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1-2-3 Come Do a Super-Fun Writing Prompt With Me

No matter what grade I taught, if I added a bit of craftiness to a writing prompt, I’d grab my students’ attention.
Once they saw my example, they were excited to make one of their own and get right down to business.

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, With that “focused & happy engagement” in mind, I thought a super-fun writing prompt, would be for students to pretend to be a school bus; which is a glimpse of “personification”, “point of view” and “text to self”.

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, bus safety posters, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, If you’ve gone over bus safety with your kiddos, this is also an interesting way to reinforce those rules.

As one of the posters states: “I’m a bus and I’ve got something to say; which includes some rules that you need to obey.”

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, For example, my bus says: “Thank you for not eating or drinking. I hate getting all sticky and dirty. It makes me smell bad too.” Younger students can write a simpler sentence, like "Railroad crossing! Quiet please." etc.

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, To introduce the craftivity, read “Bus Chatter”.

It's a little ditty I wrote, as a fun way to grab students' attention, give examples, and motivate kiddos with an “It’s your turn” challenge.

The packet includes 5 large, (full page) black & white bus patterns for students to choose from.

There are also 2 speech bubble options.

Students choose a bus, color & cut it out, then fill in a speech bubble with their final draft of “bus chit chat”.

Add extra pizzazz to the “flashing lights”, with flat-backed rhinestones, or red and gold glitter. 

A school photo adds that “finishing touch”.

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, Completed projects make an interesting bulletin board too.

I've included several posters to explain your display.

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, You can also use the two extra buses provided, as examples, then include them on your bulletin board for added interest.

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, One reminds students to check for traffic, the other reasures children that a bus is built for their safety.

Besides the craftivity, you can also make a class book. There’s a cover, last page and 5 page options.

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, As always, there are matching colorful templates for teachers.

I’ve also included my text-filled bubbles, if you’d like to use those, to expedite making an example to share.

Because students really enjoy this type of writing, you can certainly do both activities.

bus safety activities, bus safety posters, writing prompts for back to school, bus activities, bus rules, a list of bus rules, bus word search, back to school bulletin board, Since "National Bus Safety Month" is celebrated in October, do the craftivity for "back to school", then make the class book later in the fall; which will hopefully show lots of improvement!

For some word work, and vocabulary-building, I’ve also included a bus safety word find, which is a fun pre-writing activity. 

There's also a few other goodies to round out the packet. 

bucket filling activities, tweet board, something to tweet about writing prompt, writing prompt for back to school, classroom managementToday's featured FREEBIE is also a creative writing prompt called "Tweet Talk". 

Often teachers are so busy teaching, that sometimes they can miss important things that are happening in their students' lives.

Putting up a tweet board on a door, wall or bulletin board, helps you stay informed and builds community.
A more caring classroom will be created.

back to school activities, bucket filling, writing prompts for September, back to school writing promptsWell that's it for today. Thanks for stoppping by.

The thunder is booming and the lightning is crackling as it pours. Love a summer storm to soak my flower garden. 

Great day to hunker down and design some more fun stuff for school. Woo Hoo!

"Children must be taught HOW to think, not WHAT to think!" -Margaret Mead

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mitten Activities With Me 

Brrrrrr! It continues to be mitten weather here in Michigan. A chilly 3 degrees this morning! So I'm certainly in the mood to blog about some super-fun mitten-themed activities.

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten math, class made winter books, january writing prompts, activites to go with jan bretts the mitten, magic e activities, silent e activities, verb activities, mitten centers, First up is Mm is for Mitten.  My "Dollar Deal" Alphabet Wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.

They feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black and white, for individual word work, as well as color, so that you can use them as an independent center activity.

I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words in alphabetical order

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten math, class made winter books, january writing prompts, activites to go with jan bretts the mitten, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten puzzles, verb activities, mitten centers, Next up are some Mitten Number Puzzles to go along with Jan Brett's story The Mitten.  It's one of my all-time favorite winter stories.

