1-2-3 Come Do Some Halloween Shape Activities With Me.
October is filled with all sorts of fun shapes, so with that in mind, I designed this cute, haunted house, 2D-shape review.
I don't know about your students, but my kiddos get super-excited over doing any sort of activity that I can tie in with Halloween.
“Open the door if you dare” and you will find 6 pages of “spooky-shaped” (real life) things to greet you.
I find that while most of my students can identify these shapes, many of them have a bit of difficulty them, when looking at "real" items.
This booklet helps reinforce that in a super-fun way.
OPTION #1: Students simply color the shapes on each page.
OPTION #2: Students write down the name of the shapes on that page & color them.
OPTION #3: Students get an additional strip of paper with one extra shape on it.
They color the single object on their page, as well as all of the objects on this strip.
Afterwards, they cut the objects out & glue them to the matching shape page.
OPTION #4: Students color all of the objects on their extra worksheet. (This is a half sheet.)
They cut each of the 6 sections out (following the dashed lines), then glue them to the matching labeled page.
OPTION #5: These pages are all blank.
Students write the name of the shape on the bottom line, then draw one “spooky shape”.
After students color their haunted house, & the pages you have chosen for them, they trim and collate their booklet.
You decide if you want students to glue the "door" pages together, or simply staple them.
If you're looking for something educational and that “something different” for your Halloween party day, this works well.
I’ve also included several other related activities, so that you can extend the lesson and cover more standards. (Woo Hoo!)
This is an easy-peasy and fun activity for your Halloween party day too.
The "Tell me an answer" question page is a simple, whole-group assessment, you can use after students complete their haunted house.
I’ve included several posters to add some extra pizzazz to your display.
They are great for early finishers, a fun homework assignment, or something for your sub tub.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
We're having our third day of rain, and while that certainly fits the mood for designing Halloween activities, a little ray of sunshine would certainly boost my energy level.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion." -Henry David Thoreau
1-2-3 Come Skip Count With Me
Do you read the story “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara?
If you haven’t heard of it, click the LINK to see it on YouTube.
In the story, this is done via a small, medium & large pumpkin experiment, that Mr. Tiffin’s students take part in.
Skip counting is a standard most of us have on our “To Do” list, but finding interesting activities for practice can be challenging.
I use the story “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” as an excellent introduction to skip counting, then transition to the activities.
There’s a nice variety of worksheets.
These are great as table top activities, for early finishers, a homework assignment or a sub tub.
My students love the "Skip Count While You Connect the Dots" and the Bingo-dot worksheets.
They enjoy visiting this center, which I set up on a wooden TV tray.
My kiddos use an orange & yellow bingo dauber (you can buy them at The Dollar Store) to make an AB-AB color pattern, as they skip count and dot each numbered circle.
I keep mine in our math center and use them every year in October.
There are also black & white puzzle patterns, so children can color and make their own.
Finally, there is also a variety of games that your students will enjoy, while they learn & practice the various skip counting standards.
To save time, run the pattern off on orange construction paper, then have students add a bit of green crayon to the stem & vine.
They then cut out their pumpkin & insert the "slider" strip, with whatever set of skip counted numbers you want to work on.
If you want a bit of 3D pop, give kiddos a piece of green pipe cleaner to wrap around a pencil then poke into the stem and attach with a piece of Scotch tape.
It takes less than a minute to count together as a class.
Hang a set in the hallway, outside the bathroom, so when you're lining up waiting for children, you can practice!
As with the posters, there's a different one for skip counting by 2s, 5s & 10s.
There are two featured FREEBIES today. Both have a pumpkin theme.
The first is a sweet little "Welcome to our patch!" poster you can hang on your classroom door.
The other is a "Just For Fun" trace & color worksheet I designed after reading "Pete the Cat's 5 Little Pumpkins" story. Hope your kiddos enjoy it.
It's really a gray, overcast day, so no Mr. Sunshine to energize me; however, it makes for a great time to check a few things off my too-long "To Do" list.
Wishing you a terrific day filled with lots of fall fun.
"Try to learn something about everythig and everything about something." -Thomas H. Huxley
1-2-3 Come Make An Apple Craftivity With Me
Preschool kiddos can dictate their answers to a room helper, or you can make this a homework assignment, where parents can assist their child.
I use the definition poster to teach what the word “appealing” means, then explain the play-on-words of an apple peel, showing them that the spiral represents the peeling of the apple.
We brainstorm a bit about all sorts of things we find appealing. Children think about one thing they find appealing then write it on the blank circle and illustrate it.
This is a super-fun project to do with older reading buddies; my kinders work with a 5th grader who can help them with spelling.
It's an "Aa is for apple" alphabet wheel.
It's the first in a series of 26, ABC letter wheels. I hope you enjoy it.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The sun has finally ventured out after an all-day deluge of rain, so it's time to take my poodle pup Chloe, for a walk!
Wishing you a fun-filled week.
"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple; only God can count the apples in one seed." -Robert H. Schuller
1-2-3 Teach Some Constitution Day Activities With Me
I'm back! I took the summer off for a much-deserved rest, but am now in the swing of things again and excited to share my latest creation.
I don't know about you, but when it came to being a fount of knowledge about our Constitution, I was sadly lacking expertise.
So, in 2004, when our government declared September 17th Constitution Day (also Citizenship Day), all public schools had to teach something about the Constitution.
I, along with many of my teacher friends thought, "Where will I find the time to squeeze that activity in with all of the other 'have-to-get-done' lessons?"
Don't get me wrong, I love being an American citizen and am extremely grateful for our country's freedoms, feeling blessed indeed; but as a teacher faced with yet another thing to add to an already full plate, one can't help but feel a bit overwhelmed, with the prospect of "What on earth am I going to find that my early elementary students will understand?" All while thinking, " and when will I get time to prep this?"
