1-2-3 Come Do An Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Nursery Rhyme Craft With Me
Do you teach your students “The Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Spider” nursery rhyme song? This is one of my students’ all time favorites.
The “finger plays” that I teach to go along with the song, are also a super-fun way to strengthen finger muscles and improve dexterity.
As another way to do that, I designed the aluminum foil, “spider & spout” craft, which is made out of an empty paper towel tube.
You can simply make one for yourself to introduce the rhyme, then put in a center, or do the craftivity as a whole group.
If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy making their own, and practicing the nursery rhyme using their “spider spout”.
A note home at the beginning of the year, to "Please save empty paper towel tubes." will ensure you have enough. Being an avid recycler, I personally save all sorts of things like this, with help from my family, so I always have a supply of "whatever" on hand.
So that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share, patterns come in both color, as well as black and white for students.
Each child's will be a bit different, as there are 10, cute spider graphics to choose from, as well as 6 kinds of rain clouds, along with 4 different sun circles.
I set this up as an independent center; students come up and choose their “pieces & parts” then go back to their desks to complete.
Using a glue dot, or a piece of Scotch tape, attach the spider to the front of a cloth ponytail holder, and the rain cloud to the back. The sun is hinged at the top with a piece of Scotch tape.
As a whole group, slowly say each verse, as children manipulate the pieces to match what’s going on in the nursery rhyme.
Afterwards, partner kiddos up so they can take turns practicing once more. (Fun to do with a reading buddy too.)
As children become adept at moving the pieces easily and smoothly, repeat the rhyme one last time; going from super-slow to super-fast.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a sweet "keepsake" craftivity. As a mom, I absolutely loved when my children would bring an art project home that was extra special.
With that in mind, as a teacher, I tried to do one of these "paper love" crafts each month.
A personal favorite, is this butterfly; the wings are traced from the child's shoe.
The paper heart says: "I made this card especially for you. The butterfly's wings were traced from my shoe." A pipe cleaner and folded thorax, add 3D pizzazz.
This is a quick, easy & fun activity for spring, or use for a Mother's Day or Father's Day card. There are templates for all 3 in the packet.
Well that's it for today. The sky is threatening rain, so it's a good day to cut, color & play!
Crafting is one of my favorite things to do.
Wishing you a happy & carefree day.
Poster: "I'm a craftaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding; I'm on the road to a craft store." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Nursery Rhyme Activities With Me
“Rhyme Time” story wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice the “retelling & sequencing a story" standards.
Since "The 3 Little Kittens" wheel was so popular, I decided to make one for "Humpty Dumpty" as well as "Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Spider" and will continue to add to this collection.
I plug nursery rhymes in each month, when they fit in with whatever theme we're studying.
All of the packets contains background information on the nursery rhyme, along with a colorful anchor chart poster of the poem.
I’ve included a BW version for students, to help practice reading and whatever other skills you are working on.
Since both “itsy bitsy” & “eensy weensy” are popular ways to describe the spider, I’ve included both versions on the anchor chart, as well as the wheel covers.
When everyone is done with their “Rhyme Time Story Wheel”, take a moment to retell the nursery rhyme as a whole group, by turning the wheels.
Can anyone recite it?
I also have my students pick a partner and take turns sharing their wheels with each other.
Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies.
This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.
For writing practice, have students complete the writing prompt worksheet, then color it.
Afterwards, they can share their work with the class.
You can use the color copy as a whole group activity with little ones.
"Story Sliders" are another way to practice these standards.
Pick your favorite or give children a choice.
You could also do one as a whole group activity & use the other one as an independent center.
Adding wiggle eyes to the spider, or silver glitter to the spout, creates some extra 3D pizzazz for the "spider slider".
Students color the story elements on their “slider strip” then cut & glue it together.
As children pull on the end of the strip, the various pictures go through the “window”, which helps them retell the nursery rhyme.
As with the wheel craftivity, "sliders” are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
For 2 more ways to check comprehension, I've included a (color, cut & glue) “Let’s Sequence the Rhyme” worksheet, as well as a “What Happened?" writing prompt.
Finally, I also made a collection of nursery rhyme writing prompt worksheets, with borders that match the nursery rhymes.
