1-2-3 Come Chase The Gingerbread With Me!
I LOVED designing this gingerbread writing and activity packet and am so excited to share it with you. I hope you have oodles of fun with your kiddo's doing these fun-filled activities.
Before hand, put up the wanted posters in your room.
I've included 3, and think the one with the mustache is a hoot.
Run off the masters and put the notes, signs and clues in a variety of places in your school: cafeteria, library, office, gym etc. Get your principal, secretary, cafeteria staff etc. in on your adventure and give them a clue card.
After reading the story, tell your students that you are going on an adventure looking for the gingerbread man and to be on the lookout for clues of his where abouts.
Before hand, fill out the clue cards using plenty of spatial directions. You may even want your kiddo's to count steps as they go, to get in some math practice.
These also come in black and white, but you may want to print everything in color, laminate, and then save for future years.
As you arrive at the various destinations have adults say something like: "Oh no! You just missed him, but he left this clue!" or "I think I spotted him over by that shelf." (A clue card is on the shelf.)
After you make the rounds, return to your classroom to find a note on your door that the gingerbread man had been there. While you are gone, have a helper set up gingerbread or cookie treats for your kiddo's snack, and read the note(s) that he left.
You may want to do the "Take a bite" graphing activity that I posted yesterday.
I've also included a class book where students can write a page of the adventure. There are templates for students to do this separately or in groups.
They can draw pictures or take a photograph. There's also a graphic organizer where students name their gingerbread man and describe him. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread On The Loose Writing and Activity packet.
Later today side note: Woo hoo! I was surfing the net looking to see if anyone else did a gingerbread hunt and found a 1st-grade teacher (Jodi) who does this on the first day of school. She made adorable rhyming clue cards. Click on the link to get her darling FREEBIE. (Fun In First.)
If you did the graphing activity, another fun transition would be to play a quick game of Pieces & Parts. Children color their gingerbread and then cut on the lines to make 6 puzzle pieces.
Students pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice. Whatever number they roll they glue that piece on their template. The 1st one done is the winner. Click on the link to view/download the Pieces and Parts Gingerbread Puzzle.
Finally, another follow-up writing prompt I call "You're The Man!" Your students pretend to become the gingerbread man.
Where are they going? Why are they running? What people/things are they running past? What finally happened to them? I've included a fill-in-the-blank template for girls as well as boys to write on.
Encourage students to do a little research about their destination and include plenty of description in their sentences. Have kiddo's underline adjectives when they do their rough draft, so they know if they have enough.
I filled in a sample to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
After students share their page, collect, collate and make them into a class book. Click on the link to view/download the You're The Man! Gingerbread Writing Prompt craftivity.
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"E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gingerbread Husbands: Gingerbread cakes fashioned like men and gilt, commonly sold at fairs up to the middle of the nineteenth century."
Build children's self-esteem with this class-made book. Write names of students on the Pilgrim hat; toss them into a container, children choose one and write about that child.
Fall Into Some Fun Common Core Writing For Fall!
I LOVE combining art with creative writing. I call these activities “Craftivities” and when you can mix in a little science at the same time, that's a real win-win.
Craftivities also make simple and easy bulletin boards or hallway displays that are pretty outstanding.
These fall writing prompts will help you teach several Common Core State Standards. They are listed and explained below.
Draw an oak tree on brown bulletin board paper with bare branches so that you can hang the leaves and acorn writing prompts on it, and scatter the squirrels underneath.
The leaves say: I see... I hear... I smell... The acorns say: I taste... and the squirrels say: I feel... (Older students write the entire sentence; younger students trace the first few words.)
Display the tree on a wall in the hallway. You can use the caption: Our 5-Senses Creative Writing Oak Tree OR Using Our 5-Sense In The Fall.
If you want this to appear a bit more 3-D, twist brown lunch bags into strands, and use duct tape to attach them to the branches and down the trunk.
