1-2-3 Come Do Some Lion & Lamb Activities With Me.
The simile “March roared in like a lion then left like a lamb” basically holds true for weather here in Michigan.
Because of that, I designed an entire “lion & lamb” weather-themed packet, which is very versatile.
It’s chock full of a huge variety of activities that are suitable for different grades & skill levels. (PK-3rd).
I introduce March with Marion Bauer’s book, “In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb”, which was the inspiration behind the “door dangler” writing prompt craft in the packet, as a lion comes knocking at a little boy's front door.
The story is wonderfully illustrated with short rhyming text, perfect for introducing metaphor & simile to older students as well.
“March comes with a roar. He rattles your windows and scratches at your door.
He turns snow to mud, then tromps across your floor.
March comes with winter clinging to his tail.
He scatters sleet and sometimes even hail.”
I designed a set of pocket chart cards for this, as well as made a collection of 32 photographs that depict a variety of "real" lion & lamb-like weather. There are 2-on-a-page for quick printing.
To whole-group assess their ability to identify, then classify the weather, I made a set of 6 lion & lamb Popsicle stick puppet pals. Choose your favorite or give children a choice.
Teacher shows a pocket chart, weather card.
Students decide if that type of weather is a lion or a lamb, flipping their “puppet paddle” accordingly.
You can also ask them about their current weather, or to vote whether they think March will come in like a lion or lamb, as well as predict what the weather will be on the last day of March.
I"ve included 3 graphing extensions for this.
The photo-posters can also be used like the weather cards. What clues in the photograph make them think that the weather is lamb-like, or was the result of a lion-kind of day.
The photographs can also be used to inspire a writing prompt, where kiddos pick a picture then make a list of adjectives that describe it, write a descriptive sentence, paragraph, poem or short story.
For an awesome bulletin board, display the photo next to students' completed work.
Younger kiddos can sort the pictures using the lion & lamb sorting mats. Make an extra set and cut them into puzzles to use for an independent center.
We also track the weather for the month of March with a "color, cut & glue" calendar worksheet, with a culminating math activity, which practices, counting, comparison, greater & less than, as well as tally marks & graphing.
Older students can record their data and analysis in the March Weather Journal, which is an interesting & fun diary-type writing assignment.
All of the activities come in color as well as BW for kiddos.
I've also included a super-fun variety of writing prompt craftivities.
The beauty of these "craftivities" is that they can be completed by little ones, as well as older students who will write more in-depth.
So that they fit your students' skill levels, I give you a list of writing prompt suggestions.
Simply pick which one's appropriate for your students or give them a choice.
I've also given you the ability to choose how you wish to display them.
To slide in the poetry genre, I've also included a poster-poem for William Cullen Bryant’s “Stormy March”.
There are 100+ pages of games, centers, whole-group activities, anchor chart-posters, worksheets, and Venn diagrams.
To save you even more time, I tucked in my completed writing sample templates, so you don't have to make up your own.
If your students are like mine, they'll give their "best effort" because these prompts are especially fun for them. Added bonus: completed projects make a terrific spring bulletin board.
Today's featured FREEBIE is "Wind Tricks" ; a 31-page poetry packet, which includes the games "Windy Words" and "Blow Some Words My Way", along with a variety of quick, easy and fun "rhyme time" activities. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
The weather finally feels like spring today (high 60s) so out to the garden I go for some much-needed clean up.
"Why try to explain miracles to your kids, when you can just have them plant a garden." -Robert Brault
1-2-3 Come Do Some Saint Paddy's Day Activities With Me
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so I've been busy designing a few things for that week. Today's blog features 4 of my favorites, plus the featured FREEBIE of the day.
First up is the quick, easy and fun "Pot Of Goals" writing prompt craftivity. Students complete the "goal" coin sentence prompts.
Coin Prompts: "I want to...", "I want to be...", "I want to go...", "I want to learn...", "I want to see...", "I want to read..."
Younger kiddos can dictate a one-word response, while older students also include a reason why.
So that you can program your own, I've also included a set of blank coins.
Mount on rainbow-colored construction paper, and hang in an arch in rainbow-color order, on a large wall.
Your title can be: "A Rainbow Of Wonderful Writing".
Next is a shamrock glyph, which is a super-fun little something to do on St. Paddy's Day, or whenever...
No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs. They are a quick, easy and interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions.
Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't, and are also an interesting way to get to know your students; plus completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different!
To practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students pick a partner to "interview", to help them figure out which glyph is their partner's. I've included a data collection worksheet for this, challenging them to try and solve the "mystery" with the least amount of questions.
