1-2-3 Come Do Some "Wemberly Worried" Activities With Me
No matter what grade I taught, to get students excited about writing, all I had to do was incorporate a bit of craftiness, to get & hold their attention.
With that in mind, I designed these super-fun writing prompt craftivities, which were inspired by Kevin Henkes’ book, “Wemberly Worried”, an all-time favorite back to school story.
I think realizing that others also have fears, helps children not feel so alone when dealing with their own emotions; especially if they find someone who shares the same worry (Like Wemberly & Jewel).
Hopefully, these various writing prompts will provide cathartic fun.
1. There are 14 cover options for the “Sometimes I worry about…” craftivity, which includes 5 girl & 5 boy patterns.
Students color & draw in the facial features. There’s also a generic pattern, plus one featuring Wemberly, as well as a blank template where students can draw themselves inside the “worry circle”.
The cover is then glued to the top of their writing prompt so it flips up.
2. So that you can do a variety of quick, easy & fun writing activities throughout the week, I’ve also included 4, “point of view” postcards, where students pretend they are Wemberly and then write a postcard to a classmate.
3. Students need to know that everyone worries; it’s normal and there are coping skills to help. Which is why I also designed the “Flip the Face” (Mice Advice) craftivity.
Students color, cut and glue Wemberly’s face together, so that it flips up to reveal something they do to help with their worries.
I think this prompt is easier for students to “share” because they feel they are helping others.
4. As another story extension, I’ve also included several Venn diagram options, where students compare Jewel with Wemberly, as well as Wemberly to themselves.
For a fun icebreaker, have students partner up, and do the “Venn Friend” activity, which make an adorable back to school bulletin board.
5. A discussion helps to alleviate fears as well, so I’ve included a whole-group activity, comparing young people’s worries with those of adults.
6. To help get rid of worries, I’ve also included 2 worksheet options, where students write their worries on a large W or “pencil page”, then rip their worries into small pieces, ball them up into a wad, then “toss their cares into the trash”.
7. On the same order, is “Give your worry warts away”, where students give their warts to Wharton the toad, who never worries about anything.
The warts are simply colorful stickers they sprinkle on one of two toad options.
To expedite coloring, I ran the patterns off on tan construction paper. Students add some shading with crayons.
On the back of Wharton, they write down 3-8 worries that they have, numbering them as they go.
The "worry ball" that Wharton sits on says: Don't Worry Be "HOppy". While students are working, I play Bobby McFerrin's song. Click the link to have a listen.
I've included several photo posters of real toads to help introduce your lesson, then later they can spice up your bulletin board display.
The packet includes:
* A “Chalk” behavior modification, positive reinforcement activity, that will help promote working as a team to achieve a desired goal, building self-esteem at the same time.
* Black & White “color me” headers, for a sidewalk chalk treat Baggie, as well as patterns in full color for preschool, kindergarten, & first grade, with a blank template for you to fill in with any other grade. I’ve also included a generic one you can give at anytime of the year.
* A “Chalk Talk” bear poster you can write a daily message on.
* A “Chalk Talk” kitten poster wishing children a “purrr-fect” day. Plus...
* 2, Chalk Talk ("I had a nice time at school today. These are a few of the things that I did:" ) writing prompt worksheets.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's the middle of August, so my feet have hit the floor running. My "To Do" list is way too long, but it's also a ton of fun.
Wishing you a zippidy-do-dah kind of day, filled with lots of zip and not so much "to do" dah.
"You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!" - Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Do Some "Jack & the Beanstalk" Fairy Tale Craftivities With Me
All three projects help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards.
First up is the "flip" booklet.
There 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.
I'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.
Younger kiddos can write "The End" or "They lived happily ever after."
Next 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.
Pick 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.
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.
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.
Finally, 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.
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".
Today'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!"
Well 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
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