1-2-3 Come Do Some Pilgrim Activities With Me!
I'm always open to suggestions for 10-frames templates. They are such a wonderful vehicle for teaching all sorts of math concepts, so it's nice to revisit them each month.
By changing the theme and manipulatives for the cards, you keep things fresh and interesting; so when Kathie, over in Montana, asked for a Pilgrim set, I whipped some together and thought others might enjoy them too. Click on the link to view/download the Pilgrim 10 Frames packet.
The easy reader 1-2-3 Count Pilgrims With Me is a wonderful accompaniment.
The packet also includes:
As long as I was diddling around with my master templates, I decided to make a Pilgrim Shape Game packet too. I've included a shape spinner in the newer shape game packets.
You can continue to use the laminated shape cards in a math center, or you can have students pick a partner and take turns spinning.
Whatever shape they land on, they place the matching shape tile on the twin Pilgrim card. Make extra sets, and reinforce colors too. Using a dry erase marker, students color in whatever shape they spin with that matching color. Click on the link to view/download the Pilgrim Shape Games.
In another Pilgrim-themed math game, students work on their addition skills. They take turns rolling dice to come up with an answer, and then color the sum that they find on the Pilgrim coloring sheet. Click on the link to view/download the Pilgrim additon coloring game.
I See "Sum" Fall Puzzles includes some Pilgrim/Thanksgiving templates and is also a math activity that can be set up as an independent center or played as a game.
You can print, laminate and cut the puzzles to use in your math center, or run them off and have students cut and glue them together. There are blank templates so that you can do subtraction as well as addition. Click on the link above to view/download it.
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"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving." -W.T. Purkiser
1-2-3 Come Do Some Veterans Day Activities With Me!
I think it's extremely important to do some sort of patriotic activity with students on Veterans Day. I realize that there is so much to cram into a day, and that time simply flies, but if you incorporate an activity with your writing or reading blocks it's do-able. These activities also work well for Daily 5 or an independent center.
There are 15 "craftivities" in the Veteran's Day packet. Click on the link ot view/download it. They are simple, quick and use items you already have.
The packet includes, poems, roll and color games, worksheets, a bookmark, + 4 crafts. I especially like the "Poppin' Poppy." It's made from mini-cupcake wrappers.
I've also included a few writing prompts with 4 graphic organizers to help with the pre-writing.
The Camouflage Alphabet Cards packet includes upper and lowercase letters, a 3-page tip list of what to do with the cards, Kaboom cards that make ABC games even more engaging, + 2 trace and write worksheets. Click on the link above to view/download it.
I also made a set of patriotic number cards from 1-120. They too have a tip list, Kaboom cards + 3 trace and write worksheets. Click on the link to view/download the Patriotic Number Cards packet.
Practice more number skills, including counting backwards from 10 to 1, as well as skip counting by 10's to 100, with the Patriotic Puzzles packet. Click on the link to view/download it.
Finally, review 2D shapes. You can set this up as an independent center, where students place laminated pieces on their matching soldier cards, or have children choose a partner and take turns spinning the shape spinner.
Whatever shape they land on, is the one they place on the card. Click on the link to view/download the Veteran's Day Shape Games.
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"We owe our veterans a debt we can never repay." -Doc Hastings
1-2-3 Come Do Some Indian Corn "Craftivities" With Me!
Yesterday I posted cornucopia-themed activities. To continue to help you add variety to your November lessons, today I have some really sweet Indian corn items that I think you and your kiddo's will enjoy. All of them appear in the Indian Corn Craftivities packet. Click on the link to view/download it.
My personal favorite is the melted crayon corn. Since we made apples and fall trees using this technique, my students know what to do. They never cease to be amazed with the awesome results. I thought the raffia bows added that finishing touch. I tied them ahead of time for my Y5's to staple at the top of their corn.
Another favorite is the finger print corn. The one in the photo I did with my 1-year-old grandson, Kaiden.
I couldn't believe he sat so quietly while I pressed his index finger into the different colored stamp pads!
I made the corn husks out of a lunch bag and then crumpled them up. You could also trace & cut a child's hand print to glue at the top. The British word for corn is maize so I added a play on words sentiment. ("I hope you have an 'a-maize-ing' Thanksgiving.")