I've also included 6, whole-group graphing extensions, to practice another math standard.
A Shamrock Venn Friend is also a super-fun way to get to know your students better. These too make an adorable bulletin board for March, and are a visual way to practice "comparison-contrast" writing.
Introduce the lesson with the "What's a Venn diagram?" poster, then have children partner up.
To help them do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.
Each student does their own "different" portion of their shamrock. Afterwards, the two-some glues their shamrock to the “pot of gold”, and takes turns filling in the “same” section oval, which is then glued to the top of the pot.
For that finishing touch, students color their leprechaun, add a school photograph on the leprechaun’s face, then glue it to their side of the Venn diagram.
For added fun, and to practice another standard that mixes math with literacy, I’ve also included a graphing extension.
Finally, the St. Paddy's-Themed CVC Word Packet is a personal favorite.
To break things down, the packet focuses on 100 CVC words that begin with the letters "L is for leprechaun"; "M is for March"; "P is for Patrick", and "S is for shamrock.”
The packet includes:
* A Celtic shamrock craftivity that reinforces CVC words beginning with the letter S
* A leprechaun craftivity that reinforces CVC words beginning with the letter L.
* I’ve also included dice and spinner games, plus …
* A whole-group "Feed the leprechaun” review game, with a matching, mini- independent "Feed the leprechaun" activity.
* Long and short vowel sorting mats, 5 bookmarks for CVC word writing, 26 alphabet shamrock cards, with 20 extra vowel shamrock cards, plus 4 CVC worksheets with 4 anchor chart answer keys. I've also included . . .
* 100 black & white “trace & write” CVC word cards, with covers to make Itty Bitty booklets, 100 mini-CVC word cards, and 100 full-color CVC word cards to use for flashcards, pocket charts, games, puzzles etc.
Finally, there's a "Super Shamrock Sentences” worksheet, 4-page tip list of ideas, games and activities to use the various word cards for, plus a certificate of praise for "wonderful word work."
Today's FREEBIE also has a St. Paddy's Day theme. It's a set of 16 number "strip" puzzles, which help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 10s to 100.
I've included full-color puzzles to use in a center, as well as some black and white ones, so that kiddos can make their own. They are vertical as well as horizontal.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.The sun is shining and even the tall, ugly piles of dirty snow have started to melt.
Hooray! Spring is finally on its way. Wishing you a carefree day filled with springtime fun.
"Spring: The season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth!" -Unknown
After reading Dr. Seuss's book, What Was I Scared Of? (Also found in The Sneetches) discuss what kinds of things people are afraid of and how they can overcome their fears.
After reading Dr. Seuss's If I Ran The Circus, have students transition to either of these interesting writing prompts. One is a class book. Choose which writing prompt you want your students to do. They complete their page and illustrate it. Collect and collate the pages. Read your class book aloud by having each student share the page that they wrote.
This is a take off of Dr. Seuss's book On Beyond Zebra, which is about all of the letters that come after Z. In the beginning of the story, Cornelius is bragging that he knows all of the letters from A to Z. He's shocked to find out that there are more!
After reading Dr. Seuss's ABC book, create a silly, creature-filled alphabet book of your own. Print and trim the mini letter tiles. Toss them into a Seuss hat. Students choose one, glue it to their page and think of a creature that starts with that letter.
1-2-3 Come Do S'more Seuss Activities With Me
To help get the wiggles out after story hour, we sang songs. Singing lightened up the day and taught a variety of skills.
With that in mind, I thought other teachers might be doing the same thing and looking for something with a Seuss theme, so I used the tune to B-I-N-G-O and substituted the letters with Seuss.
I've included letter cards, so that you can put them on your flannel or white board and then take one down as you sing each verse. (This is also a teachable moment for subtraction.)
As I was singing, to make sure of the beat, my husband walked in and started singing a goofy little ditty to the tune of Brother John, so of course I had that song stuck in my head and wrote a second Seuss song. Click on the link to view/download Some Seuss Songs.
I'm working on a list of characters and nonsense words in each book, (a massive under taking, so who knows when I'll finish!) To do so, I'm slowly reading all of the Seuss books that I have in my vast collection (almost 50).
Since I'm always multi-tasking, I jotted down writing prompts that popped into my head while reading. Here are a few that I've finished. These make wonderful class books, and there's more to come, so stay tuned!
First, hot off the press, is a class book entitled: Feature Creatures Plus One Teacher.
This is a different way to have students practice the alphabet, along with their writing skills, and is an interesting transition after you read Dr. Seuss's Alphabet book.
Make a copy of the letter tiles; toss them into a Seuss hat and have students pick a letter card and glue it to their page.
