1-2-3 Come Do Some Shapely Games And Kissing Hand Activities With Me
Since The Kissing Hand Activities have been such popular downloads, I thought I'd make a few more. I've had some requests for shape activities, specifically for Audrey Penn's back to school story, so I thought I'd start there, and do something with her main character, Chester the raccoon.
While I putzed with drawing a raccoon, I thought it would be fun to make his eyes and nose the various shapes, as a hand's on game, or whole-group assessment activity. Thus, Shaping Up With Chester was born.
I've included the shapes: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, star and heart, so teachers would have a choice of what shapes they want to work on.
The packet includes an option where the eyes, nose and bow can all be changed into all of those shapes.
The photo shows an example of each one. It's a bit difficult to see, but I've written the shape word on the center of the bows, which are also that shape.
Since this involves quite a few pieces, I suggest teachers make these to use as anchor chart posters, large flashcards or a bulletin board.
Make an extra set to use as an independent math center for early finishers, or to send home with a struggling child.
There's also a raccoon template with only the nose missing. Chester's eyes are filled in, ready for students to color.
Run these off on gray construction paper. Students color in details with crayons, and then trim.
I've included a strip of nose shapes for them to color and then cut out, to be used as manipulatives for the game. You could also use my patterns, make a template of each shape, trace once and then cut 3-6 nose shapes out of black construction paper.
To play the game, have a child choose a shape word card. Show it to the class and read it together. Children find that shape, place it in the nose position on their raccoon, and then raise their hand. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
If you want to check to see if students can identify the shapes by hearing the word, and use this as a whole group assessment tool, then use the cards with only the shape word on them.
If you want to help little ones learn the shapes, use the word cards that also have a picture of the shape on them, as seen in the photo.
Since part of the Common Core State Standards for shapes, includes spatial directions, you may want to include some, while children play the game. i.e. "Put the rectangle nose under Chester's eyes, between his smile, above his neck etc."
Throw in a few silly ones to review the not-quite-appropriate spatial directions and inspire a bit of giggling. i.e. "Put Chester's oval nose over his eye, behind his ear, on his mouth etc. "
Encourage students to play the shape identification game at home, having parents call out the different shape words. Children could also choose their favorite shape, glue down the nose, and write the shape word on the back of their raccoon. For a cute hallway display, suspend them from the ceiling. A caption could be: "Mr(s.) ___________ kinders are really shaping up!"
The packet also includes a mini-trace and write shape booklet, where students color the shapes, trace and write the shape words, and then trace and draw the shapes.
When they are done, they trim the pages, collate them and add a cover. There are two cover options. Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Shape Activities and Games packet. This packet will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be included in my jumbo Kissing Hand (Raccoon-Themed) Shape Packet available in my TpT shop.
Thanks for visiting today. It's that perfect kind of afternoon, where the weather is just right, so I'm off to hike some trails with my hubby. I'm sure Chloe, our poodle pup, will happily lead the way. Wishing you an awesome nature-filled weekend too.
"The expert in anything was once a beginner." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some SHAPELY Apple Activities With Me
Apple week wouldn't be complete without doing some shape activities. I found that the most successful way to get my students to be able to recognize, as well as name the various 2D and 3D shapes, was to immerse them in all sorts of hands-on activities, where they could work with all of the shapes. I had a variety of different activities to keep interest high, but it was that consistent repetition that helped turn the light bulbs on.
Since I've had a few requests for some more activities involving Johnny Appleseed, I thought I'd design some shape games using Phillip Martin's cute Johnny Appleseed character. The first one is entitled: Where Is Johnny Appleseed? It reviews the 2D shapes: circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, star and heart.
Choose the shapes you want to work on. Print, laminate and trim those apple cards and put them on your white board using a magnet, or on your flannel board using the scratchy side of a square of Velcro.
There are two Johnny Appleseed Card options. Choose one, print, laminate and trim. Before your students get to school, put Johnny behind one of the apples.
When students are gathered on the carpet, call on a quiet child to guess which apple shape they think Johnny Appleseed is hiding behind. "I think he's behind the hexagon." Lift up the card to take a peek and see if he's there.
If not, that child calls on another to take a guess. Play continues 'til someone has found Johnny Appleseed. The simplistic beauty of this game, is that it only takes a few moments of time, and reviews shapes and the shape word in an interesting and fun way.
I've also included a set of mini cards, so children can play Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games. Click on the link to view/download the Where's Johnny Appleseed Shape Game.
The other Johnny Appleseed game involves spactial directions. As you know, part of the Common Core State Standards for shapes involves placement of the shapes.
