1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet and Number Activities With Me
Amy, from Kentucky, asked if I was going to do a Kissing Hand -Themed activity packet for the alphabet, or one for counting & numbers that would match the trio that I posted this past week. Like me, she likes to teach a variety of standards using a theme.
I actually had one in the works, which includes both, and just finished it today! Woo hoo. This ABC-123, raccoon-themed packet, matches the other 3 “Kissing Hand” inspired packets: Literacy, Shapes & Where’s the Raccoon?
The ABC-123 includes the following:
3 sets of letter cards: uppercase, lowercase, & both UC & LC on one card, so you can play all sorts of games like Memory Match, “I Have; Who Has?”, Kaboom & Speed. I’ve included a 4-page tip list of ideas & directions.
An accordion-fold out, “trace the letters” booklet.
0-10, number & number word pocket chart cards, with a matching poster.
9 number puzzles (color + black & white) to practice numbers 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, as well as skip counting by 10s to 100.
Use for an independent center & games. Run off the black line ones for children to color, cut & make their own number puzzle.
Counting Kisses 0-10 poster, with a matching worksheet & game cards.
An accordion-fold out Counting Kisses booklet.
Large (8x10) Counting Kisses poster cards for numbers 0-10, with a matching set of 5x7 cards. Use as anchor chart posters & flash cards.
A matching booklet for students. They glue on the appropriate number of kiss “stickers”.
5 number worksheets.
2 roll & color games. You can also use these as “I Spy” game worksheets.
A letter poster showing the arrow directions to write letters, with a matching worksheet, along with 5 other alphabet worksheets.
2 “I Spy A Letter” game sheets for whole-group assessing upper & lowercase letters, with a recording sheet.
A raccoon “slider” craftivity for upper & lowercase letters, numbers 1-20, counting backwards from 10-0 & 20-0; plus slider strips for skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s. A quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess. Includes an assessment sheet.
Upper & lowercase assessment mats & recording sheets, along with a set of upper & lowercase Kissing Hand letter cards, and an alphabet matching game.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to take a peek at my newest Kissing Hand packet: ABCs & 123s.
However, since many teachers offer a bundle to give you added savings, I combined this new ABC-123 packet, with the Shape & "Where's the Raccoon?" packets.
You'll save $3 by buying the bundle, as this 247-page whopper, is only $10.95. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to check it out: Kissing Hand Bundle.
And now for today's featured FREEBIE: A "Dear Students..." poster. Perfect for back to school. Click on the link to grab it.
Well that's it for today. It's super-hot and muggy here in my little corner of the world.
Yuk! Humidity really zaps my energy, so it's time to escape for a dip in the the pool. Wishing you a refreshing day filled with Ahhhhh moments.
"The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it." -Woodrow Wilson
1-2-3 Come Make An ABC Flip Booklet With Me
My latest creation, ABC Flip Booklets, also match, which makes for nice coordinated center/station activities.
These “Flip Booklets” are a quick, easy & super-fun way to review lowercase letters.
They come in both color & black line. Color, so that you can make a sample to share, or an entire set of laminated ones, to use as a center/station activity.
Make an extra copy, put them on a split ring, and tuck in your classroom library.
The flip booklets also come in black and white, so children can color & create their own.
Assign a flip booklet, each time you’ve practiced that group of 4 letters.
Students can draw their own pictures on the blank template or color the black & white patterns.
So that you have more examples, and can build more vocabulary, I designed the black & white and full color sets, with different pictures.
Besides drawing or coloring a picture underneath a “flap”, another option, is to have students alphabetize the words of the pictures that are inside each letter. They write these under the flap.
For your convenience, I’ve also provided completed sample templates, with an alphabetical list of the words under the appropriate flap, so you can easily laminate and make a set for a reading or word work center.
The packet is 37-pages and can be found in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over: Alphabet Flip Booklets.
