Each student does their own "different" portion of the "circle", and then, once they glue their "circles" together, they take turns recording the similarities that they have with their Venn Friend, using the middle "same" section.
I used a "pumpkin seed" for the middle of the Pumpkin Venn Friends, and an acorn for the leaf ones.
You can see little boy & girl "toppers" in the pumpkin photo.
These are black & white so kiddos can color them. Use them on the pumpkins, leaves or apples.
I encourage students to do a boy/girl Venn friend, not only so they have an extra "difference" but so they can see how much they truly have in common with eachother.
Doing a Name Venn with a classmate, is another option, and practices upper & lowercase letters, along with name recognition & counting.
I also incorporate the concept of “greater & less than” with this activity, as students decide who has the most or least number of letters in their name.
I’ve made a sample using an apple, as I do this in September, for a “Getting to Know You” activity for “Back to School”. There are 3 sets of letter tiles for your kiddos to choose from.
My Y5s enjoy this activity so much, I repeat it in October with pumpkins, and see quite a bit of improvement.
As you can see by the photograph, colorful paper plates (smaller 8” size) provide a nice 3D effect.
I pre-cut these to expedite the activity. Besides yellow & red, I also buy lime green plates, giving my students an option.
Besides using paper plates, I've also included a wormy apple pattern.
There’s also more than one option for November. Students have 3 choices for their Venn friend topper: a turkey, a Pilgrim boy or girl, or a Native American boy or girl.
You can have a turkey find a turkey partner, a boy Pilgrim find a girl Pilgrim, or a boy Native American find a boy Pilgrim, mixing and matching however you or your students wish.
I designed the Venn friends, specifically so students could get to know a classmate better, but you could certainly have students pretend to be "real" Pilgrims and Native American children, and then compare and contrast historical information as well.
Each seasonal Venn, comes with a graphing extension, so you can get some math practice in as well.
For that finishing touch, add a school photograph. Students could also make a green hand print "leaf" for their pumpkin.
Completed projects make awesome fall bulletin boards. Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to check out the super-fun, 51 page, Fall Venn Friend packet.
Since Halloween is just a week away, I thought a "Halloween Boo Boos" worksheet would be a fun FREEBIE. Students make corrections to the sentences that have mistakes in them.
Click on the link to grab a copy. It's certainly a little something fun, yet educational for party day.
That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The winds have knocked a lot of leaves off the trees, so this afternoon the hubby, pup & I are going for a relaxing drive to see what's left of the gorgeous fall colors, before they become a distant memory, as barren trees dot the landscape.
I am so not ready for winter. Wishing you a pretty and peaceful day.
"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." - John Burroughs
1-2-3 Come Make A Bunny Venn Friend With Me
I LOVE using Venn diagrams with kids. They are so easy to make and are the perfect way to introduce compare and contrast writing.
A Venn diagram is so simple that even my Y5’s easily understood them, plus they really enjoyed making them.
My college comp students also like the concept. One of their personal favorites was comparing two soft drinks.
As they share which is their favorite, we narrow it down to two and then I bring the drinks in for the next class. Almost every semester Coke and Mountain Dew wins out.
They worked in small groups and made a Venn diagram comparing the soda, sipping as they worked. Using their laptops they also found out differences via the Internet. It’s my fun way to introduce them to writing a compare and contrast essay.
For little ones, I introduced the concept of a Venn diagram using 2 Hula-Hoops and index cards. We brainstormed the differences and similarities of whatever we were working on.
Write these things on the board and give each student an index card to write one of the similarities or differences on. Using clip art, you can also have two pictures to put inside the appropriate hoops along with header cards: similar and different.
Lay the Hula-Hoops on the floor and intersect them to look like a Venn diagram. Put your picture and header cards in the appropriate sections, and then have students lay their index cards where they belong.
For spring, I wanted to make this into a “craftivity” so I chose bunnies. Their bellies are the Venn diagram. I call them Venn Friends because half the students choose a friend’s name out of the Easter basket who they then team up with.
