1-2-3 Come Do Some Seuss Hat Craftivities With Me
First up is a Seuss-hat, “flip the flap” ABC booklet. My kiddos absolutely LOVE making these emergent readers. I enjoy the versatility.
The packet contains a booklet for each letter of the alphabet.
You can make these as a whole group activity, as an independent center, for a bulletin board, for a class-made book (each student contributes a letter) or have each child do all of the letter booklets as a “letter a week” activity, and keep them in their ”portfolio" file folder.
Students trace and write the upper and lowercase letters, as well as the words that begin with that letter. They read the sentence and add end punctuation.
I have used almost all of the words from the Pre-Primer, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Dolch word lists, plus many of the Dolch nouns!
There are covers for the class book, as well as the file folder, and I’ve also included a mini, set of letter cards that you can toss into a Seuss hat.
Children choose one, and that’s the letter they will contribute to the class book.
The packet also includes upper & lowercase letter assessments, plus "trace and write" upper and lowercase letter worksheets, plus a "Hats Off To Wonderful Work!" poster.
From letters let's go to numbers with “I’ve Got Your Number!” Seuss hat booklet.
This is super-fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you to "print & go".
The booklet helps review quite a few math standards as you flip from left to right, and then again, with another section, of "flip the flap" pages, from right to left, to show a group/set of apples.
I chose apples as the object because of Seuss’s story: 10 Apples Up On Top
You don’t have to add that extra flap to make it simpler for PK kiddos, but it’s really not hard at all, and provides great fine motor cutting practice.
I've also included a pattern without clocks for them, as well as completed teacher samples in full color, to expedite making a sample to share.
For more math practice, I designed a simple "print & go", "Show Me The Number!" worksheet that covers a variety of math standards.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake Activities With Me
My kiddos absolutely LOVE snowflakes. The entire month of January, finds us in a flurry of snowflake-themed activities. I'm featuring two of our favorites today.
The snowflake word family craftivity packet, is a quick, easy and super-fun way to practice and review word families.
The activities are great for a whole group, independent center or Daily 5 word work.
Completed projects make a simple, yet awesome winter bulletin board .
Put the two word work posters in the center, then scatter students’ snowflakes on a blue foil background (I use wrapping paper.)
The packet includes:
* 4 large snowflake templates
* 70 snowflake word family cards
* A list of the 70 word families, with 987 word examples!
* A word family sentence worksheet
* A word family bookmark, which students can use to write word family words on the back, plus . . .
* A cover to make a word family booklet
Another snowflake activity that I think your students will enjoy is the 2D snowflake shapes game.
It's a quick, easy and fun snowflake matching game, with several ways to play.
Students can play independently as a center activity, or pick a partner and play a game. They match shape to shape card, shape card to shape card, shape to shape, or shape card to word card.
There's a "color the shape" spinner game as well. I often use these activities as an interesting and fun way to assess.
If you're looking for an awesome winter bulletin board or fun writing prompt that your kiddos will get excited about, then this "snow" special family snowflake craft's for you.
It's a quick, easy and fun "homework" assignment, which even PK kiddos can do with the help of their families.
Completed projects make a lovely bulletin board. Suspend a few from the ceiling above the board for that finishing touch. Caption: "Brrrrr-illiant Work!"
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
We have huge fluffy flakes gently falling outside my office window right now. PTL I don't have to shovel.
Wishing you a warm and snuggly day!
"Advice is like snow-the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1-2-3 Come Do Some Super-Fun Word Work Activities With Me
Sometimes, some of my boys are not quite as enthusiastic about our reading activities as much as the girls are.
However, if we’re reading about sports, especially football, my little guys get pretty excited.
With that in mind, I designed this football-themed -ick and -all word family packet.
It’s chock full of a variety of games, competitions, worksheets, word cards, and even a helmet and football “slider” craftivity.
Use the activities for centers, table top, early finishers, a sub folder, homework, or for whole-group assessing.
For one activity, students choose teams and then work either independently or with their group, to think of as many -all words before the timer rings. Each word is worth 1 point.
To get in some math practice, have students figure out how many touchdowns and field goals they achieved with their word list. i.e. 7 words = 7 points = 1 touchdown. Any "extra" words can be counted to make a field goal.
A field goal = 3 points for 3 words. i.e. One team thought of 11 words. They scored 1 touchdown (7) and 1 field goal (3) and had 1 extra point left.
I've provided score card - posters, if you'd like to keep track and post the results.
There are blank templates, so you can program other word families, if you'd like to keep this idea going.
After I got the -all word family football packet done, I wanted to make Bingo cards as another way to review the words.
However, I had less than 24 words and could not make a Bingo card, so I thought I'd add the -ick word family to the football packet, because you kick a football.
