1-2-3 Come Do A Back To School Rainbow Craftivity With Me
Back to school can be a bit scary for students. "I don't know anyone!" is a common cry for many.
With that in mind, I like to build a classroom community, where my students feel safe and have an opportunity to get to know each other.
I truly believe you have less discipline problems, if children have made friends and feel cared about.
Thus, I do a "getting to know you activity" each day for the first week of school, and continue with at least one additional activity each week for the rest of the month. This is truly time well spent!
When students feel part of a team, they are happier and achieve more. There's also accountability, which goes hand-in-hand with behaving.
I'm a firm believer of the quote: "There's no "I" in TEAM!" So let's build that commUNITY! Your students will love you for it, and have a ton of fun getting to know eachother.
I just finished a quick, easy & super-fun “getting to know you” (print & go) craft for this very purpose. I call it "Color Me Happy!"
The craftivity has a variety of options, so you can easily diversify the activity for different abilities & grade levels.
There are two rainbow options, the one "spilling from a cloud" can be cut out or snipped into a rectangle, for easy cutting.
The 2nd one is a rainbow arc pattern. It comes in both a full-page size, as well as a smaller, two-on-a-page pattern.
You can offer your students a choice, or simply pick which one you think is most appropriate for your students.
After coloring their rainbow, children think of something that they really like, that matches that colorful stripe on their rainbow, then they write that word down.
For example, a favorite red thing of mine is strawberries.
Older students can attach the larger rainbow to the top of a writing prompt worksheet, where they can write more than one example.
If your kiddos are like mine, they absolutely LOVE sharing things about themselves & will find it difficult to limit their "favorites" to just 3 per color.
I’ve also included a “directions poster” for this option. If you do this, be sure & include the poster on your bulletin board.
Completed projects make a wonderful BTS bulletin board or hallway display, and also look terrific suspended back-to-back, swirling & twirling from the ceiling.
As a fun way to get to know each other, before hanging, have everyone share one or two of their favorite colorful things.
I’ve included 6 posters to enhance your display & add extra pizzazz.
These can also be used for conversation starters, an interesting discussion or additional writing prompts.
* A “Chalk” behavior modification, positive reinforcement activity, that will help promote working as a team to achieve a desired goal, building self-esteem at the same time.
* Black & White “color me” headers, for a sidewalk chalk treat Baggie, as well as patterns in full color for preschool, kindergarten, & first grade, with a blank template for you to fill in with any other grade.
* I’ve also included a generic one to give at anytime of the year.
* A “Chalk Talk” bear poster you can write a daily message on.
* A “Chalk Talk” kitten poster wishing children a “purrr-fect” day.
* 2 “Chalk Talk” (I had a nice time at school today. These are a few of the things that I did:) writing prompt worksheets.
Well that's it for today.
Blessings to you & yours for a stress-free & joy-filled time, as you get ready for back to school. May it be the best year yet!
"Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms!" -Allyssa Knight
1-2-3 Come Do Some Pussy Willow Activities With Me
"Fun With Pussy Willows" is another "From my Heart to your Hands" FREEBIE.
Spring is such a fun time to be outside, breathing in the beauty of nature, as things start to bud, bloom and grow.
Pussy willows are one of the first signs of spring here in Michigan, so I like to gather a bunch and bring them into the classroom for my kiddos to touch.
They exclaim at the softness of the little puffs, and can certainly understand how these lovely branches got their name.
With that in mind, I designed this "Fun With Pussy Willows" packet. I hope you enjoy the activities, as much as I did creating them.
. 2, intersting legends about how the pussy willow got its name. You can read these as part of your introduction as well.
. A pussy willow craft.
Students can draw a few “twig” branches on their paper and create their own pussy willow pattern, or for younger kiddos, who need a bit of guidance, you can run off my pattern on construction paper.
A bright blue or gray blue color looks like a spring sky, but to add variety to your display, you could give children a color choice.
So the "branches" of the pussy willow stand out, have children trace a thick, brown line over them using a brown crayon.
There are two options for making a pussy willow picture, and both look stunning.
One is made by pulling a pinch of cotton from a cotton ball, then balling it up a bit, and gluing it to the oval sections on the branches.
For less mess, I squirted a dollop of Elmers glue on a paper plate.
Children then dip their Q-tip into the glue and put a dab on the oval sections of their paper, then press the cotton in place. Older students can simply use the glue bottle.
