Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Do Some Bat Activities With Me

Untitled 6Are you familiar with the story Stellaluna, by Jannell Cannon?  It's a personal favorite. 

Don't have the book? Click this LINK for an awesome read aloud on YouTube.  This actress does a wonderful job bringing the story to life.

It's one of our favoirte fall stories, and perfect for practicing the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards.  

It's extremely current for today, especially in our very diverse classrooms.

Children easily identify with Stellaluna as she struggles with trying to fit in, and empathize with the conflicts that happen when people are asked to pretend to be someone that they are not.

While the premise of a bat trying to live with birds is a bit humorous, there is an underlying realization that Stellaluna is happiest when she discovers the joys of simply being herself, a bat.

activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activitiesWith that in mind, I created these quick, easy & fun activities that will help your students sequence & retell the story.

You will love the versatility; as you can easily diversify your lessons with the variety of options.

As always, all patterns come in color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make examples to share, as well as black & white for students.

The packet includes:

          A bat craft perfect for teachers & librarians to make & use for a whole group activity, then later put up as an interesting bulletin board.

This is a nice big bat, and is created with two wing patterns, plus a body.

Simply run off the 3, full-page patterns on construction paper, trim & glue together.

activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activitiesUnderneath Stellaluns, place the sequencing mat, using the "picture ovals" to sequence & retell the story.

I like to pass out these picture cards before I read the story, then when I get to that part of the story depicted by the picture, the child holding that card comes up to our Stellaluna board and attaches the picture. 

activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activitiesThis really helps involve my students, and they absolutely love participating. 

You can attach the pieces with a magnet, Velcro, or a glue dot, or simply a piece of Scotch tape.

I laminate my pieces, so that I can use them each year. 

To solidify the sequence of the story, we retell it using the pictures on the poster. I ask questions like, "What's happening in this picture?"

For further reinforcement, and to give more children a chance, I again pass out the cards and see if they can sequence it.

You can also use the bat as  a whole group sorting activity, where the “picture ovals” are put on “Beginning, Middle & End” of the story mats.

activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activitiesI’ve included  “word labels” for your bat, as well as blank mats to position under the bat.

There is also a colorful pattern with the answers already inside the ovals.

I’ve done this for this activity, as well as the sequencing one. This way you have an answer key if you want to use these as independent center activities after doing them as a whole group.  

activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activities For writing practice, I've also included a "Branching Out" worksheet, where students write a few sentences about the beginning, middle & end of the story. 

Besides the large, teachers' bat, I designed a smaller bat craftivity, which is perfect for students.

There are 4 activity options to choose from:

activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activities 1. Students sequence the picture tiles.

They color, cut & glue them to the ordinal numbered worksheet.

 After students have sequenced the pictures, they add a bat "topper" as well as a bottom bat "hanger".

beginning middle end of Stellaluna sorting activity, activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activities 2. Students can also do the same thing, only with the Beginning, Middle & End worksheet.

As you can see by the photo to your right, there are completed answer keys in both color & black & white.

I did this for the sequencing activity as well.

writing prompts for stellaluna, activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activities 3. & 4. There’s also a “tracing” option for little ones, as well as several writing prompt activities for older students, such as:

"Did you like the story? What was your favorite part?" or " Would you like to be a bat? Why or why not?"

You could also list interesting bat facts, or write an autumn acrostic poem.

All of these options use the “bat topper” and the bottom “hanger” bat patterns.

To make things easier for younger kiddos, simply have them color, cut & glue on just the "topper" bat.

were hanging out with stellalauna poster, activities for Stellaluna, bat activities, bat centers, literacy centers for October, bat bulletin board, Stellaluna craft, writing prompts for October, sequencing & retelling a story activities Completed projects make a cute bulletin board or hallway display.

I’ve included several posters to add extra pizzazz to your decorating.

worksheets and an oral quiz to check comprehension for the stellaluna storyTo check & assess comprehension, there are 3 worksheet options, with answer keys.

All activities can be used individually, as a whole group, or in a language arts center.

free fall themed 2D shapes matching gameToday's featured FREEBIE also has some bats, as well as spiders, leaves, an owl & turkeys.

It's a super-fun, fall matching game.

Students match the 2D shape to its counterpart on the bat, and other cards.

It's a wonderful activity for your math center, or something for early finishers to do.

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We are having beautiful "Indian summer" weather in the 70s, so it's time to go play outside.

Wishing you non batty & stress free days.

