1-2-3 Come Do Some 4 Seasons Activities With Me #1
Sometimes when I sit at my desk with a simple idea, my mind morphs it into a bajillion others.
These ideas often come so fast, that if I don't quickly jot them down, my senior brain loses them a moment later.
After working over a week on my newest "4 Seasons" packet, which involves glancing out a window, I realized that this could easily be divided into two packets.
One with the writing prompts, the other with extra games & activities.
Concentrating on just the writing aspect, would be less overwhelming; so Woo Hoo here's packet #1: "4 Seasons Window Craft Writing Prompt".
No matter what the age, the 4 seasons are a super-fun topic.
We all have glanced out of a window, often succumbing to daydreaming a bit, especially if the view before us, is a summer beach scene, or one filled with gently falling snow.
With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to design a seasonal window, where students could write about what they saw, and then illustrate their thoughts.
This activity is very versatile and easy to diversify your lessons.
Option #1. A booklet: Depending on your students'writing ability, your seasonal booklet can be 5-9 pages long.
For younger kiddos, I simply staple the 4, seasonal window pages to the cover to make a 5-page booklet.
They write one sentence under the window, then illustrate & color their windowpane.
I've included my sample on the left, which you can use to explain what you want your students to do.
During the beginning of a season, we complete that page. I start with fall and end with summer.
This makes a nice keepsake at the end of the year, which should show improvement in coloring, penmanship & writing ability.
For older students, include the additional writing prompt page, which features seasonal graphics.
Students begin writing under the window worksheet, then continue on the additional graphic-themed page.
There are blank, as well as lined templates to choose from.
Students can either illustrate their window FIRST, then write sentences about what they drew; or they can think about various fall things, then write their sentences on the separate seasonal paper.
Then, afterwards, they go back and illustrate their window, referring to their writing.
You can include these extra writing pages, to make a 9-page booklet, or simply use each of the 4 seasonal windows as a separate activity, then hang up the completed projects on a bulletin board or hallway display.
To display, students glue their illustrated window, to the top of their completed writing paper.
I’ve included a cover if you want to make a booklet, plus several posters to enhance your display, if you choose to do 4, separate writing prompt craftivities.
So that teachers can quickly & easily make examples to share, I've included colorful scenes for each seasonal window, along with a completed writing prompt for each one.
Also included, are checklists for students to jot down ideas, as well as 4-part graphic organizers, which will help students organize their thoughts.
There's also a rubric.
A 3-on-a page, BW one for students (boy & girl options to make it more personal) as well as a colorful poster to introduce the lesson, then hang so students can refer to it.
I use these all the time, as they truly help jump start and improve writing.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also about the 4 seasons.
It's a sweet set of seasonal posters, one of which combines all of the seasons in one silly picture, which students can label.
I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
"One of the most beautiful things about learning, is that no one can ever take it away from you." -B.B. King
1-2-3 Come Do Some 4 Seasons Activities With Me #4
"4 Seasons Writing Prompt Circle Puzzle Craftivities" is the final packet in my "4 Seasons 4-Part Series".
I hope you enjoyed learning about the new things I've been designing, to help my students have fun with the 4 seasons.
To immerse little ones in becoming familiar with the 4 seasons, I’ve included a 4-part circle puzzle. There’s a puzzle piece that represents each season.
Children place the appropriate piece on the labeled base. In no time at all my students are able to actually "read" these words!
As always, I’ve included a black & white version, so that students can make their own 4 seasons puzzle.
For example, in the photo on the right, each of the 4 pieces have items that are seen in the fall.
I designed this because is one of our report card standards. This is a quick, easy & fun way to leave a “paper trail” proving if your students do or don’t.
This whole group activity also acts as an assessment, checking students' understanding of the 4 seasons.
“Winter? Spring? Summer? Fall? Which is your favorite season of them all?”
My kiddos absolutely love sharing their opinions, so when I turn those into a writing prompt, they are excited to get right down to business.
Students have a choice of writing about their favorite or least favorite season (you could also do both & use one as a homework assignment).
I’ve included a “seasonal circle” to use as a “topper” where students can draw a picture, which represents some part of their writing.
There’s also a graphing extension you can do afterwards.
As you can see by the photo on the right, I’ve included “toppers” as well as “banner bottoms” to add extra pizzazz to their work.
The photograph also shows the various levels of writing. Younger students can write or dictate simple sentence answers, while older kiddos can add more descriptive words.
Students can also choose to use the circular puzzle pattern for their "topper" or a square version, pictured on the left. Note that I've topped the square off with a semi circle, which can be seen in the middle picture to the right.
