1-2-3 Come Study 2D Shapes With Me
Woo Hoo! I just finished the final packet in The Kissing Hand "triolgy". Technical issues had me nearly throwing my computer out the window.
I'm sure some of you can relate with how frustrating it is when a glitch happens, causing a gnashing of teeth and ripping out of hair. Arggg!
Any hoo, I have managed to peel myself off the ceiling and will endeavor to try and post this really cute Kissing Hand-inspired Shape Packet before something else happens.
If you've read the adorable book The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn, then you're familiar with Chester, an anxious little raccoon.
Since he is such an endearing character for children, I thought I'd incorporate him into some fun hands-on shape games & activities.
The packet reviews the 2D shapes: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, star & heart, simply choose which ones you want your kiddos to learn.
I've included a variety of activities including a trace & write mini booklet, several craftivities, shape word cards (with and without the shapes on them), as well as several shape games with different options for playing.
There are also posters, pocket chart cards, a shape “slider” that’s a fun way to whole-group assess, plus a variety of worksheets; including a graph, & ones that review attributes and spatial directions.
The two raccoon crafts are extremely versatile. Teachers can use them as anchor chart-posters, bulletin boards, a fun way to individually or whole-group assess, as a game or independent center activity!
In the first raccoon shape craftivity, the eyes, nose and bows (for a girl raccoon) or bowties (for a boy raccoon) take on the various shapes.
I've also made a student-one, where children just change the nose.
In the next photo is "Bandit" wearing all the different shaped masks.
You don’t have to use wiggle eyes, but I thought they added that finishing touch, and made the raccoon look more realistic.
Not sure why the color looks sort of blue instead of gray like the others. Chalk it up to more cyber craziness beyond my ken.
You can also use the bowties & bows from the other raccoon for more options for Bandit.
Students could also place the pocket chart card with the shape name above or under the raccoon as a center activity.
Review the various shapes as a whole group, by passing out the masks to your students. Show the word card, or ask for a shape. The child holding that mask comes up and places it on the raccoon. I used magnet dots on the back of Bandit to stick him to my whiteboard. I used Velcro dots on the masks.
Once Bandit is wearing a shape mask, ask children what things he sees that are that shape. For example, he’s wearing the rectangle-eyed mask
and sees a door, window, Kleenex box, book, piece of paper etc.
To celebrate getting ready for back-to-school, this 65-page raccoon-themed packet is on sale for just $3.95. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look.
The packet matches The Kissing Hand Literacy packet & the "Where’s the Raccoon?" packet, which were featured in other blog articles this past week.
If you're a follower, you know I always post a FREEBIE in each blog article. Today's is the shape slider from the packet.
I've also included "slider strips" for upper & lowercase letters, numbers & skip counting. I hope you find it useful. Click on the link to grab it.
As for me, I'm escaping for some much-needed sanity far away from my computer. Wishing you a stress-free day filled with giggles galore.
"Do what you love; love what you do." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Make A Name Map With Me!
A name map is an interesting icebreaker for the first week of school and a great way to get to know your new students.
Children think of a symbol that represents them and draw that in the middle. I chose an apple as it’s sort of universal for school or teaching.
Branching out from the center symbol is a variety of things about the person such as hobbies, their favorite season, birthday, what they want to be when they grow up etc.
By having students use their two favorite colors to write their first and last names in the center of their object, everyone gets to know another “tidbit” about that person.
The completed activities make a wonderful back to school bulletin board too!
I've also included an apple-themed name map pattern if you're studying apples, and want them all the same.
Make sure you do a personal one of yourself, so that you have a sample to help explain what you want your students to do, as well as a means for them to get to know their new teacher. Includes an explanatory note home to families.
Sharing name maps is a nice activity to do after reading the story Chrysanthemum, a wonderful back to school tale, whose main character is a little mouse named Chrysanthemum.
She loved her unusual name until she started school and everyone began making fun of her. It's one of my favorite back-to-school books and especially great if you need some stories to go with "bucket-filling."
Click on the link to view/download Name Maps. This packet is a special FREEBIE in my TpT shop.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Time for a much-needed break from my long "to do list".
It seems that no matter how many things I cross off, I put that many more back on! Wishing you a stress-free day filled with lots of relaxing moments.
