A Great Back To School Book: The Kissing Hand
Since the first Kissing Hand Activity Packet was such a huge success, I decided to make another packet designed specifically around Common Core State Standards.
This packet will reinforce: Common Core State Standards: RI.K5,RI.K6,RI.K9,RI.K10,RL.K2, RL.K3,RL.K6, L.K1d, RI.1.9, RL.1.2, RL.1.3
It has a variety of fun reading and writing activities to go along with Audrey Penn's adorable story The Kissing Hand, about a little raccoon who doesn’t want to go to school.
The Packet includes:
- A beginning-middle-end story map that will help students retell The Kissing Hand
- A "favorite part" retelling "writing prompt" bookmark
- A compare and contrast Venn diagram where students compare The Kissing Hand to another of my favorite first day of school books, First Day Jitters!
- Character, Setting and Event cards. (Laminate, put magnets on the back and put them up on your white board. Write down students' answers under the cards.)
- "My Feelings" discussion, skill sheet, and graphing extensions.
- 1st day writing prompt
- Kissing hand poem introducing rhyming words.
- Question Words activity sheet, reinforcing the who, what, why, when, where, how words.
- Cover of book to label book parts + review author and illustrator
Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Packet 2
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“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” –John Wayne
Dots of Glue Pictures and Pinch and Pokes Help Fine Motor Skills
Use these seasonal dotted clips to help your students learn to use glue bottles and use just a dot of glue with the cute rhyme-song that goes to the tune of “If You’re Happy And You Know It!”
I’ve seen it all over the Internet with no credit given to who is the originator, so if you’re that creative person, let me know and I’ll acknowledge you + link up.
Simply run off the art work and have students color it if you want, for that extra fine motor practice and then placing it on a sheet of scrap paper to avoid the “oops spills” give students a small glue bottle and have them practice plopping a small dot (not a lot) on each little spot on the picture.
Remind them to sing the little ditty while they plop and dot.
If your kiddo’s are like mine, they will enjoy this activity. It will strengthen their finger muscles as well as their aim, (hand-eye coordination) and in no time you won’t dread passing out liquid glue, because there won’t be lakes of it running all over the place.
You can also use these as mini-Pinch & Pokes.
Students LOVE doing these, and they help increase the same finger muscles as the above activity.
Plus they strengthen the upper body, because students lie on their tummies on the carpet. The paper needs to be on a carpet square or the carpet, so the “poker” can go through the paper.
My Y5’s had no problems being trusted with a fat tack as long as I explained the rules: No poking themselves, another child or anything but the dots on the paper. Any infractions and they had a time out and could no longer do Pinch & Pokes, period.
Since this was an activity as fun as Play-Doh, they behaved. If you still cringe at the “sharp object” idea, a golf tee works well, but makes a bigger hole and is a bit harder to poke into paper and sometimes tears things rather than gives a nice circular hole.
Since this is seasonal and themed clip art, with 4 to 5 on a page, I’m sure you can dream up cubby tags and a variety of other “stuff” to use them for. Enjoy!
Click on the link to view/download Just a Dot Not A Lot Pinch and Poke Picture Packet
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