Let's Pattern And Graph Today!
Do you need a pattern or a graph for some tabletop activities for morning work?
Looking for a pattern or a graph that fits a season or monthly theme that you are doing?
Are you in need of a center activity that relates to your report card standards?
Do you need to assess patterning and graphing skills and can’t find an assessment?
No worries! You’ve landed in the right place.
I have 2 wonderful books for you that are chock full of activities!
The 52-page Pattern Book has “complete the pattern” skill sheets that fit a variety of themes. There's one for every month of the year.
They also reinforce fine motor skills, as they are a cut and glue activity, which I feel is especially important at the early elementary level.
Click on the link to view/download Patterning.
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The 140-page Graphing Book has a variety of different graphs for lots of different monthly themes as well.
Click on the link to view/download the Graphing Book.
If you’re still in need of a graph or pattern for something special you’re doing, feel free to shoot me an e-mail and I’ll see what I can whip together.
I’m working on a second edition for both patterns and graphs and will add to these until they are “full” enough to put on the cart.
Have fun and happy spring!
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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Will March Go Out Like A Lion Or A Lamb?
The end of March is drawing near and I have some SHEEP and LION activities to help you end the month in a fun way.
-eep and –eap word endings can be confusing for students. Help clear things up by making this “hands-on” sheep slider.
Run off the sheep template on white construction paper and have students jazz them up with wiggle eyes and 2 cotton balls.
If you have students pull apart the cotton balls into a nice fluffy pile, the sheep fleece will look more realistic, be a great fine motor skill and avoid the problem of having students simply glue whole cotton balls to their work.
I’ve included a Trace & Write – Sheep Rhyming ABC Order Worksheet as well as the traceable word cards.
Click on the link to view/download the Sheep Slider Activities.
I never have enough time to cover nursery rhymes as a separate unit, so I plug them in with whatever theme I’m doing, whenever they fit, as an added genre during story time.
Click on the link to view/download 4 sheep nursery rhymes including a nursery rhyme bookmark. I’ve also included YouTube videos that are perfect for Smart Boards.
If you’re looking for some easy readers your students will enjoy:
The Shape Of My Sheep, which reviews the 6 basic shapes.
A fun writing extension asks your students “Are you more like a lion or more like a lamb? Why? This March writing prompt is turned into a class book and can be found in March Class Books. Click on the link to view/download it.
Make another class book by having your students guess whether they think that March will go out like a lion or a lamb and complete a page for the book by finishing the prompt, illustrating it and gluing their school picture to the page.
If you'd like to include a "craftivity" with writing, have students make a lion or lamb paper holder and display their work on a bulletin board, before you collate their work into a book.
Keep things simple and merely use construction paper, or make students' work pop and have them add spiral noodles for the lion's mane and pulled cotton for the sheep's fleece.
Adding a pair of funky glasses and wiggle eyes also adds a cute 3D effect. I printed the ones in the picture from Lee Hansen's graphic website where you can download free clip art, paper crafts, and scrapbooking items. Click on the link to check out this interesting site.
There’s a graphing extension included to record the results.
Besides this writing prompt, there is also one that's a great activity after you read the above Mary Had A Little Lamb Nursery Rhyme. Ask students what animal they'd like to bring to school if they could bring any animal. Encourage them to think outside the box and not just think of the usual "show & tell" pet like a puppy or cat. Students complete the sentence with their animal and illustrate the page.
Click on the link to view/download this March Lion or Lamb activity packet.
If you want some spring art activities like a lion and lamb puppet or mask made out of a cereal box, you'll find them in the 133-page Spring Art & Activites book and if you want some quick & easy table top worksheets or centers the 88-page Lion & Lambs unit will certainly have something.Whether your students are meek and mild lambs or roaring lions, I hope you found something here to keep them engaged and interested!
Be sure and pop back tomorrow for more springtime tips.
Learning Is A Sweet Treat
I LOVE jellybeans. Like Fishy Crackers and Candy Hearts they are a “must have” manipulative in my classroom.
I’m a firm believer that “hands-on” learning is the best way for little ones to learn.
Because of that, I just finished designing lots of interesting activities that will help turn the light bulb on for your students and reinforce report card standards in a fun way!
The Jellybean Counting Booklet is an easy reader that reviews number words and counting to 10. Students trace and then write the numbers and number words, circle the number in its sequence and then circle that many jellybeans in the group/set.
I’ve also included a “count to 30” “trace & write” skill sheet and a certificate of praise bookmark.
When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group to reinforce concepts of print.
Click on the link to view/download the Jellybean Counting Booklet.
The Jellybean Color Booklet is also an easy reader that reviews colors and color words.
Students trace and then write the color word and then color the jellybean the appropriate color.
This booklet includes 2 graphing extensions and 10 traceable color word flashcards with jellybean cards to color + a cover so students can turn the cards into an Itty Bitty booklet.
Click on the link to view/download the Jellybean Color Booklet.
These booklets make nice plug in’s for your writing/math centers or Daily 5 activities.
The 53-page Jellybean Activities packet includes:
Click on the link to view/download the Jellybean Activities Packet
Whatever you’re doing with jellybeans I hope you have a sweet time!
Be sure and pop back tomorrow for more springtime teaching tips!