I sincerely hope that your students really enjoy practicing lowercase letters, beginning sounds, and vocabulary building, with an ABC flip booklet.
As always, I have a FREEBIE for you today as well.
This was a Pinterest inspired idea from a homeschool mom who put masking tape on her carpet to create a parking lot for her boys.
I wanted to make something permanent that teachers could use in their classrooms, so I made templates.
My kiddos LOVE this activity. Click on the link to grab this super-fun FREEBIE: Park It! An Alphabet Matching Game.It!
Thanks for visiting. It's time for a much-needed break, and to take Chloe, my poodle pup, for a walk before it rains.
Wishing you a carefree day, filled with marvelous moments.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet Activities With Me
Since the lowercase picture-word puzzles have been so popular, I decided to make a few more matching items.
I don't know about you, but I like when things are coordinated. This new packet is an Alphabet Poster Packet with 74-pages of goodies.
As with the puzzle packet, these items can also be used as an independent center or whole-group activity.
The packet includes:
26 (8x10) full-color lowercase letter posters.
Use them as toppers for your word wall letter columns, a border, bulletin board, or jumbo flashcards.
Laminate a set and put them in your alphabet center. Using a dry erase marker, students choose several cards and record other words that they can think of, or copy words from your word wall.
A set of full-color alphabet cards. Use them for Memory Match, “I Have; Who Has?” games, or put them on a split ring and use as flashcards.
I’ve included a 4-page tip list of what else to do with the cards, including more games, like Kaboom.
“Alphabetize the Words” game, with 140 mini word cards that match the pictures inside the letters, plus a blank template for you to program with more words from your word wall.
A boy and girl “ABC Look At Me” alphabetize the words, recording sheet.
Besides placing word cards on the various letter mats, students can also choose X number of cards and write them on their recording sheet in alphabetical order.
On the back, older students can use the words to make several sentences.
Two, “What letter is missing?” posters. Put one on the top and one on the bottom, with a set of the abc cards in alphabetical order in the middle.
Each morning ask students what letter is missing?
A “What letter is hiding?” poster. Hinge to the wall or your whiteboard with a piece of Scotch tape, so that it flips up.
Place one of the letter cards under it. Give 3 clues. Children try and guess what letter is hiding, before you flip it up to find the answer.
I've also included a word booklet where students can record words on the appropriate pages.
This packet matches the popular Alphabet (numbered strip) Puzzles, as well as the ABC Flip Up packet.
As you can see, the packet is very versatile. I think you'll find it extremely useful and a nice time saver.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop; 74-pages and just $4.95. Once laminated, you can use these items year-after-year!
As always, I have a FREEBIE for you too. There is so much "paper-stuff" we have to pass out to families during that first week of school.
So that parents aren't overwhelmed, and really DO read these important handouts, I made up an "ABC's of School Information Sheet."
It was very successful, and I received lots of complimentary feedback. The needless questions, because I had already covered "all that" in this note, pretty much ended too. I hope you find my sample useful in creating your own. Click on the link to grab this time-saving FREEBIE.
Thanks for visiting. It's a lovely summer day and time to get ready for our big, beach-birthday bash. I've reached the wonderful age of social security. Woo Hoo, happy that I don't feel 62.
I'm really looking forward to fun in the sun, with all of my adult children, their spouses and my grandchildren. Hopefully Lake Michigan has warmed up a bit, since it's been in the high 80's all week. Wishing you a relaxing and fun-filled weekend as well.
"To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude." -Jeanne Moreau
1-2-3, Come Make a Letter Shape House With Me
This quick, easy & fun little craftivity, reviews a variety of standards; more value for your "time buck".
Do this sweet craft when you're working on the letter H, shapes (twelve, 2D shapes are included) or doing social studies and studying about families, communities & neighborhoods.
To review more standards, when students share completed projects, encourage them to name the shapes & colors they chose, describing where they are located spatially. i.e. "My green rectangle door is beside the yellow window..." etc.
