1-2-3 Come Do Some Saint Paddy's Day Activities With Me
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so I've been busy designing a few things for that week. Today's blog features 4 of my favorites, plus the featured FREEBIE of the day.
First up is the quick, easy and fun "Pot Of Goals" writing prompt craftivity. Students complete the "goal" coin sentence prompts.
Coin Prompts: "I want to...", "I want to be...", "I want to go...", "I want to learn...", "I want to see...", "I want to read..."
Younger kiddos can dictate a one-word response, while older students also include a reason why.
So that you can program your own, I've also included a set of blank coins.
Mount on rainbow-colored construction paper, and hang in an arch in rainbow-color order, on a large wall.
Your title can be: "A Rainbow Of Wonderful Writing".
Next is a shamrock glyph, which is a super-fun little something to do on St. Paddy's Day, or whenever...
No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs. They are a quick, easy and interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions.
Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't, and are also an interesting way to get to know your students; plus completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different!
To practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students pick a partner to "interview", to help them figure out which glyph is their partner's. I've included a data collection worksheet for this, challenging them to try and solve the "mystery" with the least amount of questions.
I've also included 6, whole-group graphing extensions, to practice another math standard.
A Shamrock Venn Friend is also a super-fun way to get to know your students better. These too make an adorable bulletin board for March, and are a visual way to practice "comparison-contrast" writing.
Introduce the lesson with the "What's a Venn diagram?" poster, then have children partner up.
To help them do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.
Each student does their own "different" portion of their shamrock. Afterwards, the two-some glues their shamrock to the “pot of gold”, and takes turns filling in the “same” section oval, which is then glued to the top of the pot.
For that finishing touch, students color their leprechaun, add a school photograph on the leprechaun’s face, then glue it to their side of the Venn diagram.
For added fun, and to practice another standard that mixes math with literacy, I’ve also included a graphing extension.
Finally, the St. Paddy's-Themed CVC Word Packet is a personal favorite.
To break things down, the packet focuses on 100 CVC words that begin with the letters "L is for leprechaun"; "M is for March"; "P is for Patrick", and "S is for shamrock.”
The packet includes:
* A Celtic shamrock craftivity that reinforces CVC words beginning with the letter S
* A leprechaun craftivity that reinforces CVC words beginning with the letter L.
* I’ve also included dice and spinner games, plus …
* A whole-group "Feed the leprechaun” review game, with a matching, mini- independent "Feed the leprechaun" activity.
* Long and short vowel sorting mats, 5 bookmarks for CVC word writing, 26 alphabet shamrock cards, with 20 extra vowel shamrock cards, plus 4 CVC worksheets with 4 anchor chart answer keys. I've also included . . .
* 100 black & white “trace & write” CVC word cards, with covers to make Itty Bitty booklets, 100 mini-CVC word cards, and 100 full-color CVC word cards to use for flashcards, pocket charts, games, puzzles etc.
Finally, there's a "Super Shamrock Sentences” worksheet, 4-page tip list of ideas, games and activities to use the various word cards for, plus a certificate of praise for "wonderful word work."
Today's FREEBIE also has a St. Paddy's Day theme. It's a set of 16 number "strip" puzzles, which help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 10s to 100.
I've included full-color puzzles to use in a center, as well as some black and white ones, so that kiddos can make their own. They are vertical as well as horizontal.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.The sun is shining and even the tall, ugly piles of dirty snow have started to melt.
Hooray! Spring is finally on its way. Wishing you a carefree day filled with springtime fun.
"Spring: The season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More St. Patty's Day Activities With Me
I had a few special requests this week, and thought I'd combine them all in today's blog article. I hope you enjoy them.
Kyanne, from Wisconsin, wanted a simple St. Patrick's Day word search for her young five students. Even though there are a lot of word search generators out there, they mostly have uppercase letters.
Further difficulties arrise, because they share letters, show the words going backwards, as well as diagonally and vertically, so I usually make up my own. I like to include a shape to add interest as well.
Word searches are a great way to practice spelling and build vocabulary, so that's why I think they should be in lowercase letters. I also like them relatively easy (showing the words in forward-horizontal fashion) so that my kiddos don't get frustrated.
If you want to do these easy ones with older elementary students, simply give them 1-minute to find as many as they can. Speed games, help prepare children for timed tests in a non-stressful way. Besides using them as a game, they are a nice plug-in for your Daily 5 word work activities too. Click on the link to view/download the 2 St. Patrick's Day word searches.
Another way to work on words, is by giving students a themed-word and challenging them to create other words, using only the letters that appear in that word. With that in mind, I created How Many Words Can You Find in Leprechaun, and another one for the word shamrock.
Surprisingly, I made 97 words from the letters in shamrock, and found 161 words using the letters in leprechaun. The packet includes recording sheets, as well as my answer keys. Click on the link to view/download the How Many Can You Find St. Patrick's Day activity.
I made 16, which includes some in color, as well as 5 in black and white, so that students can color their own.
Gloria, from Wisconsin, collects my alphabet cards, and wanted some with shamrocks and kites, two big theme weeks for her kinders.
I had already made shamrock alphabet ones, and am now working on the ABC kite cards, to add to our growing collection.
All of the alphabet packets, include a tip list of what to do with the cards, including games like Kaboom, plus a separate set of upper as well as lowercase letters, so that you can play Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games. Click on the link to view/download the shamrock alphabet cards. The kite cards will be done and posted by Monday.
Finally, Sara from Maine, likes to change her 10 frame math center each month. She was looking for some with shamrocks. I spent quite a bit of time making 10 frame templates, so it's pretty easy for me to plug in appropriate clip art to make them for any theme you do.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Feel free to PIN away.
"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow beloings to the people who prepare for it today." -Unknown
For some interesting fun on St. Patrick's Day, challenge students to find as many words as they can, using the letters in leprechaun or shamrock.
1-2-3 Come Learn Contractions and Color Words With Me!
I wanted to make another activity to help students learn and practice contractions. Since spring is just around the corner, I thought I'd design contraction eggs. You can use them for Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham lessons or someting related to spring or Easter.
Because they are often seen "cracked" open, the halves aspect of the egg was a perfect vehicle to show the contraction on one half of the egg, and the words that are involved, on the other half.
If you need a transition activity after reading Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, then run the templates off on various shades of green. You could also revisit this activity for St. Patty's Day too.
If you'd like it to be an activity students can do through out spring, then run off the templates on a variety of bright and pastel colored construction paper. You can keep the laminated eggs in a basket.
I've included a blank set of eggs for you to program with upper and lowercase letters, word wall words, spelling words, equations or whatever else you can think of, to make games for your students.
The "Contraction of the Day" poster egg, is a way you can feature a different half egg each day. Students figure out what contraction or set of words should be on the other half. I've also included over 20 other ideas that you can use these contraction eggs for, in a tips list, which includes games like Kaboom.
Click on the link to view/download the Egg Contraction Packet.
Another egg activity that I think your students will enjoy is an egg color matching game.
Students can match either the colored egg yolk to the color word, in a face up fashion, or flip the cards over and match a colored egg with a color word egg, as a Memory Match game.
If you have plastic eggs, have students twist them apart and match the colors and color words that way. Students can also play "I Have; Who Has?" i.e. "I have the color word egg yellow. Who has the yellow egg?"
Click on the link to view/download the Egg Colors Packet.
If you are looking for more Seuss activities I have over 50 freebies. Simply click on the link to zip over to that section of my site.
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"Why fit in, when you were born to stand out!" -Dr. Seuss