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1-2-3 Come Plan A Christmas Party With Me

The day before any vacation can be pretty wild, as children are bound to be filled with lots of energy.  Their excitement for the season finds some of them not sleeping well, so you have cranky pants to deal with too. 

snowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter crafts, snowman craftsBecause of this, I planned all sorts of educational games and especially fun activities for the last day before Christmas break.  Our official "party" was "supposed" to take place at the end of the day.  Let's face it, when it's Halloween or Christmas time, the entire day might as well be a "party" and by the time the "end of the day" rolled around, my Y5's were also pretty much done and tired as well. 

Wearing my Santa hat and jingle bell necklace, I told my students that we'd be doing extra special lessons, games, crafts etc as part of our "party" and that we'd be having a great time all day, ending quietly with our gift book exchange and snack.  I never once had a child say: "When is the party going to start?"  They were also happily focused, busy learning all day, just in a different way. 

Behavior was wonderful, because they got the chance to get the wiggles out throughout the day. Gross motor activities were a part of our report card standards, so even our dancing and prancing around was legit.  To keep children calm, I also played soothing Christmas music throughout the day. 

snowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter crafts, snowman craftsI've compiled a list with brief explanations, of all of my favorite classroom Christmas games that I've played with my students over the years.  They are quick, easy, educational and fun.  Most of them require little or no preparation.  (Woo hoo!) I ho-ho- hope you find something that will fit in perfectly for your party day.    It's so important to give students brain breaks to keep them refreshed.  Click on the link to view/download the Christmas Games packet which includes 36 games!

snowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter crafts, snowman craftssnowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter crafts, snowman craftsI've up-dated the packet to include stationery for students to write how many words they can think of using the letters in Merry Christmas. 

Give students 5-10 minutes to work on this individually, then have them work in groups of 3 or 4 to combine their lists.  Remind children that they can make more words by adding an s or es to make plurals.  (A teachable moment.)  Contractions are another option, or ask students how many of their classmates' names can be made with those letters.

What team had the most?  Put my list on an overhead; did they think of words that weren’t on my list?  Have them guess-timate how many words are on the list and then have them count them to see who has the closest guess. (I thought of 657!)

snowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter crafts, snowman craftsMake a copy of the list and have students circle all of the words that they don’t know.  For whatever time remains, challenge them to look up  as many words as they can and then share one or two with the class. 

Here are a few other table top lessons you could plug in to cover standards in a game-type fashion; also, any of the winter alphabet cards that I've been posting, would work well.  All those letter packets include a 3-page tip list of ideas, including games to play. 

If you're set for party day, but want something for that busy first day when you return after break, any of these snowman themed activities would also work. 

snowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter word games, snowman puzzles, number puzzles, inter crafts, snowman craftsThis snowman matching game is a lot of fun and reinforces numbers, number words, counting and tally marks.  It also includes a keepsake "craftivity."  Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Number Puzzles.

 Help reinforce upper and lowercase letters + numbers from 1-20 with an "I Spy" game.  Teen numbers are sometimes toughies for little ones.  Practicing with an "I Spy" game makes it more interesting.  My Y5's enjoyed playing "I Spy" daily. It was a fun way for them to practice, as well as a quick and easy way for me to whole-group assess. 

snowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter crafts, snowman craftsTeacher starts by calling out a number or letter; students trace it and then raise their hand when they are done.  I could tell at a glance who was having difficulty. Play continued with different children taking a turn to choose the number or letter for classmates to find. 

The worksheet served double-duty, as I'd tell my students to take it home to play again with a family member, this time circling the letter/number.  Click on the link to view/download the Snow Spy packet.

flat snowman covFinally, students catch on fast to the concept of small-medium and large, as well as the difference between a 2D and 3D shape, when they can do a hands-on craftivity. 

This was the reason behind  "Snowman Melt"  "My snowman was 3 snowballs, 3 spheres with a hat, now he's melted into 3 circles that are flat!"  Click on the link to view/download it.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter crafts, snowman craftsFor more games and activities click on the link to visit Miss Mary's Victorian and Vintage archive.

snowman activities, snowman crafts, alphabet activities, alphabet games, number games, math activities, math centers, math games, small medium large activities, winter arts and crafts, winter crafts, snowman craftsIf you're looking for some online Christmas games for your kiddo's to play as a computer center,  I found a site that lists over 1,000. 