"Find Me a Fact" is an easy-peasy, no prep, "print and go” activity you can simply run off and pass out.
If you don’t know much about the Constitution, no problem.
I’ve spent hours researching factual information about the Constitution, then compiled 8-pages of easy-to-understand background information, plus interesting and fun facts for you.
There are 9 designs students can choose from, and are just the right size to top a full sheet of writing paper.
The graphics come in both black & white, as well as color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
Pick the one that best suits your students' writing abilities, or have them complete their assignment on a sheet of notebook paper.
You can use my background information to make your own example, or share it with your students as a non-fiction read.
Afterwards, you can use Sam as the center for your bulletin board display, as completed projects make an awesome student-made bulletin board for Constitution Day, that's sure to get lots of compliments.
Simply run off the patterns.
You can use my list of educational and very helpful website LINKS about the Constitution, to steer your kiddos in the right direction.
This can be done as a homework assignment, or be part of your class computer lab.
There's also a worksheet that students fill out to help them navigate finding their 3 facts, as they provide URL links and explain how they know these facts to be true and the websites they used reliable.
You can skip this step, but I really think the borders add extra pizzazz and take just a few minutes more time.
As an extension to the lesson, after hearing everyone's answer, children can choose their favorite or most interesting fact that they learned, and jot it down on yet another worksheet.
Yippee! Fun, fast, educational, easy and a bulletin board to boot.
Woo Hoo and Happy Constitution Day to you!
It's a sweet, little apple craft, which is a super-fun way to practice counting.
There are several options to help your students count from 1-10, as well as skip count by 2's,3's, 5's, or 10's.
Well that's it for today thanks for stopping by.
It's the perfect day to be putzing with crafty things, as the sky is electric with lightning, and a gentle rain whispers as the rivulets cascade down my windowpane.
Wishing you a wonderful week and a blessed Constitution Day.
"To teach is to learn twice." -Joseph Joubert
1 2 3 Come Do Some More "Oh, the Places You'll Go..." Suess Activities With Me!
Last week I posted a super-fun “Oh the Places I'll Go” flip-the-flap, writing prompt HAT craftivity.
While I was working on that packet, I also designed a craft featuring "little readers" as well as graphics depicting older students; however the packet was fast approaching 100 pages, so I decided to divide the crafts into 3 separate packets, which would then have less pages and a much lower price point.
This way, teachers could choose which writing prompt best suits their students and grade level.
Featured below, are the other two "Oh the Places" packets, which are not only perfect for March is Reading Month, Read Across America, or a Celebration of Seuss Week. but certainly appropriate at the end of the year, when students are "going places" by advancing into a new grade or graduating!
As with the HAT craft, these too, combine reading and writing with a bit of geography.
Children think of a place they’d like to travel to. Money is no object, so the world is literally at their feet.
Older students can do a bit of research, to find out about a fascinating place they’d like to travel to. (Thus the geography connection, as well as great research & technology practice!)
In the "Little Readers" packet there are 4, black & white graphic options of children reading a book. They come with and without faces.
The Students choose one, which becomes the “base”. They color, then cut it out. The hat "booklet" is glued to the top of the graphic of the child's head.
The cover of the hat, comes with & without the question words: Who? What? Why? When? Where & How?
This flips up to reveal 3-pages of answers.
For one of my samples I used the same color scheme as the "Oh, the Places You'll Go" story.
This is a great teachable moment to practice an ABAB color pattern as well.
Using white as my second color choice and not having to fill in those stripes also saved time.
The craftivity provides an interesting way to practice & reinforce the “5 Ws + 1 H” question words in a fun way.
I find this particularly helpful with my Y5s as they enjoy sharing, so when I ask if anyone has any questions they'll often say things like, "I want to make one" or "I have a hat like that" instead of asking a question.
In all three packets I’ve included a poster with the questions, which you can use to introduce your lesson.
Afterwards, hang it up, so that older students can refer to it, or you could also read each question, then allow time for students to write down their answers.
You can leave the “child reading craftivity” as is, or have students glue it to the pattern featuring a stack of 2 suitcases.
If you think this is too much coloring for your kiddos, simply snip off the bottom suitcase to give to another child.
A luggage tag for a student’s name, adds some 3D pizzazz.
Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board or hallway display.
The quote posters are in plural form, as if your students are saying these popular phrases from the story.
There are also letters for the caption: “Oh, the Places We’ll Go!” to add extra pizzazz, which are also included in all 3 packets.
Students color and trim the suitcase, then glue it to the front of a file folder, which flips down to reveal their completed 3-page writing prompt.
The writing provides an interesting way to practice & reinforce the “5 Ws + 1 H”, which are also in the Hat and Little Readers packets: Where would you like to go? When would you like to go? Who do you want to go with? Why do you want to go? What do you want to see? and "How do you want to get there?
I’ve also included a blank page template, so that students can consolidate their answers to one page, or write longer answers if they want.
Students color and trim, then glue to the top of their trunk booklet.
This option can be left "as is" or can also be topped with one of the 4 ”students reading a book” graphics for a taller completed project.
Since spring brings a buzzing of bees, I thought you'd like to have a "Parts of a Honey Bee" anchor chart poster.
For the second FREEBIE, click on the link for some bee-themed math games.
Well that's it for today, thanks for stopping by.
Woo hoo! The sun is shining and temps are in the 50s.
Even though spring has sprung, it still remains rather chilly here in Michigan. Wishing you a warm and wonderful day.
"Reading is dreaming with open eyes!" -Unknown