1-2-3 Come Do Some Olympic Word Work With Me!
I had no idea that the Olympic Alphabet Card packet would take me over two days to finish, but I think you'll really find it worth while.
You can use the ABC cards for games like Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" or make an extra set to cut up, to make puzzles.
As you can see by the photo, there are 4 parts to each Olympic alphabet card, where you could make a cut: uppercase letter, both letters together, lowercase letter, and bottom word card.
Cutting them up also allows you to play more alphabet games. I've included "Kaboom" cards to make things more fun, as well as a 3-page tip list of how to use the alphabet cards.
Also in the packet, is over 300 Olympic words on mini cards, so that students can alphabetize them, sort them and put them under that appropriate letter card, or pick several cards and then write sentences incorporating the words they have drawn.
I've included a worksheet for this + a blank word-card template if you want to make some up of your own.
Since the words include all sorts of parts of speech, I made a noun, verb, adjective sorting mat. Students pick 10 word cards and arrange them under the appropriate column.
For another extension, have students think up synonyms and/or antonyms where appropriate.
There's also a cover for an Olympic Words Journal, where students write words that are associated with the Olympics and then look up their definitions, if they aren't familiar with them.
I've also included an alphabetical list of over 500 words associated with the Olympics. Click on the link to view/download this whopping 48-page packet of Olympic Word Fun.
There aren't too many Olympic-themed books for children out there, but one that would be a great introduction to your Olympic alphabet activities would be Brad Herzog's G is for Gold.
Herzog showcases athletes and events that set sports records, and impacted history. He has some different choices and includes quite a bit of interesting information.
My all-time favorite book to read for an Olympic-themed day, is Tacky and the Winter Games, by Helen Lester. I have all of the Tacky books, and this is one of her best.
It's simply laugh-out-loud silly, as is Tacky the penguin. If you don't want to buy the book, you can click on the link to hear it being read by Joe Tilly on YouTube.
Since the word searches have been so popular, I designed 4 different Olympic ones with an alphabetical list of about 20 words per word find.
A total of 88 Olympic-themed words are used. Word finds are a quick, easy and fun way to build vocabulary and reinforce spelling. Click on the link to view/download the 4 Olympic Word Searches.
Besides word searches, the How Many Words Can You Find? worksheets have also been downloaded a lot, so I made one for the Olympics.
Challenge your students to make up as many words as they can (before the timer rings) using the letters in the word Olympics.
I've included my list of 77 words, as well as a worksheet + certificates of praise. Click on the link to view/download the How Many Words Can You Make Out Of The Word OLYMPICS? packet. Any of these lessons make nice Daily 5 word work activities.
Finally, in the Olympic Writing Activities packet, I've included an Olympic KWL, an Olympic acrostic poem template, an Olympic parts of speech graphic organizer, an Olympic Venn diagram comparing the ancient Olympic games with our contemporary events.
There's also an Olympic Flip For Facts file folder activity. I designed the folder flip files, as a way to introduce early elementary students to doing research and putting facts that they find interesting into their own words.
These are a great precursor to reports that they'll later be writing.
I broke down a page into eight parts. Students glue it on the front of their file folder and cut on the lines. There's a blank 8-sectioned page, where they will record their final-draft facts. I've included a filled-in page with some facts, so that you can easily make a sample to share with your students.
When they come across something they want to include in their report they put it in their own words. I suggest using a sheet of scratch paper, so they can edit, and then write their final-draft facts on the template.
As with any factual reporting they also need to include their sources. (I assign at least a 3-source minimum and have included an example of how you cite internet sources, along with some helpful websites. )
This bibliography if you will, can go on the back of their folder. So you know which material came from what source, have students number their sources and then include that number at the end of their fact.
The Olympic Writing packet also includes a class book that is made up of three Olympic writing prompts. Students can choose one, or assign all of them on 3 different days. Click on the link to view/download the Olympic Writing Packet.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some More Valentine's Day Activities With Me
To help build vocabulary, each month I added themed words to our word wall. There are a ton of words that are associated with love and Valentine's Day, so I decided to make an alphabetical list and came up with 240.
There are 2 covers for a Valentine Dictionary, so that students can think up their own word list, and then look up and record any new words from mine that you want your students to know.
This makes a wonderful Daily 5 word work activity. Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Vocabulary packet.
Another interesting way to practice words and letters is with my tri-hearts. You can use the template in a variety of ways.
The photo shows: upper and lowercase letters (Put one on each side and then flip open to reveal a picture of a word that starts with those letters.); compound words, contractions, as well as equations.
I've also included an owl valentine your students can make. Click on the link to view/download the Folded Heart packet.
For more writing practice, have students pick a holiday and compare it with Valentine's Day. I've designed 12 holiday Venn diagrams for your students to choose from, plus a blank one for them to add something different.
When they are done with their Venn diagram, have students complete the writing prompt: My favorite holiday is ... because ... Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Venn Diagram Writing Prompt packet.
Finally, I had a few special requests. Kara, from Florida, needed some valentine themed puzzles for her young kinders to do on party day. Laura Strickland's clip art is so adorable, that I designed 20 different puzzles, that will help students count forwards and backwards, as well as skip count by 10's to 100.
I've included 3 black and white puzzles for your kiddos to color, cut and take home; or they can glue their puzzle pieces to a sheet of construction paper, leaving a small space inbetween each piece. The results are an interesting mosaic work of art and make a cool bulletin board.
Besides using the puzzles for a center, have students choose a partner and play "Speed" to see who can complete their puzzle first. You can also make puzzle flip books. Choose 3 puzzles, mix them up and then staple the top section to the numbered puzzle grid.
