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1-2-3 Come Do Some More "Needs & Wants" Craftivities With Me   

One of my favorite clip artists, Melonheadz, came up with some adorable "big mouth" kiddos, which inspired me to use them to design two new "Needs & Wants" packets. 

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants definiition, needs and wants booklet These clip art kids, are telling about their needs & wants, via a wheel craft and a "flip-the-flap" booklet.

When it comes to “I need and want this, that & whatever…” children can have a pretty big voice expressing themselves; so these two craftivities are  super-fun ways for students to practice "Needs & Wants" economics.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants definiition, needs and wants booklet First up is the "flip-the-face" flap booklet.

There are 4 girl & 4 boy “face covers” to choose from. Patterns come in black & white for students, as well as full-color , so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants definiition, needs and wants booklet Children choose a “face cover”, then color, trim and fold the “mouth” so that it flips up.

There are blank “mouth” pages so that students can illustrate their own “needs & wants”, as well as black and white “needs” graphics on a page, so that students can color and label them.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants definiition, needs and wants booklet Children think of some “wants” then illustrate the blank pages.

There’s a definition page for “needs” as well as “wants”, which acts as an introduction and separation in the booklet.

Students also have the option of gluing their “wants” to the back of their booklet. A back page pattern is included.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants definiition, needs and wants booklet Break up the lesson for little ones, by doing “needs” on one day; then completing the booklet on the following day, finishing the “wants” pages.

When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group for a nice review. Call on children to share one of their “wants” pages.

This activity also makes a super-fun homework assignment for older students.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board display.  

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants definiition, needs and wants booklet As a culminating assessment activity, have children complete the worksheet, which can be done individually, or as a whole group with little ones.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants definiition, needs and wants booklet Next up is the Big Mouth, "I Need! I Want!" Wheel.

There are 3 girl & 3 boy “wheel covers” to choose from.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants definiition, needs and wants booklet I’ve provided blank templates for the “center” pie wheels, so that children can illustrate their own graphics.

The first “pie slice” section, defines “needs”. The “wants” wheel has a definition section as well.

There’s also an option where the “needs” wheel, has black & white graphics for students to color and label.

So you can quickly and easily make a sample to share, I’ve also included full-color patterns.

Students color and trim, then fasten their “needs” wheel to their “kid cover” using a brass brad.

Pages from PREVIEW big mouth kids pix of wheelsKeep things easy-peasy by having students take that wheel out, and then insert their “wants” wheel to finish explaining things.

Give older students the option of gluing their needs & wants wheels back-to-back, fastening with a front as well as back cover; so they just flip their wheel over to explain their wants.

There are are 3 boy & 3 girl back cover options, as well as 2 others.
This packet also has the culminating assessment activity.

shape activities, shape crafts, turkey activties, turkey crafts, 2D shapes, shape bulletin boardsSince Thanksgiving is just around the corner, today's featured FREEBIE  is a super-cute "The Shape Of My Turkey" packet.

Make the large turkey head shapes and use them for a cute November bulletin board, review or interesting way to assess. 

Students can choose their favorite shape and turn it into the body of a turkey by adding the construction-paper parts.

A set of turkey shape word cards is also included.  Use them as pocket or flashcards for review and assessment as well. 

Make extra sets to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.  You could also cut them apart and turn them into puzzles.

needs and wants activitiesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

The sun is finally shining after way too many damp, chilly and dreary November days; so it's time to take my poodle pup Chloe, for some much-needed fresh air. 

Wishing you a happy-go-lucky day.

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." - William Arthur Ward

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward
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1-2-3 Come Do Some "Needs & Wants" Activities With Me

Is teaching about “Needs & Wants” part of your curriculum?

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerThis bit of economics is one of our standards, so I thought it would be fun to introduce the concept during December, when a list of “I want….” floats through the thoughts of many students.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerWith that in mind, I designed a writing prompt craftivity, as well as an emergent reader booklet. 

