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
1-2-3 Come Do Some "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Activities With Me
Do you read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff?
I absolutely love her "If You Give A..." series of stories. So do my students. They truly get a kick out of the endings, where things come full circle and then repeat.
Glad that a publisher finally agreed, as that best-selling book was rejected 9 times!!!! Puts new meaning behind the words, "Try, try again."
These books are perfect for sequencing! With that in mind, I designed a storytelling flip booklet, as well as a slider craftivity.
Both packets will help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards, and make for a wonderful transition activity, after you're done reading the story.
First up is the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" flip booklet.
Fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you too, as it’s simply “Print & Go”.
Simply run the mouse pattern off on construction paper or card stock.
Students color & trim. This becomes the sturdy “base” of their booklet.
Students color, cut & collate the pages into a little book, which is then glued to the base.
I purposely did not number the pages, so you can assess comprehension & ability to sequence correctly.
I've included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.
Because children absolutely love giving their opinion, the last page allows them a chance to rate the story with a thumbs up or down, as well as coloring in a star ranking.
To further check comprehension, I’ve included a “color, cut & glue” worksheet too.
As another way to assess comprehension, as well as include some writing practice, there’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” worksheet, which can be done as a whole group with younger children.
When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.
Afterwards, encourage students to share their mouse craft with their parents, once again retelling the story.
Next up is the slider. There are several mouse options. I’ve included a large, full-page pattern for teachers, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for your students.
Children color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the cookie “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their mouse home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
I’ve included a “sequence the story” slider activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank slider strip.
You also have the option to do the regular slider with the story graphics in the appropriate order, then assess comprehension afterwards, using the “Sequence the Story” worksheet.
I introduce the lesson by reading "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie", 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 on my cookie mouse.
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 Cookie Mouse story slider of their own.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a fun little "back to school" icebreaker.
You can play this "get to know you game" with M&Ms or Skittles, This activity works with a variety of ages and grade levels. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.
Not sure about you, but my summer is going at the speed of light.
Seems like we were all just cheering on the last day, and now we're getting ready for that exciting first week of school.
Wishing you a blessed day free of stress, and those too long "To Do" lists.
"You do enough. You are enough. You've done enough. You have enough. Relax." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do a Back to School Icebreaker With Me!
Nowadays, our classrooms are filled with lots of diversity, which sometimes makes starting a new school year a bit scary.
I truly believe that making the time to do some “get to know you” activities the first few days of school, is so very important in building community, camaraderie and a team spirit.
Once those things are established, children build friendships. That bond helps them enjoy school more, learn better and feel safer.
Discipline problems are lessened as well because of mutual feelings of genuine caring and respect.
With that in mind, I designed this super-fun icebreaker craftivity, I call it, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, which not only helps everyone get to know each other, but also practices writing skills in a fun way.
I find that students truly enjoy sharing things about themselves.
Use them as an attention grabbing way to introduce the lesson, or jump start a discussion of why it’s important not to prejudge others.
Later, sprinkle them throughout your display of children's book stacks.
As another discussion starter, I've also included a set of 4, interesting quote cards. These too, can become part of your display.
So that this idea works for a variety of grades, ages and skill levels, I’ve included patterns for lower elementary kiddos, as well as patterns for older students.
Patterns come in black & white so students can color them. I've also included several in color, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.
This "topper" sits on a stack of books.
Each book features a "favorite" writing prompt. Such as favorite food, animal, color etc.
Making this a quick, easy and a super-fun way to get to know your students.
Younger kiddos can dictate their answers to a parent, which makes this an interesting activity to do during your open house or "Meet the Teacher" night.
There are also 2 options for “teacher toppers” so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share. Students love learning things about their new teachers.
These come with "favorites" book headers, as well as a pattern where the books are numbered, so you can taylor your questions for your own class.
I've included a list of ideas you can choose from, to help design your own categories.
Simply peruse my list, circle your favorite 14, then number them.
After students have colored, cut and assembled ther book stack, read the first item you want them to write down on the first book: ie. "What is your favorite movie? "
Because "Don't judge a book by its cover" and "I can read them like a book" are idioms, be sure and take that teachable moment to explain what that term means.
I've included some definition posters to assist you.
Plus, kiddos have a nice little something to bring home to share with their families.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Our weather here in Michigan has been absolutely gorgeous! Feeling very blessed.
Wishing you a stress free and very relaxing day.
"Life seems to begin all over again during the summer." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Name Writing Activities With Me
Put some fun into “name writing” practice.
This important skill can be daunting for little ones just learning how to hold a writing utensil.
Likewise, “practice makes perfect” can become tedious and boring.
With these things in mind, I designed this “kid topper” name craftivity.
There are a variety of ways you can use this packet.
The first way is to use as a worksheet with a “child topper”.
Run off the boy & girl patterns on copy paper, or to make them sturdier, use white construction paper.
There are 18, BW girl options, as well as 18 boy options. Children color the child, then trim and glue to the top of one of the worksheets.
There are 4 “I can write my name" worksheets. Choose which is most appropriate for your students.
To add variety & make things more fun, students write their name with a crayon, pencil, marker, pen & piece of chalk.
If your kiddos are like mine, this is a “big deal” that meets with lots of enthusiasm.
Another option, is for students to simply write with one utensil. My kiddos’ favorite is markers.
They can do this all at once, writing their name six times, or do this once each day for the first week of school.
IDEA: Have students choose two different colored markers, then show an ABAB color pattern to cover yet another report card standard.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board. I’ve included 2 posters to add extra pizzazz.
IDEA: After you take your bulletin board down, save your students’ work, then have them repeat the assignment, the last week of school.
To make one, staple X number of pages together, add the cover, then staple to the base of each students’ “kid topper”.
Children write their name on the first day, then again, once each month.
This is great to share during parent-teacher conferences, and also makes a wonderful keepsake at the end of the year.
I've also included 3, "bookmarks of praise" for boys, and another 3 for girls, which you can hand out when they pass this report card standard.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.
It's summer; it's Friday, and I'm feelin' oh so fine!
Time to don my straw hat & flips flops. Hoffmaster Beach here we come.
"A little sand between your toes, is a simple way to take away your woes. " -Unknown.