Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Do Some Nursery Rhyme Activities With Me

“Rhyme Time” story wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice the “retelling & sequencing a story" standards.

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsSince "The 3 Little Kittens"  wheel was so popular, I decided to make one for "Humpty Dumpty" as well as "Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Spider"  and will continue to add to this collection.

I plug nursery rhymes in each month, when they fit in with whatever theme we're studying.

"Humpty Dumpty" is perfect for our spring egg unit, and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" goes well with our study of rainy spring weather.

All of the packets contains background information on the nursery rhyme, along with a colorful anchor chart poster of the poem.

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsnursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsI’ve included a BW version for students, to help practice reading and whatever other skills you are working on.

Since both “itsy bitsy” & “eensy weensy” are popular ways to describe the spider, I’ve included both versions on the anchor chart, as well as the wheel covers.

When everyone is done with their “Rhyme Time Story Wheel”, take a moment to retell the nursery rhyme as a whole group, by turning the wheels.
Can anyone recite it?

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsI also have my students pick a partner and take turns sharing their wheels with each other.

Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies.

This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.

For writing practice, have students complete the writing prompt worksheet, then color it.

Afterwards, they can share their work with the class.

You can use the color copy as a whole group activity with little ones.

"Story Sliders" are another way to practice these standards. 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsAs with the wheels, I've also made a slider for "Humpty Dumpty" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider".

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsnursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsBoth nursery rhymes have 2 slider (outside) pattern options to choose from. 

Pick your favorite or give children a choice. 

You could also do one as a whole group activity & use the other one as an independent center.

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsnursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsAdding wiggle eyes to the spider, or silver glitter to the spout, creates some extra 3D pizzazz for the "spider slider".

Students color the story elements on their “slider strip” then cut & glue it together.

As children pull on the end of the strip, the various pictures go through the “window”, which helps them retell the nursery rhyme. 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsAs with the wheel craftivity, "sliders” are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsFor 2 more ways to check comprehension, I've included a (color, cut & glue) “Let’s Sequence the Rhyme” worksheet, as well as a “What Happened?" writing prompt. 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsFinally, I also made a collection of nursery rhyme writing prompt worksheets, with borders that match the nursery rhymes

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsThere are blank patterns so you can dream up your own prompt, or have children use the "Here's What Happened" (first, next, then, & finally) writing prompt worksheets.

The packet includes color as well as black & white patterns, and covers 10 different nursery rhymes:

1. Baa Baa Black Sheep
2. Eensy Weensy Spider
3. Hey Diddle Diddle
4. Hickory Dickory Dock
5. Humpty Dumpty
6. Jack & Jill
7. Little Miss Muffet
8. Mary Had a Little Lamb
9. There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
10. Three Blind Mice
 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsToday's featured FREEBIE, is a "Sweet TWEET" versatile writing prompt craftivity. 

You can use it for an awesome Mother's Day card ("I have a terrific mom & that's worth tweeting about!") as well as for the end of the year, summer, or back to school

There are prompts for each. 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

I'm watching 2 of my grandchildren this afternoon, so time to put my "Nana" hat on.

Wishing you a wonderfully relaxing, and love-filled day.

"I can't promise my grandchildren that I will be here for the rest of their lives; but I can promise them, that I will always love them for the rest of mine." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Chick Hatching Activities With Me

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsDo you study chickens or hatch chicks as a life cycle science unit?
Our preschool does; they get their fertilized eggs from a local farmer.

With that in mind, I designed this jumbo chicken packet, which is chock full of a variety of activities that you can easily diversify, as you practice all sorts of math, science & language arts standards.

The packet includes:

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick crafts* A collection of posters:

These can be used as anchor charts, decorations, countdowns, reminders & bulletin board displays. Several are also included in black and white so that you can use them as worksheets for your students.
 chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick crafts* crafts:

Such as the "When Will I Hatch?" slider craftivity, which helps practice counting backwards from 21-0, as well as counting forward from 0-21.  

Children can show you an AB-AB color pattern, as they trace the numbers with 2 different colored highlighters.

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsThere are also several Life Cycle of a Chicken craftivities as well. 

Children can make a "flip the flap" chick life cycle, or show the various stages of the 21 days of an embryo inside an egg.