The packet includes color as well as black & white patterns, and covers 10 different nursery rhymes:
1. Baa Baa Black Sheep
2. Eensy Weensy Spider
3. Hey Diddle Diddle
4. Hickory Dickory Dock
5. Humpty Dumpty
6. Jack & Jill
7. Little Miss Muffet
8. Mary Had a Little Lamb
9. There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
10. Three Blind Mice
Today's featured FREEBIE, is a "Sweet TWEET" versatile writing prompt craftivity.
You can use it for an awesome Mother's Day card ("I have a terrific mom & that's worth tweeting about!") as well as for the end of the year, summer, or back to school.
There are prompts for each.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm watching 2 of my grandchildren this afternoon, so time to put my "Nana" hat on.
Wishing you a wonderfully relaxing, and love-filled day.
"I can't promise my grandchildren that I will be here for the rest of their lives; but I can promise them, that I will always love them for the rest of mine." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Chick Hatching Activities With Me
Do you study chickens or hatch chicks as a life cycle science unit?
Our preschool does; they get their fertilized eggs from a local farmer.
With that in mind, I designed this jumbo chicken packet, which is chock full of a variety of activities that you can easily diversify, as you practice all sorts of math, science & language arts standards.
The packet includes:
* A collection of posters:
These can be used as anchor charts, decorations, countdowns, reminders & bulletin board displays. Several are also included in black and white so that you can use them as worksheets for your students.
Such as the "When Will I Hatch?" slider craftivity, which helps practice counting backwards from 21-0, as well as counting forward from 0-21.
Children can show you an AB-AB color pattern, as they trace the numbers with 2 different colored highlighters.
Children can make a "flip the flap" chick life cycle, or show the various stages of the 21 days of an embryo inside an egg.
Another version is a "flip the flap" egg-shaped life cycle craft, which begs the question: "What came 1st, the chicken or the egg?"
There's an incubator, as well as an egg option. All patterns come in color as well as black and white.
So that you can easily diversify lessons, there are a variety of puzzle options available.
There are the simple 3-piece sequencing puzzles, as well as the 6-piece "Chicks on a Roll" puzzle dice game.
My 4-year-old grandson absolutely loves playing these puzzle dice games, as do my Y5 & kinders.
The 3-piece egg-shaped puzzles are a bit more complex, as students put together the number, number word and group/set of that many together.
To make this independent center activity self-correcting, number the pieces accordingly on the back.
The number "strip puzzles" practice numbers 12-21, which are great for those toughie teen numbers, as well as help to reinforce the 21-day "chick hatching" concept.
The large, 11-piece egg-shaped puzzle does the same thing. All puzzles come in full color so you can use them for a center, as well as black & white, so that kiddos can color, cut and make thier own to take home.
* Venn diagrams & graphic organizers plus...
* a variety of games: which practice ordinal numbers, patterning, sequencing, counting & a variety of other standards. There are also numberous ...
* writing prompts:
Such as "A Chick Hatched Today!" craftivity, which can be a simple sentence for PK kiddos, or something more involved for older students.
I've included my completed sample, that you can print off to share as an example.
Completed projects look adorable as a spring bulletin board, or hung back-to-back and suspended from the ceiling.
The "If I Had A Chick For A Pet..." is also a super-fun writing prompt, as many of our preschoolers ask if they can take a chick home once they hatch. We return them to the farmer, so this is a fun "what if" for them.
If you also get your eggs from a nearby farm, then you'll enjoy the "Thank You; I Learned A Lot!" writing prompt card.
Use the colorful one for all your little ones to sign, or the black & white option, for older students to complete on their own, then drop the card(s) off when you give the chicks back. The packet also includes plenty of ...
* vocabulary building & word work, which include Elkonin boxes, pocket chart cards, a word find, a "How many words can you make?" game, an alphabetical order race & more. (Perfect for Daily 5.) Plus...
* observations, experiments, & data analysis along with ...
* calendar & countdown activities:
Which includes a real calendar page you can do as a whole-group, or have students keep track on their own, jotting down a daily note of "what's happening". I've included "stickers" for extra special days.
Because my kiddos were forever asking, "How many days 'til a chick hatches?" I decided to make a countdown paper chain. We tear a link off each day. I've included several options, as well as a black & white pattern if you want your students to make their own.
The "A-MAZE-ing" life cycle of a chick, "itty bitty" countdown booklet, is also a fun way to reinforce counting.
