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1-2-3 Come Do Some Polar Express Activities With Me

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, “All Aboard! The Polar Express is now leaving for the North Pole!”
Do you read this classic Christmas story by Chris Van Allsburg?

It’s a personal favorite of mine, especially because Chris is from my home town here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so you can imagine how popular this book is with the teachers in my school.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, With that in mind, I decided to make 3 Polar Express craftivities that would reinforce some language arts standards. First up, is the Lit Express.

As you can see by the pictures, I chose Christmas colors of red and green for my train, but you can run off a variety of colors of construction paper and give children a choice.

By the looks of the photograph the train appears small, but the pattern for each car takes up a full page.  I purposely made the templates large, so that there's plently of room for wtudents to write.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Teachers can make the train, laminate & then do this as a whole-group discussion activity with preschool and kinders, writing their answers down with a dry erase marker, then reviewing the story.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Older students can make their own Polar Express.

I suggest doing this over a few days, making several cars each day, or sending part of the project home to be completed there, and then returned.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Not enough time, but still want to give this cute craft a whirl? Simply have students do just the engine along with the “stat” car, or a -3-piece train with the engine, stat car and caboose.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Completed projects make an absolutely adorable, hallway wall border.

I’ve included an “All Aboard For Literacy” poster for your display as well.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Gluing a child’s school photo peeking out the engine’s window, makes them the conductor, and adds to the “awww” keepsake factor.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Later, the entire train accordion-folds, making the project small and flat, which easily tucks in a backpack, then unfolded, one car at a time, to retell the tale of The Polar Express to their family.

The project helps reinforce the parts of a story: Author, Illustrator, Setting, Characters, Problem & Solution, as well as practicing the ”sequencing & retelling” a story standards, via the “Beginning, Middle & End” writing prompt train cars. 

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, I've included extra page patterns, so students can write more if they want.

I have my kiddos write their rough draft on scratch paper, then after their final edit, then using red, black & green markers, they record their work on the approriate train car.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened” worksheet, should you opt for a shorter train.

So that you can quickly and easily make an example to share, I’ve included the templates of my completed samples, plus plenty of photographs, with step-by-step directions.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Next up is a "Polar Express" storytelling wheel. This craftivity is another quick, easy and fun way to practice the "sequencing & retelling" a story standards.   

There are 5 “print & go” cover options to choose from. Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, There are full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so students can make their own.

When everyone is done, practice retelling “The Polar Express" using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the boy in his pajamas 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”.

For writing practice, and to assess & check comprehension, and reinforce the “sequencing a story” standard, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Besides BW, there’s a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.

I’ve also included a circular “Polar Express” puzzle. Use the colorful patterns for an independent center, and the black & white version so students can make their own puzzle to take home.

The base, which students place the puzzle pieces on, includes ordinal numbers so you can practice that standard as well.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Finally, my personal favorite is this Polar Express "flip-the-flap" Train Engine booklet It too, is a super-fun way to practice the "sequencing & retelling" a story standards.

Run off the engine on construction paper.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, I chose the Christmasy colors of red & green, but you could print on a variety of colors and give children a choice.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Students color, cut & sequence the “window pages” and then glue them to their train.
Gluing a child’s school photo peeking out the Engine’s window, makes them the conductor, and adds to the “awww” keepsake factor.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Another way for students to sequence the story, is with the “Let’s Sequence The Polar Express” worksheet.

Children color, cut and glue the “picture tiles” in the correct order on the train car “windows”.

I’ve included a full-color version for teachers. You can do this as a whole group with little ones, as well as make up some independent, reading center activities.

To assess and check comprehension, I’ve included a “Here’s What Happened” worksheet for older students.

Free Polar Express Train ticket, Polar Express gift tag for a bellToday's featured FREEBIE is a TICKET to ride "The Polar Express" in your classroom. 

Polar Exprss train ticket, free polar express ticket, I believe gift tag, Besides the colorful ticket, I've also included a BW option, but I think it's more fun for children if they get a lovely and vibrantly colored ticket. 

Polar Exprss train ticket, free polar express ticket, I believe gift tag, Also in the packet, is an "I Believe!" gift tag to attach to a Christmas jingle bell. 

Sign your name on the back after the "A Merry Christmas Remembrance From", add a date, then run off.

Beileve git tag, silver bell gift tag for the polar expressA room helper can cut the tags out, fold them in half and glue the front and back together. 

Punch a hole at the top, insert a piece of ribbon or yarn (curling ribbon is inexpensive & adds extra pizzazz) then tie on a bell.  The entire thing can be hung on a tree.  Pass out to your kiddos as they leave for vacation.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Well that's it for now. Thanks for breezing in. 

As usual I'm off and running today.  This Santa's elf has much to accomplish. 

Wishing you a very merry day filled with the wonder of Christmas.

