Friday, 28 October 2011

Scary Black Bat Art / Craft


My 4 year old little one is home and unwell today, so to cheer her up, we did some fun paper craft.

"Let's make a bat!", she said, "and make the house all scary".

We printed her little hands with black paint to craete the wings, and I drew a bat body for her to colour. We are now starting a spider, so I will load some pictures shortly.



Here is how it looks finished.


I could not resist quickly putting it together to form a printable file for you!

Click HERE to find it!


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Learning to Write (& read) - Halloween Style!

I have created  a set of 24 worksheets to help you teach early reading and writing skills. It is a Halloween version of our popular Sentence Maker resource. In this version, I have catered for four different ability levels - cut & paste, trace, copy, and independent writing. All these activities are very specific to students at different levels in the writing process.

 
Cut & Paste – for your newest learners, that are only beginning to understand the concept of a word, and a sentence and how we put them together to make meaning.


Trace – for students that have a good understanding of words and sentences, and are ready to learn to write themselves.


Copy – for students who are able to form most letters of the alphabet correctly and are learning to copy print from models.


Write – for students beginning to write independently and who can try to sound-out and write their own words

My daughter is always keen to see what I am designing and always wants me to print them out for her! This morning I took the opportunity to explore her keen interest in words and stories, by working with her on one of the cut & paste worksheets. As a 4 year old, she needs to learn to:

- attend to print
- discover what a word looks like
- understand that a sentence is made up of words
- understand that word order is important
- realise that we read and write from left to write
- understand that we need spaces between our words
- know that punctuation is important in writing and reading
- know that text and pictures are related

This is what we did, and I would do something very similar in the classroom.

First I told her we were going to write a "story sentence" about a cat. I wrote it on a long strip of cardboard and read aloud as I was writing - making sure she watched me write. I told her I was leaving a space between each word.


I read the sentence a few times, slowly and carefully pointing to each word. I am lucky that she is very keen and interested, so she was paying careful attention. You will need to encourage some students to do this! 

I then asked her to point and read WITH me, so we read and pointed together - quite a few times.

Then I told her I would cut up the sentence into words - making sure she could see me cut between the words in the space. It is important for little learners to see that a sentence is not a whole string of words that we say in one breath - it is made up of lots of individual words.  


Once cut up - I told her I was going to be a "little bit tricky" and mix them up! I then shuffled the cards around so they were in random order.


I then asked her if she remembered our "story sentence". To my delight, she remembered easily, and told me. I then asked her if she remembered just the first word. She was able to both tell me the word and point to it! (very proud mother moment here!!). I asked her to put the word where it should be, and then proceeded to work out all the other words with her. I will never forget the smile on her face as I showed her my delight in her "clever reading". I had to show her how to leave little spaces between the words.


 Of course, we now had to re-read the sentence we had put together.


It was then time to complete the worksheet. I told her it had little word cards that were just the same as our big cards, that needed to be put back into order. She enjoyed gluing the words into the correct order once again, and especially liked colouring the picture.



If you would like to find the worksheet I used, and more, you will find them HERE I have a Christmas collection on the way also, so keep a look out!





Friday, 21 October 2011

Write it, Draw it, Make it - Halloween Math Center/Activity

Use the boards in our latest teaching resource file - Write, Draw & Make - Halloween - to help your students learn numerals and number concepts for 10-20. 

Laminate them, provide dry-erase markers and MAB blocks to encourage your students to add all the "ingredients" to the cauldron! Click on the image below if you would lilke to find it!


I love the awesome graphics from ReviDevi at My Grafico



Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Big Bad Wolf Craft - FREE


If you have not seen our Big Bad Wolf writing worksheets, you may like to check them out - they are FREE for the rest of the week! Read about them here

I have created this very cute and simple paper craft to use with or without these worksheets - maybe even with a unit of work on The Three Little Pigs, or Red Riding Hood. It is FREE too - and will stay that way!

Click HERE to find the download - I hope your little learners like it :)

You will also find this download on the Classroom Freebies Blog.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

FREE Big Bad Wolf Writing Pages


The Big Bad Wolf!

He pops up in The Three Little Pigs and again in Little Red Riding Hood - The Big Bad Wolf! Although some students may be a little wary, most will find him a little fascinating. Especially if you read a story like The Wolf's Story - What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood 

I had fun designing some scary cute BBW graphics and also putting together a series of five writing activities that will cater for all your ability levels.

I have a series of writing resources called "Sentence Maker'. These resources will help you implement a 'whole class' writing lesson, and differentiate your activity sot cater for all levels of writing in your room. 



