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1-2-3 Come Do Some Common Core Kite-Themed Activities With Me

Free Common Core kite activitiesA mini kite theme, was one of the many units I included in our March activities.

I thought other teachers might like to toss in a few kite-themed lessons, during this windy month as well, so I designed "Can Do Common Core Kites." The packet includes 14 different worksheets.

kite activities, common core kites, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet assessment, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s 10s, odd and even activities, tally marks, tally mark activities, number words, color words, doubles addition activitiesThere are full-page patterns, so you can easily demonstrate what you want your kiddos to do, by making a sample. 

kite activities, common core kites, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet assessment, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s 10s, odd and even activities, tally marks, tally mark activities, number words, color words, doubles addition activitiesTo conserve paper, I've also included 2-on-a-page templates.

Pick and choose what's appropriate for your students.

If you're studying all of these standards, to save time, run off all of the double-page worksheets, trim on a paper cutter and collate into a mini Flying High With Common Core workbook.  Use the "I Spy" a letter worksheet as your cover. 

kite activities, common core kites, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet assessment, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s 10s, odd and even activities, tally marks, tally mark activities, number words, color words, doubles addition activitiesI Spy games are a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess.  Simply call out a letter.  Children find and circle it then raise their hand. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. 

Once done with the game, assign however many worksheets you want your students to do that day.  I used this type of activity for my morning "table top" routine.

kite activities, common core kites, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet assessment, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s 10s, odd and even activities, tally marks, tally mark activities, number words, color words, doubles addition activitiesHere are what the worksheets practice:

  • Tally marks
  • Numbers & number words
  • Colors & color words
  • An alphabet "I Spy" Kk is for kite
  • Doubles addition
  • Greater than & less than
  • Odd & even plus
  • Skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s.

Click on the link to view/download the Can Do Common Core Kite Worksheets.

kite activities, common core kites, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet assessment, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s 3s 5s 10s, odd and even activities, tally marks, tally mark activities, number words, color words, doubles addition activitiesThanks for visiting.  I caught the flu bug last week, and if you've been there, you know how difficult it is to shake.  It feels good to finally be among the "living" so it's time for some fresh air. 

Since spring is "officially" here, it would be nice if Mother Nature got the message and the temp would get above 40.  I'm so in need of some soothing sunshine.  (Anybody relate?) Wishing you a healthy and happy day.

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." -Hal Borland

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mitten-Themed Activities With Me

Friday I featured activities to go with Jan Brett's story The Mitten.  (Scroll down for that article.) Today I want to highlight a few more popular mitten FREEBIES.  These all have to do with Common Core math standards.

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten 10 frames, 10 frame activities, place value activities, mitten number cards, number word activities, count by 2s activities, things that come in pairs, If you're doing things with 10 frames, and want a winter theme, click on the link for the mitten 10 frames packet. (I use them for +1 more, addition, & subtraction.)

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten 10 frames, 10 frame activities, place value activities, mitten number cards, number word activities, count by 2s activities, things that come in pairs, Are you working on skip counting with your students? Since mittens come in pairs, I thought it would be fun to do some activities to practice skip counting by 2's and use a mitten theme

Challenge your students to make up a list of other things that come in pairs

Tmitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten 10 frames, 10 frame activities, place value activities, mitten number cards, number word activities, count by 2s activities, things that come in pairs, o assist with this, the packet includes a list of 38 items that are found in pairs, as well as some trace and write worksheets, What's Missing? worksheets, a bookmark and a certificate of praise.

Click on the link for the Skip Counting By Twos Mitten packet. 

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten 10 frames, 10 frame activities, place value activities, mitten number cards, number word activities, count by 2s activities, things that come in pairs, Is telling time part of your math block?

The mitten-themed time card packet includes digital, as well as analog time to the hour and half hour.

Use them as flashcards, pocket chart cards or for a January bulletin board.  So that students can play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games, make a few extra sets.  You can also cut them up to make puzzles and play even more games (Like  Kaboom, which is included.)

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten 10 frames, 10 frame activities, place value activities, mitten number cards, number word activities, count by 2s activities, things that come in pairs, If you're practicing place value with your students, then I think you'll enjoy this mitten place value craftivity. 

It's a "slider" and the packet includes one for each month, plus extras, which are great for assessing, and cover Common Core State Standards: 1.NBT.2a, 1.NBT.2b, 1.NBT.2c, 1.NBT.3, K.NBT.1

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten 10 frames, 10 frame activities, place value activities, mitten number cards, number word activities, count by 2s activities, things that come in pairs, A number is given and students move their sliders up and down to make that number. For further reinforcement, have them jot the new number down.  With each number given, students tell how many 1s, 10s and 100s there are.