"The true magic of Christmas, is not in the presents, but in His Presence." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Make a Nativity Craft With Me

Would you like your kiddos to be able to sequence & retell the Christmas story?  With that in mind, I designed 2 simple & fun craftivities, which will help them do just that.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftFirst up: “Follow the Star”, which is a nativity “flip-the-flap” booklet,

If you do a "Christmas Around the World" ed-venture, this craftivity makes a nice addition to your travels.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThe stable is the base of the booklet and is printed on card stock to make it sturdy.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftOnce the booklet is complete, it is free standing and makes a cute decoration.

The “doors” of the stable open, to reveal graphics of the major events that take place; from Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem to the birth of Jesus.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftBesides black & white patterns for students to color, cut & glue, I’ve also included colorful templates so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

There are several page options as well.

I’ve provided pages with text for beginning readers, as well as pages without words for younger kiddos.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftYou can also use these pages for older students, so they can write about what is happening and explain the graphic, or find a matching Bible verse to record on the appropriate pages.

To use for extra writing practice, I’ve also included a completely blank page.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftOn the back of the stable, students can write “Jesus loves me.” or “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThere are add-on graphics included as well: 4 star patterns for children to choose from, plus a cow & donkey they can glue to the back of the last, opened pages, so that when the doors are completely open, the animals flank the manger.

Brushing some Elmer’s glue on the star, then sprinkling with gold glitter adds extra pop & pizzazz. 

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThe "looking down" photo on the right,  shows how the pages support the stable.

When everyone is done, read the booklet together as a whole group, calling on students to explain the various events taking place. Encourage children to sequence & retell the story of Christ’s birth to their families, as they share their nativity booklet at home.

nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsNext up is a nativity "storytelling wheel".

Since my storytelling wheels have been so popular, I thought it would be fun to design one for the Nativity.

Great for parochial schools, Sunday school, Christmas Around the World activities, or simply for your own child.

Storytelling wheels are a quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.

nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsThere are 3, “print & go” cover options to choose from. Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.

There are full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so students can make their own.

After students have completed their wheel, practice retelling the nativity story using the manipulative.

Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that Mary & Joseph, who are traveling to Bethlehem, appear in the “pie-slice window”.

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”.

Afterwards, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their nativity wheel with each other. Sometimes we do this with our older reading buddies.
This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.

nativity puzzle, nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsFor more sequencing & retelling practice, I've also included a nativity puzzle . There are two "base" options, which will help practice ordinal numbers as well as reading.

nativity puzzle, nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsFor writing practice, have students complete the “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet, then color it.

There’s a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.

December writing prompts, Christmas crafts, Christmas writing prompts, December bulletin board ideasToday's featured FREEBIE is a "Wishful Thinking" writing prompt craftivity.

Students finish the prompt: "If money were no problem and I could have 5 super-fabulous gifts for Christmas, I'd like..."

Completed projects make an adorable December bulletin board.

Christmas crafts, nativity crafts, december writing porompts, december vbulletin boardsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Two of my nine grandchildren are coming over today, so my feet have hit the floor running this morning. 

I've planned some "merry making" Christmas crafts.  Wishing you a day filled with warm hugs and happy giggles.

"Christmas is the kindling for hospitality." -Washington Irving

1-2-3 Come Do A Gingerbread Man Craftivity With Me

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, This “flip-the-flap” storytelling craft, is a super-fun way to practice the sequencing & retelling a story standards, using the popular tale of the “Gingerbread Man”

Simply run the fox pattern off on orange or brown construction paper.
Students trim & add a few highlights with crayons.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, The “head” of the fox, is the “cover” of the booklet that flips up to reveal 6 oval pages, which feature graphics that help students recall the story, so they can retell the tale.

I purposely did not number the pages, so you can check comprehension, when students sequence the story.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, Children color, cut & collate the oval-shaped pages into a little booklet, which is then glued to the fox’s face, making it a “flip-the-flap” activity. 


Besides the black & white patterns,  I’ve also included colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Since there are two versions of the fairy tale,  I’ve also included page options with both endings of the story, as well as a gingerbread man pattern, to use as an extra manipulative.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, As children finish retelling the story, I thought it would be fun for them to place the gingerbread man inside the fox’s mouth, to tell the version where the cookie is eaten, then hold the gingerbread man and have him scamper off, to explain that he escapes in the other story.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, For extra pizzazz, I used white puffy paint to add realistic-lookig "frosting" to the gingerbread man.

My students absolutely love this "finishing touch", which really adds to the "way cool" cuteness factor. 

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, For writing practice,  have students complete the extra “last” page, where children  circle the ending they liked best, then explain why.

 

To check comprehension & further reinforce the sequence of the story, older students can explain “What Happened?” on the writing prompt worksheet.

When everyone's  done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story of “The Gingerbread Man” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies. 

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, Today's featured FREEBIE isa set of gingerbread-themed "Parts of Speech" posters.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, Thanks for stopping by.  I have a long "To Do" list of "must do" activities, so my feet have hit the floor running this morning.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, It's all Christmas related, so especially fun, at the same tiime exhausting. 

