1-2-3 Come Do A Mitten Craftivity With Me
Run off the mitten pattern on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students choose one, cut it out and color the snowflake. For that finishing touch, glue a school photo to the center of the snowflake.
Each child also needs a copy of the booklet pages. They are on one sheet for easy printing. As a whole group, read the sentences aloud. Pause, while students fill in the blanks, complete the writing prompt and add end punctuation.
I also wrote the color of my mittens, using a marker that color. Have students write the number, as well as the number word in the blank, for how many pairs of mittens they own.
Children cut, collate and then staple their booklet to the cuff of their mitten, and write their name on the cover.
When everyone is done, have children share their mitten booklets.
I've included a graphing extension for colors of mittens, with a tally time worksheet.
Another graph shows whether they prefer gloves or mittens.
There are also a few mitten math extensions. Do the worksheets as a whole group, or break children up into small groups to figure them out.
To help explain what you want students to do, the packet includes a completed sample that you can share with them, or, if you have the time, make a sample of your own.
Completed projects make an adorable winter bulletin board. Scatter the mittens on a background of blue. Use snowflake wrapping paper for extra pizzazz.
For that finishing touch, edge with a border of paper snowflakes that your kiddos cut out. White doilies cut in half are also lovely.
Click on the link to view/download the Emergent Reader Mitten craftivity. That's it for today's newest FREEBIE. Thanks for visiting.
I spent an hour on Pinterest last night, so my brain is brimming with ideas, and my desk is cluttered with notes and sketches.
If you'd like to see the boards I take way too much time on, click the link to zip on over. I have one specifically for mittens! Almost all of what I pin are educational FREEBIES, crafts, games and just plain fun timesavers. I did lots of work, so you don't have to.
Playing on Pinterest gets me excited for all of the up-coming celebrations, and like everyone else, I have way more things to get done, than I do the time to make them all in. Wishing you a productive and carefree day.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it." - Mary Engelbreit (Perhaps this is what my husband means when he tells me to embrace winter. Brrrrrr.)
1-2-3 Come Do Some Mitten Activities With Me
Do you read The Mitten by Jan Brett? It's one of my favorite winter stories and perfect for all sorts of sequencing activities.
With the aid of the materials provided for teachers on Jan's site, I designed 5 activity packets that cover all sorts of standards. I hope you enjoy them. They are today's featured FREEBIES and have been very popular downloads.
The Language Arts Mitten packet also provides sequencing practice.
My kiddos loved making the mitten paper plate pocket to keep their things in.
This 24-page packet is chock full of activities that cover a variety of standards and includes:
Another Mitten Literacy Packet, includes more ordinal number-sequencing practice that will help your kiddos retell the story, including a "beginning-middle-end" graphic organizer.
There's also a worksheet where students label the parts of a book, plus pocket chart cards for character, setting and event. I've also included 8 bookmarks to prompt retelling the story.
Another interesting way to review the story and practice end punctuation and capitalization at the same time, is with The Mitten Pocket Chart Punctuation packet.
You can do this as a whole group activity with laminated cards (give students a dry erase marker for them to make corrections) or give each child a card to fix, by rewriting it on a sheet of scratch paper, then sharing their corrections with the class.
Finally, Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to introduce students to the concept of comparison-contrast writing.
They're great practice if you've already done so, and especially perfect for visual learners.
There are 3 in the Mitten Venn Diagram packet to choose from.
Do one as a whole-group activity to explain things, (compare mittens and gloves) and then give students a choice of the other two. (Compare two characters in The Mitten, or compare the story The Mitten with Jan Brett's other story The Hat.)
Thanks for visiting. I hope you found some extension activities to do with your mitten theme. As for me, it's time to help my grandson pick up Toys R Us that seems to have deposited itself all over my office. Wishing you a day filled with contentment.
Cute quote: "If kisses were snowflakes, I'd send you a blizzard!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Make Some Thanksgiving Emergent Readers With Me
My Y5's loved when we made little booklets. Even though they didn't really know how to read, via picture clues and repetition, they were able to remember simple words and actually "read" these booklets, by the time we were finished with them.
This helped build their self-esteem and confidence and they were eager for more. Parents were excited and encouraging, when their little one would share what they had made in school that day, a total win-win.
With that in mind, I decided to design a template that I could use to make all sorts of emergent readers, for the various months and themes.
Thus, a "strip" booklet, as well as a "snip and flip" booklet, came about. They are being debuted here. I'm excited to make some for December and winter themes as well; working my way through the year, as my days fly by.
The first "snip and flip" booklet is a Thanksgiving Counting booklet, which packs in quite a few standards.
I named these emergent readers "snip and flip" because students snip on the dashed lines and then flip the pages over, to reveal a page underneath.
Students trace and write the numbers and number words; they read the simple sentences and add end punctuation, then color the pictures in the group/set.
