Getting to the Core

1-2-3-Come Write With Me!

Are you looking for some quick, easy, and fun writing prompts for the end of the year, or perhaps a sweet bulletin board to end with a bang?

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Run off the large fish on a variety of colored construction paper.  Students choose one and cut it out. 

They can glue it to the top of a sheet of writing paper, or add more pizzazz by letting them choose a strip of colorful construction paper to write on.

Before hand, brainstorm with students why they think they will have a fantastic summer vacation. 

To help with spelling, make a list of things they are going to have fun doing and list them on the board.

For more "pow" have students add a wiggle eye and include their school photo on the fin.

Sprinkle their "fin-tastic" work on a bulletin board covered with blue paper.

To make it 3D add twirled creape paper "seaweed" in a variety of lengths and shades of green, to the bottom of the board.

Your caption can be: "We're Wishing You a Fin-tastic Summer!"

I think your students will also enjoy making the other fish and writing about why they had a "fin-tastic" school year. 

This prompt can also be brainstormed.  It's quite gratifying hearing all of the reasons why students enjoyed the year.

This "craftivity" can be hung back-to-back from the ceiling.

Finally, have students choose a partner to make a special card for. 

They write that child's name in the blank and then write why they think they have been a "fin-tastic" friend, classmate, student etc.

When they are done, they give it to their partner. Add a photo and wiggle eyes to make it even more special.

Click on the link to view/download the Fin-tastic Summer Writing Prompt Packet.

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"It is not the IQ, but the I Will, that is most important in education." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Study Shapes With Me!

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with quick, easy and fun ways to review 2D shapes.

The packet includes:

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  • Attributes worksheet
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  • Spatial direction worksheet
  • Graphing extension
  • pigs, pig crafts, pig activities, shape lessons, shape activities, 2D shapes, ccss pigs, ccss shapes, hexagon activities, shape crafts, shape booklet, daily 5 activities, dolch word activities, math centers, shape centers, shape mobiles, color word activities, color activities, shape word activities, shape attribute activities, Craftivity: Nose Shape Matching Game or center activity
  • pigs, pig crafts, pig activities, shape lessons, shape activities, 2D shapes, ccss pigs, ccss shapes, hexagon activities, shape crafts, shape booklet, daily 5 activities, dolch word activities, math centers, shape centers, shape mobiles, color word activities, color activities, shape word activities, shape attribute activities, Craftivity: Piggy shape paddles. Use as a manipulative for assessing, or make several sets, pass them out to students so they can show you the correct shape when you ask for it.
  • Craftivity: Color shape mobile
  • 10 color word cards with 10 "color me" piggy cards.  Use to make Itty Bitty booklets or play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
  • Shape word cards with matching piggy shape picture cards in color and in black and white. Use to make Itty Bitty booklets or play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
  • pigs, pig crafts, pig activities, shape lessons, shape activities, 2D shapes, ccss pigs, ccss shapes, hexagon activities, shape crafts, shape booklet, daily 5 activities, dolch word activities, math centers, shape centers, shape mobiles, color word activities, color activities, shape word activities, shape attribute activities, Craftivity: Feed the Pig assessment game.  Use the above cards, pass them out to students and then have them feed the pig as you call for the various shapes or colors.
  • A certificate of praise

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" To teach is to learn twice over." -Joseph Joubert

1-2-3 Come Make Silly Shaped Owls With Me!

Since the Silly Shaped Penguins were such a huge hit in January, I decided to whip together a packet of 2D shape activities using owls

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You can quickly make these silly shaped owls and increase your students knOWLedge of shapes, shape words, attributes etc.

These activities make nice Daily 5 Word Work lessons, and will help reinforce Common Core State Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, K.MD.3, 1.MD.4, 1.G.1

The packet includes:

  • Owl shape "craftivity".  Using the patterns, make the owls and laminate. 
  • Use them as anchor charts, a shape bulletin board, oral assessments, or manipulatives for students to hold up during a shape story.
  • Students could also make one or several at a math center, perhaps choosing their favorite shaped owl(s).
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  • Students trace and write the shape word, fill in the shapes to look like owls, trace the shape and then draw that shape.
  • When everyone is done, read the booklet aloud to reinforce concepts of print.
  • A graphing extension
  • A matching shape word to shape picture worksheet.
  • An identifying attributes worksheet.
  • A spatial direction worksheet.
  • A shape word and shape picture cards to make Itty Bitty booklets and play games with; +
  • A certificate of praise.

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"I shall pass this way but once. Therefore, any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."

1-2-3 Come Make Some Treat Bags With Me!

If you're looking for a quick and easy treat bag to make to hold some end-of-the year goodies, then I think you'll like these simple and inexpensive owl lunch bags.

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If you're looking for an owl puppet, simply glue everything on the bag upside down.  Students insert their hand inside the bag.

Here’s How To Make The Owl Treat Bags

Make templates of the pieces using an old file folder.

Trace the template onto one sheet of construction paper and then cut as many as you can.

I used daisy and circle paper punches. A flower petal punch also looks cool for the center of the eyes.

Glue the 2 triangles together.

Glue the 3 piece eyes together.

I added a bit of pizzazz to the black pupil using a dot of white out. It is quick drying and adds “life” to eyes.

Glue the set of triangles to the top-front of a brown paper lunch bag.

Glue the eyes a tad under the base of the triangle.

Fold the beak and glue it to the base of the triangle on top of a section of the eyes. (See photo.)

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If you want to add that bit of flair, run off the breast note and glue it on the middle of the bag.

Open up the bags, line them up and tuck in candy, a book, bookmarks etc. in an assembly line fashion.

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Click on the link to view/download the Owl Treat Bag patterns.

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1-2-3 Make A Preschool or Kindergarten Graduation Gift With Me

Are you making a gift bag, or giving a book to your kiddo's for graduation and looking for things to tuck in it?

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You can tuck both in your gift bag or book, or cut toilet paper tubes in half, wrap the "rings" with tissue or gift wrap, roll the items and insert the papers.

Click on the link to view/download the graduation bookmarks and/or the graduation certificates.

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I hope you can pop back tomorrow for a quick and easy graduation gift bag.

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