1-2-3 Come Do Some Spider ABC Activities With Me
Although I really don’t care for spiders, it’s one of my students’ favorite themed-units.
I keep things non-creepy with nursery rhymes, fun stories and interesting crafts. Spiders are also a fun fall theme, if you don't do Halloween; or if you do, these spider activities are a fun educational activity for Halloween week or party day.
Each year my Y5s are super-excited to “get their turn” to visit these "new" October centers, and play the games; which make letter practice a lot of fun for them.
The Packet Includes:
* Large and small patterns to make “Clippy the spider” an alphabet clothespin game. Use for a center, assessment, whole group craftivity, game for struggling students, or fun homework assignment.
This is an inexpensive game to make, as The Dollar Store sells packs of "hinged" clothespins. Students clip the lowercase letter clothespin, to the matching uppercase letter on the spider.
Younger kiddos can simply practice one-to-one correspondence and match UC to UC or LC to LC letters.
I've included a smaller pattern, as a super-fun way to practice as a whole group, which is also a quick and easy way to whole group assess. My Y5s love making their own spider and even name them!
Children get just one clothespin. Teacher calls out a letter, students find it and clip their clothespin, then hold up their spider. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
You can use pipe cleaners or paper strips to make the spider's legs. The packet also includes...
* Spiderweb letter cards (separate upper & lowercase sets) to play a variety of games with: “What’s the Mystery Letter?”, “Kaboom”, “Memory Match”, “I Have; Who Has?” and “Flip It!”
I’ve included a 4-page “tip list” filled with ideas of how to use the ABC cards + directions for the games that I know your students will really enjoy.
* 5 “trace & write” worksheets are a simple way to practice both upper and lowercase letters
* “I spy!” is another whole group game that practices upper or lowercase letters, which I use as a quick, easy and super-fun way to whole group assess too. One student game sheet, can be used 5 times!
* Assessment worksheet, where students match the lowercase letter to the matching uppercase letter, plus 2 individual assessment forms, one for uppercase and another for lowercase letters. You can assess 4 times with one recording sheet.
* The “Spider Slider” craft is one of my students' favorites. It's another fun way to practice and whole group assess upper or lowercase letters, as there is a "slider" strip for each.
To practice patterning, have students choose 2 or 3 different color crayons or markers, then trace the letters in an AB-AB or ABC-ABC color pattern.
Simply glue the upper or lowercase letter circle to the back, then cut slits in the spider's body on the front and insert the uppercase slider!
* There's a “spiderific” certificate of praise (4 on a page) bookmark, which students can color.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's October and temps hit 79 in Michigan today! (What?) I just turned the heat on yesterday when it was 47 outside. No complaints though...
Time to go take my poodle pup Chloe for a romp. Wishing you a blessed day.
"Education is the kindling of a flame; not the filling of a vessel." - Socrates
1-2-3 Come Do Some Little Miss Muffet Activities With Me
Our spider unit is one of my students’ favorite October themes.
It’s a perfect time to plug in a few nursery rhymes like “Little Miss Muffet”.
First up is a simple "flip the flap" craft.
Pick your favorite or give children a choice.
As always, there are full color patterns so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share, as well as black & white options for students to color.
All of the packets include background information on the nursery rhyme, along with a colorful anchor chart poster of the poem, which you can use to introduce your lesson.
Children color and cut out the two squares then glue them back to back. Attach the "spider strip" with a piece of Scotch tape, that "hinges" it to the top, so that you can flip the strip from the back to the front.
When everyone is done making their own, recite the rhyme as a whole group, using the manipulative.
Students begin the rhyme by showing the front square, where Miss Muffet is "eating her curds and whey". When they get to the part, "...the spider sat down beside her", children flip the spider to the front. For the last stanza, "...and frightened Miss Muffet away!" they turn their square over to reveal a scared Miss Muffet fleeing.
For further reinforcement, have children pick a partner and take turns sharing their “flipper” with each other.
Next up is my newest creation "Instagame", inspired by "Instagram".
I debuted this idea with my "First Day Jitters" literacy packet, and thought it would be wonderful for nursery rhymes as well.
I don't know about your kiddos, but mine are fascinated with taking pictures and anything trendy & current.
Students color, cut & glue the “picture tiles” in the correct order, which helps practice the “sequencing & retelling a story” standards in a quick, easy and super-fun way.
So that you can assess comprehension, and the ability to sequence correctly, I’ve included a “mixed up” worksheet option, where the picture tiles are in order, as well as an easier one, for younger kiddos, which is in the correct sequence.
There’s a cell phone option, as well as a larger tablet worksheet. Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.
Use your colorful copy as a whole group “Let’s Sequence” activity.
You can do this during and after you read the “Little Miss Muffet” nursery rhyme.
Simply print, laminate & trim, then pass the tiles out to your students.