Review adding one more to complete the next grouping, as students count from 1 to 10. You can also practice counting backwards from 10 to 0 by reading the booklet in reverse.
Snipping the pages on the dashed lines, provides great fine motor skill practice. When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group to review concepts of print.
As you read the booklet, reinforce some of the Thanksgiving facts that your students have been learning: i.e. What was the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America? What was the name of the Wamapanoag brave that helped the Pilgrims? etc.
Click on the link to view/download the Thanksgiving Snip and Flip Counting booklet.
The next emergent reader, is a Thanksgiving "strip" booklet. I named these easy readers that, because I can fit 5 pages or strips, on a one-page master, for easy printing.
Students get one to two whole pages that they cut into strips, then collate and staple into a 5 to 10 page "just-the-right-size" booklet.
Students read the simple sentences that I've packed with Dolch words, as well as sight words, using the pictures as clues for unfamiliar words.
They trace those words then rewrite the sentences, remembering proper capitalization, spacing and end punctuation.
Both these emergent readers, are perfect for your Daily 5 activities, or are wonderful to send home if your school requires homework or home-school connections. Click on the link to view/download the My Thanksgiving Emergent Reader Strip booklet.
The 1-2-3 Count With Me booklets, can also be used as emergent readers. They involve all sorts of simple math standards and are based on a 10 frame.
Thanks for visiting today. It's time for me to organize my desk.
I'm one of those people who can't work when things are in a mess and I have drawings, notes, and half completed piles of paper everywhere. No more flitting! Wishing you an energy-filled and productive day.
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~H.U. Westermayer
This little booklet packs in quite a few standards. Students trace and write the numbers and number words; they read the simple sentences and add end punctuation, then color the pictures in the group/set. Review adding one more to complete the next grouping as students count from 1 to 10.
1-2-3 Come Play Some Halloween Games With Me
Are you looking for a few quick and fun things to plug in on Halloween? Something interesting for your kiddos, easy for you, and will still be educationally relevant? Then I think you'll enjoy my Ready Set Ghost! Halloween games packet.
Everything's pretty simple with a lot of variety. You can review and practice math, counting, letter recognition, end punctuation, capitalization, spelling, sequencing and more.
Here are a few things that I've included in the 28-page packet:
There are all sorts of math dice games that will help review numbers, counting and addition: A very simple one is the coloring puzzles.
Students choose one of three options; color their paper then cut on the lines making a 6-piece puzzle.
They pick a partner and take turns rolling a single dice. Whatever number they roll is the numbered puzzle piece that they glue on their grid.
Older students can work on addition, with the Race to 100 game. They too pick a partner and take turns rolling dice.
Children add the 2 dice together and then X off that many boxes on their 100 chart. Who will be the first one to get to 100?
Another 100 chart activity is a Halloween hidden picture worksheet. Students can listen and follow the directions of the teacher, or read the numbers on their worksheet. A successfully completed paper, will reveal a Jack-O-Lantern.
Have you made a list of all sorts of fall words for your word wall? The "I mustache you to unscramble the words" worksheet, will help students practice them.
Give children a minute or two to try and figure out as many as they can. Did anyone get all 22? There's an answer key to save you time.
I've also included another mustachioed ghost worksheet, which asks students to add end punctuation to however many Halloween-themed sentences that you want them to work on.
Students can work on more vocabulary skill building, by challenging them to use the letters in pumpkin, to see how many new words they can create. I've included my list of 20.
Younger students can spin and spell Happy Halloween! There are two spinners to choose from, a recording sheet and a colorful answer key poster to help little ones know where to put the letters.
Even preschool children can work on addition skills with the candy corn counting game. There are several math mat options, including one that the children color.
Students can work independently or choose a partner and take turns rolling the dice. Each child gets 13 pieces of candy corn. (Pre count them and put in Dixie cups).
Children can eat one, then use the rest as manipulatives to put on their candy corn counting mat, making groups of whatever numbers they roll. I've also included a recording sheet (2 on a page) where students can "show" their work.
If you want to practice letter recognition, play upper or lowercase "I Spy" . You can reuse the worksheets as many as 5 times, depending on how you have students record their findings. (Trace the letter, trace the circle, color, X-off, bingo dot etc.)
Finally, just for fun, I've included a Halloween version of "Trick" Tac Toe. There are six manipulatives children can choose to play with, plus a set of black line tokens they can color.
Click on the link to view/download the Halloween game packet: Ready, Set, Ghost!
Well that's it for today. I hope you found something useful that will make Halloween less stressful for you, and more fun for your students.
I'm off to change the light bulb on the front porch. Since I'm ready for those sweet trick or treaters, I better have the lights on. Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween.
"I love the childhood memories of Halloween, the excitement and energy that comes with it. Even the air feels different on Halloween; festive, fresh and crisp."
