1-2-3 Come Do Some Fire Safety Activities With Me
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day Proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls.
Over the years, I've had two of my students involved in trailer fires, one in which my Y5 was the one who alerted the family and dialed 911, so don't think a fire won't happen to your kiddos.
Prepare them like it will. In Jose's case that preparation was quite possibly life saving. I start my Fire Safety Week with all sorts of fiction and non fiction stories.
If you're looking for a list of appropriate fire safety books for little ones, I've compiled a list of 55 of my all-time favorites.
So that you can quickly and easily plug in some relevant fire safety into your busy day, here are some simple fire safety craftivities for you to choose from.
The first two have an "I promise" aspect to them. A promise is a big deal to a child, so when they make a promise to me, I think they are more committed to following through.
Promises also show them the importance of fire safety. Signing their promise activities give them extra clout. Such is the case with the "Stop and Think" hand print craftivity.
On the front is a child's painted white hand print; on the back is our promise pledge: "Stop and think. Give me a high five for fire safety. Don't - don't - don't play with matches, candles or lighters. I promise I won't - won't - won't! I'm alert so I won't get hurt." These looked terrific twirling from our hallway ceiling.
My personal favorite is: Hands Off Fire. This too is a promise craftivity. The flames of the fire are a child's paper hands. If you look closely you'll see that they are crinkled like cardboard.
(I ran them through a crimper roller, that you can buy at any craft store. Well worth the $18, as I use it for that "finishing touch" for lots of projects.)
Using hands for the flames, is not my original idea. I came across a photo on Pinterest with no link or pattern, so I decided to dream up my own.
I've also included a Never Ever fire safety song, with matching poster.
Ever conscious of Common Core State Standards, I tried to throw in some writing activities for older students.
As you can see by the photo, students complete a writing prompt (I've provided 2 options) and then glue their bonfire to the top.
I've also included a fire safety - promise poster that all of your students can sign.
Finally, as with all of my themes, I use them as an opportunity to build vocabulary. F is for Fire covers 24 fire-themed words.
Some of them begin with the word fire, which is used as an adjective (teachable moment for "describing" words), others are compound words. (Another teachable moment!)
Students rip and tear red, yellow and orange strips of construction paper. Have children make 3 piles of colors and then rub a glue stick over the letter F, pressing each piece down.
My Y5's loved doing rip and tear activities, and I included them because they are a great fine motor skill and really help strengthen finger muscles. Completed projects make awesome fall bulletin boards too.
Older students can alphabetize the list of words and write them down. For that fire-effect, I used a pinking shears to edge the construction paper.
That's it for today. I don't want this blog article to get too long, so I hope you can pop back tomorrow, as I have lots more fire safety FREEBIES to share with you.
I'm off to Art Prize; 1000's of amazing exhibits throughout our downtown area. Quite the big deal here in Grand Rapids, MI.
"Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean." -Ryunosuke Satoro
1-2-3 Come Make A Multi-Purpose Scarecrow With Me
Since there are so many standards on our plates these days, there never seems to be enough time for everything, let alone a fun seasonal craft that we know our students would enjoy. That's why I spend so much time designing hands-on "craftivities" that revolve around all sorts of standards.
Because it's so comprehensive, it took me several days to complete this Common Core scarecrow, and even more hours to make a sample of all 11 scarecrows, but it was time well spent, as they turned out so cute, are easy for your kiddos to make, and reinfore the following:
Upper and lowercase letters, vowels, sc blend, beginning s sounds, matching words with pictures, numbers 0-30, odd and even, skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s & 10s, shapes, telling time, colors, contractions, number words, color words, compound words, CVC words, and rhyming words.
Completed projects make a wonderful fall bulletin board, or look sweet hanging back-to-back from the ceiling.
To make this extra special, fold a sheet of white construction paper, have students trace their hand and then cut once, to get two hand prints for their scarecrow's "gloves". I ran yellow construction paper through a shredder to make the "hair".
Run off the scarecrow's body templates on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students trim and glue together.
For more fine motor practice, cut yellow rectangles with a paper cutter. Have students snip the bottom portion and glue the "hay" to the back of the scarecrow's pant legs, then crumple.
I purposely made these patterns super simple to cut out, but if you think this is too much for PK kiddos, have a room helper trace once and then cut 3-6 shirts and pants out at a time, leaving just the head for preschoolers to cut out.
There's a blank head so children can draw their own scarecrow face, as well as a completed template for little ones to color.
Students make their scarecrow and then trim and glue on the appropriate patches. The vowel scarecrow is especially versatile, as it not only covers vowels, but shapes and colors too.
For extra practice, when everyone is done, play an "I Spy" game and give students a piece of candy corn to use as a manipulative. Choose a student to call out a "patch".
Children locate that letter, number, shape or whatever, cover it with the candy corn, and then raise their hand.
This is a fun way to practice and review standards, as well as a quick and easy way to whole group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
I've also included blank patches for you to fill in with whatever, plus ideas and templates to use the number, letter and shape scarecrows for matching games.
i.e. match the lowercase patches to the uppercase letters; match the number word patches to the numbers; and/or match the shapes to the shape words.
For more scarecrow-themed letter fun, click on the link for a set of scarecrow alphabet cards.
The following scarecrows are wonderful for vocabulary building and Daily 5 word work: Carl is the Compound words scarecrow; (Click on the link for an alphabetical list of over 3,000 compound words.)
