1-2-3 Come Play A Pumpkin Dice Game With Me
Since my Apple Puzzle Games have been so popular, I decided to create a pumpkin-themed one too.
The pumpkin puzzles are a quick, easy and super-fun activity that you can play as an independent center, or as a whole group where children play individually or with a partner.
The games will reinforce numbers 1-6 for PK kiddos, while older students can use the 1-12 number puzzle to practice addition.
There are several ways to play.
To reinforce the fact that pumpkins are not only orange but can be red, yellow, green whitish tan & even blue, I have my students color with those six crayons.
So that each students’ work is different, children decide which numbers are what colors.
Because of the variety, completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
I've included photographs of real colorful pumpkins, along with a poster to scatter among your students' work.
I've also included larger, full-page pumpkins so you can create independent Center Games as well.
Simply print, laminate & trim. I keep each puzzle in a ZipLock Baggie.
For this center, students roll the dice and place the matching numbered piece on the pumpkin base.
There are a set of 3 puzzles for numbers 1-6, and another three with pieces 1-12.
I made multi-colored puzzles (see photo), but you can make yours all one color or whatever...
Challenge older students to put the puzzles together without the help of a base.
If they become stumped, they can refer to the "pumpkin challenge" chart for assistance.
The packet also has a “header” card if you’d like to make these as an inexpensive gift for a fall or Halloween treat bag.
The headers come in color as well as black & white.
It’s a super-simple, party day activity that children can do independently, which allows you to be freed up. Woo hoo for an easy-peasy "sanity saver"!
Students are happily engaged putting their own personal puzzle together.
When they’re done, they pick a friend to play the dice game with; using the base that they built their puzzle on, which they’ll now color for the “Roll & Color” dice game.
You can have these pre-cut by a parent helper, or to make the activity last longer, have children cut out their own pieces, getting in some scissor practice which will help strengthen finger muscles.
There’s also a 4-on-a-page blank pumpkin puzzle so that you can program however you want.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a selection of fall-themed worksheets that help students practice graphing, at the same time reviewing 2D shapes.
I've included black & white patterns for children, as well as colorful answer keys.
My students really love graphing, so I hope yours will too.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's going to be another hot one today in the 90s (!) unheard of for Michigan at the end of September, but it beats snow.
Time to go water my wilting flowers. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn." -Latin Proverb
1-2-3 Come Do Some Fall-Themed Math Activities With Me
Oh my goodness this packet took a lot of time to put together! I hope you find it super-helpful and time saving, as it's chock full of quick, easy and fun math activities, that cover a variety of Common Core standards.
They are very versatile, so you can differentiate, making the lesson easier or more difficult, to fit your needs and grade level. (PK-1st).
Use them throughout the month for early finishers, extra help for strugglers, brain breaks, centers, review, table top lessons, assessments, homework, ESL help, or "just for fun” plug-ins when you have a few spare minutes. Tuck a few in your sub folder too.
Pick and choose what's appropriate and put together a Happy Thanksgiving packet to send home over break.
There are worksheets, several craftivities, puzzles, as well as dice, spinner & paper-pencil games, for the following:
* Ordinal numbers
* Telling digital & analog time to the hour & half hour
* Counting to 100 and 120
* 100 chart activities and games
* Skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's
* Sorting odd and even numbers
* "What's Missing?" worksheets
* "I Spy a Number" worksheet-games, for numbers 0-10 and 10-20, with a blank worksheet to program with higher numbers.
Perfect for whole-group assessing.
* Fact families
* Number words
* Coin counting
* 2D Shapes
* 10 frame activities
* Place Value
* Fill in the missing ad ends
* Addition worksheets and games
* Subtraction worksheets and games
* Tally marks
* Greater than, less than, and equal to
* +1 more worksheets
* +10 more worksheets
* "Dots and Boxes" game
* Listening & Following Directions
Wow! That's just about a little bit of most everything!
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to have a look see at this whopping 177-page, November Math Packet for PK-1st.
The featured FREEBIE today, also has a Thanksgiving theme.
It's an educational placemat that you can use for your Thanksgiving feast, or if you don't do one at school, use it on that last crazy day before break.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm anxious to get some smaller Thanksgiving packets completed, before I run out of November! Wishing you a relaxing day.
"If months were marked by colors, November in New England, would be colored gray." - Madeleine M. Kunin
1-2-3 Come Do Some Colorful Fall Activities With Me
Because of the Halloween Colors packet, I had 2 requests for something similar, that was less Halloween and more fall in content. Both gals teach at schools where they don't celebrate Halloween, but do cover all of the Common Core that I incorporated into the packet.