Another fun way too reinforce these new words is via a word search.
The packet includes the same activities for both the -all AND -ick word families.
There are pocket word cards, traceable word cards, covers so students can make Itty Bitty booklets, alphabetizing worksheets, plus trace-write-color-cut & glue worksheets.
Also included is a fill in the word sentence worksheet; 30 different Bingo cards, so your entire class can play; plus words on footballs.
There are also posters, blank templates for you to program with whatever, and 2 "craftivities" like the football -all word family slider pictured. Many of these activities work well for your Daily 5 Word Work.
Here's hoping that word work and 10 frame math, with a football twist, will be just the thing to make practice especially fun.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's another beautiful fall day, so I'm going to go "winterize" my flower garden out back before the snow flies. Wishing you a productive day.
"Football is like life--it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." -Vince Lombardi (Go Packers!)
1-2-3 Come Play Some Word Family Games With Me
Practice reading word family words in a super-fun way, with these Cat in the Hat Word Family Games. The packet includes 39 word families.
Simply choose the word families that your students are working on. Print the template page twice; once on red construction paper, the other on white.
This way, after cutting the strips apart, you will be able to make two word family hats with an ABAB color pattern.
Laminate and trim one set, to use for an independent center, partner game, or whole group activity. Students "stack their hat" puzzle piece "stripes" in alphabetical order on top of the "I can read these ____ word family words!" hat brim.
Glue the other set on a sheet of turquoise construction paper and put up as a display by your word wall, or a separate Cat in the Hat Word Family bulletin board.
To practice the word wall hat display, toss the word family mini cards into a Cat in the Hat hat, or other container. (There are 39 of them.) Children pick one.
Whatever word family they get, is the one that they will read on the display. Make it more fun by turning off the lights.
Children can point to each word stripe with a flashlight, as they read the words in the dark.
The mini cards can also be used to tell students what word family they will use to complete their hat stack word family worksheet.
Children write the words on a sheet of scratch paper, then write them in alphabetical order on their hat.
Afterwards, they color the stripes with a red crayon, so that the hat shows the Seuss ABAB striped pattern.
You can also partner students up and give them both the same word family puzzle. They compete against each other to see who can alphabetize and put their hat stack together first.
They could also partner up with a person who has a different puzzle and take turns reading their puzzle to each other. Afterwards, they can mix up the pieces and then swap.
You could also use the worksheet as a spelling quiz for whatever word family you're working on. Say the word, then children write it on their worksheet.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for visiting. My day certainly blew by me, as it took "forever" to get this 79-page packet done, and I'm chomping at the bit to get a few more things accomplished before lights out.
Don't think that's happenin' though, as my bones are starting to yell "Enough!" Wishing you a happy-go-lucky day.
"Today was good; today was fun; tomorrow is another one!" -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Do Some Super-Fun Cat in the Hat Activities With Me
Since the Grinch Game in yesterday's blog, was such a huge hit, I decided to make one featuring Seuss's Cat in the Hat. "Feeding" cards to the Cat in the Hat, is a quick, easy and fun way to review all sorts of standards. Simply 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, 20 at family word 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.
I bought my red bucket from The Dollar Store, printed the cat off on card stock, then taped it to the inside. Easy Peasy.
I've included 4 little signs that you can use to decorate your container with, or sprinkle on a bulletin board.
Keep each set of "food" cards in Snack Baggies and store them in your container.
To play, simply pass out whatever cards you want to practice with, then call out a word, letter, number etc.
The child holding that card comes up, reads and shows it, so everyone can repeat what they said. That student then "feeds" the hungry Cat in the Hat.
Besides "feeding" the Cat in the Hat, 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.
I've included an at word family worksheet in the packet at well.
After you're done playing, reward your kiddos with a Seuss bookmark.
There are 14 different designs in the packet. Eight of them feature favorite Seuss quotes.
For more Cat in the Hat fun, click on the link for 14 sweet Seuss-themed puzzles.
They will help your students sequence numbers, count forwards and backwards, plus skip count by 10s to 100.
I also designed a set of larger Cat in the Hat number cards with numbers 0-120.
Use them for different games, or add them to your "Feed the Cat in the Hat" review game.
There's a bigger set of alphabet cards as well. There's a separate set for uppercase and lowercase letters, then a set where both the upper & lowercase letter appears on one card, making them "purr-fect" for all sorts of Memory Match or "I Have, Who Has?" games.
Thanks for visiting. Since winter is bitterly clinging to February, I wish everyone a safe and snuggly day.
"Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind, don't matter and those who matter, don't mind." -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Make An Ug Mug With Me
January, is the perfect time for a delicious cup of cocoa, so I used hot chocolate as an incentive to help promote great classroom behavior. I wrote the words Hot Chocolate on the board.
