1-2-3 Come Do Some Pattern Block Activities With Me.
Pattern blocks are one of my students’ favorite math manipulatives. We count, sort, pattern, and do all sorts of interesting things with them.
With that in mind, I wanted to design some additional activities that would help practice a variety of standards while they “played” with them. What started out as a game & booklet, turned into a jumbo "Fun With Pattern Blocks" packet.
If you don’t have a wooden or plastic set of pattern blocks, no worries, I’ve included patterns so that you can make your own paper ones.
Pick and choose your favorites and use them as math centers, whole group activities, games, worksheets, homework, and an easy assessment tool.
They’re great for early finishers and something to tuck in your sub folder as well.
The packet includes:
* Anchor charts, pocket chart cards & posters.
* Four, pattern block shape BOOKLETS, with 4-on-a-page patterns, which make a “just the right size” mini booklet:
1. Shape UP: featuring “color me” kids holding a shape.
2. Pattern Block Fun: featuring “connect the dots” and “finish drawing the shape” pages.
3. Spying Shapes Inside Shapes: discovering, counting, coloring and naming the various shapes and …
4. Maze Craze: featuring mini mazes in the various shapes, such as “You’re hung up in a hexagon! Can you find your way out?”
* A set of “Block Heads”, which I use for flashcards, decorative anchor charts, & the “Four Corners” game. I've included a variety of silly eyeballs to mix & match. Their "mouth" names the shape.
You can also use as a whole-group craftivity & have students pick their favorite and make one of their own, writing attributes, and why it’s their favorite on the back.
* A "trace, write & color" flip-a-strip booklet, as well as a full-page booklet, which can be used for a center, anchor charts or a class-made book.
* All sorts of GAMES, many of which can be used as quick, easy and super-fun assessments, such as the “I Spy A Pattern Block!” worksheets.
* There are a variety of dice games as well, like our favorite “Rack Up a Stack!”
* Other games include: “Trapped in a Trapezoid”, “Hiding in a Hexagon”, “Trapezoid Towers”, “Rhombus Race”, “Fill it Up”, “Spin to Win”, “Two Trapped Trapezoids”, “Triangle Trees”, and a “Which trapezoid is bigger? challenge.
* The “Memory Match” game cards can also be used for, Sorting, Patterning, “I Have; Who Has?” 1-to-1 correspondence, “Kaboom!” and “What’s Missing?” activities and games.
Students practice greater & less than, color words, alphabetizing, strategy, graphing, tally marks and addition.
* The number strip PUZZLES (1-10 & 11-20), help with number recognition, counting & sequencing.
* And finally, a cute pattern block name craft, which makes a colorful bulletin board display, and provides a simple way to review shapes, colors, letters, capitalization, alphabetizing and patterns.
There are several pattern options, including one with the shapes inside square blocks. Choose your favorite, or give children a choice.
Completed projects make a super-cute "Getting In Shape" bulletin board display.
Besides my featured FREEBIE you may also be interested in these other FREE pattern block activities:
Holly and Heather over at Prekinders have over 20 free pattern block picture mats in full color, as well as black and white.
ABC Teach also has a big variety of pattern block picture mats: toys, animals, flowers, and some really interesting and challenging patterns.
I was really excited to find a complete set of FREE pattern block mats for upper & lowercase letters as well as numbers over at Confessions of a Homeschooler. Erica also has a nice set of "complete the pattern" cards.
Well that’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
My mom, who is 91, is visiting for the week, so time to do some sightseeing with her. Wishing you a stress-free day.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin
1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Shape Activities With Me
The packet includes playing cards with frog and lily pad graphics, which are shaped in the various 2D shapes: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart, star & crescent.
I’ve also included cards with speckled lime green shapes, plus matching word cards, as well as shape cards with a fly on them.
Use the cards for one-to-one correspondence with little ones, or Memory Match & “I Have; Who Has?” games with older students.
As a math center activity, students can also use the cards to “feed” the appropriate-shaped frog head, by finding all of the matching cards, then placing them inside the frog's open "mouth".
I’ve also included a short “giggle” tale about Ferdinand the frog, and Princess Penelope who was turned into a fly!
