1-2-3 Come Do Some Dr. Seuss Activities With Me
Do you read “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss? It’s one of my all-time favorite Seuss stories.
“Oh the Places You’ll Go” is not only perfect for March is Reading Month, Read Across America, or a Celebration of Seuss Week. but the story is also appropriate at the when students are advancing into a new grade or graduating!
With that in mind, I decided to combine reading and writing with a bit of geography, with this super-fun “Oh, the Places Go!” craftivity.
Children think of a place they’d like to travel to. Money is no object, so the world is literally at their feet.
Older students can do a bit of research to find out about a fascinating place they’d like to travel to. (Thus the geography connection, as well as great research & technology practice!)
The cover of this “flip-the-flap” hat, comes with the question words: Who? What? Why? When? Where & How? written on the stripes, which when flipped over, reveal the student’s answers.
For example, “Where would you like to travel to?”, "When would you like to go?", "Why do you want to go there?", "Who do you want to go with?", "What do you want to see?" and "How do you want to get there?"
The craftivity provides an interesting way to practice & reinforce the “5 Ws + 1 H” question words in a fun way.
I’ve included a poster, with the entire questions that you can use to introduce your lesson.
As always, patterns come in both black & white for students, as well as color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
There are also blank patterns, so that older students can write in their own words and title.
Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included a variety of posters that you can sprinkle among your students creations.
I rewrote a few of the story's most popular quotations in first person to match the "Oh,the Places I'LL Go!" writing prompt title, and put them inside speech bubbles, as if your students are saying them.
I had a lot of fun designing background papers using the color scheme from the cover of the "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" book.
I also designed a set of letters which spell out the caption: “Oh, the Places Go!” to add some extra pizzazz.
To add a bit of a "geography look", I created several globes, which can be substituted for the capital and lowercase letter O.
You can leave the hat “as is” or have students glue their completed craftivity to the suitcase pattern.
A luggage tag for a student’s name, adds some 3D pop, when the top portion is glued to the handle of the suitcase, then bent up.
Today's featured FREEBIE also has a Seuss theme featuring the Grinch.
Celebrate Seuss with these two rhyming & writing, Grinch-themed "craftivities". One features two writing prompts.
Students think of things that make them grin like the Grinch, jotting these down on the left side. On the right side, they list things that make them "grinchly and grumpy".
The other craft is a "doorknobber". On the front, students glue their photo face over the Grinch's, after they color it. On the back, they list all of the words that they can think of that rhyme with whatever word you assign. I chose Grinch and Seuss.
Samples of both are included, so you can easily show examples to your students to help explain what you want them to do.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The sun is shining, which makes the cold and windy weather almost bearable.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford
1-2-3 Come Do Some Green Eggs And Ham Activities With Me
Do you read “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss? It’s one of my students’ favorites.
The one to the left is an 8-minute, animated version that aired on TV. (Click the picture to take a look.)
You could turn the sound off and have the children read along; however, the pages turn rather quickly.
As a transitional activity, to be done after students read the story, I designed a cute "Green Eggs and Ham" writing prompt.
Introduce the lesson with the graphing extension, which you can laminate and hang on the board.
Keep things simple for younger students, who simply fill in the blanks on their worksheet, then draw pictures of foods that they like and dislike.
I've included my full-color samples, so that you can quickly print off an example to share.
Older students can expand their writing on one of the two, blank worksheet options.
For that finishing touch, students can glue their school photo to the top of the page.
To add a bit of pizzazz and craftiness to their writing, students can also make the paper plate craft.
Half of a plate, pops out and appears to balance on their traced hand print, much like Sam balances a tray of green eggs and ham throughout the story.
They can label their plate or glue on the "thumbs up/thumbs down" icons, or "yum/yuk" emojis, which are included.
The plate, hand print and worksheet are then glued on a bright colored sheet of construction paper.
Completed projects make an interesting 3D-bulletin board.
I’ve included lime green, polka dot letters, which spell “Hungry For A Good Book?”
