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

Years ago I drew my first "shapely" animals; and since the penguins were so popular, I continued to design different animals for the various seasons.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Today I'm featuring my newest creation, "Shape Up!" with  "Lions & Lambs" packet, along with 3 other popular springtime "shapely critters": chicksbunnies & frogs.

sheep shapesWhether you're teaching 2D shapes for the first time, or simply looking for a review, these cuties will add some zing to your spring, lion & lamb-themed lessons.

shapely lion sample picturesThere are 3 crafty options.

Younger students can simply color the lion & lamb-faced worksheet of their choice with no cutting, or draw in their own head on the blank shape, while older kiddos can cut and glue a lion or lamb head to their favorite shape.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, There’s a simple “straight-edge” shape pattern for little ones that’s easy to cut, along with a more challenging shape pattern where students cut the lion’s mane and the sheep’s body out for a more realistic look.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Children can glue the lion head to the “shapely” mane, or the lamb head to the “shapely” body of the sheep.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, For more pizzazz & to add some 3D pop, students can accordion fold a strip of paper, glue it to the back of the head, so that it ”wiggles”.

The packet also includes posters & games with colorful cards to use as a center activity.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, There are black & white patterns so students can make up their own games as well.

There’s also a selection of worksheets, which practice shape words, & attributes, plus a certificate of praise bookmark.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Make a set of your own to use as flashcards, anchor charts, or a “4 Corners” game, (Directions included).

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Completed projects make an adorable spring bulletin board or hallway wall display.
I’ve included 2 posters to help enhance your display.

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

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Another springtime animal in this collection is an adorable baby chick.

The "Slick Chick" packet follows a similar format, but also includes 3D shapes, and an emergent reader booket.

Students read, trace and write the shape word, fill in the shapes to look like chicks; trace the shape and then draw that shape.

They also underline the capital letter and add end punctuation

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, The bunny rabbit is certainly a symbol of spring as well.  I had a lot of fun designing a cute little face for this "shapely" animal friend.

The 2D shapes are easily recognizable, as they are simply topped off with a pair of bunny ears.

To make them especially cute, I've included a pattern for a ladybug & 3D butterfly to add some extra pizzazz. 

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, The spots on their wings match the bunny's various shapes too.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Finally, many of my teacher friends have a springtime, frog theme going on, as they study life cycles; so perhaps the "Funny Frogs" shape packet works for you. 

The format is also similar, but also includes a short “giggle” tale about Ferdinand the frog and Princess Penelope, who was turned into a fly!

Read it as an interesting way to introduce the shape craft, then have older students "flip up the mouth" and write their own "fractured fairy tale" on the frog's "tongue".

There’s a set of discussion questions for the story, as well as a comprehension worksheet.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Today's featured FREEBIE is a whopping 41-page, whimsical"Shapely Mouths" packet, which will help you review, as well as assess 2D shapes and shape words.  I hope you find it useful.  

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

It's a dreary day here in Michigan; rainy, cold & windy.  Perfect for snuggling in and reading a good book, or putzing wth my "too long" To Do List.

Wishing you a cozy & cuddly kind of day, filled with all the things you enjoy the most.

"A rainy day is a special gift to readers." -Amy Miles

1-2-3 Come Do Some Lion & Lamb Activities With Me.      

The simile “March roared in like a lion then left like a lamb” basically holds true for weather here in Michigan.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesBecause of that, I designed an entire “lion & lamb” weather-themed packet, which is very versatile.

It’s chock full of a huge variety of activities that are suitable for different grades & skill levels. (PK-3rd).

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesI introduce March with Marion Bauer’s book, “In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb”, which was the inspiration behind the “door dangler” writing prompt craft in the packet, as a lion comes knocking at a little boy's front door.

The story is wonderfully illustrated with short rhyming text, perfect for introducing metaphor & simile  to older students as well.

“March comes with a roar.  He rattles your windows and scratches at your door.
He turns snow to mud, then tromps across your floor.
March comes with winter clinging to his tail.
He scatters sleet and sometimes even hail.”

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesMy Young Fives absolutely love the lion & lamb weather analogy, which is perfect for introducing a variety of weather conditions to them.

I designed a set of pocket chart cards for this, as well as made a collection of 32 photographs that depict a variety of "real" lion & lamb-like weather. There are 2-on-a-page for quick printing.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesTo whole-group assess their ability to identify, then classify the weather, I made a set of 6 lion & lamb Popsicle stick puppet pals. Choose your favorite or give children a choice.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesThey color, cut & glue a lion & lamb back-to-back, then insert a Popsicle stick.

Teacher shows a pocket chart, weather card. 