"Luxury is anything that feels special. I mean, it can be a moment, a walk on the beach, a kiss from your child, or it could be a special fragrance. I think luxury doesn't necessarily have to mean expensive." -Aerin Lauder
1-2-3 Come Do Some Kissing Hand Activities With Me
My kiddos LOVE the story The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Little ones identify with the anxious feelings of Chester the raccoon, when he doesn’t want to go to school. The warming kiss from his mom, resonates in comfort for them as well.
With that in mind, I created a whopping 102-page Kissing Hand literacy packet. I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved designing it.
The packet has a ton of super-fun activities to help reinforce a variety of standards and includes the following:
* A note home to parents to provide a family photograph for a special “We are loved” bulletin board.
* 2 posters to help create the bulletin board.
* A tiny welcoming note for your students with a place to put a Hershey Kiss. ("Hooray! Hooray! So glad you're here today. To show you that it's true, here's a little kiss for you!")
* Graphing activities
* Parts of a book poster & worksheet
* Pocket Chart cards for: character, setting, events
* Literacy Graphic organizers
* Beginning-Middle-End of the story worksheets & activities
* A who, what, where, when, why worksheet
* Venn diagrams comparing: 2 books, 2 characters, the child with Chester, Chester’s school & their school, plus some completed samples to share.
* Games: “How many words can you make using the letters in raccoon?” Includes an answer key; “Rr is for raccoon and….” race; plus a Nocturnal Animal Memory Match game.
* A variety of worksheets for various levels.
* Lot of creative & fun writing prompts
* Several class-made books, with covers and inside pattern pages to make them.
* Nocturnal animal activities, including an interesting facts sheet, an alphabetical list of 34 nocturnal animals, a classroom poster, with a matching “color me” one for students, plus several games.
* Sign Language activities (The last page of the story, is a picture of Chester’s hand “signing” I love you.) Includes a poster and worksheet.
* Skidamarink a-dink-a-doo I love you song, poster & bookmarks. My Y5s LOVE singing this sweet song.
* Retell the story bookmarks
* “Color me” first day bookmarks
* Comfort discussion poster and matching class-made book
* “I had a great 1st day” slap bracelet.
* 12 pocket chart cards for reviewing the story. They double as a punctuation and capitalization activity too.
* Feelings activities
* Raccoons "Are, Can, Have" worksheet
* Craftivities: A raccoon mask; a hand print fold out note; and a “red, white & blue I love you” sign language heart. Both make a wonderful keepsake.
* I also designed a sweet full-body raccoon on a 1/2 sheet of paper, with 2-on-a-page for quick printing.
Little ones can simply color him, then color, trim & glue the tail to the bottom.
Older students can write 3-4 things they liked about school or 2-3 emotions they felt during the first day or week.
The larger raccoon is just a head & tail. I call it "A Tale About Me!" With a play on the word "tale/tail".
It's an interesting alternative to the "All About Me" booklets.
The tail of the raccoon provides simple writing prompts for kiddos to finish: name, birthday, an interesting fact about themselves; what they want to be when they grow up, plus favorites: color, candy, activities, animal, foods, & TV show, all written on the raccoon's tail.
This craftivity is a super-fun way to learn about your new students, and completed projects make an adorable bulletin board.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to grab this comprehensive Kissing Hand Literacy Packet.
In celebration of getting ready for back to school, I've knocked 2 dollars off for a limited time, so this 102-page packet is just $5.95.
The featured FREEBIE today, also involves The Kissing Hand. I actually have 2 for you that are featured in the packet. The first one is the quick, easy & fun "fill up the hand with feelings" craftivity. Click on the link to grab it.
The second one is the Comfort Class-Made Book. There are two writing prompt options to choose from, a color cover, with full & half page options, plus the discussion poster. After children share their page, collect, collate, add the cover & place it in your classroom library.
Be sure and set your student-made booklets out during Open House as well as Parent Teacher Conferences.
I hope your kiddos enjoy creating this one. Well that's it for today.
Thanks for stopping by. It's a lovely sunny day in the 70's. My grandchildren are coming over, so it will be especially enjoyable. Wishing you a love-filled day as well.