To make it a special keepsake, include their school photo. There's a checklist of 40 ideas that students can find out about each other. Through discussion, they discover similarities and differences and then choose which ones they want to put on their Venn diagram.
These make an adorable spring or April bulletin board. Later, each student can take their own bunny head home and the teacher can keep the Venn portions as examples.
I've also included a whole-group graphing extension, which will show if students were more alike, or more different than their partner.
Click on the link to view/download Bunny Venn Friends
Besides the bunny Venn Friend, I also made a tulip one, so you could give your students a choice. That one also includes a graphing activity.
Thanks for visiting. It's "supposed" to get into the 60's today, so my feet have hit the floor running. I want to open all the windows and bring springtime inside. Wishing you a sweet day.
"Spring: rebirth,renewal, and regrowth." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowman Activities With Me
We didn't have much snow in December, but January is certainly making up for it. There's certainly enough to make a few fat snowmen; so I wanted to feature some of my favorite snowman-themed activities.
A snowman's head is perfect for reviewing 2D shapes. I had a lot of fun making these shapely snowmen. You can make a set for a winter bulletin board, anchor chart-posters, large flashcards to review and assess the shapes, a center matching activity, or have students choose their favorite and make one.
Look carefully and you'll see that the snowman's facial features also match the 2D shape of his head. Click on the link to view/download the shapely snowman packet.
Reinforce a variety of standards with these 7 snowman puzzles that cover upper and lowercase letters, counting backwards, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Make a set to use as puzzles for an independent center.
These also make a lovely bulletin board. Caption: Learning is “snow” much fun! Have students choose a snowman that they want to make. Run off copies, they trim and glue to a sheet of blue or black construction paper.
For a mosaic appearance, tell students to put a small space in-between. Add a bit more pizazz by having students make “snowflakes” with a Q-tip dipped in white paint. For that finishing touch, sprinkle the wet paint dots with opalescent glitter.
If you are working on colors or color words with your students, I think you'll enjoy the Snowman Color Match packet. Students can play the game as an independent center, or choose a partner and play a spinner game.
Make an extra set and have students glue the puzzle hat and scarf pieces to the appropriate snowman and use them for your winter word wall. There's a plain set for students to draw in their own snowman face, as well as an illustrated set.
The snowman-themed emergent reader, covers lots of standards, as students read the repetitive sentences, circle capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the words, and color the pictures.
Days of the week + color words are reinforced. Three graphing extensions, a game, bookmark and a worksheet are all included as well.
Finally, help review analog and digital time to the hour and half hour, with the snowman clock matching game.
Print the snowman template on white construction paper; laminate and trim.
Run off the hatband-time words, the digital time-rectangles and the analog clocks; laminate and trim.
Students choose a time and then match all of the pieces and parts to complete that snowman. Make an extra set and glue together for a "Time For Winter" bulletin board.
Students can also make their own snowman clock to use as an assessment tool. Run off the analog clock and digital time box templates, on glossy photo paper. Children trim and glue to their snowman. They now have a dry erase digital and analog clock!
Teacher calls out a time. Using dry erase markers, students draw hands on the clock and write the digital time in the box, then hold up their snowman when they are done.
This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole-group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty. Children use a tissue to wipe off that answer, so they can play another round. Continue the game 'til you have covered/assessed all of the time options.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you found some useful activities to help bring out the brrrr-illiance in your kiddos. As for me, it's time to brave the wintry artic to buy a few groceries, as Mother Hubbard's cupboard is indeed bare, and I'm clueless what to make for dinner.
Hopefully it won't take too long to find my car under the avalance of snow it's frosted with. Wishing you a stress-free happy day.