Completed projects make a cute bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included a poster to highlight children’s work.
Completed projects turn out quite amazing. My Y5s really enjoy creating this colorful 100.
We do it as one of our many 100 Day centers.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
We have about a foot of snow here in Michigan, which puts me in the mood to design some wintry stuff.
Wishing you a creative & cozy day.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin
1-2-3 Come Do Some Christmas Writing With Me
Whenever I toss a bit of craftiness into a writing prompt, my students can’t wait to get down to business.
With that in mind, I designed 6 cat-themed picturesinside a semi-circle.
As always, patterns come in black & white for students, as well as full-color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
Children of course can color their cats however they want.
The semi-circle shape makes it easy-peasy to cut, then glue to the top of their writing prompt once they color it.
A semi-circle may be a new concept for some students, so be sure & grab that teachable moment to explain this interesting 2D shape.
I’ve included 2 sizes of paper, with lined & unlined options.
Both are trimmed with a snowflake border.
There are 3 writing prompts to choose from.
Pick your favorite or give students a choice.
I've also included a blank template, so that students can write about something else.
"A List of Things for a 'Purr-fect' Christmas" is especially simple and provides practice for the "make a list" writing standard.
I've included my sample in the packet.
For that finishing touch, they can color, cut & glue a "dangler" to the bottom.
To add even more variety, there are 5 different “danglers” for students to choose from.
These are glued to the bottom of their writing prompt paper.
These too, come in black & white, plus color.
I've featured 3 different creative font options as well.
Besides the “humped” toppers, I’ve also included a “chimney cat”.
He’s peeking out from the rooftop.
The writing prompt papers for this craft are blank, allowing students to write whatever they want.
Students could also pick one of the writing prompts that are part of the other craftivity.
In my sample, I kept things simple and made it a sweet Christmas card.
For that finishing touch, students can add a single set of bricks (left photo) or a double stack (right photo) to the base of their writing paper.
Because they are so different, you could stretch the lesson and have students do a semi-circle writing prompt craftivity, then for another day, have them make the chimney cat Christmas card.
I’ve included a poster to add some extra pizzazz.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also a Christmas card activity.
Since Christmas Around the World is a super-fun way to get some geography into your December lessons, I thought making a "Christmas Around the World" greeting card would be fun. Click the LINK to grab your copy.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
December is flying & I still don't have all my decorating or shopping done! Do you?
My feet have certainly hit the floor running this morning. Wishing you a fun-filled & stress free week.
"Heal the past; live the present; dream the future." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Make a Christmas Ornament With Me
If you’re looking for a quick, easy & super-fun little craft for your students to make, I think you’ll enjoy these cool cat ornaments to help wish someone a “Purr-fect” Christmas.
My Young Fives love anything with animals, especially a cool blue cat, so I thought making a Christmas ornament would be entertaining.
You’ll love the versatility of this activity as there are 5 options, which fit a variety of ages, grade levels & abilities.
With 20 cat-themed balls to choose from, there is plenty of variety too.
As always, patterns come in black & white for students, as well as full color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
Making a sample, not only helps you explain what you want your students to do, it acts as a catalyst for excitement.
If your students are like mine, be prepared for many of them to ask, "Can we please make another one." Woo Hoo!
I always like to tuck a little something in my students’ back packs as a surprise.
I made 20 in just half an hour. You could also add their school photo & then laminate.
Punch a hole in the top, and tie with a yarn loop. Voila! You're done.
2. Another option is to make the ornament a “flip up”.
You could also include a blank ball as well, or instead of the greeting.
Grab that teachable moment for vocabulary building, as some children will not be familiar with the terms vertical & horizontal.
Plus the dangler, still neatly folds up for safe travels home in a back pack.
4. My personal favorite option is the three-part, 3D ornament.
I twirled the ornament around, so that you can see all 3 cat pictures, which make one-3D ornament.
Whenever I want to do something a bit more complicated with my Y5s, I enlist the help of our 3rd grade reading buddies.
If you do this, make sure you have ornaments for the older kiddos to make one right along with their younger partner, for they will be just as excited to make a cool cat ornament of their own.
I had an absolute blast designing this craftivity & making my samples. I hope you enjoy making some ornaments too.
Completed projects turn or amazing and make a "snow" special bulletin board or hallway display.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.
Gotta run and get ready to watch this evening's Christmas parade. Several of our grandchildren will be in it!
Wishing you and yours a “purr-fect” holiday season, brimming with a ton of fun.