I decided to revamp The Colors Of Fall easy reader. It's one of my first booklets, before I took computer classes and bought lots of software, clip art and fonts, yet it's one of my personal favorites, as my husband helped me tweak my poem.
He's a stickler for the appropriate number of beats for consistancy in a rhyme. I've included a poster poem to share with your students before they start working on their own booklet.
Children read the simple sentences (lots of Dolch and word wall words here).
They correct the beginning capitalization and then add end punctuation.
Using matching colored markers or crayons, they trace, write and color the color words and then color the pictures.
There's also a color word worksheet, graphing extension and spinner game.
Click on the link to view/download The Colors Of Fall packet.
As long as I was on a roll, I decided to whip up an all-leaf themed one, using the same format.
I wasn't sure I was going to use all of the colors, because purple, pink, blue and white are certainly not common leaf colors, but I managed to fit them all in.
As with the other two packets, there's a booklet, worksheet, graphing extension and game. Click on the link to view/download The Colorful Leaves packet.
Anna and Karla were happy about the new additions, and said "Just what I was looking for!" so I hope you can use them too.
Now that I'm calmer, I'm off to try and figure out 3 stupid TV remotes, (Isn't 3 times a charm?) so that I can watch a Disney movie with my grandson. Things have gotten so complicated I'm ready to throw them all out the window! Oh for the days of on-off-and fast forward, with only ONE remote. If you hear a crash you'll know I wasn't very successful... Wishing you a stress-free day.
"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it." - Henry Ford
1-2-3 Come Sing A Fire Safety Song With Me
Almost 15 years ago, my 1st graders enjoyed singing my version of The Wheels On The Bus Go 'Round and 'Round, as I'd add all sorts of extra goofy things to the traditional favorite.
When October rolled around, and we were studying fire safety, I thought it would be fun to substitute a fire truck for the bus. My kiddos loved it.
Well it's years later and I decided to build a Common Core packet around this silly little song. While doing research, I even found a few people who had the same idea. ("Great minds think alike and all that..." )
Any woo, what started out to be just a few things, morphed into a whopping 69-page packet, and believe me, my brain is a bit fried.
I had a few requests for some fire safety themed alphabet and number cards, so I threw them into the mix, and one thing led to another...
Take a peek, pick the items that suit your fancy, and let the fun begin.
The Packet Includes:
Students place the uppercase letter circle on the first wheel and then match the lowercase letter circle to the back wheel.
Click on the link to view/download the Common Core Wheels On The Truck Packet.
While looking for fire truck ideas, I came across a super-simple fire truck Make a Vehicle game over at Enchanted Learning.
I always liked to give my Y5's some computer time, and this would make a quick, easy and fun independent activity to practice keyboarding skills etc.
I also found an excellent video on YouTube featuring real fire trucks. It's only 2:44 minutes long. My grandson was revited, but then he's only 2 and everything is pretty exciting.
If you're teaching numbers 1-10, Monster Fire Trucks is also a rather short video (4:18) that's kind of cute. Certainly attention grabbing.
Well that's it for today. (Where has it gone?) I hope your kiddos enjoy learning, as their own wheels start turning. I'm off for a romp outside to unclutter my mind. Wishing you a fabulous fall!
"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places." -Author Unknown
1-2-3 Come Study 2D Shapes With Me
Since fall is in the air, I decided to put some autumn decorations up. I have lots of scarecrow-themed things, as they can stay up through Thanksgiving. I LOVE decorating for the seasons, but hate taking stuff down and putting it away, so the longer things can hang around, the better.
My love for scarecrows probably stems from fond childhood memories, seeing all sorts of creations watching over large gardens and small farms in Wisconsin. My Y5's enjoyed this mini-theme as well, so I used scarecrows to help teach all sorts of standards. Here are some that I designed to reinforce 2D shapes.
My personal favorite is Socrates. He's a "slider" as the paper strip of shapes, slide through the "window" to make his nose. It was fun drawing and putting him together.
As I putzed with what to do for his hair, I decided to put a sheet of yellow construction paper through a shredder.
Rubbing a glue stick on the edges of his head and neck, then pressing down various pieces of shred, made the perfect scarecrow hair and "hay stuffing" peeking out of his neck and hat.
So that you can cover more standards, I've also included "sliders" for numbers 1-30, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, as well as upper and lowercase letters. Click on the link to view/download Socrates the Scarecrow Shape Slider.
