1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Shape Activities With Me
Do you read the story “Spookley The Square Pumpkin”, by Joe Troiano? This cute book has a message of tolerance, acceptance and being kind, which is so important in today’s diversified classrooms.
It’s also a great read if your class follows a “bucket filling” program. I use it to practice 2D shapes as well.
With these things in mind, I designed this “shapely pumpkin packet” which includes an emergent reader booklet featuring words from the Dolch lists, with a full page option teacher's can share, as well as a 2-on-a-page pattern for your students.
Students read, trace, write and color, as well as draw the 2D shapes: circle, oval, rectangle, square, triangle, & hexagon. They also underline the capital letters and include the end punctuation.
There’s also a quick, easy and super-fun "shapely pumpkin" craftivity.
If your school's not into Halloween, but a harvest theme, students pick a shape and make a plain, pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
Older students can write the name of the shape on the front of their pumpkin and a list of attributes on the back.
My school celebrates Halloween, so we opt for a Jack-O-Lantern "shapely pumpkin".
I've included the blank patterns mentioned above, where students can draw on their own face, plus there's a set with facial features on each pumpkin shape that match the shape of their pumpkin. (Check out the photographs.)
Besides the standard shapes listed above, I’ve also included patterns to make a pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart and star pumpkin too.
For some extra 3D pizzazz, have students strengthen those finger muscles by wrapping a green pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a vine, which they attach to the top of the back of their pumpkin using a piece of tape.
Completed projects make an adorable, pumpkin patch bulletin board. Use the 3 posters for the center of your display, and the "pumpkin patch" sign for the side.
Afterwards, use the graphing extension to see which pumpkin shape was your students' favorite.
For further reinforcement, there’s a set of colorful pumpkin cards, which feature all of the 12, 2D shapes listed.
Use as a center for an independent sorting activity. You can also make an extra set; cut the cards in half to make puzzles.
The matching pocket chart cards could also be cut in half. (These cards are on the cover photo.)
There are shape word cards for a Memory Match game as well. Children can match picture to word, or picture to picture.
You can use these for an “I Have; Who Has?” game too. “I have the circle shaped pumpkin card. Who has the circle word card?”
The packet also includes several writing prompts based on "Spookley", as well as 2 Venn diagrams, plus several bookmarks.
Because "Spookley The Square Pumpkin" is a rhyming story, I've also included a “Rhyme Time” activity, where students think of words that rhyme with square.
You can do this independently using the worksheet, or list them together as a whole group. As always, I've made an answer key with an alphabetical list of 81 words!
Today's featured FREEBIE, is also a rhyme. Since I don't have time anymore to do a specific unit on nursery rhymes, I try to include matching themed ones with whatever we're currently studying.
Thus "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" is perfect for October. Click on the link for a sweet, keepsake craftivity, along with a poster poem of the rhyme.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.
The trees have just started to turn beautiful orange, yellows and red, so it's time for a nice long walk with Chloe. Wishing you a relaxing day.
"Autumn leaves come falling down; red, orange, yellow and brown." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Chick and Bunny Craftivities With Me
I love springtime. There's something magical and invigorating about it; and there are so many themes you can incorporate into your lessons.
The chick and bunny seem to be popular symbols, so with that in mind I used them to design some quick, easy and super-fun craftivities, which practice a variety of standards.
I'll be featuring 4 of my favorites, along with today's FREEBIE. First up is a chick-themed -ick word family packet.
The packet includes:
* An -ick chick word slider craftivity, featuring 20 words, with 2 size options.
* An -ick family poster with 22 words, plus 10 “flip the flap” -ick word booklets, as well as an “ABC Me” worksheet. I've also included ...
* A cover to make an -ick word family dictionary, along with an Itty Bitty -ick word family booklet, plus a "Fill in the blanks” missing -ick word, sentence worksheet along with ...
* A set of -ick word family picture cards, with matching -ick word cards, so you can play “Memory Match” and “I Have; Who Has?” games, individually, with a partner or as a whole group activity.
* To mix math with literacy, there's an “Isn’t it slick that I can skip count with my chick?” slider craft, with 2 size options.
These number sliders skip count by 2s, 3s, 5s, or 10s.
You can also practice the -op word family with my bunny packet.
The format is similar. The -op word family poster has an alphabetical list of 49 words, with some new words even to me, llke kop and trop, so I've also included a cover to make an —op word family dictionary.
I chose 18, or those -op words and made "just the right size", mini-cards. Students can put them in alphabetical order, as an independent center, or partner up to see who can do it the fastest.
Another idea, is to have children choose 2-3 cards and use the words in a sentence.
The bunny and chick were also perfect to design some more "shapely critter crafts" which all started years ago with the penguin packet.
It's a wonderful, hands-on way to review 2D and 3D shapes.
Make a large set to use as flashcards, for whole-group games, and anchor charts, then have children pick their favorite and create their own.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board.
I've included several posters for the center of your display.
The packets include an emergent reader, games, worksheets, and a "certificate of praise" bookmark.