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsAnother version is a "flip the flap" egg-shaped life cycle craft, which begs the question: "What came 1st, the chicken or the egg?"

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsThere's an incubator, as well as an egg option.  All patterns come in color as well as black and white.

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick crafts* puzzles:

So that you can easily diversify lessons, there are a variety of puzzle options available.

There are the simple 3-piece sequencing puzzles, as well as the 6-piece "Chicks on a Roll" puzzle dice game.

My 4-year-old grandson absolutely loves playing these puzzle dice games, as do my Y5 & kinders. 

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsThe 3-piece egg-shaped puzzles are a bit more complex, as students put together the number, number word and group/set of that many together. 

To make this independent center activity self-correcting, number the pieces accordingly on the back. 

The number "strip puzzles" practice numbers 12-21, which are great for those toughie teen numbers, as well as help to reinforce the 21-day "chick hatching" concept.

The large, 11-piece egg-shaped puzzle does the same thing.  All puzzles come in full color so you can use them for a center, as well as black & white, so that kiddos can color, cut and make thier own to take home. 


chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick crafts* Venn diagrams & graphic organizers plus...

* a variety of games: which practice ordinal numbers, patterning, sequencing, counting & a variety of other standards. There are also numberous ...

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick crafts* writing prompts:

Such as "A Chick Hatched Today!" craftivity, which can be a simple sentence for PK kiddos, or something more involved for older students. 

I've included my completed sample, that you can print off to share as an example.

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsFold over a diamond scrap of paper to make the chick's beak 3D.

Completed projects look adorable as a spring bulletin board, or hung back-to-back and suspended from the ceiling. 

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsThe "If I Had A Chick For A Pet..."  is also a super-fun writing prompt, as many of our preschoolers ask if they can take a chick home once they hatch.  We return them to the farmer, so this is a fun "what if" for them. 

If you also get your eggs from a nearby farm, then you'll enjoy the "Thank You; I Learned A Lot!"  writing prompt card.

Use the colorful one for all your little ones to sign, or the black & white option, for older students to complete on their own, then drop the card(s) off when you give the chicks back.  The packet also includes plenty of ...

 

* chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsvocabulary building & word work, which include Elkonin boxes, pocket chart cards, a word find, a "How many words can you make?" game, an alphabetical order race & more. (Perfect for Daily 5.) Plus...


* observations, experiments, & data analysis along with ...

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick crafts* calendar & countdown activities:

Which includes a real calendar page you can do as a whole-group, or have students keep track on their own, jotting down a daily note of "what's happening".  I've included "stickers" for extra special days. 

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsBecause my kiddos were forever asking, "How many days 'til a chick hatches?" I decided to make a countdown paper chain. We tear a link off each day. I've included several options, as well as a black & white pattern if you want your students to make their own.  

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsStudents can also color an egg on their "countdown worksheet". I have my students choose two colors to show me an ABAB pattern. 

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsThe "A-MAZE-ing" life cycle of a chick, "itty bitty" countdown booklet, is also a fun way to reinforce counting.

There's also...
* graphing extensions &
chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick crafts* worksheets: which practice a variety of standards in quick, easy & fun ways.

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, egg experiments, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsBecause many children have not seen a rooster, chicken or chick before, I've included 33 real photographs.

Studying chicks wouldn't be complete without an "eggs-citing" scientific look into what's happening, so I designed 3 booklets.

You can do these as a whole group with little ones, using the colorful template options, or have older students color their own booklet; or mix & match doing several together & one or 2 independently. 

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, egg experiments, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsI don't take anything for granted when teaching my Y5s, as many of them have very limited experiences. 

With that in mind I designed the "Eggs-amining" An Egg activities and booklet to record their findings. They especially enjoy cracking an egg on their own, seeing if an egg will sink or float, & having a "spin contest".

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, egg experiments, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsThey do this with both a raw and hard boiled egg then compare their findings.

Students can work individually, with a partner or in a small group. You can also do this as a whole group activity with little ones.

Another one of the booklets is "Chick This Out" an observation egg-shaped booklet where the teacher or students can record what's going on with the eggs/chicks each day.  

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, egg experiments, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsThe 3rd booklet is a "Peek Inside" flip booklet where students record what's going on inside the egg.

These can simply be a few pages for little ones, or more in-depth observation and analysis through "candling" or learning about what's taking place via the photographs, "fast facts" information or educational links that I've included. 

chicken life cycle activities, chicken crafts, chick hatching activities, egg experiments, chick hatching photographs, chicken games, chick games, life cycle of a chicken posters, life cycle of a chick games, life cycle of a chick craftsFinally, as a culminating activity, I designed some "visitor" activities.

Since we have all sorts of people parading through the preschool to take a look at the chicks when they hatch (the principal, staff, & lots of other classrooms), I thought it would be fun to create a guestbook.

I've included a page for visiting classrooms to fill out then sign prior to their arrival, which includes a place for questions they may have.

There's also an invitation to hang up in the teacher's lounge, as well as an individual note, which can be placed in their mailbox. Welcoming posters, and a sign to hang on your doorknob, are all included as well. 

Well that's a quick review of what's in this whopping 342-page Chick packet, which is currently on sale for 50% off. 

As always, I give away 2 jumbo packets each month, along with a $10 TpT gift card, so be sure and check out my Face Book page, and enter to win my monthly "Flash Fun" Giveaways.  

mothers day cupcake card, mothers day crafts, mothers day cards, mothers day activities, mothers day writing promptsSince Mother's Day is just around the corner, today's featured FREEBIE is a Mother's Day Cupcake Writing Prompt Craftivity.  I hope you find it useful. 

Chick hatching activities, chick crafts, chicken activities, life cycle of a chicken activities Well that's it for today.  It's been a long week, so it's time to relax and take a much-needed break.

Here in Michigan, spring has FINALLY sprung and the flowering trees are absolutely gorgeous!  Wishing you a wonderful and stress-free weekend.

"Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Spring Shape Activities With Me   

Years ago I drew my first "shapely" animals; and since the penguins were so popular, I continued to design different animals for the various seasons.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Today I'm featuring my newest creation, "Shape Up!" with  "Lions & Lambs" packet, along with 3 other popular springtime "shapely critters": chicksbunnies & frogs.

sheep shapesWhether you're teaching 2D shapes for the first time, or simply looking for a review, these cuties will add some zing to your spring, lion & lamb-themed lessons.

shapely lion sample picturesThere are 3 crafty options.

Younger students can simply color the lion & lamb-faced worksheet of their choice with no cutting, or draw in their own head on the blank shape, while older kiddos can cut and glue a lion or lamb head to their favorite shape.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, There’s a simple “straight-edge” shape pattern for little ones that’s easy to cut, along with a more challenging shape pattern where students cut the lion’s mane and the sheep’s body out for a more realistic look.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Children can glue the lion head to the “shapely” mane, or the lamb head to the “shapely” body of the sheep.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, For more pizzazz & to add some 3D pop, students can accordion fold a strip of paper, glue it to the back of the head, so that it ”wiggles”.

The packet also includes posters & games with colorful cards to use as a center activity.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, There are black & white patterns so students can make up their own games as well.

There’s also a selection of worksheets, which practice shape words, & attributes, plus a certificate of praise bookmark.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Make a set of your own to use as flashcards, anchor charts, or a “4 Corners” game, (Directions included).

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Completed projects make an adorable spring bulletin board or hallway wall display.
I’ve included 2 posters to help enhance your display.

2D shapes included: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart & star. 

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Another springtime animal in this collection is an adorable baby chick.

The "Slick Chick" packet follows a similar format, but also includes 3D shapes, and an emergent reader booket.

Students read, trace and write the shape word, fill in the shapes to look like chicks; trace the shape and then draw that shape.

They also underline the capital letter and add end punctuation

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, The bunny rabbit is certainly a symbol of spring as well.  I had a lot of fun designing a cute little face for this "shapely" animal friend.

The 2D shapes are easily recognizable, as they are simply topped off with a pair of bunny ears.

To make them especially cute, I've included a pattern for a ladybug & 3D butterfly to add some extra pizzazz. 

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, The spots on their wings match the bunny's various shapes too.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Finally, many of my teacher friends have a springtime, frog theme going on, as they study life cycles; so perhaps the "Funny Frogs" shape packet works for you. 

