1-2-3 Come Make An Alphabet Booklet With Me
This emergent reader is a wonderful activity to do before or after your zoo field trip, as most of the letters are associated with an animal. This colorful FREEBIE is part of my jumbo (200-page) "Wild About the Alphabet packet in my TpT shop.
I have another cover that doesn't say zoo and is simply an ABC book, if you prefer that. The FREEBIE is in color, but I also have a black & white version, so that students can make their own booklet to trace, write and color.
To practice comprehension, ask students which letters didn't have an animal associated with them, like Ii is for ice cream, or which animals would they probably not see at a zoo, like a dog or cat.
The packet also includes an alphabet anchor chart/poster in color. I have a black and white student version in the big Wild Packet.
Posters can also be used as an assessment tool, or to play an "I spy" game. Simply call out a letter; children find and color the animal associated with it.
Continue saying a letter 'til all of them have been colored in. This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess.
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"The city is not a concrete jungle; it's a human zoo." -Desmond Morris
1-2-3 Come Do Some Zoo Animal Activities With Me
Are you planning a year-end field trip to the zoo? If so, I think you'll enjoy looking over these before and after-you-go, zoo activities.
Studying a variety of animals was always a fun theme for my Y5's and me. I didn't have a specific zoo theme with them, because I didn't want to steal the thunder from our first grade teachers. When I taught 1st grade that field trip was a much-looked-forward-to "ed-venture," culminating with our animal reports.
However, I know that lots of preschoolers and kinders all over the map visit the zoo, especially at the end of the year. After all, June is National Zoo Month, so why not! With that in mind, I decided to whip together some "zoo stuff" that you could review with your kiddos before their trip, as well as some activities you could do with them afterwards.
I have a huge collection of animal and zoo books, so I thought I'd make an alphabetical list of all my super-duper zoo-per favorites. It was a difficult task narrowing down my 3 boxes of these themed books, but I finally came up with 90.
I always tried to read some non-fiction books along with all the wonderful fictional storybooks, and have included them in my list, such as the job of a zookeeper. If you do a community helpers unit, these would be quick and easy read-alouds for that too. Click on the link to view/download the list of 90 Favorite Zoo books.
I really enjoy making templates for programmable notes home to parents, using cute clip art, so I whipped together a "We're Goin' On A Fieldtrip" form featuring dj Inkers sweet creatures.
Simply write in your data and you're good to go. Another item in the Zoo Fieldtrip Packet are some zoo scavenger hunts.
I sent my students on all sorts of scavenger hunts throughout the year.
They truly enjoyed them and learned a lot along the way, so I designed two zoo scavenger hunts that involve the alphabet.
I never liked to have my students holding things in their hands when we were on a field trip, stuff got dropped and slopped or lost.
Tears would ensue and something that was meant to be helpful became a hindrance.
Thus I suggest sharing the scavenger hunt with children before hand, so they are aware of what they need to be on the look out for.
Teachers can carry a copy on a clipboard with an attached pen. When someone spies something that begins with that letter or is on the list, you can check it off, circle it, or jot it down depending on what form you choose to use.
Once back, students can circle animals that they saw that are on the alphabetical list, or they can fill in something that they saw that begins with each letter of the alphabet.
You can make this a bit more interesting by having a competition between your students or another class that also went on the field trip, to see who got the most points.
Since we have a huge Hispanic population in our school, I tried to teach some Spanish words with each unit. My students really enjoyed learning new words and parents were pretty impressed when they shared their new-found vocabulary at home.
With this in mind, I included a list of Animals in English as well as Spanish.
There's also an alphabetical order worksheet, where students trace and write the animals in alphabetical order.
Finally, there's a "We Went To The Zoo" class book activity. I've designed a black and white as well as full-color cover, plus a template for the inside pages.
Students complete the prompts and draw a picture. (I've included a sample for you to share.)
Teachers collect and collate their pages into a zoo book. Read it as a whole group. When you come to a particular student's page, they read it.
Click on the link to view/download the Zoo Field Trip packet.
While working on these activities I wondered about students who don't live near a zoo, or teachers who don't have the time or the budget to take their students on a field trip, so I started researching virtual zoos online.
After several hours of work, I came up with a list of my top eight, the San Diego Zoo was one of my favorites.
I chose them because they were kid-friendly, contained live animal cams, videos, games, activities and a plethora of photographs with interesting information, which would be helpful for any animal report your kiddos might be working on. Click on the link to view/download the Virtual Zoo list.
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"Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings!" -Evan Esar
I found a similar poem online being quoted in a variety of places, all with an unknown author. I revamped it and changed letters H through Z, then tweaked it for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade.
This end-of-the-year poem is a special FREEBIE in my TpT shop. Click on the link to grab your copy today!
