1-2-3 Come Fly A Kite With Me!
As the wind is whipping around your school this month, are you looking for some kite-themed activities?
Well you've come to the right place! I'll talk about a few of my favorites here, and then give you a link for the rest.
To help you review the Common Core State Standard: MD.1.3, I've designed a kite clock. The game is entitled "Time Flies!" and reviews digital as well as analog time.
Click on the link to view/download the analog and digital time - kite clock.
If you're working on colors and patterning with your students, you'll enjoy the Kite Patterning packet.
You can quickly and easily whole group assess your students, as they have fun adding a variety of colored strips, to make a patterned kite tail.
Kites come in a large array of sizes and shapes, so I thought it would be fun to see if I could find examples of all of the 3D shapes.
I learned a lot doing this research, and found many examples of spheres, cones, cubes and cylinders.
In the easy reader: 3D Kites, students trace and write the shape words as well as glue matching pictures to the numbered boxes.
Click on the link to view down/load the 3D Kite booklet
Finally, no kite unit is complete, without studying the -ite and ight word families.
The easy-reader kite-booklet packet, is chock full of activities, including an -ite -ight word family kite "craftivity."
Click on the links to view/download them.
To see more kite activities, click on the link to zip over to the kite section, with 23 kite activities + a 78-page Kite Unit.
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1-2-3, Come Slide With Me, To Study, a Word Family!
My Y5's really enjoyed making "sliders." I named them that, because you slide a strip of paper through slits that then revealed something in the cut out "window."
I made sliders for lots of my report card standards: upper and lowercase letters, numbers, skip counting, shapes, colors, words etc.
A slider was an especially successful way, for my students to actually see, how a word family operated.
They liked seeing new words appear, as they slid their letter strip up and down.
To make a slider, simply run off the templates on construction paper. Students cut out and assemble.
Add pizzazz to their chick with wiggle eyes, a 3D beak, a yellow feather atop the head, and by folding the wings forward.
I added that finishing touch to the bunny, with wiggle eyes and a pink pom pom nose.
Students can also glue a cotton ball to the back for a fluffy bunny tail.
Sliders are a wonderful way for discovering words that your students are not familiar with.
Add these to your vocabulary building activities.
I often built vocabulary for a variety of themes and word families via a dictionary.
I've included a cover for both the -ick chick word family slider, as well as the bunny -op word family slider.
I hope your students LOVE learning new words as much as I do!
One of my favorite things about the internet is the unbelievable amount of information available at the click of some keys.
While I was researching ick and op ending words I learned a few new ones I didn't know: snick, strop and swop!
There's also a worksheet in each slider packet, where students trace and then write the word family words in alphabetical order.
Because I thought it would be slick, for students to skip count with their chick, I also included skip counting strips for 2's. 3's, 5's and 10's.
Click on the link to view/download the chick ick word family and skip counting sliders.
Click on the link to view/download the -op word family bunny slider packet.
If you like these spring sliders, you'll probably want to take a look at the sheep slider, featuring -eep and -eap family words. Click on the link to view/download it.
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1-2-3- Have Fun Writing About Goals With Me
Pot of Goals is a fun "craftivity" March writing prompt, that reinforces Common Core State Standards: L.K.2a, L.K.2b, RF.K.3d, RF.K.1c, RF.1.1a, L.1.2b
Simply run off the templates on construction paper.
Students complete the "goal" coin sentences and add their reasons why.
Remind students to use appropriate capitalization, end punctuation and spacing, when they write their goals on the coins.
Lay out a selection of large construction paper, in the colors of the rainbow. Only have enough paper so that all of it will be chosen, and you'll have a sampling of every color.
Students cut out their pot and coins, and glue them to the construction paper.
Hang the completed pots, in rainbow color order, on a large wall. Your title can be: A Rainbow Of Wonderful Writing.
For a bit more pizzazz, have students write their names in rainbow colors, add a school photo + gold and silver glitter.
Click on the link to view/download the March writing prompt: St. Patrick's Day Pot of Goals.
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Proud Pupil Peacock Progress Pals
Now there's a tongue twister to rival Peter Piper!
These adorable birds are a wonderful way to build a student’s self-esteem, show progress and let others know what students are learning in your class.
They are easy and simple to implement and can last the entire year, making a nice keepsake of all that a child has accomplished in preschool Y5’s, kindergarten etc.
At the beginning of the year, you can keep the peacocks in a student file folder or their portfolio.
As students learn new report card standards and pass assessments, earning feathers, the peacocks acquire lots of plumage.
Design a makeshift bulletin board in the hallway to display your students’ progress for the rest of the year and watch their self-confidence grow as they get to “strut their stuff!”
