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1-2-3 Come Make A Glyph With Me

This Flower Glyph is a super-fun little something to do for spring or at the end of the year when your kiddos have "blossomed".   No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs.

glyphs, summer glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for May, bee glyph, flower glyph, listening and following directions activitiesThey are a quick, easy and interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions, as well as a super-fun way to get to know your students better.

Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't.

glyphs, summer glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for May, bee glyph, flower glyph, listening and following directions activitiesCompleted projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different!  I've included a colorful "Glyphs!" poster for the center of your display.

I've included 2 flower glyphs in the packet. One is pretty easy, the other a bit more complicated.

Choose which one is best suited for your students.  The glyphs are also easily adapted by simply tweaking the directions to fit your needs.

I also made 3 helpful "direction" posters to use with younger students, should you want to give the more advanced glyph a go with them. 

Next up is a Bee Glyph. Besides the glyph and a poster for the center of your display, this packet includes a few extras.

glyphs, summer glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for May, bee glyph, flower glyph, listening and following directions activitiesTo practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students pick a partner to "interview", to help them figure out which glyph is their partner's.

I've included a data collection worksheet for this, challenging students to try and solve the "mystery" with the least amount of questions.

Afterwards, for an interesting discussion and “revelation” for some, discuss if and why asking a certain question helped eliminate more possibilities than others, and if strategy was important in choosing which questions to ask first.

I've also included 6, whole-group graphing extensions, so you can practice another math standard. 

glyphs, summer glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for May, bee glyph, flower glyph, listening and following directions activitiesSince graduation is just around the corner for kinders and preschoolers, today's featured FREEBIE is a super-cute bio writing prompt craftivity.

This is also appropriate for other grades as well, simply skip the grad hat. 

glyphs, summer glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for May, bee glyph, flower glyph, listening and following directions activitiesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Hopefully all of the crazy "frost warning" weather is over, and I can finally start gardening! Woo hoo.

The sunshine and dirt are calling me.  Wishing you a fun-filled day.

"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." -Daniel J. Boorstin

1-2-3 Come Do Some Spring Things With Me

Spring has officially sprung, and even though we've still got it in the 40s here in Michigan, I'm full gear into springtime fun. 

Today's blog features 3 of my favorite spring activities, which when completed, make adorable springy bulletin boards or hallway displays, sure to put a smile on your face. 

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsFirst up is a sweet little bunny glyph.  They really do turn out absolutely "awwww-dorable".   

No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs
They are a quick, easy & interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions.

Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't listen & follow directions.

Glyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students.

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsBe sure and make your own sample. I think children really enjoy learning about their teacher too.

The packet also includes 4, sweet photo-posters of real bunnies, as well as a links page for a few bunny songs & the story of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsI also designed an Easter egg glyph as well.  I've included 2 egg glyphs in the packet.  One is pretty easy, the other a bit more complicated.

Choose which one is best suited for your students.
The glyphs are also easily adapted by simply tweaking the directions to fit your needs.

Because each one is different they make a super-interesting bulletin board. Every year we get tons of compliments! 

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsMost passers-by are unaware that these are glyphs, so I made a springy "Glyphs" poster for each packet, to use for the center of your display. 

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsSince my Venn Friends have been super-popular, I wanted to design one for spring as well.  This one features  rabbits.

Venn diagrams are a quick, easy & fun way to introduce the concept of comparison - contrast writing, and an interesting way for students to get to know each other better.

My kiddos absolutely love making them, so we do a seasonal one each month; they’ve come to really look forward to picking a new partner to learn more about.  

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsTo help students do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.

For added fun, and to practice another standard that mixes math with literacy, I’ve also included a graphing extension. 

Finally, today's FREEBIE also features bunnies.   This bunny craftivity, is a quick, easy and super-fun center, assessment, or game, with  4 sizes of bunny patterns to accommodate the various sizes and kinds of craft sticks.

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsProgram the "ears" with whatever you'd like to reinforce, then keep each set in a Ziploc Baggie.

The beauty of this bunny pattern, is that you only have to make a few bunnies, yet you're able to use them to practice a variety of Common Core Standards, or whatever else you can think up.

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsHere are some ideas:
* uppercase-lowercase letters
* number-number word
* number-group/set
* contraction-words that make up the contraction
* synonyms-antonyms
* rhyming words
* homonyms
* opposites
* equation-answer
* color-color words
* shape-shape words
* 2 words-compound word
* singular-plural

 bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsWell that's it for today, I hope spring has sprung in your classroom. 

Wishing you a joyous holiday break whenever that happens.

The earth teaches me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. The earth teaches me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.  The earth teaches me courage as the tree which stands all alone. The earth teaches me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. -William Alexander

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

Kites is a theme that my kiddos enjoy in March.  With that in mind, I created some quick, easy & fun lessons that involve kites and cover a variety of standards. I'm sharing 4 of my all-time favorites today, along with a kite-themed FREEBIE.

kite crafts, kite activities, March bulletin board ideas, glyphs, kite glyph, shamrock glyph, analog and digital time games, telling time to the hour activities, patterning activities, crafts for March, print and go worksheets for springNo matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs, and since the shamrock glyph that I posted a few days ago has been so popular, I decided to create a kite one.