For a quick review, I've included 12, colorful flashcards featuring the 2D shapes. If you're also working with fractions, have students draw windowpane lines, "cut" their windows in half and then in quarters.
If you have "knows their address" as a standard, have students write theirs in the middle of the letter.
I've also included two worksheets in the packet as well.
For that finishing touch, add a school photo. Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board too.
To celebrate 300 followers, this is a special FREEBIE in my TpT shop. Simply click on the link to grab your copy today.
Thanks for stopping by. It's a beautiful 70 degrees today; the sun is shining and I'm feeling especially blessed. Wishing you a wonderful day.
1-2-3 Come Make a "Write & Wipe" Alphabet Binder With Me
I just completed a real time-saving, stress-buster packet. It contains all the pages you need to make a handy Write & Wipe Alphabet Binder. Why a traceable binder?
Emergency? Sick? The substitute can easily take out any worksheet and make copies.
Use them for finger tracing, word work worksheets, rainbow writing, Daily 5, table top lessons or whatever else you need.
Besides practicing lowercase letter formation, this binder also helps build vocabulary, aids in spelling, as well as beginning letter sounds that are associated with words.
Children follow the arrows and trace the words, trace the dotted line words, and end by writing the word. When they are done, they erase their work, so that the binder is ready for the next child.
I bought "dust mitts" at The Dollar Store for this. They are also great for your white boards. It's like a mitten that you put on. When they get dirty (and this will take months) simply take them home and toss them in the washer & dryer.
For more practice, have your students write the words on the bookmark-size recording sheets. If you want your kiddos to work on alphabetizing, have them write the words in alphabetical order.
I've included "How did you do?" answer keys, so that students can self-correct, circling any ones that they got out of order.
The packet also includes a section called "Box it up." Since some letters are tall and some are small and some have a tail; boxing up letters is helpful.
There are blank boxes for students to write the letters in, (much like an Elkonin box) as well as filled in boxes to use as answer keys. I purposely used a dashed font for these letters, so they can also double as trace and write worksheets too.
If filling in the blank templates is too difficulty for little ones who don't know how to spell yet, use the alphabet order answer keys as a word bank.
Most children find it fun to look at the bank and try to figure out which ones belong in the various boxes.
So that you can easily keep track of who has completed their letter work, children color in that particular letter on their ABC poster. Once completed, this will act like a certificate of praise. You can sign & date it and add a sticker for that finishing touch, then students can keep it in their writing journals.
It's like a puzzle. This latest creation is a whopping 184-pages, and on sale for just $4.95 in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over. ABC Write & Wipe Binder
Another thing you can put in this binder, are individual trace & write the letter worksheets. This is a FREE packet in my shop.
The Write & Wipe binder also matches the very popular alphabet puzzles, which makes for a nice coordinated center/station.
As always, there's a FREEBIE. Just like the FREE letter Aa Alphabet Word Puzzles, I pulled all of the letter Aa activities from this packet, so you can try them out.
I've also included 2 upper & lowercase "write & wipe" worksheets, and the full-color alphabet poster, which matches the puzzles.
Click on the link to grab a copy. FREE Letter Aa "Write & Wipe" mini packet. I've included a preview with it so that you can see photographs of my completed binder.
That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. It's my birthday today. Sixty-two used to sound so old, until you've hit that milestone!
I'm feeling pretty sassy for my age. It's time to get off the computer and go celebrate.
Wishing you a day filled with all that makes you happy.
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." -Oprah Winfrey
1-2-3 Come Make Some Letter Puzzles With Me
Woo hoo! I just finished another alphabet packet. I hope your little ones enjoy practicing letters with them, as much as I did designing the puzzles.
These letter puzzles are not only great as a center or word work activity, they make an inexpensive & fun gift for your kiddos for that special first day or week of school.
Print off each child's initial in color and laminate. Cut them apart, mix up the pieces and fasten with a paperclip. While you're doing all of those busy 1st-day activities, children can be putting their personal puzzle together.