* graphing extensions &
* worksheets: which practice a variety of standards in quick, easy & fun ways.
Because many children have not seen a rooster, chicken or chick before, I've included 33 real photographs.
Studying chicks wouldn't be complete without an "eggs-citing" scientific look into what's happening, so I designed 3 booklets.
You can do these as a whole group with little ones, using the colorful template options, or have older students color their own booklet; or mix & match doing several together & one or 2 independently.
I don't take anything for granted when teaching my Y5s, as many of them have very limited experiences.
With that in mind I designed the "Eggs-amining" An Egg activities and booklet to record their findings. They especially enjoy cracking an egg on their own, seeing if an egg will sink or float, & having a "spin contest".
They do this with both a raw and hard boiled egg then compare their findings.
Students can work individually, with a partner or in a small group. You can also do this as a whole group activity with little ones.
Another one of the booklets is "Chick This Out" an observation egg-shaped booklet where the teacher or students can record what's going on with the eggs/chicks each day.
These can simply be a few pages for little ones, or more in-depth observation and analysis through "candling" or learning about what's taking place via the photographs, "fast facts" information or educational links that I've included.
Since we have all sorts of people parading through the preschool to take a look at the chicks when they hatch (the principal, staff, & lots of other classrooms), I thought it would be fun to create a guestbook.
I've included a page for visiting classrooms to fill out then sign prior to their arrival, which includes a place for questions they may have.
There's also an invitation to hang up in the teacher's lounge, as well as an individual note, which can be placed in their mailbox. Welcoming posters, and a sign to hang on your doorknob, are all included as well.
Well that's a quick review of what's in this whopping 342-page Chick packet, which is currently on sale for 50% off.
As always, I give away 2 jumbo packets each month, along with a $10 TpT gift card, so be sure and check out my Face Book page, and enter to win my monthly "Flash Fun" Giveaways.
Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, today's featured FREEBIE is a Mother's Day Cupcake Writing Prompt Craftivity. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. It's been a long week, so it's time to relax and take a much-needed break.
Here in Michigan, spring has FINALLY sprung and the flowering trees are absolutely gorgeous! Wishing you a wonderful and stress-free weekend.
"Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Spring Shape Activities With Me
Years ago I drew my first "shapely" animals; and since the penguins were so popular, I continued to design different animals for the various seasons.
Whether you're teaching 2D shapes for the first time, or simply looking for a review, these cuties will add some zing to your spring, lion & lamb-themed lessons.
There are 3 crafty options.
Younger students can simply color the lion & lamb-faced worksheet of their choice with no cutting, or draw in their own head on the blank shape, while older kiddos can cut and glue a lion or lamb head to their favorite shape.
There’s a simple “straight-edge” shape pattern for little ones that’s easy to cut, along with a more challenging shape pattern where students cut the lion’s mane and the sheep’s body out for a more realistic look.
Children can glue the lion head to the “shapely” mane, or the lamb head to the “shapely” body of the sheep.
For more pizzazz & to add some 3D pop, students can accordion fold a strip of paper, glue it to the back of the head, so that it ”wiggles”.
The packet also includes posters & games with colorful cards to use as a center activity.
There are black & white patterns so students can make up their own games as well.
There’s also a selection of worksheets, which practice shape words, & attributes, plus a certificate of praise bookmark.
Make a set of your own to use as flashcards, anchor charts, or a “4 Corners” game, (Directions included).
Completed projects make an adorable spring bulletin board or hallway wall display.
I’ve included 2 posters to help enhance your display.
2D shapes included: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart & star.
The "Slick Chick" packet follows a similar format, but also includes 3D shapes, and an emergent reader booket.
Students read, trace and write the shape word, fill in the shapes to look like chicks; trace the shape and then draw that shape.
They also underline the capital letter and add end punctuation.
The bunny rabbit is certainly a symbol of spring as well. I had a lot of fun designing a cute little face for this "shapely" animal friend.
The 2D shapes are easily recognizable, as they are simply topped off with a pair of bunny ears.
To make them especially cute, I've included a pattern for a ladybug & 3D butterfly to add some extra pizzazz.
The spots on their wings match the bunny's various shapes too.
Finally, many of my teacher friends have a springtime, frog theme going on, as they study life cycles; so perhaps the "Funny Frogs" shape packet works for you.
