1-2-3 Come Do Some Fun Wind-Themed Activities With Me
Incorporating a variety of genre is one of our standards. It's difficult to cover separate units for all that's required, so I offer a variety of genres within each of my monthly-themed units.
I love poetry, particularly poems that rhyme, but finding age-level appropriate ones that match a theme, is not an easy task.
Since March is a very windy month here in the Midwest, I have a brief, wind-themed mini unit, that I toss in on the tail end of our kite unit. (No pun intended!)
With that in mind, I designed the Wind Tricks poetry packet to go along with my other wind-themed activities. I hope you find it helpful.
I came across this poem years ago, and even with the help of massive search engines, I still have not discovered the author.
I chose this poem because it's short, simple, incorporates rhyme and more than half the words that are in the poem, also appear on the Dolch word lists.
The packet includes:
An anchor-chart Wind Tricks poster-poem. Hang it up and read it to your class, then read as a whole group.
Six large (full-color) pocket chart cards, featuring each stanza. Use these for a whole group activity as well.
Using dry erase markers, call on children to correct beginning capitalization and add end punctuation.
I've also included a small set of matching pocket chart cards which fit on one page.
So that students can read and correct their own poem, I made a black and white "emergent reader" set of cards, which they can color, trim and collate into a booklet.
The packet also has 2 sizes of 34-mini word cards, using the words from the poem. (18 are Dolch Words.)
One of the ways you can use them is with the Mr. Windy envelope.
Pass the mini word cards out to students and then have them "feed" the Mr. Windy "Blow some words my way" envelope or use them to play the Windy Words game.
The Windy Words game is a bit goofy, but I'll try just about anything to get my kiddos excited about reading and writing.
No matter what grade I taught, from PK through college, my students always enjoyed my silly, but educational games.
Children make their own "Windy" by poking a straw through Mr. Windy's mouth. I used a red strip of paper and taped it to the table.
Adjust the game to suit the age of your students. Toss the word cards on the table, or leave them in a pile.
Who can blow the most words across the line? Can they read all of the words that they blew over the line? Have them choose 3-5 words and use them to make up sentences.
As a math extension, have each student count and then record on the “Tally Ho” sheet, how many words they blew across the line.
Use tally marks then add up a grand total of how many words the entire class blew over the line. (Recording data, using tally marks, as well as skip counting by 5s are all practiced.)
There are other uses for the cards too. Put them in alphabetical order; sort them by long and short vowels; or sort them by parts of speech.
If you have the time, and don't mind a messy, but awesome craftivity, reuse the Windy Word straws to make a "Windblown" Hair-Raising Portrait.
I found this adorable picture on Pinterest, with a broken link, but it's exactly what I had in mind. For easy clean up, lay newspaper on your worktable and use a cardboard box as a "security wall" to catch splatters.
Students can draw their own face on a sheet of white construction paper, or run off my template. Children add facial features and color their "head".
To make a "bad hair day doo" arrange a rainbow of colored plops of paint around the top of the head. (I use watered-down acrylics, because they are inexpensive, washable, and fast drying.)
Children use their straw to gently blow the paint in an upward direction to make "strands" of "hair".
Set aside to dry and later have children mount their creation on the top of the writing prompt: "I'm having a bad hair day when..." or something to do with wind or the Wind Tricks poem. They could also write the poem on the back or whatever words you want them to work on.
Anna, over at the Imagination Tree did some cool abstract straw blown paintings with her girls. For more "straw art" click on the link for a very pinteresting board I discovered while doing research.
Since this is a rhyming poem, I also included some Rhyme Time activities for the words in the poem that rhyme with day, street, and dance, which include anchor-chart posters, featuring the alphabetical lists of the words that I thought of.
This is a great way to build vocabulary, and fits in nicely with your Daily 5 word work activities.
Finally, I included a "What is Genre?" explanation, with an emphasis on explaining the poetry genre. (Nice for giving your students some background.)
Click on the link to view/download the Wind Tricks poetry packet and let the fun begin. To see all of my wind-themed FREEBIES click on the link to pop over to that section of TeachWithMe.
For more educational "pinspiration", free ideas, activities and crafts on my Pinterest boards, click on the link. I have one specifically for Windy March.
Thanks for visiting. Time to run. My 2-year-old grandson is coming to Nana's to play this morning. I think baking some cookies is in order.
Although he loves drinking with a straw and blowing bubbles, and truly enjoys craftivities with me, I'm not quite ready for a "mess-terpiece" today. Wishing you a delicious day filled with giggles.
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean
1-2-3 Come Study Shapes With Me!
This 40-page packet will help you review Common Core Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, RF.K.1a, RF.K.3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a, K.MD.3, 1.MD.4, 1.G.1
with quick, easy and fun ways to review 2D shapes.
The packet includes:
Click on the link to view/download the Pig Shape Packet.
