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1-2-3 Come Make Some Father's Day "Craftivities" With Me

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneMy son-in-law is a huge superhero fan. Seems he's not alone, as Marvel comics is raking in millions of dollars cashing in on the craze.  With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to design some superhero-themed Father's Day activities that I hope your kiddos will enjoy making for their dads.  

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneThe packet includes a Father's Day Batman card, as well as a Superman writing prompt card. 

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneStudents color the covers and then hinge them to the second page.

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneWhile doing research about superheroes, I came across a sweet simile poster. The link went no where and there was no author, so I decided to revamp it by adding my own superhero similes and incorporating specific superhero fonts that students could color appropriately.  

I think it turned out pretty cute, providing a fun way to explain the concept of similes to your students. 

My husband didn't quite get "classy as Batman" until I explained to him that Bruce Wayne was a millionaire and supposedly sophisticated.  Even after I Googled characteristics of superheroes, it was still difficult to pinpoint some adjectives.

My daughter thought that Captain America was more protective than The Green Lantern, but I chose that term for him, because in researching each character, it seemed that The Green Lantern went hand-in-hand with the Justice League, Guardians of the Universe, and the Intergalactic Police, all of which I presumed were very protective.  At any rate, I hope your kiddos find it amusing.

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneThe Craft Caravan had a cute Super Dad coloring page, which inspired me to create several of my own.  I designed a superhero head that children can draw in details to look like their dad and then complete the writing prompts on the right. 

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneFor another coloring page option, I drew the famous "ripped open shirt" of Superman, only the logo here is "Super Dad."

As with the above portrait, students fill in the facial features of their fathers.  You can staple the simile page to this, or have students write why their dad is super on the back of their picture. 

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneFor a simple writing prompt activity, students choose one of two bookmarks to color and then write why they feel their dad is a superhero

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, superhero bookmarks, writing prompts for juneThere are also two bookmarks that have an acrostic father poem on them; they come in black line, as well as full color. 

Click on the link to view/download the Father's Day Superhero Packet.  

I made my samples with my little grandson.  He's only 19 months old, but was happy to add his scribbles, and I think his papa will appreciate both of our efforts. 

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While surfing, I found a wonderful superhero dad poem and decided to include it in Kaiden's paper love cards for his daddy.  If you like it too, click on the link to grab this FREEBIE over at Creat-Craft-Love

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, superhero bookmarks, writing prompts for juneThanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN away.  If you're looking for more superhero-themed activities click on the link to take a peek at my superhero board on Pinterest.

If you're looking for more Father's Day ideas, click on the link to zip on over to that section of TeachWithMe where you'll find 18 more FREEBIES.

"Life hits you hard.  But it takes three seconds to decide if you're a superhero or not.  I am." -Hrithik Roshan

1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet & Number Activities With Me

Make learning letters & numbers especially fun with this “something different” packet.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students While waiting for “my turn” at the ophthalmology office, I was staring at a framed print of an old-fashioned eye chart, wondering how I could use that in my classroom. The result of that long wait, is this “ABC the letters & numbers” packet, with C (see) being a play-on-words.

It took some time to design the eye charts, so that they not only looked like the “real deal”, but included all of the uppercase letters, so they can be used as a unique teaching tool, plus help practice letter identification & recognition. Easy-peasy for you & fun for your students.

You can use the traditional “E at the top” chart, or the one that says “I Spy!”

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students Besides the eye charts, the packet also includes a variety of “Eye Spy” alphabet & number worksheets & games, plus 26, mini puzzle glasses, where students match the uppercase letter to the lowercase one, along with 21 matching numeric puzzles, which help practice numbers 0-20, sequencing, subitizing & simple addition.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students I’ve also included an assessment mat & recording sheet for both upper & lowercase letters. 

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students A set of upper & lowercase "eyeball" cards, can be used in a variety of activities and games.  I've included a 3-page tip list of what you can do with them.  

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students There's also a set of "I Spy My Name" color-me worksheets, if your students are learning to write their names and identify those letters.

There are 4 boys & 4 girl options children can choose from, plus a colorful pattern you can use to quickly & easiy make a sample to share.

About the CHARTS:

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students My Y5s absolutely love pretending, and talking about what they want to be when they grow up, so “becoming” a real eye doctor is right up their alley.

Print and laminate the eye chart so it can become a part of your pretend play area. I keep a copy in our “doctor kit” tub.

If you don’t have an “imagination station” set up in your classroom as part of your daily routine, that’s fine too, as being able to “play eye doctor” will be even more exciting, as children don’t normally get to have this as a center activity.