Students decide if that type of weather is a lion or a lamb, flipping their “puppet paddle” accordingly.

You can also ask them about their current weather, or to vote whether they think March will come in like a lion or lamb, as well as predict what the weather will be on the last day of March.

I"ve included 3 graphing extensions for this.

The photo-posters can also be used like the weather cards. What clues in the photograph make them think that the weather is lamb-like, or was the result of a lion-kind of day.  

The photographs can also be used to inspire a writing prompt, where kiddos pick a picture then make a list of adjectives that describe it, write a descriptive sentence, paragraph, poem or short story. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesFor an awesome bulletin board, display the photo next to students' completed work. 

Younger kiddos can sort the pictures using the lion & lamb sorting mats.  Make an extra set and cut them into puzzles to use for an independent center. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesWe also track the weather for the month of March with a "color, cut & glue" calendar worksheet, with a culminating math activity, which practices, counting, comparison, greater & less than, as well as tally marks & graphing.  

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesOlder students can record their data and analysis in the March Weather Journal, which is an interesting & fun diary-type writing assignment.  

All of the activities come in color as well as BW for kiddos. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesI've also included a super-fun variety of writing prompt craftivities.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesDidn't  matter what grade I taught, as soon as I tossed in a bit of hands-on craftiness, my students were riveted and couldn't wait to begin.  

The beauty of these "craftivities" is that they can be completed by little ones, as well as older students who will write more in-depth. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesSo that they fit your students' skill levels, I give you a list of writing prompt suggestions.

Simply pick which one's appropriate for your students or give them a choice.  

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesI've also given you the ability to choose how you wish to display them. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesChildren can make a booklet, horizontal/vertical display, or dangler that's suspended from the ceiling.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesTo slide in the poetry genre, I've also included a poster-poem for William Cullen Bryant’s “Stormy March”.

There are 100+ pages of games, centers, whole-group activities, anchor chart-posters, worksheets, and Venn diagrams.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesBesides the black & white templates, so you can quickly & easily make samples, or do activities as a whole group with little ones, I’ve also included full-color patterns for all of the activities.

To save you even more time, I tucked in my completed writing sample templates, so you don't have to make up your own. 

If your students are like mine, they'll give their "best effort" because these prompts are especially fun for them. Added bonus: completed projects make a terrific spring bulletin board.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, wind tricks poem, spring poetry, wind poems, sheep activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE is "Wind Tricks" ; a 31-page poetry packet, which includes the games "Windy Words" and "Blow Some Words My Way", along with a variety of quick, easy and fun "rhyme time" activities.  I hope you find it useful. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesWell that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

The weather finally feels like spring today (high 60s) so out to the garden I go for some much-needed clean up.

"Why try to explain miracles to your kids, when you can just have them plant a garden." -Robert Brault

1-2-3 Come Do Some "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" Activities With Me

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetDo you read "It Looked Like Spilt Milk"  by Charles Shaw?

It’s a terrific, springtime story for introducing your study of clouds, and helps children stretch their imaginations. 

Because my Young Fives really enjoy this story, I designed several cloud-themed activities for them to transition to, after we read the tale.  They are both featured on the blog today, along with an awesome FREEBIE.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetSince "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards, I designed a quick, easy and fun slider craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.

There are 2 outside slider options to choose from.

One features a cloud, the other a square with a spilled milk "splat". 

I chose blue construction paper, to resemble the story as well as the color of the sky.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetPick your favorite or give children a choice.

Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

There are 2 "storytelling slider strip" options as well.
One, for beginning readers, has the pictures labeled, while the other strip's graphics are blank.

As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various “cloud” pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

I introduce the lesson by reading the book ”It Looked Like Spilt Milk”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetAfter 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 an “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” storytelling slider of their own.

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetI’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.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetThere’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. 

Finally, I thought it would be fun to practice upper and lowercase letters with a "cloud alphabet", which also includes an "animal cloud" for each letter as well.

The "Cloud-Themed Alphabet Packet" includes:
It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet* An “Alpha Clouds” (color, trace & write) booklet.

With 4 pages on one, to make a "just-the-right-size", mini booklet.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet*An “ABC Animal Clouds” booklet, with the same above format.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet* A boy & girl “Look at my cloud name” worksheet craftivity.

* 3 sets of alpha-cloud cards for upper & lowercase letters.

* 2 sets of animal cloud cards. There is a “cloud animal” for each letter of the alphabet.


* There are also matching animal word cards, which will provide more ways to play “Memory Match” and “I Have; Who Has?games.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet* Children can also pick a picture card and describe the animal using 1-3 adjectives OR…
* Pick a word card and use it in a sentence. OR…
* Students can arrange the letter and/or word cards in alphabetical order.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet-Use the “Kaboom!” cards to add to the fun.
-Use the cover to make an “Itty Bitty” booklet.