This "Where's Johnny's Apple?" game is a quick, easy and fun way to help reinforce that vocabulary, as well as whole-group assess students' understanding of the directional words.
To play the game, run off the black line master of Johnny Appleseed. (There are 2 on a page for easy printing.) Children color their Johnny. (I've included a large one that's in color for teachers to use.) Print and trim the apple manipulatives and give each student one.
Choose a child to pick a direction card, (there are 21 + a blank one to fill in with whatever). Show it to the class and then read it together.
Children place their apple in the appropriate position (over, under, on, between, beside ...) on their Johnny Appleseed mat. You can see at a glance who's having difficulty and jot a note to yourself.
After you have quickly assessed your students, place the teacher apple on your Johnny Appleseed poster in the correct position. (I put my poster on the white board.)
Children look at their Johnny mat to see if they have the correct answer and adjust if necessary.
After the game, pass out a certificate of praise to help build self-esteem. Click on the link to view/download the Where's Johnny's Apple? Spatial Direction Game.
The Apple Shape Matching game provides a wonderful independent center for early finishers, or more practice for struggling kiddos. Picking up and placing the various shapes also provides great fine motor practice.
For a sweet "oldie but goodie" apple shape easy reader, click on the link for The Shape of Apple Annie. It was one of my first apple stories and serves up a nice lesson about being content and happy with who you are.
Annie, however, is not happy with her apple-shape 'til she turns into all sorts of other shapes. Children trace the various apple shapes and then write the shape words in the spaces provided.
They can be used as anchor chart posters, large flashcards, a bulletin board, and assessment tools.
Make extra sets and use them for independent centers and games.
Children can also choose their favorite shape and make a shapely apple of their own. A shape attributes worksheet is also included.
As you can see by the photo, some of the apples have the various shapes as their "core" (I think they turned out really cute, if I do say so for myself.)
Others are big and the entire apple takes on that shape. The shape word is a little hard to see in the photos, but they appear on all of the apple shapes.
I've included all of the 2D shapes, as well as four 3D shapes. There's also directions for a fun "Four Corners" apple game that my students just LOVE. Click on the link to view/download the 41-page Shapely Apples packet.
Thanks for visiting today. I'm about appled out. If you'd like to see all of the other apple FREEBIES to help celebrate your apple week, simply scroll down.
It's time for a much-needed break. I'm off to get some clothes on. (Don't you just love relaxing jammie days?) It's date night with my hubby, and that requires some makeup. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
"If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get everything done!"
1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple-Themed Vocabulary Building With Me
Apple-themed week, continues with some interesting vocabulary building activities. Part of all of the themes that I did with my Y5's, included the vocabulary that they needed to learn that would help them understand apples, pumpkins, butterflies etc.
The science aspect of what we studied, provided a plethora of new words. Having children label the parts of an apple, is a quick, easy and fun way to reinforce a few of them.
To visually show the "peel" or "skin" of an apple, I made this "craftivity" as a flip open. The "skin" is flipped off to reveal the inside of the apple.
Students add a bit of color, cut and glue the words, or write them. If you look closely at my sample, you can also see the front that says: Kelli's apple, as an interesting way for students to write their name. Click on the link to view/download the Label An Apple Craft.
Another way I reinforced vocabulary was for students to write the words. To cover yet another standard, I often had them put the words in alphabetical order.
I designed a sweet apple knOWLedge bookmark, with a list of apple related words on it, plus a worksheet on the side for students to write the words in alphabetical order. Click on the link to view/download the apple vocabulary bookmark.
Word finds are also fun for students. These not only reinforce vocabulary, but help increase spelling skills. This one features 18 apple-themed words. Click on the link for the apple word find.
No matter what grade I taught, I always encouraged my students to use adjectives in their writing to make things more vivid, and to incorporate them orally when they were describing something.
Having children think up words as they use their senses to feel, taste, and smell an apple, also helps increase vocabulary.
As they share the words that they come up with to describe their apple, list them on the board.
Use the apple adjective worksheet before or after your brainstorming. I've included a completed sample that you can also share. Click on the link to view/download the apple adjective activities.
As a part of our science requirements, we also studied the 5 senses, which fit in perfectly with adjective use. I challenged my students each month to increase their use of adjectives by using all of their senses when describing something.
To make this easy, I designed a simple and quick worksheet for them to fill in each month. I called these Sensory Word Anchor Charts. Each month I chose a different word that would be appropriate for that time of year.
For example, for September, I used an apple. Click on the link to grab a copy of the monthly sensory adjective writing.
Finally, another way to build vocabulary and increase writing skills, is by teaching antonyms and synonyms for the words that your students use and are learning.