These 42, mitten-themed number puzzles, are a super-fun way for your kiddos to practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10 to 1, and skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.

Some of the puzzles are mitten shaped, others are rectangular (horizontal as well as vertical).  Many feature the characters from The Mitten story, so you can combine math and literacy!
 
Since Jan Brett’s story, The Mitten, is a Ukrainian folktale, I’ve also included a map of the Ukraine puzzle. Take a teachable moment to toss in a bit of geography, by having students find the country on a world map or globe.

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten math, class made winter books, january writing prompts, activites to go with jan bretts the mitten, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten puzzles, verb activities, mitten centers, There are colorful puzzles to be used in a center, as well as black & white puzzles, so that your students can make their own.

I did not number the character puzzles, so that students can number each strip according to your directions.
This way you can work on those toughie teen numbers, or counting beyond 100.

Children color the animal and word, cut their puzzle apart, then put it back together.
You can also make these into a mosaic picture as well, gluing the strips on construction paper, leaving a small gap in-between each piece. For an awesome, wintry bulletin board, scatter them on a  blue background, with a few paper snowflakes

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten math, class made winter books, january writing prompts, activites to go with jan bretts the mitten, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten puzzles, verb activities, mitten centers, Whenever I can, I like to incorporate math with literacy, to get more bang for my time.

The mitten-themed emergent reader, is a quick, easy and fun way to have students practice writing skills and end punctuation, along with a variety of math standards.

However, the packet is simple enough, that you can just do the craft portion with PK kiddos, or some of the other activities as a whole group.

I've also included a few worksheets that practice tally marks, addition, skip counting by 5s, subtraction and graphing, as well as data collection and analysis.

You can do them as an independent worksheet, or break students into small groups and have them figure out the answers together.

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten math, class made winter books, january writing prompts, activites to go with jan bretts the mitten, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten puzzles, verb activities, snowflake activities, itten centers, Another sweet mitten-shaped booklet is "Let's Count Snowflakes", which includes a 10-frame emergent reader featuring 30 Dolch sight words.

Students read the sentences, add end punctuation, trace & write the number and number word, circle it in the sequence, tally the amount, then show the set in the 10 frame

Run off the mitten pattern on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students cut & collate the pages of their worksheets, then staple them to the "cuff" of the mitten.

I’ve also included a set of pocket chart cards counting up to twenty, with 2 cover options to make a 1-10 or 1-20 “Itty Bitty” flip booklet as well.

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten math, class made winter books, january writing prompts, activites to go with jan bretts the mitten, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten puzzles, 10 frame activities, snowflake activities, itten centers, For more fun, there are 3 pages of mini snowflake tiles to use as manipulatives to make groups with, as well as a set of lovely snowflake puzzle cards from zero to ten, plus a blank set to program with higher numbers.

Simply print, laminate and trim, to use as an independent math center, or for a variety of games including “Kaboom”.   That game, plus a 3-page tip list of what else you can do with the number cards, is also included in the packet.

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten math, class made winter books, january writing prompts, activites to go with jan bretts the mitten, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten puzzles, 10 frame activities, snowflake activities, itten centers, Today's featured FREEBIE is a quick, easy and fun, Mitten-Snowman craftivity that reinforces letters, plus a bit of math. 

tpt jan saleBy the way, today is a great day to zip on over to TpT, as they are having a site-wide winter sale. (January 20th through January 21st.)

Everything's  20% off, with an additional 10% off with the coupon code: START16

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten math, class made winter books, january writing prompts, activites to go with jan bretts the mitten, magic e activities, silent e activities, verb activities, mitten centers, Well that's it for now.  I hope you found something useful here and can make time to check out the TpT sale. Thanks for visiting.

Wishing you a warm and cozy, snuggly kind of day.

 "When there's snow on the ground, I like to pretend I'm walking on clouds." -Ikkaku

1-2-3 Come Do Some Thanksgiving Writing Prompts With Me

The activities in the "Thanksful Packet", are a creative alternative to the ever popular “Thankful For…” writing prompt.

thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving bulletin board ideasThe THANKFUL word, is a quick, easy & fun little craftivity your students can do in 5-10 minutes.