* I’ve also included a 5-page, tip list of other games and things you can use the cards for.

* 2 poster poems to introduce the lesson

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetThese activities can be used for independent centers, whole group activities, Daily 5 word work, early finishers, homework, or tossed in a sub tub.

number posters, 10 frame activities, math centersToday's featured FREEBIE is a set of number posters.  

These anchor charts are perfect for a math bulletin board that you can refer to daily and review:

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet* fractions, colors, patterns, telling time, fact families, money, tally marks, ordinal numbers, measurement with a ruler, +1 addition, sequencing numbers, counting groups and sets of objects, and using a ten frame for addition or subtraction.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. My feet have hit the floor running, as I'm watching 3 of my grandchildren today.

They are age 4, 2 and 1, so it will be a busy day of play, filled with lots of fun and giggles.   Wishing you a love-filled day.

"Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric." ~Pam Brown

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.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesWith that in mind, I designed these quick, easy and fun I Spy!”  Puzzle Pie activities.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesWhenever I'm putzing with a project, I test it out on my 4-year-old grandson, to tweak any "glitches" that may occur. 

Nothing like "kid-tested & teacher-approved".

He absolutely LOVED putting these together.

Even his 2-year-old sister enjoyed placing pieces on the grid, although she did things willy-nilly.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesEach shape packet is sold individually for just a dollar.

There are 14, 2D shapes in all: circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart, star, semicircle & crescent!

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesI had a question whether I would consider bundling all of them into one packet. For sure! 

I'm always willing to combine a "collection" of something.  This bundle offers a 40% savings from buying each 2D shape puzzle pie packet separately.

Use the full color patterns as an independent center.  

Simply print, laminate and trim.  I keep the "puzzle parts" for each 2D shape in a large, ZipLock Baggie.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesDepending on the shape and clip art available, I’ve included 1-4, “bottom” puzzle grids with matching words, as well as a blank template, so that students can pick and choose, which of the 6-24-different pieces of “real world” 2D shape examples, they want to use to complete the picture puzzle.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesFor example, I found many more graphics of rectangular-shaped items, so there are 4 puzzles and 24 pieces for the rectangle packet, where as there were a limited number of examples for the hexagon, which has 2 grids and 12 pieces to choose from. 

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesEven though they are not part of my report card standards, I included the rhombus and trapezoid shapes, as my Y5s use pattern block manipulatives for a variety of our math centers, and I wanted them to be familiar with the vocabulary to describe these shapes.

Beginning readers can practice their decoding skills with the word-filled grids, while younger kiddos can simply place the pictures on the blank grids. 

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesYou can also use the puzzles as an interesting and fun assessment tool. Choose one or 2 picture pieces for each 2D shape.

Hold one up and ask students to identify what shape they see. This will also check that they are using correct vocabulary as well. 

Likewise, ask them to point to a hexagon. This way you know they can identify the shape, but not necessarily remember the name of it.

I also run off an extra set of each of the picture pieces for all of the shapes, to use as a sorting activity. This set is kept in a large ZipLock Baggie. 

As a whole-group activity, I also use this bag to pass out several pieces to each child. We sit in a circle and they show one of the picture pieces, tell the name of the shape and what the "real world" object is.  "Can we spy anything in our room that is also that shape?"

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesI’ve also included black & white templates, so that students can make their own puzzles to take home. 

SOCCER sample ball poster copyThe pentagonhexagon packet also have a volleyball, picture poster.  Tossing or rolling a volleyball to your students, is a quick, easy and super fun way to practice those somewhat "toughie" shapes. 

I think they're a bit difficult to remember because there really aren't that many examples children see or are familiar with, like squares and circles

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesThe pentagon packet also includes "irregular" pentagons, as seen with a teabag, pocket or baseball's home plate.

I've also included some interesting information about the "why" home base is an irregular pentagon.  

2D shape activities, Seuss activities, Dr. Seuss activities, Grinch activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesSince March Is Reading Month, and many classrooms are celebrating Seuss, today's featured FREEBIE also helps practice 2D shapes; as well as letters, numbers 0-120, contractions, colors and more.

seuss activities, common core games, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centersI used a sand pail for one container, as well a "flip up" container from a 10-pack of Mr. Clean "erasers", which is perfect for the Grinch's "mouth". 

LOVE the dry sponges too, as they are perfect for getting permanent marker off laminated name cards, so that I can reuse them each year.  Several dishwashing containers like Cascade, also use flip up containers.

