Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Make a Sandcastle With Me

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, Put some “Woo Hoo!” into studying place value, by creating a super-cute PVS (Place Value Sandcastle).

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, This is a wonderful craftivity for both the end of the year, as a fun way to reinforce lessons learned, and also works well for back to school when you want to refresh, review and assess where your students are concerning their knowledge of place value.

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, The craft is a super-fun alternative to worksheets; however, I’ve also included some of those, for extra practice and as an assessment tool

One of the worksheet options, comes 2 on a one-page pattern for quick printing. 

Students fill in the blanks with the number, expanded form, word form and a breakdown of placement. 

Children also pick a partner and practice greater & less than, by comparing their sandcastle's value with their friend's.

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, Completed projects turn out really cute and make an outstanding bulletin board or hallway display.

I’ve included a variety of posters to help you decorate and add extra pizzazz, or use them as an interesting way to introduce the lesson and grab students' attention. 

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, I took a photograph of real sand, and made that my background paper, then placed transparent letters over the top, spelling "Sandcastles". 

Print, laminate & cut them out for a cool header for your bulletin board.

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, You’re sure to get lots of compliments, as the castles definitely have that “Wow!” factor; especially if you do the “sand names”

I set this up as a center, and call students up while they are working on their sandcastle. 

Beforehand, I wrote their names on a variety of colored card stock; then assist them in "tracing" their name with Elmer's glue.

Afterwards, they sprinkle the wet letters with play sand. Set aside to dry. For your display, hang their name above or under their sandcastle for that finishing touch.

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, The packet is very versatile with quite a few options for your students to choose from, which allows you to diversify your lesson.

Designing a sandcastle is appealing to a variety of ages and abilities.
The versatility allows younger kiddos, as well as older students, to create a sandcastle that will have a two, three or even 4-digit number value!

Beginners work on 1s & 10s, while older kiddos design with 1s, 10s & 100s. I’ve also included worksheets for 4-digit numbers, so that older students can work with 1,000s.

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, Keep things simple for little ones and limit the number of pieces and options, while challenging older students to create a bigger value for their sandcastle.

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, Once children have finished their PVS they figure out the value of their sandcastle.

I’ve provided several worksheet options for students to complete. 

Since some of my kiddos get carried away with decorating, they'll have to do some "conversions" when figuring out the value of their sandcastle. 

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, i.e. If they count up 17 ones, they'll have to make one ten, leaving just 7 ones. 

The worksheet helps them figure out the value by showing the math. 

I'm also able to easily asses that they "get it".

Besides the place value sandcastles, I’ve also included 2 options for a seashell, “counting castle” for younger students. 

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, There are 5 different seashells for students to color, cut and glue to the sandcastle of their choice. 

Little ones can practice counting to 10, while kinders can work on those toughie teen numbers

place value crafts, place balue sandcastles, place value games, place value worksheets, place value assessments, place value centers, sandcastles, math bulletin boardsI've also included a graphing extension so that you can practice that standard as well.

I've also included 3 seashells labeled 1s, 10s & 100s, if you'd like to make this simpler place value sandcastle, or use these as an independent math center. 

Limited time? This makes a super-fun homework assignment, or another idea is to have students work with a partner or create one PVS in a small group of three, which will divide up the work.

place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, Here’s a fun challenge: Give the small group a total sandcastle value, and see how close they can get to hitting that number.

For a super-fun math center, print a variety of sandcastle pieces & flags on construction paper or card stock. Laminate and trim.

Students can design a sandcastle, then figure out the value, writing that number on the flag using a dry erase marker. When they’re done, take a photograph.

Put the pictures in an album along with their place value worksheet. The same can be done with the seashell sandcastles as well.
place value crafts, place value activities, place value centers, place value games, sandcastles, sandcastle crafts, summer activities, Lucky Charms treat bags, back to school treats, place value assessments, graphing activities, I’ve included covers for your album(s). 

I know summer has just begun, but I also know there are teachers who are starting to collect things for back to school.

back to school treats, treat bags for back to school, lucky charms, lucky charms treat bagsSo today's featured FREEBIE is a "Lucky Charms" treat bag that you can make for your kiddos.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/40-Off-Place-Value-Sandcastles-3880151Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Time to put on my Nana hat, as two of my nine grandchildren, are spending the day with me.

Hopefully the rain will hold off.  If not, it will be a puddle jumping day! Wishing you a fun-filled week.

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, a warm and gentle breeze is blowing, the birds are singing a sweet song and the lawnmower is broken." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do a Back-to-School Icebreaker Craft With Me

I think it’s super-important to build a classroom community and team spirit right from the get go.