For the emergent reader, students read, trace and write the shape word, fill in the shapes to look like chicks/bunnies; trace the shape and then draw that shape.
They also underline the capital letter and add end punctuation.
Both animals are super-cute, but my personal favorite is the bunny.
There are 3 pattern options for the rabbit: A whimsical looking one, a "fluffy" faced one, as well as blank templates so children can draw their own.
I've also included a paw pattern to make the shapes look even more like a bunny.
I think part of the bunny's charm, is that I also added a set of butterflies and ladybugs, which feature the various shapes.
For a bit of 3D pizzazz, students choose one and glue the bug to the top of one of the bunny's ears.
To get the 3D "pop" bend the ladybug's antennae forward.
For the butterfly, give children 2 different colors.
They trim and fold one of the butterfly's wings, then glue just the thorax to the top of the other butterfly. Easy-peasy and looks fabulous!
Besides the standard 2D shapes, due to many requests, I've also included the trapezoid and rhombus "pattern block" shapes, along with the hexagon, pentagon and octagon.
Since many teachers are also teaching 3D shapes, there's also patterns for the cone, cube, cylinder and sphere.
Click on the links for the "Slick Chick Spring Shape Up" packet, and the "Hop To It" Bunny Shape packet.
Finally, while diddling around with pattern blocks, I discovered that you can use other pieces, to make a hexagon.
Since this is a really new shape for my Y5s, it tends to be a "toughie" for them to remember.
I think part of the difficulty, is because there are not many "real life" examples for them to see. With that in mind, I designed the "Don't be vexed by the "hex", hexagon challenge.
I putzed 'til I created a dozen arrangements, and have included a full-color, as well as a black & white template (filled in with lines, plus blank) for them to place pattern pieces on.
Later, after they've created some patterns, turn it into a "Speed" game; set a timer and see who can make the most hexagons before it rings.
Today's FREEBIE also has a bunny theme, which practices skip counting.
Your students will enjoy hopping to the next number, as they skip count with the bunny, by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. I've also included "What's Missing?" worksheets for each skip counted set. These are great for "early finishers" or homework to send over spring break.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Time to switch gears and put my nana hat on, as I'm taking care of my grandchildren today.
Kaiden (3) and Kaitlyn (1) put the grand in grandma.
Wishing you a love-filled day filled with lots of hugs and giggles.
"I love music of all kinds, but there's no greater music than the sound of my children and grandchildren laughing." -Sylvia Earle
1-2-3 Come Do Some Shapely Bunny Activities With Me
Since the other Shapely Animal packets have been such popular downloads, I decided to add another one for spring. If you missed the Shapely Slick Chick packet that I published earlier this month, click on the link to grab it. Here are the links for the other shapely animal packets as well: Penguins and Owls
The Honey Bunny packet follows a similar format. I've included large shapes that students can add details and ears to, to make their shapely bunny, as well as a set with bunny features drawn in. Make a set, laminate and then use as a sweet spring bulletin board or to use as giant flashcards.
Have children pick out their favorite shape and make one of their own. However, If you want to turn their work into a bulletin board as well, toss the shape cards into a container and have them choose one.
Whatever shape they pick is the Shapely Bunny that they'll create, otherwise, you might end up with everyone doing the same shape.
I've included a big bunny poster that you can personalize with your name and the caption: "Mr(s) ____________'s class is really shaping up... or "Somebunny" knows their shapes. Hang this in the center of your bulletin board.
Use the other poster to make a "What's the secret shape?" game. Draw a question mark on an index card and tape it to the laminated poster so that it's a "hinged" "flap" door.
Using a dry erase marker, draw a shape underneath or tape up one of the shape cards. Call on children to guess what shape is hiding?
There's also an emergent reader booklet that covers quite a few standards. Students read the simple sentences, underline the capital letters and add end punctuation.
Children trace and write the shape words, as well as trace and draw the shapes and then draw details on the first shape to make it look like a bunny.
The last page asks them which Honey Bunny was their favorite. A graph is provided to record this data.
I've included bunny shape cards in color, along with their matching shape word cards. These are perfect for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Add the bunny Kaboom cards to your game to make things even more fun.
There's also a set in black and white, which includes a cover, so that students can make an Itty Bitty Shape Booklet.
Students can also play a funny bunny spinner game. Children pick a partner and take turns spinning.
Whatever shape they land on, they color the matching shape on their funny bunny. The child who completes their worksheet first is the winner.
Finally, I've also included a worksheet with spatial directions, one for listing a shape's attributes, plus a "match the shape to the shape word" worksheet.
When everyone has completed whatever projects you want them to do, pass out the certificate of praise. Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Bunnies Packet.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting! My poodle pup Chloe, is demanding some attention, so I guess it's time to quit for awhile and take her for a trot around the block. Wishing you an amazing day.
"In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move!" -Henry Rollins
Practice 2D, as well as 3D shapes, with these two "Shaping Up With Seuss" & "Flipping Over Shapes" emergent reader flip booklets.