Make sure you play any online games first to make sure that they are age and content-appropriate for your kiddo & educations.  

For more ideas and FREEBIES, check out my winter Pinterest boards.  They are themed and filled with lots of creative fun.  I spend a lot of time searching the web for interesting and educational FREE stuff, so you don't have to.  You can also click on this December link to pop on over to that section of TeachWithMe.

Once there, you'll find categories for the following: Christmas, Elves, Gingerbread, Ornaments, Reindeer, Santa, Snowmen, Snowflakes & Wreaths.  Lots of these activities would also be terrific for your last day or Classroom Christmas party, particularly the ornament section if you're looking for a quick craft to do as a center.

classroom party games, easy games for classroom christmas parties, ideas for christmas party at schoolThat's it for today.  I hope you found some "We're Winding Down" tips and FREEBIES for those last few days before you can collapse, rest, rejoice and get energized for next year!   Feel free to PIN away.

"A good conscience is a continual Christmas." -Benjamin Franklin

1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Scarecrow Activities With Me

scarecrow alphabet cards, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, free alphabet cards for fall, free alphabet cards, scarecrow centers, scarecrow lessons, common core scarecrows, alphabet activities, shape activities, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow writing,I thought I was finished diddling around with scarecrows for the season, and was ready to move on to turkeys, until I got a request for some scarecrow alphabet cards

I enjoy making ABC cards; they don't take that long, so I'm always happy to oblige special requests, even if they come from only one visitor. I think others will also enjoy them as well.

scarecrow alphabet cards, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, free alphabet cards for fall, free alphabet cards, scarecrow centers, scarecrow lessons, common core scarecrows, alphabet activities, shape activities, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow writing,Click on the link to view/download the scarecrow alphabet cards, along with a 3-page tip list of what else to use them for, and some "Kaboom!" cards to make alphabet games even more fun.

scarecrow alphabet cards, 5 senses activities, end punctuation activities, adjective activities, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet centers, free alphabet cards for fall, free alphabet cards, scarecrow centers, scarecrow lessons, common core scarecrows, alphabet activities, shape activities, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow writing,A teacher from Michigan, e-mailed me that she really liked The Scarecrow's Shapely Nose packet and wondered if I could make a shape slider of a scarecrow like the puppy pal.  Great idea Lynn! 

Click on the link to view/download The Scarecrow's Nose Shape Slider.  For extra pizzazz I added "straw" that was made by running yellow construction paper through my husband's shredder!

Children are bound to get antsy when doing seatwork, so I liked to include some gross motor activities to help get the "wiggles" out.  Brain breaks are equally important.  I tried to include my theme whenever I could. 

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I hope your kiddo's enjoy "snapping, clapping, tapping, and slapping" as much as mine did. Click on the link to view/download it.

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Students read, trace, write, add end punctuation, underline the adjectives and color.  After asking the scarecrow what he see's, hears, feels, smells and tastes, it's the child's turn to write about their autumn senses.  Click on the link to view/download My Scarecrow's Senses.

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"For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be." -John Connolly

1-2-3 Come Review The Alphabet With Me.

I like to do "regular routine" stuff with a different theme each month.  Even tho it's the "same old-same old" things are kept fresh and interesting by simply tweeking them for the seasons.  With that in mind, I designed 20 Letter of the Day anchor charts.  There are some for each month as well as a few extra's for popular themes.

calendar activities, pirate activities, calendar lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day worksheets, letter of the day ideas, letter of the day posters, free anchor charts, free classroom posters, alphabet activities, If you’d like to use these each year, print, laminate and clip to your white board changing things up each month.  This is also a nice activity to use as a review if you post it on your calendar board.

calendar activities, pirate activities, calendar lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day worksheets, letter of the day ideas, letter of the day posters, free anchor charts, free classroom posters, alphabet activities, Another option is to not laminate the pages and have children fill in the information.  When the page is complete, add it to your Letter of the Day binder. (I've included a cover for this. )

When you have done all 26 letters, put this student-made booklet in your classroom library.

