Archive for the ‘Seasonal’ Category

Easter

March 22, 2012

Books:

Rabbits and Raindrops

Peter Rabbit

Runaway Bunny

Max’s Chocolate Chicken

Peter Cottontail

Happy Easter Little Critter

Max Counts His Chickens

Owen’s Marshmallow Chick

Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs

Muncha Muncha Muncha- great comparison with Peter Rabbit

Guess How Much I Love You

Max’s Easter Surprise

The Story of the Easter Bunny

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones

The Rabbit and the Hare

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

An Egg Is Quiet (book about all kinds of eggs)

Language Arts:

Easter Bingo- list sight words, spelling words, seasonal words on bingo game boards.  Play bingo and use seasonal markers. Easterbingo

5 Little Bunnies Book- this is a printable book where students color each egg on each page according to the rhyme.5 little bunnies

Songs and Poems:

Here is a bunny

(make a bunny with hand)
With ears so funny

(wiggle ears)
And this is his/her hole in the ground

(make a hole with other hand)
When a noise she hears

(listen intently)
She picks up her ears

(straighten ears)
And jumps in her hole in the ground.

(make bunny jump into hole)

Science:

jellybean5senses  Jelly bean observation.  Kids can bring a jelly bean from home or you can provide one.  Record what it smells like, sounds like, looks like, feels like, tastes like.  Students can draw a picture of it.  Last they get to eat it!

Place an egg in vinegar to see what happens!  Students can record their observations in journals.

Math:

Estimation jar: fill a jar with jelly beans.  Have the students use their strategies to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar.  They can then share the treat. You can also substitute the jelly beans for thematic erasers if you have students with food allergies.

Egg carton math-  In an empty egg carton, put number stickers in the bottom of each egg compartment.  I number them from 1-12.  Then place two puff balls into the egg carton.  The students shake the egg carton and then open it up.  They look to see where the puff balls landed and then write an addition or multiplication fact using the two numbers.  For example, if the puff balls land on 2 and 5 then students write on their answer sheet 2+5=7  or if they are working on multiplication, then they would write 2×5=10.  You can decorate your carton to look cute on the outside, with clipart and colored paper.  I used yellow puff balls, to pretend they were chicks.  This might also be a good way to introduce a dozen.   *My son also came up with the idea that you do greater than and less than with the two numbers that the puff balls land on.

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Die cut a bunch of eggs or bunnies and program each one with a different number. Students need to put them in numerical order. They may need a number line to help.

In this activity you print out 5 bunnies for counting.  I didn’t have enough all orange cubes to pretend they were carrots, so we used red for radishes, green for lettuce, and orange for carrots.  The student lays out 5 cards (they can be just plain old numeral cards) under each bunny.  Then he feeds each bunny according to the number under him.  Next, the student leaves all of the food in place, but switches around the numbers.  He then has to adjust the amount of food given to the bunnies to match the new number shown.  For example, Frank had 7 carrots on the first bunny and the new number was 4, so I asked him if he had to add more food or take some away.  He then took away 3 carrots to show the new number.  *If you do use the playing cards, then they naturally provide an extra support for the counting since they have the number of symbols shown.  Students can lay the cubes or manipulatives on top of the symbols to help count.

Provide each student with an Easter basket and 10 eggs, a plus and minus spinner, and a die.  Students take turns rolling the die and then spinning the spinner to figure out if they should add eggs or subtract them.  For example, if he rolls a 5 and then the spinner lands on plus, then he adds 5 eggs to his basket, but if it lands on minus, then he takes out 5.  If it is not possible for the student to add or subtract the amount rolled on the die, then he just skips that turn.  The first person to fill their basket with all 10 eggs wins or if time is up, you can spin the plus or minus spinner to see if the person with the most or least is the winner.

Fraction jelly beans-  Give your students a small bag of jelly beans or some other seasonal nonfood item (just make sure they are all different and there are a variety ) if you have allergies in your class.  Students then count how many items they have and record the answer at the top.  Next, they write the fractions for each color.fraction jelly beans

Graph if you like eggs or graph your favorite ways to eat eggs.  Brainstorm with the class the different ways they like to eat the eggs and then make the class graph.

Baskets are programmed with numbers. Students count out eggs to match the number on the basket. I put egg shapes at the top of the paper so students have some help to count. Other ideas are to program the basket with letters and then put picture eggs into the basket. For example: Write a C on the basket. Kids sort pictures that are on paper eggs, such as cat, car, etc. and place those eggs on the basket.

