1-2-3 Come Do Some More 2D Shape Activities With Me
Each month I like to have a little review of all of the 2D shapes, so this information stays stuck in my students’ heads.
With that in mind, I designed the "Shape Up!" turkey-themed packet, with a variety of games and activities that provide a fun way to review these shapes: circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart & star.
There is an assortment of (12-on-a page) cards which can be used for “Memory Match” and “I Have; Who Has?” games.
I’ve included a 3-page “tip list” of ideas and other games you can use the cards for, such as: “Flip It”, “What’s Missing?” “Speed” & “Kaboom!”
Games can be played independently or as a whole group, then put in your math center.
There are also 2 sets of black & white game cards, so that students can make a game of their own to take home for further reinforcement.
Game sheets like “I Spy a Shape” are a super-fun way to whole group assess. The same worksheet can be used 5 times!
There are puzzles, dice & spinner games, as well as 2 graphing activities.
An emergent reader booklet, packed with Dolch words, practices a variety of standards.
The booklet can remain a whole page, or students can cut in half on the dashed line, creating a "just the right size" smaller booklet for little hands.
There are cover options for both. Students read the sentence, underline the capital letter and add end punctuation.
You can do this as a whole group activity, with "monkey see-monkey do" directions.
Children also trace the shape word then write it, then trace the shape and draw it. Afterwards students cut and glue the appropriate shape to the empty box, then color the "shapely turkey" at the top of the page.
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A dusting of snow has put me in the Christmas mood, so time for a little early shopping.
Wishing you a peaceful day filled with wonder.
"When snow falls, nature listens." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Shape Actiities With Me
“Shapin’ Up With Turkeys” provides a quick, easy and super-fun “print & go” craftivity, that will help review 2D shapes in some interesting & engaging ways.
The 2D shapes included are: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart & star.
The packet includes patterns for the above shapes, so that children can make a “Perky Turkey Pal” of their own.
There are a variety of turkeys to choose from; for example, the “keepsake” turkey’s head is traced from your students’ shoe, which makes a nice keepsake.
"This turkey's head was made by tracing my shoe! My way to say Happy Thanksgiving to you."
I wrote the poem to be placed on the turkey's tummy. I discovered, that unless a child told their parents that the head was their shoe print, many of them didn't realize this!
There are also 10 other head patterns to pick from. Choose your favorites, or give children a choice.
Keep things extra simple by adding just a beak and wattle. However, I've also included two, one-piece feather patterns, which can be glued to the back of the head or body.
Feathers add an opportunity for students to color, while practicing making a pattern: AB-AB, ABC-ABC etc.
Check out the photographs to help you decide what’s most appropriate for your students
Create different looking turkeys by placing the wings rightside up or upside down. To make the wings "moveable", instead of gluing them down, attach with brass brads.
Hat, shoe, leg & feather patterns also add variety. Pick your favorite pieces, or give students a choice.
If your kiddos are like mine, they will enjoy the “boing-boing” effect.
To help practice the “positional words” portion of the 2D shape standard, I’ve also included a “Corn Cob” whole group, assessment game.
Use the shape posters and pocket chart cards to introduce your lesson.
I’ve also included a “Shapely Turkeys” bookmark for your students.
Completed projects make an adorable display.
I’ve included several posters to add extra pizzazz.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also about turkeys.
"It's Turkey Time!" is a set of turkey-themed pocket chart cards, that will help your students practice analog and digital time to the hour and half hour.
I've also included a whole group assessment worksheet, plus a black and white "turkey time" pattern, so that your students can make a telling time booklet as well.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I have to put my "Nana" hat on, as my daughter's dropping off my granddaughter for a few hours. She's one of 10; so we are truly blessed.
Wishing you a love-filled and carefree afternoon.
Turkey Talk: "Hey turkey, what are you thankful for?" "Well, this month, I'm especially thankful for Vegans!"
1-2-3 Come Do a Place Value Turkey With Me
You can put some “Woo Hoo!” into studying place value, by creating a super-cute PVT (Place Value Turkey).
