1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Craftivities With Me
PTL things are FINALLY back to normal in my little cyber-world. Few things have the capicity to incapacitate me, as much as computer problems. I'm such a control freak that when something happens that is out of my control, it is way beyond frustrating. Anyone relate?
We now have a brand new server and everything seems to have transferred well. Sorry if you experienced broken links and error messages while I was swinging from the ceiling pulling my hair out. I'm all better now, and can't wait to share lots of new stuff that I played around with, to keep my sanity, while experiencing insane glitches.
This is a potpourri of winter-themed "stuff." My new personal favorite I call My Shapely Snowflakes. I was watching the overhead at church Sunday; they had a lovely snowflake posted on the message. The center was of all things a hexagon! That's a "toughy" shape that I'm always on the look out for fun things to do with it.
Beside the Pentagon and a few nuts and bolts, it's hard to give children an example. My husband thinks I should shut off my creative enthusiasm every now and then, especially at church, but I was so excited to design My Shapely Snowflakes I sketched a note to myself.
You can make a set to use as flashcards, a bulletin board, interesting assessment, or independent matching center. I've also included a spinner, so students can play a game. Click on the My Shapely Snowflakes link to grab it.
One of my Y5 standards was that students could recognize and spell their names. Although my kiddo's accomplished this by the end of September, they always enjoyed any activity that involved their names.
With that in mind, I designed this wintry alphabet snowman. You can give your students the option to spell their name, so they have a sweet sign to decorate their bedroom door with, or have them think of a winter word they'd like to spell out like: peace, love, joy, snow, winter or even welcome. Hang them in the hallway with the caption: "_________________'s Kinders Are Simply Brrrr-illiant!"
There are 4 different sets of alphabet cards to choose from. You can also print, laminate, trim and use for a variety of games. A 3-page list of ideas is included in the packet. This is the one I made for my grandson. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Alphabet craftivity.
If you're tossing in some poetry to cover a variety of genres, have your students make an acrostic poem. Students of all ages enjoy making them, and they are a nice way for children to review letters and words that begin with those letters. I've made a template for a snowman, winter, and frozen word acrostic. Click on the link to check out The Snowman Acrostic craftivity.
I know many of you are out there searching the web for quick, easy and inexpensive ideas for your kiddo's to make as a gift, or for you to give to them. How about a pin? The snowman tea light is not my original idea. I found it all over Pinterest as a magnet and decided to diddle around with one as a pin.
As a child I LOVED my Santa, Rudolph and Snowman (pull-the-string and light-up-the-nose) pins you could buy at the "dime" store. Anyone else remember those?
I used E6000 to glue on the pin back, wiggle eyes and bow; added the mouth with a permanent Sharpie, and cut off the finger of a black glove to make the hat. Yes it stretches that much! Roll the end up, so they don't look frayed and add a dot of glue to keep it rolled.
The Dollar Store sells these gloves in all sorts of colors. I think red or green would have looked nicer, but I had black around the house so tada! (2 pair makes 20 inexpensive pins/magnets.) You can also buy a pack of tea lights there too. Make sure you position the hat so that you don't cover the light switch.
Finally, another sweet gift is the Christmas Tree Lights bookmark made out of finger prints. "You light up my life with your love, so I left some finger prints to brighten yours." Baby Kaiden and I made this sample; my daughter loved it.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Craftivities And Games With Me!
Did you ever have one of those days where you might as well have stayed in bed? Well that was yesterday! The reason there was no blog article was that our main server (in Texas) crashed. It seemed everything techno in my world went on the fritz, from my e-mail, to the printer and even my favorite design software was having glitchy hiccups.
I apologize if you tried to visit us and got an error-connection message. I'm back to being a happy camper with lots of FREEBIES to share.
Keep review of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and skip counting fresh and interesting, by making these puzzles. Laminate for an independent center (I've included a blank grid for kiddo's to place the pieces on), or have your students pick one, run them off and then they cut and glue them to a blue or black sheet of construction paper.
If you're doing the alphabet, have students think of a word that starts with that letter on the puzzle piece, and then write it on the appropriate tree-strip.
Remind students to leave a little gap inbetween the pieces. You can add a bit of pizzazz by dipping a Q-tip in glue and then dotting on "snowflakes." For an awesome effect, sprinkle with white or silver glitter.
These make a lovely bulletin board too. Caption: Learning About Letters and Numbers Is "Snow" Much Fun! or "Look At All Of The TREE-mendous Work From Mrs. Henderson's Kinders!" Click on the link for the Snowman Tummy Puzzles or The 13 Merry-Making Tree Puzzles.
Since the Silly Shaped penguins and Owls Shape Up "craftivities" continue to be in the top 10 downloaded items from my site, I decided to design a Shapely Snowman, as well as a Gingerbread set, with plans to make special shape pals for all of the months. (i.e. pumpkins for October and butterflies for April!)
You can make the gingerbread heads a game, by running the bow pieces off on red construction paper.
Instead of gluing the shape words inside the bows and then gluing them to the gingerbread head, glue only the bows. Keep the shape-word circles separate.
