1-2-3 Come Do Some "SH Word Blend" Shamrock Activities With Me
Since shamrock begins with the SH word blend, I thought it would be fun to design some March word activities with them .
I had so much fun, that one thing led to the next 'til I had a whopping, 112-page, "Shhh! It's a Shamrock" packet, filled to the brim with a huge variety of activities for teaching and practicing the SH blend.
The packet includes:
* A “Shhhh! It’s A Shamrock” slider craftivity. There's one for beginning SH blend words, as well as one for words ending with the blend.
* A “Riddle Time” leprechaun poster that challenges students to guess the 2 words that “begin and end with the SH blend”, with matching shamrock "guessing cards", and a definition answer key poster.
(Want to know the answer? Shhhh! It's a secret.)
* 9 worksheets
* A graphing activity
* A “Blend to the End” worksheet board game. This is my personal favorite.
I designed the game board in the shape of an S, and incorporated a bit of math with literacy.
So that my students can quickly do the calculations, I have them use two different color markers to write down beginning & ending SH blend words.
They have the option to roll a dice or flip a coin to see which type of word they'll write down. I've also included . . .
* A beginning & end sorting mat.
* 18, SH blend picture cards in color for a center activity, plus black & white, so that students can make their own game, with 2 size options.
*18 matching shamrock word cards to play a variety of games
* The super-fun “Shhh!” whole group word game, where the teacher reads the beginning sound and students complete the word by saying shhhhhh! "fishhh fish!".
* An alphabetical list of 43 beginning sh blend words.
* An alphabetical list of 68 ending sh blend words.
* A 4-page tip list of things you can do with the “trace & write” word cards, including the “Kaboom!” game.
* A “What Word Card Is The Leprechaun Hiding?” flip the flap poster game.
* 38 “trace & write” ending SH word blend cards, with 40 for beginning SH blend words, along with an “Itty Bitty” book cover for both the beginning and ending word cards.
Before my kiddos turn these into an Itty Bitty Blend booklet, we do a variety of activites with them. So the cards don't get lost, my students make ...
* A cute mini envelope craftivity to keep the word cards in. (My kiddos absolutely LOVE this!)
I have a theory that if children make something, instead of just giving them an envelope, they truly appreciate it more, which results in them taking better care of their word cards. I've also included . . .
* A set of beginning and ending SH blend picture puzzles .
These are number “strip” puzzles for sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
They come in color, so you can use them as a center, plus black & white, so students can make their own.
Click on the link to zip on over to see my latest packet of fun: Shhh! It's A Shamrock.
It's a set of 10 Frames, with math symbol cards and manipulatives for playing a variety of math games. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. I have a few more Saint Paddy's Day things to finish up, them it's on to kites.
Wishing you a day filled with the luck of a leprechaun.
"Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me." - Saint Patrick
1-2-3 Come Do Some Super-Fun Grinch Activities With Me
There are so many activities out there for Seuss's Cat in the Hat, that I wanted to design some things with another popular character.
We usually think of the Grinch in December, because after all, he tried to steal Christmas, but I felt he was the perfect "creature" to "munch and crunch a variety of standards for lunch!" so I created the "Feed the Grinch Game".
"Feeding" cards to a Grinch-topped container, is a quick, easy and fun way to review all sorts of things.
Print, laminate and trim the "food" cards.
These are mini cards that include upper and lowercase letters, numbers from 0-120, 11 number word cards, twelve 2D shape cards, twelve 3D shape cards, 35 contraction cards, 94 "GR is for GRinch" gr word blend cards, and 11 color word cards!
I chose bright neon-colors, for that extra touch of Seuss-pizzazz. There's also a set of blank tiles for you to fill in with whatever else you want to review or practice.
Besides "feeding" the Grinch, make extra sets of the cards to play all sorts of games. I've included tip lists suggesting more activities, plus the "Kaboom!" game.
There's also a set of math symbols as well, so you can use the number cards for other math activities, like making up equations and solving them, plus showing greater & less than.
Students can also sort the number cards into odd and even piles and sequence them.
Play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games with the number word cards and their matching number cards.
The shape cards, as well as the color cards, work in the same way. You can also play these games with the letter cards, matching an uppercase letter to a lowercase one.
There are a number of options you can use for the container. I bought a green bucket from The Dollar Store. Currently, they have all sorts of pails and buckets for the Easter season.
Print off the Grinch on green construction paper then cut around the edges. If you want his eyes to pop, print another Grinch on yellow construction paper then cut out just the eyes and glue them on.
So that the Grinch’s face, easily fits over the top of the bucket, I glued it to half of a sturdy paper plate. Fold his “mouth” on the dotted line so that children can flip it up and drop the Grinch “food” cards inside the bucket.
Add a green "hair" feather at the top, for extra pizzazz, and hold the plate down with some glue dots. The packet includes labels to decorate your container. Store each set of “food” cards in their own Ziploc Baggie inside the bucket.
To play, simply pass out whatever cards you want to practice with to your kiddos, then call out a word, letter, number etc. The child holding that card comes up, reads and shows it, then "feeds" the hungry grumpy Grinch.
Besides using a bucket, you can also use a dishwashing-detergent, flip-top container, to make your hungry Grinch. Only the front section lifts up, making the perfect “mouth” for “feeding”.
The container in the photo, is from a 10-pack of Mr. Clean erasers that I bought at Sam’s Club. Cascade, as well as other dishwashing detergents, also use this type of container. (It's the detergent that comes packaged in little pillows.)
Finally, celebrate Seuss with these two Grinch "craftivities" that I just finished today.
Both of them are in the Rhyming & Writing Are a Cinch With the Grinch packet.
One features two writing prompts. Students think of things that make them grin like the Grinch.
They jot these down on the left side. On the right side, they list things that make them "Grinchly and grumpy".
The other craft is a "doorknobber". Children fold their paper in half and glue it together, cutting the slit and hole at the top.
On the front, students glue their photo face over the Grinch's, after they color it.
On the back, they list all of the words that they can think of that rhyme with whatever word you assign. I chose Grinch and Seuss.
Samples of both are included, so you can easily show examples to your students, to help explain what you want them to do.
Well that's it for today. It felt good to get a few more things checked off my too-long "To Do" list. Feeling overwhelmed, definitely makes me feel "Grinchy".
My feet have hit the floor running, as there's lots to do today. Wishing you a "Seuss-tastic" day, filled with giggles galore.
"So be sure when you step, step with care and great tack, and remember that life's a great balancing act!" -Dr. Seuss