I had so much fun writing it! Read it as an interesting way to introduce the shape craft, then have older students "flip up the mouth" and write their own "fractured fairy tale" on the frog's "tongue".
There’s a set of discussion questions for the story, as well as a "test for comprehension" worksheet.
There are also 2D "tongue" patterns which feature a fly and the name of the shape.
For further reinforcement, I’ve included a few worksheets, plus a certificate of praise bookmark.
After sharing their frog, scatter completed projects on a blue (pond) background bulletin board.
You could also make some brown cattails to use for your border.
I’ve included 2 posters for the center of your display.
Since these silly shaped frogs have a big mouth, a cute story to read after making this craftivity, is “The Wide Mouth Frog” by Keith Faulkner. It’s one of my kiddos’ favorites.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so today's FREEBIE is a writing prompt craftivity entitled: A Rainbow of Love dangler.
Students write something on each colorful strip, of why their "mom colors their world with love."
Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a happy and blessed day.
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” -Sydney J. Harris
1-2-3 Come Do Some Shape Activities With Me
Are you studying 2D shapes? If so, I think your kiddos will really enjoy learning & practicing with these super-fun, hands-on activities, featured in my newest packet: Scarecrow Shapes.
The packet is stuffed with a variety of hands-on fun for learning 2D shapes.
Here’s what you’ll get:
* An emergent reader, “The Scarecrow’s Nose”, which practices a variety of standards, and packs a lot of sight word clout, as I’ve included 33 Dolch words.
Children read the sentence, add end punctuation: (period, question mark & exclamation point).
They trace and write the shape & color word, trace and draw the shape, then color the picture.
There is a pattern with 2-on-a-one-page template, as well as 4-on-a-page to make an Itty Bitty booklet.
On the last page, children draw a scarecrow. The nose is their favorite shape and color.
* There’s a whole-group graphing activity to graph the results.
* I've also included a really cute “My Scarecrow’s Nose” slider craftivity.
"Socrates" is not only super-fun, but a quick, easy, and interesting way to whole group assess 2D shapes.
I’ve included a full-page size, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern.
* There's also 7 shape worksheets that practice a variety of standards, as well as ...
* 6 colorful pocket chart cards, plus a matching black and white set, so students can make a Shape Flip Booklet, plus ...
* 5 shape games along with ...
* 4 assessments using just one worksheet! And finally,
* A bookmark-size, “color me” certificate of praise.
This packet is a whopping 63 pages long.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to have a look: Scarecrow Shapes: Emergent Reader, Games, Worksheets & Craftivities and let the learning fun begin.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also another fun way to practice shapes.
Back in 2009, I designed Silly Shaped Penguins.
Because it's one of my most popular downloads, throughout the years I've added to the menagerie.
Since it's fall, I thought the Silly Shaped Owls were perfect for a fall FREEBIE. Hope you enjoy them.
Well that's it for today. I have so many projects "in process" and scattered all over my desk , that I'm not sure where to begin.
October is flying by way too fast! Wishing you an awesome autumn.
"I craft so hard, I sweat glitter!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Monster Activities With Me
Ever since Disney came out with Monsters Inc, monsters have gone from something scary to something sweet, helpful and rather loveable.
Because these cute creatures are super-popular with children, I decided to design a few monster things for my October activities.
Thus, "Shapely Monsters" was born, and like Disney, my monsters are adorable.
This emergent reader, packs a lot of Dolch punch, as students practice color and number words, as well as 2D shapes.
Children read the simple sentences; trace & write the shape, color & number words associated with that monster, then color the “shapely monster” the matching color, adding the appropriate number of eyes.
For the last page, students design their own monster, using their favorite color, and draw on as many eyes as they are years old.
To cover another math standard, I’ve also included a graphing extension, featuring Marvin the marvelous monster who is helping to search for, count & color the various 2D shapes.
Besides the full-page booklet, to conserve paper & ink, I’ve also included 2-on-a-page templates to make a smaller emergent reader. You can use the larger one as a teacher's edition.
When everyone has completed their booklet, read it aloud as a whole group to practice concepts of print, then encourage children to share it with their family when they get home, to further reinforce colors, numbers and shapes.
Shapely Monsters is one of Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop. Click on the link to zip on over.
