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1-2-3 Come Do Some "Jack & the Beanstalk" Fairy Tale Craftivities With Me

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesSince my fairy tale craftivites seem to be popular, I'm continuing to slug along making crafts for more stories,  which will help reinforce a variety of standards.

"Jack and the Beanstalk" is a favorite of my students, so I designed a flip booklet, slider and storytelling wheel

All three projects help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesIf your kiddos are like mine, they will LOVE making any of these, and really enjoy telling the tale using the manipulative. 

First up is the "flip" booklet.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesThere are 2 “print & go” booklet options to choose from: one featuring the giant’s castle, the other the cottage, where Jack & his mom live.

Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.

There are full color patterns so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, plus black & white templates so students can make their own.

Children color, cut & collate their pages, then add the cover.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesI've also included an optional title page, "Once upon a time" page, plus a "And they lived happily ever after page" too.

Since children enjoy giving their opinions, there's also a "thumbs up or down" rating page, along with a star ranking as well. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesUse the blank "base" space for a writing prompt, such as, "What was your favorite part of the story?" 

Younger kiddos can write "The End" or "They lived happily ever after."

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesTo help further reinforce sequencing and as a way to check comprehension and practice a bit of writing, all 3 packets include several "Here's What Happened..." writing prompt worksheets. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesSince there are many versions of this fairy tale, all 3 packets also include 3, “giant’s treasure” options.

Simply pick the (booklet page, slider or wheel) version that matches the story that you read. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesNext up is the "Jack and the Beanstalk" storytelling wheel

There are two, full color cover options, so teachers can easily make a sample to share; plus black & white patterns, so your students can color their own.

jack and the beanstalk storytelling wheel craftPick your favorite, or give children a choice between a beanstalk topped with a castle in the clouds, or a beanstalk that Jack is climbing. 

Children color the cover, as well as the "pie" wheel graphics, then poke a hole through both, and fasten with a brass brad. 

So you have a nice variety, I purchased lots of "Jack & the Beanstalk" clip art, so that each packet is different

This way, if you purchase more than one craft, it will be fresh, incorporating different graphics. 

I use the flip booklet to tell the story to my students; then I review the story with the "slider" craftivity, and then have my students transition to making a wheel

All three of my samples are then kept in a basket in our language arts center

For another fairy tale, I switch things up, so in the end my students have had an opportunity to make all three "types" of storytelling crafts, but for different fairy tales.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesBoth the wheel and the slider packets, also include a "Let's Sequence the Story" worksheet, where students color, cut and glue the "picture tiles" in the correct order. 

So that you can diversify your lessons, there are two options. 

I've also included a larger, colorful copy for teachers.  Print, laminate & trim and then use while reading the story, or as a reveiw afterwards. 

Pass out the pieces to students, then have them help you put them in sequential order.  Use tape, magnet dots, or Velcro to stick the pictures to the base.

When everyone is done with whatever craftivity you've chosen, practice retelling the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” by calling on a child, who explains what is happening in that graphic.

You could also ask, “Is this the setting of the story?”, “Is there more than one setting?”, “Is this the beginning-middle-or end of the story?” etc.

Afterwards, for more reinforcement, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their booklet with each other. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesFinally, there is the "Jack & the Beanstalk" Slider Craft.

There are 3 "cover" options for this craft which feature: Jack climbing the beanstalk, the castle, as well as the giant.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesAs with the other crafts, choose your favorite, or run off the variety and give children a choice. 

Use card stock, or white construction paper for a sturdier and less flimsy craft.

I call these "sliders" because a paper strip "slides" through two slits, revealing various "story elements". 

Students retell the fairy tale, by pulling the paper strip through the "window". 

meet the teacher, back to school activities, parent teacher conferences, open house ideasToday's featured FREEBIE is a little something for your Open House or "Meet the Teacher" back to school event, which is also appreciated during "parent-teacher" conferences too.

I put a basket of peppermints on a table for visitors. (Use soft mints for younger grades).

Here's the poster I print, laminate & tuck by my basket of candy: "Families Are Worth A Mint! Thank you for your involve-mint and commit-mint to your child's education Here is a sweet treat for your enjoy-mint!" 

classroom management tipsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

It's wonderfully overcast today, with a nice summer breeze...perfect for doing a bit of gardening. 

Wishing you a fun-filled and stress-free day. 

"I am not a teacher, but an awakener." -Robert Frost

1-2-3 Come Do A "Jack and the Beanstalk" Fairy Tale Craft With Me

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesDo you read the fairy tale genre to your children?

It’s one of my students’ favorite themes. Among their favorites is Jack and the Beanstalk.

To help them sequence & retell the story, I designed this super-fun beanstalk craft.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesSo that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, I’ve included full-color patterns, as well as the black & white ones for students.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesChildren color & cut out the castle & title cloud, then glue them together.