First up is the craft. There are 3 different “gift boxes” where the lid flips up to reveal a list of needs & wants “inside” the present.

I chose Christmas colors, but you can make examples with a variety of colors, to use this packet during another season of the year. (Earth tones for fall, pastels for spring etc.)

For more thinking, have students rank their needs & wants in order of importance.
The order of needs, provides a nice discussion, as most children don’t know that you can live longer without food, than you can without water.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerBesides ordering their wants, have students list 2 practical things that they want that they’re likely to get, plus 2 “way out there” ( the sky’s the limit ) wishful thinking wants, or you could tell students that “money is no object” so dream big, and make a list of things they’d like to have, if they could have anything!

For extra pizzazz, instead of having students write their name on the package, run the tag pattern off.
Children color, trim, write their name on it, fold the end over, and glue that tab to the top of their package, so that it flips out a bit.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent reader For more 3D pizzazz and pop, have students press a self-stick real bow or some ribbons to the top of their package.

Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerThere are several definition posters included in the packet; use them to introduce the lesson, then scatter in the middle of your display.

There’s a Christmas-themed set, as well as a generic one.

Do this as a whole group activity with preschoolers, by making just one together.

You print & assemble the box, hanging it on your white board, then call on students to give you their ideas of what to write on the lists.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsNext up is the "Needs & Wants" emergent reader, plus some poster activities.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsThere are two emergent reader options. A simpler version for younger kiddos, has them trace and write the “need-want” words, then color the graphics.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsThe other booklet is for older students, who read the simple sentences, which are packed with plenty of Dolch sight words, color the graphics, then fill in the blanks.

I’ve included both question marks and periods, so you can review end punctuation as well.

The emergent reader templates come with 4-pages on a one-page pattern.

Children color, cut, collate and staple the pages together, creating a “just the right size” booklet, which saves paper & ink.

Tneeds and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetshe packet also includes a “Needs & Wants” poster that children create, by choosing from a collection of black & white graphics on their worksheet, then coloring, cutting and gluing them to the appropriate section on their poster.

There are full-color options, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or if you’re pressed for time, use my completed sample.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsCompleted projects make an awesome bulletin board.  I’ve also included a set of colorful, “Needs” posters.
Use them to introduce your lesson, then scatter them on your display.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsThe posters also come in black & white for students; and are printed 2-on-a-page, with a cover, so you can create another “Needs & Wants” booklet, as a culminating review.

There are also blank poster patterns, which allow students to illustrate their own pages to help assess and check comprehension.

turkey activities, telling time to the hour activities, telling time to the half hour activities, digital time, analog timeToday's featured FREEBIE is an "It's Turkey Time!" packet. 

Use these themed turkey cards to teach/review digital and analog time to the hour and half hour.

The packet includes an assessment worksheet, as well as a cover, plus a black & white "turkey time" page, so that your kiddos can make an Itty Bitty Telling Time booklet.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

I'm getting in the Christmas mood, so I might even mosey on down to the bassement, commonly referred to as our "dungeon" ,to sort through the Christmas boxes.

Scaling down this year because of a new puppy.  Wishing you a jolly-holly day.

"I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

- "Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

1-2-3 Come Do A Thanksgiving Craftivity With Me

I’m always looking for a few things that are quick, easy & fun for my students to do, during that last day before our Thanksgiving break.

With that in mind, I designed these 2 simple and versatile crafts, which are nice “wind things down” activities, for that sometimes hectic time.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsFirst up is a cute owl card. There are 2 pattern options.
One says, “Guess whooo’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving?, while the other one is generic, for students who may not celebrate this holiday:Guess whooo is wishing you an awesome autumn?”

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsChildren color & cut out their owl, along with the extra hat.
When that top tab on the hat is folded and glued in place, the hat will flip up to reveal a child’s school photo and the answer to the above question: “Me! That’s whooo.”

