1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Apple Activities With Me...
I know that I said I was done designing apples for awhile, but I found a few more notes while cleaning off my desk, and one thing led to another, 'til 4 mini apple packets were knocked off. I hope you enjoy them. The desk is cleared and just waiting to be filled with all sorts of other fall fun . . . where to begin?
I always get a few requests for some worksheets that connect-the-dots for a variety of things. Raesha, from Arizona, wondered if I had any connect the dots with skip counted numbers.
She's reviewing skip counting by 5's and 10's with her firsties and thought these would be fun.
I chose an apple theme for my template and included numbers from 0-10, as well as numbers from 0-30, plus apples for skip counting by 5's and then 10's.
Since I had the template designed, I also made a connect the dots for uppercase letters and another for the lowercase letters. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Connect The Dots packet.
Another request came from Rachel, over in Wisconsin. She wanted a quick and easy way to whole-group assess a variety of standards, to see where her kinders are at.
My favorite way to whole-group assess is with an "I Spy!" game. I designed these with an apple theme. Students spy uppercase letters, lowercase letters, shapes, and numbers.
They trace the letter/shape/number called, and then raise their hand. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Students enjoy this form of assessment, and you know where the majority of your students are, without a whole lot of time invested testing.
Another plus for these worksheet-games, is that students can take them home and use them several more times, as they play with their parents, continuing to reinforce standards in a fun way.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple-Themed "I Spy" packet.
I continued to reinforce name recognition with my Y5's through October, and tried to think of a variety of ways for them to practice finding and writing their names. With a big apple unit in September, it seemed only fitting to do something with apples.
Print a copy of the apple name game template and then write your students' names on the inside.
I also include my own name, so that I had a sample to share and show, as I explained what I wanted my kiddos to do.
Every year some of my little ones were amazed that I had a first name (Diane). They simply thought of me as their teacher Mrs. Henderson.
I guess it was sort of like asking the question: "What's your mom's name?" To which most of them would reply: "Mommy." :-)
Students find and circle their name, write it on the bottom and then, because I was teaching them that apples came in three colors, I'd have them trace their apples with those 3 color markers or crayons. Completed projects make a cute bulletin board. ("The Apples Of Mrs. Henderson's Eyes!" )
I've also included an apple card template for you to use as name tags and/or games. Print a few copies of the apple card master; write your students's names on one set and then run off on yellow construction paper.
Print another set on white card stock and trim. Each child colors their own apple and then glues their photo in the middle. Collect, laminate and trim. Use the photo apple cards with the name apple cards, to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
You could also put both sets of apple cards on a split ring and use them as flashcards, to help your students learn the names of their classmates, as well as how to read their names. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Name Game packet.
Finally, I made some apple puzzles, that make an easy and inexpensive little gift for the 1st week of school, or whenever.
I've included 3 different header cards for your treat Baggies, as well as a black and white template, so that your students can color their own puzzle.
When they are done, have them cut out their puzzle, mix up the pieces and challenge them to be the first one to complete their apple puzzle.
I've also included a blank template to help young students easily put their puzzle together. Click on the link to view/download the apple puzzle packet.
Thanks for visiting today. The sunshine is calling and I'm happily answering. See you later apple-gator.
"We can teach from experience, but we cannot teach experience." -Sasha Azevedo
1-2-3 Come Do Some Whimsical Shape Activities With Me
Sometimes when I'm designing something, the initial idea comes from some clip art that I found. I'll look at it and say: "This is so cute! How can I use this to make something educational?"
Thus was the case with this whimsical boy and girl done in black and white. I LOVE DJ Inkers graphics. I've bought a lot of stuff on her site. You can click on her link to the left of my blog under "Other Resources" to check out the adorable goodies.
By adding different shapes for the boy's and girl's mouths, I came up with the Shapely Mouth packet. Use it to teach, review and assess shapes and shape words.
The packet includes:
There are also 12 mini shapely mouth cards to use for Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Mouth 2D Shapes Packet.
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"If you’ve told a child 100 times, then it is not the child who is a slow learner." -Unknown
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.
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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 Kissing Hand Activities With Me
Since all of The Kissing Hand Activities have been such popular downloads, I decided to make a few more activities to review all sorts of Common Core State Standards.