After you’ve read the rhyme, pass out the tiles to different students, and see if they can put the pictures in the correct order. Grab that “teachable moment” to reinforce ordinal numbers as well.
Use tape, magnet dots, or Velcro squares, to attach the pictures to the phone/tablet poster. From here, students can transition to completing a worksheet of their own.
Since my storytelling wheels have been so popular, I decided to make them for nursery rhymes as well.
Children really enjoy "turning and learning", as the wheels are easy to put together. The pictures help prompt the student to retell the story, or in this case, recite the "Little Miss Muffet" nursery rhyme.
For writing practice, and to check comprehension, have students complete the “If a spider sat down beside me…” writing prompt worksheet, then color it.
Finally, a "spider slider" is another craftivity that will help your students sequence and recite the rhyme.
There are two, “Little Miss Muffet” options, with their own matching sliders and poster-poems.
Pick your favorite, or give children a choice.
However, I think the slider looks better trimmed. Check out the samples on your left.
This cutting is a bit more complicated, but once I show my students via "monkey-see, monkey-do" directions, how to cut around Miss Muffet leaving a white border around her, they usually opt to cut her out.
Students color Miss Muffet, along with the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut & glue it together.
As children pull on the end of the strip, the various pictures go through the “window” on Little Miss Muffet’s dress.
As with the wheel, the slider packet also has a writing prompt: “I like / don’t like spiders because…” Students complete the prompt then color their worksheet.
I’ve also included a graphing extension as a follow-up for this activity.
The packet includes a game as well as a "trace and write" emergent reader booklet.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The temperatures have once again cooled, so the crisp fall air is calling me. Time to go crunch some leaves. Invigorating!
"Most people see what is, and never see what can be." -Albert Einstein
1-2-3 Come Do Some Grandparents Day Activities With Me
In 1978 President Carter made Grandparent’s Day an official celebration. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the holiday.
Although it’s celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day, I like to plan some sort of grandparent activity later in the month, when my students have gotten used to the routines of school; before we invite grandparents for a fun-filled hour with their grandchild.
Because even a celebration has to have some sort of educational activity, I designed several items that fit the bill.
First up, “ABC My Grandparents Are To Me…” which includes an alphabetical list of adjectives that describe grandma and grandpa. Such as, A is for awesome.
Besides reinforcing letters, this activity is also a great way to build vocabulary.
The packet comes with several alphabet worksheet options, to fit the various needs of children: One for grandparents, a separate one for grandma, as well as grandpa; plus a fill-in-the blank one, so children can write in someone else, if they don’t have grandparents.
Younger students can “trace the letter” on their worksheet, while older students can think up their own adjectives and write them down after the letter.
There’s also a second page, handprint worksheet as well.
Handprints can be made with paint, or paper, which is less messy, but tracing, cutting and gluing takes more time.
Next up is a super-fun Grandparents Day craft that I call Instagrama & Instagrampa Grams.
For those of you who follow me, you know that I love diddling around with "play on words", so I had an absolute blast designing this Instagram-inspired craft.
The prep is easy-peasy “print and go”.
There are several pattern options to fit the needs of your students:one for both grandparents, another for just grama, as well as a separate one for grampa; plus a generic one, for those kiddos without grandparents.
Children can “post” a picture to their “grand person” by cutting and gluing a real photograph (perhaps their school photo) to one of the rectangles on their “phone”, or drawing a picture (perhaps of themselves or grama/grampa).
I’ve also included a set of small pictures for children to color, cut & glue inside the boxes of their paper phone.
I chose this particular clip art because it looks like it was drawn by a child.
Students can design their phone anyway they want, or you can give them guidelines; such as, include at least one photo, one drawn object, etc.
There’s also a set of 4 Emoji faces. Children can choose one, and glue that to one of the empty rectangles too.
As always, I’ve included full color options for teachers, so you can quickly and easily make an example to share, as well as black & white for students.
There’s also a second page option if you want to add a bit of writing, rhyming and math to this craftivity.
Ive included a pattern for grandparents, as well as one without the text message, so students can write something to another person.
The card can be done as a fun homework assignment, completed in class, or done during your grandparents day activities.
Finally, today's featured FREEBIE is also for your Grandparents Day celebration.
I thought you might like a time-saving "print & go" invitation, which your students can color and fill in, then take home.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's a fabulous 68 degrees, and I'm so loving the cooler weather. Really energizes me!
I'm so ready to bid adieu to summer heat and am really looking forward to the awesome colors of fall.
"Sweaters, vibrant colored leaves, football, bonfires, cooler weather. Fall is here!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some "Very Busy Spider" Activities With Me
Do you read Eric Carle's "The Very Busy Spider" ? It's one of my students' favorite spider stories, and perfect for sequencing!
