1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Crafts With Me
Although I’ve seen a variety of 3D apple and pumpkin crafts using paper strips to form the sphere, I could not find a pattern anywhere on the web.
After a few hours of diddling around, I came up with this simple “print & go” apple craftivity, complete with several pattern options and step-by-step directions using photographs of the various stages.
Few teachers have the luxury of simply making a craft just for fun; so to incorporate some science standards, one of the options is to make a “label the apple” craft.
I’ve included labeled templates for little ones, as well as blank ones, so that older students can label their own pieces.
You can also opt to simply make an unlabeled apple, with the “skin strips” going all the way around the "core", which is a toilet paper tube. (Love recycling!)
Completed apples are free standing and make adorable centerpieces.
I’ve also designed the stem as a “looped handle”, so that the red, yellow & green apples look amazing swirling & twirling in the air, suspended from the ceiling on various lengths of yarn.
This craft goes perfect with my "Parts of an Apple Emergent Reader" packet. Click the link to have a look.
There’s a full-color copy for teachers, as well as a black & white version for your kiddos.
Choose the 6-on-a-page size, or the 12-on-a-page pattern to make Itty Bitty booklets.
* I’ve also included a set of 8 pocket chart cards, plus a colorful poster that labels the parts of an apple.
* There are 3, black line worksheet options, for students to color and label the parts of their apple too.
"Apples can be red, yellow and green. These are the prettiest apples you've ever seen." is the little poem that's in the middle of the apple.
I've included a large, full-size teacher's apple, that you can use as a sample to explain things to your kiddos, then later, place it in the middle of your apple display or bulletin board.
Using a crayon sharpener & broken peeled crayons, have students "shave" separate piles of red, yellow & green shavings.
They pinch a bit and then sprinkle the 3 colors on top of their apple cut out. Both of these activities, provide super, fine-motor skill practice, that helps strengthen those finger muscles.
Cover with a sheet of wax paper, press with a warm iron for a few seconds, then gently peel off the paper.
My kiddos often squeal with delight at how awesome their apple turns out.
Take that teachable moment to explain secondary colors, as the red crayon melting into the yellow will create a nice orange color.
Each apple is different; which makes for an amazing bulletin board that never fails to get lots of ooohs and ahhhs, from students and staff who pass by.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in. It's a beautiful autumn day in the 70s, so time to go crunch some leaves.
Chloe, my poodle pup is wagging her whole body in anticipation. Wishing you a delightful day.
"If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour." - Victoria Erickson
1-2-3 Come Play A Pumpkin Dice Game With Me
The pumpkin puzzles are a quick, easy and super-fun activity that you can play as an independent center, or as a whole group where children play individually or with a partner.
The games will reinforce numbers 1-6 for PK kiddos, while older students can use the 1-12 number puzzle to practice addition.
There are several ways to play.
To reinforce the fact that pumpkins are not only orange but can be red, yellow, green whitish tan & even blue, I have my students color with those six crayons.
So that each students’ work is different, children decide which numbers are what colors.
Because of the variety, completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
I've included photographs of real colorful pumpkins, along with a poster to scatter among your students' work.
I've also included larger, full-page pumpkins so you can create independent Center Games as well.
For this center, students roll the dice and place the matching numbered piece on the pumpkin base.
There are a set of 3 puzzles for numbers 1-6, and another three with pieces 1-12.
I made multi-colored puzzles (see photo), but you can make yours all one color or whatever...
Challenge older students to put the puzzles together without the help of a base.
If they become stumped, they can refer to the "pumpkin challenge" chart for assistance.
The packet also has a “header” card if you’d like to make these as an inexpensive gift for a fall or Halloween treat bag.
The headers come in color as well as black & white.
It’s a super-simple, party day activity that children can do independently, which allows you to be freed up. Woo hoo for an easy-peasy "sanity saver"!
Students are happily engaged putting their own personal puzzle together.
When they’re done, they pick a friend to play the dice game with; using the base that they built their puzzle on, which they’ll now color for the “Roll & Color” dice game.
You can have these pre-cut by a parent helper, or to make the activity last longer, have children cut out their own pieces, getting in some scissor practice which will help strengthen finger muscles.
There’s also a 4-on-a-page blank pumpkin puzzle so that you can program however you want.
My students really love graphing, so I hope yours will too.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's going to be another hot one today in the 90s (!) unheard of for Michigan at the end of September, but it beats snow.
Time to go water my wilting flowers. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn." -Latin Proverb
1-2-3 Come Color With Me
I'm always looking for quick, easy and fun ways for my Y5s to practice writing their names, so I designed this crayon-themed name writing packet where children can reinforce identifying colors at the same time. (Multi-tasking time saving bonus! Woo hoo.)
The packet includes a booklet with enough room so that students can write their name as many as 3 times.
