1-2-3 Come Do Some Name Writing Activities With Me
“Elmer” by David McKee, is a wonderful story about the beauty and importance of diversity. This colorful, patchwork elephant, enjoys making others happy and is an instant favorite of my students.
Inspired by this heartwarming character, and because I’m always looking for quick, easy and fun ways for my students to practice writing their names, I designed some name writing activities featuring a patchwork elephant.
The packet includes:
* Several posters
* 5 worksheets
* 3 different name cards as well as . . .
* Colorful name tags
* Several games plus . . .
* 3 super-cute craftivities
The mosaic letter craft is a personal favorite.
Children color the squares inside their initial then cut it out. On another day, they color the patchwork elephant and complete the worksheet.
When everyone is done, children choose their favorite color to glue their creations on. Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
When you take your display down, collate the pages in alphabetical order and add the cover for an awesome class book.
My Y5s absolutely love painting with watercolors. It's an easy-peasy center for me, so I created an elephant watercolor craft using a coffee filter.
Students can write their name around the circle, or cut out the elephant, mount it to a paper "blackboard" and write their name with colored chalk.
Writing their name with sidewalk chalk outside the school, is also a super-fun activity for your students.
The other name craft is a "so proud pennant". Children write their name on the pennant color of their choice.
They color the patchwork elephant however they want, then attach the pipe cleaner "staff" around his nose.
The pipe cleaner can be bent up a bit so that this is a free-standing place marker, or keep them flat and scatter them on a bulletin board.
Besides these craftivities, the packet also includes . . .
* 5 options for a class-made name booklet with inside pages plus covers.
There are two, 2-on-a page booklets. The one pictured in the mosaic craft, as well as this one, which features a child's favorite color as well.
My personal favorite is the big "color me" elephant featuring a child's initial. And finallly, I've also included ...
* A mini certificate of praise.
For more name writing practice, check out this other name writing packet in my TpT shop which makes a super keepsake.
As long as my students were learning to write and recognize their names, I decided to make practicing especially fun, with this assortment of activities.
Since some of my kiddos came in with just a scribble, I also wanted to show their progress and how much they had improved by the end of the year.
I needed a simple assessment tool for the beginning of the year as well, to see where my students were at, that was also fun for them and easy for me.
With these things in mind, I designed several monthly keepsake booklets specifically for name writing practice.
Finally, I created a "color-me" name writing practice packet too, because my kiddos are simply too young to keep track of a portfolio, and I don't need more work collecting and filing "stuff" for it.
Because coloring is great for strengthening those weak finger muscles, I drew "color me" pictures for each month and put 2-on-a-page to make a "just the right size" booklet.
At the end of each month, they write their name on the appropriate page and give their best effort coloring the seasonal picture.
The booklet provides a wonderful look at the progress children are making, and is perfect to share during conferences.
At the end of the year my students have a wonderful keepsake to take home.
Today's featured FREEBIE is from my Name Writing Activities With An Elephant packet mentioned above.
I've pulled the reminder poster, the "Don't get behind practicing" name cards, plus the 2 "trace me" alphabet bookmarks (one with uppercase letters, the other with lowercase). Use them for practice, then later as an assessment tool.
Click on the picture to zip on over to grab today's FREEBIE: Name & Letter Practice With An Elephant.
Well that's it for today. I'm happily snuggled in my office creating new stuff, as a storm rages outside my window.
We so needed the rain and I love the sound of the thunder. Wishing you a refreshing and relaxing day.
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." -Unknown
"Elmer" by David McKee is a wonderful story about the importance and beauty of diversity. It's one of my students' favorite back to school books.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Horton Hears A Who Activities With Me
Happy TBT (Throw Back Thursday). Elephants are my favorite animals. Although I truly love them all, the elephant holds an extra special place in my heart. Perhaps this is why I find Dr. Seuss's Horton so endearing. I'm also a huge fan of Elmer the Elephant as well.
They were also very popular characters with my Y5's. With that in mind, I designed some Horton-themed activities, with a splash of Elmer for comparison. This blast- from-the-past blog article, features 3 popular elephant-themed downloads that I hope your kiddos will enjoy.
First up is my "Peek-a-Who" Horton-themed writing prompt packet. Run the elephant head template off on gray construction paper; students trim.
They have a choice of 22 "trunk tales" to pick from. These are on separate trunks, which they trim and glue to their elephant head, then complete the writing prompt. Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.
The packet also includes an elephant puppet craftivity made out of a toilet paper tube. If you don't have time for this as a kid-craft, make one up to use as a manipulative when you read the book.
Another writing prompt craftivity reinforces rhyming. It's a 3D project, as the elephant's ear is a flap and flips open. "Horton hears a Who, how 'bout you?" is written on the front of the ear.
Children write their name and in Seuss-style sing song rhyme, write a few lines of what they heard:
"Diane heard a Harley, which was really quite snarly. The Harley's name was Karly and she likes vegetable soup with barley."
There's room under the ear for the student's illustration. These too, make a sweet bulletin board.
Finally, I designed a whopping 42-page Horton-Elmer packet that covers lots of Common Core State Standards in interesting and fun ways.
There are 3 character, setting, event pocket chart cards that you can use for either story, as well as a beginning, middle, and end graphic organizer or anchor chart.
Review who, what, why, when, where, & how with another anchor chart.
Afterwards, have students complete the adorable-matching writing-prompt craftivity.
Practice grammar at the same time reviewing the story, with 15 "fix the sentence" (with capitalization and end punctuation) Horton cards.
Using the 2 Venn diagrams, will help your students practice comparison and contrast writing.
Here they compare charaters (Horton with Elmer), as well as each story. For more practice, the 2 hexagon worksheets will reinforce descriptive writing using adjectives.
There's an Elmer Spin & Color Game, which reviews colors and color words, as well as 4 graphing extensions, a "retell the story" bookmark, plus a label the Horton bookcover anchor chart activity.
An elephant mask craftivity; a "find the letters" newsprint-elephant craftivity, along with some tally mark practice are also included in the packet.
Reinforce colors and color words with 30 elephant color cards + a cover so that students can make an Itty Bitty booklet. They are also great for playing all sorts of games.
Finally, there are a few rhyming, alphabetical-order worksheets with an alphabetical list of 47 words that rhyme with who.
Pick and choose whatever activities fit your needs then end your day with a sweet elephant lollipop treat.
If you'd like to see the animated version of Horton Hears a Who, click on the link for Cat in the Hat theater. It's 25-minutes long, so you could show it over 2 days, as a special treat at the end of your Seuss-celebration week.
Thanks for visiting. I'm not quite ready to let Seuss stuff go, as I'm finishing up a Cat in the Alphabet Hat packet, which has taken much longer to complete than I had planned.
Any hoo, I hope you can pop by tomorrow for my newest Seuss FREEBIE hot off the press. Time to go make meatloaf for dinner. I'm wishing you a day as sweet as Horton and Elmer.
"We won't tell anyone. And if we do, we'll tell them not to tell anyone." -Dr. Seuss's Tommy, from Horton Hears a Who