1-2-3 Come Make A Pattern With Me!
Run off egg template on white construction paper. Cut a variety of bright and pastel construction paper strips the width of a ruler.
For ease of cutting, on a paper cutter, I make a template and then run off the strips.
I made mine 1 inch wide, but sometimes when you print from a scanned PDF, the template comes out a tad smaller, so make sure that your strips are the same width as your egg template.
Make some samples of a variety of patterns: ABAB, ABCABC AABB ABBA etc.
Review patterning with your students.
Children decide what pattern they are going to make and choose their strips accordingly.
Rub glue on the template and then place a strip down. (I’ve taken a picture of how this looks with an ABC (red-orange-yellow) pattern. I started in the middle so that you could see the egg shape, but students should start at the top.
After they have completed their pattern, have them flip over their egg so that they can trim off the ends. Students write the pattern on the front of their egg.
If you want to dangle them from the ceiling, punch a hole in the top, add a yarn loop and hang them back-to-back so that all sides look nice.
They also make a colorful bulletin board. Your caption can be: Egg-sactly What Patterns Do You See? or “Egg-citing Patterns From Mrs./Mr. ___________ class.”
I’ve also included a rip and tear egg template, so that students can make a rip & tear creation. This is outstanding fine motor exercise. My Y5‘s loved making R&P’s.
Students simply put all of the ends of their paper strips in a pile. Children select whatever colors they want, and rip and tear them into a pile.
They then rub glue all over their egg template and press the pieces on the top. These too can be flipped over and trimmed, so that their shape is more egg like.
You can hang these along with the larger eggs for even more pizzazz.
Click on the link to view/download the egg patterning packet.
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1-2-3 Come Fly A Kite With Me!
As the wind is whipping around your school this month, are you looking for some kite-themed activities? Well you've come to the right place! I'll talk about a few of my favorites here, and then give you a link for the rest.
To help you review the Common Core State Standard: MD.1.3, I've designed a kite clock. The game is entitled "Time Flies!" and reviews digital as well as analog time.
Click on the link to view/download the analog and digital time - kite clock.
If you're working on colors and patterning with your students, you'll enjoy the Kite Patterning packet.
You can quickly and easily whole group assess your students, as they have fun adding a variety of colored strips, to make a patterned kite tail.
Kites come in a large array of sizes and shapes, so I thought it would be fun to see if I could find examples of all of the 3D shapes.
I learned a lot doing this research, and found many examples of spheres, cones, cubes and cylinders.
In the easy reader: 3D Kites, students trace and write the shape words as well as glue the matching pictures to the numbered boxes. Click on the link to view/download the 3D Kite booklet
No kite unit is complete, without studying the -ite and ight word families. I made a kite poster listing these word families as well as included them in the My Kite Booklet.
The easy-reader kite-booklet packet, is chock full of -ite & -ight activities, like the Zite Story Poem.
There's also some trace and write worksheets as well as well as a graphing extension, plus 25 traceable word cards.
The packet also includes an -ite -ight word family kite "craftivity."
Click on the links to view/download the My Kite Packet.
Finally, since all of the glyphs have been such popular downloads, I decided to make a kite glyph too. Click on the link to grab this freebie.
To see more kite activities, click on the link to zip over to the kite section, with 23 kite activities!
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1-2-3 Come Count and Flip Stripes With Me!
This Seuss flip hat is a bit more complicated than the money “cent-stional” one that I designed earlier, but it is still a pretty easy project that nails a lot of Standards in a fun way. Common Core State Standards: K.CC.4a, K.CC.4b, K.CC.4c, K.OA.1,K.OA.5, K.CC.6, 1.MD.3
How To Make A Hat:Run off the templates. I’ve made a teacher answer key with the time-consuming parts done, to expedite making a sample to show your students. Because of the cutting. gluing, and assembling, this is a terrific fine motor skill activity.
You can have students either color every other stripe on the front cover flip portion of the hat, in an ABAB pattern, or you can run off the cover template on red construction paper.
Cut the stripes so that one child gets the odd numbers to glue to his white cover, and another child gets the even numbers.
By gluing the stripe to the matching number, you are reinforcing sequencing, one-to-one correspondence, as well as odd or even numbers, plus skip counting by 2’s for the even numbers.
Before assembling, have students fill in the inside of the hat. If you have them use a yellow and green highlighter, you can revisit the science fact that apples come in red, yellow and green. You can also have them color their apples in an ABC color pattern when they get to that portion of the hat.
I used apples for the group/set of things, because it’s a school theme, easily recognizable by students, and is a terrific transition activity, if you read Seuss’s 10 Apples Up On Top to your kiddos.
There is plenty of room to have your students write the numbers in as well. I did this AFTER the tally marks, so that the first column of numbers stays separate from the writing of the numbers, so that the first number does not look like an 11, the next a 22 and so on.
Children draw hands on the clock to the hour. Remind them that the hour hand is shorter than the minute hand.
Making A Hat: Students cut and glue the correct matching dice to the appropriate column.
I purposely used part of the fact family of 5. Counting the dots on the dice and adding them together to = their number, will reinforce yet another Standard.
Students trim their front and back covers, and cut out their hat. I found that it was easier, to fold the edge of the front and back covers and then glue them to the front and back parts of the hat, before cutting the stripes.