I filled in the entire paper using just half of a cotton ball. As you can see by the photographs, the wonderful 3D results are quite realistic.
The other option is to have children make a "keepsake" picture, by dipping their pointer finger into a dollop of white, acrylic paint, then pressing their "print" onto the oval sections.
For this picture, I added a 3D effect by gluing a real twig to the center branch of my pussy willows.
While the paint is still wet, sprinkling on a bit of opalescent glitter really adds a lovely finishing touch to the picture.
I've included a little poem, inside of a heart, which children can cut & glue to the bottom left corner of their picture:
This pussy willow's special, as you can plainly see. I made it with my fingerprints, with lots of TLC. It's bringing springtime wishes, with love to you from me.
The packet also includes...
. Letters that spell “Pussy Willows” to use as a caption for your spring bulletin board or hallway display.
I made the letters using background paper featuring various pussy willow branches.
. Since April is Poetry Month, I thought it fitting to include a pussy willow poem, which you can use as the center of your display.
I love the stanza "...and I'll rub spring across your cheek." which provides th perfect opportunity to teach about metaphor.
Students can also try their hand at writing poetry, by coloring, and filling in the acrostic poem worksheet.
Acrostics provide wonderful practice for descriptive writing and learning about adjectives & synonyms, as well as being a nice vocabulary builder.
Students can use just one word as I did (especially because the S & L letters are used twice), or they can use several words or even a partial sentence or phrase.
The letter I proved a bit challenging, so you might tell students that they can use the I as a pronoun, as in "I like pussy willows." However, the word Interesting also works.
Here’s an example of another acrostic for the word spring, where I used phrases rather than single words.
Splashing in puddles
Plants are blooming
Rainbows in a sunny sky
I see buds sprouting
Nests are being built
Gray clouds threaten rain.
No matter what grade I taught, all of my students really enjoyed writing acrostic poems.
.There are also 3 additional worksheets, which include a Venn diagram comparing pussy willows to kittens.
Any of these worksheets, as well as the acrostic poems, can be added to your bulletin board display, and look really nice hung with the pussy willow craft, topped off with the "Pussy Willows" lettering.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm wishing you a fun-filled spring, touched by many soft & tender moments.
For more springtime activities click this LINK.
"Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be."
1-2-3 Come Zap Some Germs With Me!
Whether you’re a classroom teacher, or a homeschooling mama, I hope you find something useful here. (Sanity saving?)
Great for “Distance Learning” too: Help practice, graphing, counting, sequencing, tally marks & a bit of word work fun.
* “Germs Beware! A germ-zapping family lives here!” Color me poster for home, as well as a…
“Germs Beware! Germ-zapping students learn here!” poster for your classroom.
* Four, “Be a germ buster!” color-me necklace patterns.
* “Color, Count & Zap!” germ graphing worksheets.
* “ Germ Zapper” certificate of praise.
* Super-fun “Tally Ho I Spy” worksheet. Children spy, then zap (X out the germ-themed items) as they count & make tally marks.
* Two, word zapping word finds.
* “Be Alert! Give a Squirt!” number puzzle with 3 options.
There's a simple one, featuring numbers 1-5, as well as one that reinforces counting from 1-10, plus another, that helps practice those "toughie teen" numbers.
After students color their puzzle, they cut the strips on the dashed line.
Children mix up the pieces then see how fast they can put the puzzle together.
Afterwards, to add to the fun, students can pick a partner & take turns rolling a dice.
Whatever number they roll, they place that matching numbered puzzle piece on their work space.
You can play that if they roll a six they lose their turn, or make the six wild. Children can then choose any numbered puzzle piece that they need.
The first to complete their puzzle is the winner. Simply use more dice & add for the other numbered puzzles.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
If you’re asking yourself, “Who ya gonna call?” the answer is “Germ Busters!” cuz...
“We ain’t afraid of no germs!”
Wishing you health and peace of mind, as you navigate this crazy time.
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." -Henry Ford
1-2-3 Come Do A Pepper "Germs" Experiment With Me
Here's a quick, easy & super-fun little experiment you can do with your kiddos.
It's sure to have them saying, "Can we do it again!"
I've compiled this activity in a FREE packet, so that you can easily duplicate and extend the lesson.
As parents and teachers we are constantly reminding children to wash their hands, especially now since the Corona virus crisis.
Children look at their hands and don’t really “see” any germs, so if they can’t see anything on their hands, they naturally conclude that their hands must not really be dirty, so why bother washing.