"I get a special feeling when I walk on snow that no one else has. It's a mixture of awe, adventure and amazement; and makes me wonder if this is something akin to what explorers and astronauts experienced, when they left their footprints on places yet to be discovered by others. Certainly a pleasant feeling of accomplishment at being first." - Diane Henderson
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Pete The Cat Activities With Me
I'm back, with some more "Cool Cat" activities that will go nicely with any cat-theme you may have going on. The story element packet is also perfect for Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, or Pete the Cat's Rockin' School Shoes.
The packet includes a variety of activities to help review and practice story elements, and includes pocket cards for character, setting, and event.
Two graphic organizer options, help students write about the beginning, middle and end of the story.
There are 6 Venn diagrams as well, that will help introduce comparison and constrast to your students.
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to visually show students similarities and differences.
Children can practice this form of writing, by comparing two different cat characters, 2 different cat stories, and/or compare their shoes with a friend, or even the cat's.
Practice graphing, by having children fill in the color shoe that they are wearing.
For more color practice, I've included a trace and color word worksheet too.
There are also four, "I Spy a Word" games, featuring 56 words. ( Most of them from the Dolch word list.)
All of these words appear in Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes story. The "I Spy a Word" worksheets, are a simple and quick way to whole group assess word recognition.
Choose students to call out a word. Children find that word and then cover it with the little tennis shoe card.
If you don't want to use the game each year, simply have students circle the word when they find it.
For more practice, have them write the words in alphabetical order on the back of their paper. You could also have students use the word in a sentence.
Finally, in keeping with the Pete the Cat stories, there are 3 posters (including a poster-definition of what "the moral of the story" means). So that students can practice reading the repetitive lines, hold a poster up when you come to that part of the story.
Click on the link to view/download the Cool Cat Story Elements and More packet.
Since all of the other "story sliders" that I've designed, have been such popular downloads, I couldn't resist making one for Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.
To make one, simply run my cat pattern off on blue construction paper.
Students trim and add a bit of color for some pizzazz.
Run off the slider strips and sequencing pictures on white paper. Pre-cut slits on the cat. (I used an Exacto knife.)
Children color the pictures, cut them out and then glue them to their "slider" in the correct sequential order of the story.
When everyone has completed their cat creation, review the story, by retelling it, via the pictures on the slider, adding details when appropriate. Encourage students to share their cat slider with their families, so they can once again retell the story.
Click on the link to view/download the Pete the Cat Story Slider.
Thanks for visiting today. It's one of those perfect-weather days. My grandson is up from his nap, so it's time for a stroller ride. Wishing you a love-filled day.
"Believe you can, and you're half way there." -Theodore Roosevelt
1-2-3 Come Make A Venn Friend With Me
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to help students understand the concepts of comparison and contrast.
I thought making an apple Venn Friend would be a fun way to introduce this type of writing, as well as an interesting way for your students to get to know their new classmates.
It's a nice icebreaker for back to school, or can easily be plugged in during your apple activities. This "craftivity" also works well for Daily 5
There are 3 different types of apple Venn friends that you can make with this packet. If you teach preschool or young kinders (Y5's) who are just learning to recognize and write their names, you may want to do the letter Venn friend.
Run the letter tiles off on white paper. Students can easily add a bit of color to the black striped letters if they want to.
Students choose a partner to make a name Venn Friend with. Each pair of students needs only one upper and lowercase letter sheet.
To make this "craftivity" really pop, I used yellow and red 8" paper plates. You can get a pack of 20 at The Dollar Store. To expedite things, pre cut the plates, as well as the brown stems and leaves. I also trimmed off the tab on the file folders
Run off the file folder labels. Each pair of students needs only one sheet. They trim and glue to their file folder, writing their names in the spaces provided. (See photo.) I outlined the labels to add a bit more pizzazz and added school photos for that finishing touch.
Children add a bit of detail with markers to their stem and leaves. They can glue these to the front of their apple "plate" or you can come around with a stapler. They glue the white "same" section in the middle of their file folder, and then glue their apple plates on either side.