Today's FREEBIE also has to do with shapes, and features an assortment of fall-themed pictures. I hope you enjoy it. Fall Shape Matching Game.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. There's a huge MOPS sale at a nearby church today!
I'm excited to search for some bargain-priced clothes and goodies for my grandchildren. Wishing you an exciting day.
"The monster was the best friend I ever had." -Boris Karloff
1-2-3 Come Pair Up With Me
Welcome to another one of Diane's Dollar Deals. This cutie-patootie, Pair Pears Packet is packed with versatility.
At the beginning of the year, when children are learning their classmates' names, glue a photo on the top of the pear, and write students' names on the bottom half.
Children can match their friend's photo to their name in an independent "get to know you" center.
Use the puzzle pair pears as a classroom management tool for a fun way to have children partner up.
Use them to play games like Memory Match & "I Have Who Has?"
I have included pairs that review shapes/shape words, numbers/number words, and uppercase/lowercase letters etc.
You can also run the templates off so that each student can make either an alphabet, number or shape booklet.
Covers are included, as well as blank pears for you to program with whatever.
Be sure and grab the "teachable moment" to discuss homonyms.
Click on the link to grab this super-fun Pair Pears Dollar Deal.
The featured FREEBIE for today, includes another fun way to pick a partner.
"It's Partner Time!" is an "oldie but goodie" that I made years ago, before all of the cool graphics programs, fonts & clipart that I now use.
Yet it's still popular & a fun way to practice colors, shapes & numbers while picking a partner.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for visiting.
I'm busy working on the rest of my letter packets. Wishing you a peaceful & productive day.
"In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people...they no longer can lead solely based on positional power." -Ken Blanchard
1-2-3 Come Practice, Review and Assess With a Bunny and Me
Spring has sprung and it's time to review some of those Common Core Standards you've been teaching all year.
Sigh.... as we all know, just because our little ones passed an assessment months ago, if we didn't continue to practice it throughout the year, sadly, a few of them did not retain that information.
With that in mind, I designed the very versatile "I'm All Ears" game packet that will make reviewing a variety of standards quick, easy and fun.
I don't know about your kiddos, but I've found that if I make a game for anything, I've grabbed my Y5's attention and can easily have them focused for a nice chunk of time.
Use the large and small bunny for a center activity, assessment, or game. Run off the large and small bunny heads on ivory construction paper; laminate and trim.
Program large and small craft sticks with whatever you'd like to reinforce. Keep each set in their own Baggie.
I've included a list of synonyms/antonyms and a list of contractions so you can easily program the bunny ears with words that fit your age group.
Here are some ideas:
As you can see the possibilities are endless! I hope this makes those end of the year reviews a bit more fun and less tedious. Click on the link for the "I'm All Ears" For Common Core Bunny Game Packet
Thanks for visiting. It's hard to believe that the school year is almost at an end. Aprill and May months always seemed to simply fly, as there was so much to cram into the limited time I had left.
My timer's ringing, so I'd better check the "No Peek Chicken". It's one of my favorite recipes and smells delicious. Wishing you a carefree day.
"Sweet April showers do spring May flowers!" -Thomas Tusser
1-2-3 Come Do Some Shapely Bunny Activities With Me
Since the other Shapely Animal packets have been such popular downloads, I decided to add another one for spring. If you missed the Shapely Slick Chick packet that I published earlier this month, click on the link to grab it. Here are the links for the other shapely animal packets as well: Penguins and Owls
The Honey Bunny packet follows a similar format. I've included large shapes that students can add details and ears to, to make their shapely bunny, as well as a set with bunny features drawn in. Make a set, laminate and then use as a sweet spring bulletin board or to use as giant flashcards.
Have children pick out their favorite shape and make one of their own. However, If you want to turn their work into a bulletin board as well, toss the shape cards into a container and have them choose one.
Whatever shape they pick is the Shapely Bunny that they'll create, otherwise, you might end up with everyone doing the same shape.
I've included a big bunny poster that you can personalize with your name and the caption: "Mr(s) ____________'s class is really shaping up... or "Somebunny" knows their shapes. Hang this in the center of your bulletin board.
Use the other poster to make a "What's the secret shape?" game. Draw a question mark on an index card and tape it to the laminated poster so that it's a "hinged" "flap" door.