I find that when students really know each other, they bond and make wonderful friendships. Caring & kindness result & discipline problems are minimal, making teaching much easier & learning a lot more fun.

For these reasons, I do quick, easy & fun icebreaker activities for our 1st month of school. It is definitely time well spent!

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleWith that in mind, I designed this “Let’s Flamingle!” craftivity.

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleThere are 6, “getting to know you” writing prompt page options.

Do one each day, then break students into small groups and “flamingle”. Woo Hoo! A week’s worth of writing, with no additional prep.

I’ve found that students absolutely love sharing things about themselves, so this is an especially fun activity for them, and a simple way to get to know a lot about your students too.

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleIntroduce the lesson by asking: “What do you think ‘flamingle’ means?”

After discussion, share my definition poster. (Flamingle: To socialize and become familiar with your new flock of friends.)

As a whole group discussion, fill in the “Why is it important to flamingle and get to know our classmates?” poster.

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleBecause they are so colorful, completed “flamingo friends” make a terrific back to school bulletin board, or hallway border.

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleI’ve included 4 photo posters of real flamingos flocking together, as well as 3 other posters you can scatter throughout your display as well.

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleThe “We are all the same; we are all different” poster provides a great diversity discussion as well. 

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleIt's the body portion of the bird that becomes the "flip the flap" writing prompt booklet. 

Simply choose which pages are most appropriate for you students, or do all six.

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleThe packet also includes a flamingle treat tag in both color as well as BW. There are 5 on a one-page pattern for quick printing.

Run them off, make two slits on the dashed lines, then insert a colorful marker. Place them on your students’ desks as an inexpensive surprise for them to use to fill in their “wing” pages.

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleThe packet also allows you to grab those extra "teachable moments" to practice using descriptive adjectives as well as simile. Use the "simile definition poster" to introduce that page.

One of the prompt page options has students think "outside the box" and compare themselves: "I am most like this animal, color, insect & invention." i.e. I am like a bee because I am always busy flitting from this to that.  

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleSince a lot of teachers like to start planning for back to school later in the summer, today's featured FREEBIE is another little "first day" or first week of school activity.

The packet is a set of 30 number puzzles, which come in color as well as black and white. Your students will enjoy coloring & putting their puzzle together, which will give you a few moments of peace.

flamingo crafts, flamingo activities, icebreakers, back to school activities, back to school icebreakers, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, Let's Flamingle, flamingleWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

The forecasted rain hasn't come, so I'm off to go water my very thirsty flower garden.  Wishing you a relaxing & fun-filled day.

"One of the benefits of summer, was that we had more light to read by." -Jeannette Walls from "The Glass Castle"

1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Shape Activities With Me

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activities"Funny Flamingos”  are a quick, easy and super-fun “print & go” craftivity, that will help review 2D shapes in some interesting & engaging ways.

The 2D shapes included are: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, star & heart.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesThe packet includes patterns for the above shapes, so that children can make a “Funny Flamingo Friend.”

They turn out absolutely adorable, so I think your kiddos will really enjoy making one. 

Templates come in a large, full-page size, as well as a smaller, two-on-a-page pattern.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesDecide what’s most appropriate for your students.

You don’t have to, but accordion-folding the legs is a fun way to strengthen finger muscles. Your students will also enjoy the “boing-boing” effect.

Completed projects make a super-cute display. Dangle them from the ceiling as a border in your hallway. I’ve included a poster to add pizzazz.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesThe packet also includes 3 sets of game cards, so that students can play “Memory Match”, “I Have; Who Has?” and sorting games with them.

The 3 sets of cards feature: flamingos with a shapely body, plain shapes, plus word cards, so that you can practice a variety of standards. 

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesI’ve also included a “Spin to Win” game, where students partner up and take turns spinning.  Whatever shape they land on, they color the matching shape on their game sheet that color.

Several other worksheets, help to further reinforce 2D shapes in other ways.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesThe “Flamingo Slider” is another quick, easy & fun craft, that will help you whole group assess

My students absolutely LOVE playing this "I Spy" game. Simply call out a shape.  Students pull on their "slider" strip 'til it appears in the "window" then hold up their flamingo.  You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesTwo graphing extensions add some additional math pratice to the packet as well.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesUse the 3 photo posters of real flamingos to introduce your lesson, as well as the “What Shape is a Flamingo’s Body Most Like?” discussion poster.

Since I'm "warping" the true shape of a flamingo, as a fun way to review shapes, I thought it important to discuss this. The poster provides a nice visual.

I’ve also included a list of super-interesting links that I use as part of my introduction as well, which helps me add a bit of science in just a few minutes.

Students learn why a flamingo is pink and other interesting facts. The 2-minute clip showing 1,000s of flamingos all in one place in Africa, is quite amazing!