"What we learn to do, we learn by doing." -Aristotle

1-2-3 Come Make A "Feelings Wheel" With Me

feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementHow are you feeling? 

Easy enough question for most people, but preschool & kindergarten kiddos might not have a good grasp of understanding and identifying how they, or others feel.

I truly believe that it’s very important to know how your students are feeling, particularly at the beginning of the year; and especially during these trying times.

We have no idea what sort of baggage these little ones are carrying to school each day. 

feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementIf they are given an opportunity to express their feelings, I think you will not only build a more caring and compassionate classroom, but help your students get into a more positive attitude conducive to learning.

With that in mind, I designed this quick and easy (print & go) “Wheeling & Dealing With Feelings” packet, which will help you do just that in a super-fun way.

The Packet Includes:

  • everyone everywhere has feeliings free poster, feelings activities, feelings crafts, feelings posters  *  An "Everyone Everywhere Has Feelings" poster.
    After I ask, "Does anyone know what feelings are?" and we discuss the definition,  giving a variety of examples, I use this poster to introduce my lesson.
  • It never ceases to amaze me that my young fives are surprised that adults, especially teachers, have the same feelings that they do!

bear themed feelings posters, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom management  *  There are also 3 bear-themed feelings POSTERS to help introduce the "Feelings Wheel" craft.  Later, you can hang these up on the wall.

  • The packet also includes a craft; a“How I Feel WHEEL” with a variety of options.

bear themed feelings wheel, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom management The BEAR pattern is my personal favorite, and the easiest one to implement, as you simply run off a class set. 

Regular copy paper works just fine, but if you're going to use them all year, you may want to print on card stock, so they are sturdier. 

The black & white bear patterns come with & without facial features. Children color, then cut on the dashed lines, snipping out the "mouth" section, so that it reveals the various "feelings". 

Boy feelings wheel 8 options, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementcompleted boy feelings wheels, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementTo make things a bit more personal, I've also included 8 BOY patterns, as well as 9 girl options.

feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementfeelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementAs you can see, there is a nice variety of ethnicities represented; however, this is not really evident to youngsters, as they are just as apt to pick a pattern based on how much they like a hairdo, than anything to do with their own hair style. 

The bottom wheel has 4 pattern options:

1. Mouths that are labeled with the feeling, 2. just the mouths, 3. just the feeling labels, so that children can draw their own mouths & 4. a blank 5-piece pie circle, so that students can draw & label whatever feeliings you want them to.

Introduce the wheel by showing them your sample. Make a face. Ask students to tell you what emotion they think you are feeling. Afterwards, you call out each feeling and have students show with their face expression and “body language” how they think that feeling “looks”.how are you feeling wheel craftEven though little ones cannot read, I recommend that you use the labeled wheel.

Because you are using it everyday, soon your kiddos will be able to “read” those “feeling words” because they are seeing them all the time.

The pictures also aid in memorization.

 

5 bears with feeling faces, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementFeelings on the wheel: happy, sad, mad, silly & scared.

Although there are many different types of feelings, to keep things simple, I’ve limited “feeling” choices to just these 5, which children readily understand & can identify with.

Boy feelings wheels showing 5 feelings, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementI think if you give younger kiddos too many options, they feel overwhelmed and find it difficult to make a choice.

As part of your introduction, show them your sample wheel & explain each feeling.

Afterwards, make a face. Ask students to guess what emotion they think you are feeling.

Later, call out each feeling and have students show with their facial expression and “body language” how they think that feeling “looks”.

feelings worksheets, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom management  *  I've also included a "Trace or Write" then Color, poster-worksheet, which will help students become familiar with these "feeling words".

 graphing feelings, *   The daily graphing extension/worksheet serves multiple purposes. 

I think it’s important to track how children are feeling, so I designed this simple worksheet that children simply mark an X on each day for how they "mostly" feel. 

You can also have students draw a line through the boxes, so they can mark an X at the beginning of the day, then again at the end of the day. 

It’s certainly OK and normal to have a “terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day”, like Alexander; but if a child is continuously sad or scared, a red flag is being flown.

By filling out this simple, weekly worksheet and sending it home in our "take home" folders, which we call "Snail Mail" (Click the LINK to check them out) parents can get some insight into how their child is feeling “most of the time”, and can then talk about the reasons why. 

*  Finally, there is a "Share Bear" partner activity. “Let’s share because we care.”

share bears, Boy feelings wheels showing 5 feelings, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementFeelings expressed in this activity: happy, sad, mad, silly, scared, tired & grumpy.