First up is the "caught in a web of learning" spider web flip booklet.
There are a variety of options for you to choose from:
Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.
Children color, cut & collate their pages, then add the cover.
I personally like the "trace the word" pages best. Even tho' my Y5s can't read, they are practicing letters, while my first graders get the added benefit of word recognition.
There's also enough room if you want your students to write the word as well.
As always, the graphics come in full color patterns so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, as well as black & white templates, for students.
I purposely did not number the pages, so you can assess comprehension & students' ability to sequence correctly.
When everyone is done, practice retelling “The Very Busy Spider” 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 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.
Using Elmer's glue, have students "trace" the web lines, then sprinkle with glitter. Printing the cover on black construction paper really makes the silver glitter pop.
Since you're putzing with glue, you can also add a plastic or pom pom spider at this time as well.
Use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger students. This activity, with different graphics is also in the busy spider slider & wheel options.
Next up is the slider.
There are 2 outside slider options to choose from, which children color & trim.
Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together. (Both 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 slider home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
I introduce the lesson by reading "The Very Busy Spider", then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.
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.
Besides the "Here's What Happened..." worksheet explained previously, the "spider slider" and "wheel" options also include 2, “Let's sequence the story” worksheets, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank worksheet.
My students absolutely love this "game". As you can see by the photographs, the graphics for the slider and the ones for the wheel are different.
I purchased more clip art from two different artists, to add variety to your lessons, as teachers have told me that they've purchased both, using one as an independent center and the other for a whole group activity.
Finally, the storytelling wheel is yet another quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.
Since there are quite a few characters and parts to this tale, I designed a “beginning of the story” wheel, with 6 sections; plus another 6-part wheel, to tell the end of the story.
This way, the 12 graphics are a nice size for coloring.
When everyone is done, practice retelling by using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the busy spider on the fence appears 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”.
After you've explained the picture with the pig, take the first wheel out by unfastening the brass brad, then insert the "end of the story" wheel to complete retelling "The Very Busy Spider."
Today's FREEBIE also features "The Very Busy Spider".
It's a sweet doorknob dangler, which you can hang on your classroom door, or have students make the BW one for their bedroom.
There are two options, so that you can have a front & back side.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's pouring rain. Perfect for working on some not-so-spooky spider stuff.
"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do a Super-Fun Writing Prompt With Me
No matter what grade I taught, if I added a bit of craftiness to a writing prompt, I’d grab my students’ attention.
Once they saw my example, they were excited to make one of their own and get right down to business.
With that “focused & happy engagement” in mind, I thought a super-fun writing prompt, would be for students to pretend to be a school bus; which is a glimpse of “personification”, “point of view” and “text to self”.
If you’ve gone over bus safety with your kiddos, this is also an interesting way to reinforce those rules.
As one of the posters states: “I’m a bus and I’ve got something to say; which includes some rules that you need to obey.”
For example, my bus says: “Thank you for not eating or drinking. I hate getting all sticky and dirty. It makes me smell bad too.” Younger students can write a simpler sentence, like "Railroad crossing! Quiet please." etc.
To introduce the craftivity, read “Bus Chatter”.
It's a little ditty I wrote, as a fun way to grab students' attention, give examples, and motivate kiddos with an “It’s your turn” challenge.
The packet includes 5 large, (full page) black & white bus patterns for students to choose from.
There are also 2 speech bubble options.
Students choose a bus, color & cut it out, then fill in a speech bubble with their final draft of “bus chit chat”.
Add extra pizzazz to the “flashing lights”, with flat-backed rhinestones, or red and gold glitter.
I've included several posters to explain your display.
You can also use the two extra buses provided, as examples, then include them on your bulletin board for added interest.
One reminds students to check for traffic, the other reasures children that a bus is built for their safety.
Besides the craftivity, you can also make a class book. There’s a cover, last page and 5 page options.
As always, there are matching colorful templates for teachers.
I’ve also included my text-filled bubbles, if you’d like to use those, to expedite making an example to share.
Because students really enjoy this type of writing, you can certainly do both activities.
Since "National Bus Safety Month" is celebrated in October, do the craftivity for "back to school", then make the class book later in the fall; which will hopefully show lots of improvement!
For some word work, and vocabulary-building, I’ve also included a bus safety word find, which is a fun pre-writing activity.
There's also a few other goodies to round out the packet.
Often teachers are so busy teaching, that sometimes they can miss important things that are happening in their students' lives.
Putting up a tweet board on a door, wall or bulletin board, helps you stay informed and builds community.
A more caring classroom will be created.
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The thunder is booming and the lightning is crackling as it pours. Love a summer storm to soak my flower garden.
Great day to hunker down and design some more fun stuff for school. Woo Hoo!
"Children must be taught HOW to think, not WHAT to think!" -Margaret Mead