Numbered strip-puzzles are a quick, easy & fun way to help your kiddos practice counting and sequencing numbers, as well as review lowercase letters and words that begin with that letter.
Each letter has a puzzle that counts by 1s to 10, counts backwards from 10 to 1 and skip counts by 10s to 100.
Make a laminated, full-color set, to use as an independent center, or do as a whole group activity.
For more word-work practice, older students cut their puzzle into strips, have them write the words that are featured in the picture.
After they have cut their puzzle into strips, they can write an additional word that begins with that letter, on the back of each strip.
For an interesting “craftivity” have students glue their puzzle to a sheet of brightly colored construction paper.
Remind them to leave a little bit of a gap between each section for an especially cool mosaic effect. Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.
Another idea is to make a student-made classroom border, by assigning a different letter to each child. These could also be used for the letters above your word wall.
This jumbo letter puzzle packet is in my TpT shop. It's a whopping 163-pages long and just $3.95. Click on the link to pop on over. As always, there's a FREEBIE. I pulled the 6, lowercase letter "a" puzzles, so you can try them out. Click on the link to grab them.
That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Time to take a much-needed break and go kayacking with my hubby. Such a peaceful activity once you hit the water. Wishing you a lovely day.
"Summer: If you're not barefoot, you're over-dressed." -Unknown
7 pages. Number puzzles are a quick, easy and fun way for children to practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10 to 1, and skip counting by 10s to 100.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Letter Activities With Me
Every year I had at least 3 or more kiddos that consistantly reversed the letters b and d. Most of the other children, at one time or another, had also been a bit confused with these similar-looking letters; many had to pause and think about which was which, before they wrote.
Because of that, I taught b and d together when we worked on letter of the week. All they needed was a little tip or trick that they could remember and the confusion ended. With that in mind I designed a jumbo Taking the Confusion Out Of b & d packet.
I'm beyond relieved that it's done, as it took a zillion hours of research and work.
Like most of my projects, I started out designing a "few posters" and things morphed into so much more; a few hours turned into an entire week!
I really hope you find it beneficial. I know in my heart that your kiddos will enjoy the projects.
I truly believe the more you immerse children in a variety of engaging letter activities, the easier it is for them to learn, as well as differentiate.
The packet is chock full of a huge variety of all sorts of different, interesting and fun activities: worksheets, games, posters, tips, craftivities, graphs, assessments, stories, songs, emergent readers, puzzles; and even a maze, Venn diagram, some graphic organizers and a nursery rhyme thrown in!
Select what’s appropriate for your kiddos to use for: table top lessons, homework, partner play, games, a sub folder, early finishers, assessing, or centers.
Many completed activities make awesome bulletin board displays as well.
I think I’ve stuffed just about everything you’ll ever need, for helping students to differentiate between the lowercase letters b and d, with plenty left over to use for your individual letter of the day/week activities.
Whether it’s a “bat and ball”, “bunny and dog”, “drum and stick”, “dish and spoon”, “handy hands”, “bulldog”, “baby b & daddy D”, a “closed and open mouth”, “Here’s looking at you”, or a “doorknob and door”, one will click for your kiddos, and I’ve included all of them in this packet.
To help further reinforce the memory tactic, for every tip-trick, there’s a poster, as well as matching worksheets and activities.
So that you can reinforce more than one standard, math skills like counting, adding, subtracting, greater & less than, as well as graphing, shapes andtally marks, are all incorporated in some of the activities and worksheets.
Because the world is not made up entirely of “Times New Roman”, a variety of fun fonts are incorporated as well.
I have so many "favorites" in this packet, but one of the things I really enjoyed dreaming up, was the silly "b is for bubble gum" and "d is for Doofus the dog" stories. I hope they make you smile.
To conserve paper and ink, I also designed many of the worksheets with two, even 3 on a page. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop, and arm yourself with an arsenal of creative and fun ways, to end the confusion of b & d.
