1-2-3 Come Make A Venn Friend With Me
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to help students understand the concepts of comparison and contrast.
I thought making an apple Venn Friend would be a fun way to introduce this type of writing, as well as an interesting way for your students to get to know their new classmates.
It's a nice icebreaker for back to school, or can easily be plugged in during your apple activities. This "craftivity" also works well for Daily 5
There are 3 different types of apple Venn friends that you can make with this packet. If you teach preschool or young kinders (Y5's) who are just learning to recognize and write their names, you may want to do the letter Venn friend.
Run the letter tiles off on white paper. Students can easily add a bit of color to the black striped letters if they want to.
Students choose a partner to make a name Venn Friend with. Each pair of students needs only one upper and lowercase letter sheet.
To make this "craftivity" really pop, I used yellow and red 8" paper plates. You can get a pack of 20 at The Dollar Store. To expedite things, pre cut the plates, as well as the brown stems and leaves. I also trimmed off the tab on the file folders
Run off the file folder labels. Each pair of students needs only one sheet. They trim and glue to their file folder, writing their names in the spaces provided. (See photo.) I outlined the labels to add a bit more pizzazz and added school photos for that finishing touch.
Children add a bit of detail with markers to their stem and leaves. They can glue these to the front of their apple "plate" or you can come around with a stapler. They glue the white "same" section in the middle of their file folder, and then glue their apple plates on either side.
I always made samples to share with my students. A picture is really worth a 1,000 words, in helping to explain things. You could use your husband/wife or a friend for the 2nd Venn diagram. I'm sure your students will get a kick out of learning your first name. Mine were amazed that I even had one!
Children cut out only the letters that they need for their Venn diagram. So that students can use these letter tiles for other things, like Daily 5 word work, have them toss the extra letters in an alphabet box.
Looking at their names on the labels, children sort what letters are the same, and which ones are different from their partner. They glue them in the appropriate places on their Venn friend file folder diagram.
To add a bit of math to this activity, students count up how many letters they each have in their name. After adding a bit of color to their apple label, they write in the number of letters in each of their names and put a < = > symbol in the center of the green apple.
You can also have students add the total of letters in both of their names, as well as the total number of similar letters. Later, you can graph who had the highest Venn friend total of letters, as well as the greatest and least amount of similar letters. Did any team have zero letters for their "same" section?
Have students share their Venn friend with the rest of the class. Completed projects make an awesome fall bulletin board. This craft is also a wonderful extension after reading the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. If you don't want to do an apple-theme, use tan or brown paper plates as coconuts.
Another option for the paper plate, apple-Venn friends craftivity, is to have students compare and contrast their new friend.
This is an easy and fun way for them to get to know each other better. The whole class will become more knowledgeable as well, when students share their completed projects.
I found that the better my students knew each other, the more apt they were to become friends. This generated a caring community in the classroom, where students truly enjoyed being part of our team.
I've followed pretty much the same format in this file folder Venn friend, except that instead of letters, students each jot down similarities and differences.
I've provided a checklist with 41 ideas that they can chat about with their partner. This will hopefully jumpstart their writing and help students be more in-depth when finding out about their classmate, as well as ensure a nice variety of Venn friends.
I've also included a whole-group graphing activity: Did students find that they were more similar or more different than their Venn friend?
Finally, if you don't want to fiddle with paper plates, I've created flat apple templates that work in the same way.
To jazz things up, I've included Willie the worm. Run the pattern off on lime green construction paper.
Instead of labels that say "different" I used worms. Simply make a slit in each side of their apple, and have students color, trim, insert and glue.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple Venn Friends packet. These "craftivities" are different enough that you could actually do both. The letter Venn diagram is a simple icebreaker for the first week of school, and the flat apple Venn can be done during your apple activities, later in September.
I like to revisit certain activities, but with a new theme or twist, as my students feel empowered and can get right down to business, because they are familiar with the directions.
Keeping that in mind, you may want to do a few other seasonal Venn friends when those months roll around. I have a heart one for February, a Leprechaun Venn friend for March, a Bunny Venn for April and a Tulip Venn Friend for May. I'm currently working on a pumpkin one for October, an acorn for November, a gingerbread one for December and a snowman Venn friend for January.
Thanks for visiting. I can't believe it took me most of the day to get this done and blogged about. Time for some fresh air. Wishing you a wonderful school year filled with lots of Venn friends.
"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers." - Josef Albers
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Apple Activities With Me...
