Friday, April 21, 2017

My May Days!

 May 1st, often called May Day, just might have more holidays than any other day of the year. It's a celebration of spring. It's a day of political protests. It's a saint's feast day and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday.
As a little girl, I would hang small baskets of flowers on the doors of family and friends in my neighborhood, bringing in May to celebrate the return of spring.

We continued this tradition when our daughters were toddlers. My husband and I were lucky enough to live just down the road from my husband's parents. The day before May Day, we made little homemade baskets with colored papers.
 Simply trace a half circle using a plate to create the little cone baskets and cut it out. Then cut a strip of paper from one side to make a handle. Curve the straight edge of the paper in half over itself to form the cone shape needed to make the basket.
Glue or staple the edges of the basket together, plus add the handle by fastening it to 
each side of the basket. Ribbons or bows can be added, but are not necessary.
This project is so easy peasy to do!
The girls were always so excited waiting for May 1 morning to arrive! They picked whatever small flower bouquet they wanted from dandelions to lilac flowers. We would sneak down to Grandma's house hoping she wouldn't see us. The girls would tiptoe up to the door, hang their baskets of love, ring the doorbell and run to hide.

Of course, Grandma was always excited to see those adorable little baskets! She would play like she didn't know the two special little people that placed them on her door. This only lasted for a few seconds because the girls were too excited to stay in their hiding places. Every year Grandma would be totally surprised and there would be lots of hugs and kisses!
 I also used this activity with my little learners, making little baskets the day of May 1 or the day before, then sending them home. They tended to fill their baskets with lots and lots of dandelions! They came to school with delightful stories of how they shared their May Day baskets with family, friends or neighbors. Occasionally a little one would forget, then rush home after school to do it!

The stories they created while writing down what happened were full of happiness and a joy to hear being shared with the class! Every year it was a treasured teaching project!

 Wishing you a very special May Day!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Puzzles, Puzzles and More Puzzles

Puzzles are such a fun way to introduce, practice and evaluate learning skills! I have many available for different learning concepts, but the most popular one is
 They can easily be adapted for a variety of ages. Start the littlest learner by only using concepts introduced and starting with very simple examples!

The instruction page has several games to play using these pieces. For example, give each child a puzzle piece, making sure that another child has the matching piece. The students then scramble to find their match.
Print, laminate, cut apart, and use year after year!

Don’t have time to cut puzzles? You may have a valuable, untapped resource, in your student’s parents! Many parents work and are unable to help with activities or projects in the classroom. This is their time to shine! Simply send home the puzzles after laminating, with directions about how you want them to be cut. The puzzles come back with both the student and parents proud to be involved in helping the teacher!
Most of my puzzle activities have curved corners to keep children from being poked. I know it takes longer to cut them out this way, so if you are in a hurry simply cut them straight across for square edges!

I have a free product that give you a chance to use some of the different puzzle activities I have available.
This free product has 42 puzzles that include the concepts of solid shapes (cone, cube, sphere, and cylinder), hour time (12:00-5:00), antonyms or opposites, rhyming, homonyms/homophones, time sequence, size sequence, and things that go together.
Enjoy!

I have many other types of activities like this, just look under
Puzzles and Games.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I Was Tweeted by TpT!

It is a known fact that everyone loves a shoutout! Thank you TpT for tweeting
about my blog post!
Read the blog post here!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

World Read Aloud Day!

"LitWorld was founded in 2007 after Executive Director, Pam Allyn, renowned literacy educator and author, visited Kibera, an area of extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. There, she experienced the urgent desire children had to read, write and share their stories, the barriers that stood in their way, and the amazing power of literacy to remove barriers.

Inspired after her first visit to Kibera, Pam returned to New York and mobilized a group of friends and leaders to join her in building a new movement founded on the belief that literacy is a universal human right. They created a movement designed not only to further basic literacy, but to further productive literacy defined by dreams that can come true.

 They have grown World Read Aloud Day from a simple call to action to a program that rallies over 18 million people online and over 1 million people across 100 countries through community events. People eagerly await the arrival of World Read Aloud Day and celebrate their innovative ways of taking action. From a girl in Haiti marching down her street with a sign advocating for her right to read, to the boy in Iowa hearing his favorite author read to his class over video chat, to a mother in the Philippines proudly listening to her daughter read aloud for the first time: 
This is the LitWorld story."

Saturday, January 7, 2017

One of a Kind Snowflakes and Snow Globes

The weather outside is frightful or delightful, depending on how you see it! If you have snow or no snow here are two fun activities for making memorable snowflakes and snow globes.
A different twist on snowflakes and 2D shapes together. Discuss the design of snowflakes and the 6 points. Introduce or review the five shapes, circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon. Excellent practice for fine motor skills, cutting, and gluing.
There are 3 complete activities; 1 in blue shades, 1 in gray shades, and the last is black and white. Possible Sample Keys are included and are in blue shades.

