1-2-3 Come Make a Scarecrow With Me
Do you read the story “Scarecrow’s Hat” by Ken Brown? Click the picture to check out a nice reading of the book on YouTube..
My Young Fives really enjoy this story. Personally, it’s my favorite scarecrow-themed book.
Here’s the gist:
A very clever chicken admires Scarecrow’s hat, who will gladly swap it for a walking stick for his tired arms. Chicken REALLY wants that hat, but doesn’t have a walking stick; however, she knows who does! Thus begins her quest…But why does the chicken want an old straw hat?
Because of all the “swapping” going on with the various animal characters in the story, “Scarecrow’s Hat” is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
Completed projects make an adorable fall bulletin board too.
Fittingly, the top of scarecrow’s hat flips up and tells the tale.
Students color, cut & collate the “hump of the hat” - shaped pages into a little booklet, which is sequenced and glued to the top of scarecrow’s hat.
This also allows you to choose less pages for preschool students, who can easily sort beginning-middle-end, then retell the story with a limited number of “picture prompts”.
For my sample, I ran 2 sheets of yellow paper through my shredder, then glued just the end of a few strands under the brim of the hat, creating that finishing touch.
There are two booklet options.
The pages of the first version have only graphics, while the second option includes an unfinished “fill in the blank” sentence, which allows you to practice reading, writing, end punctuation, as well as check comprehension.
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 “Scarecrow’s Hat” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.
There’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 also has a scarecrow theme.
“My Scarecrow’s 5 Senses” is a rhyming, emergent reader packed, with plenty of Dolch words, and helps reinforce lots of Common Core State Standards.
Students read, trace, write, add end punctuation, underline the adjectives and color the pictures.
Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Time to put a costume together for party day. Hmmmm I think I’ll be a nice witch. Now where did I leave my wand…
Wishing you a magical day.
“If the broom fits, ride it!" - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Practice Place Value With Me
Put some “Woo Hoo!” into studying place value, by creating a super-cute PVP (Place Value Pumpkin).
This is an especially fun activity for your students and a nice alternative to worksheets; making it that “extra special something” you can do on party day or for October math practice.
Completed projects turn out absolutely adorable and make an outstanding bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included 2 posters to help decorate, as well as header cards that show the total value of the pumpkin.
You’re sure to get lots of compliments, as the results definitely have that “Wow!” factor.
The packet is very versatile with lots of creative options for your students to choose from, which allows you to diversify your lesson.
Appeals to a variety of ages and abilities.
The versatility allows younger kiddos, as well as older students, to create a pumpkin that will have a two, three or even 4-digit number value!
Keep things simple for little ones and limit the number of pieces and options, as they create a Place Value Pumpkin "head".
Challenge older students to add arms and legs which will add to the total value of their pumpkin, as well as increase the cuteness factor. I’ve included hats, gloves and shoe patterns too.
Once children have finished their PVP they figure out the value of their pumpkin.
I’ve provided several worksheet options for students to complete, as well as a whole-group activity.
Pick which of the 3 worksheets is the most appropriate for your students.
Each practices a variety of place value math standards.
On the one pictured here, students write the various forms of their number. Students also pick a partner and compare and contrast their Place Value Pumpkin Pal with another classmate's to practice even more math standards.
Pumpkin head patterns take up a full page, so there's plenty of room for creating a nice sized Place Value Pumpkin head.
To show you how tall these creations can get I took a picture of my husband's personal favorite next to a ruler.
Limited time? This makes a super-fun homework assignment, or another idea is to have students work with a partner or create one PVP in a small group of three, which will divide up the work.
Here’s a fun challenge: Give the small group a total pumpkin value, and see how close they can get to hitting that number.
Create extra pizzazz and 3D pop, by giving students the option to add wiggle eyes, glitter, a pipe cleaner vine, bow, rhinestones, or a pom pom topped cap.
I had an absolute blast using all of these "extras" in my samples. They really added that "finishing touch".
Today's featured FREEBIE is also perfect for Halloween party day.
It's an "oldie but goodie" that I created a few years ago before I honed my computer graphic skills, but my kiddos absolutely love cutting out a "Spooky Spiral", which look pretty awesome swirling and twirling from the ceiling.
