Sliders are a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess a variety of standards. I've included 5 different Thanksgiving-themed slider patterns, with slider strips for: upper and lowercase letters, numbers to 30, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, & 10's, as well as counting backwards from 10-0 and 20-0, along with a shape slider too.
1-2-3 Come Chase The Gingerbread Man With Me!
I LOVED designing this gingerbread writing and activity packet and am so excited to share it with you. I hope you have oodles of fun with your kiddos doing these fun-filled activities.
Before hand, put up the wanted posters in your room. I've included 3, and think the one with the mustache is a hoot.
Run off the masters and put the notes, signs and clues in a variety of places in your school: cafeteria, library, office, gym etc. Get your principal, secretary, cafeteria staff etc. in on your "ed-venture" and give them a clue card.
After reading the original story of the gingerbread man, tell your students that you are going on an ed-venture looking for the gingerbread man, and to be on the lookout for clues of his where abouts.
Before hand, fill out the clue cards using plenty of spatial directions. To get in some math practice, you may want your kiddos to count steps as they go.
The clue cards also come in black and white, but you may want to print everything in color, laminate, and then save for future years.
As you arrive at the various destinations, have adults at those places, say something like: "Oh no! You just missed him, but he left this clue!" or "I think I spotted him over by that shelf." (A clue card is on the shelf.)
After you make the rounds, return to your classroom to find a note on your door that the gingerbread man had been looking for them. As a special surprise, while you are gone, have a helper set up gingerbread or cookie treats for your snack time.
Now would be the perfect time to do the "Take a bite" graphing activity. Children take one bite out of their cookie, and you graph what they bit off.
I've also included a graph for "Who does or doesn't like the taste of gingerbread?" Both of these graphs can be found in the Gingerbread Class Book packet.
(Back to the original packet) I've included a class book where each student contributes a page, writing about the day's adventure.
There are templates for students to do this separately or in groups.
They can draw pictures or take a photograph.
There's also a graphic organizer where students name their gingerbread man and describe him.
Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread On The Loose Writing and Activity packet.
Later today side note: Woo hoo! I was surfing the net looking to see if anyone else did a gingerbread hunt and found a 1st-grade teacher (Jodi) who does this on the first day of school. She made adorable rhyming clue cards. Click on the link to get her darling FREEBIE. (Fun In First.)
If you did the graphing activity, another fun transition would be to play a quick game of Pieces & Parts. Children color their gingerbread and then cut on the lines to make 6 puzzle pieces.
Students pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice. Whatever number they roll they glue that piece on their template. The 1st one done is the winner. Click on the link to view/download the Pieces and Parts Gingerbread Puzzle.
Finally, another follow-up writing prompt I call "You're The Man!" Your students pretend to become the gingerbread man.
Where are they going? Why are they running? What people/things are they running past? What finally happened to them? I've included a fill-in-the-blank template for girls as well as boys to write on.
Encourage students to do a little research about their destination and include plenty of description in their sentences. Have kiddo's underline adjectives when they do their rough draft, so they know if they have included enough.
I filled in a sample to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
After students share their page, collect, collate and make them into a class book. Click on the link to view/download the You're The Man! Gingerbread Writing Prompt craftivity.
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Interesting bit of trivia: "E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898. Gingerbread Husbands: Gingerbread cakes fashioned like men and gilt, commonly sold at fairs up to the middle of the nineteenth century."
My Y5's really enjoyed playing games. It was a hands-on fun way to get all sorts of life-skills and standards covered in a short amount of time.
I designed "I Spy A Letter." with those concepts in mind, as they will help teach: Common Core State Standards:RF.K1d, L.1.1a
I Spy A Letter is a very versatile packet. Although the picture shows lowercase letter samples, the packet also works on recognizing and practicing uppercase letters in an interesting way as well.
Your students will enjoy becoming ABCDe-tives as they spy letters and then trace them.
They will also like making a slider. Sliders are simply the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet, listed vertically on two separate strips of paper. Students slide their strip through two slits that make a viewing "window".
You can use this packet for table top worksheets, Speed games, or even as an interesting and less stressful assessment tool.
I've also included traceable upper and lowercase letter flashcards with a cover, so students can make Itty Bitty booklets, a tip sheet of what else you can do with the traceable cards, + "kaboom" bomb cards to make games even more fun.
There's an upper and lowercase trace and write worksheet; an upper and lowercase "I Spy!" tracing game sheet, that can double as an assessment tool; + the "craftivity" upper & lowercase letter slider for girls and 1 for boys.
These too can be a fun "I Spy!" game, or used as an assessment tool. Finally, I've also designed an ABCDe-tective certificate of praise.
Click on the link to view/download the "I Spy A Letter" Packet.
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"Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool." -Anonymous
Let’s Make An Oogalie-Googalie
What’s an Oogalie-Googalie (Og for short) you ask? It’s a themed slider with huge cut out eyes that helps you review report card standards in a fun way!
The name comes from a very old song lyric about ooglie googlie eyes.
Your students will go Ga Ga over these monthly OG's!
You can make one each month, or just a few for whatever fits a particular theme you’re doing.
Since it’s March making the kite one offers a fun way for your students to review a variety of report card standards in a unique way.
Run off the slider parts on construction paper. Students cut and glue them to make an adorable Og.
Choose whatever strips you'd like your students to review and run them off. Students slip them through the eye-slits creating a slider for easy review.
Og’s are a quick art project that reviews: shapes, colors, numbers, upper and lowercase letters, simple equations and CVC words.
For a cute keepsake, have students glue school photographs on the strip and key the blank strip with names. This is a fun way to read names and review who is who in your class.
Use the blank strip to fill in other report card standards you want to review like more difficult addition and subtraction equations than the ones I've provided.
Click on the link to view/download Oogalie Googalie report card standard helper sliders.