Each time my Y5's completed a whole group task, or were exceptionally good, I'd underline a letter. When all of the letters were underlined, they earned a cup of hot chocolate after a chilly recess.
Since mugs and marshmallows are real life examples of the cylinder shape, they provided an extra teachable moment.
With that in mind, I designed the ug mug, which reviews the ug word family in a super-fun way. I've included a cylinder anchor chart-poster, to share as well.
Simply run off the mug patterns on a variety of colors of construction paper.
I've included 6 mug options for your kiddos to choose from, including left and right handed patterns, as well as a blank template for them to design their own mug.
Share the ug word family poster with your students and review the words. Define any new words your students may be unfamiliar with.
Children write this list of ug family words on the back of their mug.
They choose 5 favorite ug family words and write one on each of their 5 marshmallows. (A pattern is provided.)
You can have students color the "hot chocolate" oval brown, or run off the template on tan construction paper.
They trim and glue to the top of their mug, along with their 5 marshmallows.
Completed projects make a sweet winter bulletin board. (For that finishing touch, have children glue their photo to the center of the snowflake, or if they chose another mug pattern, have them glue their photo somewhere on their mug. )
If you have students write the ug word family words on the back of their mug, punch a hole in the handle and suspend them from the ceiling. They look wonderful swirling and twirling in the breeze.
There's also an ug word family ABC practice worksheet in the packet, as well as a programmable ug word family sentence writing worksheet.
So that you can easily make a sample to share with your students, I've included completed sample pages too.
Click on the link to view/download the Ug Mug Craftivity packet.
Thanks for visiting. The wind is whipping through the trees today, causing the snow "frosting" to fly off the branches, and boy is it nippy!
Certainly time for a hot chocolate break for me! Wishing you a warm and snuggly day.
"And finally winter, with its biting-whining wind, as all the land is mantled with snow." -Roy Bean
1-2-3 Come Do A Flurry Of Word Family Activities With Me
It's snowing right now and I'm so in the mood for more! My Y5's loved our January snow-themed activities, so I decided to incorporate some word family work with a snowflake theme. I hope you enjoy today's FREEBIE, which fits in nicely with Daily 5 word work. Completed projects make an awesome winter bulletin board too.
There are 4 large snowflake patterns. Run them off and give your students a choice.
There are also 70 word family snowflake cards, with 9 on a page for quick printing.
Choose the word family cards you want your students to practice, toss them in a container and have each student pick one.
They write that word family in the center of their snowflake. One of the facts that my kiddos learn about snowflakes is that although each one is unique, they all have six sides.
For this reason, you can choose to keep things simple and have your students think of just six words for their word family, or challenge older students to think of more.
I've included a variety of samples you can share with your students.
If you want them to practice alphabetizing, have children write their words on a sheet of scratch paper, alphabetize the words and then write them in alphabetical order on their snowflake, starting at the top and writing clockwise.
I've included a list of 70 word families, which has an alphabetical list of example words for each one. (This is a pretty comprehensive list, as I've included 987 words appropriate for school. )
You can share this list with your students if they become stuck, or if you want them to write more than six words on their snowflake. To build vocabulary, have children look up any words that they are unfamiliar with.
For more word work, there's a word family bookmark template. Students fill in the word family you want them to work on.
After they jot down as many words as they can think of, brainstorm as a whole group and write the words on the board.
Afterwards, students return to their seats and update their list. Have students save their word family bookmarks.
When you're done with word families, have students organize the bookmark pages in alphabetical order then add the cover and staple.
There's also a worksheet where you fill in the amount of words and sentences you want your students to write that incorporate the word family words.
Click on the link to view/download the Snowflake Word Families packet.
That's it for today. I'm off to go play in the snow! My poodle pup, Chloe, LOVES scampering through the sparkles. Wishing you a fun-filled and relaxing day.
"Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in [it] sinks into the mind." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I know the year is at an end, but I just dreamed up Bird Words and am so excited. Hopefully you will be too, and can implement this program for next year.
I just had to blog about it today, because this 93-page packet, makes teaching word families simple and easy for you, and lots of fun for your kiddo's!
The Toucan will help make your students Can-Do Word Wizard Kids. These lessons plug in perfectly with your Word Work for Daily 5 activities too.
Students stay organized and keep everything in a neat folder for easy access!
The packet includes:
Click on the link to view/download Word Family Word Bird Packet
A perfect compliment to this packet is the Word Family Letter Wands!
Your students will have fun making "magic wands" out of 5 Popsicle sticks by simply putting a consonant on the front and back of each tip.
Words will "pop" out as they place the point in front of the words on their paper.
Click on the link to view/download Magic Word Family Wands
Be sure and pop in tomorrow for more teaching tips.
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May all your days be magical!