Well that's it for today. So happy to be done with this whopper of a packet chock full of so many fun options.
Time to take a much-needed break. Despite crashing temps from 70s to 50s it's a pretty day.
The sun is shining and fall has definitely arrived. Wishing you a joy-filled day.
"Piles of leaves; Crisp autumn breeze; Pumpkin pie; Oh My!" - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For The "Room on the Broom" Story
Click on the book cover or this LINK to zip on over to YouTube to see a really cute animated version. (10-minutes).
The TV film was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 2014 Academy Awards!
It’s one of my students’ all-time favorite Halloween stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun ”Room on the Broom” slider craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.
There are 2 outside slider options to choose from. One is a square for easy-peasy straight cutting, which is perfect for little ones.
While the other choice is a "cut me out" larger witch, for more advanced cutters.
I made some "broomstick" ends for the "slider strip" for the larger witch, as well as included a "broom straw" pattern to glue on, which results in the slider looking like a broom that the witch is riding on.
I make the big one for myself, and run the square craftivity off for my little learners.
Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window” on the witch’s cape, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
I introduce the lesson by reading this rhyming Halloween tale, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, full-color patterns are included.
After we read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
They guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Room on the Broom” craftivity of their own.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
I’ve included a “Let’s Sequence the Story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet. There’s a larger, full-color option so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with younger students.
There’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. You can use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger folks.
Woo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today. The first one is a set of Halloween safety tips.
The tips are loaded with Dolch sight words, providing great reading practice and review. Read the list together as a whole group, calling on different children to read a tip. Afterwards, they can color the picture, then take it home to read to their parents.
The second FREEBIE is a set of "Happy Halloween!" note cards, with 6 on a one-page template.
They come in color as well as black and white.
Attach one to a treat bag, or tuck in a folder, lunch box or backpack.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's dark, damp, dreary and raining outside, providing the perfect backdrop for creating some more Halloween "stuff".
Stay tuned for several more activities to go along with the "Room on the Broom" story. "Witching" you an easy-breezy day filled with lots of memorable moments.
"There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow in moonlight." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Label A Pumpkin With Me
Although I’ve seen a variety of 3D pumpkin crafts using paper strips to form the sphere, I could not find a pattern anywhere.
After a few hours of diddling around, I came up with this simple “print & go” pumpkin craftivity, complete with several pattern options and step-by-step directions using photographs of the various stages.
Few teachers have the luxury of simply making a craft just for fun; so to incorporate some science standards, one of the options is to make a “label the pumpkin” craft.
I’ve included labeled templates for little ones, as well as blank ones, so that older students can label their own pieces.
You can also opt to simply make an unlabeled pumpkin, with the “skin strips” going all the way around the “core”, which is a toilet paper tube that's covered with a rectangular pattern sprinkled with pumpkin seed graphics.
If you want to make the pumpkin plumper, simply add 5 of the thin shell strips, which will alternate between the fatter ones, creating a fat-thin-fat-thin pattern.
For that finishing touch that's wonderful fine motor practice, have students loop a green pipe cleaner around a pencil, marker or crayon, then gently slide off to make a "vine".
Completed pumpkins are free standing and make adorable fall centerpieces.
For more pizzazz, using a protractor, punch holes in the TP tube prior to assembly, then place over a battery-operated tea light.
I’ve also designed the stem as a “looped handle”, so that the pumpkin "lantern" can be carried, or suspended from the ceiling on various lengths of yarn.
A fun surprise after lunch...
After children have made their pumpkin (leaving it on their desk to go to lunch), tuck a Snack Baggie filled with candy corn inside the hollow TP tube, providing a sweet Halloween treat when they return from recess.
Besides this craft, I also put together a little "Let's Label a Pumpkin" activity packet, that pairs nicely.
Do you have a class pumpkin? We do. It’s an inexpensive and super-fun way to practice all sorts of science.
We carve our pumpkin the last week of October for our party’s centerpiece.
As we carve it, my students learn the vocabulary associated with the parts of a pumpkin, as well as what each part does, or is used for.
They absolutely love this activity. With that in mind, I made some activities to help reinforce “pumpkin parts”.
