1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For "Sneezy the Snowman" With Me
Do you read the story “Sneezy the Snowman” by Maureen Wright?
With that in mind, I designed three, quick, easy and fun activities that you can make.
I love that YouTube often has children's books being read. It helps me decide if I want to purchase it.
These short clips are also fun to play for my students as a review, after I have read the story. Here's a link featuring a family of voices reading "Sneezy" (4:35 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J6uZLX9tqg
First up is a "Sneezy the Snowman" flip booklet. There are two options to choose from.
Since Sneezy ultimately solves his “too cold-too hot” problem, by eating ice cream, one of the options is an ice cream cone topped with a “scoop” of snowman. Sneezy’s “head” flips up to reveal pages that have been sequenced from the story.
As always, all of my patterns come in black & white for students, as well as full color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make a sample to share.
Choose the set of 6 pages, which have 2 graphics on a page, for younger students, while older students can opt to sequence and assemble 12 pages featuring a single graphic.
Besides sequencing and retelling, students can also get in some writing practice, as there is room to write a sentence at the bottom of the single-graphic pages, and if you need more room, students can finish on the back of the page. If you're using the double-graphic pages, students can write at the top of the flipped-up page.
When everyone is done, “read” the booklet as a whole group, calling on a student to explain what’s happening on that page; they choose another classmate to continue.
Afterwards, for more reinforcement, students can partner up and take turns retelling the story.
Next up is a "Sneezy the Snowman" storytelling wheel.
The snowman’s “head” is easily trimmed and glued to the top.
For more reinforcement, as well as another way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included “color, cut & glue” puzzle worksheets.
Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black and white pattern, so children can arrange their own puzzle.
Another super-fun thing for students to do is to play “Speed”. They pick a partner and race to see who can sequence their puzzle first.
Finally, a storytelling "slider" is another super-fun way to practice these standards. I named this craftivity a slider because students slide a strip filled with graphics through a "window" to retell the story.
All of them are easy-peasy to cut, as they are in a rectangular shape; however, you can also choose to cut around the snowman. The “slider strip”
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story with a classmate.
I’ve included full-color patterns for you, as well as a black & white templates for students.
As an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included a “Let’s sequence the story” worksheet, where students color and trim the picture tiles then glue them in the correct order.
The slider, as well as the wheel and booklet packets, also include a “Here’s What Happened” worksheet to help check comprehension. They are different in each one.
If you've already got Valentine's Day covered, you can use this for Mother's, Father's, or Grandparents Day.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm literally chilling out here in Michigan, as the "Polar Vortex" continues to put us at minus degrees one day, then in the 40s with everything melting on another.
Today everything is beautifully wrapped in dripping ice, as Mother Nature continues to drive us bonkers. Wishing you a warm and wonderful week.
"She's fire and ice. You'll fear the cold and crave the burn." - JM Storm
1-2-3 Come Do A Winter Craftivity With Me
Having taken down all the decorations, plus sent home lots of wonderful student work that once festooned the walls, our hallways always look a bit bleak and bare after Christmas vacation.
It's time to begin again, and since I live in Michigan where snow lasts well into March, I like to do a big snow theme in January.
With that in mind, I designed this sled-themed packet.
The name sleds are a quick, versatile, and fun craftivity, that creates a super-cute, winter bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included letters which spell out “Brrr-illiant Work!” to use for a header.
I've gotten a bit more tech saavy and was able to use this beautiful, blue background paper to make the letters.
Simply print, laminate, trim and hang on or above your bulletin board or wall display,
Choose your favorites or give children a choice. Younger children will find the rectanglular shape easy to trim, while older students can opt to cut around the picture.
Besides the 28 graphics, there are also 3 different style options: 1. Graphic with a face on the child, 2. Graphic with a blank face, so that students can draw on their own, and 3. Graphic with a white "photo circle" over the face, so that children can glue on a picture of themselves.
There are three writing worksheets to choose from.
My personal favorite is: “Sledding With My 5 Senses”.
I share my examples, which i've included in the packet. We close our eyes and pretend we are sledding, then discuss some things we might see, hear, feel etc.
"Expand" these thoughts with older students. For example. "I see snow" is appropropriate for little ones; while "I see sparkling white snow" is expanded to include adjectives.
This more descriptive sentence helps everyone "see" what the author does. If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy "growing" a sentence.
I’ve also included a “Come Sledding With Me” poem. Use the colorful poster for the center of your display.