Socrates came about, because I made an easy reader booklet entitled: My Scarecrow's Nose. In the story, an adorable little scarecrow needs a nose!
It's up to your students to decide which 2D shaped nose is the best for their scarecrow.
It's a quick, easy and fun way to learn about shapes, at the same time helping strengthen finger muscles, as children trace and draw the nose shapes and then trace and write the shape words.
To reinforce concepts of print, when everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group.
I've also included a graphing extension where students vote on their favorite shaped nose.
There are also 2 worksheets. Students trace and write the shape word, then match the shape to its shape word.
Finally my last scarecrow-themed shape activity is Sam and Samantha. They are full-body scarecrow "danglers".
Give students the option of whether they want to make a boy or girl scarecrow.
As with Socrates, I used shredded paper. Picking up the long shred, ripping it into smaller lengths and then pressing them to the back of the scarecrow, is wonderful fine motor skill practice.
However, if you think this is too time consuming, use a few pieces of double-sided stick tape, then cover with a piece of regular tape when children are done decorating.
Because a pile of shredded paper is tempting for all sorts of shenanigans, remind students ahead of time, that if they throw the shred around and make a mess, they will not be able to use some on their scarecrow. I never had a problem.
So that you can review lots more 2D shapes, I've included a template with extra shapes on it. Students can cut and glue as many shapely "patches" on their scarecrow as they want.
Children can opt to keep the shapes separate, (see photo of Samantha) and glue the various shapes onto a piece of yarn, or they can glue their pieces together, which is a bit easier for little ones. (See photo of Sam.)
Punch a hole in the top triangle and suspend from the ceiling, back-to-back with another child's scarecrow. Adding a few real buttons adds a bit more pizzazz. Click on the link to view/download Sam/Samantha The Shapely Scarecrow craftivity.
Thanks for visiting today. For more scarecrow fun, be sure and pop back tomorrow The timer's ringing, so I need to dash off and check the big pot of Veggie soup I'm making for dinner. Nothing like a nice hearty bowl of soup on a crisp fall evening. Wishing you an ed-venture filled day.
"Trying times are times for trying." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Dental Hygiene Activities With Me!
Since so many of you have been dealing with snow days, and were busy with Groundhog Day, 100 Day, Valentine's Day, (perhaps visiting a post office), and President's Day, (Did you study money?) as well as activities for the Winter Olympics, it's no wonder why there's only a few days left to cram in some dental hygiene activities, before we all launch into "stuff" for March is Reading Month.
So that you don't have to, I spent some time making fun dental hygiene things to possibly make life a little bit easier for you. I hope it's not too late for you to use a few of these new FREEBIES with a tooth theme. I'll be finishing up with the rest tomorrow.
For those of you who like to start your themed-units with a KWL, click on the link for a dental hygiene one you can do as a whole group, as well as a template your students can do in their writing journals. Dental Hygiene KWL
Another great way to learn where your students stand on dental hygiene is to do some graphing activities.
Have they lost a tooth? Do they have a cavity? Have they ever been to the dentist? Would they like to be a dentist? What color is their toothbrush and how many times do they brush a day?
These are some of the eight tooth-related graphing questions you can ask your kiddos. Click on the link to view/download the 8 Dental Hygiene Graphs.
Sending a brushing chart home with your students, is also a fun way for them to let you know that they are practicing good dental hygiene. I've designed 4 toothbrushing charts that children can choose from.
They can X off the chart, cover with stickers or color the various icons as they brush. Click on the link to view/download the 4 Brushing Charts.
Studying dental hygiene provides a wonderful way to build vocabulary. To help you, I made an alphabetical list of 101 words that are associated with dental hygiene.
To reinforce these new words, I've included several word searches plus a dental hygiene word journal, where students can record vocabulary as well as definitions.
Click on the link to view/download the Dental Hygiene Word packet, which is great for your Daily 5 word work activities too.
After you've watched some dental hygiene videos and perhaps had a dentist visit your classroom, choose several of these graphic organizers to help reinforce the information that they are learning. Click on the link to view/download the dental hygiene graphic organizer packet.
Another way for students to gain more dental hygiene knowledge, is by doing the Flip For Facts File Folder activity.
Take your students to the computer lab, so they can look for information on teeth and how to take care of them.
Students jot down their favorite dental hygiene facts and then write them on the template. I've included tips and links of how to make citations for information found Online.
This activity is a great precursor for writing a report. Click on the link to view/download the Dental Hygiene Flip For Facts File Folder packet.