Children write their upper and lowercase letter on the blank and then think up a creature that starts with that letter, afterwards drawing a picture underneath. This should NOT be a real creature like Zz is for Zebra.
Students need to use their imagination and think up a silly creature just like Dr. Seuss does: "Ff Four fluffy feathers on a fiffer-feffer-feff." Pre-K kids can stop there, but encourage older students to write a few sentences.
Challenge them to use rhyming words, as well as some tongue-twisting alliteration, to make things more “Seussical."
For example, Zz is for a Zigglewag who likes to play wiggle tag. He eats zinnias, zingles and zag, all of which make me personally gag. or Bb is for Boomtoot, who's from Bangladoot and likes to eat fruit, especially bapples, belon and bloot.
I've included Suess-font letter cards, student and teacher writing pages, plus a sample. Click on the link to view/download the Feature Creatures Plus One Teacher class book.
Another Alphabet book I think your students will enjoy making is On Before Ant. This is a take off of Dr. Seuss's book On Beyond Zebra, which is about all of the letters that come after Z. In the beginning of the story, Cornelius is bragging that he knows all of the letters from A to Z.
He's shocked to find out that there are more! "Then he almost fell flat on his face on the floor, when I picked up some chalk and drew one letter more. A letter he never had dreamed of before..." like the letter Snee, which is for "...sneedle, a terrible kind of ferocious mos-keedle. Whose hum-dinger stinger is as sharp as a needle. "
All of these goofy letters have a name and symbol. I thought it would be fun to make a class book of all of the pretend letters that might possibly come before the letter A.
Run off copies of the inside page and have students think up a letter, design it, and then give an example of something that starts with that letter, finishing up with an illustration.
After students share their work, collect the pages, collate and make into a class book. Click on the link to view/download the On Before Ant class book.
Finally, another fun writing prompt has to do with Seuss's book If I Ran The Circus.
The packet includes a class book with two writing prompts to choose from, as well as a 3D cylinder "craftivity."
Students color and cut out their circus tent and then attach their completed writing prompt paper to either side, so that they can bend it into a cylinder shape.
The photo shows the various views of a completed project. Punch holes on either side, add a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling.
For that finishing touch, children add a toothpick flag, and then choose either a clown or a ringmaster to color and glue their photo on top of that face.
They glue "themselves" to the inside of the tent, so it looks like they are peeking out of the door flap. Click on the link to view/download the If I Ran The Circus Writing Craftivity packet.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away. For another cute Seuss writing prompt, scroll down and you'll find a 3D balloon "craftivity" perfect for Seuss's book Oh The Places You'll Go.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not!" -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Have Fun Becoming a Pirate and Writing With Me!
Since pirates continue to be an extremely popular theme, I've been working on a variety of activities this week.
I just completed these two, so if you are looking for a fun writing prompt before students leave for spring break, I think your students will enjoy making a class book entitled: Arrrr You Ready For Spring Break?
If your spring break has come and gone, you can make this booklet in May or June and have students write about what they are going to be doing over the summer.
This class book is entitled: Arrrr You Ready For Summer Vacation?
I've included insert pages for both. There's a girl pirate page, as well as one for the boys.
Students trace the beginning sentence and then complete the thought.
When they are done, they illustrate their page.
Make the book even more of a keepsake by having students glue their school picture over the face of the pirate and then color it.
Collect the pages, laminate and collate the book.
Make sure you do a sample for yourself as well.
When you read the book to your class, have each student come up and read their own page.
Making a monthly class book is a wonderful way to show student progress and are great items to set out for Parent-Teacher conferences.
Click on the link to view/print the Arrrrr You Ready spring and summer writing prompt packet.
Thanks for visiting today. Be sure and check back in a week to see what other pirate things I've designed, and if you're into "mustache mania" you'll love the mustache activities I'll be posting tomorrow!
Feel free to PIN anything you think others might find helpful.
"Don't ignore the small things. The kite flies because of its tail." -Hawaiian Proberb
Let’s celebrate the DAYS…
That’s it for the DAYS…
Now for the WEEKLY celebrations…
Celebrating all MONTH long:
I hope some of these national day, week and month-long celebrations get your students enthused about writing. I truly believe that if students are excited about a topic they will WANT to write. The more they write the better they'll get. The better they write, the more they'll want to write. It's like the proverbial snowball rolling down the hill.
Since it's almost springtime, let's use the analogy of a pebble thrown into a thawing pond where the ripples continue to reverberate! So, as always, by all means....
WRITE ON!For more writing prompts, click on the link. I've made a booklet that contains some for each month on a variety of topics!