"Oh no! Sloping snow. Here we go!" This rhyming poem is chock full of over 20 Dolch sight words. Have older students use the black & white version to practice reading, along with a variety of other standards.
There’s a question sheet that you can share with your class. For example, "What words rhyme in the first stanza?" "Can you think of another rhyming word?"
Have older students write their answers on their BW copy of the poem. I've included my completed sample to use as an answer key.
Another quick, easy and fun way to continue with the poetry genre, is having students make an acrostic poem, using the word sledding.
Completed projects can be displayed with the name sled craft for a really cute language arts bulletin board.
And woo hoo! Look at how many standards your students have practiced, all while enjoying making a name sled.
Ripping and tearing strips of paper into small square scraps and then gluing them to their #100 worksheet, is not only fun for your kiddos, it helps strengthen their finger muscles.
Children can do a multi-colored "rainbow" 100, like my sample, or choose 2 or 3 colors and do an AB-AB or ABC-ABC color pattern.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board. I've included a poster to use for the center of your display.
Well that's it for today.
The snow outside my office window is falling softly, and all over town children and teachers are rejoicing in having a "snuggle in" snow day.
Wishing you a sparkling day.
"If you listen carefully, the silence of the snow is beautiful." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do A Mitten Activity With Me
Do you read the Ukrainian folktale The Mitten, by Jan Brett? It’s one of my favorite winter stories and perfect for practicing the sequencing and retelling a story standards.
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun, mitten-themed craft.
The Mitten story “slider” craftivity helps your students retell the story in the proper order.
I just updated this packet and have included a second slider option as well as some additional worksheets.
Simply choose which graphics you like best, then run the mitten and slider patterns off on white paper.
I pre-cut the mitten slits using an Exacto knife, so that children can easily insert their “storytelling strip”.
Takes me just a few minutes to slit a class set. (Try to say that tongue twister 3 times!)
As children pull on the end of their “slider” the various pictures go through the mitten “window”, so that students can take turns retelling the story to a partner, then take their mitten home to share with their family, once again practicing the lesson.
I introduce the lesson by reading the story, then share my sample with the children.
We retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on the slider. Pausing before I show the graphic, I ask children "what comes next?"
We've had a quick & fun review; my students now know what’s expected of them, and are excited to transition to making a “mitten story slider” of their own.
So that you can quickly and easily make an example to share, I’ve included full-color patterns for teachers, as well as a black & white templates for students.
The coloring, cutting and assembling a storytelling slider provides great fine motor practice, which will help strengthen children's finger muscles.
Sliders are an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension. I’ve also included a “Let’s sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the "picture tiles" then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.
There’s a larger, full-color option, so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with little ones. This can be done during, or after you read the story.
There’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing; hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions.
Use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger kiddos.
I pre-cut the white circles for my kiddos.
Encourage students to make big letters, which fill up the center of the circle.
Afterwards, they glue on a hat and add some facial features to the "head"; then glue the rest of their "body" circles on, creating a vertical name "stacker" snowman.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
My "To Do for January" list is quite daunting.
I'm afraid there is simply not enough time in the month to get everything designed that I'd like. Oh well...
Wishing you a wonderful & stress-free week.
"Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers." -Kahlil Gibran
1 2 3 Come Do Some Santa-Themed Activities With Me
Each month I like to have a little review of all of the 2D shapes, so this information stays stuck in my students’ heads.
With that in mind, I designed two “Shapin’ Up With Santa” packets.
The first packet is a "print & go" Santa craft, where Santa's "body" is made up of a 2D shape; topped off by his head, complete with a beard, which is cut from a paper plate.
The 2nd packet includes a variety of games and activities that provide a fun way to review these 2D shapes: circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart and star.
First up, The Santa craft: The 2D shapes included are: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, & heart.
The packet includes patterns for the above shapes, so that children can make a “Shapely Santa” of their own.
Santa's paper plate beard is snipped along the ridges; then every other "tab" is bent up, which is wonderful fine motor practice, that will help strengthen those finger muscles, at the same time providing a cool 3D effect.
Use a red and green marker to show an AB-AB color pattern and add some extra pizzazz too.
Eyes and a mustache are a separate piece and simply glued on. Have a room helper pre-cut them to expedite assembly.
Another "finishing touch" that will add some 3D pop to your display, is to attach a white pom pom to the tip of Santa's hat. I use a glue dot.