If you homeschool, you could also make this a family hand print activity. (Mom's hand is on top of dad's hand and your child's hand is on top of mom's.) Glue them all together and place at the top of the corn cob. I've included a note home for parental help, if you wanted to do this with your class.
While I was putzing with the hands of my daughter and son-n-law, I thought it would be fun to turn them into a turkey. The heart says: My family is turkey-riffic. I used Kaiden's little hand for the wing and bent it up, to add some 3D pop. The beak is also 3 dimensional. Click on the link to view/download the Family Turkey Prints.
Getting back to our Indian corn theme, have students color in corn kernels. It's a great fine motor skill. To make this less tedious, I made it a game.
Students choose a partner and take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll they color in that many kernels of corn. Remind them to use a variety of colors. (I bring in some samples of real Indian corn to show them the variety.)
Older students can roll 2 dice and add them together. I've included a math worksheet where they can show the equations on the back.
On the front, students guess how many kernels are on the cob. They make tally marks each time they color, and then count by 5's to find out the answer. (There are 110.)
I've also included several other worksheets to reinforce more standards, such as this Indian corn graphing activity.
There's a patterning activity, and a graphing paper craft where students also color the Indian corn.
My friend, Alma, makes tamales and buys the corn husks from the grocery store, so I bought a pack and we stapled them to the base of our cob for a realistic touch.
As long as you're doing a few corn-themed things, why not buy a bag of popcorn. I LOVE popcorn.
I'm eating it right now (for breakfast) because I needed to take this photo and couldn't resist. I think your kiddo's will have fun with these 1-to-1 correspondence Indian corn cards.
Print, laminate and trim the full-color cards, or run off a set of black and white. After students wash their hands, pass out some popped and un-popped corn. Children can place the popped corn above the cards for lower numbers, and put the kernels on the corn for all of the numbers.
When they have completed their work they can eat their cup of popcorn. (Collect and recylcle the un-popped kernels to use again next year.)
If you want your kiddo's to take a black and white set home, put a dollop of Elmer's glue on a small paper plate. Give children a Q-tip to make a glue dot on their corn cob and place however many kernels on it that match the number. Set aside to dry. I've also included a page of interesting trivia about popcorn.
Finally, since my brain never shuts off, I'm forever asking "What educational thing can I make or do with this?" While grocery shopping last week, I saw that many stores had Halloween candy 50% to 75% off and wondered how I could incorporate candy corn with Thanksgiving.
I always made some little treat for my kiddo's just before they left on break and thought maybe other teachers would like to do that too.
Run off the candy corn note and pass it out 15-minutes before dismissal. To expedite the activity, count 5 pieces of candy corn out for each child the day before and put them in Dixie cups.
I made a template with the star on it for really little ones to place their candy on, as well as one without the pattern to challenge students to make the star. It's interesting to note that when the bottoms touch a bit they will make the 5-sided pentagon shape. Woo hoo another teachable moment!
Except for the family turkey print, (separate link) all of these activities can be found in the Indian Corn Craftivities packet. Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away. I'm wishing you a blessed November.
"We should be thankful for the wonderful things we have, and the awful things that we don't" -Unknown
1 2 3 Come Do Some Cornucopia Craftivities With Me
Instead of just doing a turkey or Pilgrim theme in November, add some variety with cornucopias! Plenty of Cornucopias is a 33-page packet filled with a nice selection of ideas.
Introduce your lessons by asking if anyone knows what a cornucopia is. I spent some time searching the web for background and enjoyed learning some new trivia, which I put in a 1-page Cornucopia Tidbits page. To reinforce the new vocabulary word, I've included a trace and write worksheet.
My Y5's especially enjoyed the lunch bag cornucopias because we sparkled them up with a bit of glitter glue. I pre-folded the bags over and demonstrated how to twist the bottom to turn it into a cornucopia.
This is wonderful fine motor practice. As you can see by the photograph, these make a lovely bulletin board.
There are two options to choose from. One is simply a coloring page of the fruit spilling out. Students color, cut and glue to the inside of their bag. To ensure that they used lots of colors, I told my kiddo's that whatever colors they used, we would add those glitter colors.