Because the initial packet got so big, my husband thought I should divide it into two, not an easy task, but worth doing. The best deal is to buy the "Bundle" which includes both packets and is a whopping 294 pages long! You save $4 by doing this, as it's just $9.95.
As always, I have some FREEBIES for you too. I selected my 7 original tip posters, for taking the confusion out of b & d and included those in a mini packet. Click on the link to grab it.
I introduce "Pinch & Pokes" as well as "Rip & Tears", in the jumbo b & d packet as well. They are a great way to strengthen finger and hand muscles, so important in pre-writing. My Y5's and kinders absolutely LOVED doing them!
Completed R & T's make awesome bulletin board displays too. Click on the link to get your FREE 34-page upper and lowercase letter packet and let the muscle building begin.
That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I have a zillion "I want to make this" piles on my desk, so it's time to get down to business.
However, the summer sunshine is calling me, via the beautiful breeze coming through my office window; so perhaps a walk with Chloe, my poodle pup, might come first. Is summer going way too fast for anyone else out there?
"Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne." -Bryan Procter
1-2-3 Come Make An Alphabet Paperclip Pal With Me
One summer I was attaching an upper & lowercase letter bookmark to my open house packet. As I slipped the paperclip over the bookmark, I saw the possibilities of children sliding the paperclip across the bookmark to "frame" a particular set of letters.
Thus, 14 years ago, the Paperclip Alphabet Pal was born. I have since updated "Willie the Worm", and designed 37 Paperclip Pals for my latest alphabet packet.
I hope your kiddos have as much fun with their alpha-pal bookmarks, as I did designing the assortment. They are a super-fun way for your kiddos to practice recognizing upper and lowercase letters.
Choose a pal that fits your needs or theme. Run it off on construction paper or card stock and trim.
Students add some color with crayons or markers. For some of the pals they also cut and glue.
Pass out large paperclips. Students attach it to their "bookmark".
Play “I Spy" with them by calling out a letter. Children manipulate the paperclip, sliding it over the letters ’til they find the appropriate one. The upper and lowercase letters should be peeking through the “window” of the paperclip.
Paperclip Alphabet Pals are a quick, easy and interesting way to whole group assess as well. After a letter is called and found, students raise their bookmark in the air. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
I’ve included a recording sheet for this, as well as an assessment. Later, you can work one-on-one with struggling students to individually assess all of the letters, pinpointing specific problems.
Children can also partner up and play the I Spy game together.
By having made notes with the whole group game, you can now put a stronger child together with a struggling one.
Use the Paperclip Pal for spelling too. Little ones can practice spelling their names, while older students can practice a spelling list with a partner.
Manipulating a paperclip by pinching and moving it, provides good practice to help strengthen finger muscles, which will improve coordination and dexterity so important for pre-writing.
There are 37 Paperclip Alphabet Pals to choose from. You can run them off and give students a choice, or choose one that’s appropriate for a particular season or theme.
They come in full color as well as black and white. I made colorful ones, so that you can give them as a little gift for the first day of school. These can be laminated then trimmed.
Later, pick something different, and have children make one of their own.
There’s also an assortment for Halloween and Valentine’s Day, so that you can pass them out as gifts or prizes to celebrate those holidays, plus an elf-themed one you can give as a special surprise, if you do Elf on a Shelf activities.
I’ve also included a blank one so that children can design their own, or have them glue their school photo at the top to make a special keepsake.
For additional practice, students can make an extra one to keep at home . I’ve included a note home explaining this, as well as a recording sheet, plus a classroom chart and certificate of praise.
Ten worksheets also provide additional practice.
The tongue-twisting, Paperclip Alphabet Pal Packet, is a whopping 86-pages long and just $3.95 in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over.
You can use these as homework, anchor charts, student-made posters, table top worksheets, something for early finishers, or a tool for individually & whole group assessing.