For more CCSS practice, have students compare 2 numbers as greater or less than

To include some addition and subtraction practice as well, ask children to make the number that is 10 more or 10 less, 

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten 10 frames, 10 frame activities, place value activities, mitten number cards, number word activities, count by 2s activities, things that come in pairs, Finally, I made a mitten-themed number packet. 

As with the mitten time cards, print, laminate and trim these to use for flashcards, pocket chart cards or your winter word wall. 

Make a few extra sets, so students can play games like Memory Match or I Have; Who Has?  You can also cut them up to make puzzles and other games. 

mitten activities, mitten crafts, mitten 10 frames, 10 frame activities, place value activities, mitten number cards, number word activities, count by 2s activities, things that come in pairs, Well that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting. Time to sort my piles of "idea paper-sketches" and little notes that I jot down for myself.  I need to clear up the clutter, so I can get down to the fun business of creating some more winter FREEBIES. 

I hope you can pop by tomorrow for the latest.  Wishing you a sparkling, stress-free day.

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show." -Andrew Wyeth

1-2-3 Come Do Some Reindeer-Themed "Craftivities" With Me

 santa crafts, santa activities, counting down to christmas activities, countdown activities, reindeer crafts, wreath crafts, hand and foot reindeer craft, handprint reindeer antler crafts, handprint poems, fingerprint poems, finger print poems, hand print crafts, christmas crafts, christmas gifts for kids to make, kid made christmas gifts, kids crafts for christmas, shape activities, rudolph activities, shape slider, reindeer lunch bag puppet, finger print wreaths, secondary color mixing activities"Do you have any easy reindeer activities for younger students?" asked Emily from Colorado. I was happy to e-mail her back with a big "Yes!"  While I was linking her up to a few of my favorites, I thought I'd feature some in today's blog article. 

Reindeer are the perfect animals for making hand and foot print "craftivities."  I've designed several keepsake cuties for you to choose from. 

The Lunch Bag Reindeer is A wonderful keepsake art project that makes a great manipulative to whole group assess spatial directions, and body part identification.

This paper bag puppet is terrific for interactive play during a reading of many December stories featuring reindeer characters! Click on the link to view/download the Lunch Bag Reindeer.

santa crafts, santa activities, counting down to christmas activities, countdown activities, reindeer crafts, wreath crafts, hand and foot reindeer craft, handprint reindeer antler crafts, handprint poems, fingerprint poems, finger print poems, hand print crafts, christmas crafts, christmas gifts for kids to make, kid made christmas gifts, kids crafts for christmas, shape activities, rudolph activities, shape slider, reindeer lunch bag puppet, finger print wreaths, secondary color mixing activitiesMy personal favorite reindeer "craftivity" is Rudy.  His head is made by tracing a child's foot with their shoe on.  The antlers of course are hand prints cut from a darker shade of brown construction paper. 

Add a neck and wreath collar and you have an adorable keepsake. The poem I wrote on the collar reads: "These are my finger prints oh so small, that I left on your heart and every wall.  This is my hand you used to hold, when I was only ____ years old."

Ribbon, wiggle eyes, a red pom pom nose and a photo of the child, add those finishing touches. Click on the link to view/download the Reindeer Hand and Foot Print Crafts. 

santa crafts, santa activities, counting down to christmas activities, countdown activities, reindeer crafts, wreath crafts, hand and foot reindeer craft, handprint reindeer antler crafts, handprint poems, fingerprint poems, finger print poems, hand print crafts, christmas crafts, christmas gifts for kids to make, kid made christmas gifts, kids crafts for christmas, shape activities, rudolph activities, shape slider, reindeer lunch bag puppet, finger print wreaths, secondary color mixing activitiesAlso in this packet is Reindeer Noses.  These "Sliders" are a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess 2D shapes.

To review an ABAB pattern as well, have students alternate coloring the shapes red and black.  Call out a shape; students slide to it and then hold their reindeer in the air. 

Call on quiet students to continue to choose shapes 'til all have been reinforced. You can see at a glance who is is having difficulty.  I'm designing

santa crafts, santa activities, counting down to christmas activities, countdown activities, reindeer crafts, wreath crafts, hand and foot reindeer craft, handprint reindeer antler crafts, handprint poems, fingerprint poems, finger print poems, hand print crafts, christmas crafts, christmas gifts for kids to make, kid made christmas gifts, kids crafts for christmas, shape activities, rudolph activities, shape slider, reindeer lunch bag puppet, finger print wreaths, secondary color mixing activitiesThe last craftivity in the reindeer keepsake packet features a reindeer that students color. You can add wiggle eyes and a pom pom nose as well.  Call students up to the painting center and paint their hand a dark shade of brown.  Press to make antlers. On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen; you too Rudolph. 