"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation." - Lois Weis
1-2-3 Come Do Some Kissing Hand-Themed Activities With Me
The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn, is one of my favorite back to school stories. Inspired by this sweet tale of a little raccoon going off to school, with a kiss from his mom, I designed the “Where’s the Raccoon?” packet.
It’s filled with games, activities, & an emergent reader, which will help students understand spatial directions: on, off, in, out, behind, between, beside, left, right, above, below, over & under.
Why study these things? Being able to show shapes spatially, is part of the Common Core.
Children are innundated with oral spatial directions every day; they come across them in print and need to follow them to clean up, put things away and basically function in life.
The importance of learning these words is a given.
Thus the packet also includes posters, pocket chart cards, a full-color teacher's copy of both student activities, which are in color as well as black & white,
There's also an alphabetical list of familiar prepositions that your students will come across in popular story books and emergent readers; (21 of them are on the Dolch word lists) plus tips, tricks, mini word cards, a song, and several worksheets.
Its raccoon theme, correlates nicely with The Kissing Hand. The activities can be done as a whole group or independent center activity, as well as used as an assessment tool.
The 62-page Where's the Raccoon? packet is just $3.95.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to check it out.
This packet matches 3 other raccoon-themed, Kissing Hand-inspired packets, that I'm currently finishing up, and will post sometime this week: A Literacy Packet, an ABC-123 Packet, plus a Shape Packet.
Today's featured FREEBIE is signage to make a "Book Hospital Basket".
When students are reading a book from your classroom library and discover that it needs some repair work to avoid further damage, have them fill out an Rx form of what's wrong with the book and how you can fix it.
These Rx notes are kept in an envelope that's taped to the basket.
Checking the basket and making repairs can be a student or room helper job. There are two on a page for easy printing, so why not make one for a fellow teacher or your librarian, as a "Hope you have a great year!" surprise.
Click on the link to grab this easy organizational FREEBIE today. Book Hospital Basket.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. It's been super muggy here, and even though it looks like rain, I don't see it in the forecast, so it's time to brave the humidity and water my flower garden. Wishing you a carefree day.
"The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions." - Chanakya
1-2-3 Come Do An Icebreaker Craft With Me
What’s On Your Mind? Is an easy and interesting way to get to know your students. Use it as a fun icebreaker for the first day or first week of school.
No matter what the age group, I've always found that everyone seems to like sharing a little bit about themselves. This is a creative and entertaining way to do that.
If you have the time, do these in class, or send them home to be done as a home-school connection.
Older students can draw their own self-portrait (head) outline, or use one of mine. I've included two boy options, as well as two for girls to choose from.
I find young children do much better if they have some sort of pattern, as they tend to draw rather small circles that items would not be able to fit into.
If you’d like to have a ready-to share activity for the first day of school, include the directions and a template in your “Welcome to school” summer letter or tuck it in the packets you give out during Open House or Meet & Greet the Teacher Night.
Explain to students to fill their "head" with "stuff" that's always on their mind.
Completed projects make an awesome back to school bulletin board too. In my directions, I let students know that they will be sharing their minds with their classmates, as an interesting way to get to know each other.
Be sure and make one for yourself to use to introduce the activity and explain what you want students to do. No matter what grade I taught, my students always liked learning a little something about their teacher.
I really enjoyed making my sample; it only took about 15-minutes. I used clip art , a photo of my husband and poodle pup Chloe, and added in a few words, plus my favorite quote.
Making a list of things they want to include in their mind, then looking for pictures to represent those things, provides an excellent pre-writing activity, and helps students organize their thoughts.
This fun getting to know you craftivity, is a special FREEBIE in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over and grab your copy today, and let the thinking begin!
Thanks for stopping by. Time to take a break and unclutter this mind, which is a bit overwhelmed with all the back to school things I want to get done.
Wishing you a stress-free day and a mind filled with peace.
"A negative mind, will never give you a positive life." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Make a Social Contract & Some Classroom Rules With Me
A classroom social contract is quick, easy and fun for your kiddos. By having a say in making up the rules, (even though they will turn out to be the same as a teacher would think of) makes things seem more “fair” and students more accountable.
I love social contracts. I made one up each year no matter what grade I taught. I simply listed my rules on a poster.