I know that I said I was done designing apples for awhile, but I found a few more notes while cleaning off my desk, and one thing led to another, 'til 4 mini apple packets were knocked off. I hope you enjoy them. The desk is cleared and just waiting to be filled with all sorts of other fall fun . . . where to begin?
I always get a few requests for some worksheets that connect-the-dots for a variety of things. Raesha, from Arizona, wondered if I had any connect the dots with skip counted numbers.
She's reviewing skip counting by 5's and 10's with her firsties and thought these would be fun.
I chose an apple theme for my template and included numbers from 0-10, as well as numbers from 0-30, plus apples for skip counting by 5's and then 10's.
Since I had the template designed, I also made a connect the dots for uppercase letters and another for the lowercase letters. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Connect The Dots packet.
Another request came from Rachel, over in Wisconsin. She wanted a quick and easy way to whole-group assess a variety of standards, to see where her kinders are at.
My favorite way to whole-group assess is with an "I Spy!" game. I designed these with an apple theme. Students spy uppercase letters, lowercase letters, shapes, and numbers.
They trace the letter/shape/number called, and then raise their hand. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Students enjoy this form of assessment, and you know where the majority of your students are, without a whole lot of time invested testing.
Another plus for these worksheet-games, is that students can take them home and use them several more times, as they play with their parents, continuing to reinforce standards in a fun way.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple-Themed "I Spy" packet.
I continued to reinforce name recognition with my Y5's through October, and tried to think of a variety of ways for them to practice finding and writing their names. With a big apple unit in September, it seemed only fitting to do something with apples.
Print a copy of the apple name game template and then write your students' names on the inside.
I also include my own name, so that I had a sample to share and show, as I explained what I wanted my kiddos to do.
Every year some of my little ones were amazed that I had a first name (Diane). They simply thought of me as their teacher Mrs. Henderson.
I guess it was sort of like asking the question: "What's your mom's name?" To which most of them would reply: "Mommy." :-)
Students find and circle their name, write it on the bottom and then, because I was teaching them that apples came in three colors, I'd have them trace their apples with those 3 color markers or crayons. Completed projects make a cute bulletin board. ("The Apples Of Mrs. Henderson's Eyes!" )
I've also included an apple card template for you to use as name tags and/or games. Print a few copies of the apple card master; write your students's names on one set and then run off on yellow construction paper.
Print another set on white card stock and trim. Each child colors their own apple and then glues their photo in the middle. Collect, laminate and trim. Use the photo apple cards with the name apple cards, to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
You could also put both sets of apple cards on a split ring and use them as flashcards, to help your students learn the names of their classmates, as well as how to read their names. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Name Game packet.
Finally, I made some apple puzzles, that make an easy and inexpensive little gift for the 1st week of school, or whenever.
I've included 3 different header cards for your treat Baggies, as well as a black and white template, so that your students can color their own puzzle.
When they are done, have them cut out their puzzle, mix up the pieces and challenge them to be the first one to complete their apple puzzle.
I've also included a blank template to help young students easily put their puzzle together. Click on the link to view/download the apple puzzle packet.
Thanks for visiting today. The sunshine is calling and I'm happily answering. See you later apple-gator.
"We can teach from experience, but we cannot teach experience." -Sasha Azevedo
1-2-3 Come Do Some Fun Football Activities With Me.
I discovered long ago,that if I could incorporate a theme of something that was popular with my students, I'd grab and hold their attention. It seemed that my little guys had more difficulty focussing than the girls did, so I often offered choices when I could.
Because sports was always a "hot button" and 'tis the season for the start of football, I decided to dream up some activities with a football theme.
I thought it would be fun to do something with the -all family of words and make a game of it.
Students choose teams and then work either independently or with their group, to think of as many -all words before the timer rings. Each word is worth 1 point.
To get in some math practice, have students figure out how many touchdowns and field goals they achieved with their word list. i.e. 7 words = 7 points = 1 touchdown. Any "extra" words can be counted to make a field goal.
A field goal = 3 points for 3 words. i.e. One team thought of 11 words. They scored 1 touchdown (7) and 1 field goal (3) and had 1 extra point left.
I've provided score card - posters, if you'd like to keep track and post the results.
There are blank templates, so you can program other word families, if you'd like to keep this idea going.
After I got the -all word family football packet done, I wanted to make Bingo cards as another way to review the words.
However, I had less than 24 words and could not make a Bingo card, so I thought I'd add the -ick word family to the football packet, because you kick a football.