The first packet has to do with the alphabet. I've included large 5x7 upper and lowercase letter cards that you can use as flashcards or for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Make an extra set; cut them apart, and use them for an ABC puzzle center. I've included a tip list of all sorts of other things you can do with the cards, including a "Kaboom" game.
There are also mini cards. Run them off and have students arrange them in alphabetical order, or don't cut them apart, and make the lowercase worksheet into an "I Spy" game board. Students color their uppercase heart-tiles and cut them apart.
Choose a student to call out a letter. Students find the uppercase letter heart-tile and place it over the lowercase letter hand on their game board. You can also have them glue them down.
I've also included several assessments, a recording sheet, plus 2 trace and write worksheets.
Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Alphabet Game packet.
The next packet is all about numbers. There's a counting booklet for numbers 0-10, with a blank sheet to program with larger numbers.
Have students show "how many" with stickers, or X's (kisses) to show the group/set for each number.
Students trace the numbers and number words. If you want to extend the activity, have them practice writing the numbers and words on the back of the pages.
I've included large and small "lipstick-ers" for your students to cut and glue the appropriate amount to the hands.
There are also large 8x10 number posters that you can use as flashcards or for games. There's a blank hand for this activity as well, so that you or your students can make cards for those teen numbers and beyond.
As with the alphabet packet, this one also includes several trace and write worksheets. Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Number Packet.
Finally, I wanted to toss in a "craftivity," so I designed some number, shape and letter sliders.
There are two different "Chester" raccoons to choose from, as well as upper & lowercase letter strips, plus a shape strip.
If you want to reinforce numbers, choose a slider with numbers to 20, or practice skip counting with strips to count by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Slider packet. Do you have a Kissing Hand activity that you could share with us? Would love to hear from you: email@example.com or leave a comment below.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you found something here that you can use to help make learning even more fun. As always, feel free to PIN away.
It's steamy outside, as the gentle rain splashed all over the hot asphalt. Time to pretend to be two again, as I go puddle jumping with my little grandson. Hope you have a refreshing day!
Review a variety of standards with these cute raccoon sliders. Packet includes sliders for shapes, upper and lowercase letters, numbers to 20, plus skip counting strips for 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. This FREEBIE is part of my jumbo Kissing Hand (Raccoon-themed) packet in my TpT shop. For your convenience, I've included a preview in this FREE packet.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Back To School Activities With Me
As children head back to school, it's helpful if you can do some early assessing with your kinders and firsties to see where everyone's at, yet that can be time consuming and really not all that fun for your kiddos the first week of school, when they're already antsy sitting through rules, regulations and procedure talks.
It's a wonderful back to school packet that you can use for a variety of activities.
Fill in your students' names on the "Look who's been spotted" worksheet. I've included templates for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade, plus a blank one to write in whatever you're teaching.
Students find their name and color the circle their favorite color. Be sure and include your name on the heart.
Having simple worksheets like this gives your students something to do, and allows you a few minutes to work one-on-one with them.
To quickly and easily whole group assess where your students are at, play the "I spy" games for numbers, shapes, plus upper and lowercase letters. They'll have fun and you can see at a glance who's having difficulty.
The packet also includes 2 writing prompt activities. I've designed these as extra large bookmarks, with 2 on a page. Students can choose one, color it and complete the prompt.
It's a quick home-school connection that lets parents know what their child did that day.
I've included completed samples for you to share as well.
Another writing activity is D is for dog. Students can roam the room and spot items and words that start with the letter Dd.
If you do Daily 5 this is a nice option.
The packet also includes a Whose Name Is On The Bone? activity. Because my Y5's were learning how to recognize their name, I filled a dog dish (I bought mine at The Dollar Store) with paper bones that I had written their names on.
For a few minutes each day, I'd hold up a bone and the child who recognized their name would bark. I know it sounds silly, but they absolutely LOVED this. As time permitted, we'd do 3-6. To help get the "wiggles" out, after they had sat through whatever else I had planned for carpet time, I'd play the song Who Left The Dogs Out?
They'd pretend to be puppies and crawl around on all fours singing and barking 'til the song ended. I'd reign them in and we'd transition to our next activity. (Too cute and rather hilarious!)
Click on the link for a nice YouTube video featuring the song and cute dog animation. Who Let The Dogs Out? For a shorter version, sung by kids and showing some nice dance moves for them to imitate, click on this link: Who Let The Dogs Out?