Wishing you a "merry & bright" day.

"Christmas isn't a season; it's a feeling." -Edna Ferber

1-2-3 Come Make Some Christmas Around the World Ornaments With Me

Christmas around the world crafts, Chrismas around the world activities, Christmas around the world ornamentsFew of us have the time or luxury, of being able to do a craft “just because”…

- Just because it’s fun.
- Just because the children will absolutely love it and be happily engaged.
- Just because completed projects make an awesome display, which will instill pride and build self-esteem,
And…
-Just because it’s “hands-on”, which I truly believe is the best way to learn.

And because of all those positive things, I wanted to design something “extra special” for the holiday season, that’s quick, easy and fun, as well as very educational, to make even the Grinchiest of Bah Humbugs smile their approval.

Christmas around the world crafts, Chrismas around the world activities, Christmas around the world ornamentsSince many teachers dare to dally with a bit of craftiness during December, especially with their Christmas Around the World geography lessons, I designed this set of “Around the World” ornaments.

Each ornament features the country’s flag, a map of the country, as well as a sweet graphic, which people readily identify as being symbolic of that country. i.e. The Eiffel Tower for France.

You decide how you want to make each country’s 3-part ornament as well. There are quite a few options: 

Christmas around the world crafts, Chrismas around the world activities, Christmas around the world ornamentsThey can be kept as three, single flat ornaments, or add the "blank" ball and use it for a writing prompt, then glue them back-to-back to make two, flat ornaments.

For added sparkle & pizzazz, I added gold and silver glitter to the "metal" top of the ornament.

Christmas around the world crafts, Chrismas around the world activities, Christmas around the world ornamentsAnother easy-peasy option is to simply staple the 3 balls at the top to make a "flip up" ornament.

Add a blank-ball page in-between each one, so older students can describe the flag on one, write an interesting fact about the country on another, then explain what the symbolic picture balll means on the other.

Christmas around the world crafts, Chrismas around the world activities, Christmas around the world ornamentsChildren an also make a "Dangler" out of their ornmaments, by gluing them together vertically. They look wonderful suspended from the ceiling as a wall border in the hallway. 

Christmas around the world crafts, Chrismas around the world activities, Christmas around the world ornamentsFinally, my favorite way to make them is to fold the balls in half,  and glue them together to make a 3D ornament with either 3 or 4 sides.

How you use the ornaments is also up to you.
- As a whole group activity:
Do that country’s ornament as a culminating lesson when you’ve finished studying about it.

Easy-peasy: No more thinking about what craft to match up to the various countries, buying materials & then spending hours prepping.

Christmas around the world crafts, Chrismas around the world activities, Christmas around the world ornamentsThese are “print & go”, plus, once you’ve explained the directions the first time, you no longer need to spend time doing that again. Another country—a new ornament.

Children feel empowered by the consistency, and can get right down to business; plus, they enjoy collecting them, much like they would a souvenir ornament from that county.

The beauty of even the 3D ornament, is that they fold down flat, and can easily be tucked into students’ “Around the World” suitcases after you're done displaying them. 

Christmas around the world crafts, Chrismas around the world activities, Christmas around the world ornamentsI've included a storage envelope children can tuck their ornaments in, to keep them from getting tangled. 

Another option:
Each student can make the ornament that matches their “Country Report”. After they’ve finished their presentation, have them add their ornament to your classroom tree, or attach to a pine garland you’ve displayed as a border in the hall.

Besides the black & white patterns for students, I’ve also included full-color templates, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, to help explain what you want students to do.

You can suspend your set from the ceiling. They look wonderful swirling & twirling as you “study abroad”.

This is the first set in a series, and includes the following countries:
* Canada
* England
* France
* Germany
* Ireland
* Italy
* Mexico
* Russia
* Scotland
* Spain
* Sweden
* The United States &
* Wales
Plus a United Kingdom BONUS ornament.


These countries match those in my “Travels Around The World” packets that I’ve posted thus far.

Christmas around the world ornaments, christmas around the world craftsThe 2nd ornament packet in the series, includes the following countries:

* Argentina. *Brazil * China* Greece * India * Israel * Japan * Netherlands * Norway & * Switzerland

Christmas around the world ornaments, christmas around the world craftsThe 3rd ornament packet in the series, includes the following countries:

* Cuba * Egypt * Iran * Jamaica * Kenya * New Zealand * Philippines * Saudi Arabia & * Vietnam 

Christamas around the world activities, christmas around the world, christmas around the world ornaments, christmas aroud the world craftsToday's featured FREEBIE is from my jumbo "Christmas Around The World" packet. It's a "color me" greeting card.  Hope you find it useful.

Christmas around the world activities, christmas around the world crafts, christmas around the world ornamentsWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

My feet have hit the floor running this morning, as my "To Do" list is beyond long, but I'm excited to prepare for Thanksgiving.

Wishing you a relaxing and stress-free day.

"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." - Henry Van Dyke

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. Henry Van Dyke
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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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