I always made samples to share with my students. A picture is really worth a 1,000 words, in helping to explain things. You could use your husband/wife or a friend for the 2nd Venn diagram. I'm sure your students will get a kick out of learning your first name. Mine were amazed that I even had one!
Children cut out only the letters that they need for their Venn diagram. So that students can use these letter tiles for other things, like Daily 5 word work, have them toss the extra letters in an alphabet box.
Looking at their names on the labels, children sort what letters are the same, and which ones are different from their partner. They glue them in the appropriate places on their Venn friend file folder diagram.
To add a bit of math to this activity, students count up how many letters they each have in their name. After adding a bit of color to their apple label, they write in the number of letters in each of their names and put a < = > symbol in the center of the green apple.
You can also have students add the total of letters in both of their names, as well as the total number of similar letters. Later, you can graph who had the highest Venn friend total of letters, as well as the greatest and least amount of similar letters. Did any team have zero letters for their "same" section?
Have students share their Venn friend with the rest of the class. Completed projects make an awesome fall bulletin board. This craft is also a wonderful extension after reading the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. If you don't want to do an apple-theme, use tan or brown paper plates as coconuts.
Another option for the paper plate, apple-Venn friends craftivity, is to have students compare and contrast their new friend.
This is an easy and fun way for them to get to know each other better. The whole class will become more knowledgeable as well, when students share their completed projects.
I found that the better my students knew each other, the more apt they were to become friends. This generated a caring community in the classroom, where students truly enjoyed being part of our team.
I've followed pretty much the same format in this file folder Venn friend, except that instead of letters, students each jot down similarities and differences.
I've provided a checklist with 41 ideas that they can chat about with their partner. This will hopefully jumpstart their writing and help students be more in-depth when finding out about their classmate, as well as ensure a nice variety of Venn friends.
I've also included a whole-group graphing activity: Did students find that they were more similar or more different than their Venn friend?
Finally, if you don't want to fiddle with paper plates, I've created flat apple templates that work in the same way.
To jazz things up, I've included Willie the worm. Run the pattern off on lime green construction paper.
Instead of labels that say "different" I used worms. Simply make a slit in each side of their apple, and have students color, trim, insert and glue.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple Venn Friends packet. These "craftivities" are different enough that you could actually do both. The letter Venn diagram is a simple icebreaker for the first week of school, and the flat apple Venn can be done during your apple activities, later in September.
I like to revisit certain activities, but with a new theme or twist, as my students feel empowered and can get right down to business, because they are familiar with the directions.
Keeping that in mind, you may want to do a few other seasonal Venn friends when those months roll around. I have a heart one for February, a Leprechaun Venn friend for March, a Bunny Venn for April and a Tulip Venn Friend for May. I'm currently working on a pumpkin one for October, an acorn for November, a gingerbread one for December and a snowman Venn friend for January.
Thanks for visiting. I can't believe it took me most of the day to get this done and blogged about. Time for some fresh air. Wishing you a wonderful school year filled with lots of Venn friends.
"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers." - Josef Albers
1-2-3 Come Do Some Viola Swamp and Miss Nelson Activities With Me!
“The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzed through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.”
Thus begins the story of Miss Nelson is Missing, one of my all-time favorite back-to-school books. This cute classic was first published in 1977, but is still relevant today, as a lighthearted reminder of how important it is to show our appreciation of others.
When I read the story to my students, I wore a reversible "cape". (A lovely pastel floral print was on one side, when I became the sweet Miss Nelson. When I "transformed" into the terrible Miss Viola Swamp. ("...the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world!") I easily flipped it to the solid black, ugly side.
I've also donned a plastic witch nose, along with a few long black fingernails for my left hand, while pretending to be Viola. She is the crazy substitute teacher in three children's books by Harry Allard (illustrated by James Marshall). The books are entitled Miss Nelson is Missing!, Miss Nelson is Back, and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. The latter is by far my personal favorite.