We discussed why they were important. Then I had everyone raise their right hand and say “I promise to obey our rules.”
Older students can simply sign another sheet of paper, to be hung up under the poster, but for younger elementary, I liked to have them trace & cut out their hand print, then write their name on top.
Promising, and then signing their name, makes students feel important.
It also makes them accountable and more responsible for their actions.
Promises are big deals to children, so a social contract gives you a lot of behavior modification leverage.
All you have to do when a child gets off track and is breaking the class’s terms of agreement, is to ask, “Did you promise not to do that? Did you sign our contract? How should you act? What should you do?"
Sometimes I didn’t even say anything. As a gentle reminder, I’d give the “rule breaker” the proverbial “teachers stare”.
Once I made eye contact, I’d point to the contract. They’d follow my glance to the poster and I’d simply pat their name.
This gentle reminder, worked wonders.
I didn’t call attention to negative behavior, the child wasn’t embarrassed, and the gentle reminder got them back on track.
Periodically I’d review our contract, especially after long weekends, and vacations.
You can have a whole-group discussion, and ask children to reflect on how they think they’ve done, and ask if you should make additions or changes.
Because my social contract has been so successful in my classroom, I decided to share it in my latest creation for TpT.
The contract snowballed into a 65-page "School Rules Classroom Management" packet.
I think you'll find very useful, as it's "kid-tested & teacher approved" so these positive behavior modification techniques really work, plus they're quick, easy & fun for your kiddos.
I've included 4 social contract poster options.
Choose one & mount the poster on construction paper, glue it to the center of a piece of tag board.
Make a frame of student hand prints either with paint, or by tracing & cutting them out.,
Because accountability is so important, have children write their name over their print.
Besides the social contract posters, the packet is chock full of a variety of ideas & activities for your classroom rules, ensuring a safe, warm, and respectful environment, and includes the following:
“I promised!” slap bracelets. My kiddos LOVE them! Using a square of Scotch tape, I fasten them on at the end of our day.
This is a quick, easy and super-fun way to reinforce the rules, as parents will be prompted to ask: "What did you promise?"
“Actions have consequences” bookmark
Mindful of our “P’s & Q” poster & writing prompt
My personal favorite: "I have rights; I have responsibilities” posters, plus
“We’ve got SWAG” posters, along with matching "I've got SWAG" mini ones. Both are suitable for older students.
I hope you find this social contract idea and the rule packet as helpful and successful for your class, as it was for mine.
In celebration for getting ready to go back to school, the packet is currently on sale in my TpT shop for just $4.95. Click on the link to pop on over.
As always, I have not one, but several FREEBIES for you today! I pulled 10 posters from the packet and rolled them into a Back To School Poster Packet for you. Click on the link to grab these fun FREEBIES today.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be watching 2 of my grandchildren today (Kaiden 2 & Kaitlyn 8 months) which is such a joy.
There's nothing like the awesome enthusiasm of a child and seeing the world through their adventurous and delighted eyes.
Wishing you a love-filled day filled with precious moments.
"There are not Seven Wonders of the World in the eyes of a child; there are seven million." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Get Ready For Back To School With Me
I don't know about you, but I get all crazy-excited when the stores start their back to school sales.
LOVE the isles brimming with supplies and the smell of a new box of crayons. My head spins with ideas and I'm running hither and yon to snarf up all those fabulous loss leaders and sales promotions.
To help celebrate getting ready for back to school, TpT is also hosting a site-wide sale! It starts tomorrow, August 3rd at 12:01 AM and runs through Tuesday, August 4th 11:59 PM.
Shops will be 20% off, plus use the coupon code:BTS15 to take an additonal 10% off! Woo Hoo.
This is the sale I've been waiting for to buy all the things I put on my "Wish List". (They have that cool option on TpT, so I don't have to remember all of the fun things I was hankering for at the time I came across them, which includes a ton of clip art for all the new things I have in the works!)
So if that describes you too, now's the time to buy and save. Hopefully, that will include a few of the items in my shop. I now have 39 super-fun items, 12 of them FREEBIES.
Click on the link to pop on over to make a wish list today, then shop the sale & save tomorrow & Tuesday, and don't forget that extra 10% off coupon code: BTS15.
