Getting to the Core

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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1-2-3 Come Do Some "Needs & Wants" Activities With Me

Is teaching about “Needs & Wants” part of your curriculum?

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerThis bit of economics is one of our standards, so I thought it would be fun to introduce the concept during December, when a list of “I want….” floats through the thoughts of many students.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerWith that in mind, I designed a writing prompt craftivity, as well as an emergent reader booklet. 

First up is the craft. There are 3 different “gift boxes” where the lid flips up to reveal a list of needs & wants “inside” the present.

I chose Christmas colors, but you can make examples with a variety of colors, to use this packet during another season of the year. (Earth tones for fall, pastels for spring etc.)

For more thinking, have students rank their needs & wants in order of importance.
The order of needs, provides a nice discussion, as most children don’t know that you can live longer without food, than you can without water.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerBesides ordering their wants, have students list 2 practical things that they want that they’re likely to get, plus 2 “way out there” ( the sky’s the limit ) wishful thinking wants, or you could tell students that “money is no object” so dream big, and make a list of things they’d like to have, if they could have anything!

For extra pizzazz, instead of having students write their name on the package, run the tag pattern off.
Children color, trim, write their name on it, fold the end over, and glue that tab to the top of their package, so that it flips out a bit.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent reader For more 3D pizzazz and pop, have students press a self-stick real bow or some ribbons to the top of their package.

Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerThere are several definition posters included in the packet; use them to introduce the lesson, then scatter in the middle of your display.

There’s a Christmas-themed set, as well as a generic one.

Do this as a whole group activity with preschoolers, by making just one together.

You print & assemble the box, hanging it on your white board, then call on students to give you their ideas of what to write on the lists.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsNext up is the "Needs & Wants" emergent reader, plus some poster activities.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsThere are two emergent reader options. A simpler version for younger kiddos, has them trace and write the “need-want” words, then color the graphics.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsThe other booklet is for older students, who read the simple sentences, which are packed with plenty of Dolch sight words, color the graphics, then fill in the blanks.

I’ve included both question marks and periods, so you can review end punctuation as well.

The emergent reader templates come with 4-pages on a one-page pattern.

Children color, cut, collate and staple the pages together, creating a “just the right size” booklet, which saves paper & ink.

Tneeds and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetshe packet also includes a “Needs & Wants” poster that children create, by choosing from a collection of black & white graphics on their worksheet, then coloring, cutting and gluing them to the appropriate section on their poster.

There are full-color options, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or if you’re pressed for time, use my completed sample.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsCompleted projects make an awesome bulletin board.  I’ve also included a set of colorful, “Needs” posters.
Use them to introduce your lesson, then scatter them on your display.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants emergent reader, needs and wants definition, needs and wants posters, needs and wants worksheetsThe posters also come in black & white for students; and are printed 2-on-a-page, with a cover, so you can create another “Needs & Wants” booklet, as a culminating review.

There are also blank poster patterns, which allow students to illustrate their own pages to help assess and check comprehension.

turkey activities, telling time to the hour activities, telling time to the half hour activities, digital time, analog timeToday's featured FREEBIE is an "It's Turkey Time!" packet. 

Use these themed turkey cards to teach/review digital and analog time to the hour and half hour.

The packet includes an assessment worksheet, as well as a cover, plus a black & white "turkey time" page, so that your kiddos can make an Itty Bitty Telling Time booklet.

needs and wants activities, needs and wants crafts, needs and wants centers, needs and wants bulletin board, needs and wants posters, needs and wants list, needs and wants definition, needs and wants emergent readerWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

I'm getting in the Christmas mood, so I might even mosey on down to the bassement, commonly referred to as our "dungeon" ,to sort through the Christmas boxes.

Scaling down this year because of a new puppy.  Wishing you a jolly-holly day.

"I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

- "Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

1-2-3 Come Do A Thanksgiving Craftivity With Me

I’m always looking for a few things that are quick, easy & fun for my students to do, during that last day before our Thanksgiving break.

With that in mind, I designed these 2 simple and versatile crafts, which are nice “wind things down” activities, for that sometimes hectic time.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsFirst up is a cute owl card. There are 2 pattern options.
One says, “Guess whooo’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving?, while the other one is generic, for students who may not celebrate this holiday:Guess whooo is wishing you an awesome autumn?”

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsChildren color & cut out their owl, along with the extra hat.
When that top tab on the hat is folded and glued in place, the hat will flip up to reveal a child’s school photo and the answer to the above question: “Me! That’s whooo.”

You don’t have to, but for some pizzazz & 3D pop, add wiggle eyes attached with glue dots. For that “finishing touch”, an extra beak and pair of wings (which also flip up), adds even more dimension.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsIf you do add the wings, students can write their greeting underneath.
If you decide to skip this step, I’ve provided a hexagon-shaped writing prompt, which is glued on the back.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsThere’s a blank hexagon, so you can have children complete a writing prompt, as well as a “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Happy fall”, where little ones trace the greeting, then sign their name.

I chose a hexagon shape because that’s one of our “toughies” to remember, so this provides a teachable moment to review it.


Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsNext up is a "Welcome To My Home" activity. This project can also be used generically for fall, as well as Thanksgiving.

Use it as a card for younger children to make, or as a writing prompt craftivity for older students.

Ive discovered that anytime I toss a bit of craftiness into a writing lesson, my students are excited to get right down to business and more happily engaged.

Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board too.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsThanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsI’ve included a list of 21 writing prompt options for them to choose from.

Besides the writing prompt choices, there are also several patterns for different “keepsake” cards you can make.

Personally, I designed this activity for Thanksgiving; ( “Welcome to my home for Thanksgiving” ) however, I realize some children don’t celebrate this holiday, so I’ve also included a generic “Welcome To My Home” pattern as well.

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsThanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsChoose which template is appropriate for your kiddos or give them a choice.
Templates come in black & white for students, as well as full color, so that you can quickly and easily make an example to share.

I purposely used the word “home” rather than “house” because home has a connotation of a place where you live, which could be an apartment or igloo, while a house is specific.

I’ve also included extra patterns with a bit of blank space on the door and doorstep, so that children can practice writing their address.

As you can see, both activities are an educational and quick,” little something”, you can plug into that often hectic last day before Thanksgiving break.
Easy-peasy for you; super-fun for your students.

leaf activities, leaf crafts, fall leaves, leaf emergent readerToday's featured FREEBIE is a "Fall Leaves" packet, which will help your students practice their reading skills. The emergent reader booklet covers lots of Common Core and reinforces color words

Children read the simple sentences (packed with lots of Dolch and word wall words). 

They correct beginning capitalization, add end punctuation and then trace, write and color the color words with a matching color crayon or marker.

A graphing extension, color word matching worksheet and spinner game are also included. 

Thanksgiving cards, thanksgiving crafts, november writing prompts, owl crafts, november bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boardsWe'll that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Our church passed out shoe boxes to fill for needy children, so time to brave the chilly weather and go shopping.  

Wishing you a happy-go-jolly kind of day. 

"To get the true value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with." - Mark Twain

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