I think if you include a simple and quick craft for students to make and attach to their writing prompt, they'll get more excited. I've included 24 scarecrow-themed writing prompts for them to choose from. As you can see by the photo, there are 2 ways to display children's work. Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board, or look sweet hanging back-to-back from the ceiling.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Scarecrow Craftivities With Me
Since TBT (Throw Back Thursday) has become so popular on Face Book, I decided to share some "oldies" but "goodies" every now and then on my blog as well. I have loved doing arts and crafts since I could hold a crayon, and began drawing the Flintstones, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck when I was only six-years old.
The wonderful ability to easily draw all sorts of things, was truly a gift and especially encouraged by my grama Lydia. She was always buying all sorts of materials for my twin and I to do crafts with.
My love for art spilled into my classroom, where I incorporated lots of hands-on activities to help teach my students a variety of standards. I call these projects "craftivities". I'm featuring a few scarecrow favorites in today's article. They were designed prior to all of the software programs, fonts and clip art that I now have at my disposal, but I think you'll still enjoy making some of these cuties from my hand drawn patterns.
Completed projects make wonderful bulletin boards and hallway decorations, at the same time building a child's self-esteem, as well as strengthening finger muscles and listening and following direction skills.
My Y5's favorite scarecrow craftivity was their "personal scarecrow". They are "jointed" so you can pose them in different ways. Be sure and make a sample of yourself to help explain what you want your kiddos to do.
I did this as a whole-group, listening and following directions activity and included a variety of colored construction paper shapes to use as "patches" for a quick and easy shape review.
I enlarged my students' school photo on the copier. The picture appeared very pixilated, which added to the awesome scarecrow looking effect.
If you don't have the ability to do this, I've also included a scarecrow head template your children can color, cut and glue.
When I was a freelance writer for Mailbox Magazine, my editor asked me to write a scarecrow poem. The personal scarecrows were my inspiration.
I've included the poem in the packet, along with a longer version, and hung them under my students' adorable scarecrows.
We received zillions of compliments on this hallway display, and my Y5's really enjoyed making them.
Click on the link to view/print the Personal Scarecrow craftivity.
Patrick, the paper chain scarecrow can help your kiddo's countdown to your Halloween party, field trip, or Thanksgiving break.
Choose 2-colors for the links and review an ABAB pattern, or add a 3rd color to do ABCABC.
As I tore off a link at the end of each day, we reviewed a variety of math standards like greater and less than as well as subtraction.
You can simply make one to hang in your classroom, or set this scarecrow up as an independent center and have children work on one of their own.
(Assign as many links as are appropriate for your age group.) To incorporate blends, have students write an sc word on each link.
I think you'll find that if you incorporate a bit of art into your students' writing, they'll get a lot more excited. An easy way to do this is with a topper or banner.
In the Happy Harvest banner, students choose a writing prompt, (there are 3 options) complete it and then glue it to the back. If they don't get down to business and complete the writing prompt, they will not have enough time to do the banner.
Finally, for a quick, easy and fun way to review 2D shapes, have students make this paper plate scarecrow. (They look wonderful spinning from the ceiling.)
Cover more shapes by having students draw or glue colorful "patches" on the scarecrow's hat or around the poem that's featured on the back:
"Hello little scarecrow with the face so round. Going no place--stuck in the ground. Staring at crows without making a sound."
Thanks for visiting today. The weather is gorgeous so it's time for a break. I'm going to collect some nature "stuff" for another fun "craftivity" that I'm working on. Wishing you a fun-filled fall.
" Be a voice, not just an echo." -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 A Few More Scarecrow Activities With Me
I enjoy making ABC cards; they don't take that long, so I'm always happy to oblige special requests, even if they come from only one visitor. I think others will also enjoy them as well.
Click on the link to view/download the scarecrow alphabet cards, along with a 3-page tip list of what else to use them for, and some "Kaboom!" cards to make alphabet games even more fun.
Click on the link to view/download The Scarecrow's Nose Shape Slider. For extra pizzazz I added "straw" that was made by running yellow construction paper through my husband's shredder!
Children are bound to get antsy when doing seatwork, so I liked to include some gross motor activities to help get the "wiggles" out. Brain breaks are equally important. I tried to include my theme whenever I could.
One of my Y5's favorite movement-songs was This Scarecrow. It's sung to the tune of This Old Man. The packet is filled with lots of silly rhyming fun.
I hope your kiddo's enjoy "snapping, clapping, tapping, and slapping" as much as mine did. Click on the link to view/download it.
Finally, because it's difficult to fit in science to an already packed day, I try and design things that incorporate some science, along with a variety of other Common Core State Standards. My Scarecrow's Senses does just that.
Students read, trace, write, add end punctuation, underline the adjectives and color. After asking the scarecrow what he see's, hears, feels, smells and tastes, it's the child's turn to write about their autumn senses. Click on the link to view/download My Scarecrow's Senses.
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"For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be." -John Connolly
Attention-Getting Fall Glyphs!
Glyphs are a quick, easy and fun whole-group listening and following directions tool that can be used for assessments.
During conferences, if you have to prove to parents that their child is not listening and following directions, glyphs are a perfect example to haul out and share.
Since listening and following directions is a standard on most report cards, glyphs are a fun way for students to show you that they can do that.
Completed glyphs also make an interesting bulletin board or hallway border display. By having students write their names on the BACK of their glyph, you can challenge them to try and figure out whose glyph belongs to whom.
Have children interview their classmates, collecting and then analyzing their data, which is also a standard for many. This 18-page packet includes graphing and tally mark extensions, so you can cover these math concepts as well.
My Young Fives LOVED doing glyphs, so I dreamed up one for just about every month. To view other glyphs, click on the link. More Seasonal Glyphs
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It's a gorgeous fall day! Outside my office window, I can see some of the trees starting to turn and a few yellow leaves floating in the breeze, as they spiral to the ground, seeming to avoid the busy squirrels scampering willy nilly.
I think it's time for a break. Chloe, my poodle pup, will enjoy a brisk walk too. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have done." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow