1-2-3 Come Do Some Spider-ific Activities With Me!
I guess a lot of people must be doing a spider theme this month, as spider activities have been my #1 download this past week. It's certainly a nice alternative if your school doesn't celebrate Halloween.
I have some quicky spider activities for you today. The Spider Web Roll & Color game will help students review math skills in a fun way. Younger students choose a partner and take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll, they color in a section of their web. I made the spider webs small, so coloring won't be so time consuming.
Older students roll 2 dice and add them together. I've also included a web worksheet where children write down their equations. There's also a prediction sheet. Students take a guess of how many individual sections there are on the web, and then figure out the correct answer. Click on the link to view/download the Spider Web game.
Finally, the Speaking of Spiders packet is chock full of writing activities and includes a venn diagram for comparing spiders and bats.
Since many of my Y5's think that a spider is an insect, I also made a Venn diagram where students compare spiders with insects. Venn diagrams are a terrific way to practice comparison & contrast.
There's a Spiders can... worksheet, as well as a spider KWL and several fact versus opinion activities.
Involve some science and have students label their spider. I've included a fact sheet that will help explain the parts of a spider.
Also included is a mini spider report - graphic organizer, as well as a spider acrostic poem page + 2 adjective and verb practice pages.
Click on the link to view/download the Speaking of Spiders packet.
I know a lot of my visitors collect the themed 10 frames to switch things up each month.
If that's you, click on the link for the spider-themed 10 frames packet.
If you also do the 1-2-3 Count With Me easy reader booklets, based on a 10 frame, click on the link for the 1-2-3 Count Spiders With Me FREEBIE.
"Good things are attracted to a good heart." -Kobi Yamada
1-2-3 Come Do Some Spider Craftivities With Me
My Y5's LOVED the story The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. I especially liked it for sequencing practice. The Very Busy Spider is also an easy story to review beginning, middle and end concepts.
To introduce the story, and grab your students' attention, do the Spider Cuts scissor activity. While your little ones watch, inform them that you are "busy" and ask them what they think you are making.
The Very Busy Spider is super to sequence! My little ones always enjoyed sequencing stories, because I'd pass out picture cards or manipulatives to them.
Prior to passing out "stuff" to quiet children, I'd explain that if they played with it and didn't listen to the story, they would get the card or item taken away; this really kept them from fooling around with any story props that I handed out.
When I came to a picture in the story that was on a card, I'd pause, the child with the matching card would come up and place it in the pocket chart or on the white board.
So that everyone could have a turn with the cards, as well as provide another opportunity to review the story, I'd pass the cards out again, and we'd try to put them in order without the help of the book. You can make extra sets so that children can transition and play Memory Mathching games.
Click on the link to view/download The Very Busy Spider Sequencing cards. Included in this packet is a mini sequencing sheet that students can do as a center, or run off copies for all of your students to cut, glue and sequence.
I enjoy looking for interesting videos on YouTube that match an activity. There's almost always a professional reader out there who's made a nice Power Point of a story.
There were quite a few for The Very Busy Spider. One that I think was rather well-done, is read by an English gal. The moving graphics of the spider and buzzing fly are sweet. Click on the link to check it out.
As another fun way to review the story, have your kiddo's watch it and do the mini sequencing activity at the same time. Afterwards, as a transition activity, students can choose a partner and play the Spin To Win Busy Spider game. This is also included in the packet.
As part of our review, I'd use pocket cards that said: characters, setting, and events on them.
After reading the story, we'd discuss each one as it pertained to the book. I've included a set for The Very Busy Spider.
Understanding the concept of beginning-middle-and end of stories enables a child to better retell it. Knowing this organization, will also improve writing.
Because of this, I always followed up story telling, by asking children what happened in the beginning, the middle and at the end of the story. After you review this orally, have your students write their thoughts on The Very Busy Spider (beginning-middle-end) graphic organizer. All of these items are in The Very Busy Spider Story Packet. Click on the link to view/download it.
To nail even more Common Core State Standards-- print, laminate and trim The Very Busy Spider Grammar Cards. Put them in a pocket chart or on your whiteboard and read the sentences together as a whole group.
For added fun make a spider pointer or web wand, with the spider & web patterns; glue them to a Popsicle stick and have children use them to point to the words as you read the pocket cards.
Using a red dry erase marker, have a child come up and circle any letters that should be capitalized. Another student can add the end punctuation.
Review parts of speech by having children circle nouns, underline verbs and put a square around adjectives.
You can also practice vowel identification. Have a student come up and circle the vowels with a green marker. I have set up the content of the cards, so they also provide a nice discussion and review of the story.
Click on the link to view/download The Very Busy Spider Grammar Cards.
To put their grammar skills into practice, have students write a page for your class book: The Very Busy Students and Their Spiders. Click on the link to view/print a copy.
Finally, it's always fun to throw in an art activity if you have time. I set the "glittering web" craftivity up as a center, where 3 children come up and do the project with me. While they are working, I have each one tell me a spider fact that they learned, or ask them what their favorite part of the story was.
This photo does not do the artwork justice, as it's truly lovely; it doesn't capture the sparkling and glittery effects.
Since you might not be able to find a colorful little stationery web that my kiddo's attached to their webs, you can either skip this step, or print off the Very Busy Spider one that I made. I've included my little poem on it.
To make a busy spider glitter web, pre-cut black circles to fit inside a metal cake pan. Each child holds one. I squirt a dollop of white paint that has been mixed with Elmer's glue, in the middle of the circle; children place a large marble on top of the "paint-puddle."
The object of this project is to make an orb spider web by having the marble roll back and forth + up and down through the paint. As it does so, it "spins" a web. When students are pleased with their web, and while the paint is still wet, children sprinkle opalescent or silver glitter on their creation.
I squirt a blob of Elmer's glue wherever they want me to, and they plop a black plastic spider or fly on it. They write their name on the little spider web Halloween tag and glue it to a corner.
These look smashing on a bulletin board, wall, or hung back-to-back from the ceiling. Your caption can be: "Our students and spiders have been very busy!" Click on the link to view/print the Glittering Web craft.
Thanks for visiting today. Sorry this article got a bit long. I have so much to share, so I hope you can pop back tomorrow for more FREEBIES. Feel free to PIN away.
"Most people see what is, and never see what can be." -Albert Einstein
1-2-3 Come Sing A Fire Safety Song With Me
Almost 15 years ago, my 1st graders enjoyed singing my version of The Wheels On The Bus Go 'Round and 'Round, as I'd add all sorts of extra goofy things to the traditional favorite.
When October rolled around, and we were studying fire safety, I thought it would be fun to substitute a fire truck for the bus. My kiddos loved it.
Well it's years later and I decided to build a Common Core packet around this silly little song. While doing research, I even found a few people who had the same idea. ("Great minds think alike and all that..." )
Any woo, what started out to be just a few things, morphed into a whopping 69-page packet, and believe me, my brain is a bit fried.
I had a few requests for some fire safety themed alphabet and number cards, so I threw them into the mix, and one thing led to another...
Take a peek, pick the items that suit your fancy, and let the fun begin.
The Packet Includes:
Students place the uppercase letter circle on the first wheel and then match the lowercase letter circle to the back wheel.
Click on the link to view/download the Common Core Wheels On The Truck Packet.
While looking for fire truck ideas, I came across a super-simple fire truck Make a Vehicle game over at Enchanted Learning.
I always liked to give my Y5's some computer time, and this would make a quick, easy and fun independent activity to practice keyboarding skills etc.
I also found an excellent video on YouTube featuring real fire trucks. It's only 2:44 minutes long. My grandson was revited, but then he's only 2 and everything is pretty exciting.
If you're teaching numbers 1-10, Monster Fire Trucks is also a rather short video (4:18) that's kind of cute. Certainly attention grabbing.
Well that's it for today. (Where has it gone?) I hope your kiddos enjoy learning, as their own wheels start turning. I'm off for a romp outside to unclutter my mind. Wishing you a fabulous fall!
"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places." -Author Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Fire Safety Writing Prompt Craftivities With Me
I'm having a great time dreaming up quick and easy fire safety activities for October's Fire Prevention Month. I hope you find something here that you and your kiddos will enjoy.
One of my personal favorites is "Hot Tips For Fire Safety." I designed a matchbook to feature the hot tips. Simply trim and fold a sheet of construction paper to make the matchbook. (Pattern included.)
On the outside of the matchbook it says: A perfect match: Smart kids and fire safety.
Flip it open to find a list of hot tips at the top, and the matches on the bottom, with a warning to never play with matches.
When everyone is done, review and discuss the tips.
For writing practice, have older students make up a list of their own tips, or have them write additional advice on the back.
Click on the link for the Hot Tips Fire Safety Matchbook craft.
My Y5's loved to make and wear hats and crowns, so I designed an easy fire helmet for your kiddos. Older students can write several fire safety facts on the front, back or rim.
You could also make extra badges for children to wear. They say: "I'm fire safety smart. I'm alert, so I won't get hurt. "
For extra reinforcement, have students don their hat, pick a partner and give each other fire safety advice.
For more fire safety fun, make a flaming dangler. This craftivity also reinforces the importance of not playing with fire. I used the universal "no" sign to make the top portion, with a 3D flame dangling from the bottom.
These look wonderful suspended from your ceiling, as they spin in the breeze. Older students can simply make the larger flame and use it to write 3 different fire safety ideas on it.
I've included a list of fire safety writing prompts for them to choose from. Click on the link to view/download the fire safety writing prompt craft.
I've also included a smaller black and white version that students can color and take home to share with their families. There are 3 on a page for quick printing.
Both places I found the song posted, did not know the author. It was simply too cute not to share. I hope you enjoy it too!
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. It's time to find the rest of my October books. Looking through stories always gives me zillions of ideas.
What better way to spend a few hours. I hope you can pop by tomorrow for the latest FREEBIES. Wishing you an ed-venturous day.
"The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed." - Lloyd Jones
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Fire Safety Activities With Me
I'm going to continue to design fire safety activities for the next few days. As stated in a previous article, I truly believe it's so important to plug something in about dialing 911 in an emergency, plus a few other fire safety rules during Fire Prevention Month.
Because I know we are all pressed for time, these are simple, easy and quick to do.
Whenever possible, I try to include a standard, such is the case with the Fire Safety Hidden 911 In A 100s Chart activity.
I've included a blank 100's grid for older students to practice writing to 100, as they fill in the numbers.
However, even if your kiddos can't count that high yet, refer them to the 100's chart you have hanging in your room and have them copy the numbers. (How many can they fill in before they have to take a peek at the chart?)
For younger students, there's a 100s chart that's filled in. The directions on the side of their worksheet, tell them to color in certain numbered boxes, to reveal a hidden number.
I've included a completed sample that you can hold up and say: "Is this the number you found?" You can then discuss or review the importance of the number and when you should call 911.
Click on the link to view/download the Fire Safety 911 Hidden Number In A 100s Chart activity.
If you're looking for a list to share with your students, of when it's OK to dial 911, click on the link for my Who Ya' Gonna Call?" fire safety (dialing 911 in an emergency) booklet.
You can simply make a copy to read to your students, or run off copies of the 2-page booklet, so that children can practice tracing and writing 911.
A 3rd page can be added for older students, where they make a list of more examples of when they should dial 911. When they're done, they illustrate their page.
Finally, another quick and easy way to reinforce dialing 911 in an emergency, is with a fire safety number puzzle,which will also help reinforce number sequencing from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1 and skip counting by 10's to 100.
I've included full color copies for you to print, laminate and trim. Keep these in Ziplock Baggies and use for independent centers and something for "early finishers" to do.
There are also some puzzles in black and white. Run these off so that students can color their puzzle and then cut it apart.
For an interesting mosaic piece of art, give students a variety of colors of construction paper, they glue their puzzle pieces on it, leaving a little gap between each piece.
Completed projects make an interesting bulletin board. Click on the link to view/download the 12 Fire Safety Number Puzzles.
Thanks for visiting today. Time to get hustling on a long list of errands. Wishing you many relaxing moments . . .
"From what we get, we can make a living; however, from what we give, we make a life." - Arthur Ashe