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, If you're looking for an inexpensive, quick and easy treat to give your kiddo's, I think you'll enjoy making a Snack Baggie filled with 8 chocolate reindeer noses + a red gum ball (Rudolph's nose.) 

This is my version from several other Pinterest pins that I've seen.  My poem reads: "Nine delicious reindeer noses from me.  Packaged with lots of love and TLC.  They come with happy smiles of joy to say--I hope you have a Merry Christmas Day!"

Students could also make this as a gift for their family. To make it extra special, have them make a reindeer with their thumb print and sign it from their little "dear." Click on the link to view/print Chocolate Reindeer Noses. 

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, Keeping the nose thing going, I also designed The Shape Of My Reindeer's Nose booklet, which is perfect to do with the reindeer nose shape slider mentioned above.

You can cover a lot of Common Core State Standards, as students read, add end punctuation, underline capital letters; trace and write the shape word; trace and write the color word; trace the shape and then draw and color that shaped nose on the reindeer. 

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, A graphing extension is also included, where students tell which shaped nose they liked the best.   Click on the link to view/download The Shape Of My Reindeer's Nose.

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, Finally, I revamped "You Can Count On Rudolph" and included trace & write pages. 

Students can count  to 20, count backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0, or skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's. and 10's.

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, I've also included a red-hot cinnamon "reindeer noses" counting activity in this packet as well.

My Y5's LOVED filling their own mini baggies. Click on the link to view/download the Counting On Rudolph packet.

reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer games, common core reindeerThanks for visiting. I have a mountain of cleaning to do today, as I put away Thanksgiving and fall decorations. 

I'm excited to haul out the Christmas stuff.  Wishing you an energy-filled day.

"Reindeer are not only for children; they are for grandmothers fond of watching the moon." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come "Build" A Snowman With Me

I was really on a creative roll the other day.  All one needs to do is spend a little time on Pinterest and if you're like me, the brain shoots into over drive!  So many ideas and not enough time in my life to do everything I'd like to.  Sound familiar?

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All of them though, had just 25 numbers on them, because they were using the snowman as a countdown activity. 

I LOVE the idea of the moving carrot nose, so I thought I'd write "stuff" around the snowman's face that would make him perfect for the classroom, as an educational manipulative in December or January. Thus "Snowy" the ed-venturous educational snowman was born.

It was fun designing a paper snowman face that can review upper and lowercase letters and numbers to 31.  I've also included a face for skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's or 10's.  Or... You can simply make one for your calendar center and countdown the days in January.  

snowflake activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, penguin activities, new years activities, new year's activities, january bulletin boards, wriitng prompts for january, football activities, winter puzzles, winter games, winter centers, skip counting activities, These make a quick, easy and fun way to whole-group assess too. 

Call out a number/letter and have students move their snowman's nose to that position or... move your teacher sample to an uppercase letter, and have students find the matching lowercase letter on theirs. 

For added pizzazz, I ran the carrot noses through my crinkle machine.  My Y5's called this the "Cruncher Muncher." 

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Jam paper carries this awesome tool called a "corru-gator"  which easily crimps paper.  They have a "wave" pattern as well as a straight line one.  Once you roll your paper through, it comes out looking like corrugated cardboard, and really adds that finishing touch.

Poke a hole at the end of the carrot and use a brass brad to fasten the nose to the snowman.   Click on the link to view/download the Snowman's Nose packet.

snowflake activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, penguin activities, new years activities, new year's activities, january bulletin boards, wriitng prompts for january, football activities, winter puzzles, winter games, winter centers, skip counting activities, An adorable book to read before or after this activity, is entitled: Where's Snowy's Nose? by Kelly Asbury. It was one of my Y5's favorites.

snowflake activities, snowman activities, snowman crafts, penguin activities, new years activities, new year's activities, january bulletin boards, wriitng prompts for january, football activities, winter puzzles, winter games, winter centers, skip counting activities, Thanks for visiting today.  I need to get going, as I have a few more things I need to run out and get for tomorrow's family gathering. 

Love having a full house, which means 14 adults, 5 grandchildren, 3 dogs and a partridge in a pear tree... Wishing you a glorious day filled with everything and everyone you enjoy the most.