The packet includes:
* A set of “definition posters”.
* A set of photo posters featuring pictures of real pumpkin parts.
* A set of pocket chart cards.
* A “Match the picture to the word” Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” game.
* “Label a pumpkin” posters and worksheets.
* Fill-in-the blank” comprehension worksheet.
* Match the word to the picture worksheet.
* “ABC With Me” alphabetize the words worksheet.
* Plus an emergent reader: “Pumpkin Parts”, featuring 30+ words from the Dolch word lists.
Today's featured FREEBIE also has a pumpkin theme.
Are your students working on transitions and "how to" "directional" writing? "How to Make a Pumpkin Pie" is a quick, easy and fun activity to help them practice.
The packet includes printable patterns, completed sample, recipe, list of transitions, transition poster, a graphing extension, Venn diagram activity, plus an adjective worksheet.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The weather is in the high 60s here in Michigan, so the fresh autumn breeze is calling me.
Time to go crunch some leaves and enjoy the awesome colors, while I walk my poodle pup Chloe.
She never cares what the weather is, anything for a romp outside.
"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a fallen leaf." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Sequencing and Retelling a Story Activities With Me
Do you read the story “Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman? It’s one of my all-time favorite Halloween stories. My students love it too.
With that in mind, I designed 3 different “Big Pumpkin” storytelling craftivities, which are a quick, easy & fun way for children to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.
The gist of the story is that a witch has grown a gigantic pumpkin, which she cannot get off the vine. Even her spooky friends ( a ghost, vampire, and mummy) can't budge the pumpkin. So how does a little bat think he can succeed where the other stronger characters could not?
Read the story, then pick your favorite crafty option from these 3:
1. A "Big Pumpkin" storytelling wheel, which is in the shape of a pumpkin. Run the pattern off on orange construction paper.
Students trim, then using a brass brad, attach their picture wheel, which they've colored to the back.
2. A "Big Pumpkin" storytelling "slider" which is also in the shape of a pumpkin.
Students color the graphics on the strip of paper, then insert it into the pumpkin to retell the tale, and finally ...
3. A 3 dimensional pumpkin "flip the flap" booklet.
This craft is not as easy as the wheel and slider crafts, so I recommend it for older students.
The pages of the pumpkin booklet fan out so the witch and her "Big Pumpkiin" are free standing, creating a nice wow factor, which makes a cute Halloween centerpiece.
All 3 options have full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus black & white templates, so students can make their own.
When everyone is done, practice retelling the “Big Pumpkin” using the manipulative.
For the pumpkin "slider", children pull the various graphics through the "window".
For the wheel craft, everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the witch with her pumpkin, appears in the “pie-slice window”.
For the flip-the-flap booklet, children begin by flipping the first page to where the witch is seen with her big pumpkin.
Call on a child to begin the story by turning their wheel, pulling on their slider strip, or flipping a pumpkin page.
Continue turning, sliding or flipping, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”.
After the sixth picture (a slice of pie) is revealed and explained:(The witch made pumpkin pie and everyone ate a piece. After her guests left, she went back into the garden and planted some more pumpkin seeds.) in unison have everyone yell “Happy Halloween!”
To further reinforce the retelling, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their wheel or slider with each other.
Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies. This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.
For writing practice, all three options include a “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet, which students complete and color.
There’s also a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do this activity as a whole group with little ones.
Since this story has a moral to it, I take time to define this language arts term.
I’ve included a poster in each packet for you to hang and use as a guide.
As you can see by the photographs, each packet's writing prompt worksheets and posters are different.
There’s also an additional writing prompt worksheet, where students explain the moral of the story.
Use the colorful pattern as a whole group activity, asking little ones what they learned from the bat, then write their answers down on the paper, which you’ve attached to your white board.
I've made examples to give you some ideas, such as CVC words, upper and lowercase letters, shapes, showing a number, counting to 30, color words, writing down examples of things that are those colors etc.
If you're also working on fractions, I've included pocket chart cards for a quick review that you'll find helpful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.
It's going to be a chilly, rainy and damp day... perfect for creating some more Halloween activities.
Wishing you a satisfying and snuggly kind of day.
"Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on." -River Phoenix