Do you have your kiddos draw a self portrait during the first week of school? Do you take a photograph of their first day? Why not hop on the "selfie" rage and use these cute worksheets for your kiddos to do their work on. They're sure to become a keepsake.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Kissing Hand Activities With Me
My kiddos LOVE the story The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Little ones identify with the anxious feelings of Chester the raccoon, when he doesn’t want to go to school. The warming kiss from his mom, resonates in comfort for them as well.
With that in mind, I created a whopping 102-page Kissing Hand literacy packet. I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved designing it.
The packet has a ton of super-fun activities to help reinforce a variety of standards and includes the following:
* A note home to parents to provide a family photograph for a special “We are loved” bulletin board.
* 2 posters to help create the bulletin board.
* A tiny welcoming note for your students with a place to put a Hershey Kiss. ("Hooray! Hooray! So glad you're here today. To show you that it's true, here's a little kiss for you!")
* Graphing activities
* Parts of a book poster & worksheet
* Pocket Chart cards for: character, setting, events
* Literacy Graphic organizers
* Beginning-Middle-End of the story worksheets & activities
* A who, what, where, when, why worksheet
* Venn diagrams comparing: 2 books, 2 characters, the child with Chester, Chester’s school & their school, plus some completed samples to share.
* Games: “How many words can you make using the letters in raccoon?” Includes an answer key; “Rr is for raccoon and….” race; plus a Nocturnal Animal Memory Match game.
* A variety of worksheets for various levels.
* Lot of creative & fun writing prompts
* Several class-made books, with covers and inside pattern pages to make them.
* Nocturnal animal activities, including an interesting facts sheet, an alphabetical list of 34 nocturnal animals, a classroom poster, with a matching “color me” one for students, plus several games.
* Sign Language activities (The last page of the story, is a picture of Chester’s hand “signing” I love you.) Includes a poster and worksheet.
* Skidamarink a-dink-a-doo I love you song, poster & bookmarks. My Y5s LOVE singing this sweet song.
* Retell the story bookmarks
* “Color me” first day bookmarks
* Comfort discussion poster and matching class-made book
* “I had a great 1st day” slap bracelet.
* 12 pocket chart cards for reviewing the story. They double as a punctuation and capitalization activity too.
* Feelings activities
* Raccoons "Are, Can, Have" worksheet
* Craftivities: A raccoon mask; a hand print fold out note; and a “red, white & blue I love you” sign language heart. Both make a wonderful keepsake.
* I also designed a sweet full-body raccoon on a 1/2 sheet of paper, with 2-on-a-page for quick printing.
Little ones can simply color him, then color, trim & glue the tail to the bottom.
Older students can write 3-4 things they liked about school or 2-3 emotions they felt during the first day or week.
The larger raccoon is just a head & tail. I call it "A Tale About Me!" With a play on the word "tale/tail".
It's an interesting alternative to the "All About Me" booklets.
The tail of the raccoon provides simple writing prompts for kiddos to finish: name, birthday, an interesting fact about themselves; what they want to be when they grow up, plus favorites: color, candy, activities, animal, foods, & TV show, all written on the raccoon's tail.
This craftivity is a super-fun way to learn about your new students, and completed projects make an adorable bulletin board.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to grab this comprehensive Kissing Hand Literacy Packet.
In celebration of getting ready for back to school, I've knocked 2 dollars off for a limited time, so this 102-page packet is just $5.95.
The featured FREEBIE today, also involves The Kissing Hand. I actually have 2 for you that are featured in the packet. The first one is the quick, easy & fun "fill up the hand with feelings" craftivity. Click on the link to grab it.
The second one is the Comfort Class-Made Book. There are two writing prompt options to choose from, a color cover, with full & half page options, plus the discussion poster. After children share their page, collect, collate, add the cover & place it in your classroom library.
Be sure and set your student-made booklets out during Open House as well as Parent Teacher Conferences.
I hope your kiddos enjoy creating this one. Well that's it for today.
Thanks for stopping by. It's a lovely sunny day in the 70's. My grandchildren are coming over, so it will be especially enjoyable. Wishing you a love-filled day as well.
"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation." - Lois Weis
1-2-3 Come Do Some Back To School Writing With Me
Here's a quick, easy and fun writing prompt for back to school. Completed projects look awesome dangling from the ceiling, swirling and twirling as they wave so long to summer, and hello to a brand new school year.