I added two additional feelings for this "talk about it" time: (tired & grumpy), as children easily identify with these feelings too.

My students soon discover that if they are tired, they will often feel sad or grumpy too, which makes for a great discussion.

My kiddos absolutely LOVE this activity, and I think it's time well-spent as it's so important for children to express their feelings.
They might not want to tell the entire class how they are feeling, but I find that they are pretty excited to share their emotions with another person.

You can make this part of your morning routine, which will give you 5-10 minutes to take attendance, fill out a lunch count, check notes from home etc.

You can also walk around and listen to what children are saying. Sadly, I've heard my students say things like, "My grampa died.", "My parents got in a fight." "My cat ran away."   If not for this activity I'd have no clue.

Knowing how your students feel can truly help you understand their behavior, and perhaps why they are listless or "acting out". 

we share because we care partner activity, Boy feelings wheels showing 5 feelings, feelings crafts, feel wheel, dealing with feelings, emotions, teaching about feelings, teaching about emotions, feelings posters, feelings activities, graphing how you feel, classroom managementHow it works:  When children come in, they pick a partner & grab a laminated "feelings" card. Sitting “criss-cross applesauce” they point to a bear that expresses how they feel, and explain why.

Often children are a combination of feelings, so explain that they can pick more than one feeling, or simply the one that they "mostly" feel like.

I truly believe talking this out helps children “unload”. Confiding, if you will, quite possibly can help a child feel better, as well as help create a caring classroom community. I find that children are generally very empathetic.

This is also a great way to end the day too. Children pick that same partner & share how they feel.  Have things improved? Did something happen to make the change in feelings, etc.

everyone everywhere has feeliings free posterThere are two Featured FREEBIES today. The first one is the "Everyone Everywhere Has Feelings" poster, which is part of the packet. Click on the LINK to grab a copy.

The second one will be a fun way to review feelings in October. 

Freebie Feelings Pumpkin Mouth craft, pumpkin activities, halloween crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin centersIt's called the Jack-O-Lantern's Smile. This is a simple "slider" craft, where children pull on the paper strip (slider) to change the mouth on the pumpkin to show how he's feeling.

feelings activitiesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

May your "bad hair days" be minimal, while your "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" days be in abundance.

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"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." -Ellen Parr

1-2-3 Come Do Some Superhero Activities With Me

Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pagesSince superheroes are super popular with my students, I decided to design this fun-filled packet entitled: “Superheroes Wear Masks & So Do We!”

Why wear a mask? Because we are germ fighters! We mask up, social distance & wash our hands.

Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pagesHopefully, being a germ-fighting superhero will lesson the anxiety of this crazy time in history.

I've included a pair of superhero posters you can use to introduce your lesson, then later include on your bulletin board.

There are all sorts of “What is your ____ name?” activities on the Internet, such as “What Is Your Pirate Name?”; so I thought it would be fun to create my own Superhero one.

Since my kiddos are working on identifying letters, plus recognizing & writing their names, this is especially worthwhile, and a lot of fun for them.

What is your superhero name cardsUnlike the ones on the web, I have more than one option for each letter.

I tried to be alliterative as well, so with just a few exceptions, I've used words that begin with those letters as well.

The “What’s Your Superhero Name?” activity has black & white name cards for students to color, then write their name on. I've also included a pair in color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

These name cards come lined & unlined with 3 boy & 3 girl superhero options for children to choose from.

Completed projects look cute on a door. Use the "What's Your Superhero Name?" poster for the center of your display. 

Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pagesHow does it work?

Using poster #1, students find their initial for their first name, then pick one of the adjectives that they like. 

Using poster #2 they find their last name initial, and choose one of the nouns.

For example, Bella Freeland chose Blazing Falcon, and Isaac Taylor chose Invisible Tornado for their superhero names.

As you can see in the photograph, I've included a variety of onomatopoetic "call outs", which I sprinkled around my posters. This became part of my wall display.

Other things included in the packet:

superhero coloring pages, Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pages*** 4 girl & 4 boy “Superheroes wear masks and so do I” (trace & color) worksheets,

Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pages*** A girl & boy I’m a germ fighter” worksheet, which comes in a 2-on-a-page size.

For added pizzazz, take a photo of each student, cut them into circles, and have them glue them to the circle on their pattern.  On my masked-samples, I list the germ fighting rules.

Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pagesAs you can see by my other samples, you can also use these for students to write their superhero names on.

Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pagesThere's also a full-page option, with & without lines, plus a traceable option too.

*** The photographs also show the “starburst” name tags, which come in large & small sizes, as well as black & white, plus colorful options.