1-2-3 Come Do Some Bunny Activities With Me
The last week of April was sort of a catch up week for my Y5's. I would plug in anything my kiddo's still needed to work on and simply give it a spring twist. It was also a nice time to review and reinforce things that they should already have learned.
As you may have discovered, just because you taught something in the first 9 weeks of school, and everyone passed those assessments, doesn't mean that they retained what they learned by the last 9 weeks of school. Because there is so much to cover, in such a short amount of time, we seem to always be moving on to the next thing.
It's imperative though, that you continually reinforce standards throughout the year. A quick, easy and fun way to do that is via centers, and games that students can do independently. With that in mind, I designed the "I'm All Ears" packet.
I think you'll enjoy the versatility of this packet, as you can program the bunny "ears" (craft sticks) with just about anything you want to continue to review.
There's a large as well as small bunny template. Choose one or make up a variety. I used the large craft sticks for the bigger bunny, and the smaller Popsicle sticks, as well as spoon-shaped crafts sticks, for the smaller bunnies. Program them with whatever and keep each set in their own Baggie.
Think of things that you teach that can be divided up into pairs, so that you can write/draw them on the craft sticks.
Here are some of the ideas that I came up with:
If you think of anymore, I'd enjoy hearing from you firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to leave a comment below.
To expedite things, I've also included a list of contractions, as well as a list of synonyms/antonyms to help you program those Popsicle sticks.
If you'd like a list of compound words, I just finished updating a comprehensive alphabetical list of 3,317 compound words! Click on the link to view/download it.
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"I wish I could be more resilient like the Energizer Bunny; after all my students are."
1-2-3 Come Do Some Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities and Crafts With Me
My life seems to be flying by! Can anyone else out there relate? I had planned to get these cute little caterpillars done the first week of April, but the past few days filled up with so many other responsibilities, that the caterpillars had to stay in their "chrysalis state" 'til now.
I hope you can still use them, or as the life of a pack-rat teacher goes, tuck these ideas away for next year. Since so many people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I wanted to use Eric Carle's cute litter critter as a spring board to studying a variety of other things.
I created the caterpillar template and made a list of all sorts of ways I could use it, then set about to design the details. You can choose which one you want your students to do, or give them a choice. A friend of mine liked them so much, that she plans to make 3 (a different one each week).
In The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet, students trace and write upper and lowercase letters. I've also included a set where a bit of the butterfly's life cycle is also included with the letters.
For example, for the Zz letter, I added: Zzzzzz sleeping in a chrysalis, and then included a butterfly pattern with the letters all over her wings to be cut and glued on the last section.
I glued just the thorax portion to the last "body" circle and bent the wings up so that the butterfly looks like she's flying.
Older students could also make a list of a food the caterpillar could eat that begins with that letter. You may want to read Lois Ehlert's book Eating the Alphabet (Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z) to give students some ideas. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet packet.
If you'd like to review just the life cycle of a butterfly, you'll want to take a look at The Life Cycle Of The Very Hungry Caterpillar packet. Students trace and write the words, then color, cut and glue the pictures.
If you look closely, you'll see that I glued down just the thorax with this butterfly too, so it looks 3 dimensional, like the larger one above. Click on the link to view/download it.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow, reinforces colors as well as the days of the week. Before hand, brainstorm what kinds of things the caterpillar could eat that are the various colors. Write these words on the board to help children with spelling.
Students trace and write the color words and complete the sentence with something the caterpillar ate that was that color. Adding end punctuation reviews another standard.
Children then draw and color a picture. I've included my sample so that you can quickly make one to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow packet.
You may also want to read one of the following books for some great examples of rainbow-colorful food: I Eat A Rainbow, by Bobbie Kalman; Can You Eat a Rainbow? by Anastasia Suen; and/or I Can Eat A Rainbow, by Annabel Karmel.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers includes counting from zero to ten, where students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words. I've included a butterfly pattern to glue to the last section if you want.
There are also caterpillar "body" circles for skip counting by 2's 3's, 5's, and 10's.
In all of the packets there are patterns for the caterpillar's head if you want it to be made out of construction paper, as well as a pattern that students can color, like the "Skip count by 10's" caterpillar in the photo.
Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers.
Since I have many requests for shape craftivities, particulary 3D shapes, I thought I'd make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Shapes.
This is the largest packet, as I've included a caterpillar that reviews 2D shapes, as well as the days of the week. For this caterpillar, students trace and write the shape words, as well as draw the shapes.
I've included a butterfly pattern with the various shapes sprinkled on the wings, if you'd like to include that on the last "body" section. For a cool 3D effect, fold the wings up and glue only the thorax portion down.
Another caterpillar, is a cut and glue the 2D shapes on the "body" circles. Besides the standard 2D shapes, you can also choose to include the hexagon, pentagon, & octagon, and/or the pattern block shapes: rhombus and trapezoid.