Children fill in the letters with things that they are thankful for. Drawings, stickers, or even a little photograph adds pizzazz.

I used all caps so that students had more room. Take a teachable moment to discuss why they think that most signage that they read is a “rule breaker” and uses all capital letters.

thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving bulletin board ideasThe packet also includes a class-made booklet, which includes several page options and covers.

It’s formatted on a full-page for a large booklet, as well as 2-on-a-page templates to conserve paper.

thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, scarecrow crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving bulletin board ideasThe booklet is a wonderful way to build students’ self-confidence, and is especially appropriate if your class participates in the “Bucket Filling” program, as children choose a partner then write why they are thankful for them.

Encourage older students to use at least 3 adjectives to describe their classmate, as well as 2-3 verbs of what they do that you are thankful for.  

Add school pictures for that finishing touch.

After they share their page, collect, collate and add a cover.
Remember to set your booklets out for parent-teacher conferences

As always, I've included my completed samples, so that you can quickly and easily make an example to share with your kiddos, to help explain what you want them to do.

thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, scarecrow crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving bulletin board ideasThere's also a sweet little note from your teacher: I'm thankful you're in our class, that you can tuck in students' desks, folders, or backpacks.

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look at the: Thankful Packet.

thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, scarecrow crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving bulletin board ideasWhile you're there, I'd so appreciate it if you'd follow me.  I know it's a bit silly, but I really get excited about this growing number. 

I only need two more followers to hit the 800 milestone.  When I do, I'll be sharing a special FREEBIE in celebration. 

By following, you'll know when I post FREEBIES or throw a sale.  Thanks in advance for you consideration.

The featured FREEBIE for today is Patrick, the paper chain scarecrow.  Use him as a creative and fun way to practice, counting and patterning via the links.

Older students can write why they are thankful on eack link, the scarecrow being a nice alternative to a turkey.  Completed projects look cute dangling from the ceiling or as a border up against a hallway wall.

thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, scarecrow crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving bulletin board ideasWell that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.  It's rainy, cold and dreary out. 

The perfect kind of day to start creating some Christmas craftivities.  Wishing you a warm-fuzzy, snuggly kind of day.

"Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Writing Craftivities With Me

The key to getting children motivated to write, is simply giving them something exciting and fun to tease their imaginations and get the creative juices flowing.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksPumpkins in the News does that.  It's my latest, 29-page, writing prompt-emergent reader packet.  

I’ve included 2 class-made books: The Case of the Missing Pumpkins, as well as Our Class Pumpkins in the News.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksTo get the pumpkin rolling, there’s a “What can you do with a pumpkin?” poster, which includes two graphing extensions to cover more standards.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksChildren will readily share that you can eat and carve them, but are they aware that you can grow a record-breaking giant pumpkin, catapult them through the air, or turn them into a boat and sail them in a regatta?

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksAll of these are popular contests and make headlines in the news.
I’ve included links to awesome videos to whet everyone’s writing appetites.

On the crazy creative side, how about the discovery of an alien pumpkin, or a pumpkin that could talk or grant 3 wishes?

Trust me, your kiddos will WANT to get right down to the business of writing! Woo hoo.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksThe crafty part of the project is a newsprint pumpkin.
Coloring newspaper with crayons or markers, creates a super-interesting and awesome look.

Completed projects look amazing swirling & twirling from the ceiling.  I've included several "header" cards to choose from, as a title for your display.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksLittle ones can search for all of the letter Pp’s and circle them.

I’ve also included several worksheets for more letter Pp practice.

Toss in a bit of shape review, with the pumpkin’s facial features, and practice spelling names via his smile. 

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksThe emergent reader has 6, mini pages on a one-page template, to create a "just the right size" booklet, which comes in color for a teacher's edition, as well as black & white for your kiddos.