Glyphs are a quick, easy & interesting way to practice & assess listening & following directions.  Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't.

Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different! Glyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students.

To practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students pick a partner to "interview", to help them figure out which glyph is their partner's.

I've included a data collection worksheet for this, challenging students to try and solve the "mystery" with the least amount of questions.

I've also included 6, whole-group graphing extensions, so you can practice another math standard

kite crafts, kite activities, March bulletin board ideas, glyphs, kite glyph, shamrock glyph, analog and digital time games, telling time to the hour activities, patterning activities, crafts for March, print and go worksheets for springNext up is my latest alphabet wheel: Kk is for Kite. Dollar Deal-Alphabet Wheels, are a super-fun way to practice letters, and build the vocabulary needed to give an example of a word, with that beginning sound.

They feature 7 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black & white, as well as full-color, so that you can use a colorful one for an independent center and use the black & white pattern for a whole-group or individual word work activity, where kiddos make their own.

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

kite crafts, kite activities, March bulletin board ideas, glyphs, kite glyph, shamrock glyph, analog and digital time games, telling time to the hour activities, patterning activities, crafts for March, print and go worksheets for springNext is a set of 18 print & go, “Can Do!” Common Core kite worksheets, that cover a nice variety of standards.

There are full-page patterns, as well as 2-on-a-page templates, plus an "I Spy" game cover, if you want to collate them into a little workbook for your kiddos.

kite crafts, kite activities, March bulletin board ideas, glyphs, kite glyph, shamrock glyph, analog and digital time games, telling time to the hour activities, patterning activities, crafts for March, print and go worksheets for springFun for your students and easy-peasy for you! 

This is an interesting little something, that you can send as homework to do over spring break

Finally, practice analog and digital time with the "Time Flies" Game Packet.

kite crafts, kite activities, March bulletin board ideas, glyphs, kite glyph, shamrock glyph, analog and digital time games, telling time to the hour activities, patterning activities, crafts for March, print and go worksheets for springThere are several options for this kite craftivity. Children can simply make a kite clock to practice digital & analog time.

You can also use this as a whole-group or individual assessment tool. 
Call out a time. While sitting at their desks, children arrange the paperclips to show that time. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

Students can also play the “Time Flies” kite game.  After children have made their kite clocks, complete with 12-digital time “kite ties” glued to a string, (no times are put on the ties yet) they begin the game.

Students pick a partner and take turns rolling first one dice, to get the 1 to 6 O’clock times.
Whatever number they roll, is the number that they write on their analog kite clock. They also write the digital time on the appropriate digital kite tie.

kite crafts, kite activities, March bulletin board ideas, glyphs, kite glyph, shamrock glyph, analog and digital time games, telling time to the hour activities, patterning activities, crafts for March, print and go worksheets for springWhen they have all 6 numbers done, they roll two dice, adding them together to get the 7-12 O’clock times.
The first one to complete their kite clock, or the one with the most times filled in when the timer rings, is the winner.

I've also included an assessment worksheet, a "special note" poster, plus 4 clock face options. 

Today's FREEBIE also features a kite. It's a "High Flying With Patterns!" Game, Craft, & Whole-Group Assessment Tool. 

Use as an independent math center, run off the patterns on a variety of colors of construction paper, laminate, and trim.
Punch a hole in the bottom point of the kite and add a yarn tie.

Students pick a card and show that pattern by arranging the various colored kite ties on the string.

Another option is to do this as a whole group "craftivity", allowing each child make their own kite.

You can whole-group assess, by choosing cards and having children arrange their “kite tail strips” appropriately. You’ll be able to see at a glance who is having difficulty. 

kite crafts, kite activities, March bulletin board ideas, glyphs, kite glyph, shamrock glyph, analog and digital time games, telling time to the hour activities, patterning activities, crafts for March, print and go worksheets for springLater, have students pick their favorite pattern and glue the appropriate colored kite strips to their yarn tie.  

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I have a few more kite activities to finish up, then it's on to some "wind stuff". 

Wishing you a day filled with luscious, fresh air and happy nature-filled moments. 

"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." -Hans Christian Andersen 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Saint Paddy's Day Activities With Me   

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so I've been busy designing a few things for that week.  Today's blog features 4 of my favorites, plus the featured FREEBIE of the day.  

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March First up is the quick, easy and fun "Pot Of Goals" writing prompt craftivity.    Students complete the "goal" coin sentence prompts.

Coin Prompts: "I want to...", "I want to be...", "I want to go...", "I want to learn...", "I want to see...", "I want to read..."

Younger kiddos can dictate a one-word response, while older students also include a reason why
So that you can program your own, I've also included a set of blank coins.

