Tweet! Tweet! Life Is Sweet!
It’s now all the rage to “tweet” news, so why not make tweeting a fun writing prompt.
I’ve designed 2 “craftivity” headers for your students to pick from, that will make writing even more fun.
The results will make a lovely springtime bulletin board as well.
Make a robin template by tracing, then cutting the birds out of old file folders.
Students trace them onto recycled newspapers and cut out their robin.
They can leave the bird as is, or add a bit of color to the orange breast, yellow beak and add a black dot for an eye.
Run off the nest master on brown construction paper and have students cut around it.
The robin’s blue eggs can be pre-cut. Review and discus what a main idea is.
Students’ write the main idea of their “newsflash” on the whole egg.
Print off their school photo and cut the headshots into ovals. Students glue their photo to the back of the “hatched” egg.
Children glue the eggs and newspaper bird to the nest and the nest to the top of their “Tweet” paper, writing one to two “tweets”.
The other option is a word art robin. I made this on the awesome website Tagxedo.
You can use my template, (run it off and have students cut it out and glue it to a sheet of brown construction paper & trim.) or you can have students go to the site and type in their own word list, using adjectives that describe their news, or have them type in their entire tweet!
The site is easy to navigate.
Since they did not have a bird shape, I imported one and have provided the clip art for you. Simply use my pdf, save it as a jpeg to your desktop.
When you click on shapes on the left, you’ll get a window with all the blue shape options, on the bottom is a box that says “add image” click on that.
Make sure “desktop” is in the top file window. Scroll down ‘til you find the "robin" file. Click on it to import, then click "accept" in the bottom right box.
The robin is a state bird for several, so make it a teachable moment with a few facts about your state and the bird if you like.
There’s also writing prompt about those “tweet” friends your students have and a mini certificate of praise to tweet the good news to family.
If you have an I Pad or e-mail account at school, with a real Twitter account, (easy to set one up for pupil praise purposes) why not let students who have done an especially fine job with this activity, really Tweet about it!
Let them know about this bonus ahead of time, for added incentive!
Click on the link to view/download the Tweet Stuff packet.
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I LOVE using Venn diagrams with kids.
They are so easy to make and are the perfect way to introduce the compare and contrast concept.
A Venn diagram is so simple that even my Y5’s easily understood them + they really enjoyed making them.
I have my college students vote on the class’ 2 favorite pops and then I bring the drinks for the next class.
They work in small groups and make a Venn diagram comparing the soda. It’s my fun way to introduce them to writing a compare and contrast essay.
For little ones, I introduce the concept of a Venn diagram using 2 hula-hoops and index cards.
We brainstorm the differences and similarities of whatever we’re working on.
I write these things on the white board and give each student an index card to write one of the similarities or differences on.
Using clip art, I also have two pictures to put inside the appropriate hoops along with header cards: similar and different.
I lay the hula-hoops on the floor and intersect them to look like a Venn diagram, putting the picture and header cards in the appropriate sections, and then students lay their index cards where they belong.
For spring, I wanted to make this into a “craftivity” so I chose bunnies.
Their bellies are the Venn diagram. I call them Venn Friends because ½ the students choose a friend’s name out of the Easter basket and team up with the other ½ that’s not in the basket.
To make it a special keepsake I included their school photo.
I have a checklist of 40 ideas that they can find out about each other, discuss which are similarities and which are differences and then choose which ones they want to put on their Venn diagram.
These make an adorable spring or April bulletin board.
Later, each student can take their own bunny head home and the teacher can keep the Venn portions as examples.
Click on the link to view/download Bunny Venn Friends
I had so much fun designing this, that my brain went into overdrive and I sketched a Venn Friend for the months September through May.
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Up Up & Away With This Springtime Review "Craftivity"!
The windy days are here to stay for a while, so making a kite seems to continue to be an appropriate and fun way to review report card standards.
Review the basic shapes by using them as “tail ties” and have students glue them to a piece of yarn that’s attached to their kite.
Reinforce colors and a pattern as well, by making them in bright rainbow colors and have students glue them in that order.
To add a bit more pizzazz, I typed my students’ names in the WordArt program on my computer. This is super easy, so it would also make a nice computer activity for your kiddo's to do themselves.