To incorporate some math skills with your dental hygiene activities, I also designed a Timothy Tooth Counting booklet with a matching center activity.
Students trace and write the numbers and number words, and then draw the appropriate number of teeth in Timothy's mouth. Click on the link to view/download Timothy Tooth's Counting Booklet.
The center activity has large tooth posters. Using dry erase markers, children trace and write the numbers and number words and place that many tooth tiles inside the mouth.
There's also templates for doing some subtraction activities as well. Click on the link to view/download the Counting Teeth Center Packet.
The Dental Hygiene Number Puzzles are another way to integrate math, and help practice counting to ten, counting backwards, and skip counting by 10's to 100. Click on the link to grab these FREEBIES.
Finally, just for fun, I made up a poster with a cute tooth quote that I found on Pinterest. There's also a matching bookmark.
Click on the link to view/download the Take Care Of Your Teeth packet.
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I hope you can pop back tomorrow when I finish up with dental hygiene and post even more FREEBIES.
“Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” -Mallory Hopkins
1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowman Activities With Me
Since the Venn diagram downloads have been so popular, I decided to make some with a snowman theme. There are lots of wonderful winter books out there featuring snowmen.
They are great for comparison and contrast writing prompts. Venn diagrams are perfect to help students organize their thoughts before they write.
There's one where they draw details on the snowmen to look like the two characters they are comparing. For the other one, they contrast two snowman books. Click on the link to view download the Snowman Venn Diagrams.
The positive comments about the Gingerbread easy reader, which reinforced color words, were a deciding factor in designing one featuring snowmen.
I took the snowman packet a step farther and also reinforced the days of the week.
Students circle capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the color and day words, + color the hat and scarf on the snowman. (See photo for a close up.)
A worksheet, 3 graphing extensions, a bookmark and spinner game, are also included. Click on the link to view/download Snowman Colors.
I'm also working on a matching snowman color puzzle to go along with this packet. Students can put them together as an indendent center, or play a game with a partner. You could also give each child one of their own to complete and then use for your winter word wall. I'm putting the finishing touches on, and will post it with tomorrow's newest FREEBIES.
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“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meander the streets and children trudge sleds and chase snowballs. No one seems to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happens.” -Rachel Cohn
1-2-3 Come Do Some Gingerbread Activities With Me!
Gingerbread activites are like Pinterest; does anyone ever get enough? My daughter frequently asked me why I "reinvented the wheel" each month, spending hours creating new things, when I already had "a ton."
The easy answer was, I simply LOVE designing stuff! I'm always looking to improve, as well as keep things current, fresh and interesting. There must be quite a few teachers who feel the same, as I continue to get requests for "more-more-more" gingerbread goodies.
I hope you enjoy the newest FREEBIES on the blog today, plus a few old favorites that you might not have been aware of.
"I need a glyph!" is probably one of the most frequent e-mail requests that I get. The gingerbread glyph is very popular. Glyphs are a great way to get to know your kiddos, at the same time whole group assessing listening & following directions.
Because each one is so different, they make a cute December bulletin board. If you'd like to see my entire glyph collection, click on the link to zip on over to the Glyph Section of my site.
Many teachers are also in search of worksheets that help reinforce and review a variety of standards, so that they can use them for practice, whole-group assessing, games, something for "early finishers" to transition to, or homework.
With that in mind, I designed a variety of simple, quick and fun gingerbread-themed worksheets that I think your kiddo's will enjoy.
Plug a few into your Daily 5 activities or sub folder. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Worksheet Packet.
One of the most popular stories read in December is The Gingerbread Man. I enjoy collecting various versions, with different endings. Introducing story elements by reading a favorite book, is a simple way to grab students' attention.
Give them a list of things you want them to listen for, then when they realize where the setting is, they shoot up their hand. When a new character is introduced, they do it again etc. This is fun for children and keeps them focussed.
You'll be able to cover quite a few Common Core Standards with The Gingerbread Literacy Packet. I've included picture cards, a graphic organizer, and a story slider "craftivity" to help students sequence and retell the story.
The slider is my personal favorite. I updated this old favorite. Adding "frosting" with puffy paint gives it an "awwww-dorable" finishing touch.
There are also pocket cards, 40 traceable word cards as well as a Venn diagram activity. Click on the link to view/download The Gingerbread Literacy Packet.
For more Gingerbread Venn diagrams, click on the link for some fun ways to compare and contrast a variety of things.
The Gingerbread Sentence pack is also great for reviewing the story, as well as practicing end punctuation and capitalization.