Your caption can include that concept:” _______________’s students are strutting their stuff. (S)he is so proud of their accomplishments”! Or “Look what ___________________’s students have accomplished this year! We’re proud peacock pupils who have earned the right to strut our stuff!”
Here’s how to make a Proud Peacock Progress Pal:
Run off the templates on brightly colored construction paper.
You can have students cut out feathers as they complete an assessment, or have them pre-cut by a room helper. To expedite things I have them pre-cut as well as the circles.
Students could also color these in, but I like the extra pizzazz the construction paper makes.
Students cut out their peacock and write their name on the tummy.
If you want to add some 3D pizzazz, students can add wiggle eyes, 4 rhinestones at the top of the bird’s head, a 3D beak and yellow construction paper feet.
When a student passes an assessment, the child adds feathering detail with a complimentary colored marker and the teacher writes down what report card standard they have mastered.
Feathers should be glued to the backs of the birds in an alternate ABAB pattern. The next row should be another set of 2 different colors.
Click on the link to view/download Proud Peacock Progress Pal
I hope you and yours enjoy showing off some appropriate pride this year, as they learn how to spread their wings and fly.
Do you have any tips of how you build your students’ self-esteem or show what they are accomplishing in your class?
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1-2-3 Make Some More Glyphs With Me!
Since Easter is early this year and we'll be celebrating it at the end of March, I wanted to post several more glyphs.
Besides the bunny and egg glyphs, I made up a butterfly glyph as well, because many of you will be starting a butterfly unit when you return from spring break.
As stated in the Shamrock glyph article below, students enjoy this quick and easy way to whole-group assess.
If a parent ever questions why you feel their child is not listening and following directions, or asks you for "proof", a file of incorrectly done glyphs is a terrific resource.
After I took down the cute bulletin board, I kept completed glyphs in my assessment folder.
I paperclipped incorrect ones together, and put them on the top.
I also kept an answer key, so that I had a correct comparison for parents to peruse, as they looked at them side-by-side, and I pointed out problems.
After conferences, I'd send those glyphs home and start fresh.
The photographs are of completed glyphs. These Glyphs make sweet bulletin boards that could even be combined.
Have students cut out their eggs and then use them as a border around the bunny glyphs.
You can also have children cut out their butterflies and hang them above the bulletin board or top of the wall, so that they look like they are fluttering around.
For a more 3D effect, fold the wings up, and just tack down the thorax portion.
Glyphs and graphing are also wonderful ways for your students to collect and analyze data, which will help you review the Common Core State Standard: 1.MD.4
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1-2-3 Listen and Follow Directions, and Make a Shamrock Glyph With Me!
A glyph is a quick and easy way to whole group assess listening and following directions.
The photo shows a completed glyph by a girl.
Glyphs are also a fun way for students to collect and analyze data.
When everyone has completed their shamrock glyph, hang them up on a bulletin board, or hallway wall.
Using the data collection sheet, students choose a partner and interview them.
They ask as many questions as they need to figure out their partner's glyph.
To make the game more exciting, encourage students to use as few questions as possible, to see who can solve the mystery with the fewest questions.
The packet includes 6 graphing extensions + a data collection sheet.
Click on the link to view/download the Shamrock Glyph packet.
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1-2-3 Come Be a Leprechaun and Make a Venn Diagram With Me!
Making a Venn diagram is an easy and fun way for students to practice the concept of comparison and contrast.
It's also a time-saving way you can learn more about your students, and make an adorable March bulletin board at the same time.
Students partner up and discuss their similarities and differences and then make their Venn Friend Diagram.
To help them think of similarities and differences, I've included a list of questions students can ask their partner.
To make the Venn Friends extra cute, have students color their leprechaun and add a photograph of their face.
Click on the link to view/download the Leprechaun Venn Friends packet.
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1-2-3 Come Feel the Wind and Watch the Clouds With Me!
March is known as the windy month, so many of the books we read had to do with that theme.
I wanted to have my students transition to a related activity after we read The Wind Blew, by Hutchins as well as It Looked Like Spilt Milk, so I designed these 2 easy readers.
In The Wind Blew, students enjoy cutting and gluing the pictures to their matching pages.
This packet includes a graphing extension and 2 optional choices for the flag and balloon pages.
Click on the link to view/download The Wind Blew packet.
The second booklet, has to do with clouds; an interesting and fun science theme.
Since clouds take on different shapes, I thought it would be fun to make them into 3D shapes.
Students trace & write the shape word and then glue the appropriate cloud to the page.
This packet includes 2 graphing extensions, and is a great activity to do after reading It Looked Like Spilt Milk, or Eric Carle's Little Cloud.
Click on the link to view/download the 3D Shaped Clouds packet.
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