There's also a pattern with 12-on-a-page to make an Itty Bitty one.  It's packed with plenty of Dolch sight words.

cov happy halloween notesI've included an optional 7th page that says "Happy Halloween".

If you don't include it with the emergent reader, you could give them to your kiddos on party day.

They are today's featured FREEBIE.  Click on the link to grab a copy in both black & white as well as color.

halloween activities, halloween crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesWell that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. It's my sincere hope that your own little "punkins" enjoy these craftivities.  It's a gorgeous 70 degrees today; the leaves are finally starting to turn.

The fresh air floating in from my window is beckoning me to come play.  I shall succumb.  Wishing you a peaceful day.

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." - Henry David Thoreau 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Kissing Hand Activities With Me

My kiddos LOVE the story The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  Little ones identify with the anxious feelings of Chester the raccoon, when he doesn’t want to go to school.  The warming kiss from his mom, resonates in comfort for them as well.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryWith that in mind, I created a whopping 102-page Kissing Hand literacy packet.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved designing it.  

The packet has a ton of super-fun activities to help reinforce a variety of standards and includes the following:

* A note home to parents to provide a family photograph for a special We are loved” bulletin board.
* 2 posters to help create the bulletin board.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* A tiny welcoming note for your students with a place to put a Hershey Kiss. ("Hooray!  Hooray!  So glad you're here today.  To show you that it's true, here's a little kiss for you!")
* Graphing activities

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Parts of a book poster & worksheet
* Pocket Chart cards for: character, setting, events
* Literacy Graphic organizers
* Beginning-Middle-End of the story worksheets & activities

* A who, what, where, when, why worksheet
* Venn diagrams comparing: 2 books, 2 characters, the child with Chester, Chester’s school & their school, plus some completed samples to share.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Games: “How many words can you make using the letters in raccoon?” Includes an answer key; “Rr is for raccoon and….” race;  plus a Nocturnal Animal Memory Match game.

* A variety of worksheets for various levels.
* Lot of creative & fun writing prompts
* Several class-made books, with covers and inside pattern pages to make them.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Nocturnal animal activities, including an interesting facts sheet, an alphabetical list of 34 nocturnal animals, a classroom poster, with a matching “color me” one for students, plus several games.

* Sign Language activities (The last page of the story, is a picture of Chester’s hand “signing” I love you.) Includes a poster and worksheet.

* Skidamarink a-dink-a-doo I love you song, poster & bookmarks.  My Y5s LOVE singing this sweet song.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Retell the story bookmarks
* “Color me” first day bookmarks

* Comfort discussion poster and matching class-made book

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* “I had a great 1st day” slap bracelet.
* 12 pocket chart cards for reviewing the story.  They double as a punctuation and capitalization activity too.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Feelings activities
* Raccoons "Are, Can, Have" worksheet

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Craftivities: A raccoon mask; a hand print fold out note; and a  “red, white & blue I love you” sign language heart.  Both make a wonderful keepsake.

* I also designed a sweet full-body raccoon on a 1/2 sheet of paper, with 2-on-a-page for quick printing.

Little ones can simply color him, then color, trim & glue the tail to the bottom. 

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryOlder students can write 3-4 things they liked about school or 2-3 emotions they felt during the first day or week. 

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryThe larger raccoon is just a head & tail.  I call it "A Tale About Me!"  With a play on the word "tale/tail".

It's an interesting alternative to the "All About Me" booklets.

The tail of the raccoon provides simple writing prompts for kiddos to finish: name, birthday, an interesting fact about themselves; what they want to be when they grow up, plus favorites: color, candy, activities, animal, foods, & TV show, all written on the raccoon's tail. 

This craftivity is a super-fun way to learn about your new students, and completed projects make an adorable bulletin board

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to grab this comprehensive Kissing Hand Literacy Packet. 

In celebration of getting ready for back to school, I've knocked 2 dollars off for a limited time, so this 102-page packet is just $5.95. 

kissing hand I survived craft, Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryThe featured FREEBIE today, also involves The Kissing Hand. I actually have 2 for you that are featured in the packetThe first one is the quick, easy & fun "fill up the hand with feelings" craftivity.  Click on the link to grab it.  