It was amazing how this resulted in really great coloring! I set the glitter-station up as an adult-run center.
For the other option, run off the fruit patterns on construction paper. Rough cut. Students trim and glue to the inside of their cornucopia bag. I assemble one as a "how to" sample.
The Rip & Tear Mosaic cornucopia is also great fine motor practice. Encourage students to rip the 1/2 inch paper strips into color piles and then rub their glue stick over a certain area and place their "tiles" down.
I show how to press the torn paper around the edges of a food, and then fill in the rest of the area. Remind students that they can overlap pieces and that there should be very little white showing through.
These also make a beautiful bulletin board. The mosaics really pop on a black background.
The "Plenty of Shapes" cornucopia, reviews 2D shapes.
3 cornucopia number puzzles, review counting forwards and backwards, as well as skip counting by 10's.
There are several writing prompts + a November Word Search.
Finally, I think your students will enjoy the November word search. A word search is not only fun, but reinforces new seasonal vocabulary as well as spelling.
The Roll & Color Cornucopia game is also a fun way to reinforce numbers and colors. Click on the link to view/download the Cornucopia Craftivies packet.
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"He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; for the full, the true Thanksgiving, comes from the heart." -J.A. Shedd
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Turkey Crafts and Activities With Me!
The month of November always seems to fly by. There is so much to get accomplished in such a short amount of time. I basically based the month around scarecrows, turkeys, pilgrims and Thanksgiving; reinforcing standards with those themes.
Such as, 1 to 1 correspondence, which is really important for little ones. So they don't get bored doing these counting activities, switch things up by matching your themes.
I designed some sweet turkey counting cards for 1-to-1 correspondence. Print, laminate and trim and put in your math center or do as a whole group activity.
I only included a few numbered turkeys per card, as students are less apt to bump their work and send things flying. It's also less frustrating for Pre-K kiddo's when they are just learning.
Pinching an item and placing however many objects onto the matching numbered turkey, is also an excellent fine motor skill. As you can see in the photo, I used flat-backed rhinestones. My little girls especially enjoyed using this "bling-bling" manipulative. Pony beads also work well.
The cards only go up to 10, but I've included a blank template, so you can program higher numbers. There's also a black and white pattern. If you want, run off copies for your students to color and glue sequins or whatever to the feathers. Click on the link to view/download the 1-to-1 Correspondence Turkeys.
Continue with counting with the Tummy Tickler Booklet. Encourage students to trace the numbers and color however many feathers on the turkey that match the number on his tummy.
So that little ones hands don't "poop out" with so much coloring, or their work becomes scribbling, because they are tired of coloring; have children only color 1 or 2 of the higher numbered turkeys, and take several days to complete the booklet. Click on the link above to view/download it.
My Y5's especially enjoyed all of the daily hands-on craftivities that I set up as independent centers.
I did the Keepsake Turkeys with my 2nd and 1st graders, as well as with my K's and Y5's for many years.
Older students can trace their own hand and foot (with their shoe on) and cut them out. K's can pick a partner to help. (Older elementary reading buddies are also a nice option.)
To expedite things for me, I sent a note home to parents to have this done. I've included it in the packet if you want to go that route.
I just completed the one in the photograph, with Kaiden, my 1-year-old grandson; he added his scribbles and my daughter LOVED it, as did all of the parents in the past.
I used 2 "shoe prints" for the body of my Y5's to make their turkeys fatter and less "shoe-looking". The photo shows them on our "Wall of Fame". I sprinkled the Keepsake Turkeys in with our Indian corn crayon melts. (More on them in another blog article.)
For the beak, cut 1 & 1/2 inch wide strips of yellow construction paper and then cut these into squares. Students fold them into a triangle and glue one half to their turkey, so that the "beak" opens.
I also pre-cut the "wattles". To make an easy wattle, simply cut a heart shape and glue it upside down. (This is what my Y5's did in the photograph.)
I have 2 poems you can choose to put on the turkey's tummy if you want: ("I'm a little turkey, as cute as can be. I'm very thankful, for my wonderful family.") or (This is a turkey oh so fine. Look at the body; the feet are mine! The feathers are traced from my hands too. I made this turkey because I love you. ) Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Turkey directions and poems.
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