In keeping with the apple theme, I made up antonym apples with synonym leaves. Cut them into puzzles to play all sorts of matching games.
The apples provide 132 words to help build student vocabularies. There's also a blank apple template to fill in with whatever, plus 80 synonym leaves with 2 blank leaf templates.
Encourage students to make up some of their own antonym apples and write in synonyms too. For more practice with antonyms, be sure and check out my list of 290 antonyms. I've included a cover in this packet, so that students can make their own antonym word booklets.Thanks for visiting today. Time to clear the clutter on my desk and in my mind. I'm off for a walk to soak up some sunshine, with the tail-wagging Chloe. (My black poodle pup!) The air smells so fresh from the down pour last night. Wishing you a happy day.
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach them the way they learn." -Ignacio Estrada
1-2-3 Come Do Some Back To School Writing With Me
Here's a quick, easy and fun writing prompt for back to school. Completed projects look awesome dangling from the ceiling, swirling and twirling as they wave so long to summer, and hello to a brand new school year.
Even if you've already started back, summer's not technically over 'til the first day of fall (September 23rd) so you can easily incorporate this craftivity into your writing block, or Daily 5 activities.
Give students a variety of construction paper-color choices, to trace their hand and arm on. They trim and cut out. Run off the writing prompt rectangles. I've included templates for preschool through 8th grade.
Students color and complete the prompt, using words and phrases about things pertaining to their summer, as well as the new grade that they're in.
Younger students can do this with the help of their parents at Open House or Meet the Teacher Night. If you don't have one, tuck the activity in their backpacks for a nice home-school connection.
Students glue the summer prompt to the front of their hand, and the school one, to the back. For a bit more pizzazz, children can draw on polished fingernails and jewelry. (I used a flat-backed rhinestone to make a ring.)
Be sure and make a sample of your own to help explain what you want your students to do. This is also an interesting way for them to get to know you a little better.
I've included my writing samples, so that you can easily make an example if you don't have time to make one of your own.
After students share, punch a hole in a finger tip, add a yarn tie and suspend from the ceiling. Your caption could be "High Fives For Wonderful Writing."
I didn't dangle these samples from my ceiling, but you can get an idea from the photo, of how colorful and really cool your students' completed projects will look.
Click on the link to view/download the So Long Summer; Hello School Year Writing Prompt craftivity.
Thanks for visiting today. It's pouring outside my window, giving me a sleepy kind of feeling --the perfect day for doing all sorts of crafty things, or perhaps snuggling into a good book. Wishing you a relaxing day.
"Believe you can and you’re halfway there!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Have Some Apple Fraction Fun With Me
Since the Common Core rolled in, I've had several requests for some simple fraction activities that would be easy for a kindergarten child to wrap their head around. Because so many teachers also study apples at this time of year, I thought I'd design some fraction fun with an apple theme.
A quick and easy way to introduce the new fraction vocabulary is with a visual. You can make a fraction apple to help explain a whole, half and fourth, and then to really reinforce the concepts, have each student make their own.
Because I also teach the fact that apples can be three different colors, I chose red, yellow and green construction paper to show the different fractions. This really helps make them "pop" as well.
When students have completed their fraction apples, call out a fraction and have them flip to it, repeating the fraction word as they hold up their apple to show you.
You can whole group assess at a glance, and see who's having difficulty. To review another day, have students copy the information that's on the templates, (fourth, 1/4, quarter) writing their answers on the back of each section. Click on the link to view/download the apple fraction craftivity.
Another hands-on way to help students "see" and understand beginning fractions, is by cutting up an apple.
As you cut from whole, to half, and then into quarters, explain each fraction.
To further reinforce math vocabulary, students assemble their own apple fraction "flip up" booklet .
A trace & write mini apple fraction booklet is also included, along with matching apple fraction pocket or word wall word cards.
After they complete their booklets, read together to reinforce concepts of print. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Fraction Flip Up craftivity.
Another interesting fraction visual is done with an apple pie.
As with the above apple fraction packet, the apple pie fraction packet includes a flip up craftivity, mini apple pie fraction booklet, plus apple pie fraction cards to use in a pocket chart or on your word wall.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple Pie Fraction Packet.
Finally, culminate your apple fraction activities with the apple fraction spinner game, which not only reinforces the fraction vocabulary, but graphing skills.
Children can play individually or in a group of 2 or 3. They take turns spinning, and then mark an X under the fraction apple on their graph.
I've also included a whole-class graph to total up everyone's results. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Fraction Spinner Game.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I'm off to water my flowers, to ensure it will rain later on. Blessings to you and yours.
"Teachers who love teaching, help students to love learning." -Unknown