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryThe second one is the Comfort Class-Made Book.  There are two writing prompt options to choose from, a color cover, with full & half page options, plus the discussion poster.  After children share their page, collect, collate, add the cover & place it in your classroom library. 

Be sure and set your student-made booklets out during Open House as well as Parent Teacher Conferences. 

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryI hope your kiddos enjoy creating this one.  Well that's it for today. 

Thanks for stopping by.   It's a lovely sunny day in the 70's.  My grandchildren are coming over, so it will be especially enjoyable.  Wishing you a love-filled day as well.  

"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation." - Lois Weis  

1-2-3 Come Do Some Earth Day Recycling Activities With Me

earth day activities, earth day crafts, earth day writing prompts, writing prompts for earth day, earth day bulletin boards, earth day bookmarks, earth day lessons, common core earth day, Are you looking for a little something to give your students on Earth Day?  How about a bookmark?   The "Every day should be Earth Day!" bookmarks come in full color or black and white, so your kiddos can color their own.  Click on the link to get your copy. 

April 22nd is the official Earth Day celebration, but because of the importance of taking care of our earth, I took an entire week to do all sorts of reduce, reuse and recycle activities with my Y5's, proving to them that even young children can make a difference.

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Making a class book is a fun way to get your kiddo's excited about writing.

After a short video and class discussion, each child finished their page; I collected and collated them into a booklet. A cover is included.

On their worksheet, students complete the thought for each of the 3 sentences: How do they reduce, reuse and recyle to help our earth?

Remind them about capitalization, spacing and punctuation, so that you cover those standards as well.  When you share the completed book with your class, have each child read their own page.

Add some pizzazz by having students color the illustrations and then glue their own school photo over either the girl or boy's face.  Click on the link to view/download the Earth Day Class Book.

the 3 r's, reduce reuse recycle activities, earth day activities, writing prompts for april, earth day writing prompts, class books, recycling booklet, CCSS for Earth Day, common core for earth day, punctuation activities, capitalization activities, spacing, class books, class made books, earth day crafts, clock games, clock centers, clock activities, clock lessons, telling time activities, telling time lessons, time to the hour, earth day games, Another way you can have students learn and write about reducing, reusing and recycling, is to have them make this simple, but striking 3D Earth Day dangler.

The recycling symbols and hearts are glued together to form 3 sides; one for each R word. Students write how they reduce on one heart, how they reuse on another and finally how they recycle on the 3rd one.

Hang from a yarn loop so the writing prompt "craftivity" twirls and dangles from the ceiling. Add a photo for that finishing touch.  Click on the link to view/download the Earth Day Writing Prompt Dangler.

the 3 r's, reduce reuse recycle activities, earth day bookmarks to color, earth day activities, writing prompts for april, earth day writing prompts, class books, recycling booklet, CCSS for Earth Day, common core for earth day, punctuation activities, capitalization activities, spacing, class books, class made books, earth day crafts, clock games, clock centers, clock activities, clock lessons, telling time activities, telling time lessons, time to the hour, earth day games, Finally, I made an Earth Day game that helps review clock numbers, simple addition, and things that can be recycled.

Students roll first one, and then two dice, to get a time-to-the-hour number that they write on their clock. 

They then glue the matching numbered item that it is "time to reduce, reuse or recycle."

Click on the link to view/download Earth Day: It's Time To Recycle Clock Game.

the 3 r's, reduce reuse recycle activities, earth day bookmarks to color, earth day activities, writing prompts for april, earth day writing prompts, class books, recycling booklet, CCSS for Earth Day, common core for earth day, punctuation activities, capitalization activities, spacing, class books, class made books, earth day crafts, clock games, clock centers, clock activities, clock lessons, telling time activities, telling time lessons, time to the hour, earth day games, That's it for today.  I hope you found something here to get your sweeties excited about helping to take care of their planet.