Even if you've already started back, summer's not technically over 'til the first day of fall (September 23rd) so you can easily incorporate this craftivity into your writing block, or Daily 5 activities.
Give students a variety of construction paper-color choices, to trace their hand and arm on. They trim and cut out. Run off the writing prompt rectangles. I've included templates for preschool through 8th grade.
Students color and complete the prompt, using words and phrases about things pertaining to their summer, as well as the new grade that they're in.
Younger students can do this with the help of their parents at Open House or Meet the Teacher Night. If you don't have one, tuck the activity in their backpacks for a nice home-school connection.
Students glue the summer prompt to the front of their hand, and the school one, to the back. For a bit more pizzazz, children can draw on polished fingernails and jewelry. (I used a flat-backed rhinestone to make a ring.)
Be sure and make a sample of your own to help explain what you want your students to do. This is also an interesting way for them to get to know you a little better.
I've included my writing samples, so that you can easily make an example if you don't have time to make one of your own.
After students share, punch a hole in a finger tip, add a yarn tie and suspend from the ceiling. Your caption could be "High Fives For Wonderful Writing."
I didn't dangle these samples from my ceiling, but you can get an idea from the photo, of how colorful and really cool your students' completed projects will look.
Click on the link to view/download the So Long Summer; Hello School Year Writing Prompt craftivity.
Thanks for visiting today. It's pouring outside my window, giving me a sleepy kind of feeling --the perfect day for doing all sorts of crafty things, or perhaps snuggling into a good book. Wishing you a relaxing day.
"Believe you can and you’re halfway there!" -Unknown
This is a quick, easy and fun back to school activity. Students color their calculator their favorite color, and then complete the writing prompt: "By my calculations it's going to be a great year because..." Add a school photo for the finishing touch. Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
1-2-3 Come Do An Apple-icious Writing Activity With Me
Because many teachers decorate with an apple theme, and a lot of children study about apples in the fall, I decided to design a back to school apple icebreaker.
It's a quick, easy and fun way to get to know your new students. Be sure and make a sample to help explain what you want them to do, as well as an interesting way, for them to get to know you too.
Students complete the writing prompts and then color their apples in an ABC pattern.
I chose this pattern, because apples come in 3 colors, and I wanted to toss in a bit of science as well as math, plus it helps younger students to use more than only one color, which they are notorious for.
By having them cut their apple out, you provide an opportunity for practice, and can see at a glance who is having difficulty with fine motor skills.
If you take a first day of school photo, make copies and trim, so that students can glue one to their leaf, for that finishing touch.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board. (A new crop of kids, Kindergarten is a bushel of fun, The apple of Mr(s). ______'s eye, apple-icious work are just a few captions.
I've included 3 samples to give you some ideas of what children can share. An example will help jumpstart their minds and set them in the right direction.
There's also a blank apple for you to fill in with whatever information you'd like to learn about your students.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple Icebreaker Packet.
Thanks for visiting today. It's Friday and that means garage sales! (Woo hoo.)
I'm off in search of more treasures to fill up my already too-full basement! As a teacher, you can probably relate to suffering from the Pack Rat Syndrome.
"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." -Anthony J. D'Angelo
This apple icebreaker is a fun way to get to know your students. So that your kiddos can get to know you too, make sure you make a personal sample. Packet includes the writing prompt template, plus a blank one for you to fill in with whatever. This actiity will be FREE for an entire year(!) after which time it will be up-dated and put into my 20-page "Fall Writing Prompts Craftivity packet."
1-2-3 Come Do Some Back To School Sidewalk Chalk Activities With Me
I LOVE sidewalk chalk and so did my young fives. You can buy 6 to a dozen sticks at The Dollar Store, so I always had a big bucket on hand, for those crazy days when everyone has had enough, and you just need to take a break and get outside.
Keeping in mind, that just about everything we do has to be "educational" and include the "standards", I'd have my kiddos practice writing their names, letters, numbers and drawing shapes. After we got that out of the way, they enjoyed creating "mess-terpieces" 'til it was time to go in.
For quick cleanup, make sure you bring some wet wipes with you, so students can wipe off their dusty hands.
If you give your students a first day gift or treat bag of some sort, and are looking for something easy and inexpensive, then I think you'll enjoy my "Welcome! ___________ is 'chalk' full of learning fun!" treat bag. I have templates for preschool, kindergarten and first grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever you teach.
And... no worries if you've already started school. There's a generic "Wishing you a day that's "chalk" full of fun!" black & white, plus colorful note too.