Occasionally, you may want to run a page off for your students to work on for Daily 5 Word Work.

calendar activities, pirate activities, calendar lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day worksheets, letter of the day ideas, letter of the day posters, free anchor charts, free classroom posters, alphabet activities, It's easy to make this a part of your morning routine, job chart, or calendar time. Using a dry erase marker, write the upper and lowercase letters in the boxes.  You can show correct formation of the letters, or choose a student to do so.

Ask students, “What sound does the letter make?”  Say the sound several times.  Ask them if they know any words that begin with that sound?  Write the words in the appropriate boxes.  Have students look at your word wall to see if they can find any more to add to the list.  Another question could be,  "Is this letter a vowel or a consonant?"

calendar activities, pirate activities, calendar lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day worksheets, letter of the day ideas, letter of the day posters, free anchor charts, free classroom posters, alphabet activities, Make it personal, by also asking, "Do any classmates have a name that starts with that letter?"  You can either write their name on the paper or have the child with that name come up and write it. 

Choose another child to circle the letters in the “Find it” section. This is a good time to point to each letter and say the letter or sing the alphabet song.  Click on the link to view/download the Letter of the Day Packet.

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calendar activities, pirate activities, calendar lessons, letter of the day activities, letter of the day, letter of the day lessons, letter of the day worksheets, letter of the day ideas, letter of the day posters, free anchor charts, free classroom posters, alphabet activities, Thanks for visiting today.  I design and blog daily so I hope you can stop by tomorrow to check out the newest FREEBIES.  Feel free to PIN anything.  To ensure that "pinners" return to THIS article, click on the green title at the top; it will turn black, now click on the "Pin it" button located on the burgundy menu bar.   If you'd like to take a look at all of the wonderful-educational items, that I spend way too much time pinning, click on the heart button to the right of the blog.  I have an entire board on just alphabet stuff.

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1-2-3 Come Do Some More Spider Stuff With Me!

The spider shape activities are popular downloads, so I decided to do a few more spider-themed things.  All of these lessons will help your kiddo's practice upper and lowercase letters.  (To see the spider shape activities, scroll down for that blog article.)

spider activities, spider math activities, common core spiders, spider crafts, spider arts and crafts, spider cards, alphabet lessons, alphabet games, spider games, spider centers, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, common core assessments, alphabet worksheets, free alphabet worksheets, spider alphabet cards, Since the apple and pumpin clothespin "craftivities" were also very popular, I thought it would be fun to design a spider one too.  I named him Alphie.  Use my patterns to make templates; and then trace, cut and glue your spider together.  I added wiggle eyes and black pipe cleaner legs for that extra pizzazz. 

aSo that students can self-check, I've included a spider ABC chart.  For more letter practice, I designed a match the uppercase letter to the lowercase letter worksheet as well.

Alphie makes a wonderful independent center, or something for early-finishers to do.   You may want to make a few extra spiders to send home with children who are struggling.  I've included a note home, + a reminder note incase a family "forgets" to send Alphie back.  Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet matching game.

spider activities, common core spiders, spider crafts, spider arts and crafts, spider cards, alphabet lessons, alphabet games, spider games, spider centers, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, common core assessments, alphabet worksheets, free alphabet worksheets, spider alphabet cards, I had a request for some spider alphabet cards.  If you collect ABC cards so you can change them each month, I have lots of themes available, and am always open to any requests visitors have for others. (diane@teachwithme.com). 

I've also included a BLANK color, as well as a black and white set of cards, for you to program with whatever + a 3-page tip sheet of ideas for games and other activities that you can do with the cards.   Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet cards.

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Playing "I Spy" is a fun game that enables you to see at a glance who is having difficulty.  I designed a spider upper and lowercase letter bookmark that's perfect for an "I Spy" game. 

Run off the spider bookmarks and give each child a spider ring or piece of candy corn to use as a manipulative.  Whenever I'm using candy as a marker, I always allow students to eat one at the beginning of the activity. 