You can use the pocket chart cards for a whole group activity and correct the sentences together, or have students do the individual worksheet.
Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Punctuation Packet.
Finally, K-teacher Jill, from Georgia, asked if I had time to make some gingerbread activities that involved colors and color words. I hope you like them too. Click on the link to view download the Gingerbread Colors Packet.
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"Had I but a penny in the world, thou shouldst have it for gingerbread." -William Shakespeare.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Gingerbread Activities With Me!
I really enjoy it when teachers contact me with special requests, so when Carol in Wisconsin, asked me for some gingerbread alphabet cards to go with her big themed-unit in December, I happily got to work.
To help reinforce Common Core State Standards, I also included a trace and write upper and lowercase worksheet as well as a match the uppercase letter to the lowercase letter one.
There's 5 different assessments + a 3-page tip list of what to do with the cards, including games like Kaboom.
If you too have a request, simply email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see what I can do. Click on the link for Gingerbread Alphabet Cards
To review even more standards I designed 2 gingerbread sliders and included slider strips for counting numbers to 30; counting backwards from 10 to 0 and 20 to 0; skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's; shapes, + upper and lowercase letters. You can use these to review, assess, and play games with.
Students trace the numbers/letters/shapes. I encouraged an ABAB pattern using red and green markers.
For that finishing touch allow students to decorate with wiggle eyes, ribbons, rhinestones, buttons and glitter. I used white puffy paint for the "frosting." My kiddo's loved that; so easy, but so "Wow!" Click on the link for the Gingerbread Sliders.
I also started working on the winter time cards, and completed the gingerbread ones. The packet includes digital and analog time to the hour and half hour, with a cover to make an Itty Bitty booklet + a tip list of how to use the cards. Click on the link for the Gingerbread Time Cards
I tried to graph every day with my Y5's. Pretty soon the light bulb comes on for everyone. A graph was always part of our table top lessons, and I think my kiddo's really enjoyed coloring and filling in their worksheets.
By switching things up via a theme, interest remained high. I often used shapes inside the themed-item, so that I could review yet another standard. This packet also includes a game. Click on the link for the Gingerbread Graphing Activities
Finally, I also designed the ever-popular shape matching game with a gingerbread theme. I feel as with the above lessons, if you change an activity with a new theme, things stay fresh. Students also feel empowered because they know what to do an can get right down to business. Click on the link for the Gingerbread Shape Games
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"A cookie a day chases sadness away; an entire jar brings it back!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Study Seeds With Me.
I just returned from a wonderful get-away weekend with my husband. We enjoyed seeing all of the gorgeous fall colors here in Michigan and stopping at several farms to buy fresh produce; lots of apples, pumpkins, corn etc.
It got me to marveling at how things grow, so I thought it would be fun to make several seed activities. They are quick, easy and interesting math extensions, that also touch a bit on science.
I decided to match the seeds that I had put in the easy-reader booklet: My Seeds, a few years ago.
Here students trace and write the various fruit words and color the pictures. If you have the seeds available, students can glue them to the appropriate pages.
The Seed Exploration packet covers quite a few math standards. If you don't want to foot the bill for all of the seeds, you can send the parent-note home asking for donations.
This is included in the packet. Our Dollar Store sells packages of sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well as bags of popcorn kernels.
If you carve a pumpkin in your class to analyze pumpkin data, you may want to save the seeds from that and do these as follow-up activities. It's also easy to simply buy a package of pumpkin seeds that are ready to eat.
To introduce your lesson on seeds, use the KWL for seeds that's included in the packet.
There's also an information sheet defining seeds that you can share with your students.
You may want to set up these activities as a center. Fill paper bowls with the various seeds.
Have students bring up their Dixie cup and take a spoonful of each kind and put it in their cup. When they get back to their desk they can spill out their seeds and arrange them on the sorting mat.
After students are done sorting, they take one of each seed and glue it to their identification worksheet.
Students can also arrange the seeds in size from smallest to largest and then glue one of each kind on their "sequencing sizes" worksheet.
I've also included a guess-timation worksheet. You can do this as a whole group, or have students work on their own paper. Students also work on their greater than, less than, or equal to skills with a worksheet incorporating those math symbols.
When everyone is done, gather students in a circle to review what they learned, discuss their discoveries, share their worksheets and do any graphing extensions that you want to follow up with.
Click on the link to view/download the Seed Sorting activities.
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"Good teaching cannot be reduced to a technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher." -Parker Palmer