 Click on the link to grab the jumbo, "Feed The Grinch" packet.  I hope you find it useful. 

2D shape activities, Seuss activities, Dr. Seuss activities, Grinch activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesWell that's it for tonight.  I usually zip off a blog article during the day, but life happened this morning, with way too much on my plate all day.  

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a stress-free week. 

"The greatest weapon against stress, is our ability to choose one thought over another." -William James

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

So that my students are interested and engaged, I’m always looking for different and creative ways for them to practice shapes.

Today's blog showcases my brand new puzzle game, along with the "oldie-but goodie" Lorax craftivity, just in time for a "Celebration of Seuss" for March Is Reading Month coming up.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesFirst up are the 3 & 4-piece puzzles that feature 2D and 3D shapes, their attributes, as well as a “real world” example.

SHAPES INCLUDED:

* 2D shapes: circle, semi-circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart, star, & crescent.


* 3D shapes: sphere, cylinder, cone, cube, pyramid, rectangular prism & triangular prism.

 I’ve also included black and white templates so that students can make their own puzzles.Simply pick which shapes are appropriate for your students, then print the colorful patterns on card stock, laminate and trim. 

I’ve also included black and white templates so that students can make their own puzzles.

Children can put them together in an independent puzzle center. To make this a self-correcting activity, number the back of each piece: 1a, 1b, 1c etc.

Make an extra set to be used for a Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” game.
i.e. “I have the triangle word piece, who has the shape and “real life” example pieces?”

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesStudents can also sort them into 2D and 3D shapesI’ve included 2 sorting mats for this.

 I’ve also included black and white templates so that students can make their own puzzles.For a whole group comprehension activity, toss the shape pieces into a container.
* Children choose one and give the attributes.  The color-copies have them listed, where as the BW patterns have this section of the puzzle blank.

OR…
* Children can give 3 clues about the shape card they are hiding; their classmates guess which shape they think is being described.

OR…
* Toss the “real life” picture pieces into a container. Students pick one and tell what shape it is. OR…
* Toss the word pieces into a basket. Children pick one, read the shape word, then draw a picture of that shape on the board.

To practice the “spatial direction” aspect of this standard as a whole group, have children pick a shape piece.
Call out directions for children to follow. i.e “Place your shape above, below, between, on, behind " etc.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesStudents can also pick a piece and go on a shape hunt; listing,then totaling up how many items they found in your classroom that are that shape. I’ve included a worksheet for this.
 
2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesBesides using them as individual puzzle pieces, I designed a variety of covers for both the 3-piece and 4-piece puzzles, so students can make an “Itty Bitty” 2D and/or 3D flip booklet.

These make a fun homework assignment, something for early finishers or struggling kiddos; as well as an interesting lesson for your sub tub

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesNext up is "Shapin' Up With The Lorax";  a quick, easy and fun craftivity, with a variety of game options.
It's one of my most popular shape craftivities.    

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesThere's also an emergent reader, which practices capitalization and end punctuation too.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesI’ve provided both 2D shapes as well as the four, 3D ones. 

Make a set to use for a bulletin board display. We always get tons of compliments on ours.

Make an extra set; cut them in half, and use as puzzles for an independent math center and an interesting way to review symmetry.

Play 4-Corner FREEZE; a game that practices a variety of life skills, like listening and following directions, as well as the 2D/3D shape vocabulary, plus recognition, and counting backwards from 10 to 0.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesMy kiddos absolutely LOVE this game. Easy-peasy for me, and only takes a few minutes, so it’s perfect for the end of the day. I’ve included directions in the packet.

You can also use the Lorax shapes as big flashcards. Hold one up. Children call out what shape it is, along with its attributes, like the number of vertices.

Play “Who’s Missing?” Display a set on the wall. After children leave, take one away. In the morning, children guess which one is missing.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesI’ve also included a 2-on-a-one-page template, so children can pick their favorite shape and create their own Lorax.

For a cute keepsake idea, students can use their hand prints as the mustache, and add accordion-folded legs and arms. (Super fine motor practice!) 

Have older students write attributes on the back. 

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, FREE 2D shape Posters, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesThere are TWO featured FREEBIES today: a 31-page, 2D-shape poster pack2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, FREE 2D shape Posters, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape games   as well as a 10-page, 3D shape set.

They come in a variety of sizes, so you can use them for anchor charts, a bulletin board, flashcards, centers & games.

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Well that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, FREE 2D shape Posters, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesIt's 27 degrees out and snowing, so don't think spring will be along any time soon here in Michigan. 

Perfect weather to snuggle in and dream up some spring activities as an escape. 

Wishing you a cozy day.

"It's only cold if you're standing still." -Unknown

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