80 pages later, (!) the packet was completed, but my entire day had slipped away, so I certainly hope you find it useful.
Another fun way too reinforce these new words is via a word search.
The packet includes the same activities for both the -all AND -ick word families.
There are pocket word cards, traceable word cards, covers so students can make Itty Bitty booklets, alphabetizing worksheets, plus trace-write-color-cut & glue worksheets.
Also included is a fill in the word sentence worksheet; 30 different Bingo cards, so your entire class can play; words on footballs + Kaboom bomb cards to play Memory Match and "I have; who has?" games.
There are also posters, blank templates for you to program with whatever, and 2 "craftivities" like the football -all word family slider pictured. Many of these activities work well for your Daily 5 Word Work.
Click on the link to view/download the -all & -ick Word Family Football packet.
To go along with the football theme, I also designed a 10-frames football packet. Click on the link for this FREEBIE.
Because of several special requests, I also designed a 1-2-3 Count Footballs With Me, 10-frames easy reader.
Because these booklets are based on a 10-frame, they are nice extensions for the matching 10-frames packets.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away. If you'd like to see all of the terrific-educational items that I PIN, (Almost all of them FREEBIES!) click on the heart to the right of the blog.
Time for a much-needed break. I'm off to do who knows what. Decisions-decisions-decision.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." -Albert Einstein
1-2-3 Come Have A Wonderful Year With Me
I know some of you have already started back to school, but that's hard for us midwesterners to wrap our heads around, because here in Michigan (Wisconsin too), Labor Day weekend is our last hurrah, before back to school officially starts on Tuesday.
With that in mind, I wanted to wish all of my teacher friends a wonderful year. I hope it's the best one yet. To everyone else out there in cyber space, Happy Labor Day weekend!
It is so true, and rather mind boggling, to realize the power that teachers wield in the classroom, and the amount of impact we have on our students' lives. The huge responsibility that entails, should be dutifully noted.
I designed this little poster, so that you can hang it up inside your teacher's cupboard or closet, as a gentle reminder.
If you like it; print off some copies for your teacher friends and tuck them in their mailboxes, as a thoughtful way to wish them a wonderful year.
Likewise, may yours be filled with excitement and plenty of memory-making moments. Click on the link to grab a copy of the Superpowers of a Teacher poster.
Thanks for visiting today. As always, feel free to PIN away. I for one, get a lot of "pinspiration" from that website, which really gets my creative juices flowing! So many ideas...so little time.
Since it's the start of Labor Day weekend, it's only fitting that I happily labor away designing some sweet little goodies, to hopefully make your life easier, and learning-- a bit more fun.
Later, when my sweetie gets home, the relaxation party can get started! Hoping your weekend is filled with everything and everyone you enjoy the most.
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." -Chinese Proverb
For Crayon Out Loud Let's Learn Something!
I think the play-on-words saying: "For crayon out loud." is adorable. I've seen some form of it pinned all over Pinterest, usually accompanied by darling, melted crayon hearts, for Valentines Day.
This saying, was my "pinspiration" to make a 20-page For Crayon Out Loud packet that I hope you'll enjoy. There's a lot you can do with this it, from a simple reminder poster hung on a bulletin board, to games and behavior management.
The packet includes:
A For "crayon" out loud please raise your hand! Reminder poster
A For "crayon" out loud class rules poster
A blank poster with a crayon border, for you to use as stationery or fill in your own rules
Crayon badges, perfect for name tags.
Behavior modification checklist (A quick and easy way to communicate with parents at the same time having students be accountable, and take responsibility for their actions.
Behavior traffic light crayon boxes. A little something different than the popular traffic light classroom management technique.
Student crayon (Use with the traffic light program or as a bookmark, or run off on different colors of construction paper and write in the matching color word, then put up on your word wall.)
3 dot-to-dot behavior modification crayon sheets. These are a quick and easy way to help students stay focused and on task. This behavior modification technique was always very successful with my Y5's, especially my ADHD students who seemed to enjoy this form of classroom management.
You and the child decide what the reward will be after they have connected all of the dots. Write this in on the blank line provided. This also serves as a quick and easy way to keep parents informed.
Crayon color cards. A blank set and a set with color words. Play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Click on the link to view/download the For Crayon Out Loud packet.
Hoping that there's something in the packet that you find useful. May it color your world with a bit of joy and less stress. Thank you for visiting today. It's time to put my crayons away and go get some housework done...(Or not!)
"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." -Abraham Lincoln