1-2-3 Come Learn Contractions and Color Words With Me!
I wanted to make another activity to help students learn and practice contractions. Since spring is just around the corner, I thought I'd design contraction eggs. You can use them for Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham lessons or someting related to spring or Easter.
Because they are often seen "cracked" open, the halves aspect of the egg was a perfect vehicle to show the contraction on one half of the egg, and the words that are involved, on the other half.
If you need a transition activity after reading Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, then run the templates off on various shades of green. You could also revisit this activity for St. Patty's Day too.
If you'd like it to be an activity students can do through out spring, then run off the templates on a variety of bright and pastel colored construction paper. You can keep the laminated eggs in a basket.
I've included a blank set of eggs for you to program with upper and lowercase letters, word wall words, spelling words, equations or whatever else you can think of, to make games for your students.
The "Contraction of the Day" poster egg, is a way you can feature a different half egg each day. Students figure out what contraction or set of words should be on the other half. I've also included over 20 other ideas that you can use these contraction eggs for, in a tips list, which includes games like Kaboom.
Click on the link to view/download the Egg Contraction Packet.
Another egg activity that I think your students will enjoy is an egg color matching game.
Students can match either the colored egg yolk to the color word, in a face up fashion, or flip the cards over and match a colored egg with a color word egg, as a Memory Match game.
If you have plastic eggs, have students twist them apart and match the colors and color words that way. Students can also play "I Have; Who Has?" i.e. "I have the color word egg yellow. Who has the yellow egg?"
Click on the link to view/download the Egg Colors Packet.
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1-2-3 Come Fly Away With Me!
This adorable hot air balloon is a quick and easy writing “craftivity.” The 3 sides of the balloon each hold a different writing prompt, that your students will enjoy doing.
One side says, A place I’ve been is . . . I like it because . . . Another side says: My favorite place to go is . . . because . . . Finally, the 3rd balloon says, A place I’d like to go is . . . because. . .
To make these cuties, simply run off the balloon templates on a variety of colored construction paper. If you want the balloons to be of the same color scheme as the book, then you need to run off pink, powder blue, light green, orange, yellow and light purple.
Students take one of each writing prompt and complete it. Remind them to have spaces between their words, use proper capitalization and include end punctuation, so that you're covering those common core state standards as well.
Afterwards, students fold the balloons and glue, ½ of each one, to the other, so that the balloon now has 3 sides. This is a lot easier for students to do, if you demonstrate how it’s done.
If you look closely at the photograph I took in the mirror, you can see the green side of the balloon in the picture as well as the back of the basket.
Run off the basket on brown construction paper. Students need a right and left basket, so that when they glue it together they fit, so that you can also view the basket from the front or back.
Punch a hole at the top of the basket, on either side. Tie a piece of yarn on both sides. So they don't show, these ends will be tucked inside the rectangular opening of the balloon.
It's nice if students can have 2 of the same photo, so their "body in the basket" also has a front and a back. Insert yarn ends INSIDE the base of the balloon. You may want to use a bit of Scotch tape.
Punch a hole in the top of the balloon, in the middle, and tie on a piece of yarn. These look wonderful suspended from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download the Oh The Places You’ll Go Writing Prompt Balloons.
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1-2-3 Come Tell Time With The Lorax And Me!
I think the Truffula trees are really cute. When I was paging through the book, The Lorax, I loved all of the pastel colors. What a pretty place to visit.
The trunks seemed to be a great vehicle for digital time, so I decided to design a telling time game, with a Lorax clock, that would be nice practice for telling time to the hour. There are 2 different games in the It's Truffula Time packet.
In the first game, students play in groups of 2-4, taking turns spinning the Lorax clock. Whatever analog time they land on, they trace the digital time on their Truffula tree trunk.
Students can also use the Lorax spinner clock, to write numbers on their mini-clock recording sheet. For this game, they can substitute dice for a spinner, rolling first 1 die for clock times 1-6.
After they have filled in all of those times, students then roll 2 dice, and add them together, to get the times greater than 6.
If you want students to practice more analog time, simply add a small paperclip with the larger one, to make hands on the clock. After students have recorded their number, they show that time on the Lorax clock.
Students can use your sample clocks that you've made for the game, or if you have time, allow students to make their own clocks. It's a great way to whole-group assess.
You can run the Trufulla tree tops on copy paper and have students color, cut and glue their tree top to their digital answer sheet, or to expedite things, and add a bit more pizzazz, you can run the master off on yellow, turquoise and pink construction paper.
Students choose a top and trim it. Click on the link to view/download the Lorax Truffula Telling Time packet.
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1-2-3 Come Shape Up With The Lorax And Me!