It saves a lot of time reminding students that they cannot eat the candy 'til the game is done, and helps them enjoy the game and stay focussed better. 

The teacher starts by calling out a letter, children move their marker to that letter and raise their hand to signal that they have "spied" it.  The teacher then calls on a child to choose the next letter.  Play continues 'til all of the letters are called.  If you don't want to reuse the bookmarks each year, students can also circle the letters and then take their bookmarks home.  

spider activities, spider math activities, common core spiders, spider crafts, spider arts and crafts, spider cards, alphabet lessons, alphabet games, spider games, spider centers, alphabet centers, alphabet assessments, common core assessments, alphabet worksheets, free alphabet worksheets, spider alphabet cards, If you are doing an individual assessment, circle the letters the student does not know, write a note on the back asking parents to work on those letters and send it home with the child.  There are also 6 alphabet worksheets for even more practice.  Click on the link to view/download the spider alphabet activities.

Finally, if you're looking for a bit more, you may enjoy an older Spider packet that has a few alphabet activities in it, as well as lots of math fun.  My kiddos especially enjoyed working with the paper flies and spider web sorting mats. 

If you want to see all of the other spider freebies I offer, click on the link.

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"Children don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Make a Pumpkin Slider With Me!

Making a hands-on craftivity, is a fun way for students to learn about, and review the basic 2D shapes and the shape words associated with them.  I tried to do at least one shape activity a week with my Y5's. The more exposure they had to shapes, the better the chances of their light bulb going on, in an interesting and non-stressful way.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin lessons, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet assessments, upper and lowercase alphabet activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's 3's 5's and 10's activities, counting backwards activities, counting backwards from 20-0 activities,pumpkin arts and crafts, pumpkin crafts, shape activities, shape crafts, color activities, shape assessments, common core pumpkins, common core shapes, free common core for kindergarten and 1st grade, assessment for shapes, free assessment for shapes, My "sliders" have always been extremely popular, so I wanted to make a pumpkin one with shapes.  They are called sliders, because students pull(slide) their strip through slits, to reveal whatever I want to teach.  Sliders are a quick and easy way to whole-group assess.  Simply call out a shape and have students find it on their slider and then hold it up.  You can also individually assess with a slider; the game-like activity, lessens a child's apprehension when being tested.

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  • Run off the sliders on white construction paper and the pumpkin on orange.
  • For younger kiddo's, you may want to pre-slit the lines on the pumpkins, where the sliders will be pulled through. I use an exacto knife.
  • Students trace and color the eyes. Encourage them to use different colors, so you can also review that standard. For a bit more pizzazz, have students add some color to the stem, nose and mouth sections.
  • Teacher asks students to make their pumpkin’s eyes triangles. Children pull their “slider” ‘til they have located the triangle eyes, and then pull the mouth strip ‘til it says the word triangles.  
  • Everyone “reads” their pumpkin together as a whole group.
  • There’s a teachable moment for fractions (cut and glue 1/2 the strip) as well as plurals: The pumpkin has 2 eyes so the shape word needs to have the letter s on the end.

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So that the strip is easily managed, students can fold the ends up. Have children TRACE the letters/numbers with two different colored highlighters in an ABAB pattern. Click on the link to view/download the ABC-123 Pumpkin Slider. There are 3 pumpkin templates to choose from: students can draw on their own face, add wiggle eyes, or use the pumpkin that has a face on it. TIP: Decorate the pumpkin on both sides and glue 2 slider strips back-to-back for double duty.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin lessons, alphabet games, alphabet activities, alphabet assessments, upper and lowercase alphabet activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's 3's 5's and 10's activities, counting backwards activities, counting backwards from 20-0 activities,pumpkin arts and crafts, pumpkin crafts, shape activities, shape crafts, color activities, shape assessments, common core pumpkins, common core shapes, free common core for kindergarten and 1st grade, assessment for shapes, free assessment for shapes, Thanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN anything from my site. To ensure that "pinners" return to THIS blog article, click on the green title at the top of the page; it will turn black, now click on the "Pin it" button located on my menu bar.  If you'd like to take a look at all of the wonderful items I pin, click on the heart button to the right of the blog.

