1-2-3 Come Practice the Alphabet With Me
With that in mind I designed this cute scarecrow that’s holding a big sunflower.
It’s an alphabet wheel and will help make learning to match lowercase letters with their capital counterparts fun.
I’ve included two wheels.
One has the lowercase letters in , while the other one shows them jumbled up, making it a super-fun way to whole group assess.
After students have colored, cut & assembled their scarecrow, call out the letter A.
Students turn the smaller wheel ’til the lowercase letter a matches up. Afterwards, they hold up their scarecrow.
Teachers can see at a glance who is having difficulty. Play continues with another child calling out the next letter.
Since snipping a sunflower can be a bit challenging, I’ve also included an easy-peasy pattern, where students simply cut on the dashed lines.
I use a protractor to poke holes in the center of the circles, then attach with a brass brad.
Besides the scarecrow manipulative, I’ve also included a variety of “color me” worksheets to help practice upper & lowercase letters in quick, easy & fun ways.
I've also included an upper & lowercase assessment mat, plus my recording sheets, which you can use for 4 different evaluations. They are super-simple to use & save time filing.
Another fun way that I practice and easily whole group assess upper & owercase letters, is with “I Spy” game sheets.
The same worksheet can be used multiple times and my Young Fives absolutely LOVE playing this game. I’ve included four game sheets in the packet.
Use in a variety of games, such as “What’s Missing?” “Flipped” and “Kaboom”. I’ve included a tip list of all sorts of simple ways to use the cards, with directions for the games, which will help make learning especially fun.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.
It's another snow-covered, cold and dreary day.
A fire in our fireplace adds a warm & cozy atmosphere though, making it a great day for designing some turkey crafts. Wishing you a turkey-rific November.
Reflect upon your present blessings---of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which every man has some. -Charles Dickens
1-2-3 Come Do Another Scarecrow Writing Prompt Craft With Me
I love doing some scarecrow activities in the fall. Displays of my students’ work can go up in September & stay up through November, which is a huge time saver.
With that in mind I designed this quick, easy & super-fun “Scarecrows Have / Are…” writing prompt craftivity.
This is what I call a “bite size” bit of writing. The topic is specific enough so that students aren’t overwhelmed, while providing nice practice using descriptive adjectives.
Whenever I toss a bit of craftiness in with our writing, my students get extremely excited and WANT to get down to the business of writing and making their own scarecrow.
Students can choose the “Scarecrows ARE” writing prompt worksheet, or the "Scarecrows HAVE” one.
For more writing practice, have students do both.
One can be done in class, and the other as homework, or take two days to complete the project.
The assembly is easy-peasy.
Students choose a scarecrow, then color and cut out the top & bottom halves.
Cutting around the "hair" and "fingers" of the scarecrows can be a bit tricky, so I've also included patterns with an "easy trim" edging.
For more creativity, the scarecrow head patterns also come with and without a face.
To help get your students creative juices flowing, I’ve also included 28 photographs of “real” scarecrows.
You can laminate them, then pass them around to give your students some ideas of what to write.
You could also cut each photograph out, and have students choose one to describe.
If you decide to make an autumn bulletin board with your students completed scarecrows, add these photographs for some extra pizzazz & interest.
For more writing practice, extend the lesson by doing the Venn diagram activity that’s also included in the packet.
Venn diagrams are an interesting & simple way to practice comparison and contrast writing.
This activity can be done as a whole group, or children can choose a partner with a different scarecrow than theirs, then create a Venn diagram together.
These make a nice addition to your display.
I've also included two, Scarecrow "Are-Have" posters as well.
Today's featured FREEBIE is another fun, fall writing prompt.
This one is "How to Make a Pumpkin Pie".
How to do something, is a writing standard for many schools.
These completed projects also make a "sweet" display.
That's it. Thanks for stopping by.
The wicked wind has snatched the rest of our autumn leaves from the oak and maple tree branches, so there's quite a thick "blanket" of autumn colors festooning our lawn.