As you can see by the photo, once students complete Santa's "head" they glue it to a red, 2D shape.
The “Shapely Pokey” activity, is also super-fun and helps get the wiggles out.
The packet also includes shape posters and pocket chart cards to introduce your lesson.
For added reinforcement, try some of the activities from the "tip list" for how else to use the posters; such as playing the game "Catch the Claus".
My students actually beg to play this game at the end of the day.
I’ve also included a “Shapely Santa” bookmark for your students.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included several posters to add extra pizzazz, plus informational “tags” should you want your students to explain the attributes of their Shapely Santa.
You can hang these next to a child's "Shapely Santa" on you bulletin board.
The other Santa-themed packet which reinforces 2D shapes, is "Shapin' Up With Santa!" and includes a variety of games and other "print & go" activities.
Games can be played independently or as a whole group, then put in your math center.
Game sheets like “I Spy a Shape” are a super-fun way to whole group assess. The same worksheet can be used 5 times!! Woo Hoo.
There are puzzles, dice and spinner games, as well as 2 graphing activities.
An emergent reader booklet, packed with Dolch words, also practices end punctuation, which can be done as a whole group or independent activity.
Children color the Santa, trace and write the shape words, trace and draw the shape, then cut and glue the matching shape to the empty box.
There are also a variety of worksheets which help practice a variety of standards, including two graphing extensions you can do as a whole group.
I hope your students enjoy these activities, as much as my kiddos do.
I call this craft "Wishful Thinking". Students finish the writing prompt: "If money were no problem and I could have 5 super-fabulous gifts for Christmas, I'd like..."
They glue their final draft to the inside of a construction paper square, folding the corners over to "close" their "gift".
Add extra pizzazz, by having students glue a square of Christmas wrapping paper to the back of their square of construction paper. For that finishing touch, top with a bow.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Gotta get going. I'm helping with my granddaughter's Christmas party today.
As you can see I'm all decked out. (Jingle all the way...) Not too good at taking selfies...
Wishing you a blessed day filled with lots of love, hugs and giggles galore.
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” -Dr. Seuss (From the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.)
1-2-3 Come Do A Reindeer Christmas Craft With Me
I wanted to do a keepsake craft with my grandchildren, that I knew my daughter would love, so I traced one hand on a folded sheet of dark brown construction paper.
This way, I cut once, and had two hand prints for each child. They glued these "antlers" to a reindeer head that they enjoyed coloring.
The craft is simple, quick and a whole lot of fun.
As you can see by the samples, completed projects make an adorable bulletin board too.
There are a few to use with the writing prompts, as well as two others that you can hang up with just the reindeer craft, if you opt to only do that.
There are a variety of “print & go” reindeer patterns to choose from.
Pick which is most appropriate for your students.
Younger children can simply do the reindeer craft.
(If you're focused and on task, when you complete your project, you get to visit the "glitter station"), which I manage. Keeping everything inside a copy paper, box lid, provides easy clean up with no mess.
That splash of red glitter really adds the "Wow!" effect.
Wiggle eyes are another way to add to the "cuteness factor". My granddaughter chose two different sizes, which added extra whimsy, so when I created the packet, I included several sizes of "eyeball" patterns.
You can see by the photographs, that the same reindeer takes on a whole different look, depending on the placement of the eyes.
Students pretend to be a reindeer, and think of something the animal might say if they could actually talk.
I've included three,"speech bubble" templates for you to choose from, as well as patterns with my completed samples, so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share.
Samples not only help explain things, but really are a catalyst for excitement.
Since older students don't get to do many "crafty" things, they are especially excited to get down to the business of writing, when you toss in a little art into the activity.
They also do a particularly fine job, when they know their work will be hanging in the hall.
For that "finishing touch", have students practice an AB-AB (red-green) color pattern, by writing with two different color markers, which really adds extra pizzazz.
For added fun, play some Christmas music while children work. My students often sing along.
Students trace & write the numbered, circle-shaped pages, to make a "Rudolph's Nose" counting booklet.
There are patterns for counting by 1's to 20, counting backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0, plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
I've also included a "red-hot" cinnamon treat, counting activity too.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The snow is gently falling, which really puts me in the mood to decorate.
Wishing you a warm and cozy day.
"...He puzzled and puzzled 'til his puzzle was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadnt before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps means a little bit more. "
From: "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss