1-2-3 Come Do Some Aesop's Fables Craftivities With Me
Do you read fables as part of your genre studies? I do.
They are a simple & quick way to cover a variety of standards and my students really enjoy them.
Since my fairy tale “flip ups”, “sliders” and “wheel” craftivities have been such fun for students & easy for teachers to implement, I decided to use the same format for a collection of Aesop’s Fables.
“The Tortoise & the Hare” story, is the first in a series, so if there's a favorite fable you'd like an activity for, you can e-mail me. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
First up, as a super-fun way to retell "The Tortoise & the Hare" is a "Flip-the-Face" craftivity.
Children have two options: They can choose to make a turtle or a rabbit.
The "flip-up booklet" is only 4-pages long, which keeps things simple even for young children.
All four pages are on a one-page pattern, making printing a breeze.
Students color, cut & collate the pages, then staple them to the base and glue on the cover.
I purposely did not number the pages, so that you can easily check & assess comprehension.
For writing practice, older students can use the back of the page to jot down what’s taking place.
I’ve also included a blank page pattern, should you want your students to illustrate their own booklets.
As a writing prompt, there’s an optional page that asks: “What is the moral of the story?” The "slider" & wheel craftivities have this on a worksheet, which students complete & color.
So teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share, I’ve included full color versions, as well as black & white patterns for students.
This flip up, as well as the "slider" & storytelling wheel, all come with a different “Here’s What Happened” worksheet, which provides further writing practice, and another means to check comprehension.
When everyone is done with whatever craftivity you've made, sequence the story as a whole group, by calling on children to explain what’s happening for that graphic.
Afterwards, have students pick a partner and take turns retelling the fable to each other, then encourage them to share their booklet with their families, to once again reinforce these standards.
Completed "flip-ups" make a cute bulletin board too.
Next up is "The Tortoise & the Hare" slider craft, which will also help your students retell the story in the proper order.
As with the "flip up", there are 2 outside slider options to choose from: a turtle or the rabbit.
Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As they pull on the end of this strip, the various pictures go through the “window” on the animal’s belly, 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 the fable, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together using the picture prompts on my slider.
I have them 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 an Aesop’s fable slider of their own.
This packet also has several worksheets to further reinforce sequencing, practice writing and as an easy & additional means to assess comprehension.
Finally, another way to practice retelling "The Tortoise & the Hare" is with a storytelling wheel.
There are 3 different wheel options. The first one is a bunny’s backside, complete with a cotton ball tail.
The next option is a turtle topper.
Finally, the third pattern is the easiest, as it's just a simple circle wheel, which children color and cut out; making it perfect for little ones with limited cutting ability or if you're in a time crunch.
Because Aesop's fables are very short, the wheels have just 4 “pie sections”, making this a simple enough craftivity for preschool children.
Likewise, because the graphic circle is divided into fourths, be sure and take that teachable moment to review fractions, with kinders & first graders.
My students easily wrap their heads around whole & half, but have a bit of difficulty getting quarters, which is one of the reasons I limited the graphics to 4, so that I could immerse them in yet another example.
When everyone is done, practice telling “The Tortoise & the Hare” using the manipulative by simply turning the wheel. Call on a child to explain what’s happening in that graphic.
This packet also has the additional writing prompt worksheets.
It's sure to become a special keepsake.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
If you can believe it, we're still getting snow flurries here in Michigan!
Although it's "officially" been spring for weeks, Mother Nature is certainly not cooperating!
On the positive side, it's the perfect day to snuggle in and craft away.
"People need to be cautious because anything built by man can be destroyed by Mother Nautre." -Russell Honore
1-2-3 Come Do A Doctor Seuss Activity With Me
Right along with “March is Reading Month” our school celebrates Dr. Seuss.
By mixing reading with math, I get more bang for my time, so I thought I’d design an activity using Seuss’s book, “One Fish Two Fish”.
So that you can easily diversify your lessons, I’ve included two booklets in the packet.
The first one is an emergent reader, which is packed with over 40 Dolch sight words.
For your convenience, I’ve included a full color version, so teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share, as well as a black & white option for your students to color.
Using Seuss’s story for inspiration, I’ve included some of his rhyming words, so there are "bad & glad" fish, along with fish that are fat, with one wearing a yellow hat; as well as one with a star and another driving a car.
Except for numbers 9 and 10, there are two numbers featured on a "fish bowl" page, which is a nice time saver that conserves paper.
The other option, is a simple “trace & write” counting booklet, which practices numbers, plus number and color words.
Pressed for time? Assign the cutting and assembly of the booklet as homework, which is then returned so that students can complete one or pages each day, during your reading or math block.
When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group, or have children partner up and take turns sharing each page.
The first one is a Seuss-themed reading log, which will help encourage students to read more during the month of March.
FREEBIE number two is a 34-page "Cat in the Hat" themed packet.
Print, laminate and trim the "food" cards. These are mini cards that include upper and lowercase letters, numbers from 0-120, number word cards, color words, 2D & 3D shape cards, 35 contraction cards, & 20 at family cards.
Students can also sort the number cards into odd and even piles and sequence them. Play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games with the number word cards and their matching number cards. These games also work for the shape and color word cards.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's currently snowing here in Michigan, and while the frosted trees are quite lovely, I'm so very sick of winter and looking forward to some sunny spring days.
Wishing you a fun-filled "Seuss-ical" kind of week, as you enjoy reading from "here to there and everywhere!"
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)
1-2-3 Come Do A Seuss Craft With Me
It's "March is Reading Month" and Seuss is on the loose!
"You may have heard of Thing 1 and Thng 2. They are a bit silly and a pretty bright blue.
I wonder though, if you've heard of Thing Three. I doubt that you have because that would be me!"
And so begins the introductory poem that I wrote for a super-fun, Seuss inspired, writing prompt craft that I feel confident your students will really enjoy!
An added bonus is that completed Thing 3 projects make an amazing bulletin board.
I’ve included 2 posters for the center of your display.
This is easy-easy “print & go” prep for you, with a lot of bang for your time.
The packet is very versatile so that you can easily diversify your lessons.
Pre K kiddos can make their “Thing 3” and leave it at that, or dictate their answer to one of the writing prompts.
I made matching turquoise hair for my example, but for more variety, give children a choice of rainbow bright or neon colors, which make for an especially vibrant display.
You don’t have to, but to make it even more of a keepsake, have students trace one of their hands on a folded sheet of complimentary-colored construction paper, then cut once to make two hands.
Glue them to the sides of the back of Thing 3’s “belly” circle. Bend them a bit forward for some 3D pop.
For beginning or advanced writers, there are 11 writing prompt pages.
Pick your favorite or give children a choice.
Another option is to make a “Things Journal”, doing all of the writing prompts.
Students can create their booklet on one day, then each day afterwards, complete a writing prompt page.
Time constraint? Making & assembling the booklet can be done as a homework assignment, then returned to complete the writing in class.
Finished booklets make a nice keepsake and your “Writing Block” is taken care of for several weeks! Woo hoo.
I’ve found that when students get to share things about themselves, they are excited to get right down to the business of writing.
These interesting prompts not only do that, but they are also thought provoking.
I’ve actually had students who have no clue what they’d like to be, or places they’d like to go. They simply have never really thought about it.
When I tell them “The sky’s the limit” imaginations take flight.
How much you want students to write is up to you; share one “thing” or as many as three per prompt, leaving enough room on the bottom to illustrate one of their thoughts.
I chose 3 examples to go along with the "Thing 3" theme.
Be prepared for some enthusiastic writers to ask if they can list even more “things”!
As a fun way to get to know their classmates better, have a time of sharing when everyone has completed that prompt for the day.
Another booklet option reviews the 5 senses.
You can do this “instead of” the writing prompt pages or in "addition to"; creating a journal that will now last 3 weeks!
Using your five senses to describe things you like seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching, makes for some wonderful descriptive writing too. Remind students to use plenty of adjectives.
Did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet that he couldn’t write a book with fifty or fewer distinct words?
After doing some checking, I discovered that the bet was made in 1960 with Bennett Cerf, the co-founder of Random House, and was for $50. Ironically, even though Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham using EXACTLY 50 words, it's been reported that Cerf never paid up.
Green Eggs and Ham ranks in the top 3 best-selling Seuss books, so it's definitely worth reading. I painstakingly found all 50 words in my copy, then alphabetized them in a handy list, as well as on an anchor chart poster. All but 8 of these words, appear on the Dolch word lists (6 of the 8 are nouns; the other six nouns in the story ARE on the Dolch noun word list!)
Use the 50 word cards to play a variety of games like "Speed", Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?". Students could also pick a partner, and play "Speed" against them, to see who can arrange their set of cards in alphabetical order first. The packet also includes a 2-page tip list of ideas, like Kaboom!
For writing practice, print, laminate and trim the cards. Toss them into a Seuss hat and have students choose 2-3 and incorporate those words in sentences. Remind them to use proper spacing, capitalization and end punctuation.
So that children can practice long and short vowels, I've included two green eggs vowel sorting mats.
For some rhyming practice, run off the two "trace, write and alphabetize" worksheets, which use words that rhyme with Sam and green. All of these activities are perfect for your Daily 5 word work block.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
March has roared in like a lion here in Michigan, so it's time for a cup of hot chamomile tea and a little reading by the fire.
Wishing you a carefree, lamb kind of day.
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather, mixed with a positive attitude." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some 100 Day Activities With Me
When I celebrate 100 Days of school, I set up a variety of centers for my students.
I like to involve a bit of art into at least one of their lessons, so I designed this “Cool To Be 100 Days Smarter” ice cream scoop craft, which involves counting as well as a bit of writing.
Completed projects make an interesting and colorful bulletin board.
I’ve included several poster options for the center of your display.
Take a look at the PREVIEW for lots of samples.
The craft is very versatile with lots of options.
There are 3 types of ice cream scoops, with 7 bases ( cones, cups, bowls) to choose from.
Pick your favorites or give children a choice, to add more variety to your bulletin board.
Students can also add sprinkles, caramel, cherry or chocolate syrup, plus a cherry for the top.
Going along with the 100-Day theme, there are 10 scoops, which can be skip counted by 10s, or halved and counted by 5s.
Children can also write numbers 1-10 on the 1st scoop, finishing with numbers 90-100 on the last scoop.
Although scoops look nice plopped in a straight line, suggest making a tilting ice cream cone, or perhaps one with 3 scoops then 2, then the other 5 on top of the double scoop.
Patterns come with & without numbers, so students can write in their own.
To add to the counting fun, there’s even a scoop with 100 sprinkles on it, (6 groups of 15 + 1 group of 10) which can be “hinged” to the top scoop with a piece of Scotch tape, then flipped up to reveal a student’s favorite flavor of ice cream, or another writing prompt you deem appropriate.
Besides the ice cream craft, I’ve also included a writing prompt activity, where students compile a list of interesting and fun things that they've learned in 100 days of school.
For your special snack that day, for continued math fun, why not provide ice cream with 10 different topping options.
Today's featured FREEBIE also has a 100 Day theme. It's an old fashioned game called "Dots & Boxes" that's a perfect partner center to practice a variety of math skills, plus strategy.
The object of the game is to be the last person to connect the last line that will complete a box.
When you complete a box, you get to write your initial in it. I made the grid with 100 boxes.
Well that's it for today. It continues to snow here in Michigan, which is lovely, but no sunshine and the wind makes it quite bitter outside.
To say I'm longing for spring and super-sick of the cold, is an understatement for sure.
However, to be alive and healthy is certainly a blessing. Wishing you a warm and wonderful day.
"The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within." -William Bryant
1-2-3 Come Do Some Groundhog Activities With Me
I do a variety of groundhog-themed activities during the week of Groundhog Day.
One day (February 2nd) is simply not enough time to take a look at these interesting animals, which provide a way for me to get in a bit of science, non-fiction reading, as well as use them as a fun theme for word work (GR blend, compound words) plus math centers, where we count groundhogs, do puzzles, and practice graphing (Will he or won't he see his shadow?) predictions.
With that in mind, I designed two groundhog “flip the flap for facts” booklets. One includes fun facts about groundhogs, the other has interesting information about Groundhog Day. First up, is the background information about Groundhogs.
Don’t know anything about groundhogs? No worries. I’ve done tons of research so you don’t have to.
Simply make the teacher’s edition booklet, familiarize yourself with whatever facts you want to share, then read them to your students.
I categorized simple and interesting information into: characteristics, habitat, home, diet, hibernation, young, predators & behavior.
There are 2 "flip up" pages to a one-page template for easy printing.