An 8-link paper chain is suspended from the bottom of the cloud.

Three leaves, with story element captions (Setting, Characters & Events) add to the beanstalk’s appearance.

Since there are a variety of versions for Jack & the Beanstalk, I’ve included a number of “picture tile” options.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesStudents choose the ones that were in the story that they read, then color & cut out these mini "pages".

They sort the picture pages into the 3 different story element categories: setting, characters & events, then sequence each group of pages, in the order that they appeared in the fairy tale.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesThese “itty bitty” storytelling booklets, are then glued to the appropriate leaf.

Before displaying, have students partner up, taking turns explaining what the setting is and who the characters are, then retelling the tale using the picture prompts.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesFor writing practice, and to further check comprehension, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…worksheet, which can be done as a whole group with little ones.

 Completed projects look terrific suspended from the ceiling as a border along a hallway wall. 

I've included a "Climbing new heights in reading" poster to add extra pizzazz to your display, which is sure to garner lots of compliments from passers by!

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesToday's featured FREEBIE is a back to school apple puzzle.

This is an inexpensive little gift you can make for your kiddos for that first day of school, which will occupy their time for a bit, freeing you up.

I've also included a large apple puzzle, to be used as an independent center activity, as well as a blank grid, to help younger students easily put their puzzles together. 

The patterns come in color, as well as black and white, so kiddos can color, then cut out their own puzzle, then put it together; which gives you even more "sanity saving" time.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in. It's a lovely summer day here in Michigan. 

So love the sunshine streaming in my office window, along with a frangrant and gentle breeze. 

Feeling very contented and blessed.  Wishing you a carefree day.

1-2-3 Come Make A "First Day Jitters" Booklet With Me

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesDo you read “First Day Jitters”, by Julie Danneberg?

It’s one of my all-time favorite back to school books. If you haven't read it, put it on your "to do" list. You'll LOVE the ending.

After I read a story, I like to have my students transition to some sort of activity, which practices a variety of standards, using the book as a springboard.

first day jitters, 1st day jitters activities, activities for the first day of school, 1st day of school activities, back to school activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school books, back to school bulletin board ideas, icebreakers for schoolWith that in mind, I designed this "First Day Jitters" class book.
It's a wonderful little icebreaker that I think your students will enjoy.

There’s a blank area where students can draw their own “face”, as well as 8, black & white patterns featuring girls, plus 8 with boys.

I find that my little ones may “write” big, but often they draw rather small.
Because of this, they do a much better job if they have some sort of outline to add features too.

first day jitters, 1st day jitters activities, activities for the first day of school, 1st day of school activities, back to school activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school books, back to school bulletin board ideas, icebreakers for schoolStudents draw their features on the face, of how they think “jitter feelings” look.
They color the picture to represent their hair, face, eye color etc.

Children also color any of the emoji faces that depict the variety of emotions that they have felt during the day.

Older students can explain those feelings by writing on the back.

first day jitters, 1st day jitters activities, activities for the first day of school, 1st day of school activities, back to school activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school books, back to school bulletin board ideas, icebreakers for schoolCompleted projects make a cute bulletin board.
You can use the various posters to introduce your lesson, then add them to your display for extra pizzazz.

After you take your back to school display down, collate the pages, then add the cover and turn into a class book. (Great to share during parent-teacher conferences.)

Later, take the book apart, and include this page in your students’ end of the year Memory Books

Today's featured FREEBIE is a set of "Book Hospital" patterns, to help make your life easier.

book hospital basket, classroom management, teaching tips, organization tips for the classroom, classroom management tipsWhen students are reading a book from your classroom library and discover that it needs some repair work, to avoid further damage, have them fill out an Rx form of what's wrong with the book and how you can fix it.

They tuck the note on the page that needs repair, so that the end sticks out and then drop the book in the "hospital" basket.

Repairing a book is a great job to delegate to a room or classroom helper.

There are two patterns on a page for easy printing, so why not make a "book hospital" for a fellow teacher or your librarian, as a "Hope you have a great year!" surprise.

activities for first day jitters, 1st day jitters activities, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers for school, first day activities, back to school booksWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping by.

I have a few more "back to school" ideas rolling around in my head, so I best make some notes before they flutter away. 

Wishing you a day filled with giggles galore.

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." - Victor Borge

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1-2-3 Come Do Some "Three Billy Goats Gruff" Activities With Me

 Do you read the fairy tale, "Three Billy Goats Gruff" ? It's an old-fashioned favorite of mine, and perfect for sequencing

So I designed 3 "craftivities" that will help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards: There's a slider, wheel and flip booklet

Any of the projects make for a wonderful transition activity, after you're done reading the story.   Fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you too, as all three are simply “Print & Go”. 

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, First up is the flip booklet.