Run the oak leaves off on a variety of colored construction paper, as this will look better than brown leaves, even though oak leaves turn brown when they lose their chlorophyll. Mention this fact to your students.
Gather students in front of the whiteboard. Review what the 5 senses are.
Brainstorm with them about using their 5 senses to see, hear, smell, taste and feel different things typical of the fall season.
Review beginning capitalization of words, Common Core State Standard: L.K.2a, as well as ending punctuation. Common Core State Standard: L. K. 2b, and RF.1.1 as well as L.1.2b for 1st grade.
Have students spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships, or write a list of words from your brainstorming session on the white board having students help you spell them as you write them. Common Core State Standard: L.K.2d for kindergarten and L.1.2d for 1st grade where they use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
Review what a noun, verb and adjective are, with older students.
Keep things simple for PK students and have them TRACE the beginning words and complete the sentence with 1 noun and a period.
K’s can add nouns and verbs; older students can add adjectives as well.
Make sure that you do an example yourself, explaining the parts of speech, grammar and punctuation as you go. RF.K.1a (Point out to students that they are reading words from left to right, top to bottom and page by page.) RF.K.1c (Point out that the words are separated by spaces and remind them to make sure they have a finger-space between their words too.)
Students can add color to their cut out pieces. Remind them to include their names.
For a bit more pizzazz, you can also add glitter. Use this as an incentive for students if they give their best effort and do their work correctly.
To give variety to your “wall board,” I have designed two squirrels. You can run off both kinds and give children a choice. Sprinkle the squirrels around the bottom of your oak tree.
If you don’t want to make a bulletin board, or hallway tree mural out of these writing prompts, you can collate the pages together to make a class book. I’ve provided a cover for you if you want to do that.
You can also suspend the various similar pieces back-to-back from fish line and hang from the ceiling.
Click on the link to view/download 5-Senses Oak Tree Creative Writing packet.
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"It takes time to save time." -Joe Taylor
Ready. Set. Action!
Having to write a simple sentence with a noun and verb, with appropriate capitalization and end punctuation is now a standard for even our youngest students.
This can be a pretty big mountain to climb, as some of them are just learning how to write their name and to identify the letters of the alphabet, so I thought why not cover all of these standards in a fun way with an alliterative class-made alphabet book!
The 36-page Name & Action Verb and Noun Class Book packet, is perfect for first graders, and something that can be done later in the year for kindergartners and makes a great Daily 5 or reading or writing center activity.
The packet covers the Common Core Standards: RF.K1a, RF.K1c, RF.K1d, RF.K3a, RI.K.5, RI.K.6, L.K1a, L.K1b, L.K2a, L.K2b
I'm very familiar with Kindergarten standards, and I know some of the first grade standards over lap, but I don't have a handle on all of them. Sorry I don't have the numbers for you.
Students write a simple sentence using a letter from the alphabet that starts with the letter of their name.They underline the capital letter of the beginning word as well as the ending punctuation.
To make sure they have included an “action word” (verb) and a “thing word” (noun) they need to underline those as well.Children then illustrate their page.
I chose to make this an alliterative book because I think tongue twisters are not only more fun, and a bit more challenging for first graders, but they help reinforce the Common Core Standard RF.K3a where students demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences, by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant.
If you think this is too difficult for your PK’s or K’s, simply have them think of any verb or noun and simply work on that skill, rather than make it too complicated.
I suggest sitting in a circle around the white board and brainstorming each child’s words, as a whole group, which would help the light bulbs go on via repetition, as you are continuously working on the same concept over and over with different letters, with everyone helping you until you have completed the task.
You could also send the page home as a home-school assignment, and let parents work one-on-one with their child.
Add a photo to make the book even more interesting. This could be a picture you took on their first day of school, or their professional school picture. Have children outline it with a black marker.
You can run off the last page so everyone can work on their letter skills. Have them trace and then write their letters and then pair up with a partner and quiz each other on which letter is which. I've also included a certificate of praise.
When everyone has completed their page, laminate and collate them into a class book.
Make sure that you do a sample page of your own. My students are always surprised to find out that I too, have a first name.
As you share your example page, show them the organization and basic features of print: How they follow words from left to right, top to bottom and page by page (RF.K1a) making sure that they see and then write their own words separating them by spaces. (RF.K1d).
Point out the title page, front cover, and back cover. Once again have them define what an author and illustrator do. They will be thrilled that THEY are the authors as well as illustrators.
If you simply do that, you will also be working on the Common Core State Standards: RI.K.5, RL.K.6
When you get to a student’s page have them come up and read/share their page.
When they are done they can choose one question to ask the class: What the action verb was, what the noun was, what was the name of the end punctuation or what letter was capitalized?
Students will enjoy “playing teacher” and you will be reinforcing several standards in a fun way, as each child shares their page!
Click on the link to view/download Name and Action Class Book
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“See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little.” –Pope John XXIII
123 Come Color With Me!
One of the ways I counted up to 100 Day was with a cute gumball poster by Really Good Stuff. Each day I’d choose a quiet child to X off a gumball.
Because of this poster, I designed the “Wel-gum To our really sweet class” find your name skill sheet.
Learning how to recognize their name was one of my Y5’s report card standards, so we worked on this every day.
I made this worksheet a bit more special by including my last year’s school picture inside one of the gumballs.
When they found their name, I had them color the gumball their favorite FLAVOR, and then we graphed the results.
We discussed the difference between favorite flavor and favorite color, for many, this was their first introduction to graphing.
Everyone enjoyed learning something about their new friends.
This packet also includes 2 class books. One the children trace and write the sentence about their favorite color.
To make the book more special, include their school photo as well.
I also made a class color book, by including pictures cut out from magazines of things of the various colors.
Each child brought a color picture in on that particular color day, as well as wore the appropriate color.
I took a class picture each Friday and also included that in our color book.
This packet includes the letter home, a calendar + a poster for your parent-teacher conferences.
Click on the link to view/download Wel-gum packet.
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Read To Succeed!
One of the most requested items from teachers is “easy readers.” They say that they need more little booklets for students to work on during Daily 5 as well as ones to send home so that students can practice reading them to their families.
I like to make up easy readers that also reinforce additional standards like math, science, colors, etc. so that I get more “bang for my time buck” so to speak.
I also want my students to have an opportunity to write some of the main words in the easy readers to get practice with those skills too.
I dabble with goofy endings, or ones with a unique twist, and sometimes allow students to think of an alternative ending, so that they can use their imaginations.
One of my biggest pet peeves with many published easy readers was that they abruptly ended with no real conclusion.
This week I completed several.
My Mom is perfect for a Mother’s Day writing prompt and reinforces the use of adjectives and verbs. Make it even more of a keepsake by having students glue their school photo to the last page.
Click on the link to view/download My Mom Mother’s Day booklet.
Several teachers wanted a booklet that reviewed the seasons.
Since many of you also study trees, I thought it would be nice to combine the two.
The Seasons Of My Tree (photo top right) does just that, with a cute twist at the end, that I’m sure your students will enjoy dreaming up.
Click on the link to view/download The Seasons Of My Tree
Who Invited The Ants To The Picnic? (photo bottom right) is a sweet pre-summer, easy reader that reinforces number words and counting to 10. It provides an opportunity for students to write two alternative endings to the story.
Click on the link to view/download Who Invited The Ants To The Picnic
I just finished story cards for the old-fashioned tune, The Ants Go Marching. So if you'd like to incorporated these with the picnic booklet, or teach your little ones this fun counting song, click on the link to view/download
The Ants Go Marching story cards.
I’ve found that if one teacher needs it, there’s sure to be many more out there who do too! i.e. I only had 1 request for some activities with an Angry Bird's theme and Angry Birds Activities & Angry Birds Shapes, are two of my most popular downloads!
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