A Pocket Full Of Paper Love...
A Pocket Full Of Paper Love is an inexpensive and fun way to make an assortment of wonderful keepsakes for Mother’s Day.
Your students will enjoy stuffing the different items that they make during their independent center time throughout the week, into this container.
By the time they take them home on Friday, they’ll have a pocket that’s over flowing with love.
One of the items not pictured, is a wooden broach made from the same old-fashioned woodcuts. I bought wooden circles for only 10 cents each at Hobby Lobby.
My students cut and glued the “love knot” to the top and then drizzled on 10,000 Coats. After the discs dried (48 hours) they glued a pin to the back, to make an old-fashioned pin.
I taught my Y5's how to sing "I'm a Little Teapot" so they could serenade their mommy with a song, they made the teapot note and attached a teabag to the back.
Their bouncing renditions were heartwarming and adorable!
The final item we tucked into the pocket was their handprint. It added color and provided a backing to the plate so that the items didn’t spill out.
We wrapped the entire thing in hot pink tissue paper.
These ideas are part of the May Art Mini Book: Frogs, Flowers & Mother’s Day Packet.
Click on the link to view/download it. There are several other Mother’s Day gift ideas included in that packet as well.
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1-2-3 Come Make a Glyph With Me
Are you studying insects?
Do you need a quick, easy and fun way to assess listening and following directions?
Then I think you'll enjoy this cute little bee glyph.
A glyph is a wonderful way to see if students are listening and following directions. Completed projects are proof of that ability.
They are also a fun way to collect and analyze data, which will help you with Common Core State Standards:1.MD.4, K.MD.3
The packet also includes 6 graphing extensions and a data collection sheet.
Have your students choose a partner to interview (questions included) and see how many they need to ask before they guess which is their classmate's glyph.
My Y5's enjoyed becoming glyph detectives and their completed glyphs made wonderful bulletin boards and hallway displays.
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1-2-3 Come Make Butterflies and Flowers With Me!
Are you studying butterflies or looking for a quick and easy center activity that makes a lovely spring bulletin board or window display, that will brighten up your room?
Wax paper butterflies jazzed up with melted crayons, might be just what you need.
Here’s how to make them:
Run off the body part of the butterfly on a variety of colors of construction paper.
Rough cut them and stack them into color piles so that students can choose their favorite.
While students are working on a tabletop lesson, call them individually to the table.
Students choose a color or colors of crayons that they want to shave.
Students hold the sharpener over a sheet of wax paper big enough to be able to trace 3 hearts on.
You need it larger so that when the shavings melt, they do not run outside of the wax paper.
Make sure the wax paper is on a mini ironing board or a folded towel.
When the child has enough shavings sprinkled around the paper, lay a second piece of wax paper on top.
Using an iron on the lowest setting, slowly melt the shavings. Be careful that the pools do not run off the paper.
Let cool a few seconds and have the child step to the side to trace the heart template onto the wax paper.
Once done, she takes her paper back to her seat and cuts out the hearts and glues them to the back of her butterfly’s thorax.
When they are done, they can bring their butterfly up to you, so that you can give them glue dots for their wiggle eyes and rhinestones that they have picked out.
These look fabulous on a window. Simply put a small piece of folded tape on the thorax and stick.
Click on the link to view/download the wax paper butterfly activity
If you don’t want to mess with melting crayons, squares of tissue paper attached with
Elmer’s glue also look awesome.
There are 12 different templates in the wax paper and tissue packet.
These projects are simple, inexpensive, quick, and also look fantastic hanging in a window.
My students loved making them and always asked to do more than one.
Tape them to a sheet of construction paper as a "flip up" and you have a "way cool" greeting card for Mother’s Day or whatever.
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1-2-3 Come Make Student Gifts With Me
Are you looking for something quick and easy to make your students, for the last week of school, that won't break the bank? You've stopped at the right blog.
I always sent my students home with a little something as a good-bye gift, but when you have 2 classes of Y5's with 20 in each class, that often got a bit expensive.
The "Wishing a "kool" kid a very kool summer" treat, is a breeze to put together. A box of 48 Kool-Aide packages sells for around $13 Dollars.