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" To teach is to learn twice over." -Joseph Joubert
1-2-3 Come Play Word Games With Me.
You will really like the versatility of this 109 page word packet!
Students can sort words by vowel sounds, word families, nouns, verbs, plurals, school words, calendar words, seasonal words, rhyming words, colors, numbers, shapes, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms etc.
There are 31 sorting baskets to choose from + a blank basket to program with whatever.
Using brown construction paper, simply print off whatever baskets you want to use; laminate them, cut them out and attach a large paper cup to the back using a bit of tape.
Print off the word eggs on a variety of construction paper colors, laminate and cut out.
Students can work in groups or individually, to sort a dozen or so words, dropping them in the cup and then rotating to another basket when they are done.
Children can also alphabetize a group of egg words.
I've included CVC words, sight words, over 40 word families, + all of the Dolch word list words, as well as all of the Dolch nouns; for a total of 1,180 word eggs! Sixteen eggs are on a page for easy printing.
There's also a blank set of eggs that you can program with your spelling words etc.
Click on the link to view/download A Tisket A Tasket Word Cards in a Basket packet.
"A-tisket a-tasket A green and yellow basket. I wrote a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it. I dropped it, I dropped it and on the way I dropped it. A little boy picked it up and put it in his pocket."
Punctuation Popsicle Stick Paddles
Teaching punctuation can be pretty dry and boring for little ones, and assessing it can be time consuming.
I've designed Punctuation Paddles that solve both problems!
They also help review: Common Core State Standards: RF.K3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a
Punctuation paddles are quick and easy to make and a super-fun way for students to learn about end punctuation. They also make a terrific whole-group assessment tool.
All 3 punctuation marks are on one Popsicle stick (it's a tri-fold).
I jazzed mine up with crayons, glitter glue, rhinestones and wiggle eyes.
I've incorporated Dolch and word wall words in the simple sentences. Print and laminate the monthly cards.
Teachers read a card; students twirl their Popsicle stick so that the correct punctuation faces forward, and hold it up in the air.
Teachers can see at a glance, who does not have the correct answer and jot down notes of who needs help.
Teachers then show their students the card, and choose a child to correct the capitalization errors. They are sometimes not just the first word. Students write in the appropriate end punctuation.
The teacher can also print more cards and pass them out to students. so they can work on them for a Daily 5 activity, or play with a partner.
Packet includes: Directions and patterns for 10 punctuation paddles. (September through June), + 50 sentence cards. (5 for each month.)
Click on the link to view/download the Monthly Punctuation Paddles.
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Come ABC With Me!
Boy do I have a terrific alphabet packet for you today!
It’s a whopping 90 pages long and took me a zillion hours to complete!
It was worth it though, because you can do so many things with it!
The packet is an outstanding way to help your students match letters and pictures to words and their sounds and incorporates a variety of standards.
The packet includes:
Many of these activities are great for your Daily 5 “Word Work.”
Click on the link to view/download the Alphabet Letter, Picture and Word packet. I hope you enjoy it!
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“The bad news is that time flies, The good news is that you’re the pilot.” –Michael Altshuler
Let's Go! Let's Get Out In That SNOW!
Yesterday I updated and posted the ordinal number winter poster packet to rave reviews. (Thanks! So glad you liked it. I guess lots of teachers & parents were in the same boat. ) This sort of “What goes on next?” always helped my Y5’s and expedited things, so we could waddle out for recess before the bell rang to come back in!
I decided to follow that up by updating an emergent reader booklet on the same subject, that will help you review Common Core State Standards: RF.K1a, RF.K1c, RF.K3c, L.K2a, L.K2b
Like the poster, the booklet helps your students identify winter clothing words and the order clothes should be put on. Students correct the sentences by adding ending punctuation and a capital letter to the beginning word.
They trace and then write the ordinal number, as well as the article of clothing that is put on.
Students use pictures as clues to read the sentences, as they cut and glue other pictures to the matching numbered boxes. This packet is great for your Daily 5 word work activities.
There are 58 words in the booklet, 30 of which are Dolch sight words. I've included 58 traceable word cards to practice with, as well as worksheets involving contractions also found in the booklet, plus some word work with compound words.
Since the booklet is all about getting ready to go out to play in snowy winter weather, I thought it would be fun to see how many compound words starting with the word snow, I could come up with.
Can you think up more than my 15? I’d love hearing from you! I still don’t understand why snow pants is not a compound word! Anyone have an answer to that? firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment here.
The packet also includes:
Click on the link to view/download the Let’s Go! Let’s Play In The Snow Easy Reader Booklet Be sure to scroll down for yesterday's article "This Is How We Get Ready" if you missed it, and grab the matching FREEBIES.
Thanks for visiting. My feet have hit the floor running today, as my Christmas decorations need to be taken down and packed away, along with a myriad of other things. Anyone else hate that job?
“Leave as little to chance as possible. Preparation is the key to success.” –Paul Brown