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1-2-3 Come Practice Letter Recognition With Me!

The more you emmerse your kiddo's with letter activities, the more likely the light bulb of understanding will easily come on.  Although important, trace and write worksheets, can become tedious and boring after awhile. (skill-drill & kill) It's important to give little learners a variety of hands-on activities.

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  • Print off the fall-themed templates.
  • Cut out; trace onto an old file folder and then trim. 
  • Make several templates to expedite tracing by students.
  • Allow children to choose a shape and trace it on a page of the newspaper, that has plenty of writing on it. I try to include several standards when I design an activity, so I made a prediction page to practice some math skills. 
  • Students cut out their shape, and fill out the prediction part of the data on the matching worksheet. (Common Core State Standard: 1.MD.1)

apple activities, pumpkin activities, leaf activities, football activities, alphabet activities, common core alphabet, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, upper and lowercase alphabet worksheets, upper and lowercase alphabet games, common core kindergarten, common core 1st grade, Daily 5 activities for fall, daily 5 activities,free common core lessons for kindergarten and first grade, Students find and circle the upper and lowercase letters that the shape starts with.  i.e. If a child chooses an apple, they will search for Aa’s. I tried to think up themed-shapes for fall, and added a football, to help excite the boys in your class.  To make this a bit more difficult for older students, have them search and circle all of the letters that are in the WORD and then tally or total, how many of each letter they found.  

apple activities, pumpkin activities, leaf activities, graphing activities,football activities, alphabet activities, common core alphabet, alphabet games, alphabet crafts, upper and lowercase alphabet worksheets, upper and lowercase alphabet games, common core kindergarten, common core 1st grade, Daily 5 activities for fall, daily 5 activities,free common core lessons for kindergarten and first grade,When they are done, students color their newsprint craftivity, with a watercolor marker or highlighter, so that the newsprint still shows through.

Students glue their work to the matching worksheet and fill in the data. Older students can use the greater, less than, or equals symbol, to show THEIR answer, to the correct answer.

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Before graphing, have students predict which letter they think they will find the most of, and why. Click on the link to view/download the Search & Find Alphabet Craftivity packet. For more Alphabet FREEBIES, click on the link, to pop on over to that section of my site. Enjoy!

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1-2-3 Play An Alphabet Matching Game With Me!

The Dollar Store is one of my favorite stores.  My mantra when I go in one is: "What can I do with this, that will help my students learn?"  so when I saw that they carried clip-on clothespins, I designed all sorts of games that students could "clip and match."  I did this for colors, numbers, upper and lowercase letters, shapes, and even glued my kiddos' photo on the front and back, so they could clip it to a yes or no answer for Question of the Day. 

apple activities, apple games, apple lessons, common core apples, alphabet activities, alphabet matching, upper and lowercase letter matching games, alphabet games, alphabet centers, apple centers, pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin alphabet, apple alphabet, I used another photo clip for attendance. This clothespin could also be used on your behavior board. i.e. Children all start out on the green apple for "good" behavior, and move to a yellow apple when they've been warned, and finally to a red apple if there's a consequence.

Because my little ones needed help recognizing and writing their names, I wrote them on clothespins for them to "find".  These were kept in a bucket and were sometimes used when I graphed something.   Children could also pick a clothespin out of the bucket and have that child be their partner. 

My clothespin craftiness started 13 years ago.  Creative minds must think alike, because I've seen clothespin activities all over Pinterest, with similar ideas.  One gal used yellow alphabet clothespins as "rays" that were clipped around a sun.  This gave me the idea to make several themed alphabet clothespin games. 

apple activities, apple games, apple lessons, common core apples, alphabet activities, alphabet matching, upper and lowercase letter matching games, alphabet games, alphabet centers, apple centers, pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin alphabet, apple alphabet, I started with an apple and then made a pumpkin. I'll fool around with a turkey and its feathers for November. Hopefully by then, all of your students will be able to identify upper and lowercase letters.

