Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Make A Barn Manipulative With Me

My Y5's LOVED "sliders".  I designed them for every theme and for a variety of report card standards (shapes, letters, numbers, words etc.) They provide wonderful fine motor skill practice, and are a quick, easy and fun way to whole-group assess.  I named them "sliders" because students "slide" their answer strip up and down to locate the correct response.

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There are traceable word cards featuring various farm life holding a shape.  I've also included traceable, shape-word cards as well.  Teachers can flash a card, students then manipulate their slider to find that shape and shape word on their sliders. 

Print off extra sets of the cards so children can play  Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" shape games. For further reinforcement, run off the "My Shapes booklet". Children trace and write the shape word, as well as trace and color the shape. 

Click on the link to view/download the Who Let The Shapes Out Barn Packet.

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"Some of the best lessons we ever learn, we learn from our mistakes and failures.  The error of the past is the success and wisdom of the future." -Tyron Edwards

1-2-3 Come Tell Digital and Analog Time With Me!

I was pretty happy; after I got done with the Whooo knows the time? owl clock. Everyone I showed it to thought it was cute.

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I know that some teachers might not have the time for their kiddo’s to create the larger ones, so I decided to make mini Whooo knows the time? owl clock PADDLES. My “coin paddles” are one of our most downloaded items, so perhaps these will be a winner too.

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Print off the colored ones, or run off the black and white template on white construction paper. Students color their owls any color they want. Laminate and return to them to cut and glue to a Popsicle stick, gluing the analog owl on one side and the digital clock on the other.

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Mr. Clean Erasers do a nice job of cleaning dry erase, and even permanent marker off laminate! Students only need a small square of the eraser, so cut your Mr. Clean ones in 8 pieces.

You could also make a few of the big clocks and have students partner up. One plays the teacher, and the other shows their student-paddle.  This is a great way to pair up a strong student, with a struggler, for more one-on-one review time.

Click on the link to view/download the large owl analog clock, the owl clock paddles, and/or the large digital owl clock.

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“There is no failure except in not trying.” –Elbert Hubbard     It’s also nice to remember and remind, that failure is NOT permanent!

1-2-3 Come Make Some 10 Frames With Me

Thinking about numbers using frames of 10, can be a helpful and easy way for students to learn basic number facts. A 10 frame is a simple graphic tool that allows people to  “see” numbers. They will help your students with number sense, place value, patterns and relationships, as well as subitizing.

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I also took a look at YouTube to see if I could find some quick explanations.  There's a  Ten Frame 4-minute video that does a nice job. Click on the link to pop over. For a 1 minute 10-frame explanation click on that link.

Since I planned all of my teaching around various themes each month, I decided to make 10 Frames featuring the most popular ones I could think of.   Working on the same procedures can get a bit boring, but if you switch things up with different 10 frame templates, students will get excited to continue practicing skills.

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Besides the obvious uses, I've also made a set of numbers, number words, and math symbols ( plus, minus, equals, greater and less than) so students can make equations and play a variety of other games. i.e.  Match the 10 frame to the number card, or number word, to play a Memory Match game, or play "I Have; Who Has?"  

Another game you can play that I call "Show Me The Number!" I've adapted from Mathematics Their Way (Baratta-Lorton,1976). Everyone arranges their ten frame so it shows the same number. The teacher calls out random numbers between 0 and 10. Children change their ten frame to show the new number.

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I'm in the process of making some for each month, and started with September.  I just finished apple 10 frames, owl 10 frames and pirate 10 frames.  Click on the links to zip on over to download these freebies.  I also have pumpkins, leaves, scarecrows, frogs, stars, bats, spiders, dinosaurs and bees in the works, to round out fall, before I begin ones for winter.  If there is a theme that you'd like 10 frames for, shoot me an e-mail and I'll add it to my list, and let you know when I've completed it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance, but understanding of illiteracy, because some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than some college professors." -Maya Angelou

1-2-3 Come End Your Day With Me.

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Are you looking for an easy and fun way to end your day? One that  will grab your students’ attention, help you transition them to going home when everyone is exhausted, and hopefully something that they will look forward to, so that transition is not so difficult?

Try the popular “See You Later Alligator - After While Crocodile" poem.  It’s been around along time, so it’s kid-tested and teacher-approved.

I believe the original started with Dr. Jean.   I’ve provided a link to her page in the packet. Click on it now to check out her awesome site!

I’ve also provided a YouTube link to Bill Haley and the Comets rock and roll song version, complete with cool swing dancing.

Oh to be able to do that again! Yup, been there, done that, when the bones were not degenerating and I wasn’t shrinking like the Wicked Witch of the West,  after a thunderstorm.

This 23-page packet, is chock full of goodies that include:

1. An alligator poster. Print off 2, glue them back-to-back and suspend from your ceiling over the door as a reminder.

2. The revamped poster-poem.  I've included enough verses so each child can recite one as they line up to go home. They can say their verse, wave good-bye and get in line.  Hang a copy of the poem on the door, + enlarge a copy to have by your circle time where everyone can read it.