This way everything wasn’t flapping all over the place, with the risk of getting torn or completely ripped off. This will also help prevent children from cutting their strips entirely off, if they don’t stop at the dashed line.
My Y5’s often did that because they were simply on a roll and kept cutting. Once students complete their hats, there are all sorts of things you can do with them.
How Can I Use The Hats? They are great for whole group assessing. Call out a number and have students flip to it.
Have them flip all of their even or odd numbers over. As they flip the even numbers, have them count by 2’s. Call out a number and have them flip over all of the numbers that are greater or less than that number.
Call out a time and have them flip to that. Do quick story problems by saying: “Flip to 2:00 o’clock. If 3 hours go by, flip to what time it will be.” Call out 2 numbers, have them flip them and then add or subtract them.
Students can choose a partner and take turns rolling first one dice ‘til they have flipped numbers 1-6 and then add the 2nd dice to roll and flip numbers 7-10. The first one to flip over all of their flaps, or the one who has the most flipped stripes, by the time the timer rings, is the winner.
If you happen to think of more ways to use this number hat, I’d enjoy hearing from you. email@example.com, or post a comment here if you like. Click on the link to view/download the I've Got Your Number Dr. Seuss Hat.
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1-2-3 Eat Green Eggs and Ham With Me!
Get your kiddo's "obseussed" with Dr. Seuss by reading a variety of stories besides Cat in the Hat. Green Eggs and Ham, is sure to be a favorite.
I always tried to design activities to go with favorite stories, so that after story time, my Y5's could transition to some sort of activity that would reinforce Standards.
With that in mind, I decided to make several activity packets with a Green Eggs and Ham theme, so that you would have a variety of fun things to choose from.
The Green Eggs and Ham packet is a walloping 65-pages long and covers all sorts of reading and math Common Core State Standards:L.K.2a, L.K.2b, RF.K.2a, RF.K.1d, L.K.1a, L.1.1a, K.CC.1, K.CC.3, K.CC.2, K.OA.5, K.CC.6, 1.NBT.1
There's a little bit of everything for a Seuss-filled day.
My personal favorite, is the 3D writing prompt craftivity pictured. Students' completed projects make a dynamic bulletin board for March is Reading Month.
Children choose either the writing prompt where they LIKE green eggs and ham, or the one where they do NOT like them, and then complete the sentences.
They also illustrate 1/2 a paper plate with 2 things that they like, as well as a combo that is disgusting and that they wouldn't want to eat.
By folding up the edge of the plate, and inserting it through a slit in a sheet of brightly colored construction paper, the plate will appear like a ledge, once it is stapled in place.
The traced hand of the child, is holding up the plate, just like the iconic illustration in Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham book. Add a photograph of the student for that finishing touch. Click on the link to view/download the Green Eggs and Ham Activities Packet.
To round out your day, play the It's Time For Green Eggs and Ham spinner game. Students can choose to play with clocks to the hour, or time to the half hour. Click on the link to view/download the Green Eggs and Ham Telling Time packet.
Review colors and color words in a fun way, with the Green Eggs and Ham Color packet.
Children spin the colored egg spinner. Whatever color they land on, they color the matching color word egg that color. There's also a recording sheet with no words, so really little kiddo's can also easily play the game.
I've also included colored eggs with matching, traceable-color word cards.
These are great for more games or to make an Itty Bitty booklet. Click on the link to view/download the Green Eggs and Ham Color Packet.
Finally, we can't leave shapes out. Where Have My Green Eggs Gone? Is an easy reader shape mystery.
Students read the sentences, circle the capital letters and add end punctuation. They also trace the shape word, write it, trace and draw the shape and then color the shaped egg yolk green.
This booklet reviews the circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, square, hexagon, pentagon and octagon shapes. Click on the link to view/download the Green Eggs Shape Booklet.
If you'd like to see a few more activities you can do with Green Eggs and Ham, simply scroll down for more Dr. Seuss FREEBIES.
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1-2-3 Come Pattern With Me!
Whenever I covered patterns, I usually passed out several colored manipulatives like Unifix cubes or patterning blocks, so that my students could complete the patterns and show me one of their own and then name it, such as ABAB, ABCABC, ABBA etc.
I wanted to think of something different to do, as a math center, for Dr. Seuss Week, so I frogged around with a variety of things a child could create with the stripes on a Cat in the Hat hat.
The result is the 10-page packet: Dr. Seuss Hat Patterning
I think your students will enjoy these hands-on activities and game.
They are an easy and fun way to whole-group assess patterning.
Make a class set of the white-hat template, and cut a variety of colored construction paper strips.
Children choose 2 colors. Teacher calls out a pattern and students arrange their stripes to show it. You can see at a glance who needs help.
If you don't want to save the game for next year, when you have completed your assessment, have students glue their stripes to their hat showing their favorite pattern.
There are also several art "craftivities" as well, including my Y5's favorite, which was designing their own Seuss hat.
For little ones, use the pattern that has stripes on it, so that they can simply color it differently than the real cat's hat.
For some great fine motor practice, instead of coloring their hat, have children rip and tear a colored strip of construction paper and then glue the pieces to their hat. Reinforce an ABAB pattern by having them choose only one color.
Use the blank template for older students and encourage them to design a hat with something other than stripes. Click on the link to view/download the Dr. Seuss Hat Patterning Packet.
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