Here are some tips to help you make the apple/pumpkin alphabet games.  Directions for the pumpkin are similar and included in the packet.

apple activities, apple games, apple lessons, common core apples, alphabet activities, alphabet matching, upper and lowercase letter matching games, alphabet games, alphabet centers, apple centers, pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin alphabet, apple alphabet, If you are making multiple games, so that more students can play, make a template for the leaves and stem. Print, cut and trace onto an old file folder to make a pattern that’s easier to trace.  Using the template, trace the leaf once on green construction paper and then cut several at a time. Do the same for the stem, only on brown construction paper.  Glue to the back of your apples then laminate.  Children will clip the Aa clothespins on the stem, and the Z or B clothespin on the leaf, depending on where you glue the leaves.  Run off the apples on red, yellow and lime green construction paper.

apple activities, apple games, apple lessons, common core apples, alphabet activities, alphabet matching, upper and lowercase letter matching games, alphabet games, alphabet centers, apple centers, pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin alphabet, apple alphabet, I suggest you clip all of the clothespins onto the apples BEFORE you write the letters on.  Since little ones are just learning about letters, it’s less confusing for them, if you print on the clothespins, so that a letter doesn’t appear upside down.  i.e. I printed letters E, F, G, H, I, J, sideways with the “pinch” end of the clothespin going to the right, and letters Q, R, S, T, U , V and W sideways; with the “pinch” side going to the left. Letters A, B, C, D, Z, Y, X with the “pinch” side up,; and L, M, N, O, P with the “pinch” side down.

apple activities, apple games, apple lessons, common core apples, alphabet activities, alphabet matching, upper and lowercase letter matching games, alphabet games, alphabet centers, apple centers, pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin alphabet, apple alphabet, Another help for younger children, and allows for quick sorting, is to print the uppercase letters in red permanent marker, and the lowercase letters on the flip side, in black.   Bag up this particular set of clothespins and mark them Apple Clothespins.  

Children can also play with a partner, dividing the clothespins so that each child gets 13 to clip. Teacher chooses the partners, so that a stronger student can help a child who’s struggling.  There's an apple and pumpkin alphabet anchor chart, so that children can self-check their work when they have completed clipping their clothespins.

apple activities, apple games, apple lessons, common core apples, alphabet activities, alphabet matching, upper and lowercase letter matching games, alphabet games, alphabet centers, apple centers, pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin alphabet, apple alphabet, Make a few extra games to send home with children who need more one-on-one help.  Inform parents via a note (There's one included in the pack) that they may BORROW the game for one week and need to return it on a specific day.  Jot yourself a note as to who has the game. I've also included a reminder note to send home, in case a child fails to return the game on time.

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1-2-3 Do Some Apple-icious Activities With Me!

lcov ove apples posterAs I stated in the article after this, I wanted to finish up with all of the apple requests I've had this month, and move on to some other fall theme, so I put lots of apple FREEBIES in the blog today, that I hope you and your students will enjoy.  Click on the "We Love Studying About Apples!" to grab your free poster.

apple games, apple activities, apple lessons, comparing apples with pumpkins, apple venn diagram, venn diagrams, alphabet activities, alphabet games, apple games, apple centers, apple worksheets, apple table top lessons, apple poster, free posters for school,Part of our morning, was spent doing "table top" activities, where students worked independently on various standards and skills. 

With this in mind, I created the Caramel Apple Letter Find Students find the capital letter A's and color them red; they color the lowercase a's yellow, and any Cc (for caramel) letter green.  Click on the link to view/download it.

apple games, apple activities, apple lessons, comparing apples with pumpkins, apple venn diagram, venn diagrams, alphabet activities, alphabet games, apple games, apple centers, apple worksheets, apple table top lessons, apple poster, free posters for school,I'd also reinforce letter and number recognition, by playing "I Spy" games.  Teacher starts out by calling out a letter/number. 

Students find it, and either trace or color the apple, and then raise their hand.  Teacher then calls on a quiet student to choose the next letter/numbered apple to find. Click on the link to view/print "I Spy a Letter!" apple game. 