Mount on rainbow-colored construction paper, and hang in an arch in rainbow-color order, on a large wall. 
Your title can be: "A Rainbow Of Wonderful Writing"

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March Next is a shamrock glyph, which is a super-fun little something to do on St. Paddy's Day, or whenever... 

No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs.  They are a quick, easy and interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions.

Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't, and are also an interesting way to get to know your students; plus completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different!

To practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students pick a partner to "interview", to help them figure out which glyph is their partner's.  I've included a data collection worksheet for this, challenging them to try and solve the "mystery" with the least amount of questions.

I've also included 6, whole-group graphing extensions, to practice another math standard. 

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March A Shamrock Venn Friend  is also a super-fun way to get to know your students better.  These too make an adorable bulletin board for March, and are a visual way to practice "comparison-contrast" writing.  

Introduce the lesson with the "What's a Venn diagram?" poster, then have children partner up.

To help them do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March Each student does their own "different" portion of their shamrock. Afterwards, the two-some glues their shamrock to the “pot of gold”, and takes turns filling in the “same” section oval, which is then glued to the top of the pot.

For that finishing touch, students color their leprechaun, add a school photograph on the leprechaun’s face, then glue it to their side of the Venn diagram.

For added fun, and to practice another standard that mixes math with literacy, I’ve also included a graphing extension. 

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March Finally, the St. Paddy's-Themed CVC Word Packet is a personal favorite. 

To break things down, the packet focuses on 100 CVC words that begin with the letters "L is for leprechaun"; "M is for March"; "P is for Patrick", and "S is for shamrock.”

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March The packet includes:
* A Celtic shamrock craftivity that reinforces CVC words beginning with the letter S
* A leprechaun craftivity that reinforces CVC words beginning with the letter L.

* I’ve also included dice and spinner games, plus …
St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March * A whole-group "Feed the leprechaun” review game, with a matching, mini- independent "Feed the leprechaun" activity.

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March There are…
* Long and short vowel sorting mats,  5 bookmarks for CVC word writing, 26 alphabet shamrock cards, with 20 extra vowel shamrock cards, plus  4 CVC worksheets with 4 anchor chart answer keys.  I've also included . . .

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March * 100 black & white “trace & write” CVC word cards, with covers to make Itty Bitty booklets, 100 mini-CVC word cards, and 100 full-color CVC word cards to use for flashcards, pocket charts, games, puzzles etc.

Finally, there's a "Super Shamrock Sentences” worksheet, 4-page tip list of ideas, games and activities to use the various word cards for, plus a certificate of praise for "wonderful word work.

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March Today's FREEBIE also has a St. Paddy's Day theme. It's a set of 16 number "strip" puzzles, which help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 10s to 100.

I've included full-color puzzles to use in a center, as well as some black and white ones, so that kiddos can make their own. They are vertical as well as horizontal.  

St. Patrick's Day activities, St. Patrick's Day crafts, shamrock glyph, march glyph, Venn Friends, Venn diagrams, st patricks day puzzles, st patricks day games, st patricks day bulletin boards, writing prompts for March Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.The sun is shining and even the tall, ugly piles of dirty snow have started to melt. 

Hooray!  Spring is finally on its way.  Wishing you a carefree day filled with springtime fun.

"Spring: The season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth!" -Unknown

Up Up And Away With A Kite Glyph And Graph Today!

A Y5 report card standard is “Listens and Follows Directions.”

A teacher can certainly tell you in a heartbeat which students don’t listen and follow directions.

There are a zillion oral examples of that on a daily basis, but what if you have to prove it to a parent during conferences?

Showing them some incorrectly done worksheet examples doesn't always do the trick.  Perhaps they are listening, but don’t understand the concept.

kite glyph, glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for March, glyphs for preschool kindergarten and frist grade, glyph activitiesThis was a huge reason why I decided to do a glyph each month.

I could whole-group assess in minutes, the children LOVED doing them, I had an instant seasonal bulletin board or decoration for the hall, students could analyze data and figure out which of their classmates did which glyphs AND I had lots of examples to show parents whether their child was indeed listening and following directions or not; plus I, as well as their classmates, learned more about the students each time we did one.

kite glyph, glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for March, glyphs for preschool kindergarten and frist grade, glyph activitiesHere is a fun glyph for March.  If you want students to analyze the data and figure out who did the glyph, simply fold the corner with their names on over.

Be sure and make your own personal sample.  Students enjoy seeing their teacher's pictoral answers.  For my age, I tell them to count the first 5 bows by 10's and then add the rest. The polka dot glyph is mine.  The triangle glyph is a friend's child.

kite glyph, glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for March, glyphs for preschool kindergarten and frist grade, glyph activitieskite glyph, glyphs, glyphs for spring, glyphs for March, glyphs for preschool kindergarten and frist grade, glyph activitiesI’ve included 10 matching graphs so you can practice another standard and see how your students answered the questions as a whole group.

Click on the link to view/download Kite Glyphs and Graphs

Be sure and pop back tomorrow for more kite activities.

 

 

 

 

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