The rain is splattering against my window; such a soothing sound.  I have it open a crack and the air smells wonderfully fresh.  Wishing you a blessed day.

"Everyone wants happiness; no one likes pain, but you can't have the rainbow, unless you have some rain." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Gingerbread-Themed Writing With Me

Writing is a lot more fun for your students if you incorporate it with a theme that you're doing.  Since gingerbread seems to be really popular, I decided to design a few writing activities involving this sweet December treat.

gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house activities, december bulletin boards, december bulletin board ideas, gingerbread man class book, parts of speech activities, verb activities, adjective activities, parts of speech posters, free parts of speech anchor charts, December class made books, making a class bookMy students really enjoyed making class books.  They are a quick, easy and fun writing prompt for them.  Completed projects, were favorite books during free reading time. 

For the Gingerbread On The Run class book, students complete the writing prompt and illustrate their page.  Collect, collate and add the cover to make a sweet class book.  There are 2 options for the student writing page. 

This class book, is also an interesting and fun way to review action verbs as well as nouns.  I've included a completed sample that you can use to help explain the lesson to your kiddos.  Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread on the Run class-made book.

gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house activities, december bulletin boards, december bulletin board ideas, gingerbread man class book, parts of speech activities, verb activities, adjective activities, parts of speech posters, free parts of speech anchor charts, December class made books, making a class bookWhile I was working on this activity, I thought it would be helpful to make some gingerbread-themed parts of speech anchor charts. 

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For more writing practice, I made up several simple descriptive writing worksheets, which basically help review the use of adjectives in a fun way. 

gingerbread descriptive writing covI've included completed samples to share with your students, such as the one pictured, which asks them to use their 5 senses to write sentences about a gingerbread man. 

Pages from Gingerbread Parts Of Speech Posters, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house activities, december bulletin boards, december bulletin board ideas, gingerbread man class book, parts of speech activities, verb activities, adjective activities, parts of speech posters, free parts of speech anchor charts, December class made books, making a class bookClick on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Descriptive Writing Worksheets.

gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house activities, december bulletin boards, december bulletin board ideas, gingerbread man class book, parts of speech activities, verb activities, adjective activities, parts of speech posters, free parts of speech anchor charts, December class made books, making a class bookFinally, you can use the adorable gingerbread house craftivity, as a writing prompt (If I were a gingerbread cookie...) , or send it home, as a home-school connection for the entire family to take part in.  

 A note home is included in the packet, along with a "Merry Christmas From Our House To Yours"  template.  Children glue a family photo inside and have all of their family members sign it. 

Completed projects make a sweet December bulletin board. Little ones, especially enjoy seeing a family photograph while they're at school. 

Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread House Writing Prompt Craftivity.

gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house activities, december bulletin boards, december bulletin board ideas, gingerbread man class book, parts of speech activities, verb activities, adjective activities, parts of speech posters, free parts of speech anchor charts, December class made books, making a class bookThanks for visiting.  The sun is shining and it's not too cold out, so it's time to take my poodle pup, Chloe, for a brisk walk.  Wishing you a fun-filled day. 

 "Enthusiasm is contagious, so start an epidemic." -Unknown

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My students really enjoy making class books.  It's a fun writing prompt for them, and the completed project is usually a favorite during free reading time.  Students complete the writing prompt and illustrate their page.  Collect, collate and add the cover to make a sweet class book.  There are 2 options for the student page.  This writing prompt is a quick, easy and fun way to review action verbs as well as nouns.

 1-2-3 Come Do Some Interesting and Fun Writing With Me

Having interesting and fun writing prompts, will motivate your students to want to write.  Tossing in a bit of crafty coloring, will be icing on the cake. 

With that in mind, I just finished designing some creative-wintry writing prompts that I think your kiddos will enjoy.  They are pretty simple, so they'd easily fit into your Daily 5 or writing block. 

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberA Sweet Tweet For Santa, is based on the popular idea of "tweeting".   Students color, cut and glue the bird to the top of their writing prompt paper, then each day (for 10 days) they jot down (tweet) something sweet that they've done, that Santa might be interested in knowing.