Besides the teacher’s edition, there are blank page patterns so you can program them however you want, as well as pages with the category headers, so that students have a guide for their research and written answers.
I purposely did not number any pages, so that you can choose which topics you want your students to explore.
The booklet provides a simple and fun way to introduce research and writing a report, which can be done individually, with a partner, or in a small group of four.
The cover (head of the groundhog) is run off on tan construction paper. Students add highlights and shading with crayons. The base or back cover of the booklet is printed on card stock.
The pages are trimmed and just the top "glue tab" is glued to the base of the booklet. When all of the pages have been collated, the cover is glued down on top of the base, so that the "mouth" portion of the groundhog "flips up" to reveal the informational pages underneath. Again you have the option to choose which pages you want your students to include.
There are just 8 pages to do independently, (if you choose all of the categories) which can also be divided into a 4-page partner assignment, or a 2-page small group activity; allowing you to do the project in a short amount of time.
The groundhog booklet can be done in class during your writing/reading block, or be finished as homework then returned. Be sure and check out the non-fiction groundhog books your school library may have or do a bit of research with your students, during your computer lab time.
The packet is also appropriate for younger students, as I’ve included a “fun fact” worksheet for little ones to color, then write down a favorite fact that they learned from you reading the informational teacher’s edition. As always, I've included completed samples for you to share with your kiddos to help explain things.
Completed projects make a cute February bulletin board. The booklets can also be displayed.
I’ve included 12 real photographs of groundhogs too. (Two-on-a-page for easy printing). Use them to introduce your lesson, then scatter them around your students’ work.
There’s a “Learning About Groundhogs” poster for the center of your display as well.
The other "flip for facts" booklet features information specifically about Groundhog DAY, so if you’re looking for a little something to share with your students, I think you’ll enjoy this craftivity.
It can be a simple card for little ones to make. There are 3 “Happy Groundhog Day!” greeting options, which are revealed when you flip the legs of the groundhog cover up.
You can also make a “Flip the Flap For Facts” booklet, with interesting information about Groundhog DAY.
Make your teacher booklet and read it to little ones so they learn a bit about Groundhog Day, then have them transition to making the card.
There are also 2 black and white versions so students can make their own booklet. So that you can differentiate your lessons, I’ve included an emergent reader option, packed with lots of Dolch sight words, as well as a preschool “trace the word & color the pictures” version.
Besides the 3 booklets and card, I’ve also included a “Fun Fact” worksheet.
Use this after you read your booklet to check comprehension. Children color the groundhog then jot down an interesting fact that they learned, or their favorite one.
Completed projects make a cute February bulletin board. I’ve included a “Groundhog Day Fun!” poster for the center of your display.
There are also 2 graphing extensions to go along with the optional "question" pages.
Because Canada also celebrates Groundhog Day on February 2nd, I included 2 pages with the alternate “colour” spelling, as well as a Venn diagram activity comparing our Phil with their Will, plus a photograph poster featuring both groundhogs. (Willie is an albino groundhog, so grab that teachable moment to teach a new vocabulary word.)
There are several map worksheets of both countries as well. If you studied Canada during your “Christmas Around the World” travels, this is a fun way to revisit those lessons.
So....you've covered non-fiction reading, a bit of science, some writing a dash of math, plus a smidge of geography all with one craftivity, which you can feature on an easy-peasy bulletin board!
Woo hoo for you!
Today's featured FREEBIE also has a groundhog theme and is titled: Groundhog Slappin' Games. (I was inspired by the "Whack-a-Mole" arcade game, because the critter that pops up reminded me of a groundhog poking his head out of his burrow.) The packet is a whopping 60 pages long!
Your students will really enjoy playing these games, as they slap a variety of groundhog cards, with a flyswatter, to show that they know specific standards. This is a super-fun, quick and easy way to whole-group assess as well.
Students practice recognizing skip counted numbers, shapes, colors, groundhog-related words, (there are 54!) + upper and lowercase letters.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. If you can believe it, it has started to snow here in Michigan.
Although it's quite lovely, and covers up the ugly dirt and dead things, I am quite tired of winter and ready for the warmth of sunshine-filled days.
If a groundhog can truly predict an early spring, here's hoping he does NOT see his shadow. Wishing you a lovely day.
"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." -Unknown