Guess what's on our "To Do" list for this afternoon?
Wishing you a wonderful week.
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." -Margaret Mead
1-2-3 Come Do Some Scarecrow Crafts With Me
I love doing a variety of scarecrow-themed activities in the fall, so I created this cute “Peekin’ Scarecrow” writing prompt craft.
Whenever I toss a bit of creative craftiness in with our writing, my students get all excited to get down to business.
I find that if one provides students with a variety of interesting, fun and thought-provoking writing prompts, you will have hit a motivating “hot button”.
With that in mind, I spent quite a bit of time thinking up 42 engaging prompts, all with a scarecrow in mind.
For simple & quick printing, the writing prompt pattern provides 6 prompts on a one-page template.
TIP: Whenever I need to pre-cut things for my kiddos as a time saver, I stack at least 3 pages then staple around the edges.
After cutting, toss the "prompt cards" into a basket.
This prompt is then glued to their completed project.
There are 5 different, writing prompt worksheets for students to compose their final draft on.
So that I have a pretty even amount, and a nice variety for my display. I assign half my students to glue their writing horizontally and the other half vertically.
For any of our writing assigments, I have students make a first & final draft.
To help them, I've included a writing rubric, which students can use as a checklist, before they complete their final draft.
Look closely & you will see that I've added some deeper shading with crayons, as well as some "stitch marks" to the nose, heart cheek & along the edges of the face & hat.
Another way to add some extra pizzazz, is by putting a few sheets of yellow construction paper into a shredder.
My kiddos absolutely LOVED adding "hay hair", which is a great fine motor skill that will help strengthen finger muscles, and increase dexterity.
Fold the petals up for some added dimension.
As you can see by my samples, completed projects turn out so cute!
I've also included 2 posters to enhance your display.
So that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share, I've also made templates for 3, of my completed writing prompts.
Sharing an example, not only helps easily explain what you want your students to do, but also gets them excited to make one of their own.
As with all of my packets, there are clear directions, with helpful tips & photographs.
Use them for a variety of games.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's started snowing quite heavily this moring here in Michigan.
Since it's only the frist week of November, I am so not ready for the craziness that winter weather creates.
That said, it is quite lovely, and the quiet of the woods, frosted in sparkling white is quite peaceful.
"In teaching others, we teach ourselves." -Proverb
1-2-3 Do Some Skelton Crafts With Me
If you’re looking for a quick, easy & fun little craft for the week of Halloween or party day, I think your students will really enjoy making this “Some-bony Loves You!” keepsake card.
Using straws to make a skeleton & Q-tips to make an X-ray of a handprint are not my original ideas, there are a zillion versions on the Internet.
However, no one’s made a pattern, or given step-by-step directions of how to make one.
I don’t know about your students, but if I gave my Y5s a pile of straws, and a bottle of glue, then told them to make a skeleton, they wouldn’t know where to start.
So I diddled around and came up with this simple keepsake card.
I love thinking up play-on-words, and thought “some-bony” substituted for “somebody” fit the bill. The rest of the greeting wishes the receiver a “High Five Happy Halloween”, which nicely ties in the “X-ray” handprint craft.
I’ve designed the patterns so that you can do either the skeleton made out of straws OR the X-ray handprint made with Q-tips, OR you can combine both crafts to make a keepsake, Halloween card like we did.
If you decide to make just the X-ray craftivity, you'll use the "Wishing you a High Five, Happy Halloween" label.
The "straw" skeleton can still be glued to a file folder as a card that opens up to say "I do!"
I used a file folder because it provided a great “work mat”, as well as an “instant” card (no folding required) and the card stock sturdiness kept it from warping.
It gives me a heads up of possible “oops” as well as a time frame.
We made our cards in about 20 minutes.
They really enjoyed the activity and my daughter absolutely loved her keepsake cards.
I’ve also included a few “bonus” skeleton-themed activities/games your students can transition to, plus some fun links.
I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I can't believe that Thursday is Halloween!