 

All of the activites are easy-peasy "print & go", and suitable for distance learning

I recently updated all of my packets, so now all of my products have that clickable option!

These activities also make a cute bulletin board, door or hallway display.

We are germ fighters posters, Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pagesBe sure and use the 9, easy-cut, onomatopoeia “call out” bubbles, such as Crash, Boom, Bam to add some extra pop & pizzazz to your display.

There's also a "call out" worksheet students can trace & color, along with a matching poster.

FREE what is your superhero name activity and postersSo you can better get a feel for the "What's Your Superhero Name?" activity, today's featured FREEBIE is the set of posters, which help children create their name. 

If appropriate, take that teachable moment to teach/review adjectives & nouns. Click the LINK to grab a copy.

Well that's it for today.

Whether you are homeschooling, teaching in person or virtually, I truly am wishing everyone a safe, healthy & happy school year.

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We are germ fighters posters, Superhero activities, superhero bulletin board ideas, BTS Covid activities, Mask activities, Name writing activities, What's your superhero name activties, superhero posters, superhero crafts, superhero coloring pagesCome join the fun on Facebook for my exclusive FREEBIES & Monthly Giveaways.

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"Don't be discouraged; everyone who got where he is, started wher he was." -Unknown

1 2 3 Come Do A "Getting to Know You" Craft With Me

back to school activities, icebreakers for back to school, back to school bulletin boards, getting to know you activities, all about me activities, posters for school, writing prompts for back to school, BTS activitiesI truly believe that when classmates get to know each other camaraderie and a classroom commUNITY is established, which helps squelch discipline problems.

My favorite classes in school even up through college, were those that we had a real community going.

These were usually conducted by my favorite teachers, who felt that a classroom was sort of like a family.

They made time to make us all feel welcome, safe, and important. I truly felt cared about.

One of the ways they promoted these feelings was that they spent some time getting to know us.

With that in mind, I do a variety of BTS “Getting to Know You” activities for an entire month, as well as several throughout the year.

Students seem to love sharing things about themselves, so they really enjoy these activities.

back to school activities, icebreakers for back to school, back to school bulletin boards, getting to know you activities, all about me activities, posters for school, writing prompts for back to school, BTS activitiesMy newest creation, "Getting to the Point," is a pencil writing prompt craftivity. It's quick, easy & fun, with simple “print & go” prep.

back to school activities, icebreakers for back to school, back to school bulletin boards, getting to know you activities, all about me activities, posters for school, writing prompts for back to school, BTS activitiesThere are 6 pages to choose from, plus a blank page for more writing or something else you dream up.

This variety allows you to differentiate your lessons within your class, and still have everyone working on the same activity.

The activity also suits different grade levels too.

Younger students can simply do one page, while older children will enjoy making a complete, 6-page booklet.

After choosing the pages you want, students simply fill in the information, trim their "pencil page" then staple them to the top of the inside of their cover. 

back to school activities, icebreakers for back to school, back to school bulletin boards, getting to know you activities, all about me activities, posters for school, writing prompts for back to school, BTS activitiesI purposely did not number the pages, not only so that you can pick which ones you want, but also so that you can choose the order you want them in.

For example, for one of my samples, I glued the "selfie page" to the inside of the cover. 

Speaking of the cover, it's a double-patterned pencil, which students trim AROUND then fold over, creating the booklet. 

BTS activities, BTS icebreakers, BTS bulletin boards, BTS getting to know you activities, BTS writing promtps, BTS All about me activitiesFor extra pizzazz & to make this a bit of a keepsake, have students glue their school photo to the eraser. If you do this, then have kiddos DRAW a selfie of themselves, or omit that page.

"Get to the Point" is great for your writing block or fun as a homework assignment too.

Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.

back to school activities, icebreakers for back to school, back to school bulletin boards, getting to know you activities, all about me activities, posters for school, writing prompts for back to school, BTS activitiesI’ve included 4 pencil-themed posters to enhance your display.

I've also added a Bonus. Which is a writing prompt poster: “Life without _____________ is pointless.”  The other posters can also be used to kick start journal writing.

MMs Skittles IcebreakerToday's FREEBIE is another super-fun BTS icebreaker. This one uses M & Ms or Skittles candy.

Icebreakers are a perfect way to help build that cameraderie & team spirit of working together. 

They are especially important during the 1st month of school when students are a bit nervous and looking at a very diverse bunch of strangers, listening to rules-rules & more rules.