I hope the sale helps you get a cart full of resources to help make this the best year yet! Wishing you a fun-filled day. Happy shopping.
"The educated differ from the uneducated, as much as the living differ from the dead." -Aristotle
Students will enjoy this Spanish-themed "Taco 'bout" play-on-words writing prompt. I've included an "Ola!" poster to introduce the lesson with a friendly "Hello" in Spanish, then use it as the center for your bulletin board display.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Whale-Themed Craftivities With Me
Ever since I visited Sea World, I've become a big fan of whales. I know that an ocean-theme is really popular with a lot of teachers, and since children of all ages love whales, I decided to design a whale-themed writing prompt craftivity packet.
It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I truly believe that making an example of everything that I design, plus including samples, great directions and lots of photographs, really helps teachers and parents. What say you?
Any hoo, this packet serves double duty, as I included writing prompts for back to school, as well as the end of the year. The poor gals across the street from me, who teach in a charter school, go 'til June 23rd! Maybe some of you late-vacation bloomers, can use a few of these activities now.
This packet is very versatile and uses the idioms “I had a whale of a great . . .” and “Spouting off about . . “ where students complete the writing prompt, with something appropriate for back-to-school or the end of the year. Such as ”I had a whale of a wonderful summer because . . .” or “I had a whale of an awesome year in ________ grade!”
The simple prompts make these activities suitable for little ones, as well as older kiddos, whose writing will be longer and more descriptive. Choose a whale topper for your students or give them a choice. These activities make terrific independent literacy centers and plug in nicely with Daily 5 or your writing block.
Students really enjoy the “craftivity” portion of their writing, which makes them really want to get started and keeps them focused. Completed projects make beautiful bulletin board displays too.
The packet includes:
9 bookmarks: 5 are “writing prompt bookmarks” where this year’s students write a note to your in-coming students, or pick a partner and make one for their current classmate, or “spout off”.
There are also 4 “from the teacher” bookmarks, appropriate to welcome your new students, or say farewell to this year’s bunch.
Create a “teachable moment” about homonyms/homophones with the “Whale of a ‘Tale’” whale’s tail topper. Students can write a tale about anything they find interesting, or you could narrow things down and have them write a tale about school or summer.
The “Tiny ‘Tales’ of School” as well the “Tiny ‘Tales’ of Summer” are mini-flip booklets. The “tiny tale” could be the most exciting, embarrassing, fun, scary, or funny thing that happened to them during the school year, or over summer vacation.
Another booklet option, is “Wally”. He’s the “standing tall” blue whale. Behind his “face” are oval pages. This too could be done individually, in a small group, or as a whole group activity.
Run the silhouette whale off on a variety of colors. Students trim and complete whatever writing prompt you choose right on the whale. For that finishing touch, add a school picture.
There are also 4 “Spouting Off” activities: a writing prompt "color-me" worksheet, a writing prompt bookmark, a writing prompt craftivity. and a definition-anchor chart poster.
For one of the activities, I made a "speech bubble" that represents the water being squirted from the whale's blow hole."
As with the other prompts, I've included a sample for you to share.
4 different whale toppers, with 7 different writing prompt worksheets to go under them, make especially cute bulletin boards.
Caption Ideas: “We’re Going to Have a Whale of a Great Time!” “Having a Whale of a Wonderful Time in PK.” “Making a Splash in Kindergarten!” “So Glad You Swim in our School.” "____________’s 'Fintastic' 1st Graders." “Fintastic” Writing or "Looking Forward to a Whale of a Super Summer/School Year".
I’ve included black & white, as well as full-color worksheets, so that you can easily make an example to share. Don’t have time? I’ve included samples too.
There are 5 cover options for a full-page class-made booklet, with 6 inside page options for students to choose from.
A simple, “color-me” writing prompt worksheet, is easy-peasy for little ones.
Finally, I’ve included several pages of my top picks for kid-friendly websites, which have interesting information, games and facts about whales, plus links to video and audio clips of real ones. These sites offer a quick, easy & fun way to toss in some science & geography that there never seems to be enough time for.
I play the whale sound “music” while my students are working. It’s soothing and they are amazed by the sound that whales make while communicating with each other.