My inspiration for this packet, came from My Sweet Sanity's blog spot. She used the "chalk full" play on words, for an end-of-the-year summer gift. Click on the link to zip on over and see her rainbow version.
So that you have a time-filler if you need it, run off the header on white construction paper, so that students can pull it off, color and use as a bookmark.
You could also run them off on a variety of colors of construction paper, or print the ones that are in color.
Attach the card to the front of a Snack Baggie, with a glue dot. (I don't like using staples with little ones.) Put a piece of sidewalk chalk inside and you're done!
Because students will want to play with the chalk right away, I wouldn't put them on their desks. Instead, put the treats in a big basket in full view and wait for children to notice, or show them one and let them know that they will get their Baggie at the end of the day to take home, or...
Use them as a behavior modification technique. Tell students that they need to work as a team with their new friends.
Each time they complete a task, or show great group behavior, you'll color in a letter on the "chalk" poster. When all of the letters have been colored in, they get their chalk and are able to go outside for some special fun.
As long as you're outside, why not take some pictures. Pinterest has quite a few photo op examples that involve sidewalk chalk. If you take a first day of school picture, one of these ideas would be adorable. Children tend to be less camera shy while playing outside, so you should get some adorable shots like the ones pictured here.
I especially like the kindergarten idea. Write your grade level as shown, and then have each student pose.
I've linked back to give credit when I could, however some showed just a photo and went no where. (Hover over the photo to see if it's linked and then bop over to those sites for more details.)
The balloon and crown idea are also easy and cute. That little guy is so joy-filled!
Keeping with the sidewalk chalk theme, I designed some writing prompts that I call "Chalk Talk".
There's one for boys and one for girls. Children complete the prompt: "I had a nice day at school. These are a few of the things that I did."
I've also included two "chalk talk" posters to use for whatever you deem appropriate.
Click on the link to view/download the Chalk Talk packet.
To see if I could find any other interesting things to do with sidewalk chalk, I Googled it.
For 30 fun games and activities with sidewalk chalk check out this creative birthday party idea website.
You can buy a bucket of sidewalk chalk at The Dollar Store, but if you’d like to make some, you can find a recipe on wikihow. For 7 fun ways to make ice chalk, click on the link. I like the idea of using Popsicle sticks, so children's hands don't get as messy.
Finally, click on the link for a recipe for scented sidewalk chalk paint, (She used Kool-Aid for non-toxic fragrance) and says: "This is a super-simple and inexpensive paint recipe that rinses off with a hose."
Well that's it for today. Feel free to PIN away.
I'm headed outside with my brand new tub of sidewalk chalk to create some awesome photographs with my little grandson Kaiden. Hope you have a day full of giggles too.
"A picture is a poem without words." - Horace
This is a wonderful sanity-saver for the first day of school. Use it as an autograph-coloring page for young children, or a writing prompt for older students, where they write about a few of their classmates that they've made friends with.
Getting To The Core, With Clothing, Specifically--What She Wore!
Mary Wore A Red Dress is another of my favorite back to school books.
It’s a great book for introducing color words to students.
In my “Red Dress Packet” I’ve included 11 color-picture cards to go with the book. You can pass them out to your students to use as manipulatives when you read the story.
Print and laminate them. Attach a magnet or piece of Velcro to the back and have students sequence them on your white board or a flannel board to enhance story time.
After the reading, pass out the pieces again and have students retell the story using the manipulatives. See if they can get them in the proper order.
I’ve also included 2 different class books with two different writing prompts.
One reinforces their name and what they wore to school having them incorporate a describing color word. “My name is _______________. I wore ______________________ to school.”
The first page begins with the teacher: “I'm the teacher, _____________. I wore _______________ to school."
The other is a take off of Martin’s Brown Bear and asks: “________________ what do you see?” What makes this class book so special is that the teacher glues the students’ first day photograph on the pages and students use describing words to write the sentence.
There’s even a page for the teacher.
You could also take pictures of the principal, secretary, lunch staff, librarian, playground assistants and anyone else you think students need to be familiar with, and include those in the book, so you can use it as a handy reference tool as well, helping your students become familiar with names as well as faces.
This 38-page packet of fun activities that reinforce color recognition, reading, writing and math skills also includes:
Class book pages are great for your Daily 5 activities, or September writing prompts!
Click on the link to view/download Activities For Mary Wore A Red Dress Packet
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“Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the whole world.” –Albert Einstein