"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." -Thomas H. Huxley
1-2-3 Come Do Some Simple Behavior Management Activities With Me
No matter what grade I taught I always saw a change in behavior the last week of November, particularly if we had a dusting of snow on the ground.
Children were even more energized and chatty. You could feel an excitement in the air. Attention spans became shorter, while the need to wiggle increased.
Not one to squelch excitement, I wanted to transfer that energy into enthusiasm for wanting to behave appropriately.
With that in mind, I designed this packet of behavior modification activities, which are quick, easy and fun.
Students are engaged, on task & focused, which creates a calmer and quieter classroom. Woo Hoo!
This packet includes TEN of my tried & true “sanity savers”, which really help promote great behavior!
Choose just one, or do a variety throughout December & January.
Beautiful Behavior “Color Me” Booklet:
Coloring is a calming activity, easy-peasy for teachers to “print & go” and helps improve hand coordination at the same time strengthening finger muscles.
In this 6-page booklet, children earn the privilege of coloring in a section of the picture because they finished an activity, transitioned quietly, helped clean up etc.
As with all of the activities you decide the behavioral goals.
I've also included CRAFTIVITIES:
“Dash-und” Through the Day…
I enjoy play-on-words and my students love dogs, so “Dashund” for “Dashing through the snow” seemed a fun combination.
The Weiner or Dachshund dog craftivity is a simple “behavior chart” with all of the “pieces & parts” on a one-page pattern.
“You’ve Been Decorated!” is a construction paper pine tree, trimmed with hole-punched (good behavior) garland strips.
Children earn a hole punch for whatever goals & behavior you decide upon; such as completing an assignement, gettins 100% on a spelling test, helping clean up etc.
“Glittering & Sparkling Behavior”
Students earn the privilege to color a lightbulb on the snowman’s string of lights.
The strand spells out BEHAVIOR.
After the picture is completed, some sparkling glitter is added to celebrate.
If your kiddos are like mine, glitter is a real "hot button", making it a great motivating incentive.
A snowman peeks in to check on a flurry of snowflakes; each one symbolizing great behavior.
All 18 snowflakes on the individual “tiles” are six-sided but different, so take that teachable moment to reinforce that bit of science.
All of these craftivities when completed make sweet bulletin boards, so I’ve included a variety of posters to enhance your displays.
Whole Group Activities:
A Sweet Treat Is Coming Our Way!
T.E.A.M is an acronym for “Together Everyone Achieves More!”
This behavior management activity has a poster featuring a large mug of hot chocolate.
There's one featuring a 10-frame or, if you want to extend the activity & make it last longer, there's also a 20-frame bracket.
Students work together as a whole group to earn a “marshmallow” tile, decorated with a snowflake.
You can also add real mini marshmallows with a glue dot.
Is similar to the hot chocolate team effort.
Here everyone also works together, but the class is earning letters.
Once they spell TREAT or TREATS everyone earns whatever treat you decided on.
This could be a sticker, trinket, candy, extra recess, extra free play, a game etc.
4-Corners Gingerbread Shape Game:
This is one of my students’ all-time favorite games, so it’s often asked for to be the “TREAT” for the above letter game. It’s also known as the “Quiet Game” so it’s certainly a win-win for me.
Freeze & Melt Game:
A super-fun way to “get the wiggles out!”
Easy-peasy for teachers to implement; takes just a few minutes, and your students will really enjoy this activity so much, that if they are like mine, they'll beg to play the "Snowflake Sun" game.
I Treasure Good Behavior:
Even if you don't have a "treasure box" in your classroom, it is truly worth bringing in a tub or box filled with goodies for the last week of November; then keeping it visible through at least the first week of January.
It's truly one of my most successful motivational tools in promoting exceptional behavior.
I fill mine with trinkets from The Dollar store, cool pencils & gel pens, plus stuff I pick up at garage sales.
I also send a note home to parents informing them of this activity and ask for donations from a list of "treasure" suggestions.
Students need to earn 10 tickets which they “cash in” for a trip to the treasure box. (This way I could keep recycling my tickets!)
Children are responsible for taking care of their tickets as well as counting them, which practices math skills as well as valuable life skills.
"If money were no problem and I could have 5 super-fabulous gifts for Christmas, I'd like..."
This craftivity also makes a lovely December bulletin board too.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's my sincere hope that something in my "teacher's bag of tricks" will be equally successful & enjoyed by your students as well.
"Children must be taught HOW to think, not WHAT to think." -Margaret Mead