You will need to decide which project to do and the type of paper to run it on. They can be made as a stand alone, but that is better printed on heavy paper. It can also be made by gluing the pieces down on another piece of paper.

Decide if posting the picture of the finished Keys, so the children may use them for reference. They could also design a snowflake that isn't shown on a Key. It is a good idea to give each child a baggie to hold their cut pieces until they have used them all.
I have another delightful creative arts and writing activity.
This fun activity includes the cover sheet, 5 snowflake templates to use and parent letter.

Print the snowflake template on heavy paper and send it home with the parent explanation letter.
Parent and child will decorate the flake together. When finished the student will bring it back to school to share. It then becomes a prompt for story writing and telling.

It does not have to be sent home and can be done in class, 
but a lot of "stuff" is needed for decorating!
It is always fun to see the different methods of snowing and makes an incredible display!
I have another activity that is kind of along the same idea!
Parent and child will decorate it together. When finished the student will bring it back to school to share. It then becomes a prompt for story writing and telling.

It is always fun to see the different methods of decorating, especially if you use the child's picture in the activity!

To add extra dimension cover the globe with a clear plastic lunch or dinner plate for a 
truly 3D look!
The product can be used with the above snow globe!
Snow Globe Picture and Writing Activity for Christmas or Winter
This cute activity can be used for winter and makes a delightful wall or bulletin board display.

The children can draw themselves in the snow globe or give them their picture to dress in snow clothes. I have covered the pictures with a clear plastic plate or bowl to give the look of the glass globe, not included. Add glitter or splatter paint to give the look snow falling.

There are two pictures of just the globe, no lines, one is in color and the other is gray shades for illustrating a picture. Three different line grids globes are available each in color and gray shades for a variety of writing levels.
I have many other winter educational activities and products to enjoy!
Happy snow days for many of you!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy New Year!

 
This thought provoking creative writing assignment is a fun way to bring in the New Year. It is designed to stimulate positive thoughts and actions for the coming year for a 
variety of ages!
The littlest learners can have the questions read to them and someone write down their answers. They truly have some interesting suggestions!
This activity has four odd and even counting pages to 20 and two skip counting page by 10s to 100. One set is color and the other black and white.

Cut apart the strips and glue them down on another piece of paper in the correct sequence. If the order is correct the picture is correct, then color if in black and white.

For continued practice, just send the cut pieces home, instead of having them glued down.

These can also be laminated and used in a center. For example, glue magnets to the back of each strip and use on a cookie sheet. Put a colored dot on the back of matching pieces to keep them from getting mixed up!
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Winter Snowman Roll and Graph Using Cube Kleenex Box or Dice Template!

Horizontal and vertical graphing can sometimes be very confusing for little learners, so I have created an updated version of this winter snowman product to include large and small pieces for a better visual understanding of the concept. Learning to do graphing should be a fun unforgettable activity!
 
 This is a creative winter snowman horizontal and vertical graphing activity using a Kleenex Tissue box or a cube template to make dice for graphing snowmen. It is a favorite with children!

 The product has pieces to do a large floor size graphing activity and a regular sized activity! It works best to print the activity out first, to help you decide, what size you want to make the large graphing grid. (Large graphing grid not included.)
For the large activity, you will need to create your own large graphing grid, preferably one that can be reused again and again! It can be any size you wish! Plus you will need colored paper to fill the grid squares, unless coloring them in with a onetime use.
You can use any size large piece of paper, heavy vinyl picnic table cover or plastic like a shower curtain and create a large visual floor graph to use with the pieces.
 
You can also create a large graphing grid on a chalkboard, whiteboard or paper, then carefully taping the pieces on, creating a large wall hands on activity.
There is a page to make your own dice using the snowmen dice template, which is tricky for many children! An easier version is to create a large dice using the six larger snowmen and a square Kleenex box (Not included.) or cut the small snowmen and glue them to small wooden cubes to create dice. 
Just add the snowmen and colored pieces of paper to fill in the boxes as each man progresses in the graph. They can be taped on, but I like to use binder clips to have the snowmen standing up!
Decide which activity you are going to do and if using the color or the grayshade activity. This activity includes 2 different dice pages, 4 different graph pages with two types of graphs, large and small movable snowmen pieces and the ending question sheet.
There are two different versions of the horizontal and vertical included graphs; one in each has more boxes to color in when doing the activity with older children. 
It is important to notice that the snowmen look very similar, so the children need to look very carefully before coloring the box. The children roll their dice and color in the correct box on the graph showing the same snowman.
This is a wonderful way to have hands on learning activity, especially for little learners being introduced to graphing.
 