3. A traceable booklet so students can get used to reading, writing and learning the verses. Children cut and glue an animal to the matching numbered box.  They will enjoy taking this booklet home and sharing it with their families.

4. Traceable animal word cards with matching picture cards to help students learn these words + a cover to make an Itty Bitty booklet.  Make extra sets to turn into Memory Match Concentration games and an "I Have' Who Has?" game.  Toss the animal cards into a basket and have students select one.  That will be the phrase they get to recite.

They can quietly line up, walking and sounding like that animal, as they recite their verse.  i.e. a mouse would squeak their verse quietly, as they scampered on all fours to the door.

5. Finally, I’ve also included an additional Good-bye Song to the tune of Up On The Roof Top.  I found this on the Internet in several places so I don’t know who to give credit to.  If it’s yours, please dash me an e-mail so I can give you credit, and link to your site.  It’s adorable! 

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1-2-3 Come Read Chicka Boom With Me!

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A favorite book that many teachers read the first few weeks of school is Chicka Boom Boom.  I wanted to dream up some new ideas, as many teachers also make a Welcome bulletin board with that theme, and gear several days around letter activities as well.

The first FREEBIE is entitled Trunk Tricks and has a variety of activities based around the trunk of a coconut tree.

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I decided to trace my handprints to see how they would turn out and I really liked the effect.

Have a room volunteer do the tracing and cutting for you, or send the green paper home and have parents do this step. 

With the handprint portion out of the way, this adorable keepsake artwork can be whipped together in about 10 minutes.

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Brightly-colored foam letters also add that bit of 3-D pop and the student photo on the coconut makes it all the more precious.

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Any of these would make quick and easy bulletin boards: "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look What The K's Did In Mrs. Henderson's Room!"

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Make A Chicka Boom Name Tag:

This idea comes from my other Chicka Boom Activity Book called Picka Chicka. 
 
It's called this, because there are lots of creative things to pick from, that are inside a student's file folder of fun!
 
Make a copy of my master, run it off on tan construction paper.
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Below are some photos of a completed Picka Chicka file.
 
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As you can see by the photographs, many report card standards, subjects and skills are being reinforced.
 
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    • One of the things that I did everyday with my students for table top lessons, was play an I Spy game. 
    • I made these up by drawing circles on pictures of whatever theme we were studying and filling them with dashed letters and numbers. 
    • I would spy a number and my students circled it and then raised their hand to show they were done.
  • The first one to raise their hand got to spy the next letter/number. 
  • My students really enjoyed playing "I Spy". It's a wonderful whole-group assessment tool as well.  You can see in seconds, who is having difficulty spying letters and numbers, because they aren't able to recognize them. 
  • I jotted down a few notes and then worked with these students later, on a one-on-one basis.chicka boom activities, chicka boom name tags, chicka boom art projects, back to school ideas, ideas for the first day of school, back to school bulletin boards,
Make a graph & Venn diagram:
  • Since we study apples for one of our big back to school science themes, I thought it would be fun for students to compare apples and coconuts. 

 This comparison not only involves various math extensions, but you can toss in some science exploration as well, by having a discussion with your students about what they think is inside the coconut etc.

    • Once you break the coconut open, give everyone a taste of the liquid as well as the meat.  Graph whether students like apples or coconuts better. 
    • Make a Venn diagram to compare the two.  It's surprising how many things you can find that they have in common.  Picka Chicka lists several pages of very interesting facts + a 1/2 page of terrific links and You Tube videos, including how to open a coconut and climb a coconut tree!

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There's nothing like a game to help students learn lessons.  Children can play with a partner or in a group of 3. 

You can make a class set of Chicka Boom trees, or allow each student to make their own "Chicka Boom Name Tree".  Play the game several times in class and then let children take them home to enjoy with family.

Children glue construction paper to a sealed envelope making a trunk so that they can insert letters into the back of their tree's "pocket".  Students roll a dice to determine how many letters they put in their envelope. 

If they roll a 1 they take 1 letter out; if they roll a 6 they lose their turn. 

Chicka Boom Popsicle Stick Puzzle:

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  • Simply find the clip art you want to match whatever theme you're doing and enlarge it to 5 1/2 x 4 1/2.  Print it off and cut it out.
  • Number 6 large wooden Popsicle sticks from 1-6 on the back and then arrange them side by side. 
  • Smooth white glue over the top and then press your picture over the sticks. 
  • Flip the sticks over onto another sheet of paper, so that you can make a tiny space inbetween the sticks, so that you can cut them apart with an Exacto knife when they dry. 
  • Making a Popsicle stick puzzle out of your students' first day of school photo makes a nice keepsake as well. 
  • You can keep these puzzles for your classroom, or send them home with your students as a sweet back-to-school surprise!

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