There are 2 booklet options to choose from: one featuring a troll, the other a goat.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, The troll pages are large circles with bigger graphics, while the goat pages come two on a one-page pattern. The graphics are also a nice size.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Pick your favorite, or give students a choice

There are full color patterns so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, plus black & white templates, so students can make their own.

Simply run the troll and goat patterns off on construction paper or card stock. Students color & trim. These become the sturdy “base” of their booklet.

Children then color, cut & collate the pages into a little book, which is then attached to the base.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, I purposely did not number the pages, so you can assess comprehension & their ability to sequence correctly.

You can also easily omit pages, to make a shorter booklet for little ones, so they can simply tell the "beginning-middle & end" of the story.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, For some writing practice, I thought it would be fun for students, to add a caption inside a speech bubble, that’s above a “color me” picture of the troll falling off the bridge or being swept away in the river.

Completed worksheets make a cute bulletin board.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Next up is the slider.  There are 3 outside slider options to choose from, which children color & trim.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Two options are square for easy-peasy, straight-edge cutting, while the other is a “cut me out” troll, for those with more scissor experience.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together. (All 3 options use the same “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 to a partner or reading buddy, then take their troll/goat home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, I introduce the lesson by reading "3 Billy Goats Gruff", then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.

So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.

After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts. Have children guess which story element they think comes next before you pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a story slider of their own. 

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Finally, the storytelling wheel is yet another quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, There are 2 wheel options to choose from: one featuring a troll, the other, the 3 billy goats. The "pie wheel" that's underneath is the same.  I give my students a choice.

When everyone is done, practice retelling by using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the 3 goats appear in the “pie-slice window”, then call on a child to begin the story,

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”. You can also ask kiddos if this is the beginning-middle-or end of the tale.

To further check comprehension, I’ve included a “color, cut & glue” worksheet in all 3 packets.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Same format, but with different clip art that matches that particular craftivity.  There's a simple version for younger kiddos, as well as a more challenging option, where the "picture tiles" are mixed up.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, As another way to assess comprehension, as well as include some writing practice, there’s also a variety of “Here’s What Happened…” worksheets, which can be done as a whole group with younger children.

When everyone is done with their slider, wheel or flip booklet, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story, “3 Billy Goats Gruff” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.

Afterwards, encourage students to share their goat/troll craft with their parents, once again retelling the story.

Because my little peanuts are absolutely exhausted, at the end of our day, I like to show some sort of very short educational video.

This is a "winding down" (calming time) for us, which not only helps my students, but gives me a few minutes to get things ready for dismissal.

I spend quite a bit of time seaching YouTube, so I've also included 3 of my favorite "Billy Goats Gruff" video links in all three packets. 

I sincerely hope you'll give one of these crafts a try.   If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy sequencing and retelling with a "paper manipulative".

fre treat bags ideas for back to school Today's featured FREEBIE is a fun little "back to school" icebreaker treat bag. I enjoy decorating with fish.

Tfree treat bag ideas for back to school, free back to school bookmarks, free back to school postershey work for the beginning of the year, as well as summer; their bright colors simply give one a happy feeling.

There's also the terrific "play on words" possibilities, with "school" and "o-fish-ally".

So  I designed these sweet treat bag "headers" to put at the top of a Snack Baggie of Fishy crackers. Don't want to do a treat bag? Use the patterns for a bookmark!

free treat bag ideas for back to school, free back to school bookmarks, free back to school postersThere's also a fish pattern to slit & slide a push-up Popsicle through, plus a bookmark for more quick, easy & inexpensive treats.

free treat bag ideas for back to school, free back to school bookmarks, free back to school postersI've included a "We're ready for a 'fin-tastic' school year" poster as well, which can be the center for a fish-filled bulletin board.

The packet includes patterns for preschool, kindergarten & 1st grade, with a blank template to fill in with whatever grade you teach. 

treat bags for back to school, activities for 3 billy goats gruffWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

I don't know about you, but my back-to-school, "To Do" list, keeps getting longer as the summer gets shorter.

Wishing you a relaxing and stress-free day.

"Less Monday; more summer!" -Unknown

 

1-2-3 Come Do Some "First Day Jitters" Activities With Me

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesDo you read “First Day Jitters”, by Julie Danneberg?
It is one of my students’ all-time favorite back to school books.

With that in mind, I designed “Jit Lit”.
first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesIt’s a labor of love - jumbo packet (over 100 pages of fun!) that’s filled with all sorts of different & creative literacy activities, inspired by that story.

They are sure to provide lots of super-fun engagement for kiddos, that first week of school.

As always, activities come in black & white for students, as well as color, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesThere are graphing extensions, games, puzzles, a maze, word find, a variety of worksheets, “Rhyme Time”.


The packet also includes:

Quick, easy & fun writing prompt craftivities. You'll really like the versatility. A few of my favorites:

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter names* “Sip Sip Hooray! How are you feeling today?” juice glass with emoji “bubbles”. 