 "Wisdom from a snowman: It's OK to be a little bottom heavy.  Don't get too much sun.  Everyone "nose" carrots are good for you.  Be a jolly happy soul.  It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.  It's fun to hang out in your front yard.  Remember, we're all a bit flakey and that's what makes things interesting. Have a pure heart. White goes with everything.  We are all unique and special.  Accessorize, accessorize, accesorize." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Fun November Math Activities and Games With Me

This whopping 70-page "print & go" packet has a lot of quick, easy and fun math activities, covering a variety of Common Core standards.

common core math kindergarten, common core math 1st grade, ordinal numbers, skip counting, odd and even, counting to 100, counting to 120, place value activities, fact family activities, Pilgrim activities, turkey activities, math games, 10 frames, thanksgiving math, november math worksheets, thanksgving gamesThe activities are pretty versatile, so you can differentiate, making the lesson easier or more difficult to fit your needs and grade level. (PK-1st)

For example, here's a sample of all of the options you have for the "Hats Off"  worksheet.

Because students get to play a game using dice or one of the spinners, they really enjoy the math practice.

common core math kindergarten, common core math 1st grade, ordinal numbers, skip counting, odd and even, counting to 100, counting to 120, place value activities, fact family activities, Pilgrim activities, turkey activities, math games, 10 frames, thanksgving gamesI think you'll also like the "Show Me the Number" worksheets. 

common core math kindergarten, common core math 1st grade, ordinal numbers, skip counting, odd and even, counting to 100, counting to 120, place value activities, fact family activities, Pilgrim activities, turkey activities, math games, 10 frames, thanksgving gamesI have one for numbers 1-10, 1-20, and 1-30. 

Simply run off an entire week or month's worth and pick a different number each day. 

Because you've already explained it once, there's no need for continuous directions and your kiddos can get right down to business. 

Use the packet throughout the month for early finishers, extra help for strugglers, brain breaks, centers, review, table top lessons, assessments, homework, "just for fun" plug-ins, when you have a few spare minutes, or tuck a few in your sub folder. 

If you're required to send something home over your school breaks, pick and choose what's appropriate and put together a Happy Thanksgiving packet.

There are worksheets, as well as dice, spinner and paper-pencil games for the following:

 

  • Counting
  • Sequencing
  • Ordinal numbers
  • 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 numberscommon core math kindergarten, common core math 1st grade, ordinal numbers, skip counting, odd and even, counting to 100, counting to 120, place value activities, fact family activities, Pilgrim activities, turkey activities, math games, 10 frames, thanksgving games
  • Telling digital & analog time to the hour with this cute little "Turkey Time" Itty Bitty booklet.  Great as an assessment tool too.
  • 10 frame activities
  • 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

As you can see, I did a ton of work, so that you don't have to!  Click on the link to grab your copy of the Common Core Thanksgiving Math Packet, and let the educational fun begin! Would love your feed back, as I'm thinking of making one of these packets for winter.  diane@teachwithme.com or you can leave a comment below. 

common core math kindergarten, common core math 1st grade, ordinal numbers, skip counting, odd and even, counting to 100, counting to 120, place value activities, fact family activities, Pilgrim activities, turkey activities, math games, 10 frames, thanksgving gamesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting.  It's time for a much-needed break.  I'll be braving this snowy day (Yes here in Michigan we are already blanketed in white.) My daughter is treating me to a pedicure, so I'm off to go pamper myself.  Wishing you a relaxing day!

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward

 

1-2-3, Come Play A Quick, Easy and Fun Turkey-Math Game, With Me!

As a child, I enjoyed playing the game Battleship. This pencil-paper game, has been played in various forms since the 1930’s. In 1967, Milton Bradley made the first plastic pegboard version, which is my personal favorite.

When Online games became popular, visitors were able to play against the computer, with no need for an opponent. If you're looking for a kid-friendly game site that makes a nice independent computer center, Primary Games does a nice job and has a Battleship option.

math game, turkey game, math games for November, skip counting games, addition games, addition activities, skip counting activities, battleship game, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving gamesSince all sorts of math skills are practiced while playing the Battleship game, I decided to adapt the concept for the classroom, and designed Turkey Battle.

This quick, easy and fun Thanksgiving turkey game, will help students practice strategy, coordinated pairs, skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as addition and tally marks.  

However, younger children can also play the game, by simply capturing turkeys. They'll be practicing the life skills needed to play games, as well as simple counting, number recognition from 1-5, plus uppercase letter recognition from A-E.