The format is also similar, but also includes a short “giggle” tale about Ferdinand the frog and Princess Penelope, who was turned into a fly!

Read it as an interesting way to introduce the shape craft, then have older students "flip up the mouth" and write their own "fractured fairy tale" on the frog's "tongue".

There’s a set of discussion questions for the story, as well as a comprehension worksheet.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Today's featured FREEBIE is a whopping 41-page, whimsical"Shapely Mouths" packet, which will help you review, as well as assess 2D shapes and shape words.  I hope you find it useful.  

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

It's a dreary day here in Michigan; rainy, cold & windy.  Perfect for snuggling in and reading a good book, or putzing wth my "too long" To Do List.

Wishing you a cozy & cuddly kind of day, filled with all the things you enjoy the most.

"A rainy day is a special gift to readers." -Amy Miles

1-2-3 Come Do Some Lion & Lamb Activities With Me.      

The simile “March roared in like a lion then left like a lamb” basically holds true for weather here in Michigan.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesBecause of that, I designed an entire “lion & lamb” weather-themed packet, which is very versatile.

It’s chock full of a huge variety of activities that are suitable for different grades & skill levels. (PK-3rd).

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesI introduce March with Marion Bauer’s book, “In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb”, which was the inspiration behind the “door dangler” writing prompt craft in the packet, as a lion comes knocking at a little boy's front door.

The story is wonderfully illustrated with short rhyming text, perfect for introducing metaphor & simile  to older students as well.

“March comes with a roar.  He rattles your windows and scratches at your door.
He turns snow to mud, then tromps across your floor.
March comes with winter clinging to his tail.
He scatters sleet and sometimes even hail.”

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesMy Young Fives absolutely love the lion & lamb weather analogy, which is perfect for introducing a variety of weather conditions to them.

I designed a set of pocket chart cards for this, as well as made a collection of 32 photographs that depict a variety of "real" lion & lamb-like weather. There are 2-on-a-page for quick printing.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesTo whole-group assess their ability to identify, then classify the weather, I made a set of 6 lion & lamb Popsicle stick puppet pals. Choose your favorite or give children a choice.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesThey color, cut & glue a lion & lamb back-to-back, then insert a Popsicle stick.

Teacher shows a pocket chart, weather card. 

Students decide if that type of weather is a lion or a lamb, flipping their “puppet paddle” accordingly.

You can also ask them about their current weather, or to vote whether they think March will come in like a lion or lamb, as well as predict what the weather will be on the last day of March.

I"ve included 3 graphing extensions for this.

The photo-posters can also be used like the weather cards. What clues in the photograph make them think that the weather is lamb-like, or was the result of a lion-kind of day.  

The photographs can also be used to inspire a writing prompt, where kiddos pick a picture then make a list of adjectives that describe it, write a descriptive sentence, paragraph, poem or short story. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesFor an awesome bulletin board, display the photo next to students' completed work. 

Younger kiddos can sort the pictures using the lion & lamb sorting mats.  Make an extra set and cut them into puzzles to use for an independent center. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesWe also track the weather for the month of March with a "color, cut & glue" calendar worksheet, with a culminating math activity, which practices, counting, comparison, greater & less than, as well as tally marks & graphing.  

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesOlder students can record their data and analysis in the March Weather Journal, which is an interesting & fun diary-type writing assignment.  

All of the activities come in color as well as BW for kiddos. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesI've also included a super-fun variety of writing prompt craftivities.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesDidn't  matter what grade I taught, as soon as I tossed in a bit of hands-on craftiness, my students were riveted and couldn't wait to begin.  

The beauty of these "craftivities" is that they can be completed by little ones, as well as older students who will write more in-depth. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesSo that they fit your students' skill levels, I give you a list of writing prompt suggestions.

Simply pick which one's appropriate for your students or give them a choice.  

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesI've also given you the ability to choose how you wish to display them. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesChildren can make a booklet, horizontal/vertical display, or dangler that's suspended from the ceiling.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesTo slide in the poetry genre, I've also included a poster-poem for William Cullen Bryant’s “Stormy March”.