As another simple fill-in, I've also included 4 dog-themed bookmarks in color as well as black and white, plus one you can give for good behavior.
Click on the link to view/download the Back To School Puppy Packet. Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away.
Work's done for today, so I'm off to play. As always, summer is flying way too fast!!!
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." -Scott Adams
This is a quick, easy and fun icebreaker for back to school. Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board.
1-2-3 Come Make Some Bunny Shapes With Me
As with many of my other activities, the Shapely Bunny packet took many more hours than I thought it would. It's two days later, and I'm finally done! Woo hoo.
Since the other Shapely Animal packets have been such popular downloads, I decided to add another one for spring. If you missed the Shapely Slick Chick packet I published earlier this month, click on the link to grab it.
The Honey Bunny packet follows a similar format. I've included large shapes that students can add details and ears to, to make their shapely bunny, as well as a set with bunny features drawn in. Make a set, laminate and then use as a sweet spring bulletin board.
Have children pick out their favorite shape and make one of their own.
If you want to turn their work into a bulletin board as well, toss the shape cards into a container and have them choose one. Whatever shape they pick is the Shapely Bunny that they'll create.
I've included a big bunny poster that you can personalize with your name and the caption: "Mr(s) ____________'s class is really shaping up... or "Somebunny" knows their shapes. Hang this in the center of your bulletin board.
Use the other poster to make a "What's the secret shape?" game. Draw a question mark on an index card and tape it to the laminated poster so that it's a "hinged" "flap" door.
Using a dry erase marker, draw a shape underneath. Call on children to guess what shape is hiding?
There's also an easy reader booklet that covers quite a few standards. Students read the simple sentences, underline the capital letters and add end punctuation.
Children trace and write the shape words, as well as trace and draw the shapes and then draw details on the first shape to make it look like a bunny.
The last page asks them which Honey Bunny was their favorite. A graph is provided to record this data.
I've included bunny shape cards in color, along with their matching shape word cards.
These are perfect for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Add the bunny Kaboom cards to your game to make things even more fun.
There's also a set in black and white, which includes a cover, so that students can make an Itty Bitty Shape Booklet.
Students can also play a funny bunny spinner game. Children pick a partner and take turns spinning.
Whatever shape they land on, they color the matching shape on their funny bunny. The child who completes their worksheet first is the winner.
Finally, I've also included a worksheet with spatial directions, one for listing a shape's attributes, plus a match the shape to the shape word.
When everyone has completed whatever projects you want them to do, pass out the certificate of praise.
Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Bunnies Packet. Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away.
"I've never been a social bunny. I thrive on work." -Michelle Ryan
1-2-3 Come Do Some Bunny Activities With Me
The last week of April was sort of a catch up week for my Y5's. I would plug in anything my kiddo's still needed to work on and simply give it a spring twist. It was also a nice time to review and reinforce things that they should already have learned.
As you may have discovered, just because you taught something in the first 9 weeks of school, and everyone passed those assessments, doesn't mean that they retained what they learned by the last 9 weeks of school. Because there is so much to cover, in such a short amount of time, we seem to always be moving on to the next thing.
It's imperative though, that you continually reinforce standards throughout the year. A quick, easy and fun way to do that is via centers, and games that students can do independently. With that in mind, I designed the "I'm All Ears" packet.
I think you'll enjoy the versatility of this packet, as you can program the bunny "ears" (craft sticks) with just about anything you want to continue to review.
There's a large as well as small bunny template. Choose one or make up a variety. I used the large craft sticks for the bigger bunny, and the smaller Popsicle sticks, as well as spoon-shaped crafts sticks, for the smaller bunnies. Program them with whatever and keep each set in their own Baggie.
Think of things that you teach that can be divided up into pairs, so that you can write/draw them on the craft sticks.
Here are some of the ideas that I came up with:
If you think of anymore, I'd enjoy hearing from you firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to leave a comment below.
To expedite things, I've also included a list of contractions, as well as a list of synonyms/antonyms to help you program those Popsicle sticks.
If you'd like a list of compound words, I just finished updating a comprehensive alphabetical list of 3,317 compound words! Click on the link to view/download it.
Click on the link to view/download the I'm All Ears Bunny Packet. Thanks for visiting today. As always, you may PIN away.
"I wish I could be more resilient like the Energizer Bunny; after all my students are."