At the start of the story, Miss Nelson’s students are very disrespectful and naughty. They constantly take advantage of her good- natured personality, and haven’t a clue of what a wonderful and sweet teacher they really have, ’til she doesn’t show up one day and is replaced by the horendous substitute, Miss Viola Swamp.
Days pass and FINALLY, to the utter joy of her students, Miss Nelson returns to class with a "little secret" as to her disappearence. By this time, the children have become wonderful and very appreciative students. I highly recommend this great read aloud, and always kept a copy in my sub folder.
Because the book is so popular, I thought teachers would enjoy some activities to go with it. You can do some of them with your students and/or tuck others into your sub folder, to be plugged in as emergency lessons. The Miss Nelson is Missing packet, includes a variety of writing, language arts and reading activites. Plus some adorable "craftivities" to review even more standards.
Here are a few of the FREEBIES.
There are 76 word cards, plus a blank set to program with your own. Great for vocabulary building. You can also use these as an opportunity to teach synonyms, antonyms, and adjectives, while reinforcing their importance in writing.
One way to use the cards is as an assessment game. Students make a Popsicle stick puppet with Miss Nelson on one side and Viola Swamp on the other. I enjoyed sketching these memorable characters, particularly Viola.
Hold up a word card and read it. Children decide which character they think that word describes and flip their Popsicle to the appropriate face.
For added pizzazz, I glued the facial circles to pink and green construction paper and then glued them back-to-back.
The teacher then shows the correct answer and asks students if they know what the word means. If not (s)he defines it.
Because Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp are certainly "opposites" you can have a teachable moment, and ask students if Viola's qualities are antonyms for Miss Nelson's.
I've also included several other adjective activities as well, including a sort of graphic organizer, where they jot down words that describe their teacher, Miss Nelson, and Viola Swamp.
The packet has 7 writing activities, including 2 class-made books. One book is entitled The Case Of The Missing Students.
Children write about what happened to their entire class when their teacher came to school one day, but no one else did!
The other is entitled Our Teacher Is Missing. As with the original story, students try and figure out what happened to their teacher, and write about one of their conclusions.
Other writing prompts have students explaining why they wouldn't want Miss Swamp to be their teacher, what qualities they feel a really good teacher pocesses, and 5 things they think their teacher might be doing if (s)he disappeared.
For good measure I threw in 2 "Is, Can, Was" worksheets for both Viola and Miss Nelson.
Students will undoubtedly compare Miss Nelson and Viola to their own teacher. To review this concept, have students choose one of 3 Venn diagrams. Students compare and contrast the characters to their own teacher, as well as the book to a similar story.
On the craftier side, there are 2 WANTED posters (for male as well as female teachers), for students to fill in, as well as 4 MISSING person posters. I'm sure what your students fill in about you, will be quite amusing.
My personal favorite activity in the packet is Swamp's Stocking Statements. It's a cute way to review concepts of print.
Completed projects make a wonderful back-to-school bulletin board or hallway display.
To round things out, I included a page of discussion questions, a synopsis of the story and 2 "retell the story" bookmarks.
Finally, after you read Miss Nelson is Missing to your students, you may want them to see an absolutely "awwww-dorable" 13-minute youtube video.
Mr. Arturo Avina's kindergarten class, from LAUSD's Olympic Primary Center, did a tremendous job acting out their adaptation of “Miss Nelson is Missing”. He’s done an outstanding job recording it, as well as incorporating music from some popular songs.
What a fabulous learning experience for these students. They are certainly fortunate to have such a creative teacher. I hope you and yours enjoy it as much as I did. My students, no matter what grade I taught, LOVED doing reader’s theater; I highly recommend trying it.
Click on the link to view/download the Miss Nelson Is Missing packet.
This packet will be FREE for an entire year. After which time it will be up-dated & included in my 203-page jumbo Miss Nelson is Missing Literacy & Math packet in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over.
It is one of my most useful & all-time favorite packets. I'm confident that your kiddos will LOVE these activities!