If you don't have that many students, perhaps another teacher will split the cost with you.
I bought the Curly Straws at The Dollar Store. (6 in a package.)
Here’s how to make them:
Cut toilet paper rolls in half.
Run off the owl template on a variety of colors of construction paper, or simply light brown to look more realistic.
If you want to add a bit more pizzazz, color in the beak and feet and add wiggle eyes with a glue dot.
Staple or tape the owl to the toilet paper tube.
Run off the teacher and student notes + bookmark(s).
I’ve included black and white bookmarks for students to color, or colored bookmarks if you want. You can tuck in one of each if you choose.
On the teacher paper, write a note to each one of your students telling them why they are a “Kool” kid and then sign them.
Roll them up and insert into the toilet paper tube. They will unwind and fit snug.
Bend a package of Kool-Aid so that it fits and tuck that in along with the bookmark(s) and a Curly straw.
Give directions and model the lesson. Pass out the student “You rule” papers to each student.
I included this writing extension because it is a real self-esteem builder for kids and puts the icing on the cake.
Have them write their name on the top and then pass it to another student close by.
Students complete the thought: “I think you’re a really “Kool” kid because…”
When they are done writing their sentence they sign their name at the end and pass it to another child.
Continue passing papers ‘til everyone has written a compliment on all of the papers.
Children will be really excited to read their classmates comments, but tell your students they will get to read them later, and quickly collect the papers.
Roll them and insert them into your note.
Make sure you can see the students’ names, so that you can put the correct one on their desk the last week of school.
I don’t save things ‘til the last day, as some students might be absent.
Click on the link to view/download the Kool Kid Owl Miss You packet.
I hope your students enjoy this activity. I wish you a wonderful last week of school.
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1-2-3 Make a Memory Book With Me.
I LOVE owls and that cute little saying: "Owl" miss... so I designed an end-of-the-school-year packet around them.
With so much to do at that time, I wanted to post this a little earlier than usual, as time really flies for me.
The packet includes several writing prompts for students to write about what they'll miss.
One is a bookmark and the other a class book.
Run off the cover and student page. Children complete the thought: "Owl" miss... and then illustrate their page.
Collect and collate the pages and bind them into a class book.
When you share the completed story with your students, have each child read their own page.
Make a copy of your school composite and give each child an oval of themselves to glue on the tummy of the owl.
I've also included a note from the teacher.
Tuck it in their backpacks for them to discover when they get home.
You can add slits to the page and insert a lollipop if you want.
There's also a class memory booklet, complete with autograph page, where friends can sign their name on the owl's tummy.
Students work on this writing prompt for several days, finally finishing the last week of school.
You can make their memory book even more special, by taking a last week of school photo of each child doing their favorite subject, activity, or at play during recess; and then have them include it somewhere in their booklet.
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1-2-3 Come Make An Owl With Me!
So Long School; Hello Summer is a writing prompt craftiviity I think your students will enjoy.
Students assemble their owls and then write what they'll miss about school under the owl's wings, or if you want them to have more room, they can cut and glue the "back" template and complete the writing prompt there.
You could also use this as a "graduation" activity and have students write about what they'll miss about pre-school or kindergarten, or whatever grade level they will be leaving.
Choose natural earth tone colors for your students to choose from, or for crazy-pizzazz, give them an assortment of bright colors to add a splash of wow to their work.
Glitter as well as wiggle eyes can also make things pop.
Adding a school photo to the leaf, helps easily identify work and makes the project even more of a keepsake.
I used a flower paper punch for the eyes. There are many available, and students enjoy this fine motor skill.
The owls look wonderful swirling and twirling when they are suspended from the ceiling in the hallway.
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1-2-3 Figure Out Story Elements With Me
Making The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Dangler is a fun way to help students reinforce their understanding of content, as well as the following Common Core State Standards:L.K.2a, L.K.2b, RF.K.3a, RF.K.3d, RF.1.1a, RL.1.2,W.K.7,SL.K.2, RL.K.2, RL.K.3
The "craftivity" is an interesting way for students to show their ability to retell a story, as well as a gauge for the teacher to see if anyone needs help with comprehension.