1-2-3 Come Do Some Colorful Fall Activities With Me
Because of the Halloween Colors packet, I had 2 requests for something similar, that was less Halloween and more fall in content. Both gals teach at schools where they don't celebrate Halloween, but do cover all of the Common Core that I incorporated into the packet.
I decided to revamp The Colors Of Fall easy reader. It's one of my first booklets, before I took computer classes and bought lots of software, clip art and fonts, yet it's one of my personal favorites, as my husband helped me tweak my poem.
He's a stickler for the appropriate number of beats for consistancy in a rhyme. I've included a poster poem to share with your students before they start working on their own booklet.
Children read the simple sentences (lots of Dolch and word wall words here).
They correct the beginning capitalization and then add end punctuation.
Using matching colored markers or crayons, they trace, write and color the color words and then color the pictures.
There's also a color word worksheet, graphing extension and spinner game.
Click on the link to view/download The Colors Of Fall packet.
As long as I was on a roll, I decided to whip up an all-leaf themed one, using the same format.
I wasn't sure I was going to use all of the colors, because purple, pink, blue and white are certainly not common leaf colors, but I managed to fit them all in.
As with the other two packets, there's a booklet, worksheet, graphing extension and game. Click on the link to view/download The Colorful Leaves packet.
Anna and Karla were happy about the new additions, and said "Just what I was looking for!" so I hope you can use them too.
Now that I'm calmer, I'm off to try and figure out 3 stupid TV remotes, (Isn't 3 times a charm?) so that I can watch a Disney movie with my grandson. Things have gotten so complicated I'm ready to throw them all out the window! Oh for the days of on-off-and fast forward, with only ONE remote. If you hear a crash you'll know I wasn't very successful... Wishing you a stress-free day.
"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it." - Henry Ford
1-2-3 Come Do Some Interesting Activities With Me
Since the lists of my all-time favorite books for various units, have been so popular, I decided to make one for my love-themed selections, which include Valentine's Day books and books about hugs, kisses and love.
I think it's probably my biggest collection, as Valentine's Day has been my favorite holiday since I was five. Click on the link to view/dowload the list of My 100 All-Time Favorite Valentine Books.
Books need a bookmark, so I designed ten Valentine bookmarks that you can use as incentives (challenge students to collect all of them as they complete various tasks each day) or give as prizes on your party day.
Click on the link to view/download the Valentine's Day Bookmark packet.
Like the book lists, the punctuation pocket cards, have also been extremely popular, so I made a set of 30 with a valentine theme. Print; laminate and trim.
You can put them in your pocket chart, read as a whole group and then make corrections with a dry erase marker.
Students circle the letters that should be capitalized, and then add end punctuation.
I made a lot more cards for this packet, as I thought it might be a fun activity for Valentine's Day.
Pass one out to each student to make corrections and then share the results with the class.
I purposely included quite a few contractions in the simple sentences to provide yet another teachable moment. Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Grammar Cards.
While I was making the valentine clock cards yesterday, I was working on several other telling time activities, and finished them today.
Whatever number they land on, is the heart that they color on their recording sheet. Students also write in the digital time, and if you want, have them cover the heart with a candy one.
The student who completes their clock first is the winner. The prize can be the candy hearts. Inform students that they may eat one, and then put the rest in the box to take home. Click on the link to view/download the Candy Heart Clock Game.
Finally, I also finished the Watch Me Tell Time whole-group assessment activity. Print off the pocket watch page on tan or gold paper, cut off the directions.
Run off the clocks and digital time rectangles on glossy photo paper. Cut out the clocks and boxes and glue one to each pocket watch paper. You've now created a dry erase board.
Call out a time. Using a dry erase marker, students draw hands on the clock face and write the digital time in the box. When they are done, they hold up their pocket watch.
This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess analog and digital time to the hour or half hour. (Common Core State Standard: 1.MD.3) Click on the link to view/download the Watch Me Tell Time assessment packet.
Thanks for visiting today; I hope it's love-filled. Feel free to PIN away!
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey
1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowman Activities With Me
They are great for comparison and contrast writing prompts. Venn diagrams are perfect to help students organize their thoughts before they write.
There's one where they draw details on the snowmen to look like the two characters they are comparing. For the other one, they contrast two snowman books. Click on the link to view download the Snowman Venn Diagrams.
I took the snowman packet a step farther and also reinforced the days of the week.
Students circle capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the color and day words, + color the hat and scarf on the snowman. (See photo for a close up.)
A worksheet, 3 graphing extensions, a bookmark and spinner game, are also included. Click on the link to view/download Snowman Colors.
I'm also working on a matching snowman color puzzle to go along with this packet. Students can put them together as an indendent center, or play a game with a partner. You could also give each child one of their own to complete and then use for your winter word wall. I'm putting the finishing touches on, and will post it with tomorrow's newest FREEBIES.
So glad you popped by today. Feel free to PIN away.
“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meander the streets and children trudge sleds and chase snowballs. No one seems to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happens.” -Rachel Cohn