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

apple crafts, apple centers, apple bulletin boards, melted crayon activities, label an apple activities, 3D apple craft, apple centerpiecesAlthough 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.

apple crafts, apple centers, apple bulletin boards, melted crayon activities, label an apple activities, 3D apple craft, apple centerpiecesFew 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!)

apple crafts, apple centers, apple bulletin boards, melted crayon activities, label an apple activities, 3D apple craft, apple centerpiecesCompleted 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.

cov parts of an apple emergent reader apple crafts, apple centers, apple bulletin boards, melted crayon activities, label an apple activities, 3parts of an apple emergent reader, emergent readersD apple craft, apple centerpiecesThere’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.

apple crafts, apple centers, apple bulletin boards, melted crayon activities, label an apple activities, 3D apple craft, apple centerpiecesToday's featured FREEBIE is one of my personal favorite apple crafts. Even though this craftivity is quick, easy & fun, it definitely has the "Wow!" factor.

"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.

apple crafts, apple centers, apple bulletin boards, melted crayon activities, label an apple activities, 3D apple craft, apple centerpiecesWell 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

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingSince my Apple Puzzle Games have been so popular, I decided to create a pumpkin-themed one too. 

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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingThe 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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingTo 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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingI'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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingSimply print, laminate & trim. I keep each puzzle in a ZipLock Baggie.

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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingIf they become stumped, they can refer to the "pumpkin challenge" chart for assistance.

Another Idea:

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingThe 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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingToday's featured FREEBIE is a selection of fall-themed worksheets that help students practice graphing, at the same time reviewing 2D shapes.

fall graphing  worksheets, pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, apple games, apple activities, apple centersI've included black & white patterns for children, as well as colorful answer keys.

My students really love graphing, so I hope yours will too.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingWell 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

name writing activities, name writing booklet, name writing practice, for crayon out loud, crayon color postrs, 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.)

name writing activities, name activities, learning to write names, name writing booklet, color booklet, classromm management activities, for crayon out loudThe 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.

name writing activities, name activities, learning to write names, name writing booklet, color booklet, classromm management activities, for crayon out loudThere'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. 

classroom management activities, name writing activities, name writing booklet, for crayon out loudThere's a lot you can do with it, from a simple reminder poster hung on a bulletin board, to games and behavior management.

The packet includes:

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* A For "crayon" out loud please raise your hand! Reminder poster

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* A For "crayon" out loud class rules poster

* Crayon bookmarks

* A blank poster with a crayon border,  for you to use as stationery or fill in your own rules

classroom management activities,for crayon out loud* Crayon badges, perfect for name tags. 

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* A behavior modification checklist (A quick and easy way to communicate with parents at the same time having students  be accountable, and take responsibility for their actions.

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* Behavior traffic light crayon boxes. A little something different than the popular traffic light classroom management technique.

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas*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...

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* A set of crayon color cards, which you can use for labels and games.

for crayon out loud, classroom management, name writing bookletWell 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.  

sorting seeds, fall math centers, pumpkin activities, apple activiteis, watermelon activitiesWhile 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.

sorting seeds, fall math centers, pumpkin activities, apple activiteis, watermelon activitiesThus 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.

seed activities, pumpkin activities, apple activiiesI'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.

sorting seeds, fall math centers, pumpkin activities, apple activiteis, watermelon activitiesThere 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.

selfie self portrait writing prompt craftToday'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.

seed activities, apple activities, pumpkin activities watermelon activities, selfie portraits, back to school self portraitsWell 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

0-20 number activities, counting activities, counting b ooklet, number posters, number games, math centers, apple activitesOne 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.

0-20 number activities, counting activities, counting b ooklet, number posters, number games, math centers, apple activites* 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.

0-20 number activities, counting activities, counting b ooklet, number posters, number games, math centers, apple activites* 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.

0-20 number activities, counting activities, counting b ooklet, number posters, number games, math centers, apple activitesThere 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

apple themed math game, apple math center, addition games, subtraction gamesToday's featured FREEBIE is an apple math mat.  There's addition on the front, and subtraction on the back.  You can also show greater & less than equations.

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. 

apple activities, apple math, apple centers, math centers, addition games, subtraction gamesWell 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

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