Remind them to use proper spacing, capitalization and end punctuation.  I've also included a completed sample for you to share with your students.

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for december"Stuff It!" is also a unique writing prompt.  I've included several options, with two different stocking patterns, so you could actually do both of them, or give students a choice.

To reinforce patterning, have students write their name on the "cuff" of the stocking in an ABAB color pattern.

After coloring and trimming their stocking, students make an alphabetical list of things they'd enjoy finding "stuffed" in their stocking.  Once they've completed and checked their list, they rewrite the final draft on their stocking.

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberFor the other writing prompt, students gather in groups of 3-4 and exchange their stockings with each other.

Everyone in the group "stuffs" a Christmas compliment into their classmates' stockings, by writing something nice about that person.  Encourage the use of adjectives. 

This activity is especially appropriate if your class does the "Fill a Bucket" program. Completed projects make a nice, self-esteem building, December bulletin board.

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberNow You're Talkin' is an especially imaginative writing prompt, that I really enjoyed making samples for. 

It's especially beneficial if you're working on the proper use of quotation marks.

There are 5 different writing prompts to choose from.  Pick one for your students, give them a choice, or have them do a different one each day and assemble them into a journal.  I've included a cover if you want to do that. 

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberStudents color the pictures, then pretend to be a gingerbread man, reindeer, and snowman, jotting down things they might say if they could talk.

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberTo help explain things, I've included completed samples for each one for you to share with your kiddos.

If you could hear Santa or his elves, what might they be saying? are the other two writing prompt options.

Encourage the use of adjectives and remind students about proper spacing, capitalization and end punctuation.

If you're not doing these as a journal, have students choose their favorite, mount on construction paper and hang them on a hallway wall or bulletin board.

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberFinally, my personal favorite, is a class made book entitled Who Will Pull Santa's Sleigh?  Making class booklets, were always my first grader's favorite writing activity, as well as much sought-after reading options during quiet time. 

Here's the scenario for this fun December writing prompt: Oh no! Santa's reindeer are sick!  Who will pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve? 

Students choose an animal and write why they think they would be a good choice, then illustrate their page.  Collect and collate your students' contributions and make into a class book.   I've included a cover for it.

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberRead your completed book as a whole group, by having each student read their own page when you come to it.  Be sure and make one of your own, or share the completed sample that I've included in the packet.

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberTo help give your students some interesting ideas, and get them excited about writing, you might want to read Who Will Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight, by Laura Rader.

In this story, as with the writing prompt, the reindeer are sick, so Santa holds auditions for replacement animals.  

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberAnother hilarious story, with awesome illustrations, is Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Pallotta.  This story takes place pre-reindeer time, when Santa was wondering who could pull his sleigh.

Your kiddos will get lots of ideas, as there are many silly scenarios presented by different animals trying out for the job --  from skunks, kangaroos and giraffes, to monkeys, mice and even snakes.  In the end, Santa finally realizes that reindeer are the perfect animals for pulling his sleigh.

I've included a Venn diagram, as well as a graphing extension you can do if you read both books.  Click on the link to view/download the Who Will Pull Santa's Sleigh? class-made book packet. 

December writing prompts, santa activities, reindeer activities, elf activities, elf writing prompts, reindeer wriitng prompts, class made books, tweeting activities, Christmas stocking activities, fill a bucket activities for decemberThat's it for today.  Thanks for visiting. I hope these writing prompts help to get your students excited to practice.

The sun is trying to peek out, making the snow sparkle, which puts me in the mood to do some decorating.  Wishing you a festive day.

"Christmas without reindeer is like snow without moonlight: it loses its sparkle." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Back To School Sidewalk Chalk Activities With Me

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, back to school activities, treat bag ideasI LOVE sidewalk chalk and so did my young fives.  You can buy 6 to a dozen sticks at The Dollar Store, so I always had a big bucket on hand, for those crazy days when everyone has had enough, and you just need to take a break and get outside. 