Students decide which puzzle they want to search for, and flip each strip 'til they find the correct one that will complete their choice. Click on the link to view/download the Twenty Valentine's Day Puzzle packet.
Theresa, from Kansas, requested some heart-themed clock cards. This was also on my "to do" list, so I got busy. The cards include digital as well as analog times to the hour and half hour. (Common Core State Standard: 1.MD.3)
Use the cards for whole group assessing, flashcard reviews, or a bulletin board. Make extra sets; cut them up and use for puzzles and games such as Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?"
I've included blank clocks so students can fill them in, as well as a clockless set for you to program with whatever. Click on the link to view/download the Heart-Themed Clock Cards.
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1-2-3 Come Flip Flop With Me!
Tis the season for flip flops! I thought it would be fun to use them to make some fun CVC word actiities.
I put a CVC word on one flip flop and then "flip-flopped" it, (wrote it backwards) to make a new CVC word.
Surprisingly, a lot of the flips made real words and not just nonsense words, but even the nonsense words are a valuable resource and fun for your kiddo's.
I also ran into quite a few palindromes (words that are spelled the same backwards and forwards), which is an interesting vocabulary word for your students to explore as well.
The 63-page CVC Flip-Flop Word Activities Packet will help you with Common Core State Standard:RF.K.3c
The Packet Includes:
Click on the link to view/print the CVC Word Flip-Flop Packet.
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1-2-3, Come Slide With Me, To Study a Word Family!
My Y5's really enjoyed making "sliders." I named them that, because you slide a strip of paper through slits that then revealed something in the cut out "window."
I made sliders for lots of my report card standards: upper and lowercase letters, numbers, skip counting, counting backwards, shapes, colors, word wall words etc.
A slider was an especially successful way for my students to actually see, how a word family operated.
They liked seeing new words appear, as they slid their letter strip up and down.
To make a slider, simply run off the templates on construction paper. Students cut out and assemble.
Add pizzazz to their chick with wiggle eyes, a 3D beak, a yellow feather atop the head, and by folding the wings forward.
I added that finishing touch to the bunny, with wiggle eyes and a pink pom pom nose. Students can also glue a cotton ball to the back for a fluffy bunny tail.
Sliders are a wonderful way for discovering words that your students are not familiar with.
Add these to the vocabulary-building activities included in the packet like this sweet -ick ending word dictionary.
I often built vocabulary for a variety of themes and word families via a dictionary.
I've included a cover for both the -ick chick word family slider, as well as the bunny -op word family slider.
I hope your students LOVE learning new words as much as I do! One of my favorite things about the internet is the unbelievable amount of information available at the click of some keys.
While I was researching ick and op ending words I learned a few new ones I didn't know: snick, strop and swop!
There's also a worksheet in each slider packet, where students trace and then write the word family words in alphabetical order.
Because I thought it would be slick for students to skip count with their chick, I also included skip counting strips for 2's. 3's, 5's and 10's.
Click on the link to view/download the chick ick word family and skip counting sliders.
Click on the link to view/download the -op word family bunny slider packet.
If you like these spring sliders, you'll probably want to take a look at the sheep slider, featuring -eep Da -eap word family words. Click on the link to view/download it.
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars, Look How Far That You Have Come!
Whenever I got a chance, I plugged in nursery rhymes into my Y5’s day; I felt it was important to cover all sorts of genres.
Surprisingly, the longer I taught, the less little ones I found who knew nursery rhymes by heart!
I guess that sort of went the way of “I love to color!” and enjoying a coloring book.
I used to have an entire unit on nursery rhymes, but the school year zipped by so fast, that there was never enough time in May to get to everything I wanted to.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star can be plugged in anywhere during the year, as most teachers have a Star Student board, and as teachers, we are endeavoring to help those little ones, twinkle and shine their brightest.
This 12-page packet is a fun way to reinforce a variety of Common Core State Standards: L.K.2a, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a, RF.K3c, RF.K.2a, RF.K.1a, RF.K.1c, K.G.1
The packet includes:
When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group to reinforce and review concepts of print.
So that you are also covering more standards, point out spaces, capital letters, end punctuation etc.
Any of these items, make nice activities for your Daily 5 or word work.
Click on the link to view/download the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star activity packet.
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What Key Will Unlock The Secret Shaped Lock? What Will You Find When You Do?
Announce the booklet activity with that question, and I'm sure you'll have your students' attention. They LOVE a mystery.
When I owned an old Victorian house and renovated it to be the Hastings House gift shop, one of my best sellers in the “Kids’ Collection” were little metal locks.
I always let my own children “shop” the catalogs with me, to see what they’d want.
They were a great gage as to what other children would want too.
I never would have ordered the locks, because I had no idea what a child would do with them.
They came with a set of 2 little keys. Well, a zillion other kids liked those pretty-colored locks too; I used to order them by the gross every few months.
It was that memory, that inspired this little booklet, which I dedicate to my awesome adult “kids”.
It’s a fun way to review the various 2D shapes, including the pentagon, hexagon and octagon, as well as the Common Core State Standards: RF.K.3a, RF.K.1c, RF.K.3d, RF.K.3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a, K.G.2
Students read the simple sentences, helped by picture clues.
They trace and write the shape word, circle the capital letters and add the end punctuation, as well as cut and glue the key, to the matching numbered box in their booklet.
The last page offers some additional writing practice.
When everyone has completed their booklet, read it aloud as a whole group, to reinforce concepts of print, as well as reminding them that there are spaces between words, they read from left to right and from the top down.
Click on the link to view/download The Secret Shaped Locks easy reader booklet.
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