I still have way too many things left on my "To Do" list!
Wishing you a stress-free day, and may you have an abundance of energy on Halloween!
"There is something haunting in the light of the moon." -Joseph Conrad
1-2-3 Come Make A Haunted House Craftivity With Me
Flick off the lights to set the mood, then all you have to do is quietly & slowly say the words, “Haunted House” , and you will have everyone's attention.
No matter what grade I taught, I loved going for that “Gotcha!” moment, to get people excited about writing.
I truly believe that students will be enthusiastic about “getting down to the business of writing”, if you simply give them something interesting and fun to write about.
It’s that simple. Find their “hot button”. If your students are like mine, then a haunted house, is that catalyst in motivating them to WANT to write. Woo Hoo!
With that in mind, I set to work to design two crafty packets involving a haunted house.
First up, 6 writing prompt craftivities for the “Haunted House” packet.
They are all different enough, so that you can easily do several; one in class, one as a fun homework assignment, one for extra credit, a sub tub, or for early finishers etc.
You could also give students a choice.
You may be surprised that they want to do them all.
Student can choose which they want to write about, or you can make this a two-part assignment.
Kiddos can write the ARE portion on one day, and finish up the HAVE prompt the next day.
You could also do one in class, and do the other as homework.
Completed projects turn out "terror-rific"!
I think it's very important to not overwhelm beginning writers.
For example, asking students to write a "spooky story" can be a bit daunting for even a seasoned writer.
To experience this, put yourself in the assignment. Would you want to write an entire story, or would you be more excited to develop a list of things that a haunted house has?
Because it's a smaller chunk of writing, and children can draw from experience, they know the "answers" and feel empowered; so they can get right down to writing; and often very excited to do so!
With that in mind, all of the activities in both packets are "bite size".
Because it's simple yet thought provoking, I think your students will also enjoy "If a haunted house could talk, what might it say?"
There are 5 diffferent "speech bubbles" to add variety to your display, as well as several posters you can use to introduce the lesson, then sprinkle on your bulletin board.
Besides the different posters to help you introduce the lesson, as well as several more to enhance your various displays, I've also included spiderwebbed letters that spell LOOK!
They are 4 1/2 inches & come in 3 styles. (Oh the possibilities...)
I substituted them for the O letters in LOOK.
To expand the lesson, and practice yet another standard, I’ve also included a whole-group graphing extension in both packets.
Next up is the "Trick or Treating at a Haunted House" packet.
To get more bang for my “time” buck, I like to cover a variety of standards with one activity.
“Trick or Treating at a Haunted House”is not only a super-fun writing prompt craftivity, but it also reinforces the 5 senses, and the importance of using them to enhance writing.
Students are trick or treating and they visit a haunted house.
What do they see, hear, feel, taste & smell?
After writing their rough draft, then editing, they fill out a rubric checklist, then write their final draft on the writing prompt worksheet. (I've included RUBRICS in both packets.)
There are 4 different haunted houses for students to choose from, with a TOP & BOTTOM pattern for each. as the 5 senses writing prompt is glued to the center.
There's also a “5 Senses” poster, plus one that defines “Adjectives”.
Use them to introduce your lesson, then add them to your display.
Toss some “cobwebs” in each corner, and you have a “WOW!” bulletin board, sure to get lots of compliments.
As you can see by my samples, "answers" can be a simple sentence for younger students, as well as a more in-depth use of descriptive word choice for older students.
I've also included a "side-by-side" photo of a sample that's very simple, then another that was worked on.
I always try to make time for students to share their work with their classmates, so we popcorn around the room and everyone shares one of their "5 senses sentences" before displaying them in the hallway.
A child's handprints become the "fire" at the top.
I've included a "We promise" pledge poster for children to sign, which helps make students accountable for not playing with fire.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for dropping in.
Autumn is in it's full splendor here in Michigan, so even though it's rather chilly today, I want to grab some fresh air.
Wishing you a fun-filled day.
“I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids!" -Robert Brault