Students place the shape word on to the matching shapely gingerbread's bow. To make a girl gingerbread, glue the bows to the top of the head. Glue it as a bow tie under the chin to make a gingerbread boy. To add a bit of pizzazz, I used white puffy paint for "frosting." Click on the link for the Shapely Gingerbread packet.
There are also several things you can do with the Shapely Snowman templates. Make a laminated set for a bulletin board, or use as puzzles for an independent center activity.
For a center matching game, do not glue the hats on the snowmen. Instead make only one hat with interchangeable hat bands. Students pick a shape word-hat band and place it on the hat, then they look for the matching snowman and place the hat on his head. Play continues 'til the child has used all of the hat bands and snowmen. Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Snowman Packet.
Another popular winter activity is the Snowman Glyph. Each one turns out a bit different so this too makes an adorable bulletin board. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Glyph.
Practice addition and subtraction with Dominic the Snowman Domino-Dice game. Click on the link to grab it.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you can stop by tomorrow for even more FREEBIES. My brain is on over-drive again, and since the weather outside is "frightful" I might as well have a "delightful" time inside designing away. Feel free to PIN away!
"Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Christmas Writing With Me!
I decided to share some of my favorite December Easy Readers with you today. These make nice whole-group reading activities or something simple and quick to plug into your Daily 5 writing block.
In My Winter Color Words booklet, students read, trace and write the color words and then color the pictures. The last page has students write about their favorite winter color and draw a picture of something that color. Click on the link to view/download it.
This easy reader has been so popular, that I decided to make one featuring penguins; this too reinforces colors and color words.
The last page has students write which penguin was their favorite, as well as draw a picture of something a blank penguin is holding and then color it.
I did a huge penguin unit in January, but I know many teachers have penguins as a theme for December too, so I'm featuring some penguin activities this month. I've also included a certificate of praise in this packet. Click on the link to view/download the Penguin Colors booklet.
Hurry! Help Santa, is an older easy reader before I had all the software, graphics and fonts that I have available to me now, but it's still a favorite that I think your kiddo's might enjoy too. In this easy reader students trace and write as well as cut and glue. I've included traceable word cards and a graphing extension as well. Click on the link to view/download the Hurry Help Santa Get Ready easy reader.
December is a Great Month includes many Dolch words. Children use picture clues to help them read the story as they cut and glue the matching pictures to help explain why December is such a great month.
Two graphing extensions, 33 traceable word cards + a certificate of praise are also included. Click on the link to view/download the December is a Great Month easy reader.
Light Up The Tree reinforces numbers, number words (through 10) as well as colors. Students trace and write the numbers and number words + draw that many light bulbs.
On the last page children guess-timate how many lights are on the tree. A graphing extension is included. Click on the link to view/download he Light Up The Tree Easy Reader.
In I See Circles At Christmas, students also trace and write. A graphing extension + traceable word cards are also included.
As another writing extension you could have students choose a square or rectangle and challenge them to write their own I See booklet. Click on the link to view/download the I See Circles At Christmas easy reader.
If you like the idea of students creating their own booklets, be sure and check out the Christmas Class Books, where students write a page to go with 3 different booklets. Includes 5 graphing extensions, so you can incorporate math skills. The class-made books are:
After students share their work, collect and collate the pages into a class book. Click on the link to view/download the Christmas Class Books packet.
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"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try and keep it all the year." -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful; Are Your Students' Actions Delightful?
Are your students a bit hyper after Thanksgiving? Mine were always a little more energetic and excited. I think it was because they were caught up in all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
I’ designed this packet a few years ago, before I had all of the awesome software I now have available, but because these ideas really work, I decided to post this article again today.
The activities are quick and easy to implement. Hopefully they will help you, help your students, put their best foot forward, so you can get down to the business of teaching instead of preaching.
All of the following are in a 36-page packet entitled: Modifying Behavior In December. Use them as a whole-group TEAM challenge (Together Everyone Achieves More) or for individuals who need that extra little boost.
At one point or another, I've used all of these techniques. They were extremely successful with my kiddo's.
Thanks to the Polar Express. everyone knows that if you truly believe in Christmas, you can hear Santa’s bells, so I passed out a few, to everyone from the janitor to the principal. They'd deliberately pass by our door and jingle.
It really cracked me up when my students actually froze when they heard the bells through out our day, and explained to each other that they heard Santa’s helpers spying on us!
The List: As I caught children being good, I added them to our “Santa’s Watching!” good girls and boys list.
Use the poster as a topper on your white board. Remind children that just because their name was on the list, didn't mean that it couldn't be removed, and you expected them to continue to behave appropriately.
Letter From Santa: To get the good-behavior ball rolling, I sent a letter to each of my students from Santa. I printed them on Christmas paper that you can buy at The Dollar Store and tuck them in a Christmas card.
I added an address label (from the North Pole of course) and a sticker that said: "A letter from Santa" . My school has everyone's address in a database, so our secretary was kind enough to print out a sheet of labels; because this was a student activity, my school provided the postage.
I also bought those ultra tiny Ziploc Baggies and put a teaspoon of oatmeal mixed with glitter in them. The child sprinkles it on the lawn on Christmas Eve. Rudolph smells the oats and sees the glitter sparkling on the snow and knows just where they live!