One of the icebreakers my kiddos really enjoy is the M & M or Skittle Game, which has been around awhile, going by as many names as there are colors, and can be played in a variety of ways as well.

These are my versions. I hope you find them useful.

back to school activities, icebreakers for back to school, back to school bulletin boards, getting to know you activities, all about me activities, posters for school, writing prompts for back to school, BTS activitiesThanks for stopping by. I hoping you and your students really enjoy “Getting to the Point”  and popping a sweet treat as they build team spirit.

Wishing you a wonderful school year.

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 "Don't be afraid of pressure.  Remember that pressure is what turns a lump of coal into a diamond." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do A Back To School Rainbow Craftivity With Me

back to school activities, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, rainbow craftsBack to school can be a bit scary for students. "I don't know anyone!" is a common cry for many.

With that in mind, I like to build a classroom community, where my students feel safe and have an opportunity to get to know each other.

I truly believe you have less discipline problems, if children have made friends and feel cared about.

back to school activities, icebreakers for bts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school writing prompts, rainbow crafts, Thus, I do a "getting to know you activity" each day for the first week of school, and continue with at least one additional activity each week for the rest of the month. This is truly time well spent!

When students feel part of a team, they are happier and achieve more. There's also accountability, which goes hand-in-hand with behaving.

I'm a firm believer of the quote: "There's no "I" in TEAM!" So let's build that commUNITY! Your students will love you for it, and have a ton of fun getting to know eachother.

bts crafts, back to school icebreakers, bts bulletin boards, bts writing prompts, rainbow craftsI just finished  a quick, easy & super-fun “getting to know you” (print & go) craft for this very purpose. I call it "Color Me Happy!"

The craftivity has a variety of options, so you can easily diversify the activity for different abilities & grade levels.

rainbow crafts, back to school activities, icebreakers for bts, bts bulletin boards, bts writing prompts, bts centers, open house ideas, meet the teacher ideasThere are two rainbow options, the one "spilling from a cloud" can be cut out or snipped into a rectangle, for easy cutting.

The 2nd one is a rainbow arc pattern. It comes in both a full-page size, as well as a smaller, two-on-a-page pattern.

back to school activities, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers for back to school, getting to know you activities, rainbow activities, There are also add-on patterns for clouds & a heart.

You can offer your students a choice, or simply pick which one you think is most appropriate for your students.

After coloring their rainbow, children think of something that they really like, that matches that colorful stripe on their rainbow, then they write that word down.

For example, a favorite red thing of mine is strawberries.

bts writing prompt, bts centers, bts activities, bts crafts, bts bulletin board, rainbow crafts, icebreakers for btsOlder students can attach the larger rainbow to the top of a writing prompt worksheet, where they can write more than one example.

If your kiddos are like mine, they absolutely LOVE sharing things about themselves & will find it difficult to limit their "favorites" to just 3 per color.

I’ve also included a “directions poster” for this option.  If you do this, be sure & include the poster on your bulletin board.

Completed projects make a wonderful BTS bulletin board or hallway display, and also look terrific suspended back-to-back, swirling & twirling from the ceiling.

As a fun way to get to know each other, before hanging, have everyone share one or two of their favorite colorful things.

diversity posters, rainbow crafts, back to school activities, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, getting to know you bts activities, bts bulletin boards, bts writing promptsI’ve included 6 posters to enhance your display & add extra pizzazz.

These can also be used for conversation starters, an interesting discussion or additional writing prompts.

For added fun while students are working, play “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music, followed up by (Judy Garland) "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" or... (IZ) “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”.

Today's FREEBIE is also a really fun back to school activity. You can actually use it throughout the year too.  I call it "Chalk Talk".

The packet includes:

free back to school activities, bts behavior posters, free bts posters* A “Chalk” behavior modification, positive reinforcement activity, that will help promote working as a team to achieve a desired goal, building self-esteem at the same time.

* Black & White “color me” headers, for a sidewalk chalk treat Baggie, as well as patterns in full color for preschool, kindergarten, & first grade, with a blank template for you to fill in with any other grade.

* I’ve also included a generic one to give at anytime of the year.

* A “Chalk Talk” bear poster you can write a daily message on.

* A “Chalk Talk” kitten poster wishing children a “purrr-fect” day.

* 2 “Chalk Talk” (I had a nice time at school today. These are a few of the things that I did:) writing prompt worksheets.

back to school activitiesWell that's it for today. 

Blessings to you & yours for a stress-free & joy-filled time, as you get ready for back to school. May it be the best year yet!

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"Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms!" -Allyssa Knight

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