This is an especially fun activity for your students, and a nice alternative to worksheets; making it that “extra special something” you can do for the entire month of November.
Completed projects turn out absolutely adorable, and make an outstanding fall bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included 2 posters to help decorate.
The packet is very versatile, with lots of creative options for your students to choose from; which not only results in a nice variety of turkeys, but allows you to diversify your lessons.
These place value turkeys appeal to a variety of ages and abilities.
The versatility allows younger kiddos, as well as older students, to create a turkey that will have a one, two, three or even 4-digit number value!
Keep things simple for little ones by limiting the number of pieces and options, while challenging older students to create a bigger value for their turkeys, by gluing on more place value blocks and rods.
Children can also add a Pilgrim hat or bonnet or a bow.
There are pattern pages with 2 sizes of "ones" and one hundred "blocks", as well as 2 sizes for the "10s" rods.
Students color and trim, then use the pieces to decorate their turkey with.
After they have arranged the pieces to their satisfaction, they glue them down.
For other examples, I glued 10 rods to the wings, hat, and legs.
There are also a variety of "belly" options.
I had an absolute blast making my samples and hope your kiddos enjoy creating their own place value tureky too.
You can also opt to use the feather patterns that have a variety of place value pieces already on them.
Shading and adding highlights with crayons gives a splash of extra pizzazz and makes the turkeys more vibrant.
I made my turkey's bodies with shades of brown paper, then did a rainbow color pattern of feathers on one of my turkeys, plus showed an AB-AB pattern, as well as an ABC-ABC color pattern, on two of my other examples.
You can get a bit more creative, and print the turkey's body patterns on a variety of neon colors like hot pink, turquoise, purple and lime green, which will make for a wild and whacky turkey display.
Once children have created their place value turkey, they figure out how much it is “worth”.
I’ve provided several worksheet options for students to complete, which helps break things down.
Several will help students show how they came up with their total; as most students get carried away with decorating, and will have to make "conversions".
For example if a student has glued on 14 ones blocks, they'll have to convert 10 of them (on their worksheet), then add one more to their 10s place, to correctly figure out the value of their turkey.
Choose which worksheet is most appropriate for your students.
If you're displaying the turkeys, you can also hang up students' worksheet(s), which will show the math.
There are also several whole-group activities for data collection and analysis.
Here's a fun challenge: Give the small group a total turkey value, and see how close they can get to hitting that number.
The featured FREEBIE is something you can have students color, then send home the day before Halloween .
This "color me" Trick or Treat list of Halloween safety tips, is loaded with Dolch sight words, so take a moment to read it out loud, calling on students to take a turn to read a tip, then send it home as a reminder for parents.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The sun is shining and there's nary a whisp of wind, so nature is beckoning me. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"The truth is, the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's now part of our culture, just like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas; and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy." - Bob Schieffer
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Pumpkin Activities With Me
“Show Me the Number” is a super-fun, “print & go” booklet, which will help students practice a variety of standards that involve numbers 1-10, as well as 2D shapes.
The pumpkin’s eyes have these shapes:
circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus and trapezoid.
I’ve included the latter shapes, as we do a lot of activities with pattern blocks.
Having different eye shapes, makes things more interesting and allows you to cover another standard. Woo hoo!
There are 6 pattern pages, with 2 pages on a one-page pattern; which provides a “just the right size” booklet for children to make.
I have a room helper run off, cut and collate the booklets for me.
When they’re done, I collect the booklets, then pass them out the next day, when they complete pumpkin #2.
You can also space things out, and do every other day.
This is a quick, easy and fun “table top” activity for my young fives.
Since the prep has already been done, it’s easy-peasy for me, and I have a lesson for two weeks!
My students feel empowered, and can get right down to business. I’ve already given directions the previous day, so they know what to do.
On the last day, I do pumpkin #10 as well as the last page, where students trace and write the numbers.
I try to time things, so that they are finishing up on Halloween party day, which can be rather hectic, so this is one less thing I have to make.
Afterwards, children have a nice little keepsake to take home.
I’ve also included a (full page) set of colorful pumpkin posters.