This all added to the fun. My students were always so excited to tell me they had received a letter from Santa! It's amazing how their behavior improved as well!
I Need A Little Incentive Today! I’ve also made some incentive charts for you to use. Use this incentive plan to get children to transition quickly, line up and stay quiet in line, get things cleaned up and put away etc. They are also a great way for your students to learn the days of the week.
Use them for individuals too. There are several to choose from, so you can use one each week. How they work: Put up the Christmas tree poster. If everyone behaves, gets their work done (whatever you have as a goal) then they get the Monday ornament put on the tree or colored in, the same thing for Tuesday etc.
When they have earned all of the ornaments they receive whatever prize you decided upon. (Free recess, new center to play at, trip to the treasure box, candy treat, game time etc.) I also have stripe a candy cane, (I buy non-peppermint-flavored canes for this one, and at the end of the week each child gets a candy cane.
A wreath that you put berries on, is another alternative. Run the master off on green paper as well as red then cut the pieces out. The 4th one is a gingerbread man where you color in the buttons.
Tree-mendous Behavior! Save an empty spool of thread or buy one at The Dollar Store and stamp your way into some tree-mendous behavior. Run off a class set of trees on green construction paper. Have your students cut them out. Add a brown rectangle for a trunk and a yellow star at the top where they write their name.
Now wait 'til you catch them being good, or accomplishing a task and reward them by allowing them to stamp their tree. You could also use a variety of stickers as "ornaments."
Santa's Beard Needs Some Fluff! This is the same concept as above only using a Santa. There are a specific number of circles on Santa's beard and they need a "good-behavior-cotton ball" glued to them to help fill it up.
Whose Santa has the fullest beard? You can send a note about the Santa's in your newsletter asking parents to ask their child how their Santa is doing, and how many cotton balls they received that day. That should be a nice motivator!
Punch Me Please: I don’t know about your students, but mine love using my paper punch + it’s a great fine motor skill that strengthens their hand muscles. I thought how can I incorporate this more; and designed this activity.
Run off the trees on green construction paper and have your class cut them out and add a brown construction paper trunk and write their name on it. Hang the trees on a classroom bulletin board or wall.
Keep strips of various colored “garland” handy in an envelope. Each child gets to choose their first one and keeps it taped to the side of their desk or at their table by their name card.
Each time the teacher catches them being good, or they accomplish their Table Top lessons, or hand in their homework (whatever you decide on) they get to use the paper punch and punch a hole in their garland. When they get 10 punches they glue the garland on their tree.
Shall I Freeze Or Should I Melt? To help get the wiggles out so that I don’t have behavior problems, I allow my students to FREEZE and MELT!
I have them dance and prance around the carpet area as quickly as they can, watching me out of the corner of their eye, to see if I’ll hold up a snowflake or sun.
If they see Mr. Snowflake they quickly FREEZE in whatever position they are in. If they see Mr. Sunshine they slowly plop to the floor melting as they go; falling like the Wicked Witch of the West!
I made my Freeze and Melt signs from a huge snowflake cut out that I purchased at a party store. The sun I made from a piece of yellow tag board. I laminated both pieces. I made a set of clip art posters for you, if you don't want to start from scratch.
Click here to print all of the patterns, including the article which explains the directions. December Behavior Modification Packet
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"Remember that teaching is more than high test scores; it is also enriching lives and having fun while doing so."
1-2-3 Come Do Some Reindeer "Craftivities" With Me
On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen; you too Rudolph. I wanted to finish up with reindeer-themed activities, by sharing 2 revamped favorites, + 2 new FREEBIES.
If you're looking for an inexpensive and easy treat to give your kiddo's, I think you'll enjoy making a Snack Baggie filled with 8 chocolate reindeer noses + a red gum ball (Rudolph's nose.)
This is my version from several other Pinterest pins that I've seen. My poem reads: "9 delicious reindeer noses from me. Packaged with lots of love and TLC. They come with happy smiles of joy to say--I hope you have a Merry Christmas Day!"
If you'd like to have your students make this as a gift for their family, have them make a thumb print reindeer and sign it from their little "dear." Click on the link to view/print Chocolate Reindeer Noses.
Cover a lot of Common Core State Standards as students read, add end punctuation, underline capital letters; trace and write the shape word; trace and write the color word; trace the shape and then draw and color that shaped nose on the reindeer.
A graphing extension is also included, where students tell which shaped nose they liked the best. Click on the link to view/download The Shape Of My Reindeer's Nose.
Finally, I revamped "You Can Count On Rudolph" and included trace & write pages. Students can count to 20, count backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0, or skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's. and 10's.
I've also included a red-hot cinnamon "reindeer noses" counting activity in this packet as well. Click on the link to view/download the Counting On Rudolph packet.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away. I design and blog daily, so I hope you can stop by again tomorrow for even more FREEBIES.
"Christmas is like the morning; every year we experience it as new, partly because of the magic of snow and sleighs; night silver light and the silhouette of Dancer against the moon." -Unknown