Since the Silly Shaped Penguins have been such a huge success, I thought I'd try to make something similar, with a Seuss character. The Lorax, because he's already an oval, was the perfect fit.
You can make a set and simply use them as shape anchor charts, for a fun review, during Seuss Week or March is Reading Month, or you can have students choose their favorite shape and make their own.
I've included 2 different mustache patterns for you to choose from. One says, "I mustache you what shape am I?" and the other one is plain.
I personally love the play on words and think students will think that is sort of cornball fun too.
If you want to add a bit of keepsake value to their shape, have them pick a partner, so they can trace each other's hand, on a folded-sheet of yellow construction paper.
Keeping the paper folded, they only have to cut once, making 2 hands that are perfect for a Lorax mustache.
Start off by reading The Lorax and asking students what shape he is. Show them your samples and ask them which they like the best.
You could graph this for an easy math extension. Simply hang the Lorax shapes on the white board, and write students' names under whatever one they like the best.
Tell the students that the Lorax ate some leaves from the Truffula tree and has Truffulaitis, which made him lose his normal shape.
They can help him return to the real Lorax, by completing the Lorax Shape Mystery easy reader.
Show your sample and explain what you want them to do. i.e. circle the capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the shape word, trace and draw the shapes etc.
As children complete their Lorax easy reader, they can make a Lorax shape of their choice. Run the templates off on orange paper.
Children can add wiggle eyes, and accordion folded, construction paper arms and legs. Suspend the Lorax shapes back-to-back from the ceiling, or mount them on a pastel blue bulletin board, flanked by truffula trees.
Your caption could be: "Reading Really Gets Us In Shape!" Click on the link to view/print the Lorax Shape Packet.
Finally, another sweet Lorax "craftivity" is making a mustache/moustache to launch a writing prompt. It's an interesting and "Suessical" way of doing things that I think your students will enjoy.
For an adorable bulletin board, take everyone's photograph wearing their mustache and put it next to their writing. Your bulletin board title could be the same question you are asking: "We mustache you, would you save a truffula tree?"
Flank the board on either side, with 2 colorful truffula trees, made out of strips of neon-colored tissue paper, and rolled up green bulletin board paper for the trunk, that you can stripe with brightly colored boarder. Click on the link to view/download the Lorax Writing Prompt packet.
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1-2-3 Come Make A Flip Hat With Me.
I got the idea to make hat flip books from Mrs. Zrihen over at A Teachers Treasure. She teaches 6-8 grade reading and made one for figurative language. Click on the link to check out her creative blog.
My wheels were of course turning, of what I could do for lower elementary, so I whipped together this one on coins.
The Cent-sational Seuss hat is a quick and easy little activity for your Seuss unit that will help review coins in a fun way.
Students cut their cover into flaps and glue it to the edge of their hat, so that when they flip a stripe over, it reveals the appropriate coin that they've glued and how much it's worth.
Completed projects make a great spring bulletin board. Click on the link to view/download the Cent-sational Seuss hat.
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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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1-2-3 Come Be A Thing With Me!
Seuss was always on the loose in my classroom for March.
I think I own every book Dr. Seuss ever wrote.
One of my favorite theme days was Cat In The Hat Day. It was school wide, so everybody was in on the fun.
I think it’s more interesting for students, if you can add a “craftivity” to a writing assignment, sort of like an illustration.
I think it motivates them to get down to the business of writing, so that they can go to the “craftivity” center afterwards to complete their assignment.
After reading the Cat In The Hat story, my Y5’s often said they liked Thing 1 and Thing 2 even better than the cat!
Since the duo is so popular, I thought it would be fun for students to become Thing 3.
I’ve designed 2 body templates for your students to color. One is a full body, as a small blue hand, which is the hair of Thing 3 will fit on.
Since older students have bigger hands, I also made a partial body template.
Children can take turns tracing each other’s hands on a blue sheet of construction paper, or you can have a room helper trace them, as well as cut them out.
I recommend the 2nd alternative to expedite things with little ones, as well as insure that the hand looks like one, after they start snipping away.
Enlarge your students school photo, or take a head shot of them and print them off.
I pre-cut them into the shape of an oval, for the same reasons stated above.
Children glue their hand to the neck of Thing 3 and then glue their picture in the center of the hand., and then color their Thing 3.
This is the cover of their “Something” booklet.
Run off copies of the writing page. Students fill in their answers to the 6 writing prompt questions.
You can collect all of the pages and collate them into a class book, or mount their writing on Seuss-colored construction paper (red, blue, yellow, green) and then staple the pages next to their “craftivity” on a black-background bulletin board.
There are lots of Seuss borders available that will add the finishing touch around the b. board.
Click on the link to view/download the Thing Three Something Booklet.
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