Students choose a Pilgrim opponent. Their mission is to capture all of their rival’s turkeys before they capture all of theirs.

So there's no peeking, use file folders as a privacy screen. (I've included a cover for these, if you want to decorate them.)  Hidden behind the screen, Pilgrims position the turkeys on their “battle board”. There are two different sizes to choose from.

math game, turkey game, math games for November, skip counting games, addition games, addition activities, skip counting activities, battleship game, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving gamesOlder students record their hits via tally marks then add up the point values of each hit via skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. A point poster is provided, that you can hang up to assist in this.

If you want to give the game an extra twist and make it a bit more exciting, students can use the "Kaboom!" bomb cards. This gives kiddos another way to win.  Here’s how: Students get 3 bomb tiles to scatter on their battle board.   If their Pilgrim opponent sets off all three land mines, then they have lost the game.

math game, turkey game, math games for November, skip counting games, addition games, addition activities, skip counting activities, battleship game, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving gamesThe turkey battle board consists of 25 boxes on a grid. There are 15 turkey tiles for students to place on their battle board. There are 5 turkey tiles for each of the following point values: 2, 5 and 10 points.

Children decide how to win the game. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes; the Pilgrim who captures the most number of turkeys is the winner or the Pilgrim with the highest point value when the timer rings, is the winner.

To play, students alternate turns and get only one guess to capture a turkey. The first Pilgrim calls out an ordered pair (i.e. A5) and his Pilgrim opponent informs them if they have captured a turkey, and if so, its point value.

Pilgrims mark an X on their recording sheet of where they have guessed and make a tally mark on their paper in the appropriate point value place when a turkey is captured.

So that children know when all of their turkeys have been captured, the captured turkey tile is removed from their battle board.  Have students put the captured turkey tiles back in their Snack Baggie as they play, so they won't lose them.

math game, turkey game, math games for November, skip counting games, addition games, addition activities, skip counting activities, battleship game, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving gamesThe game is done, when the timer rings.  I’ve included certificates of praise that you can pass out. (There are ones in color as well as black line.)  I find these mini certificates are a simple, yet effective way, to build self-esteem and good sportsmanship.

math game, turkey game, math games for November, skip counting games, addition games, addition activities, skip counting activities, battleship game, turkey activities, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving gamesClick on the link to view/download the Turkey Battle November Math Game.   Thanks for visiting today.  My daughter Kelli, had baby Kaitlyn Monday night, so I'm off to do some super-fun "tickled pink" shopping.  Wishing you a blessed day.

"We may all have come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." -Martin Luther King Jr.

 1-2-3 Come Do A Few Ghostly Activities With Me

I had a request from Alma, over in California, for a few non-scary math activities, with a skeleton or ghost theme.  She teaches a Hispanic group of kinders in Oakland and their Day of the Dead celebration (Dia de Los Muertos) is huge for them.

day of the dead activitiesI referred her to the Numbskull math activities, as well as the Candy Bones activities, but also decided to design a few ghost -themed things as well. Cute little ghosts seemed to be a lot less scary to me than a skull, although that seems to be the prominent symbol for their holiday.

So if you too, are you looking for a few activities to plug into your Halloween party day, but still want to cover some standards, then I think you'll enjoy this cute little ghost-themed packet. 

The packet includes:

  • halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, candy bones activities, free number cardsA ghost craftivity that I call Spooky "Soles".   Students trace their shoe, trim & add some wiggle eyes to make a keepsake ghost (the heel is the head).  They glue their ghost to the back of the tombstone, which has a little poem on it.  "Here's a little ghost traced from my shoe. Made with lots of TLC cuz I love you."  

Instead of the R.I.P. signifying rest in peace, I printed Really Important Person on the tombstone.  Children sign their name at the top.  Older students can complete the writing prompt: Things that scare me... on the back.

  • halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, candy bones activities, free number cardsThe packet also includes some Spooky sliders.  Even though this packet is mostly about numbers, I've also included extra sliders to cover other things.  Sliders for: upper & lowercase letters, shapes, numbers 0-30, counting backwards from 10 to 0 & 20 to 0, plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.

Children can also trace their shoe to make their ghost slider and then cut 2 slits in the center, so they can insert their "slider" strip, or simply run off my ghost template, (bottom right in the photo), choosing whatever slider you want to practice.

  • halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, 5 little ghosts poem, candy bones activities, free number cardsA Five Little Ghosts rhyme poster that I wrote. (Use the number cards as manipulatives for the poem.)
  • "Five little ghosts flying out the door, one flew away and that left 4.  Four little ghosts playing happily, one flew away and that left 3.  Three little ghosts yelling boo, boo, boo! One flew away and that left 2.  Two little ghosts having spooky fun, one flew away and that left 1.  One little ghost sleeping in the sun, flew back home and that left none."
  • ghost cardsCute little ghost number cards to 35, number word cards to 10, and ordinal number cards, with a blank set to program with higher numbers, plus a set of math symbols, so students can make equations. There's also a 3-page tip list of what to do with the number cards, that includes the Kaboom game.
  • An Odd Todd & Even Steven sorting mat.
  • ghost trace and write numbers 51-100, halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, 5 little ghosts poem, candy bones activities, free number cards3 trace & write worksheets for numbers 0-120.  I faded in a little ghost in the background for a rather cool looking affect. 
  • ghost with the most rhyme worksheet, halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, 5 little ghosts poem, candy bones activities, free number cardsPlus a "ghost with the most" rhyming word worksheet with helpful answer key.  
  • Click on the link to view/download the Common Core Ghost packet.

halloween activities, ghost crafts, ghost activities, words that rhyme with ghost, halloween crafts, halloween math activities, math games, ghost games, halloween games, number word activities, numbskull activities, candy bones math, candy bones graph, 5 little ghosts poem, candy bones activities, free number cardsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting.  Time to straighten up the toy messes happily strewn hither and yon around the house.  Proof that a little pumpkin plays at Nana's house.

One of my dearest friends is coming over.  We are celebrating Jude's going into remission from cancer news!  Since it's Cancer Awareness Month, just want to give a shout out to all those brave people battling it, as well as those helping in and supporting the cause.  Blessings all around.  Click on the link for an inspiring musical video "Truly Brave" by Sara Bareillis and Cyndi Lauper

"We haven't failed. We now know a thousand things that won't work, so we are much closer to finding what will." --
Thomas Edison 


1-2-3 Come Make Some Sliders With Me

I enjoy designing "sliders."  They are a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess all sorts of standards.  I gave them the name "sliders" because students trace the numbers or letters on the strip of paper. 

The teacher chooses students to call out a letter/number and then everyone slides their strip of paper 'til that letter/number shows in the "window" of their slider.   Since this is like an "I Spy" game, students really enjoy sliders, and teachers can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

pete the cat activities, alphabet activities, number recognition, cat crafts, skip counting activities, shape activities, alphabet games, number games, shape games, alphabet assessments, alhabet games, I spy games, slidersBecause I've been making some activities to go with Pete the Cat, I decided to create a cat slider.  One turned into 4 and there went my day... 

You can choose the cat for your students, or give them a choice.  Run the cat patterns off on blue construction paper (for a Pete the Cat one) and have students trim, or run them off on white construction paper and have students color their cat

pete the cat activities, alphabet activities, number recognition, cat crafts, skip counting activities, shape activities, alphabet games, number games, shape games, alphabet assessments, alhabet games, I spy games, slidersTo add a bit more pizzazz to the blue construction paper cats, I've included patterns for little tennis shoes. Run them off on white paper. Students trim and glue to the appropriate cat.  

pete the cat activities, alphabet activities, number recognition, cat crafts, skip counting activities, shape activities, alphabet games, number games, shape games, alphabet assessments, alhabet games, I spy games, slidersCutting out the cats, can be a bit tricky, so I would not do this option for really little ones. Instead, use the smaller cat patterns, with the dashed lines, and run off on white paper. 

pete the cat activities, alphabet activities, number recognition, cat crafts, skip counting activities, shape activities, alphabet games, number games, shape games, alphabet assessments, alhabet games, I spy games, sliders Younger kiddos can easily follow the lines and get some cutting practice in, but are not overwhelmed with twisting and turning their scissors.

Since the blue ones turned out especially cute, you may want to make a set of your own and laminate them.  After students have found the letter/shape/number that is called out for the "I Spy" game, and everyone's hand is raised, you can hold up your cat and ask: "Is this letter/shape/number showing on your cat?"

Students make adjustments, so you are reinforcing the correct answer, without having to take the time to individually correct a struggling student, or embarrass them. 

pete the cat activities, alphabet activities, number recognition, cat crafts, skip counting activities, shape activities, alphabet games, number games, shape games, alphabet assessments, alhabet games, I spy games, slidersThere are "sliders" for upper and lowercase letters, numbers, counting backwards from 10-0, shapes and skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. 

Pick the slider for the standard that you want to practice, run them off and trim on a paper cutter. You could also reuse the sliders and review another standard, with a different slider on another day.  

