I LOVE glyphs. They are the perfect activity for "listening and following directions!" Plus, a back-to-school glyph can really help teachers get to know their students.
No matter what the age group, students seem to really enjoy making a glyph. Glyphs are also a nice way to decorate a hallway wall and get other students reading to see if they can discover whose glyph it is.
Click on the link to view/print the back-to-school apple glyph.
Apple Tasting Mats & Graph:
The study of apples is one of our science units. One of the facts I teach my students is that apples come in three colors: red, green and yellow.
It's fun for them to taste the 3 different kinds of apples and then have them decide which is their favorite and graph the results.
I'm not only teaching science, but incorporating math and including snack time! What a great use of time as I cover a variety of report card standards and subjects!
One of the problems I had was that when I layed out the different chunks of apple, children couldn't tell which was the red, yellow or green one, so I designed a little mat for them to color.
This will reinforce listening and following directions, ordinal numbers, colors, that particular science fact and later, they can use it for snack time when you put their 3 different apple pieces on the mat for them to taste.
Click on the link for the apple tasting mat and graph.
Apple Pinch & Poke:
For those of you who use my themed-center activities, you know how important Pinch & Pokes are to me. My Y5 students transition from table top to centers.
Pinch & Pokes are one of my consistent centers. Students get a P&P, take it to the carpet along with a large tack or golf tee, and follow the pattern by poking a hole in each dot to make a picture.
If they hold their paper up to the ceiling and shine a flashlight on their picture they will see a "star print" on the ceiling at night.
P&P's are great for building upper body strength as well as increasing finger dexterity, finger and hand muscle strength and coordination and are a fun fine motor skill that students really enjoy.
Click on the link to view/print an apple pinch and poke. Run it off on red, yellow and lime green copy paper to reinforce the various colors of an apple.
One of the vocabulary words that I teach my students is spiral. Learning to cut on a spiral is a great fine motor skill.
Run these apple spirals off on red, yellow & lime green construction paper. Have students glue the top end to their white apple and let them dangle down from the ceiling.
They double as an introduction to autumn poetry/rhyming words, cover science, review the a & e vowels, as well as help students who are learning how to write and identify their name, + they make a darling hallway display that's sure to help build your students' self-esteem when they see their photograph and work displayed for all to view.
What a fun way to cover a lot of "stuff!"
Click on the link to see/print the Appealing Apple patterns.
Whatever arts, crafts and activities you're planning to do during the month of September, I hope they are simply apple-icious!
These activites will be FREE through the month of September and then they will be for sale in an Apple Activity Booklet for only .59 cents.
APPLES is our main theme for SEPTEMBER.
Welcome to our Arts-Crafts & Activities section of the Blog. Each month we'll be featureing something different for you to do with your children at home, or your students at school.
Etc. Before I launch into apples, I have a few non-apple ideas you might like to dabble in.
A SWEET SURPRISE: Why not make a treat bag for your students. It can be for their 1st day, at the end of the first week, or some time in September after they've mastered a report card standard to celebrate the "sweet smell of success!" I buy M&M's and Skittles in bulk at Sams or Costco and then fill the tiny zip bags that you can buy at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores. Some teachers debate the fact that candy rewards are not good for students, but I find that one quick melting M& M or Skittle after lunch is a great incentive or motivator for positive behavior. Click on the link above for a copy of the poem I include in the treat bags I make. I also made "Writing Survival Kits" for my first graders. Click on that link if you'd like to make those for your students.
Crayon Box Cuties: For a cute hallway decoration, keep the empty crayon boxes after you get done dumping the crayons into community sharing tubs. Take a 1st day of school photo of your students and insert one in each of the boxes. Type your class list on the back of the box. Mrs./Mr. _________ has a brand new pack! Punch a hole in the top and dangle from the ceiling! What a cute keepsake. For more great crayon ideas click on the link to check out my crayon unit.
The Wheels On The Bus Are Circles and Round! The first shape I teach my Y5's is the circle. One of the 1st songs I teach them is The Wheels on the Bus. They enjoy dabbing all kinds of round lids that I've collected in a variety of colored paint to make a circle collage. They complete their project by pasting a sticker to the top left hand corner that says: The wheels on the bus are round.. Click on the link to see how I set up their painting station as well as some samples of their awesome collages.