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Click on the link to view/print the Apples On A Roll dice game.

apple games, apple activities, apple lessons, comparing apples with pumpkins, apple venn diagram, venn diagrams, alphabet activities, alphabet games, apple games, apple centers, apple worksheets, apple table top lessons, apple poster, free posters for school,To help increase my students' vocabulary, I always had themed words to add to our word wall. 

I encouraged my first graders to refer to the wall when they'd write. Understanding, and using adjectives, is also very important to build good writing skills. 

I designed Apple Adjectives to help with that. There's a black and white version for students to fill in, as well as a completed one in color, to use as an example or anchor chart.  I found that graphic organizers were extremely helpful for prewriting, so I designed an apple one, so students could write in descriptive words.  Click on the link to view/download the Apple Adjective packet. 

apple games, apple activities, apple lessons, comparing apples with pumpkins, apple venn diagram, venn diagrams, alphabet activities, alphabet games, apple games, apple centers, apple worksheets, apple table top lessons, apple poster, free posters for school,Finally, a Venn diagram is extremely useful, in helping students grasp the concept of comparison and contrast.  Once there's understanding and a framework, students will write better. 

Because we study pumpkins shortly after our apple unit, I thought it would be especially helpful to compare a pumpkin to an apple, using a Venn diagram.  Click on the link to view/download the Apple-Pumpkin Venn Diagram. 

apple games, apple activities, apple lessons, comparing apples with pumpkins, apple venn diagram, venn diagrams, alphabet activities, alphabet games, apple games, apple centers, apple worksheets, adjective activities, apple videos, apple table top lessons, apple poster, free posters for school,If you're looking for some short, but informative YouTube videos on Apples, I spent the better part of a morning watching quite a few.  Here are my favorites: The Life Cycle Of An Apple is put to music in this 2-minute catchy video.

The familiar, 5 Little Apples story-song, is "pumped up" with a rap beat your kiddo's will enjoy, (1:47 minutes.) as well as the "I Love Apples" fact-rap. (2:04 minutes.)

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1-2-3 Come Read Chicka Boom With Me!

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A favorite book that many teachers read the first few weeks of school is Chicka Boom Boom.  I wanted to dream up some new ideas, as many teachers also make a Welcome bulletin board with that theme, and gear several days around letter activities as well.

The first FREEBIE is entitled Trunk Tricks and has a variety of activities based around the trunk of a coconut tree.

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I decided to trace my handprints to see how they would turn out and I really liked the effect.

Have a room volunteer do the tracing and cutting for you, or send the green paper home and have parents do this step. 

With the handprint portion out of the way, this adorable keepsake artwork can be whipped together in about 10 minutes.

chicka boom ideas, chicka boom bulletin boards, chicka boom art projects, back to school ideas, ideas for the first day of school, back to school bulletin boards, apple art, apple ideas, For extra pizzazz, I used brown textured wallpaper for the trunk of my tree.

Brightly-colored foam letters also add that bit of 3-D pop and the student photo on the coconut makes it all the more precious.

 back to school ideas, first day of school ideas, back to school bulletin boards, chicka boom ideas, chicka boom bulletin boards, chicka boom art projects, chicka boom actiivities, apple activities, apple art, In Trunk Tricks you can also make a Name Tree, a Vowel Tree, a Color Tree and a count by 10's to 100 Tree.

Any of these would make quick and easy bulletin boards: "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look What The K's Did In Mrs. Henderson's Room!"

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Make A Chicka Boom Name Tag:

This idea comes from my other Chicka Boom Activity Book called Picka Chicka. 
 
It's called this, because there are lots of creative things to pick from, that are inside a student's file folder of fun!
 
Make a copy of my master, run it off on tan construction paper.
back to school ideas, first day of school ideas, chicka boom name tags, chicka boom activities, chicka boom bulletin boards, chicka boom art projects, apple art, apple activities, back to school bulletin boards, Students cut out their coconut and can either write their name with a variety of colored markers, or glue their school photo on the tag and write their name with an ink pen.
 
Below are some photos of a completed Picka Chicka file.
 
chicka boom activities, chicka boom art projects, chicka boom bulletin boards, back to school ideas, first day of school ideas, apple ideas, back to school bulletin boards, It's a wonderful project for the beginning of school and a great extension for the book. 
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As you can see by the photographs, many report card standards, subjects and skills are being reinforced.
 