Connie, is a contraction action scarecrow; (With an alphabetical list of 72 contractions)
Sam, is a scarecrow that loves 37, 3-letter words that begin with S; (CVC practice!)
Scott, is the SC blend scarecrow, with a list of 50 words. The packet also includes an entire SC blend section, with lots more activities.
Sophie, is a scarecrow with 47-picture patches, for simple words starting with the letter S.
For a quick review, I've also included 4, Ss word, picture posters.
Rodney, is the Rhyme Time scarecrow, with 56 words that rhyme with scare and a list of 274 words that rhyme with crow.
Write the words that rhyme with scare on the front of Rodney, and have children choose some words that rhyme with crow and write them on the back.
In the sample, I chose 24-scare rhyming words and wrote them on the shirt, and then wrote an equal amount of words that rhyme with crow, on the pants. The alphabetical lists include rhyming words that start with every letter except U & X. I chose one of each.
Finally, the number scarecrow, has several options and serves double duty. There are number patches from 0-30, which I traced in a variety of colors.
You can make Odd Todd and Even Steven scarecrows (front and back) or put the odd numbers on the top and the even numbers on the bottom. (See photo.)
For more math number practice, I've also included skip counting patches. Children can skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's. There are matching worksheets in the packet as well, along with number cards, plus number puzzles in color & black and white.
For more odd and even scarecrow number fun, click on the link to practice numbers from 1-120, in the Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch packet.
If your kiddos are familiar with that concept, but need to work on matching numbers to their number words, use the Norman & Nancy number scarecrow patterns, with numbers 0-10, along with their matching number word patches.
Glue the numbers on the shirt and the number words on the pants. For more practice, have students write the words above their matching number patch.
Click on the link to view/download the "craftivity" portion of the Common Core Scarecrow Packet.
This section will be FREE for an entire year! After that, you can pick up the whopping 184-page jumbo packet in my TpT shop for just $5.95. Click on the link for Patches, The Standard Scarecrow Craftivities packet to pop on over.
Thanks for visiting today. I need to unclutter my brain, so we're off to a nearby fall festival. It's a beautiful autumn-weather day, if the rain just holds out for awhile.
"If stars can shine with darkness, so can you." -Unknown
Double Duty: Compound Words
Do you work with compound words with your students?
Is it sometimes difficult to keep coming up with new words?
How would you like a comprehensive alphabetical list of compound words to help make your job easier?
Well, I spent hours surfing the net seeing if anyone else has lists, working from theirs, adding 100’s of my own words, checking dictionaries, and in its second update, have come up with 2,678 words for you to choose from.
Can I hear a woo hoo?
I’ve also added a definition anchor chart, and a “We’ve spied these words!” poster. Add some paper underneath and have your students write compound words that they hear others say, come across during their assignments, or reading etc.
There’s also a “Compound word of the day” poster and a cover and insert page for students to make their own Compound Word Booklet.
Display a new compound word each day as you count up to 100 Day.
What a fun way to increase your students’ vocabularies and add something different to your 100 Day counting activities!
Click on the link to view/download the new 2,678 Compound Word List Stuff
Feel free to PIN anything you think others might find helpful, and thanks for visiting!
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” –Yan Doren
Do you need some quick and easy ideas with a butterfly theme that reinforce standards, but your students will also enjoy?
You’ve come to the right place.
If you’re assessing right now and looking for something to prove your students can listen and follow directions, a GLYPH is a super easy and fun way to do that as a whole group.
The end results also make a terrific decoration for a bulletin board or hallway. Students can either guess who did which glyph, and practice all sorts of skills, or they can share them with the class and practice their verbal acuity.
Click on the link to view/download the butterfly glyph.
123 Count Butterflies With Me is one of many “count with me” easy readers, that reinforce a variety of math skills.
Students enjoy using a bingo dot marker to stamp sets in a specific pattern. They also cut and glue groups of butterflies to the matching numbered boxes.
When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group to reinforce concepts of print and recognition of number words.
Because students can work on these booklets independently, they are perfect for Daily 5.
Children not only enjoy making them, they feel empowered; teachers are then free to assess or work one-on-one.
Click on the link to view/download 123 Count Butterflies With Me.
Click on this link to view the collection of 22 123 Count With Me Books.
I’m always looking for ways to fit in a mini lesson on compound words and rhyming as this can get a bit tedious if you constantly “skill-drill & then kill” it.
I’ve found that tossing in a fun-themed skill sheet, whenever it’s appropriate, is much more palpable and interesting for most students.
Butterfly Word Play does just that. It breaks down the compound word butterfly and has students think of rhyming words for both butter and fly.
Students trace, write and alphabetize the words on a skill sheet. This is a quick plug in for a tabletop lesson, as is adding UT to consonants and making up words for the prefix of butterfly.
Click on the link to view/download Butterfly Word Play.
Finally, I think it’s a lot more fun for students to complete a writing prompt if they know their page is going to be part of a class book.
Writing about being a caterpillar or a butterfly is a wonderfully imaginative thing for a child. Illustrating how they would look as one results in adorable pictures.
I’ve also included a graphing extension to hit yet another standard and learn a bit more about your students.
Click on the link to view/download Butterfly and Caterpillar Class Books.
Happy fluttering through your spring lessons; I hope these helped! Feel free to PIN anything you think might help someone else and thanks for flittin' on over.
I hope you can fly in tomorrow for some new tricks.