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE is also a fun activity that involves 2D shapes.

It's a very versatile, "Letter H is for House" craft that you can do when you're working on a letter a day, shapes (12, 2D shapes are included.) or doing social studies & working on communities, families & neighborhoods.

Children can also practice their address by including that as well.
Add a school photo for that finishing touch. Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board too.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

It's been unseasonably hot this week with scorchers in the 90s, so it's a good day to design some more activities in my air-conditioned office.  Wishing you a  super-de-duper summer.

"Woo Hoo! It's summer! If you're not barefoot, you're over dressed!" -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Zoo Activities With Me!

Do you go on a field trip to the zoo with your students or take a “virtual” field trip online?

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, If so, then I think you’ll enjoy this “What Did You See at the Zoo?” packet.

There are a variety of activities included, which are easy to diversify for different ages & skill levels.

The packet includes:

1. * “What animals did WE see?” colorful animal poster to use as a whole group activity, with a matching BW “What animals did YOU see?” worksheet.

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, 2. * “Sizing Up the Animals!” worksheet, where students can practice their comparison & contrast measuring skills: “What animal was taller than you?” (shorter, heavier, longer…) “What animal would fit in your backpack?” A colorful option is also included so you can do this as a whole group.

3. * Two, “We Saw Animals!” worksheets in both color to use as a whole group discussion activity, as well as black & white versions, so you also have the option to do one or both as an independent activity.

4. * Fun Worksheet: “Oh My! An animal is escaping. It’s following you out of the zoo.” Complete the picture, by drawing your favorite animal, or one you’d like to take home.

This can simply be a “draw & color” activity for little ones, or a writing extension for older students, who will then explain their picture, or tell “how they escaped” or “what happens when they get home.”

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, alphabet activities, alpha bird craft, bird craft, alphabet crafts, alphabet assessments5. * “What Did You See at the Zoo?” booklet, where students trace & write the animal word, then answer the question by marking an X in either the “Yes” or “No” box. They also color the picture of the animal.

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, alphabet activities, alpha bird craft, bird craft, alphabet crafts, alphabet assessments6. * I’ve also included a colorful teacher’s edition, (“What Did WE See at the Zoo?” ) which you can do as a whole group activity with little ones.

Each full-size page, features 4 animal strips, so you can easily cut them apart to make a “Snip & Flip” Strip Booklet.

This allows you to make your booklet as long as you like; or limiting the number of pages for wee ones. There are 24 animal strip options, on 6, full-size pages.

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, These activities pair nicely with my
"We're Going to the Zoo!” Field Trip Packet I blogged about last week. Click the link to take a peek.

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, alphabet activities, alpha bird craft, bird craft, alphabet crafts, alphabet assessmentsToday's featured FREEBIE is also animal-themed. Alpha-bird, is a super-fun craft that your students can either make. OR...

You can make just one for your classroom to use as a unique asssessment tool!.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/40-off-Were-Going-to-the-Zoo-Field-Trip-Packet-3853859Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

We have relatives coming to stay with us this week from Washington, so my feet have hit the floor running. 

Wishing you a fun-filled and stress-free week.

"Always having somewhere to go is HOME. Always having someone to love is FAMILY. Having both is a beautiful BLESSING." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Zoo Craftivities With Me

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasI’ve taught PK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 10th, 12th & college; going on a variety of field trips or “outings” with all of them. Plus, as a mom and grandmother, I’ve done my share of chaperoning too.

Why’s that important? I’ve “been there & done that” many times! You might say I’ve earned a “black belt” in the karate of field tripping.

I’ve used that experience to design this comprehensive zoo packet. Basically, it has everything you need to plan a field trip to the zoo, so that things run smoothly, and you too can enjoy the excitement & fun.

It’s my hope that the packet is also a huge time saver & “stress buster” for you.

I’ve done an elephant's ton of work, so that you can simply “print & go” and know that "I’ve got you covered”; with a nice assortment of things to do before and during the trip, as well as a huge variety of activities for after; with plenty for several days following.

I've divided the packet into these 3 major parts.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasThere's a "preparation section" which includes initial notes home to parents, with follow-up reminders; as well as chaperone information, permission slips, checklists, and a variety of forms.

There's also a section of helpful tips, several "To Do" lists; and a "We've Gone to the Zoo" doorknob hanger.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasThis "preparation section" also includes posters; "we're Going to the Zoo Tomorrow" Slap Bracelets, to use as a fun reminder to parents; plus a KWL black & white worksheet for your students, as well as a colorful one you can do as a whole group.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasAlso in this section, is a set of 8 different animal name tags. This is a super-easy way to group your students with their chaperone.

