1-2-3 Come Do A "Jack and the Beanstalk" Fairy Tale Craft With Me
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.
So 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.
Children 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.
Students 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.
These “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.
For 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!
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.
Well 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
Do 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.
With 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.
Students 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.
Completed 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.
When 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.
Well 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
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”.
First up is the flip booklet.
There are 2 booklet options to choose from: one featuring a troll, the other a goat.
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 then color, cut & collate the pages into a little book, which is then attached to the base.
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.
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.
Next up is the slider. There are 3 outside slider options to choose from, which children color & trim.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, the storytelling wheel is yet another quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.
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,
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.
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.
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".
They 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!
There's also a fish pattern to slit & slide a push-up Popsicle through, plus a bookmark for more quick, easy & inexpensive treats.
I'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.
Well 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
Do 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”.
It’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.
There 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:
* “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.
For added pizzazz & to give your bulletin board display some 3D pop, cut a slit on the dashed line and insert a plastic straw.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children 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.
So 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.
A few of my favorites are:
* “How observant are you?” Detective worksheet
* Super-Sleuth Challenge, and my personal favorite . . .
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 . . .
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."
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.
Today'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.
Well 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
1-2-3 Come Make Some Number Booklets With Me
If your kiddos are like mine, they will absolutely love making these “just the right size” number booklets.
Teachers will enjoy the easy-peasy "Print & Go" prep as well.
There are eleven, 2-page booklets for numbers 0-10 .
Besides number recognition the booklets also provide great fine motor practice while cutting & gluing.
Each booklet has a bit of a different shape, as they follow the contours of the numbers, which adds interest to their appearance, as well as provides “curved” cutting practice as well.
The assembly of each booklet is also simple, and is a great way to practice listening & following directions too.
For the inside pages, children trace and write the number & word, then color the group of that many things.
I include number words because even though I’m not teaching “reading” or number word recognition at this time, I’ve included it “on and in” the booklet, for several reasons.
At the same time we are learning numbers, children are also learning letters. Seeing them together helps kiddos differentiate the two.
Even though children might not be able to correctly match up a word to a number yet, I’ve discovered that by continuously seeing numbers with their matching words, my students were successfully recognizing them later!
It’s sort of like being able to read the word Cheerios, or McDonalds simply because they are associating.
When everyone is done with their booklet, we “read” it together.
We count from 0 to that number, flash that many fingers, then clap each letter as we spell the word.
You can send each booklet home after your kiddos create it, or you can have children keep them in a 5x7 manila envelope.
After they have colored the picture, they glue their worksheet on the front.
When we finish studying a number, children trace and write it, then tuck the booklet inside the envelope.
I also give my kiddos a "student number". This matches the alphabetical order of their first names; Anna, Bill, Bob etc.
Along with their name, they write this number on any work that I keep for folders, portfolios etc.
This way, students can assist me in filing "stuff", which I keep in tubs. This takes just a minute, and finding a student's work is a breeze.
Plus I never have piles of "need to file" papers all over the place!
After we are done with the envelopes, I call for a number; as we all, slowly count out loud.
Number one student brings theirs up, then 2 and so on. Everything is now numerically filed and easy to accesss, in a plastic shoebox.
These are great to take out and share during parent-teacher conferences too.
Once all of our booklets are done, I have students sit on the floor and arrange them in order from 0-10, practicing the "sequencing" standard in a fun way.
The packet also includes a certificate of praise, as well as several “I Spy a Number” worksheets.
This game is a super-fun way to whole group assess, while practicing number recognition.
Print, laminate and trim. Students place the colored shape tile on the matching shape on the leaf, spider, bat, owl, or turkey card.
I've also included a blank template for each theme, so you can program with more shapes or whatever.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Time to put my party hat on, as we're celebrating my birthday early, and hitting the beach for some fun in the sun.
Wishing you a stress-free & relaxing day.
"Live the party. Love the party. Be the party." -Unknown