You don’t have to, but for some pizzazz & 3D pop, add wiggle eyes attached with glue dots. For that “finishing touch”, an extra beak and pair of wings (which also flip up), adds even more dimension.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsIf you do add the wings, students can write their greeting underneath.
If you decide to skip this step, I’ve provided a hexagon-shaped writing prompt, which is glued on the back.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsThere’s a blank hexagon, so you can have children complete a writing prompt, as well as a “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Happy fall”, where little ones trace the greeting, then sign their name.

I chose a hexagon shape because that’s one of our “toughies” to remember, so this provides a teachable moment to review it.


Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsNext up is a "Welcome To My Home" activity. This project can also be used generically for fall, as well as Thanksgiving.

Use it as a card for younger children to make, or as a writing prompt craftivity for older students.

Ive discovered that anytime I toss a bit of craftiness into a writing lesson, my students are excited to get right down to business and more happily engaged.

Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board too.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsThanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsI’ve included a list of 21 writing prompt options for them to choose from.

Besides the writing prompt choices, there are also several patterns for different “keepsake” cards you can make.

Personally, I designed this activity for Thanksgiving; ( “Welcome to my home for Thanksgiving” ) however, I realize some children don’t celebrate this holiday, so I’ve also included a generic “Welcome To My Home” pattern as well.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsThanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsChoose which template is appropriate for your kiddos or give them a choice.
Templates come in black & white for students, as well as full color, so that you can quickly and easily make an example to share.

I purposely used the word “home” rather than “house” because home has a connotation of a place where you live, which could be an apartment or igloo, while a house is specific.

I’ve also included extra patterns with a bit of blank space on the door and doorstep, so that children can practice writing their address.

As you can see, both activities are an educational and quick,” little something”, you can plug into that often hectic last day before Thanksgiving break.
Easy-peasy for you; super-fun for your students.

leaf activities, leaf crafts, fall leaves, leaf emergent readerToday's featured FREEBIE is a "Fall Leaves" packet, which will help your students practice their reading skills. The emergent reader booklet covers lots of Common Core and reinforces color words

Children read the simple sentences (packed with lots of Dolch and word wall words). 

They correct beginning capitalization, add end punctuation and then trace, write and color the color words with a matching color crayon or marker.

A graphing extension, color word matching worksheet and spinner game are also included. 

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsWe'll that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Our church passed out shoe boxes to fill for needy children, so time to brave the chilly weather and go shopping.  

Wishing you a happy-go-jolly kind of day. 

"To get the true value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with." - Mark Twain

I-2-3-Come Make A Thankful Turkey Craft With Me

turkey crafts, thanksgiving crafts, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, i'm thankful for writing prompts, november bulletin boardsAll I ever have to do to get my kiddos highly motivated and excited to write, is put a little bit of craftiness into the project.

With that in mind, I designed this "Thankful Turkey Wheel”, which does the trick in getting them happily engaged, and right down to business.

As a pre-writing activity, students make a list of 4-6 things that they are thankful for.

turkey crafts, thanksgiving crafts, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, i'm thankful for writing prompts, november bulletin boardsWhen they are content with their final draft, they choose one of 3 turkey-topped worksheets to write their list on.  So that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share,

I've included options in color as well as black and white. 

Once students have finished their final list, they assemble their wheel and illustrate those “things” on it.

Students can also use stickers, pictures cut out from magazines, digital clip art, or perhaps real photographs. For example if they are thankful for their family they could glue down a family photograph.

turkey crafts, thanksgiving crafts, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, i'm thankful for writing prompts, november bulletin boardsThere are 3 wheels to choose from:
A simpler 3-piece wheel for younger children who’d skip the writing portion, as well as a 4 and 6-sectioned wheel for older students.

You can keep things simple with just the head and body of the turkey, or you can add some 3D pop by adding a wattle, beak and wings.