There's a simple "color me" worksheet for little ones, as well as a "flip the flap" writing prompt, for older kiddos.

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesChildren color the emojis that represent how they are feeling, then color the "juice" their favorite color. 

For added pizzazz & to give your bulletin board display some 3D pop, cut a slit on the dashed line and insert a plastic straw. 

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesThe slice of "lemon" also adds that finishing touch, and a bit more dimension. Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board. 

I've included several posters to add some extra zip to your display, as well as an interesting graphing extension.  Another fun writing prompt craftivity is a ...

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter names* “Welcome to our school!” postcard.

Children choose one of six options, then color, trim, fold up & glue.

They can write to Sarah Jane in an effort to chase her "Jitters" away, or write to another character or a real person.

emoji cell phone note copy* “Paper Love” cell phone-emoji message. It never ceases to amaze me, how techie even little ones are today. 

My 3-year-old granddaughter loves picking emojis on my phone, then sending them in an “I love you” text to her mom & dad at work. 

They always send her an emoji-filled text back and she’s absolutely thrilled.
This was the inspiration behind my “paper love” worksheet.  T

There are 6, “color me” worksheets for students to choose from (3 girls & 3 boys). Students color the picture then fill in the blanks,  They choose the emojis that best depict their feelings that day, then cut and glue them inside the cell phone.

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter names* “What Were You Thinking?” Cartoon bubble writing craftivity is also super-fun. 

Students write their "I just woke up & it's the first day of school" thoughts in the cartoon speech bubble.

They add some hair & color the blank oval "head" that's peeking out from under the covers. Children can draw in eyes, but adding a pair of wiggle eyes with glue dots really adds to the cuteness factor. 

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter names* The“Bed Head Jitters” flip-the-flap writing prompt booklet, also uses a bed pattern.

Sarah Jane pulls the covers up over her head and refuses to get out of bed. Have you ever felt like you didnt want to get out of bed either?

Students write about a similar experience on the base of the bed. The "cover" is the blanket, which flips up to reveal the completed prompt. 

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesChildren can draw their head, or glue a photograph of themselves on the pillow.

Lots of the projects make adorable, back to school bulletin boards.

I’ve included a variety of posters to introduce the various lessons, then add them to your displays for extra pizzazz.

Afterwards, tuck them away to be included in your students’ end of the year Memory Books.

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesSo you can cover those English Language standards, there are also lots of literacy-based activities, like parts of a book, story elements, character traits, sequencing, & retelling, plus comprehension checks.

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesA few of my favorites are:
* “How observant are you?” Detective worksheet
* Super-Sleuth Challenge, and my personal favorite . . .

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter names* “Instagame!” It's a sequencing craftivity, where students color, cut & glue the "picture tiles" in the correct order. 

My inpiration was the ever-popular Instagram, so I'm sure your students will enjoy making this "cell phone" craft.

* “What’s your OPINION?” Rate & Rank the book. (Thumbs up/down & how many stars?) AND . . .

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter names* Making Connections (“Let’s Text!”) cell phone writing prompt worksheets: text to text, text to world, text to self. 

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesI've also included a few "bonus goodies" that you can give your students: bookmarks, plus treat bag toppers. 

For a special little something, after you read the story, fill up ZipLock Snack Baggies with a few munchies. 

Because my students enjoy pretzels & Fishy crackers, that's what I used. Tape on a topper, then pass out to your kiddos. "Because you're sweet, please have a seat. So you can eat, this "Jitters" treat."

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesFinally,  as another "jitter buster" we make  "Jitter Glitter Names".

Since "jitter" rhymes with "glitter" this is my transitional activity after we do the "Rhyme Time" worksheet.

My Y5s absolutely go bananas over glitter. This simple activity coincides with practicing the "recognizes & writes name" standards, so it's a win-win.

icebreakers, selfie craft, back to school activities, first week activities, first day activities, back to school bulletin boardsToday's featured FREEBIE is another first week of school activity.

Do you have your kiddos draw a self portrait during the first week of school?  Do you take a photograph of their first day?

Why not hop on the "selfie" rage and use these cute worksheets for your kiddos to do their work on. 

They're sure to become a keepsake, so tuck them away for their end of the year Memory Books.

first day jitters activities, jitter juice, jitter snack, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, activities to go with first day jitters, 1st day jitters, jitter crafts, julie danneburg, ice breakers, ice breaker activities for the 1st week, making connections text to self, jitter glitter namesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

It's another scorcher weather wise (I'm so not a 90 degrees, hot & humid person); even my poodle pup Chloe, didn't want to stay outside.

Wishing you a refreshing day with a cool breeze.

"Dear Weather. Stop showing off.  We already know you're hot!" -Unknown

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