Keeping in mind, that just about everything we do has to be "educational" and include the "standards", I'd have my kiddos practice writing their names, letters, numbers and drawing shapes.  After we got that out of the way, they enjoyed creating "mess-terpieces" 'til it was time to go in. 

For quick cleanup, make sure you bring some wet wipes with you, so students can wipe off their dusty hands.

treat bags, back to school activities, back to school gifts, first day funIf you give your students a first day gift or treat bag of some sort, and are looking for something easy and inexpensive, then I think you'll enjoy my "Welcome! ___________ is 'chalk' full of learning fun!"  treat bag.  I have templates for preschool, kindergarten and first grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever you teach.

chalk full of fun colorAnd... no worries if you've already started school.  There's a generic "Wishing you a day that's "chalk" full of fun!" black & white, plus colorful note too.

My inspiration for this packet, came from My Sweet Sanity's blog spot.  She used the "chalk full" play on words, for an end-of-the-year summer gift.  Click on the link to zip on over and see her rainbow version. 

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, back to school activities, treat bag ideasrecipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, back to school activities, treat bag ideasSo that you have a time-filler if you need it, run off the header on white construction paper, so that students can pull it off, color and use as a bookmark

You could also run them off on a variety of colors of construction paper, or print the ones that are in color. 

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, back to school activities, treat bag ideasAttach the card to the front of a Snack Baggie, with a glue dot.  (I don't like using staples with little ones.) Put a piece of sidewalk chalk inside and you're done! 

Because students will want to play with the chalk right away, I wouldn't put them on their desks.  Instead, put the treats in a big basket in full view and wait for children to notice, or show them one and let them know that they will get their Baggie at the end of the day to take home, or...

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasUse them as a behavior modification technique.  Tell students that they need to work as a team with their new friends. 

Each time they complete a task, or show great group behavior, you'll color in a letter on the "chalk" poster.  When all of the letters have been colored in, they get their chalk and are able to go outside for some special fun.

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasAs long as you're outside, why not take some pictures. Pinterest has quite a few photo op examples that involve sidewalk chalk.  If you take a first day of school picture, one of these ideas would be adorable.  Children tend to be less camera shy while playing outside, so you should get some adorable shots like the ones pictured here.

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasI especially like the kindergarten idea.  Write your grade level as shown, and then have each student pose. 

I've linked back to give credit when I could, however some showed just a photo and went no where.  (Hover over the photo to see if it's linked and then bop over to those sites for more details.)

v recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasThe balloon and crown idea are also easy and cute. That little guy is so joy-filled!

Keeping with the sidewalk chalk theme, I designed some writing prompts that I call "Chalk Talk"

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasThere's one for boys and one for girls.  Children complete the prompt: "I had a nice day at school.  These are a few of the things that I did."

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasrecipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasI've also included two "chalk talk" posters to use for whatever you deem appropriate. 

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, back to school activities, treat bag ideasClick on the link to view/download the Chalk Talk packet.

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasTo see if I could find any other interesting things to do with sidewalk chalk, I Googled it.

For 30 fun games and activities with sidewalk chalk check out this creative birthday party idea website.

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasYou can buy a bucket of sidewalk chalk at The Dollar Store, but if you’d like to make some, you can find a recipe on wikihow. For 7 fun ways to make ice chalk, click on the link.  I like the idea of using Popsicle sticks, so children's hands don't get as messy.

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasFinally, click on the link for a recipe for scented sidewalk chalk paint, (She used Kool-Aid for non-toxic fragrance) and says: "This is a super-simple and inexpensive paint recipe that rinses off with a hose."

recipes for sidewalk chalk, activities to do with sidewalk chalk, behavior modification techniques, back to school activities, treat bag ideasWell that's it for today.  Feel free to PIN away. 

I'm headed outside with my brand new tub of sidewalk chalk to create some awesome photographs with my little grandson Kaiden.  Hope you have a day full of giggles too. 

"A picture is a poem without words." - Horace

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