Just like a whale, this whale-themed writing prompt packet is “whopping”, with 80-pages, and on sale today (June 9th through Friday the 12th) for just $3.19. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT store to check it out. Sales help support my clip art & font habits, as well as pay bills to run my TeachWithMe FREEBIE site. (It's averaging a little over $200 a month to do so, thus the need for a bit of income).
And now for the FREEBIE, as I always like to provide at least one with each packet. I chose “Walter” because he was my first attempt at whale drawing, and my personal favorite. Click on the link to take Wally home.
He comes complete with a large and small wave pattern (write your prompt right on the large one) or glue the smaller wave to one of 4 traceable-writing prompt worksheets.
Well that’s it. Thanks for visiting today. Apologies for being long-winded. Whether you’re winding down the year and counting down the days, or making your own vacation-splash in the ocean, I’m wishing you a whale of a wonderful summer!
"We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? A world without whales. It's too terrible to imagine!" -Pierce Brosan
1-2-3 Come Do Some Frog-Themed Craftivities With Me
Woo hoo for some of you lucky duckies who are now basking in the sunshine, enjoying the start of your vacation. For those of you who are still in school for a few more days, or even weeks, boy have I got a super-fun, frog-themed packet for you!
The versatility continues because it includes templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade, so you can make things specific to your grade level!
Getting students to WANT to write and really enjoy it, is one of my hot buttons. With that in mind, I stuffed the packet with lots of creative writing prompt choices with an adorable frog theme that encompasses "leaping" into summer, a new grade, and a new year in school.
There are 18 writing prompt craftivities in all, with lots of options for both the end of the year, as well as for back-to-school. I enjoy drawing frogs; and had a fun time creating some real cuties. "Ferdinand" is a fat and sassy frog that's a "peek-over".
Run him off on lime green construction paper. Students trim and add colorful details with crayons, then glue him to the top of their "I'm leaping" writing prompt for the end of the year, or choose another topic and use the blank frog pattern, for back-to-school. I've included a "Look Who's Leaping" poster to use in the center of your bulletin board when you display your students' finished projects.
"Fred" is another fun-frog craft. Here the writing prompt is written on his "tongue". You can display Fred with a "flat tongue" or include some great fine-motor practice, and have students curl it, by rolling the paper strip on a crayon.
For that finishing touch, I've included some "flies". There's a "This stuff stuck. Look what I learned!" end-of-the-year pattern, as well as one that says: "I had a delicious summer.This is what I did..." for back-to-school.
Jose' can be done as a whole-group, class-made book, where everyone contributes a "belly page" or as an independent writing prompt, where each child makes their own booklet. The "Before We Go We'd Like You To Know" booklet gives advice to next year's kiddos.
The "Frogtastic Memories" can be turned into a quick, easy and fun end-of-the-year Memory Book, by simply having students write pages about the favorite things that they did in school or during the summer.
There are 5 to choose from, plus a blank one to program with whatever, and a sample for you to share to help explain to your students what you want them to do.
As with "Fred" this too can be done independently, or as a whole-group, class-made booklet. The back-to-school "I'm 'hoppy' to be me" writing prompt is a personal favorite.
I've also included a "We're flipping over leaping into a new grade!" poster that you can use for the center of your bulletin board display.
There's a poster for pre k4 through 3rd grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.
If you've followed me, you know that I like to incorporate things with a play-on-words. It's a fun way to expand horizons and build vocabulary.
Students write about their "ribbiting" summer or "ribbiting" things that they enjoyed during the school year, inside "Rodney's" circular-frog belly.
There's a sampling of some of them in the photo. The "So long school, hello summer" or "So long summer, hello school" worksheets, where the froggy is opening a 3D school door to reveal the writing prompt are especially cute.
There's a similar writing prompt with a different frog, that may be more appealing for older students.
One bulletin board display that's especially adorable, is the frog on a lily pad. I made the water lily flower out of a coffee filter. In the top photo I simply scrunched the filter.
In the bottom picture I folded it into 1/8ths, then folded it one more time, snipping the end to create scallops. When you open it, it looks just like a large flat water lily.
I edged it with a pink watercolor marker, then spritzed it with water so it smudged into the paper. Easy-peasy with awesome results.