Explaining to youngsters, that unlike dirt, germs are invisible helps; but when you give kiddos a “visual” of how germs literally flee when they come into contact with soap, you're zeroing in on the importance of hand washing in a dramatic way.
When I was in school, “surface tension” was explained to us with a “pepper experiment”. The result of the demonstration is truly amazing, and provides the perfect illustration for “germs fleeing soap”.
This experiment has the “Wow!” factor, while still being super-simple, plus you have all of the ingredients at home.
* ground pepper
* a bowl or plate
* a cup of water,
* a paper plate,
* a tissue and
* some dish soap.
You can also use a measuring cup instead of a plastic cup to hold your water. Because a measuring cup has a handle, this could be easier for little ones to hold on to.
However, to extend the lesson for older students, have them look up the definition of surface tension, then for writing practice, as well as some data analysis, have students fill in the “Here’s What Happened” worksheet, keeping in mind their findings about surface tension.
If your students are like mine, they are extremely interested, and excited about doing hands-on science, so run with it. For added fun, and further exploration you can use the “Does It Make a Difference?” extension activity.
For example, “Does it make a difference if you use another spice other than pepper; hot or cold water; or a different container?” etc.
I’ve done all these additional “extras” & include my findings, along with photographs in the FREE packet.
Finally, just for fun, there’s also an “I’m a germ-blasting super soaper!” craftivity.
Children color, cut & hang on their doorknob.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I sincerely hope you find these activities useful.
Wishing you a safe & healthy week.
"Always remember: You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think, and LOVED more than you know." - A. A. Milne
1-2-3 Come Do Some Hand Washing Activities With Me
Then I think you'll find my fun-filled "Hand Washing" packet helpful, and it's FREE!
I've included a poster of the CDC's, 5-step recommendations for correct hand washing, it comes in both color for teachers, as well as black & white for students to color & take home.
There are also two posters which list important times when you should wash your hands.
Before you share the list with your students, see how many they can come up with, during your discussion.
As a fun way to further reinforce the lesson, I've also included a 5-piece puzzle for these hygiene rules.
Teachers can print, laminate & trim the colorful puzzle to use for a center activity.
I've also included a #5 base for the puzzle, which will help preschoolers assemble the pieces..
Keep each of your puzzles in a large ZipLock Baggie.
When everyone has completed their puzzle, reinforce the rules as a whole group.
Hang the base #5 pattern on your white board. Stick magnetic dots on the back of your 5 puzzle pieces and hold them in numerical order.
You show the #1 puzzle piece and read it, then stick it to the matching #1 section on the base.
After everyone has placed that piece down, read the rule again, then have children "read" it with you.
For added fun, and more reinforcement, have children pick a partner & take turns rolling a dice.
If they roll a 1 they place the matching #1 puzzle piece on the puzzle base, and so on.
If they roll a 6 you can decide if they lose a turn, or if the 6 is wild & they can choose any numbered puzzle piece that they need. The first one to complete their puzzle is the winner.
The CDC recommends 20 seconds, as the minimum amount of time for effective hand washing. They say that humming the “Happy Birthday” song twice will do the 20-second job.
However, I wanted children to have a more appropriate song to specifically go along with hand washing.
When I was a little girl we also sang “This is the way we wash our clothes” to that same tune, as we pretended to scrub away on grama’s old washboard.
As you sing the song, with my “wash your hands” lyrics, demonstrate lathering the hands with pretend soap, showing how you rub over & under the hands, as well as in-between the fingers, plus scrubbing the nails. Singing, while “washing”, will take the desired 20 seconds.
You can practice with this online timer: LINK
To show you the correct hand washing technique, check out this video, (46-seconds) then do those movements as you sing the two verses.
I for one, discovered via this video that I was missing the “nails” step. I think that many others will find room for improvement too. Hopefully, the entire world will now do a better job of hand washing.
I’ve made a poster-poem of the “This Is The Way We Wash Our Hands” words, which you can share with your students.
I like this 3-minute video entitled "Germs, Germs, Germs" because my students also say, “…but my hands don’t look dirty.”
Finally, I've also included a little certificate of praise your kiddos can color.
There are two, on-a-one-page pattern, for quick printing.
One template features a colorful frame, the other one has a black & white one.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Stay tuned for more "Germ Fighting" FREEBIES, that you can do with your own children or with your students.
Wishing you a safe & virus free day.
"Did you sneeze? Did you cough? Be sure and wash those nasty germs off!" -Unknown