CLICK HERE to download it from TPT for FREE!

You can find more writing pages for Fairytales, in this bigger packet on TpT.





Activity 1 is a cut and paste 'sentence maker'. Your students will learn about putting words  in the correct order, leaving spaces between their words and print having meaning. I always enlarge these onto big paper and do them as a whole class, modelling all the strategies "good readers and writers" use.



Activity 2 is a tracing activity - students will need to read the sentence first and then copy by tracing the letters in the correct formation. I move students on to the 'tracing' page once they have shown they can consistently complete the 'cut and paste' versions correctly. I also check to see that they can point to each word in a basic sentence and attempt to read it, knowing that each 'paste' is a complete word. 



Activity 3 - students who are able to copy print from models will enjoy this one. They can first read the sentence and then copy out the sentence underneath. This is for students that have demonstrated neat tracing over consecutive worksheets and the lines they make with the pencil show firm, steady control. Students that show signs of wanting to create their own text may also use this version - encourage them to invent their own sentence that follows on from the one printed.




Activity 4 can be used for your most confident writers and will require them to complete a their own sentences about the Big Bad Wolf. 



I hope you and your students like using these worksheets - find more 'Sentence Maker' files in my TpT store!

Let me know if you have a great activity for the Big Bad Wolf!


Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Three Little Pigs Cut and Paste FREEBIE


We are doing a unit of work on fairytales this term in my kindergarten classroom. I love teaching this unit and linking it with a writing unit on narratives. The traditional fairytales show a lovely clear narrative structure. We also like reading some modern versions of fairytales and comparing the themes and topics that are explored in both.

Here is a little cut-and-paste transformation worksheet. Your students will need to read the sentence then cut and paste the jumbled words into the correct order to match.

I like to first model this process with enlarged word cards (written on index cards) and model some reading behaviours as well as writing.

Click on the image above to download the free file, or click HERE.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Fairytale Math Fun!

I have just listed a packet of 6 math center game activities with a fairytale theme on TpT.

The games/activities will help you teach a wide range of number concepts for numbers 1-20 and allow you to differentiate accross the abilities in your class.

I had so much fun making this set, and I am sure your students will love it too.
 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

FREE File - Flower Pots!

Click on the image above to access this FREE file

I am so excited to be now contributing to the FABULOUS new blog created by Charity Preston, Classroom Freebies. If you have not seen it, hop over now to find out about my latest FREEBIE, Flower Pots, and many more amazing free resources.

Classroom freebies

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Another Black Cat!


My daughter and I have become somewhat preoccupied with black cats since our crafty experience last week. It doesn't help that the shops here are filling up with Halloween bits and pieces...everywhere we go we are seeing cats, and witches and pumpkins....

We have also just moved our two bookcases full of children's books downstairs (it is scary just to see how many I have collected over my teaching years). My daughter keeps finding books about cats and it seems it is her latest obsession emerging interest - to find as many cat books as possible!

Slinky Malinki is one of her new favourites....it has been on the shelf for quite sometime, and it is now getting its long overdue hero status! If you have not read any Slinky Malinki - you simply MUST!

With a bit of a clean-up, I turned one of my daughter's cat drawings (at another post I will tell you about her rapidly developing drawing skills) into a template for a black cat craft.

I have listed it on TpT as a FREE file, so that you could enjoy it too. It is a very simple and quick paper craft - cutting and gluing is all that is required. You could make it more challenging by adding some crafty bits - some pipe cleaners for whiskers etc.


Click on the pic above to grab your FREE copy!


Monday, 3 October 2011

Halloween Linky Party



Teacher Tam has a Linky Party over at her blog with some great Halloween activities for your classroom.
Click on the image above to hop on over & take a look.


Sunday, 2 October 2011

Roll, Count & Color - Halloween Worksheets



It is a terribly windy, rainy and cold Spring day here! I have spent the day creating some fun and engaging worksheets to help your students celebrate Halloween.

This is a collection of ten worksheets for students to color for Halloween.
Students will need to roll a standard six sided dice or two, to know which section on the worksheets to color.  The graphics are super high quality, clear and crisp!

There are five different designs, and each design has two difficulty levels. One a standard numeral recognition and the other requires students to add numbers together before they color.

Once completed, these pictures will make an attractive classroom display.

I have listed them on TpT and there is a FREE sample download included on the listing.


Saturday, 1 October 2011

Word Work Linky Party

Be sure to check out the Word Work Linky Party over at Hilary's blog! Lots of great ideas to get students making words :)


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