For more teachable moments, review patterns or odd and even numbers, by having students choose 2 or 3 colors of crayons or markers and trace the letters/numbers in an ABAB or ABC pattern. (I did this in my samples, so be sure and look at the photographs closely. )

pete the cat activities, alphabet activities, number recognition, cat crafts, skip counting activities, shape activities, alphabet games, number games, shape games, alphabet assessments, alhabet games, I spy games, slidersTo review shapes, I'd suggest using the cat head pattern.  Children color the shapes on their slider, which will then become the "nose" of the cat when they slide the strip into that position.  I think they turned out pretty cute if I do say so for myself.

pete the cat activities, alphabet activities, number recognition, cat crafts, skip counting activities, shape activities, alphabet games, number games, shape games, alphabet assessments, alhabet games, I spy games, slidersClick on the link to view/download the Cat Slider packet.  I hope it's simply "purr-fect" for Pete the Cat or any other cat-themed activities you have going on. 

pete the cat activities, alphabet activities, number recognition, cat crafts, skip counting activities, shape activities, alphabet games, number games, shape games, alphabet assessments, alhabet games, I spy games, slidersThanks for visiting.  The chill is in the air today and really feels like fall.  Time for a brisk walk with my pup Chloe, to help get energized.

"Your current safe boundaries, were once unknown frontiers." -Anonymous

1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Math With Me

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsThe last few articles have covered apple art, some apple science (apple facts and the apple life cycle) plus a bit of writing, so I thought it was time to throw in a little apple math.  I've designed some numbered apples from 1 to 100.  You can put them up all at once, or add one each day of school, as you count up to your 100th day celebration.  

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsAnother fun way to reinforce counting, is with Willie the Worm.  His body is a numbered "slider".  Children trace the numbers and then insert Willie into their apple.  Call out a number, students slide the worm to that number. 

This is a quick and easy way to whole group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty.  I've also included strips for skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's for a non-boring way to practice. 

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsFor just-the-right-size number fun, with an apple theme, click on the Apple Number packet.  The packet includes: Smaller numbered apples (1-120) that students can easily sequence.  Use these as anchor charts or a help poster for your students' math folders. The apple 1-120 individual strips, can be cut to form a number line. 

I've included 16 "What's Missing?" activity sheets, that are especially helpful for those toughy teen numbers. Run them off for students to fill in, or laminate and have children place number tiles on empty spaces.  The apple math symbols, allow students to use the apples to create and solve addition and subtraction equations, as well as show greater and less than.

Apples with numbers as well as number words, help with reading comprehension. Use them for games, pocket charts, or your word wall.  Skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's is also included, plus 4 games, with the ability to create many more.  Click on the link to get the 35-page comprehensive Apple Number packet.

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsFor more addition and subtraction activities, you'll enjoy the apple-themed 10-frame packet.

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsIf you teach little ones just learning to count, or ESL students, they'll enjoy the 1-to-1 correspondence apple game.  I've included full-color cards, as well as black line masters if you want your kiddos to color their own. 

I used red, yellow and green pony beads as manipulatives.  This provides great fine motor practice as well.

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsPuzzles are also a fun way for students to practice sequencing numbers. 

I've included an apple as well as a pumpkin shaped puzzle in this packet. Run the apples off on red, yellow and lime green construction paper; give students a choice of what color they want for their apple

Children can simply put the puzzle together, or have them create an interesting mosaic picture, by gluing the pieces to a sheet of black construction paper.  (Make sure they leave a little space inbetween the pieces.) 

For that finishing touch, add their photo to the leaf.  To make it more of a keepsake, have students trace their hand for the pumpkin leaf.

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsThere are 7 more apple-themed puzzles in another packet. Use the skip counting by 10's puzzles for older students.

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsFinally, when doing apple math, one can't forget to include shapes as well as graphing.  Both are accomplished in the Shapely Fall Graphs packet

I hope you found a few things here that you're excited about sharing with your students.  Do you have an apple activity that you could share with us?  I'd love to hear from you.  diane@teachwithme.com  or feel free to leave a comment below.

100 numbered apple cards, counting apples, apple activities, apple math, apple puzzles, 1-to-1 correspondence, skip counting activities, apple worksheets, apple graphs, shape activities, number puzzles, apple 10 frames, apple craftsIt's a rainy day, and although it's tempting to venture into some time-sucking fun on Pinterest, I'm off to higher priorities.  (Perhaps curling up with a good book!) Wishing you an apple-icious afternoon.