Pair up a strong student with a struggler, so that they can each take turns being the patient, as well as the eye doctor. If you have older reading buddies that come in to help with your youngsters, this is also a fun activity for that time slot.

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students The “doctor” asks the “patient” to read the various lines. My kiddos use a “pencil pointer”, so they are specifically pointing to each letter. Having a pointer is also a “cool tool” and adds to the fun.

Besides the “Partner Pretend” practice game, you can also use the eye chart poster as an alternative assessment tool, where students point to each letter and say it.

The eye chart also works as a fun ”I spy!” worksheet game. Run them off, then choose a student to call out a letter. Children find it and circle it. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

Another idea for the eye chart is using it for a “whole group” activity. Using a dry erase marker, have a child come up and circle a letter that you ask for. You could also point to a letter and call on children to tell you what that letter is.

The numbered lines are also helpful, so you can reinforce number recognition as well. i.e. “Please read the letters on line 5” or point to a number and ask the name of it; or “Please show me the number 3”

The chart can also be used for ordinal number practice. “What is the third letter on line 2?”  I love it when I can use a visual for more than one thing, and thought you’d appreciate that too. 

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students Today's featured FREEBIE is a versatile "Fan Sailboat Craftivity" that's suitable for the end of the year: “Have fun sailing into summer. I hope it’s fantastic!”, as well as for back-to-school“Have fun sailing into a new school year. I hope it’s fantastic!”

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students Inserting a pencil, pen, marker, glow stick or Pixie candy stick for a mast, is an inexpensive little gift you can give your new or departing students as well. 

alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, number games, number activities, number centers, math centers, back to school treats, end of the year gifts for students That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Time to go soak up some sunshine as I water my garden.

Wishing you a carefree day.

"Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you." -Langston Hughes

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1-2-3 Come Do Some Little Red Riding Hood Fairy Tale Activities With Me

One of the many themes I do with my students is fairy tales, they absolutely love this genre.
little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesNo matter what time of year you slip in a fairy tale or two, I think your students will enjoy making these "hands-on" craftivities, which will help students practice the sequence & retell a story” standards.

Today's blog features 3 of my latest storytelling crafts for the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood".  

For consistency, I wanted all of my storytelling WHEELS, SLIDERS & FLIP-the-FLAP booklets to have the same format. 

My Y5s absolutely love making & collecting them so much, that after story time, several children will often ask "Can we make a 'tell the story' craft for this book?"

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesFirst up is a "flip the flap" booklet,  where the wolf’s “mouth” tells the tale, as students color, cut & collate the “muzzle-shaped” pages into a little booklet, which is then glued to the wolf’s face, making a “flip-the-flap” activity. 


I've included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesI purposely did not number the pages, so you can check comprehension.
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”.

Simply run the wolf pattern off on construction paper or card stock.
Students trim & add a few highlights with crayons.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesFor some 3D pop, have children bend the tips of the ears forward.

I also drew a completed face of the wolf pattern, should you want to make a mask.

For all of the projects, when everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”  to each other.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesWe sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies

Next up is a "Little Red Riding Hood" storytelling slider.

Here students sequence & retell a story by sliding the "picture prompts" through a "window".

There are 3, “outside picture” options to choose from: grandma in bed, Little Red Riding Hood, plus the wolf.
Pick your favorite or give children a choice.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesI’ve included simple, rectangular cutting templates for PK kiddos, as well as “cut me out” patterns for more experienced, scissor-skilled students.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesChildren color the story elements on the “slider strips” then cut and glue them together.

As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that students can take turns retelling the story

I introduce the lesson by reading  "Little Red Riding Hood", then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.

So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included full-color slider patterns, along with the black & white versions for students.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesAfter 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 a slider of their own.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesStorytelling 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 also a, “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheets, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. 

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesFinally, another option you have for practicing these standards is the "Little Red Riding Hood" storytelling WHEEL craft.

Unlike some of the other stories we read, fairy tales have a few more story elements, so retelling them takes more "picture prompts". 

With that in mind, I designed a front & back wheel, so that the graphics are larger on a "slice" from a 6-piece "pie"circle, than they would be on a circle divided into  12-pieces. 

I find that my little ones choose only one color & tend to scribble, when graphics are small, whereas they do a much better job coloring in the graphics on these patterns.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesThere are 2 “print & go” options to choose from: A circle wheel, which features Little Red Riding Hood, as well as a basket-shaped wheel.
Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesThere 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 fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that her face 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”.

When you get to the sixth-pie slice, showing "grandma in bed", have children unfasten the brass brad and flip their wheel over, to reveal the last half of the story.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesI’ve also included a “back” pattern for both the circle wheel and the one shaped like a basket, where students simply flip their wheel up & over to finish telling the rest of the fairy tale, without having to take their wheel out.  

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesThere's a blank-circle pattern, for the back which you can leave as is, or use the empty space for a writing prompt: "What was your favorite part in the story?" etc. 

I've also included a pattern with the headings: beginnning-middle & end, as well as my completed sample. (See photo)

Just like the slider craft, you can check comprehension with the “Here’s What Happenedwriting prompt worksheet.

little red riding hood activities, little red riding hood crafts, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesBesides the black & white pattern, there’s also a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.

Another way to check comprehension, and reinforce the “sequencing a story” standard, have students do the “color, cut & glue” sequencing worksheet; this too can be done individually or as a whole group. 

fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, end of the year acctivities, end of the year crafts, memory books for end of the year, school memory booksToday's featured FREEBIE is a super-simple, end-of-the-year writing prompt that makes a quick and easy memory book, or class book you can share with your next year's kiddos.  I hope you find it useful.

fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, end of the year activities, memory books, end of the year writing promptsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Nature decided it would thwart the rainy forcast and play nice today, providing a bit of sunshine & wonderful spring temperatures in the 70s! Woo hoo.

Time to take a much-needed break and get this old body outside. Maybe a little gardening perhaps?  Wishing you an awesome day filled with everything you enjoy the most.

"If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need." -Marcus Tulleius Cicero

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1-2-3 Come Do Some Fairy Tale Activities With Me     

once upon a time fairy tale activitiesOne of the many themes I do with my students is fairy tales.  It’s a great unit for “March is Reading Month” complete with a super-fun parade of “book characters” or a nice theme to wind down with at the end of the year.

book character paradeOne of our favorite fairy tales is "The Three Little Pigs". There are zillions of versions of this popular story out there, which make for wonderful comparison-contrast discussions. Click on the link for a cute YouTube video of a contemporary version:"The 3 Little Pigs"

Fairy tales are not only enjoyable, often leaving us with a "moral of the story" to ponder, but they are simple and short, making it easy for students to remember.  They're perfect for practicing the “sequence & retell a story” standards.  

With that in mind, I designed 3 different crafts for "The 3 Little Pigs" fairy tale, which make it extra fun to practice these standards. Choose either a storytelling WHEEL, SLIDER or a "Flip-the-Flap" face craftivity.  

All of the patterns come in black & white for students to color, as well colorful templates so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share to help explain things.  

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesFirst up is the "flip it" piggy. Simply run the pig pattern off on pink construction paper or card stock.

Students trim & add a few highlights with crayons.

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesFor some 3D pop, have children bend the tips of the ears forward.

The pattern already has eyes, but for added pizzazz, attach a pair of wiggle eyes with glue dots. 

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesThe pig’s “nose” tells the tale, as students color, cut & collate the oval pages into a little booklet, which is then stapled to the pig’s head.

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesAnother interesting "hands-on" way to sequence & retell the fairy tale is with a "turn & learn" wheel.

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

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesWhen everyone is done, practice telling “The 3 Little Pigs” using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the little pig who built his house of straw, appears in the “pie-slice window”, then call on a child to tell what happened.

Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story.

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesWhen you get to the sixth-pie slice, where the wolf blows the stick house down, have children flip their pig over to reveal the rest of the story.

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

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesFor writing practice, have students complete the “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet, then color it.

To check comprehension, and reinforce the “sequencing a story” standard, I’ve also included a “color, cut & glue” sequencing worksheet.

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesFinally, my "sliders" are also a super-fun way to retell and sequence the story. 

There are 3 outside slider options to choose from: A pig, the 3 pig's houses, and the 3 little pigs grouped together.  Pick your favorite or give children a choice. 

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesLittle ones can do the easy-peasy rectangular shape for simple cutting, while older kiddos can opt to cut around the pigs and houses.

Students color the story elements on the “slider strips” then cut and glue them together.

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesAs they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their “Three Little Pigs” slider home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

I introduce the lesson by reading the ”fairy tale”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.

So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included full-color slider patterns.

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesAfter 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 a slider of their own.

3 little pigs fairy tale activities, 3 little pigs crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesStorytelling 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 are also 2, “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheets, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. 

cov abc list of end of the year songs, songs for the end of the year, end of the year slide show songs, songs for preschool graduation, songs for kindergarten graduationSince the end of school is just around the corner for many teachers, and some are getting ready for a preschool or kindergarten graduation, today's FREEBIE is a list of over 150 songs appropriate for end of the year slide shows, graduation ceremonies and performances. 

Since I spent countless hours compiling it, I thought other teachers might be needing the same thing, so to save you time and help you check one more thing off your "to do" list, click on the link.  Hope you find it helpful. 

fairy tale activities, crafts and activities for the 3 little pigs, end of the year activities, songs for kindergarten graduation, end of the year slide show songs, preschool graduation songsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping by. Two of my 8 grandchildren are coming over, so time to put my Nana hat on. 

Hopefully the rain will hold off 'til we've had some outdoor fun.  Wishing you a carefree day filled with lots of hugs and snuggles. I know I'm looking forward to mine!

"We may not be rich and famous, but our grandchildren are certainly priceless." -Unknown

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

Most of my Y5s don’t have any problem learning to identify the 2D shapes, however, when I ask them to find an example of that shape in the “real world” many of them have difficulty, particularly with the "toughies" like a hexagon.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, 2D shape wheels, 2D shapes in the real world, examples of 2D shapesI even had one little guy think that in order to be a "real" hexagon, that shaped item  had to be yellow because our hexagon pattern block pieces were that color! Sadly, none of my students could think of a "real world" example of a hexagon either. 

Simply "regurgitating" vocabulary when you hold up a colorful paper shape, does not mean your students can point to a kleenex box or ruler and identify it as having a rectangular shape.

learning hexagons with a soccer ball, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, 2D shape wheels, 2D shapes in the real world, examples of 2D shapesWith that startling revelation in mind, I knew that I needed some "hands on" things to emerse them in. One idea to get the pentagon and hexagon shapes into their heads, was to toss a soccer ball to them.  Easy-peasy for me, super fun for them.

Both those shapes are on the ball, so wherever one of their thumbs landed when they caught it, they identified that shape.  A bonus for us, was that "catching and tossing an object" is one of our report card standards. Since we were learning 3D shapes as well, I also had my kiddos say "Sphere!" when they caught the soccer ball. Listen carefully, as some of my students were saying "spear".

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, 2D shape wheels, 2D shapes in the real world, examples of 2D shapesSince children really enjoy centers as an interesting way to practice, I designed some quick, easy and fun “I Spy!” 2D Shape Wheels.

I use the full color patterns as independent centers, and have the wheels do double duty, when I need a unique assessment tool. My students can't wait for their turn to show me what they know. 

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, 2D shape wheels, 2D shapes in the real world, examples of 2D shapesBecause it's such a successful activity, I've also included a photo-poster of the soccer ball in both the hexagon & pentagon packets.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, 2D shape wheels, 2D shapes in the real world, examples of 2D shapesDepending on the shape and available clip art,  there are  2 - 4 INSIDE wheel options, featuring 12 - 24, different images of 2D-shaped things that children will easily recognize.

There are 4, OUTSIDE pattern options for all of the shapes as well.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, 2D shape wheels, 2D shapes in the real world, examples of 2D shapesSince these are shapes in the "real world" one features a global map of the world: "When you're out and about -- and see a hexagon, give a little shout!"; another "wheel cover" depicts the shape being identified: "Hexagons here; hexagons there; I see hexagons everywhere!" while the final option is an "I spy hexagons!" cover, featuring a boy or girl detective.

I’ve also included black & white templates, so that students can make their own “turn & learn” wheel, further practicing this standard

Choose your favorite, or give children an option.  You could also pick one type for your center, and have children choose from the other options to make their own.  If they are like my students they'll be excited. 

After everyone has completed their wheel, have students pick a partner and take turns identifying the name of the shape and an example.

Make a wheel or two in class, or send home as a super-fun alternative, to a worksheet for homework.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, 2D shape wheels, 2D shapes in the real world, examples of 2D shapesI've made a wheel craftivity for the following 2D shapes: circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon, pentagon & octagon. 

They are sold individually for just $1.95, or save 40% and buy the bundle, then laminate a set and keep in your math center for years of fun.

end of the year poem, memory book ideas, end of the year activities, note from teacher for the end of the yearSince the end of the school year will be here before you know it, today's featured FREEBIE is a little poem that I had fun revamping; it's entitled: "A-B-C Ya!"

I've included templates in color as well as black and white for PreK-4, PK, Kindergarten & 1st grade, so you can read it to your students, tuck it in a summer packet, or have them color their own and include it in their Memory Books

I hope you find it useful.

2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, 2D shape wheels, 2D shapes in the real world, examples of 2D shapesWell that's it for today.  Amidst the whirlwind of stuff to get accomplished in our all too busy lives,  I hope you can find a bit of time to relax, as you start counting down the days 'til summer,

Wishing you a stress-free day.

"The time to relax is when you don't have time to relax." -Sydney J. Harris

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