There are various debates over the  safety of having a child's name out there for all the world to see.

However, we discuss "stranger danger" as part of our field trip behavior. I've included discussion questions, a poster & contract for students to sign.

I think the many advantages of having a name tag, particularly for chaperones, far out weighs "that might  not happen" disadvantage. 

I laminate the tags, then write children's names on with a black marker; then use a Mr. Clean sponge to rub the names off later. Takes a bit of elbow grease, but so worth it, so I can use them again.

You can pin the "badge" on, or you can make them into a necklace. I cut up colorful plastic straws and strung those on a length of cord, alternating them with pony beads.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasAnother pattern in the "before" part of the packet, is a "How Many Days?" craftivity.  I've included 4 real photographs of zoo animals for you to choose from. Pick two, and glue them back-to-back, then laminate.

I punch a hole in the top and dangle a paper chain from the bottom.  There are X number of links, which equal how many days there are before our field trip. This is how I tell my students the exciting news.

Ripping off a paper link, becomes part of our daily routine, which really stops all the inevitable questions of "How many days before we get to go to the zoo?" 

Besides using the chain as a countdown, I review all sorts of math standards with my students. The paper chain is made up of 2 colors in an ABAB pattern, so we practice that, as well as: counting how many links are left, then subtracting one by ripping it off the chain, ("Now how many are left?") "Is this greater or less than the other number?" etc. 

Chaperones is another helpful preparation section. Each of my chaperones gets a clipboard to carry. 

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasOn it is a list of students, which includes any health issues like allergies, as well as the phone numbers for the other chaperones. There's also an itinerary and map of the zoo clipped on. 

Since it's nice to be prepared for the "oops" that may happen; I also give them an "Emergency Baggie", which has a small pack of Kleenex, several Band-Aids, plus a little bottle of hand sanitizer.  This inexpensive gift has often come in handy & is truly appreciated. 

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasI've also included colorful, as well as black and white patterns to make chaperone "thank you cards", which my students sign and I attach to the clipboards as well. 

There are several options, plus a thank you note for the bus driver too.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasOne of the most helpful forms for me, is the lunch bag reminder note, which I attach to a brown paper lunch bag. 

This helps the note "stand out" which has eliminated "forgotten" lunches, plus parents are truly appreciative of the convenience. I don't want to haul heavy lunch boxes, but instead have a completely "disposable" lunch sent, so providing the bag, has also eliminated that issue as well.

Blank versions of all my notes, forms & checklists, are also provided. 

I've included a variety of activities that can also be done before the trip, as I think students get so much more out of their field trip experience, if they have some in-school information and lessons to refer to. 

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasI love it when I hear my students say things like: "Pandas are endagered." "That monkey is a mammal", "Polar bears have an artic habitat!" 

To help build vocabulary and animal identification skills, I've included 35, animal pocket chart cards featuring real photographs of the animals.

There's also 3 different sets (30 cards in a set) of animal word & picture cards, so that children can play a variety of games, as well as practice sorting, sequencing & making patterns

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasAnother thing you can do with the cards, is play the "Hip Hippo Ray It's Feeding Time!" game.  My students absolutely LOVE "feeding" the hippo. It's such a quick, easy and super-fun way to practice a variety of standards.

Besides the above mentioned cards, I've also included a set of animal cracker cards for upper & lowercase letters, as well as numbers from 0-50. Use the cute, poster-poem to introduce the game.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasLikewise, there are many activities that you can do after your field trip to the zoo, so I've included worksheets, word finds, mazes, centers, writing prompts, graphing activities & some Venn diagrams.

It's very important for students to be able to process everything they've seen. One way to do that, is with the "feedback form". 

You can do this verbally, as a whole-group activity on the bus, while children are excited to share what things they enjoyed the most, or interesting tidbits that they learned. 

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasTo help children calm down, and get back into the routine of school when you return, you may want them to make the "flip-the-zoo-gate" writing prompt craftivity, and jot down their experience. 

Completed projects make a cute bulletin board too. I've included a giraffe poster for the center of your display.

I sincerely hope that my latest "labor of love" gives you peace of mind, and that you enjoy these activities as much as I did creating them.

Here's wishing you a stress-free, relaxing and super-fun time, as you plan for, and go on an ed-venture to the zoo! 

Elmer activities, name writing activities, elephant activities, name cards, Today's featured FREEBIE, is also animal-themed and features a name writing and alphabet activities with an elephant.

zoo field trip, activities for the zooWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

Two of my nine grandchildren are coming over today to go swimming, so it's time to put my nana hat on along with some suntan lotion. 

Wishing you a carefree day filled with giggles galore.

"The city is not a concrete jungle, it's a human zoo." -Desmond Morris

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