There's also a separate caterpillar that simply eats all of the 3D shapes. As with the above activity, students cut and glue the 3D shapes to the "body" circles. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Shapes.
Finally, rather than make a caterpillar that covered story elements using this pattern, I made a graphic organizer - worksheet, to change things up a bit.
To save you time, I included a template with the answers, so that you can make a quick sample to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download the graphic organizer for The Very Hungry Caterpillar's story elements.
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"Everyone is like a [caterpillar]. They start out ugly and awkward, and then morph into beautiful and graceful butterflies that everyone loves." -Drew Barrymore
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 Do A Few More Dental Hygiene Activities With Me
I hope these dental hygiene lessons aren't too late for you to use this month. I'm sure many of you can identify with how fast February flies by.
Since the just-for-fun tooth poster was such a hit yesterday, here's another poster. Click on the link to grab the Smile Awhile FREEBIE.
As most of you know, I like to cover a variety of standards in all of my subject areas whenever I do a unit. Dental hygiene is no exception, so I wanted to create a fun writing prompt.
We had scissor practice daily, as my Y5's really needed to work on their cutting skills, and it was also a way for them to strengthen their finger muscles.
Writing words and simple sentences on the cut out, also helped, and covered lots of standards at the same time.
With that in mind, I designed the "secret triangle" where you can also review the circle and triangle shapes, and see if your students have learned some basic facts about dental hygiene.
Print off the circle template on white construction paper. Students trim, fold the "flaps" on the dashed lines, and then write at least 3 things they do to help take care of their teeth.
I've included a triangle, with a rhyming poem, that they can cut and then glue to the back. I found it in a dozen places Online and no one seems to know who wrote it.
"Got my toothpaste, got my brush. I won't hurry; I won't rush. Making sure my teeth are clean, front and back and in between. When I brush for quite a while, I will have a happy smile!"
I held the folds shut with a sticker. Click on the link to view/download the Dental Hygiene Secret Triangle Writing Prompt.
Clarissa, from Pennsylvania, teaches kindergarten, and said she's been enjoying the dental hygiene activites and wondered if I had any centers that had to do with color words, with a dental hygiene theme.
Didn't, but do now. Click on the link to view/download the Toothbrush Color Word Center Activity packet.
Run off the master toothbrush on white construction paper; laminate and trim.
Using dry erase markers, students trace and write the color words in matching colors and then place the appropriate colored handle over the top.
I have a template for the handles. If you want to make more than one set, run it off on a variety of colors of construction paper; laminate and trim.
If you only want to do one or two sets for a center, simply print one copy of the master and then make a template that you can trace and cut. Click on the link to view/download the Toothbrush Color Matching Game packet.
While I was diddling around making the toothbrush templates, I thought they would also work for some great cutting practice, as well as a review of how students can take care of their teeth, so I designed a "Snip and Flip" Toothbrush writing prompt "craftivity." Click on the link to view/download it.
For this activity, run off the handles on popular colors of construction paper and give students a choice. (I have a handle for boys and one for girls, so that they can practice pronouns.)
Run the "bristle boxes" off on white construction paper. Students cut on the lines to make "bristle tabs" that they can flip. On the other bristle box they write how they take care of their teeth.
I also included a traceable bristle box for PK children (pictured). Click on the link to view/download the Snip and Flip Toothbrush Writing Prompt Craftivity.
If you're studying time and would like to plug in a tooth-themed telling time activity, click on the link to view/download the It's Time To Take Care Of Your Teeth game packet.
Finally, I had a special request from Diane, in Tennessee, for some tooth-themed alphabet cards for her PK kids.
As with all of the alphabet card packets, they include an upper and lowercase set, so that you can play all sorts of games with them.
There are several pages of tips and ideas for what else to use them for too. Click on the link to view/download the Dental Hygiene Alphabet Cards.
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"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." -Ward Beecher
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 Wintery Craftivities With Me
If you need a quick bulletin board for January, I think you'll like this simple but vibrant mitten craftivity. Run off the template on a variety of colors of construction paper.
Children choose one and press their painted white hand in the center. Gluing pulled-cotton to the cuff, adds that finishing touch. For even more pizzazz, write students' names with glitter.
If you want, give students a writing prompt, and have them complete it on the back of their mitten, then suspend from the ceiling. Click On The Link to get the mitten pattern.
This is a fun activity to do with your kiddo's after reading The Mitten by Jan Brett.
If your little ones are still working on identifying letters, another simple bulletin board "craftivity" is to have children choose either a mitten or snowman pattern, trace it on a wordy section of the newspaper and then trim.
Children complete a matching recording sheet, filling in their guess of how many letters they think they will find. Afterwards, they find and circle, either the letter Mm for mitten, or Ss for snowman, counting as they go.