There are 100+ pages of games, centers, whole-group activities, anchor chart-posters, worksheets, and Venn diagrams.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesBesides the black & white templates, so you can quickly & easily make samples, or do activities as a whole group with little ones, I’ve also included full-color patterns for all of the activities.

To save you even more time, I tucked in my completed writing sample templates, so you don't have to make up your own. 

If your students are like mine, they'll give their "best effort" because these prompts are especially fun for them. Added bonus: completed projects make a terrific spring bulletin board.

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, wind tricks poem, spring poetry, wind poems, sheep activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE is "Wind Tricks" ; a 31-page poetry packet, which includes the games "Windy Words" and "Blow Some Words My Way", along with a variety of quick, easy and fun "rhyme time" activities.  I hope you find it useful. 

lion and lamb activities, weather activities, weather games, weather centers, march bulletin boards, march writing prompts, lion crafts, lamb crafts, sheep activitiesWell that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

The weather finally feels like spring today (high 60s) so out to the garden I go for some much-needed clean up.

"Why try to explain miracles to your kids, when you can just have them plant a garden." -Robert Brault

1-2-3 Come Do Some "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" Activities With Me

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetDo you read "It Looked Like Spilt Milk"  by Charles Shaw?

It’s a terrific, springtime story for introducing your study of clouds, and helps children stretch their imaginations. 

Because my Young Fives really enjoy this story, I designed several cloud-themed activities for them to transition to, after we read the tale.  They are both featured on the blog today, along with an awesome FREEBIE.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetSince "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards, I designed a quick, easy and fun slider craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.

There are 2 outside slider options to choose from.

One features a cloud, the other a square with a spilled milk "splat". 

I chose blue construction paper, to resemble the story as well as the color of the sky.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetPick your favorite or give children a choice.

Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

There are 2 "storytelling slider strip" options as well.
One, for beginning readers, has the pictures labeled, while the other strip's graphics are blank.

As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various “cloud” pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

I introduce the lesson by reading the book ”It Looked Like Spilt Milk”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetAfter I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.

I have them guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making an “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” storytelling slider of their own.

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetI’ve included a “Let’s “sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetThere’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. 

Finally, I thought it would be fun to practice upper and lowercase letters with a "cloud alphabet", which also includes an "animal cloud" for each letter as well.

The "Cloud-Themed Alphabet Packet" includes:
It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet* An “Alpha Clouds” (color, trace & write) booklet.

With 4 pages on one, to make a "just-the-right-size", mini booklet.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet*An “ABC Animal Clouds” booklet, with the same above format.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet* A boy & girl “Look at my cloud name” worksheet craftivity.

* 3 sets of alpha-cloud cards for upper & lowercase letters.

* 2 sets of animal cloud cards. There is a “cloud animal” for each letter of the alphabet.


* There are also matching animal word cards, which will provide more ways to play “Memory Match” and “I Have; Who Has?games.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet* Children can also pick a picture card and describe the animal using 1-3 adjectives OR…
* Pick a word card and use it in a sentence. OR…
* Students can arrange the letter and/or word cards in alphabetical order.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet-Use the “Kaboom!” cards to add to the fun.
-Use the cover to make an “Itty Bitty” booklet.

* I’ve also included a 5-page, tip list of other games and things you can use the cards for.

* 2 poster poems to introduce the lesson

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetThese activities can be used for independent centers, whole group activities, Daily 5 word work, early finishers, homework, or tossed in a sub tub.

number posters, 10 frame activities, math centersToday's featured FREEBIE is a set of number posters.  

These anchor charts are perfect for a math bulletin board that you can refer to daily and review:

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabet* fractions, colors, patterns, telling time, fact families, money, tally marks, ordinal numbers, measurement with a ruler, +1 addition, sequencing numbers, counting groups and sets of objects, and using a ten frame for addition or subtraction.

It looked like spilt milk activities, cloud activities, cloud centers, cloud crafts, alphabet activitities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, animal alphabetWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. My feet have hit the floor running, as I'm watching 3 of my grandchildren today.

They are age 4, 2 and 1, so it will be a busy day of play, filled with lots of fun and giggles.   Wishing you a love-filled day.

"Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric." ~Pam Brown

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