The snowman pictures can be cut apart and put in blinder clips to move with the activity. Children love picking out their favorite snowman to race and quietly cheering them to the finish.
See which snowman is the winner!
You may want to start by introducing the large graphing activity using only two or three snowmen and gradually add all six. The included paper grids can be trimmed so that only a 2 or 3 grid is used!

This product makes a good visual discrimination practice and evaluation activity, as well as graphing. This activity can be used with individual students, small groups, the whole class and also in a center or pocket chart.
 
 Another activity that can be played by printing out extra snowmen is Concentration.
I also have a similiar product called
 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Winter Ideas and Activities!

I'm getting the jump on winter with some activities to share!
Children love this activity and like to do it over and over again!
 
The Mr. Snowman story is read or sung to the tune of "Happy Birthday". This fun, educational activity is good practice using color and position words. Parts of the body and clothing items are also reviewed.

Once created by you, this 15-page book contains a different verse on each page. Additionally, it includes all the pieces for a 2-foot snowman, plus a worksheet for a child's drawing activity.

The snowman can be used as is, on a flat horizontal surface. It can also be used upright with tape, Velcro, or magnets on the back of each piece, depending on the surface you wish to attach it.
It can be used with the whole class, small group, or in a center.

I also used the snowman pieces as patterns to trace on flannel to create a flannel board Mr. Snowman.
It is especially fun for children that do not get any snow during the winter!
 
A different twist on snowflakes and 2D shapes together. Discuss the design of snowflakes and the 6 points.

Introduce or review the five shapes, circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon. Excellent practice for fine motor skills, cutting, and gluing.

There are 3 complete activities; 1 in blue shades, 1 in gray shades, and the last is black and white. Possible Sample Keys are included and are in blue shades.
 
I have many other geometric activities and money saving bundles in my store under the category Geometric Fun.
Geometric Fun Activities

Also See:
Christmas Products
Winter Products
Other Puzzles and Games
Shapes
Colors
 Free! Here are two pages of bookmarks for winter. One page is in color and the other is black and white.

They can be used to motivate reading with the words "Reading is SNOW much fun!" The clip art is appropriate for a wide range of groups.
Get a jump on winter!

 


Monday, November 21, 2016

Trains for Christmas!

Planning for Christmas activities already?
There are so many great stories about trains for children!
A very special story for the holiday season is the classic
"The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg's.
 
Some other examples are:
1. Smokey by Bill Peet
2. Crack in the Track (Thomas the Tank Engine Story)
3. Little Train by Lois Lenski
4. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
5. Steam, Smoke, and Steel: Back in Time with Trains by Patrick O’Brien
6. Big Book of Trains by DK Publishing
7. The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
8. The Potty Train by David Hochman
9. Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
10. Freight Train by Donald Crews
 
I have two special train activities that can be used for Christmas!
The first one is a creative arts and writing activity.
This activity includes the cover sheet, 2 train engine templates and parent letter.

One train template is a simple black and white version. For older children there is a more detailed gray version. Print the train template you decide to use, on heavy paper and send it home with the parent explanation letter.
 
Parent and child will decorate it together. The train can be covered with whatever, but it must stay attached when hung up. Plus, it shouldn’t be so heavy that it won’t stay taped to a wall.

Suggestions for decorations: glitter, pompoms, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, felt, foam, lace, paper clips, sprinkles, colored rice, pictures, beads, sequins, shells, feathers, flowers, cotton, fake jewels, nature materials, sand, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, fabric, papers, foil, string, recycling materials, whatever you have around the house.
 
They need to put a picture of their child in the engine cab, so it looks like he/she is the engineer. When finished the student will bring back to school a Christmas Train to share with the class. It then becomes a prompt for story writing and telling.

It is always fun to see the different ways to decorate the train! They make a wonderful seasonal wall or bulletin board display! It can also be done in class instead of sending it home or send it home with older students that do not need parent help.
 
I have many different products similar to this to do during the year! Parents love doing these with their children!
 
The next activity is a free product and has been very popular, so I am sharing it again!
This fun product incorporates 5 geometric 2D shapes into the building of a train engine, plus a creative literacy activity.

There are 3 complete train engine choices; 1 has red and green colors, 1 is grayscale colored, and the last is black and white. The train can be made as a stand-alone, but that is better printed on heavy paper. It can also be made by gluing the pieces down on another piece of paper. This project is excellent practice for the fine motor skills of cutting and gluing. It is a good idea to give each child a baggie to hold their cut pieces until they have glued them all.