When they are done, they complete the data as to whether their guess was equal, greater than or less than their correct answer. If you want, have them figure out how many more or less they were off.
Children who chose the snowman, add facial features; those who chose the mitten can color it their favorite color.
Gather students together to discuss their results. Do they have any ideas of why more S's than Mm's were found?
Click on the link to get the newsprint mitten/snowman patterns.
If you are starting to work on coins with your students, you'll want to take a look at Mitten Money.
This easy reader reinforces word wall and Dolch words, as well as all of the 2-D shapes, + the penny, nickel, dime and quarter coins. Click on the link to view/download the Mitten Money easy reader.
For more math activities check out the place value snowman. Students can choose to draw their own face on the snowman, or color mine.
To turn these into a dry-erase "board" cut squares of glossy photo paper. Each student needs 4 to glue on top of the squares on their paper.
Print; laminate and trim the snowman number cards (0-9) Toss them into a mitten; call on 3 students to choose a card.
These will make the 3-digit number that students write in the number box, using a dry erase marker.
Children figure out the place value position of each, and write the appropriate numbers in the one's, ten's, and hundred's boxes.
When they are done, they show their work; you can whole-group assess with a glance. Play continues 'til all of your students have had a turn to choose a number. Click on the link to view/download the Place Value Snowman Packet.
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"In seed time, learn; in harvest, teach; in winter, enjoy." -William Blake
1-2-3 Come Frolic With Me: Winter Craftivities, Bulletin Boards and Games
I was really on a creative roll yesterday. All one needs to do is spend a little time on Pinterest and your brain will shoot into over drive! So many ideas and not enough time in my life to do everything I'd like to. Sound familiar?
While browsing, I found a wooden snowman used as a countdown to Christmas. I found versions of this idea all over, so not sure who was the originator, but I thought the moveable carrot nose would be perfect for the classroom.
It was fun designing a paper snowman face that can review upper and lowercase letters and numbers to 20. I've included a face for skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's or 10's.
You can also simply make one for your calendar center and countdown the days in January.
These make a quick and easy way to whole-group assess too.
Call out a number/letter and have students move their snowman's nose to that position or... move your teacher sample to an uppercase letter, and have students find the matching lowercase letter on theirs.
For added pizzazz I ran the carrot noses through my crinkle machine. My Y5's called this the "Cruncher Muncher." It provided great fine motor practice as students turned the crank to get the paper through the rollers.
Poke a hole at the end of the carrot and use a brass brad to fasten the nose to the snowman. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman's Nose packet.
For more letter and number practice, have your students put together these winter pine tree puzzles. They can be done as an independent center activity, or you can make copies for your students.
Children cut the green number/letter tiles and then glue them in appropriate order on the boxed grid. For that extra bit of pizzazz, run the template off on blue construction paper and have students dot on "snowflakes" with a Q-tip.
If you celebrate 100 Day in January, this is a wonderful "craftivity" that makes a cool bulletin board. Caption: Mrs. Henderson's Kinders Are Doing Tree-mendous Work! Click on the link to view/download the Pine Tree Puzzles
Another awesome bulletin board for January, features a New Year's writing prompt.
Basketball, soccer and football are all sports where players score goals, so I thought it would be fun to have students write what their goals were for the New Year on the ball of their choice.
I've included a poster that you can put in the center of your bulletin board as a caption.
Besides the balls, there are also 2 writing prompt pages for journal writing, which includes one with a hockey theme. Click on the link to grab the New Year Goals Packet.
Another New Year's activity you can have your kiddo's do, is see how many words they can come up with, using the letters in Happy New Year. I've included a list of 267 words.
When students are done, share your list to see if there are any words that they aren't familiar with; have them write them on their paper and look them up. Click on the link to check out the How Many New Year activity.
Since the fact family houses have been such popular downloads, I designed an igloo "Frosty Fact Family Fun" packet. Choose whatever number you want your students to work on.
They write it in the center of the snowflake and then write all of the equations that they can think of, on the outer sections of their snowflake, to show that number.
Do one each day; to make their booklet, have students glue their snowflake to an igloo-shaped page. Add their photo for that finishing touch. Click on the link to view/downlaod the Frosty Fact Family Fun packet.
For More number fun, I think you'll enjoy the snowflake number cards. Use these for your word wall, a bulletin board, flashcards, games, or an independent center.
Print; laminate and cut into puzzles for even more ideas. I've also included 3 sets of snowflake tiles so students can sort, pattern and make groups/sets to match the number on the cards. Click on the link to grab the Snowflake Number cards.
Finally, I had a request from Karla out in Vermont, for penguin alphabet and number cards.
She wanted something small that her pre-schoolers could manipulate. She only needed numbers to 10, but I included a blank template for you to program with more.
There's also a list of ideas you can use the cards for, including games like "Kaboom!" Click on the link if you'd like a set of these mini-penguins.
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