Students choose either a mitten or snowman pattern; trace it onto a wordy section of the newspaper, and trim. Children guess-timate how many S's or Mm's they will find and write that information on the matching recording sheet. Students circle the letters and count them as they go and then fill in the rest of their recording sheet.
Students can draw in their own snowman face, or color my pattern. To turn these into dry erase "boards" cut squares out of glossy photo paper. Each student needs 4 to glue on top of the squares on their place value snowman.
Run off the mitten template on a variety of colors of construction paper. Children choose one; teacher paints their hand white and presses it to the center of the mitten. Pulled cotton, glued on the cuff, adds the finishing touch. You could also write students' names in glitter. These make a vibrant bulletin board or winter boarder.
Your students will enjoy making these snowmen with a moveable carrot nose. Choose whatever standard you want your kiddo's to work on: upper and lowercase letter identification, counting by 1's, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's or 10's, or use on your December or January calendar to countdown the days. These are a great way to whole-group assess as well. Students could also partner up and quiz each other.
Use these for your word wall, a bulletin board, or games. Cut them into puzzles and use as an independent center. Includes 3 sets of snowflake tiles for patterning and making groups/sets to match the snowflake number card.
Make these into puzzles for independent centers that will help students count to 100 or review upper and lowercase letters. If you celebrate 100 Day in January, this would be a fun cut & glue activity. Run the tree-box grid off on blue construction paper. Students first cut and then glue the green number-tiles in the correct order. For that extra bit of pizzazz, have children dot on "snowflakes" using a Q-tip.
When your students return from break, challenge them to see how many words that they can make, using the letters in Happy New Year. Set a timer for however many minutes you want them to work on this. I've included my list of 267 words that you can share with your students. Are there some that they don't know? Give them some time to add them to their list and then look them up.
Review upper and lowercase letters + numbers with these cute mini penguin cards. They are just the right size for little ones to sort, pattern, count create equations and sequence with.
When your students come back from Christmas break, discuss resolutions and the goals that they have for the New Year. Children choose a ball and complete the writing prompt. After they share their work, collect and sprinkle on a green-turf background, using the enclosed caption poster in the center: Having A Ball Reaching Our New Year Goals. I've also included 2 more writing-prompt stationery pages, for journal options, including one with a hockey theme.
Here are 16 January writing prompts to help your students WANT to write, by giving them some interesting and fun writing prompts to jumpstart their creative minds, they will be excited to get down to business. A nice plug in for the writing portion of your Daily 5 activities too.