Play an "I Spy" game with them and have students cover the called out letter with a paperclip; or run them off and tuck them in your sub folder. Click on the link to grab a copy.
That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. It's really hot today (pushing 90) so I think I'll stay put and chill in the comfort of my air conditioned office, "playing" with my school supplies designing more fun stuff, as I listen to the relaxing sounds of the surf.
"Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon." - C. Day Lewis
1-2-3 Come Do Some Alphabet Activities With Me
Woo hoo! I just finished another alphabet-themed packet. This one features alphabet wheels, and is chock full of activities, worksheets, assessments, games, goodies and fun!
It's a whopping 190 pages long! I never set out to create anything more than 20-30 pages, but then I get on a roll, and one thing leads to another, 'til I finally have to say that's it, and endeavor to turn the creative juices off.
I'm relieved to get it done, as the "Turn While You Learn" picture wheels, nearly drove me insane.
Lots of tweaking to get the layout just right, so that the letter, as well as the matching picture would show up in the middle of the appropriate window.
I have 3 FREEBIES from the packet that I'm offering in this blog, as I tell you a bit about my latest labor of love.
Alphabet wheels are that "something different" that will get your kiddos excited about learning to recognize letters. The wheels have been around in some form since the 70's, when I made my first one in college for a methods class.
They are a super-fun way to whole group or individually assess a variety of alphabet standards. I've designed my alphabet wheels so that your kiddos can practice uppercase letters or lowercase letters by using an apple "pointer" that's attached to the center of the wheel.
They can also match the lowercase letter to the uppercase letter using two wheels. Finally, children can match a picture to a lower or uppercase letter, to practice letter sounds, as well as words that begin with that letter.
Make a "triple wheel" by combining all of the wheels, so you can practice all three alphabet skills.
There are 5 large picture wheels all with different pictures to better increase vocabulary and letter-to-word association. (Color plus black & white).
I've included directions for whole group assessing with the alphabet wheels, an assessment recording sheet, plus a note home to parents, enlisting their help for a struggling child.
Besides these items, the packet also includes the following:
An Alphabet Poster Game, with 20-template options, including pictures (black & white + color), words, uppercase letters and lowercase letters.
There's an alphabet recording-sheet bookmark, 2 “Trace & Write” letter worksheets, and 4 “I Spy A Letter” game worksheets. (Great for whole-group assessing) Includes an assessment recording chart.
I designed the "I Spy" worksheets so that you can reuse them 6 times!
As a different way to practice, which strengthens finger muscles and improves dexterity, I designed a Clothespin clip apple center/station activity/game. Click on the link for this FREEBIE.
Since my kinders studied letters through November, I've also included a clothespin clip pumpkin game as well. Click on the link for FREEBIE #2.
As promised, the 3rd FREEBIE is a set of apple alphabet cards.
There are 3 full-color sets: uppercase, lowercase, & both (Aa), with a 4-page tip list of how to use the cards. Includes a blank (black and white) template, so students can make their own, as well as the "Kaboom" game.
There are 3 other games as well:
The “Spin & Win Wheel Fun” game, is an independent-worksheet, that uses a paperclip and a pencil to make a spinner. It's a "no-prep" print and go activity.
“The Wheel Deal” Wagon wheel worksheet game, is played 4 times with various partners.
The “Wheeler Dealer What’s the Word?” game, is played in teams and reinforces letter recognition, beginning sounds, sight words and spelling.
It includes 182-pocket chart word cards that match all of the pictures for all of the wheels.
Finally, there are bookmarks, certificates of praise, and award ribbons, to use as incentives or "paper prizes" for the games or whatever. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to take a look.
That's it for today. I hope you can pop by tomorrow for more goodies and another FREEBIE. It's a gorgeous sunshine-filled morning.
The birds are singing a serenade and the bulldozer next door is adding to the summer symphony. Wishing you a beautiful day.
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. " -John Lubbock