Using a dry erase marker, draw a shape underneath or tape up one of the shape cards. Call on children to guess what shape is hiding?
There's also an emergent reader booklet that covers quite a few standards. Students read the simple sentences, underline the capital letters and add end punctuation.
Children trace and write the shape words, as well as trace and draw the shapes and then draw details on the first shape to make it look like a bunny.
The last page asks them which Honey Bunny was their favorite. A graph is provided to record this data.
I've included bunny shape cards in color, along with their matching shape word cards. These are perfect for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Add the bunny Kaboom cards to your game to make things even more fun.
There's also a set in black and white, which includes a cover, so that students can make an Itty Bitty Shape Booklet.
Students can also play a funny bunny spinner game. Children pick a partner and take turns spinning.
Whatever shape they land on, they color the matching shape on their funny bunny. The child who completes their worksheet first is the winner.
Finally, I've also included a worksheet with spatial directions, one for listing a shape's attributes, plus a "match the shape to the shape word" worksheet.
When everyone has completed whatever projects you want them to do, pass out the certificate of praise. Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Bunnies Packet.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting! My poodle pup Chloe, is demanding some attention, so I guess it's time to quit for awhile and take her for a trot around the block. Wishing you an amazing day.
"In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move!" -Henry Rollins
1-2-3 Come Do Some Pattern Block Activities With Me
Pattern blocks are a wonderful manipulative for all sorts of activities, and introduce students to a few more geometric shapes, like the rhombus and trapezoid. My Y5s especially enjoyed lying on their tummies and making long lines of various patterns. (ABAB, ABBA, ABC-ABC etc.)
Not that we need anymore "to do" things added to an already overwhelming list, but as long as your kiddos are playing with pattern blocks, they might as well learn the names of them. This is easily done through repetition and simply allowing children to play with them.
Adding a few posters, so students can see the pattern block pictures throughout the day, is an easy reminder of these new shapes. Click on the link to view/download the Pattern Block Poster.
I also made a set of Giant Pattern Block blackline templates. Simply run them off on a variety of colors of construction paper, laminate and trim.
Punch a hole in the top and hang from the ceiling with paperclip hooks or clothespins, so that you can easily switch their positions. Choose 4 of the more difficult shapes and hang one in each corner.
The hexagon, trapezoid, rhombus and triangle, were the "toughies" for my kiddos. At the end of the day we played the game 4-Corners, which helped them practice those shapes in a fun way.
Another poster is a pattern block optical illusion. Do you think the trapezoid on the top is bigger? Chances are your students will think so, but it really isn't. Both pieces are the same size. Print and trim the pieces on a sheet of red construction paper to prove it to them. Click on the link to grab it.
I've also designed a set of pattern cards for your pocket chart, with a matching blackline booklet your kiddos can make.
There's also a set of Counting With Pattern Blocks, perfect for your pocket chart as well. I've included a blackline template so you can make worksheets, or use as a center.
Practice counting, sequencing, making groups, plus numbers and number words, with the Pattern Block Number Booklet.
Make a laminated booklet for your math center and have students use dry erase markers to fill in the information, or make a booklet for each child and have them work on a page a day. I've included two cover options.
Instead of placing real pattern blocks on the pages, they can draw them, glue (Ellison Die Cut ) paper pieces, or paste on stickers.
Want to play some games with pattern blocks? Click on the link for a variety of spinner and dice games using pattern blocks.
I also made Rack Up A Stack. Students roll the dice to see which pattern block they need to stack on their mat.
A second roll, tells them how many of that pattern block they need to stack. Stacks can get pretty high if they keep rolling the same number.
If their stack falls, children put only the spilled pieces back in the pile.
The child with the most pieces stacked in one pattern block column can be the winner, or the one with the most stacks, or the one with the most total number of pattern blocks stacked.
To practice addition, give students the point value card, so they can add up the points in each stack, as well as a grand total. I've made the easier-to-stack pieces worth only 1 point, for easy counting, as well as higher point values for pattern blocks that are more difficult to stack.
I've purposely given these values of 2, 3 and 5 points, so that students can practice their skip counting skills. There's a recording sheet for them to show their work. Click on the link to grab it. Rack Up A Stack: Pattern Block game.