Denim Craft Bag: I don't know about you, but I tote all kinds of things back and forth. from school and I can never find a bag big or strong enough. When I want to take my bag to the park to work so I can get some fresh air, my pencils, scissors and other suppliies get lost at the bottom of the bag and I'm forever wasting time rummaging around looking for them.; and often times I'm lugging books and the strap breaks because the bag's too heavy!
My solution: a sturdy denim bag and it only cost me one dollar because I bought a pair of old blue jeans at a garage sale!
Click here for over 50 crafts 4 kids. Scroll down past their advertisement and click on a craft that interests you.
There's a Johnny Appleseed stamped towel craft at the bottom in Series 700.
APPLE SUBTRACTION SONG & BORDER BOOKLET
You can view/print the February art templates at the end of the article.
Groundhog Day Picture
Review all of the basic shapes with this cute and quick Groundhog Day picture. Here's how:
Harrison and Heidi The Happy Hearts:
These danglers and quick and easy and if your students are like my Y5's they will LOVE making these heart-shaped pals to either take home or have hung as a delightful decoration, dangling from the ceiling. Here's how:
Super Quick Craft Card:
100 Day Mask:
My Y5's love wearing masks. You can punch a hole in either side of these and tie them on your students/children with yarn, or tape on a Popsicle stick and have them hold it up to their face; either way they will enjoy wearing them to help celebrate the big day. Run off the master on white copy paper. Students color the 100 in zany colors with crayons or markers and then TRACE the words. An adult pre-cuts the eye-holes the day before to expedite things. Students cut out the nose hole. Glue on to a paper plate that has been cut in half with an oval cut out for the nose. These could have been hole punched and tied with yarn the day before as well. Have fun and Happy 100 Day to you and yours!
Just in time for Valentine's Day I made a few puzzles, a thank you note for helpers, a trace and write skill sheet, some pencil toppers + some certificates you can give to your students. Enjoy
Click here to print/view the Valentine Fun Sheets.
I hope you have a fantastic February, filled with everything and everyone that you love the most!
On the day my students earned their cup of hot cocoa by spelling the words HOT CHOCOLATE, I thought it would be fun if we also made a paper mug of cocoa. We hung our “mess-terpieces” in the window as a different way to display our work. It was a wonderful way to unwind after a busy day. The “chocolate” glued on the mug, reviewed the “oval” shape, and the cutting and “splattering” activities were great fine-motor skills.
Lay each child's mug in the bottom of a large box lid, have them dip a child's-size toothbrush in white paint and splatter a paint-flecked pattern on their blue mug. I made name labels for my students to stick on the center of their mugs as well as some punch-cut snowflakes. Click on the link to view/print the pattern. Mug of Hot Chocolate
Icicles: To drip or not to drip?
Cut black or dark blue construction paper in half lengthwise. Pour white tempera paint in a plastic squeeze ketchup bottle or empty Elmer’s glue bottle. Have children write their names with a white crayon on their papers and then turn them over. Remove one of the long sides of a box. Place the student’s paper in the box. Have them squeeze a thick line of paint at the top of their paper so that it faces the open end of the box. Lay the box on the table. Give them a straw. Child blows on the line of paint to make “icicles” down the row of his paper. After he has made as many icicles as he wants have them carefully lift up their paper and let it drip a little more, then set aside to dry. These are great put together and used as a bulletin board boarder or hung around the ceiling of your hallway.
Envelope Snowman Puppet:
Give each child a long white envelope, black construction paper rectangle, (for top hat) and some scraps of construction paper, a glue stick and some colored markers. Have them seal their envelope, carefully slit open the bottom (you may want to do this for younger children) and decorate their envelope to look like a snowman’s head. Wrap a piece of plaid ribbon around the bottom of the entire envelope and then staple it on the sides, for the perfect scarf. (Bolts of this go on sale after Christmas.) I also purchased large wiggle eyes and glue dots during the deeply discounted sales going on. They added just the right touch! Red-heart stickers or hot-pink sale-dot stickers make great cheeks. Children can add a smile and they’re set!
When everyone is done, have them think of a name for their snow pal, bring them to the carpet area and sit in a circle. Students insert their hand and introduce their puppet pal to their classmates. To get the “wiggles” out use the puppets to do the Snowman Pokey.
My Y5’s think it’s “snow” fun measuring things! They enjoy the challenge of scampering around finding things that are as long as their ruler, as well as measuring how tall their best friend is and then having their friend measure them. We do a subtraction activity and then compare their heights. I use this as an opportunity to graph how tall everyone is in the class; surprisingly there really isn't that much difference.
They also like to go out and measure how much snow has fallen on the playground or how big the snow bank in front of our school has gotten, where the snowplow man dumps everything when he shovels the walk. That’s why when they get to make their own snowflake yardstick they get very excited. Run off my sheet of 1-inch square flakes on 4 different colors of construction or copy paper. Each child will need 33 white squares, 1 pink square, 1 blue square and 1 light purple square. They glue a strip of 11 white squares on to their 36 ½ inch long piece of tag board and then glue one of the colored snowflake squares down to represent 12 inches; repeating this process for 24 inches, and finally 36 inches; the 24th and 36th square also being a colored snowflake.
I make my tag board strips 1½ inches wide. I’ve also included a list of fun things for your students to measure. If your students are really young and you think a yardstick is too big for them to handle, have your students simply make a 12-inch ruler. Have a room mom help you make the yardstick strips. When you are measuring the tag board use two strips for each child and do not throw away the excess. I measure 36 ½ or 37 inches so there’s a bit of an edge at the end of my students’ rulers to allow for uneven cutting. (I tell them that when they are measuring to use the snowflakes as their guide as they are one inch long.) Lay the two, 1½ inch strips of tag board, on top of each other and then pull them apart until they have reached the length you want. I mark that off with a pen and then glue the strips on top of each other with a glue stick, putting a piece of Scotch tape on top of each end for extra support. This makes their yardstick extra sturdy in the middle.
Have children write their name on their yardstick as soon as they get it. Have them cut two strips of 6 squares long. Have them put glue on the end snowflake marked with an X and put the other end snowflake on top of it so you have a strip of 11. Glue that long strip to the middle of the tag board yardstick followed by a colored 12th snowflake then repeat for the 2nd and 3rd (24 and 36-inch) strips and colored snowflake squares, making sure to butt them up against the previous strip.
Remind students NOT to cut out the individual snowflakes. Only the 3 colored snowflakes are individual. Gluing 36 individual 1-inch squares is simply too much work! I put the lines on the snowflakes so that students can count the squares and know how many inches something is. As with my class, you will probably have a few students cutting out the individual squares too, so I'm giving you a heads up to be on the look out for those little snippers. Snowflake Squares & a list of fun things to measure + a height graph
Just Hangin’ Around Snowman:
Making paper chains are great fine motor skills. Make sure you demonstrate how to put one together right before your students’ eyes. Some of mine always want to pinch the ends together so they look like raindrops instead of circles. I have my students press and hold their links together for a count of 10. That way the glue is sure to stick and hold and their chains don’t fall apart while they’re making them. We vary our counting from 10 to 0 “blasting off”, counting by 10’s to 100, and counting in Spanish. It’s a great way to review counting skills while doing this activity.
Pre-cut 1 ½ inch white and black strips of construction paper on your paper cutter, cutting widthwise. Each student will need 3 white and one black. I also pre-cut the orange noses, and a ½ -inch strip of brown and a ½ -inch strip of black for each student. These become the hat brim and arms of the snowman. Have children draw a face in the middle of one of the strips of white paper and glue on the carrot nose by folding the end of it and gluing just the “hinge” part down, so that it sticks out like a real carrot.
Have students draw 3 buttons on the bottom strip before they make it a link as well. Show them your sample. Students then make their 3 white snowman links making sure to start with their “face” link. Children fold their black “hat” link in half and then fold the ends up and rub glue on each end. Students glue the ends around the top of their white “head” link so that it looks like a hat. The top part looks like the top of the hat. Pass out the small “brim” piece so that they can glue it across the hat. Punch a hole in the top of the hat, loop with a piece of yarn so you can hang from the ceiling. Pass out the brown strips of paper. Students fold them, and cut in half. They hinge the ends like the nose and glue them to each side of the middle “belly” link for arms. Children can have them stick straight out, or they can glue them so they dangle down. Attaching little mittens also looks cute. I give my students a small sticker name label to put across the hat brim. You could also write it on with a white crayon.
What’s the tallest flower in the garden?
Flower Power Math:
Students look at the number inside the flower and then color that many petals, and match the uppercase flower to the leafy lowercase stems on the bottom in these springy-skill sheets. I’ve made a blank tulip page for you to make more letter combinations if you want. Click on the link to view/print the flower skill sheets.
Small, medium and large frogs on a log:
For more fun spring art and activities check my 98-page May Art book. I also have a 78-page Frog Unit as well as an 83-page Flower Unit chock full of wonderful lessons to keep your students actively learning!
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