Use them to introduce the lesson, as a sample for when students are working on that matching page, as a border, bulletin board, flashcards, or sequencing center.
Today's featured FREEBIE also has a pumpkin theme. Are your students working on transitions and "how to" "directional" writing?
"How to make a pumpkin pie" is a quick, easy and fun activity to help them practice.
The packet includes printable patterns, completed sample, recipe, list of transitions, transition poster, a graphing extension, Venn diagram activity, plus an adjective worksheet.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.
I'm contemplating whether I should buy another pumpkin today...
We weren't sure what was eating holes in our pumpkins, then today we caught the culprit.
An obviously hungry squirrel happily chomped away, with no fear that we'd fuss.
I just peeked out the window and the baby pumpkin is pretty much gone, except for the stem and a few bites.....hmmmm.
"When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam; may luck be yours on Halloween." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Activities With Me
Make learning how to count and identify numbers, super-fun with pumpkins; which are not only perfect for October, but can still be used throughout November too.
With that in mind, I designed a variety of pumpkin number activities, which will help your students practice counting, number recognition, sequencing, subitizing, sorting, patterning, and one-to-one correspondence.
The packet includes:
You can use them for all sorts of activities, including a variety of games like "Memory Match", "I Have; Who Has?", "Kaboom", "Speed" and "Flip It".
I've included a 4-page tip list, filled with interesting and fun ideas of how to use the cards, including directions for a variety of games.
There are also covers for some of the sets, so that your kiddos can make (just the right size) "Itty Bitty" booklets.
Because of the nice selection of cards, students will also njoy sorting them into "Pumpkin Piles".
For example, children put all the pumpkin cards that represent the number one in a pile; all those that show the number 2 in another pumpkin pile and so on.
To strengthen upper body muscles, have children lie on their tummies and sequence the numbers in long lines. A group of my Y5s enjoyed making a "pumpkin snake" all the way out the door!
I also made a specific set of pumpkin cards to be puzzles. These make a wonderful math center.
There are 5, strip puzzles on a one-page pattern, which makes them "just the right size" for little learners.
Simply snip on the line to cut the number from the matching group of pumpkins. Each line is different, so there's only one way for students to complete the puzzle, which will give them the correct answer.
Another fun way to practice with the cards, is to make Jack. This cute pumpkin pattern is printed on card stock, then laminated.
Cut out the jack-o-lantern's "mouth" and place over the opening of an empty Kleenex box. (There are lots of fall-patterns available. A Boutique box also works).
Pass the pumpkin cards out to your students, then call for the number one pumpkin.
The child holding that card comes up, shows the number to their classmates; everyone says "One", then she "feeds" Jack by dropping the card into his "mouth".
Make a class set of pumpkin "mats" that you can use each year, or run off the worksheet.
My kiddos sit at tables, so I spill a cup of seeds on a paper plate. They each count 10 seeds and put them in their Dixie cup.
When everyone is set, choose a pumpkin number card; show it to your class; they count out that many seeds and place them on their pumpkin mat.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. My kiddos LOVE this activity.
Added bonus: pinching & placing pumpkin seeds, is a great fine motor skill that will help strengthen finger muscles.
If you don't have access to pumpkin seeds, simply print, laminate and trim the page of realistic-looking seeds that I've included in the packet.
There are also a nice variety of interesting worksheets as well as "print and go" game sheets, like "I Spy" or "Pumpkins on a Roll" which is played with dice.
Use them for individual and whole group activities, assessing, and math centers; homework, early finishers and help for those who are struggling.
Nice for a substitute, and fun for a harvest celebration or Halloween party day.
I substituted pumpkins for Indians, and included a poster poem "10 Little Pumpkins in a Pumpkin Patch" in the packet.
I make an extra set of the "puzzle" cards, and instead of cutting them apart, I use the whole strip in my pocket chart.
While the concentration in this packet is on numbers 0-10, there are several activities which also include numbers 11-20, so that you can diversify your lessons and add a challenge.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Time for a nature walk and much-needed break.
The fall colors are beautiful here in Michigan.
"October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter." - Nova S. Blair