Simply print, laminate and trim, then hang the caption above your bulletin board or hallway display.
Today's featured FREEBIE is another Seuss-themed activity.
This craft goes along with "The Cat in the Hat".
Older students can make their own hat, while younger kiddos can help you make one hat together.
Completed projects look great on hallway lockers.
Clip art was purchased & photographs are Public Domain.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
As I look out my snowy window and listen to the forecast of more to come, I am longing for spring.
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For "Sneezy the Snowman" With Me
Do you read the story “Sneezy the Snowman” by Maureen Wright?
With that in mind, I designed three, quick, easy and fun activities that you can make.
I love that YouTube often has children's books being read. It helps me decide if I want to purchase it.
These short clips are also fun to play for my students as a review, after I have read the story. Here's a link featuring a family of voices reading "Sneezy" (4:35 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J6uZLX9tqg
First up is a "Sneezy the Snowman" flip booklet. There are two options to choose from.
Since Sneezy ultimately solves his “too cold-too hot” problem, by eating ice cream, one of the options is an ice cream cone topped with a “scoop” of snowman. Sneezy’s “head” flips up to reveal pages that have been sequenced from the story.
As always, all of my patterns come in black & white for students, as well as full color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make a sample to share.
Choose the set of 6 pages, which have 2 graphics on a page, for younger students, while older students can opt to sequence and assemble 12 pages featuring a single graphic.
Besides sequencing and retelling, students can also get in some writing practice, as there is room to write a sentence at the bottom of the single-graphic pages, and if you need more room, students can finish on the back of the page. If you're using the double-graphic pages, students can write at the top of the flipped-up page.
When everyone is done, “read” the booklet as a whole group, calling on a student to explain what’s happening on that page; they choose another classmate to continue.
Afterwards, for more reinforcement, students can partner up and take turns retelling the story.
Next up is a "Sneezy the Snowman" storytelling wheel.
The snowman’s “head” is easily trimmed and glued to the top.
For more reinforcement, as well as another way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included “color, cut & glue” puzzle worksheets.
Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black and white pattern, so children can arrange their own puzzle.
Another super-fun thing for students to do is to play “Speed”. They pick a partner and race to see who can sequence their puzzle first.
Finally, a storytelling "slider" is another super-fun way to practice these standards. I named this craftivity a slider because students slide a strip filled with graphics through a "window" to retell the story.
All of them are easy-peasy to cut, as they are in a rectangular shape; however, you can also choose to cut around the snowman. The “slider strip”
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story with a classmate.
I’ve included full-color patterns for you, as well as a black & white templates for students.
As an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included a “Let’s sequence the story” worksheet, where students color and trim the picture tiles then glue them in the correct order.
The slider, as well as the wheel and booklet packets, also include a “Here’s What Happened” worksheet to help check comprehension. They are different in each one.
If you've already got Valentine's Day covered, you can use this for Mother's, Father's, or Grandparents Day.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm literally chilling out here in Michigan, as the "Polar Vortex" continues to put us at minus degrees one day, then in the 40s with everything melting on another.
Today everything is beautifully wrapped in dripping ice, as Mother Nature continues to drive us bonkers. Wishing you a warm and wonderful week.
"She's fire and ice. You'll fear the cold and crave the burn." - JM Storm
1-2-3 Come Do A Winter Craftivity With Me
Having taken down all the decorations, plus sent home lots of wonderful student work that once festooned the walls, our hallways always look a bit bleak and bare after Christmas vacation.
It's time to begin again, and since I live in Michigan where snow lasts well into March, I like to do a big snow theme in January.
With that in mind, I designed this sled-themed packet.
The name sleds are a quick, versatile, and fun craftivity, that creates a super-cute, winter bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included letters which spell out “Brrr-illiant Work!” to use for a header.
I've gotten a bit more tech saavy and was able to use this beautiful, blue background paper to make the letters.
Simply print, laminate, trim and hang on or above your bulletin board or wall display,
Choose your favorites or give children a choice. Younger children will find the rectanglular shape easy to trim, while older students can opt to cut around the picture.