For more writing practice, have students label their pictures.

turkey crafts, thanksgiving crafts, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, i'm thankful for writing prompts, november bulletin boardsCompleted wheels and prompts make a sweet bulletin board.

I’ve included a “Let our lives be full of Thanks and Giving” poster for the center of your display.

Be sure and make your own, to help explain what you want your students to do, as well as share with them, what you’re thankful for.

turkey crafts, thanksgiving crafts, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, i'm thankful for writing prompts, november bulletin boardsPressed for time? For your convenience, I've included my completed, full-color samples of both the wheel and writing prompt. 

Little ones can simply make a list using a few words. 

Encourage older students to include some descriptive words and a bit more than one or two-word answers. 

You can also do this as a whole group activity with preschoolers, asking what they're thankful for, then listing their answers on the colorful worksheet making a class composite of gratefulness.

Pete the cat activities, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving gamesToday's featured FREEBIE also has a Thanksgiving theme.

If you're students are as bananas over Pete the Cat as mine are, then I think they'll enjoy this "Color Me" dice game puzzle.

turkey crafts, thanksgiving crafts, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, i'm thankful for writing prompts, november bulletin boardsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Mother Henderson's cupboard is bare, so time for some marathon grocery shopping.  Wishing you a peaceful and productive day.

"Forget the mistakes. Remember the lesson." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Sequence & Retell a Story With Me

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,I guess a lot of teachers and homeschoolers read the book “The Scarecrow’s Hat” by Ken Brown because the flip booklet craftivity I blogged about last week, was a big hit. 

It’s one of my personal, all-time favorite scarecrow stories too. 

Because of all the “swapping” going on with the various characters in the story, “Scarecrow’s Hat” is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

Those of you who follow me, know that I enjoy designing storytelling "sliders" and wheels, which have also been very popular, as a super-fun way to practice these standards.

However, because the story has a lot of retelling parts to it, a slider would get too long, and the graphics on a wheel too small, so I wanted to think of a different kind of sequencing activity and came up with this “flip it over” 3D hat craft, that’s made out of a yellow bowl.

Run the hat brim off on yellow construction paper. Students assemble and glue the bowl face down, on top of the brim.

There are two options for sequencing and retelling the story.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,Students can color, cut and sequence the “beginning of the story” graphics gluing them to the front of the hat; then color, cut and sequence the “end of the story” graphics and glue them to the “back” of the hat, which is now the chicken’s nest. OR …

Children can glue all of the graphics around the front, then simply flip the hat over to reveal the chicken on her nest to tell the end of the story.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,I personally like gluing all of the graphics to the front, then for a “big finish” and “wow” of an ending, flip the hat over to reveal why the chicken wanted the scarecrow’s hat.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,The chicken is 3-dimensional and “rocks” before you put her inside the base of the bowl.

For my sample, I ran 2 sheets of various shades of brown construction paper through a shredder, to make the lining for hen’s “nest”.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,For some more 3D pop, you can also add a jute bow or small, silk sunflower to the base of the bowl, which is the “top” of the scarecrow’s hat.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,I’ve included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns retelling the story of “The Scarecrow’s Hat” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.

To further check comprehension as well as practice sequential writing, I’ve included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet.

Thanksgiving Shape Up Packet Thanksgiving games, thanksgiving crafts, turkey activiteis, turkey crafts, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activitiesThere’s a black & white template for students to fill in, plus a colorful pattern page so you can do this as a whole-group activity with little ones.

Today's featured FREEBIE switches from scarecrows to turkeys. Its titled, "Thanksgiving Shape Up!"  and is filled with a nice variety of games, activities & crafts, which all help reinforce 2D-shapes. 

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,Thanks for visiting. The scarecrow on my porch is watching the leaves swirl and twirl.

Even though it's a bit dreary, a brisk walk is in order.  Wishing you a warm and cozy afternoon.

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I'm going to change myself." -Unknown

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