Sunday, April 21, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

What do you have your class do for Mother's Day?

How about making a gift book using the poem If You Give a Mom a Muffin, patterned after the Laura Numeroff books. 

We read the whole poem, then work on two pages a day so it doesn't get overwhelming. We brainstorm ideas for each page and I draw one of them using the document camera. I encourage the students to use their own creativity but those who find drawing intimidating are comforted to have my model.
I include drawing ideas for each page in the download but they often come up with their hilarious ideas.

Mom is still asleep so her eyes are closed.

The gift bags are personalized, too!
This student knew tried to replicate her mom's pillowcase!
I buy the muffins from Costco but some buyers tell me they have the students make those, too. 
I've also thought about adding Starbucks Via packets. 
Image result for via coffee
The hardest part for the students is picking which muffin flavor their mom would like best.
 I have had students admit to picking their favorite flavor in hopes Mom will share!

I also include alternative wording using Aunt, Grandma, and cocoa.

You can get all my directions and templates in my store by clicking HERE.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Beginning, Ending, and Vowel Sounds Game

Does your school use standardized testing?

Here is a game I made to use in my small groups to practice beginning, ending, and vowel sounds in the same format it is asked in our test (CTP from ERB).

 I show them the card as I ask the question.

I cut apart these boards and laminated one for each player. I used mini erasers for playing pieces.You could have the students take turns or ask everyone to write their answer on a whiteboard and reveal at the same time. 
This also practices paying attention to details and we talked about not falling for their tricks (i.e. answers have same beginning sound but you were asked to find the matching ending sound.)

This game is fun and great practice regardless of what assessments you use. You can find it in my store if you are interested.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pysanky Eggs

These are two of my favorite books to read before Easter. I love Patricia Polacco books!
In both books the main characters make Pysanky (or Ukrainian) Eggs.  We admire how intricate and beautiful they are. We note the geometric shapes, flowery vines, animals, and repetitive patterns.

HERE is a quick YouTube video about the process of making them.

I then let the kids design their own Pysanky-inspired egg. They drew the design with sharpie on white construction paper. I showed them that they could use crayon-resist if they wanted to. Then I let them loose with watercolor paints.

Sure brighten up the room!


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

FREE Pizza Fractions Craft

Have you taught fractions yet? I have FREE templates and directions for this Pizza Fractions Craft that reinforces our Common Core vocabulary.

Here is a my previous post:

Fractions make me hungry. So many of my explanations and word problems had to do with food this week! As we delve into the Common Core,  we are finding the need to supplement more. I felt my students were understanding fractions pretty well but that the vocabulary of fourths and quarters needed reinforcement. I remembered seeing a pizza craft on Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten so I adapted it to fit my standard.

CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.3 Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.  

I provided a template for the crust and cheese but not for the toppings. I demonstrated how to make all the toppings and let them loose with 1 1/2 x 12 strips of the correct colors. They did a great job.

To get a FREE copy of my templates and more detailed directions click {HERE.} I changed the frame on the writing piece so it would pop more.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Save the Earth! Book Club Packet

Ready Freddy Save the Earth! is a great book to read around Earth Day.  I called my reading groups book clubs and I've made many packets to go with novels at all different levels. You could also read the book as a read aloud and still do some of the activities like the Earth Day Challenge I mention below.

22 comprehension and vocabulary questions

A thinking map using adjectives to describe a character.

In the story, the students are given this challenge sheet so I made one for our students, too!

When the characters complete the challenge they get pins so I made these sticker labels for my students.
Only $3 in my TpT store if you want to check it out.