Introduce or review the five shapes; circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and hexagon. Decide if posting the picture of the finished Key that is included, so the children may use it for reference. When doing the black and white or grayscale engines, the children can color or decorate them when finished.
 
It can also be used in a center, but it is better if the pieces are laminated first. Again some of the pieces are small so a baggie helps to keep any from getting lost.

  The literacy activity has a black and white train paper with lines for writing and reading their creative stories. There is a cover sheet to make these stories into a class share book the students can read and reread again and again.
 
I also have many other products for 
that can be used during the year.
 
Wishing you a fun filled holiday season!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

See Turkeys Run! Run Turkeys Run! Fun Graphing Activity!

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all of our blessings!
Little people sometimes say it best! I have so many blessings in my life! I want to take this time to say how thankful I am for the blessing of your friendship!
 
I have posted this FREE before, but it is so popular I am sharing it again!
This is a set of black and white realistic turkeys for literacy activities.

There are three different writing grids, so you can pick the right one for your age group. Also included is a blank turkey page so students can add a picture to their story or the littlest learners can just draw and dictate thankful pictures.

Great for students to color, after their story is written or pictures are drawn. They are extra cute when stuff as added, feathers, beads, etc.

There are 3 Title Pages: What I Am Thankful For, How To Cook A Turkey, and How To Disguise A Turkey and an Ending Page: Happy Thanksgiving.

The students love to share their stories! They can be made into a class book to be read and reread or posted for all to see.
 
See Turkeys Run! Run Turkeys Run!
This is a new activity that I posted a few days ago!
 
Horizontal and vertical graphing can sometimes be very confusing for little learners, so I have created this Thanksgiving product to include large and small pieces for a better visual understanding of the concept. Learning to do graphing should be a fun unforgettable activity!

Please note….. I picked turkey clipart that is lifelike. They look like real turkeys and are very similar! This can be confusing for some children, but this makes a good visual discrimination practice and evaluation activity, as well as graphing.

There is a page to make your own dice using the turkey dice template, which is tricky for many children! An easier version is to create a large dice using the six larger turkeys and a square Kleenex box or cut the small turkeys and glue them to small wooden cubes to create dice.
 
It works best to print the activity out first, to help you decide, what size you want to make the large graphing grid. (Not included.)

For the large activity, you will need to create your own large graphing grid, preferably one that can be reused again and again! It can be any size you wish! Plus you will need colored paper to fill the grid squares, unless coloring them in with a onetime use.

You can use any size large piece of paper, heavy vinyl picnic table cover or plastic like a shower curtain and create a large visual floor graph to use with the pieces. Just add the turkeys and colored pieces of paper to fill in the boxes as each turkey progresses in the graph. They can be taped on, but I like to use binder clips to have the turkeys standing up! This is a wonderful way to have a hands on learning activity, especially for little learners being introduced to graphing.
You can also create a large graphing grid on a chalkboard, whiteboard or paper, then carefully taping the pieces on, creating a large wall hands on activity.

You may want to start by introducing the large graphing activity using only two or three turkeys and gradually add all six. The included paper grids can be trimmed so that only a 2 or 3 grid is used!

Children love picking out their favorite turkeys and quietly cheering them to the finish.

This activity can be used with individual students, small groups, the whole class and also in a center or pocket chart. Another activity that can be played by printing out extra turkeys is Concentration.

Note the large graphing grid is not included in this product! Download the three page Preview in my store to see the complete activity.
Also see other turkey activities and Thanksgiving products in my
 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Thanksgiving I Teach Giveaway and Linky With Freebies!

The turkeys are coming! The turkeys are coming!
Do you have leftover mini pumpkins from Halloween?
A project I like to do with little people is to make them into Thanksgiving turkeys!
You can use ice cream sticks, popsicles sticks or tongue depressors cut in half for the head and tail feathers. The sticks can be colored with crayons or makers.
 
The littlest learners will need help getting the sticks into the pumpkins after coloring. A knife maybe needed to cut slits into the pumpkin to make it easier to push in the sticks.
They look cute sitting on the Thanksgiving dinner table!
I also have a variety of Thanksgiving ideas and actvities on my
Pinterest Thanksgiving Board.

The I Teach K-2 Collaborative Blogger members and I are truly thankful for all of our friends and followers, so we are having a Thanksgiving giveway and freebie linky party!

So you get to Gobble the Goodies!
My blog post freebie is a turkey that is made using a child's hand!
See the example in this poster.
This paid product in my store has a variety of different colors and fonts.
but for this linky and my followers,
I am posting a free page version of this activity here!
Enjoy!
Be sure and click on the blogs below to find many other wonderful
Thanksgiving freebies and enter the giveaway for 5 chances to win
$25.00 gift cards to TpT!
Good luck!


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