This can be done all at once, or over a period of time, so that the booklet shows added improvement. Great for sharing at conferences!
There's also a set of name cards. Write your students' names on the unlined card so they can refer to it when they're making their booklet.
For added practice, laminate the lined cards, so students can practice writing their name with a dry erase marker.
I've included pocket chart-size color cards too. Use them as flashcards and post so that children can refer to this "anchor chart". Nice for your word wall.
There's a matching bookmark- size with 6-on-a-page to give your students. The "My Favorite Color Crayon Is . . ." worksheet provides another name writing opportunity as well.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
My kiddos absolutely love "spying" their name, so I've included an "I spy my name" color-me worksheet, as well as a certificate of praise kiddos can color after they've finished their name booklet.
Today's featured FREEBIE also has a crayon theme. The saying, "For 'crayon' out loud!" was the "pinspiration" behind this 20-page, classroom management For Crayon Out Loud packet that I hope you'll enjoy.
The packet includes:
* Crayon bookmarks
* A blank poster with a crayon border, for you to use as stationery or fill in your own rules
*Student crayon (Use with the traffic light program or as a bookmark, or run off on different colors of construction paper and write in the matching color word, then put up on your word wall.)
* 3 dot-to-dot behavior modification crayon sheets. These are a quick and easy way to help students stay focused and on task. And finally...
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a rainbow bright and stress free day.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Seed Activities With Me
Fall is my favorite season. I love sweatshirt weather, hikes in the woods where trees flaunt their spectacular colors, hayrides, and sipping hot cider while shopping the bountiful harvest at a farmer's market.
While munching a juicy honeycrisp apple, I thought it would be fun to have my students compare the various seeds of a few of the items on display here. Leftovers would also provide a nutritious snack too.
Thus the "Exploration of Seeds" packet was born, and mixes a bit of science with a variety of math skills: data collection & analysis, sorting, comparing & contrasting, predicting, guess-timating, counting, sequencing, greater than, less than & equal to, plus graphing.
I've also included a descriptive worksheet as well as an emergent reader, so you can add a splash of language arts and reading as well.
There are also 19 photo posters.
Scatter them around your students' investigations to make an interesting bulletin board, or use them as flashcards to check comprehension after you've done your investigation.
Students could choose one and practice using adjectives to describe the photo, or use several as writing prompts.
You can do the exploration activities as a whole group, or set things up as a center and have students work independently on their own seed worksheets.
I've included a letter home to parents asking for donations, so that you can study the seeds of a pumpkin, apple, sunflower, and watermelon, as well as kernels of corn.
If your students are like mine, they will absolutely LOVE these hands-on activities.
As a busy teacher, being able to combine science with math and language arts is a wonderful time-saving bonus.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a "My School Daze Selfie". Do you have your kiddos draw a self portrait?
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.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. The warm breeze on this lovely September afternoon is calling my name.
Time to take my poodle pup Chloe, for a walk and declutter my brain. Wishing you an awesome day filled with everything you most enjoy.
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
1-2-3 Come Do Some Counting Activities With Me
One of the reasons I decided to do “Diane’s Dollar Deals” is because I love the feeling I get when I go into The Dollar Store and find all sorts of goodies for my classroom for just a dollar.
I excitedly pick something up and say “I can’t believe this is only a dollar!” then happily drop whatever in my cart.
I’m hoping to give you that same feeling when you purchase one of my dollar deals.
They’re still the same high quality as my other “stuff”, but only a dollar.
* This 52-page number fun packet is my newest Dollar Deal creation and includes a set of large, colorful posters, as well as a smaller set with 2-on-a-page.
Use them as anchor charts, a border, bulletin board or flashcards using them as an easy way to whole group assess too.
Print an extra set to use for an independent math center.
Students can sequence the cards or sort them into odd & even piles.
You could also make an additional set, cut in half or in quarters for a puzzle center as well.
* I love when “stuff” matches in my room, so I made a set of little cards perfect for sequencing, sorting, or playing Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” games.
* The black and white “color me” booklet also matches.
Students color the picture, then trace & write the numbers and number words, then circle the number in the sequence.
There are covers so that you can make a counting booklet from 0-10 or 0-20. You could also make two separate booklets for each set.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love having a little workbook for my students.
It’s an easy-peasy Friday for me when students do a page in their various workbooks once a week. Everything’s kept in a folder which keeps things neat and organized.
Little workbooks are perfect for conferences, showing what we’re working on as well as improvement. Then at the end of the year, kiddos take home their folder and have a wonderful keepsake.
The dice and manipulatives make things extra fun. Once you make a set, you'll have a super-fun math center you can use for years.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
Two of my 9 grandchildren are coming over today, so it's time to put my Nana hat on and get ready for a fun-filled day.
Wishing you one as well. Filled with lots of hugs and giggles.
"Children are a living message sent to a time we will not see." - Neil Postman