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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.

shape activities, shape games, shape centers, 2D shape assessments, turkey activities, turkey games, turkey centersshape activities, shape games, shape centers, 2D shape assessments, turkey activities, turkey games, turkey centersWith 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.

shape activities, shape games, shape centers, 2D shape assessments, turkey activities, turkey games, turkey centersGame 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.

shape activities, shape games, shape centers, 2D shape assessments, turkey activities, turkey games, turkey centersAn 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. 

shapely turkey craftThis is a fun activity for the week of Thanksgiving, where you can do one or two pages each day; or send home over the holiday, as an interesting homework assignment.

This packet pairs perfectly with last week's “Shapely Turkeys craft. Click the LINK to take a look.

turkey activiteis, turkey centers, turkey games, 2D shape activities, 2D shape Games, 2D shape centersToday's featured FREEBIE is "Oh Feathers!" a turkey-themed spinner game, which is also a fun way to practice 2D shapes.    

turkey activities, 2D shape actvities, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape assessmentsThank you for stopping by. 

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

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape games“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.

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesThere 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.

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesShape templates come in a large, full-page size, as well as a smaller, two-on-a-page pattern, allowing you to make just a “shapely head”, or a “full body” turkey. 

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesI recommend making just the head with little ones, as it's the easiest craftivity.

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.

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesLarge wiggle eyes add extra pizzazz, but I've also included several pages of other eye patters, including eyeballs where the pupils match the shape of the turkeys head/body.

Check out the photographs to help you decide what’s most appropriate for your students

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesTo add even more variety to your turkeys, there are also 3 wing patterns.

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. 

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesHat, shoe, leg & feather patterns also add variety.  Pick your favorite pieces, or give students a choice.

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesAccordion-folding the leg strips, is a fun way for students to strengthen their finger muscles, while adding to the cuteness factor of their turkey.

If your kiddos are like mine, they will enjoy the “boing-boing” effect.

To add to the fun, encourage children to name their turkey, then fill out a "turkey tag", which can be glued to the middle of their turkey's tummy, or displayed next to their turkey on your display.Besides making a turkey with one of the more traditional heads, students can also match their turkey's head to its body shape. 

To help practice the “positional words” portion of the 2D shape standard, I’ve also included a Corn Cob whole group, assessment game.

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesUse the shape posters and pocket chart cards to introduce your lesson.

hexagon pocket chart turkey cards,turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesI’ve also included a “Shapely Turkeys” bookmark for your students.

Completed projects make an adorable display.

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesDangle them from the ceiling as a border in your hallway.

I’ve included several posters to add extra pizzazz.

To add to the fun, encourage children to name their turkey, then fill out a "turkey tag", which can be glued to the middle of their turkey's tummy, or displayed next to their turkey on your display.To add to the fun, encourage children to name their turkey, then fill out a "turkey tag", which can be glued to the middle of their turkey's tummy, or displayed next to their turkey on your display.

To add to the fun, encourage children to name their turkey, then fill out a "turkey tag", which can be glued to the middle of their turkey's tummy, or displayed next to their turkey on your display.Older students can write down the attributes of the shape that they chose.

analog and digital time activities to the hour and half hour, turkey activitiesToday'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.

turkey crafts, turkey activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, attribute activities for 2D shapes, bulletin boards for 2D shapes, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving activities, 2D shape centers, shape gamesWell 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

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasNovember is fast approaching, so I've been working on some interesting turkey activities.

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.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasCompleted projects turn out absolutely adorable, and make an outstanding fall bulletin board or hallway display.

I’ve included 2 posters to help decorate.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasYou’re sure to get lots of compliments, as the results definitely have that “Wow!” factor.

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.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasThese 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. 

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasStudents can draw in their own face or pick one of the "head patterns" with a variety of eyes.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasTo add some 3D pop, add a beak and wattle, and bend the wings up a bit.

Children can also add a Pilgrim hat or bonnet or a bow.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasThere are also 2 patterns for the legs; one with regular turkey "feet", as well as one with Pilgrim shoes.

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. 

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasLook at the photographs and you can see how I glued some "ones blocks" to the turkey's legs, his Pilgrim shoes, and on the back of the feathers. 

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasI tilted the 100s blocks to make a diamond-shaped design on one sample. You can also see a 100s block inside the buckle on the hat, as well as on the bow tie. 

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. 

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasI thought using a 10s rod for the shaft of the feather looked terrific. This will save time cutting and gluing. 

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.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasWiggle eyes, and a splash of glitter on the tips of the feathers, are more fun options.

Once children have created their place value turkey, they figure out how much it is “worth”.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasI’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.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasThey are different enough, so that you can actually do all of them.

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.

Limited time?

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasPlace value turkeys make a super-fun homework assignment, or another idea is to have students work with a partner or create one PVT in a small group of three, which will divide up the work.

Here's a fun challenge: Give the small group a total turkey value, and see how close they can get to hitting that number. 

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasThe 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.

place value activities, Thanksgiving crafts, turkey crafts, November math activities, turkey bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasWell 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

pumpkiin activities, pumpkin math, pumpkin number posters, counting pumpkins, pumpkin booklet“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!

pumpkiin activities, pumpkin math, pumpkin number posters, counting pumpkins, pumpkin bookletSo that you can diversify your lesson, I’ve also provided two booklet options.

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.

pumpkiin activities, pumpkin math, pumpkin number posters, counting pumpkins, pumpkin bookletOn the first day, my students color the cover, write their name at the bottom and do pumpkin #1.

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.

pumpkiin activities, pumpkin math, pumpkin number posters, counting pumpkins, pumpkin bookletI’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.

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft, pumpkiin activities, pumpkin math, pumpkin number posters, counting pumpkins, pumpkin bookletToday'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.

pumpkiin activities, pumpkin math, pumpkin number posters, counting pumpkins, pumpkin bookletWell 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.

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesI find that if I have an interesting theme for things that I’m trying to teach my students, they get excited and are happily engaged and on task.

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:

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween games* Eleven sets of different pumpkin cards. There's a sample of each set in the photograph.

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!

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesI 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. 

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesAnother 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". 

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesAnother fun, whole group game is done with pumpkin seeds.  I use a package of real pumpkin seeds, which you can buy in most food stores.  You can also save the seeds when you carve your pumpkin. 

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.

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesI've also including one-to-one correspondence mats that you can use for an independent math center.

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. 

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesThere 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.

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games,pmpkin songs, halloween activities, halloween gamesDo you know the song "Ten Little Indians?"  This popular rhyme is a super-fun way to help students learn to count forwards as well as backwards.

I substituted pumpkins for Indians, and included a poster poem "10 Little Pumpkins in a Pumpkin Patch" in the packet. 

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin songs, halloween activities, halloween gamesStick Velcro or magnet dots to the back of the 10 pumpkin cards, and use them as manipulatives, to attach to a flannel board or white board.

I make an extra set of the "puzzle" cards, and instead of cutting them apart, I use the whole strip in my pocket chart.

The song poster and set of 10 pumpkin cards from the packet, are today's featured FREEBIE. Click the link to download your copy today. 

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.

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesWell 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

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