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    • One of the things that I did everyday with my students for table top lessons, was play an I Spy game. 
    • I made these up by drawing circles on pictures of whatever theme we were studying and filling them with dashed letters and numbers. 
    • I would spy a number and my students circled it and then raised their hand to show they were done.
  • The first one to raise their hand got to spy the next letter/number. 
  • My students really enjoyed playing "I Spy". It's a wonderful whole-group assessment tool as well.  You can see in seconds, who is having difficulty spying letters and numbers, because they aren't able to recognize them. 
  • I jotted down a few notes and then worked with these students later, on a one-on-one basis.chicka boom activities, chicka boom name tags, chicka boom art projects, back to school ideas, ideas for the first day of school, back to school bulletin boards,
Make a graph & Venn diagram:
  • Since we study apples for one of our big back to school science themes, I thought it would be fun for students to compare apples and coconuts. 

 This comparison not only involves various math extensions, but you can toss in some science exploration as well, by having a discussion with your students about what they think is inside the coconut etc.

    • Once you break the coconut open, give everyone a taste of the liquid as well as the meat.  Graph whether students like apples or coconuts better. 
    • Make a Venn diagram to compare the two.  It's surprising how many things you can find that they have in common.  Picka Chicka lists several pages of very interesting facts + a 1/2 page of terrific links and You Tube videos, including how to open a coconut and climb a coconut tree!

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There's nothing like a game to help students learn lessons.  Children can play with a partner or in a group of 3. 

You can make a class set of Chicka Boom trees, or allow each student to make their own "Chicka Boom Name Tree".  Play the game several times in class and then let children take them home to enjoy with family.

Children glue construction paper to a sealed envelope making a trunk so that they can insert letters into the back of their tree's "pocket".  Students roll a dice to determine how many letters they put in their envelope. 

If they roll a 1 they take 1 letter out; if they roll a 6 they lose their turn. 

Chicka Boom Popsicle Stick Puzzle:

Chicka boom puzzle, chicka boom art projects, chicka boom ideas, back to school ideas, first day of school ideas, apple ideas, back to school bulletin boards, I love making Popsicle stick puzzles.  They are easy and inexpensive and fun for students to put together. 

  • Simply find the clip art you want to match whatever theme you're doing and enlarge it to 5 1/2 x 4 1/2.  Print it off and cut it out.
  • Number 6 large wooden Popsicle sticks from 1-6 on the back and then arrange them side by side. 
  • Smooth white glue over the top and then press your picture over the sticks. 
  • Flip the sticks over onto another sheet of paper, so that you can make a tiny space inbetween the sticks, so that you can cut them apart with an Exacto knife when they dry. 
  • Making a Popsicle stick puzzle out of your students' first day of school photo makes a nice keepsake as well. 
  • You can keep these puzzles for your classroom, or send them home with your students as a sweet back-to-school surprise!

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1-2-3 Come Park It With Me!

If you do a unit on transportation, you'll definitely want to include "Park It!" in your lessons.

The original idea for the parking lot, came from a home-schooling mom over at "I can teach my child", who made one out of tape for her sons.  Click on the link to check out her wonderful site.

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The Dollar Store sells small cars 6 in a pack.  You can also pick them up at garage sales any where from a dime to 25 cents.

Instead of tape, I used tough-stick colored dots.  Don't get garage sale ones, because they will peel off easily. For an even more professional look, watch for all of those 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby, JoAnne Fabrics & Michaels, to buy stickers that already have the letters written on them!

Here's How To Make Your Letter Matching Parking Lot:

  • Print off on card stock or construction paper in your choice of color. Laminate & trim.  
  • You could tape all of the parking lot cards together for one big long parking lot, or keep them separate, so several children can play with them.  
  • This hands-on game will be so popular, you’ll want to make several sets.  
  • Another thing you can do, is put all of the cars in a container and let each child pick one.  When you call out a letter, that child with the matching car, comes up and parks it.  
  • Have an upper and lowercase set of cars so students can match 1-1, upper to lowercase and lower to uppercase.  

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