The format is also similar, but also includes a short “giggle” tale about Ferdinand the frog and Princess Penelope, who was turned into a fly!
Read it as an interesting way to introduce the shape craft, then have older students "flip up the mouth" and write their own "fractured fairy tale" on the frog's "tongue".
There’s a set of discussion questions for the story, as well as a comprehension worksheet.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a whopping 41-page, whimsical"Shapely Mouths" packet, which will help you review, as well as assess 2D shapes and shape words. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's a dreary day here in Michigan; rainy, cold & windy. Perfect for snuggling in and reading a good book, or putzing wth my "too long" To Do List.
Wishing you a cozy & cuddly kind of day, filled with all the things you enjoy the most.
"A rainy day is a special gift to readers." -Amy Miles
1-2-3 Come Do Some Lion & Lamb Activities With Me.
The simile “March roared in like a lion then left like a lamb” basically holds true for weather here in Michigan.
Because of that, I designed an entire “lion & lamb” weather-themed packet, which is very versatile.
It’s chock full of a huge variety of activities that are suitable for different grades & skill levels. (PK-3rd).
I introduce March with Marion Bauer’s book, “In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb”, which was the inspiration behind the “door dangler” writing prompt craft in the packet, as a lion comes knocking at a little boy's front door.
The story is wonderfully illustrated with short rhyming text, perfect for introducing metaphor & simile to older students as well.
“March comes with a roar. He rattles your windows and scratches at your door.
He turns snow to mud, then tromps across your floor.
March comes with winter clinging to his tail.
He scatters sleet and sometimes even hail.”
I designed a set of pocket chart cards for this, as well as made a collection of 32 photographs that depict a variety of "real" lion & lamb-like weather. There are 2-on-a-page for quick printing.
To whole-group assess their ability to identify, then classify the weather, I made a set of 6 lion & lamb Popsicle stick puppet pals. Choose your favorite or give children a choice.
Teacher shows a pocket chart, weather card.
Students decide if that type of weather is a lion or a lamb, flipping their “puppet paddle” accordingly.
You can also ask them about their current weather, or to vote whether they think March will come in like a lion or lamb, as well as predict what the weather will be on the last day of March.
I"ve included 3 graphing extensions for this.
The photo-posters can also be used like the weather cards. What clues in the photograph make them think that the weather is lamb-like, or was the result of a lion-kind of day.
The photographs can also be used to inspire a writing prompt, where kiddos pick a picture then make a list of adjectives that describe it, write a descriptive sentence, paragraph, poem or short story.
For an awesome bulletin board, display the photo next to students' completed work.
Younger kiddos can sort the pictures using the lion & lamb sorting mats. Make an extra set and cut them into puzzles to use for an independent center.
We also track the weather for the month of March with a "color, cut & glue" calendar worksheet, with a culminating math activity, which practices, counting, comparison, greater & less than, as well as tally marks & graphing.
Older students can record their data and analysis in the March Weather Journal, which is an interesting & fun diary-type writing assignment.
All of the activities come in color as well as BW for kiddos.
I've also included a super-fun variety of writing prompt craftivities.
The beauty of these "craftivities" is that they can be completed by little ones, as well as older students who will write more in-depth.
So that they fit your students' skill levels, I give you a list of writing prompt suggestions.
Simply pick which one's appropriate for your students or give them a choice.
I've also given you the ability to choose how you wish to display them.
To slide in the poetry genre, I've also included a poster-poem for William Cullen Bryant’s “Stormy March”.
There are 100+ pages of games, centers, whole-group activities, anchor chart-posters, worksheets, and Venn diagrams.
To save you even more time, I tucked in my completed writing sample templates, so you don't have to make up your own.
If your students are like mine, they'll give their "best effort" because these prompts are especially fun for them. Added bonus: completed projects make a terrific spring bulletin board.
Today's featured FREEBIE is "Wind Tricks" ; a 31-page poetry packet, which includes the games "Windy Words" and "Blow Some Words My Way", along with a variety of quick, easy and fun "rhyme time" activities. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
The weather finally feels like spring today (high 60s) so out to the garden I go for some much-needed clean up.
"Why try to explain miracles to your kids, when you can just have them plant a garden." -Robert Brault