Besides the 28 graphics, there are also 3 different style options: 1. Graphic with a face on the child, 2. Graphic with a blank face, so that students can draw on their own, and 3. Graphic with a white "photo circle" over the face, so that children can glue on a picture of themselves.
There are three writing worksheets to choose from.
My personal favorite is: “Sledding With My 5 Senses”.
I share my examples, which i've included in the packet. We close our eyes and pretend we are sledding, then discuss some things we might see, hear, feel etc.
"Expand" these thoughts with older students. For example. "I see snow" is appropropriate for little ones; while "I see sparkling white snow" is expanded to include adjectives.
This more descriptive sentence helps everyone "see" what the author does. If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy "growing" a sentence.
I’ve also included a “Come Sledding With Me” poem. Use the colorful poster for the center of your display.
"Oh no! Sloping snow. Here we go!" This rhyming poem is chock full of over 20 Dolch sight words. Have older students use the black & white version to practice reading, along with a variety of other standards.
There’s a question sheet that you can share with your class. For example, "What words rhyme in the first stanza?" "Can you think of another rhyming word?"
Have older students write their answers on their BW copy of the poem. I've included my completed sample to use as an answer key.
Another quick, easy and fun way to continue with the poetry genre, is having students make an acrostic poem, using the word sledding.
Completed projects can be displayed with the name sled craft for a really cute language arts bulletin board.
And woo hoo! Look at how many standards your students have practiced, all while enjoying making a name sled.
Ripping and tearing strips of paper into small square scraps and then gluing them to their #100 worksheet, is not only fun for your kiddos, it helps strengthen their finger muscles.
Children can do a multi-colored "rainbow" 100, like my sample, or choose 2 or 3 colors and do an AB-AB or ABC-ABC color pattern.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board. I've included a poster to use for the center of your display.
Well that's it for today.
The snow outside my office window is falling softly, and all over town children and teachers are rejoicing in having a "snuggle in" snow day.
Wishing you a sparkling day.
"If you listen carefully, the silence of the snow is beautiful." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do A Mitten Activity With Me
Do you read the Ukrainian folktale The Mitten, by Jan Brett? It’s one of my favorite winter stories and perfect for practicing the sequencing and retelling a story standards.
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun, mitten-themed craft.
The Mitten story “slider” craftivity helps your students retell the story in the proper order.
I just updated this packet and have included a second slider option as well as some additional worksheets.
Simply choose which graphics you like best, then run the mitten and slider patterns off on white paper.
I pre-cut the mitten slits using an Exacto knife, so that children can easily insert their “storytelling strip”.
Takes me just a few minutes to slit a class set. (Try to say that tongue twister 3 times!)
As children pull on the end of their “slider” the various pictures go through the mitten “window”, so that students can take turns retelling the story to a partner, then take their mitten home to share with their family, once again practicing the lesson.
I introduce the lesson by reading the story, then share my sample with the children.
We retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on the slider. Pausing before I show the graphic, I ask children "what comes next?"
We've had a quick & fun review; my students now know what’s expected of them, and are excited to transition to making a “mitten story slider” of their own.
So that you can quickly and easily make an example to share, I’ve included full-color patterns for teachers, as well as a black & white templates for students.
The coloring, cutting and assembling a storytelling slider provides great fine motor practice, which will help strengthen children's finger muscles.
Sliders are an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension. I’ve also included a “Let’s sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the "picture tiles" then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.
There’s a larger, full-color option, so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with little ones. This can be done during, or after you read the story.
There’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing; hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions.
Use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger kiddos.
I pre-cut the white circles for my kiddos.
Encourage students to make big letters, which fill up the center of the circle.
Afterwards, they glue on a hat and add some facial features to the "head"; then glue the rest of their "body" circles on, creating a vertical name "stacker" snowman.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
My "To Do for January" list is quite daunting.
I'm afraid there is simply not enough time in the month to get everything designed that I'd like. Oh well...
Wishing you a wonderful & stress-free week.
"Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers." -Kahlil Gibran