You have a nice teachable moment to discuss fractions, while children are following your step-by-step directions and folding their filter. The final writing prompt craftivity features "Fritz". This frog sits on a pail of sand.
I cut an oval out of sandpaper and glued it to the bucket, so that it looks filled! Children write things they'd like to do over the summer. The back-to-school writing prompt option tells what they've done during the summer and what they'd like to do in school.
I realize this "bucket list" idea is all over Pinterest, but I've been doing it way before TpT or Pinterest came into being. Click on the link for my original "Summer Bucket List" FREEBIE. It's in a FREE summer writing prompt packet with 6 other fun "craftivities".
Besides writing prompts, there are lots of end-of-the-year AND back-to-school themed "goodies" stuffed into the packet, with templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade.
One group features another play-on-words using "toad-ally" for totally, which fits in perfect with my frog/toad theme.
I had fun designing a few writing prompts, as well as goodies using this fun word. There are color, as well as black & white covers for the mini-flip booklets and notes, as well as 2 posters and some labels.
"Brag Bracelets" are another "goodie". They are super-fun to make and wear. I designed one that says: "I'm Leaping!" and another with "Welcome!" on it.
Simply run off the pattern and trim using a paper cutter. Slit a toilet paper roll up the side and cut it into sections, the width of the pattern. Children glue to their "slap bracelet" folding the edges under. It's the perfect size for little ones, and the bent shape keeps it on their arm! When other kiddos ask them about their bracelet, they can "brag" that they made it and are "leaping" into a new grade. Nice little self-esteem builder!
If you're looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive little end-of-the-year, or back-to-school treat to give your students, take a look at my "tiny tags".
These are sweet little notes from the teacher, that you can attach to a "Flavor Ice" Popsicle (They sell them 50 to a pack for only $2.95!).
Putting them on a Fruit Roll Up (sticky frog tongue!) or attaching to a Snack Baggie is also fun. The Dollar Store sells a package of 12 gummi rainbow frogs that would also work.
I've also created a cute, keepsake-photo magnet. Laminate them for durability. The Dollar Store also sells magnet strip. (I'm a frequent shopper there; can ya tell?)
I've also included a variety of bookmarks suitable for the beginning, as well as the end of they year. They come in color, as well as black and white.
One is a writing prompt that students complete (nice bucket-filler activity), while another they color for one of your in-coming students.
My personal favorite is the keepsake photo bookmark, but the foreign language (Hello-Goodbye) ones are also really cute.
Another "goodie" in the packet are the "color-me" certificates for pre K4 through 3rd grade, (there are 4 styles to choose from, or give your kiddos a choice), plus there are 2 word-art frog-shaped posters that I created using Tagxedo.com. I've included my silhouettes, so that your kiddos can also make their own.
Well that about covers this frog-themed packet, which is a whopping 201 pages (!) and on sale now for just $6.95 (regularly $8.95). It took me a zillion hours to finish, but I think it was well worth the time. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop and let the fun begin.
As always, I try to include a few FREEBIES from the packet as well. You can get the frog-word art posters, the word-art certificates (for pre-K4 through 3rd grade) stars and labels, plus the brag bracelets by clicking on the link: frog-themed end-of-the year mini packet.
To grab the FREE frog back-to-school banners, click on this link. The end pennants come in color as well as black line, and have templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade. The frog-face pennants spell out "Welcome" and are in black and white, so that your kiddos can color them, taking ownership of helping to decorate their new home-away-from-home classroom.
This year's kiddos can make the banner to welcome your new students in the fall, or the new kids on the block can do it. Either way, it's kid-made and will look awww-dorable. Well that's it! Whew! That's a lot of frog stuff!
I apologize for such a long post. Thanks for hanging in there if you've read to the end. I'm just so excited to share my latest "mess-terpiece". You should see my office; it's a pile of craft supplies and samples...everywhere!
Thanks for visiting today. It's clean up time. Maybe I'll hum the "clean-up song" that my Y5's used to love singing. On second thought, the sun is shining and a warm breeze is beckoning to me to come play. I think I will. Wishing you a delightful day, crammed with creativity.
"For life to get easier, you have to get better." -Billy Cox