1-2-3 Come Study 2D Shapes With Me
Since fall is in the air, I decided to put some autumn decorations up. I have lots of scarecrow-themed things, as they can stay up through Thanksgiving. I LOVE decorating for the seasons, but hate taking stuff down and putting it away, so the longer things can hang around, the better.
My love for scarecrows probably stems from fond childhood memories, seeing all sorts of creations watching over large gardens and small farms in Wisconsin. My Y5's enjoyed this mini-theme as well, so I used scarecrows to help teach all sorts of standards. Here are some that I designed to reinforce 2D shapes.
My personal favorite is Socrates. He's a "slider" as the paper strip of shapes, slide through the "window" to make his nose. It was fun drawing and putting him together.
As I putzed with what to do for his hair, I decided to put a sheet of yellow construction paper through a shredder.
Rubbing a glue stick on the edges of his head and neck, then pressing down various pieces of shred, made the perfect scarecrow hair and "hay stuffing" peeking out of his neck and hat.
So that you can cover more standards, I've also included "sliders" for numbers 1-30, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, as well as upper and lowercase letters. Click on the link to view/download Socrates the Scarecrow Shape Slider.
Socrates came about, because I made an easy reader booklet entitled: My Scarecrow's Nose. In the story, an adorable little scarecrow needs a nose!
It's up to your students to decide which 2D shaped nose is the best for their scarecrow.
It's a quick, easy and fun way to learn about shapes, at the same time helping strengthen finger muscles, as children trace and draw the nose shapes and then trace and write the shape words.
To reinforce concepts of print, when everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group.
I've also included a graphing extension where students vote on their favorite shaped nose.
There are also 2 worksheets. Students trace and write the shape word, then match the shape to its shape word.
Finally my last scarecrow-themed shape activity is Sam and Samantha. They are full-body scarecrow "danglers".
Give students the option of whether they want to make a boy or girl scarecrow.
As with Socrates, I used shredded paper. Picking up the long shred, ripping it into smaller lengths and then pressing them to the back of the scarecrow, is wonderful fine motor skill practice.
However, if you think this is too time consuming, use a few pieces of double-sided stick tape, then cover with a piece of regular tape when children are done decorating.
Because a pile of shredded paper is tempting for all sorts of shenanigans, remind students ahead of time, that if they throw the shred around and make a mess, they will not be able to use some on their scarecrow. I never had a problem.
So that you can review lots more 2D shapes, I've included a template with extra shapes on it. Students can cut and glue as many shapely "patches" on their scarecrow as they want.
Children can opt to keep the shapes separate, (see photo of Samantha) and glue the various shapes onto a piece of yarn, or they can glue their pieces together, which is a bit easier for little ones. (See photo of Sam.)
Punch a hole in the top triangle and suspend from the ceiling, back-to-back with another child's scarecrow. Adding a few real buttons adds a bit more pizzazz. Click on the link to view/download Sam/Samantha The Shapely Scarecrow craftivity.
Thanks for visiting today. For more scarecrow fun, be sure and pop back tomorrow The timer's ringing, so I need to dash off and check the big pot of Veggie soup I'm making for dinner. Nothing like a nice hearty bowl of soup on a crisp fall evening. Wishing you an ed-venture filled day.
"Trying times are times for trying." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Study 2D and 3D Shapes With Me!
Reading Across America Starts the 24th and runs through March 2nd this year, and of course March is Reading Month will be in full swing as well. Are you hopping on board?
I always planned a huge Seuss Theme for that week. My Y5's really enjoyed all the goofy things we did.
It was difficult to find Seuss lessons that met my Standards, so I simply dreamed them up, using easily recognizable Seuss characters for the clip art.
A classroom favorite was of course Cat in the Hat. I even dressed up as the cat to launch that special day.
Since one of the more iconic pictures of the cat is him juggling, I thought it would be fun to create 2 shape books where the cat juggles 2D shapes in one, and then 3D shapes in the other.
I've included the hexagon, pentagon and octagon, in the 2D booklet, as I've had so many requests to add these shapes.
The Cat Juggles 2D Shapes also nails several more standards than just the recognition of shapes. Students circle the capital letters and add end punctuation. Remind them of spacing, and that they are reading from left to right and top down, and you've covered 2 more Standards.
Children also trace and write the shape word, as well as trace and write the shape. Click on the link to view/download The Cat Juggles 2D Shapes.
The Cat Juggles 3D shapes, relies on a similar format, so students feel empowered, as once they've done the 2D booklet, the 3D booklet needs little explanation before they can get down to business. This empowerment will build their self-esteem as they know what they are doing and can set to work.
I take this booklet a step farther, in that students cut and glue the 3D shaped object, to the matching numbered box in their booklet. I also challenge students to think up another 3D shape and write it down.
The last page in the book, as with the first booklet, has students drawing the objects that the cat is juggling. Click on the link to view/download The Cat Juggles 3D Shapes.
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"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind, don't matter, and those who matter. don't mind." -Dr. Seuss