1-2-3 Come Do Some Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities and Crafts With Me

My life seems to be flying by!  Can anyone else out there relate?  I had planned to get these cute little caterpillars done the first week of April, but the past few days filled up with so many other responsibilities, that the caterpillars had to stay in their "chrysalis state" 'til now. 

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsI hope you can still use them, or as the life of a pack-rat teacher goes, tuck these ideas away for next year.  Since so many people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I wanted to use Eric Carle's cute litter critter as a spring board to studying a variety of other things. 

I created the caterpillar template and made a list of all sorts of ways I could use it, then set about to design the details.   You can choose which one you want your students to do, or give them a choice.  A friend of mine liked them so much, that she plans to make 3 (a different one each week).

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsIn The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet, students trace and write upper and lowercase letters.  I've also included a set where a bit of the butterfly's life cycle is also included with the letters. 

For example, for the Zz letter, I added:  Zzzzzz sleeping in a chrysalis, and then included a butterfly pattern with the letters all over her wings to be cut and glued on the last section.  

I glued just the thorax portion to the last "body" circle and bent the wings up so that the butterfly looks like she's flying.

Older students could also make a list of a food the caterpillar could eat that begins with that letter.  You may want to read Lois Ehlert's book Eating the Alphabet (Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z) to give students some ideas.  Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet packet. 

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsIf you'd like to review just the life cycle of a butterfly, you'll want to take a look at The Life Cycle Of The Very Hungry Caterpillar packet.  Students trace and write the words, then color, cut and glue the pictures. 

If you look closely, you'll see that I glued down just the thorax with this butterfly too, so it looks 3 dimensional, like the larger one above.  Click on the link to view/download it. 

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsThe Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow, reinforces colors as well as the days of the week.  Before hand, brainstorm what kinds of things the caterpillar could eat that are the various colors.  Write these words on the board to help children with spelling.

Students trace and write the color words and complete the sentence with something the caterpillar ate that was that color.  Adding end punctuation reviews another standard.  

Children then draw and color a picture.  I've included my sample so that you can quickly make one to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow packet.

You may also want to read one of the following books for some great examples of rainbow-colorful food: I Eat A Rainbow, by Bobbie Kalman;  Can You Eat a Rainbow? by Anastasia Suen;  and/or  I Can Eat A Rainbow, by Annabel Karmel.   

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsThe Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers includes counting from zero to ten, where students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words.  I've  included a butterfly pattern to glue to the last section if you want.

There are also caterpillar "body" circles for skip counting by 2's 3's, 5's, and 10's. 

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsIn all of the packets there are patterns for the caterpillar's head if you want it to be made out of construction paper, as well as a pattern that students can color, like the "Skip count by 10's" caterpillar in the photo.

Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers.

Since I have many requests for shape craftivities, particulary 3D shapes, I thought I'd make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Shapes. 

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsThis is the largest packet, as I've included a caterpillar that reviews 2D shapes, as well as the days of the week.  For this caterpillar, students trace and write the shape words, as well as draw the shapes

I've included a butterfly pattern with the various shapes sprinkled on the wings, if you'd like to include that on the last "body" section.  For a cool 3D effect, fold the wings up and glue only the thorax portion down.

Another caterpillar, is a cut and glue the 2D shapes on the "body" circles.  Besides the standard 2D shapes, you can also choose to include the hexagon, pentagon, & octagon, and/or the pattern block shapes: rhombus and trapezoid

There's also a separate caterpillar that simply eats all of the 3D shapes. As with the above activity, students cut and glue the 3D shapes to the "body" circles.  Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Shapes.

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsFinally, rather than make a caterpillar that covered story elements using this pattern, I made a graphic organizer - worksheet, to change things up a bit. 

To save you time, I included a template with the answers, so that you can make a quick sample to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download the graphic organizer for The Very Hungry Caterpillar's story elements. 

the very hungry caterpillar activities, the very hungry caterpillar crafts, graphic organizer for the very hungry caterpillar, the very hungry caterpillar bulletin board ideas, common core the very hungry caterpillar, alphabet activities, shape activities, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, hexagon activities, pattern block activities, pattern block shape activities, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2's, skip counting by 3's, skip counting by 5's, skip counting by 10's, color word activities, color activities, color crafts, alphabet crafts, the life cycle of a butterfly activities, life cycle of a butterfly craftsThanks for visiting today.  As always, feel free to PIN away.   

 "Everyone is like a [caterpillar].  They start out ugly and awkward, and then morph into beautiful and graceful butterflies that everyone loves." -Drew Barrymore

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