Oh, and if you'd like a poster that's appropriate, click on the link. It's not in this packet, but would be a cute writing prompt or discussion: "What do you think this poster means?" and... "How does it fit in with the story Miss Nelson is Missing?"
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"If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you." -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Do Some Thanksgiving Turkey Activities With Me
Come November, it can become a bit boring for kiddo's to review letters, numbers, and various other basic standards. Yet it's imparative to keep kids practicing these skills, so they retain them, as well as for slower learners to finally be able to "get it" and catch up.
With that in mind, I designed some "Stuff Me!" turkey worksheets that make reinforcing upper & lowercase letters, counting, adjective use, and sight word recognition more fun.
There are 6 "Stuff Me" skill sheets, that ask students to stuff their turkey with something. I've also included a "you-fill-in-the- blank" one, to program with whatever.
Some other ideas you could do would be: verbs, nouns, sight words, student names, names that begin with T, colors, rhyming words, words that contain the U vowel, spelling words, ways to show a given number etc.
To add to the fun, set a timer for 1 to 2 minutes. Challenge students to write in as many as they can, before the timer rings. For addition practice, have students count up their total and write it down on their recording sheet.
When you have completed as many Stuff Me worksheets as you want, have students add things up to arrive at a grand total.
Be sure and do these activities along with your students. You might also want to revisit a worksheet to see if any of your kiddos can beat your totals. Use the word worksheets, for something different, for your Daily 5 activities. Click on the link to view/download the "Stuff Me" activity packet.
Another "turkey-rific" writing activity, I designed several years ago, and just revamped today. My Thanksgiving Dinner, continues to be a favorite among visitors so I wanted to mention it today.
There are several options for the cover of the booklet. In the first photo I used a large paper plate, glued just the cover to the center then stapled the other pages together and glued them on a second paper plate.
Punch a hole in the side and connect the front and back cover plates with a piece of yarn. The Dollar Store sells plastic "silverware" that is silver and looks so realistic! I used glue dots to add that finishing touch.
If you want things to be a bit more colorful, use decorative fall paper plates. The Dollar Store also sells these. In the bottom photo I used a small 8 inch plate, put the entire booklet on that and then glued it to a construction paper "placemat" gluing the "silverware" on either side.
Completed projects make a cool bulletin board. Use a "real" plastic or fabric tablecloth for your background and scatter on the plates.
Students read the simple sentence, trace and then write the food word and add end punctuation.
You may want students to include an adjective when they are writing their sentences. i.e. I am going to eat warm homemade bread.
Students have the option to put in the word NOT if they won't be eating that food, or create their own picture page of what they will be eating. I've included a blank page template for this.
I've also included a different cover that says: My Favorite Dinner and a blank page template, for students you may have in class that don't celebrate this holiday. They can make a booklet with their favorite foods, or a special meal that their family makes for one of their celebrations.
When everyone is done, read the booklet aloud, to review concepts of print, stopping to share pages that are different. The packet also includes 10 traceable word cards. These are the words that were used in the booklet.
You can use them for a Daily 5 word work activity to help reinforce word recognition. Click on the link to view/download the My Thanksgiving Dinner "craftivity".
After you have read a few books about the first Thanksgiving, a nice follow up to the above activity, would be to have students complete a Venn diagram comparing their Thanksgiving celebration with the Pilgrim's.
There's also a Venn diagram comparing Thanksgiving then and now. Click on the link to view/download the Thanksgiving Venn Diagram.
My personal favorite book about Thanksgiving is an awesome rhyming story, by Diane Z. Shore. It's entitled: This Is The Feast.
For more books, click on the link to view/print a list of 70 of my favorite Turkey & Thanksgiving Books.
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1-2-3 Do Some Apple-icious Activities With Me!
As I stated in the article after this, I wanted to finish up with all of the apple requests I've had this month, and move on to some other fall theme, so I put lots of apple FREEBIES in the blog today, that I hope you and your students will enjoy. Click on the "We Love Studying About Apples!" to grab your free poster.
Part of our morning, was spent doing "table top" activities, where students worked independently on various standards and skills.
With this in mind, I created the Caramel Apple Letter Find. Students find the capital letter A's and color them red; they color the lowercase a's yellow, and any Cc (for caramel) letter green. Click on the link to view/download it.
I'd also reinforce letter and number recognition, by playing "I Spy" games. Teacher starts out by calling out a letter/number.
Students find it, and either trace or color the apple, and then raise their hand. Teacher then calls on a quiet student to choose the next letter/numbered apple to find. Click on the link to view/print "I Spy a Letter!" apple game.
Besides "I Spy" my students enjoyed playing dice games. This helps with counting and number recognition, and simple addition for older students.
Click on the link to view/print the Apples On A Roll dice game.
To help increase my students' vocabulary, I always had themed words to add to our word wall.
I encouraged my first graders to refer to the wall when they'd write. Understanding, and using adjectives, is also very important to build good writing skills.
I designed Apple Adjectives to help with that. There's a black and white version for students to fill in, as well as a completed one in color, to use as an example or anchor chart. I found that graphic organizers were extremely helpful for prewriting, so I designed an apple one, so students could write in descriptive words. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Adjective packet.
Finally, a Venn diagram is extremely useful, in helping students grasp the concept of comparison and contrast. Once there's understanding and a framework, students will write better.
Because we study pumpkins shortly after our apple unit, I thought it would be especially helpful to compare a pumpkin to an apple, using a Venn diagram. Click on the link to view/download the Apple-Pumpkin Venn Diagram.
If you're looking for some short, but informative YouTube videos on Apples, I spent the better part of a morning watching quite a few. Here are my favorites: The Life Cycle Of An Apple is put to music in this 2-minute catchy video.
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You Asked For More... So Here's Gingerbread Galore!
Are you doing a gingerbread theme for December and need some activities that fit your report card standards? You’ve come to the right place!
I just finished making some adorable alphabet cards using some of my favorite clipart from Laura Strickland.
I’ve included both upper and lowercase letters as well as a blank set for you to program with whatever else you can think up, like equations, or students’ names.
There’s also a 3-page tip list of what else to do with the cards including games, so I’ve included “Kaboom” bomb cards as well, plus covers so that your students can also make Itty Bitty Alphabet Booklets too.
Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Alphabet Cards.
Venn diagrams are a wonderful way for students to compare and contrast a variety of things.
By having students fill out a Venn diagram, they can easily see the similarities and differences in the stories, as well as with characters.
It’s also fun for them to compare and contrast themselves to the gingerbread man. Click on the link to view/download the 4 Gingerbread Venn diagrams.
I always liked to have a little surprise sitting on my students’ desks when they came in, in the morning, or something to staple to their paper if they completed their work or stayed on task.
These 4 different gingerbread bookmarks are great incentives to help motivate your students.
Click on the link to view/download the 4 Gingerbread Bookmarks.
Finally, as we can all empathize, teaching grammar can be a bit tedious. Spice things up by going on a “Gingerbread Hunt!”
Choose 10 of the 18 Gingerbread Sentence cards and scatter them around the room. Number the backs with a dry erase marker and attach a magnet so students can sequence them on the white board, or put them in your pocket chart.
I’ve provided a numbered game paper for students to rewrite the sentences correctly, including beginning capital letters and ending punctuation marks.
How sweet is that? I’m sure your students will enjoy it more than the “same old-same old.”
When everyone is done, choose students to correct the laminated cards with a red dry erase marker, and have them self-correct their own gingerbread paper.
I’ve included several different certificates of praise that they can choose from, for a job well done! Click on the link to view/download Gingerbread Sentences.
If you are looking for more gingerbread activities or gingerbread arts and crafts, scroll down to check out my other gingerbread articles.
I hope you find these gingerbread activities a sweet learning treat for your students and that you have a terrific time doing your lessons this December.
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