Another game challenge, is to have students use the pattern blocks to see how many ways they can make a hexagon. I chose this shape because it's a standard for many, and often a "toughie" shape to remember for lots of kiddos. Click on the link for the Hexagon Challenge With Pattern Blocks packet.
With that in mind, I made Pattern Block Pals. (Blockheads!) I think they turned out pretty cute and hope you like them too.
There are blank pattern block "head" templates, so your students can draw on their own faces, ones with a traceable word on them, plus ones with sweet faces.
They look great as a border, bulletin board, or suspended from the ceiling against a hallway wall. As a writing extension, have students list things on the back of their blockhead that also have that shape.
For example, on the back of a rhombus students could list kites, jewelry etc. Older students can mark an X on each corner and then count and record the vertices on the back.
A caption for your display could be: "Mrs. Henderson's Kinders Are Really Shaping Up." Click on the link to view/download the Pattern Block Pals packet.
Wow! That's a lot of pattern block options. I hope you found something that's just right for you. Thanks for visiting today.
The sun is trying to peek out, and dispite the fact that it's snowing again (boo hiss) I may venture out. It's March and time for Mother Nature to realize that winter weather should make way for springtime! Wishing you a magical day.
"Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society." -Alexander McCall Smith
1-2-3 Come Do Some Super-Fun Cat in the Hat Activities With Me
Since the Grinch Game in yesterday's blog, was such a huge hit, I decided to make one featuring Seuss's Cat in the Hat. "Feeding" cards to the Cat in the Hat, is a quick, easy and fun way to review all sorts of standards. Simply print, laminate and trim the "food" cards.
These are mini cards that include upper and lowercase letters, numbers from 0-120, 11 number word cards, twelve 2D shape cards, twelve 3D shape cards, 35 contraction cards, 20 at family word cards, and 11 color word cards!
I chose bright neon-colors, for that extra touch of Seuss-pizzazz. There's also a set of blank tiles for you to fill in with whatever else you want to review or practice.
I bought my red bucket from The Dollar Store, printed the cat off on card stock, then taped it to the inside. Easy Peasy.
I've included 4 little signs that you can use to decorate your container with, or sprinkle on a bulletin board.
Keep each set of "food" cards in Snack Baggies and store them in your container.
To play, simply pass out whatever cards you want to practice with, then call out a word, letter, number etc.
The child holding that card comes up, reads and shows it, so everyone can repeat what they said. That student then "feeds" the hungry Cat in the Hat.
Besides "feeding" the Cat in the Hat, make extra sets of the cards to play all sorts of games. I've included tip lists suggesting more activities, plus the "Kaboom!" game.
There's also a set of math symbols as well, so you can use the number cards for other math activities, like making up equations and solving them, plus showing greater & less than.
Students can also sort the number cards into odd and even piles and sequence them. Play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games with the number word cards and their matching number cards.
The shape cards, as well as the color cards, work in the same way. You can also play these games with the letter cards, matching an uppercase letter to a lowercase one.
I've included an at word family worksheet in the packet at well.
After you're done playing, reward your kiddos with a Seuss bookmark.
There are 14 different designs in the packet. Eight of them feature favorite Seuss quotes.
For more Cat in the Hat fun, click on the link for 14 sweet Seuss-themed puzzles.
They will help your students sequence numbers, count forwards and backwards, plus skip count by 10s to 100.
I also designed a set of larger Cat in the Hat number cards with numbers 0-120.
Use them for different games, or add them to your "Feed the Cat in the Hat" review game.
There's a bigger set of alphabet cards as well. There's a separate set for uppercase and lowercase letters, then a set where both the upper & lowercase letter appears on one card, making them "purr-fect" for all sorts of Memory Match or "I Have, Who Has?" games.
Thanks for visiting. Since winter is bitterly clinging to February, I wish everyone a safe and snuggly day.
"Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind, don't matter and those who matter, don't mind." -Dr. Seuss
Review all sorts of standards with this quick, easy and fun Seuss-themed Cat in the Hat game. Print, laminate and trim the "food" cards. These are mini cards that include upper and lowercase letters, numbers from 0-120, 11 number word cards, twelve 2D shape cards, twelve 3D shape cards, 35 contraction cards, 20 at family cards, and 11 color word cards.