They cut their name in a cloud shape while we reviewed some wind facts as they snipped away.
You could have students journal a writing prompt on the back or list some springtime - weather word-wall words,
This kite “craftivity” can be found in the 133-page Spring Art & Activity Book. Click on the link to view/download it for lots more fun ideas.
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Show Me A Pattern
A quick way to whole-group assess patterns is with these “High Flying” kites.
Run them off on a variety of brightly colored construction paper.
Students cut them out, punch a hole in the bottom and tape on a yarn tail.
Pre-cut a variety of brightly colored “tail” strips so that students can show you ABAB, ABCABC, AABBAABB, ABBA, AABAAB etc patterns.
Students raise their hand when they have completed placing a pattern on their kite string.
Afterwards children can choose a particular pattern that they like, write it on their kite and glue the strips to the string.
Mount them on a bulletin board, or hang them back-to-back from the ceiling for a super spring decoration in the hallway.
They look great hung in a row at the top of the wall as a pretty border as well.
Make it a special keepsake by having students glue their school photo to the kite.
You can also turn this into a partner game by using the pattern cards.
Students choose a partner, flip over a pattern card and see who can make that pattern the fastest.
The one who does so, gets to keep that pattern card. When all of the cards are gone, or when the timer rings, the one with the most cards is the winner.
Click on the link to view/download Pattterning With Kites
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I love decorating for the various seasons and holidays. It energizes me.
Children’s creations make the best decorations and displaying them is extremely important in building self-esteem and helping students take pride in their accomplishments.
Other teachers and students enjoyed going through my hallway “art museum” filled with “mess-terpieces”.
Their comments to my students were also very encouraging. I find that schools look more interesting, fun and inviting to visitors, when they are festooned with student "craftivities".
An announcement by our principal + warnings by teachers to “Keep your hands off the dangling decorations!” did a pretty good job of helping to keep things from getting slapped down.
Spring Spiral Shamrocks are one of those awesome tempting danglers. A spiral offers great fine motor cutting skill practice.
If you are dealing with Y5’s and younger cut the spiral out so that they have a circle to hang on to when they cut.
Remind them to stay on the “road” and continue to cut on the line as they go along.
Demonstrate this and show how you turn your circle as you cut showing how the “road” will then spiral and dangle down.
Because I made lines across so that children know when to stop coloring, a few little ones might be tempted to cut across, so explain these lines as “stop” features for coloring and that they are NOT to be cut.
Because I teach about rainbows and rainbow color order in March, I like to combine those concepts with shamrocks to get more “bang for my time.”
You can make your ceiling display colorful by giving your students an assortment of rainbow-colored spirals to choose from, or you can have them color their spirals with crayons or markers.
Just and FYI that this is a lot of coloring for a little one as in order for the colors to be dramatic, you need to color both sides.
It is easier to color the spiral before it is cut out, but then in order to color the back, it needs to be cut out in order to see where to color. This is definitely a task for older students.
You can add more colors of the rainbow with the center shamrock as I included a smaller shamrock template for the middle.
Simplify things and make it white or another shade of green or a variety of rainbow colors.
I wanted to show all of the rainbow colors so to create the cool effect pictured, I peeled broken crayons, sharpened them over my shamrock, put a piece of wax paper over the shavings and then pressed an iron on low heat on top of them, you’ll get an instant melted rainbow and lots of oooh’s and ahhh’s from your students.
I teach my students a short rainbow song to help them remember the color order of the rainbow.
Every year when we are working on a rainbow activity they burst into song. This “craftivity” includes the song.
You can also add 3-D pizzazz to the back of your shamrock by cutting out 2 additional shamrocks, folding them in half gluing them together and then gluing the 3-D shamrock to the back of your flat one.
This additional step is also recommended for older students.
Punch a hole in the top of the shamrock, add a yarn loop and dangle from the ceiling.
If you want to put up a caption: ________________________’s class is spiraling into spring!
You can also skip the spiral and just do the melted crayon shamrock. It makes a lovely March bulletin board. Caption: __________________'s class is melting into spring! OR... Wishing you a colorful spring!
Click on the link to view/download Spring Spiral Shamrocks
Be sure and pop back tomorrow for What's In The Hat? A quick and easy shamrock review game.