(The smile is the title of the story, and the circle is about characters and setting. The leaf with the egg on it = the beginning of the story, the apple = the middle of the story, and the 3D butterfly = the end of the story. )
After reading the story review concepts of print with your students. Discuss who the characters are, where the setting takes place, as well as what happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story.
When students can identify the important events from the beginning, middle and end of a story, their reading comprehension and writing ability improves.
This knowledge helps a reader understand how organization, sequence, and plot make a good story, so they hopefully will include it in their own writing. (It's been said that "Good readers are also good writers.")
Here's How To Make The Hungry Caterpillar Dangler:
Cut lengths of yarn for each child. So they don’t get knotted, fasten them to a paper plate with a bottom and top slit cut out. Lay the yarn between the slits.
Make the eye, nose and antennae templates by cutting out the patterns and tracing them on an old file folder.
Older students can trace and cut out their own pieces, but it really expedites things for little ones, if these are already pre-cut by a room helper.
Run off the body parts on construction paper. To save paper, each child gets one body part.
To hang them together simply run a piece of yarn across the back and tape each section to it.
I like the more finished 3D look of giving children two of each body section.
To attach, they flip their pieces over and put them in a line with ½ an inch of space between them.
Children rub glue on the back, lay the yarn on top and then glue the other half over it.
I wanted the leaf to be 3D, so I only glued half of the leaf together, and let the other half stick out.
To represent a butterfly egg, I fastened a mini white pom pom to the right side of the leaf with a glue dot.
I also wanted to make the butterfly 3D, so I folded the wings up on either side of the thorax.
Rub glue on just the thorax area and press the other thorax over it. Fluff the wings and they will look like the butterfly is flying.
Pass out the pieces to the children. They fill in the information and assemble their Story Dangler.
Punch a hole in the top of the head and make a yarn loop.
If you want to cover even more standards, have students add another circle or make a heart to tell why they liked or did not like the story, or compare this story to another caterpillar or butterfly story and state which one they liked better.
These look adorable hanging from the ceiling (if you have front and back pieces) or hung in a row on the wall if you used Scotch tape.
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1-2-3 Come Flip Over Opposites With Me!
It’s that time of year when students start wearing flip-flops!
I was looking at clip art and thinking “What can I do with flip flops?” I thought of “opposites”.
One sandal is the flip word and the opposite word is the flop; hence they flip flop.
I spent lots of time whipping together a 155-page packet so you wouldn’t have to!
I think your kiddo's will really enjoy this great vocabulary builder; it’s easy to implement and fun to do.
I know that school’s almost out, but hopefully this will get you excited for next year.
Hang up the flip-flop poster.
Choose a "flip" word for the day. i.e. "big".
Students have to guess the "flop" word "little" which they write in their flip- flop recording journal.
If you're also studying synonyms and/or antonyms, have the journal do double duty and challenge students to think up a synonym/antonym for the flip and flop words as well.
This only takes a minute, but will provide tremendous vocabulary building opportunities, an easy way for students to understand opposites as well as strengthen their understanding of synonym and antonyms.
The better their vocabularies, the better their writing skills. By writing the words, and doing the trace & write activities their spelling will also improve!
Flip-Flops make a great addition to your "Word Work" for Daily 5 activities too!
The packet includes:
- 550 traceable opposite word cards
- Covers to turn them into Itty Bitty booklets +
- Directions of what else you can do with the cards including a variety of games like Kaboom.
- Kaboom bomb cards
- 275 traceable pocket cards, (These can also be made into a flip booklet.)
- You can also turn these pocket cards into puzzle cards. Sample puzzle included.
- Blank set of cards to program your own opposite words, or worksheets. i.e., Write in one word and have students fill in the matching opposite word.
- A list of 550 words that make up 275 pairs of opposites.
- 3 different types of opposite recording sheets + 5 different journal covers so that students can make a Flip Flop Op Journal to record the daily Flip word activity in.
- Flip Word Of The Day Poster
- Flip Flop Word Wizard Tracking Chart-Poster +
- A certificate of praise
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I hope your students absolutely flip over these fun activities as they build their vocabularies!
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