1-2-3 come Do Some Chrysanthemum Activities With Me
“Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes, is one of my all-time favorite back to school books.
It’s perfect for a variety of ages, and especially wonderful as an introduction to name activities, as well as discussions about teasing, bullying and “filling buckets”.
With that in mind, I enjoyed making a variety of Chrysanthemum-themed activities appropriate for PK-1st grade. I'll be sharing 3 of them in today's blog along with a sweet back to school FREEBIE.
Because I like to mix math with literacy, I designed the Chrysanthemum Name Comparison Math Craftivity, where students compare their name with Chrysanthemum’s.
I’ve included a simple PK version which can be done as a whole group, with an older elementary buddy, or done as homework with the assistance of a parent.
There’s also a template suitable for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd, which involves some easy math, where students can show how they figured out their answer.
Use the vowel, consonants and syllable posters to help explain things, then hang up for students to refer to.
These can also be used as part of your display, as completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, or hung as a border on a hallway wall.
I’ve included 2 “Mixing Math & Literacy” display posters for this as well.
For extra pizzazz, punch a hole at the bottom and tie on a yarn "tail", or curl a white pipe cleaner and attach.
There are 10 border options to choose from.
Give your students a choice, or run off 2-3 of each of the worksheets so you have a nice variety in your display.
Girls can add a bow to their mouse, and boys can opt to leave it off if they want.
For an added splash of color, mount the worksheet on a variety of colors of construction paper before students glue their mouse head to the top.
Next up, is another quick, easy and fun “print & go” name craftivity. I call them "sliders".
Simply choose which name slider you want your kiddos to make. There are 6 options.
I like my students to get some practice in making choices, so I run all of them off.
I’ve included black and white patterns for kiddos to color, as well as templates in color, so that you can quickly and easily make examples to share.
Mounting them on construction paper gives a splash of color and makes them sturdier.
Run off the boxed “slider strips”, as well as the blank strips and trim.
Children color Chrysanthemum, then write their name on the “slider” strip, by writing a letter in each box.
If you have PK kiddos who don’t know how to write their name, you can have slider strips already written for them, or provide a name card for them to copy.
I’ve included 6 matching name cards if you’d like to use these.
Finally, I designed a Chrysanthemum-Inspired Class Name Booklet.
At the beginning of the story, her parents explain why they named her Chrysanthemum, so I thought it would be fun to send a note home and ask parents why they chose their child’s name.
Parents fill out the worksheet and their child colors it. After everyone has shared their page, collate the contributions, add the cover and you have a very interesting class-made book.
Run off the "inside" pages and give children a choice. There are 7 girl-themed pages, plus 7 for boys.
I share Dr. Seuss’s story “Too Many Daves”, then include those pages, along with the rose-quote poster in our booklet as well.
We make several class books each month. They are always a favorite in our classroom "book" basket, and a big hit with parents at conferences.
Adding a school photo to each page makes things extra special.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also perfect for back to school. I not only give my students a little surprise treat on the 1st day of school, I do a little something extra special the entire week.
For a quick, easy and inexpensive treat bag, fill up a Snack Baggie with Lucky Charms cereal and include my little note. There's also 2 "header" options if you want to put 1 at the top of your bag.
Well that's it for today. My mom's visiting from Wisconsin, and I hear her stirring on this beautiful morning, so time to switch gears and go play outside.
"Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams." - Hosea Ballou