Easter Egg Probability: For this activity you need five of one color plastic eggs (orange) and two that are different colors (1 blue and 1 pink).  Students predict which color will be chosen out of a bag most and tell why.  Then have the students create a tally chart to keep track of which eggs are pulled out. Each time they pull out an egg they put a tally mark next to the color written on paper and then put the egg back in the bag.  Shake the bag in between picking eggs.  Do this about 20 times.  *You can also do this activity with jelly beans if it is an independent activity.

Mrs. Cox has a bunny pattern block pattern.

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Halloween

March 22, 2012

Picture Books:

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How Spider Saved Halloween

Dragon’s Halloween

Harriet’s Halloween Candy

The Ghost-Eye Tree

The Little Green Witch (compare to the Little Red Hen)

Easy Readers:

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Beginning Readers:

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Movies:

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Older kids books 5th grade and up:

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Easy read alouds for first graders to do:

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“The Little Orange House”

by Jean Stangi
Once upon a time a very small witch was walking in the woods.  The cold wind was blowing the dry leaves all around her.  The little witch was frantically searching for a house for the winter.  She could not find one.  Suddenly a piece of orange paper blown by the wind landed at her feet.   She picked it up.
The little witch looked closely at the paper and then she said, “I shall make myself a house from this piece of orange paper.”
She folded the paper in half and took her scissors (she always has a pair in her pocket) and cut off the two corners to make a roof . ( fold the paper in half and then with the fold on the bottom, cut the two top corners off-see photo)
“This will do just fine” she said as she looked at her new house.  “But I will need a door.” With her scissors she cut a door.  Since witches always wear pointed hats, she cut a special door. It looked like this. (Cut a door with a slant going up.  See the photo of the door.)
The little witch walked through the door and into the little orange house.  It was very dark inside.  She quickly hurried back out.
“I will need to make windows to let in the light,” said the little witch.  She cut a front and a back window that looked just like this (cut out a rectangle in the middle to the right of the door- see photo.)
Oh, it was a fine looking house.  Her very own little house with a roof, a door, and windows was all finished.  But just as the little witch started to go inside for the winter, she saw a tiny ghost floating down the windswept path.  As the tiny ghost came to a stop near the little house, the little witch saw that she was crying.

“Why are you crying?” asked the little witch.
The tiny ghost stopped crying and answered.  “It is cold and windy.  It is getting dark.  And I have no place to spend the winter.”
“You may spend the winter with me in my new house,” said the kind little witch.
“Oh thank you,” the happy tiny ghost said as she peeked through the window.  “This is a very nice house.”
“First,” said the little witch, “I will need to make you a little door of your very own.  She took her scissors again and began to cut.  She cut a very tiny door.  It looked like this.  (Cut out a triangle shaped door next to the large door but slanting towards the door- see the photo).
The two happy new friends went inside.  The tiny ghost went in the very little door, and the little witch went through her own special door.    All winter long they lived happily together inside the little orange house.
If you want to see inside of their little orange house, get a piece of paper and do just what the little witch did. Then unfold the paper. Surprise!

Language Arts:



Look for erase-a-rhymes on the Internet.  They work on rhyming. I like to list the parts that will be erased for kids who need more assistance.  A few different rhymes can be found on Little Giraffes.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! on the felt board.  This was easy to make since you can use the book for your stencils.

Go Away Big Green Monster Coloring  Sheet

Monster pieces if you don’t want to make the pieces out of felt


Math:

For Halloween I like to read Harriet’s Halloween Candy and then do Halloween Candy Graph.  Read the story and pass out the graph before Halloween so that students save some candy to graph with.

 Measure Pumpkins using standard and nonstandard units.

Counting Spiders

Science:



For this activity we compared an orange and a pumpkin. I used a Venn diagram to do the comparisons.

Pumpkin Lifecycle

Flying ghosts- This is a science experiment where you bend the ghost arms in different positions to see how they float down.  I have yet to find a good printable for this.  Stay tuned.

Crafts:

IMG_8147IMG_8148Here is a little bat craft that came from No Time for Flashcards.

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Scary Story Contest Research:Cover Image Ben and Becky in the Haunted House
Cover ImageBrave Ben
Cover ImageBy the Light of the Halloween Moon
Cover ImageGhost’s Hour, Spook’s Hour
Cover ImageGhosts in the House
Cover ImageIn a Dark, Dark Room (the kids liked this one a lot)
Cover ImageRoom on the Broom
Cover Image One Scary Night (wordless)
Cover ImageScared Silly
Cover ImageThe Teeny-Tiny Woman
Cover ImageThe Bones of Fred McFee
Cover ImageSpooky Hour
Cover Image Psssst! It’s Me… the Bogeyman by Barbara Park
Cover Image A Thump from Upstairs by Richard Keep

Christmas

March 22, 2012

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Jingle Bells, Homework Smells

Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup

How Santa Got His Job

Merry Christmas, Curious George

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

The Night Before Christmas

Christmas Cobwebs

The Christmas Humbugs

Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas

M is for Mistletoe

Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Christmas

Santa’s Snow Cat

Santa’s Snow Kitten

Santa’s Stuck

Petunia’s Christmas

Christmas Trolls

Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve

Too Many Tamales

Clifford’s First Christmas

Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve

McDuff’s New Friend

McDuff’s Christmas

Polar Express

Christmas Cookies

The Baker’s Dozen

Three Bear’s Christmas

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear

Wild Christmas Reindeer

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Night Tree by Eve Bunting

The Littlest Christmas Tree

Max and Ruby’s Christmas Tree

Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear? (about the 5 senses)

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear’s First Christmas

Gingerbread Baby

Gingerbread Man (many versions)

Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Gingerbread Cowboy

Gingerbread Mouse

Matzo Ball Boy

Santa Claus, the World’s Toy Expert

The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell

Santa Mouse by Michael Brown

Morris’s Disappearing Bag

The Jolly Christmas Postman

The Bump on Santa’s Noggin

Yoon and the Christmas Mitten

Welcome Comfort

Dream Snow

Santa and the Three Bears

The Twelve Days of Christmas

A Pussycat’s Christmas

Olive, the Other Reindeer

Crispin, the Pig Who Had It All

The Best Christmas Present of All

My Penguin Osbert

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

The Baker’s Dozen  (Baker’s Dozen for Reader’s Theater)

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Christmas by Trudi Strain Trueit (Rookie Reader)

The Christmas Penguin by Mary Packard (Hello Reader Level 1)

Gingerbread Kid Goes to School (level 1 reader)

Bunnicula and Friends: The Fright Before Christmas (Level 3 Ready to Read)

Happy Christmas Honey

The Gingerbread Boy: Level 2 by Harriet Ziefert

Early Readers:

Brown Reindeer What Do You See?

Reindeer Christmas Book

I Can See Christmas

My Gingerbread Man from Marcia’s Lesson Links

5 senses what do you see Christmas     5 senses what do you see Christmas2  (the first one has no pictures and the second one has clip art)

Polar Express Ideas:

http://www.marcias-lesson-links.com/polarexpress.html

http://www.littlegiraffes.com/polarexpress.html

After reading The Jolly Christmas Postman, have the students create their own holiday cards at a classroom post office center with stationary, stickers, special pens, etc.
 An ornament to write about your favorite Christmas tradition

Pattern blocks designs: You can find a bunch of different ones online.  Instead of using pattern blocks, you could cut out the shapes and glue them onto paper for cute Christmas card designs.  These designs come  from Pre Kinders.

Candy Cane Patterns: Use tribeads and wire to make these.  Kids practice patterning and make an ornament at the same time.

Counting ornaments worksheet

Gingerbread ideas from Math Wire

Math Wire’s Gingerbread Graph Art


Here is a cute preschool Christmas Craft that you can make.  You just have the students glue on different shapes and then put glitter glue all over.  This tree is glued to a white lunch bag and then used as a gift holder .

Arts and Crafts:

Reindeer thumbprint cards

Reindeer handprint


Here is another idea for ornaments for your student. I bought the Shrinky Dinks, traced a design, colored it, cut it out, and then baked it. Make sure you punch the holes at the top before you shrink it. That way you can put a hanger in it.

Tonight we made these neat little Christmas ornaments from Alpha Mom.

The template fit our ornaments perfectly.  The only thing I would do differently next time is to trace the circle with a vis-a-vis marker so that I can erase the circle tracing mark.  Also, my preschooler crushed two of the glass ornaments so it wasn’t a safe craft for him.  Click on the link above to get the directions.

Here is a little gift you can make for your students. The first picture shows everything you need: small marshmallows, hot chocolate packets, Hershey’s Kisses, snowman stamp, stamp pad, little cellophane bags to hold it all, small candy canes (I forgot those in the picture), stapler, zigzag scissors, pen, red paper.

1. Cut out your tag so that it folds in half.  Stamp on a snowman and write Snowman Soup on it.  Cut the tag with zig zag scissors.

2.  Fill the cellophane bag with a hot chocolate packet, 2 Hershey Kisses, a small candy cane, and 5 marshmallows. Put the tag over the top and staple.

I have seen little poems that go with this, but I just write “Merry Christmas” on the back.

Here is another website with a cute tag you can print.

Here are some cute ornaments to make with your class.

The snowman is made out of 7 popsicle sticks, foam pieces, ribbon, and google eyes.

1. First glue 6 of the popsicle sticks together and one going across for the brim. Make sure to let this dry the night before students paint it.

2.  Have the students paint the face and hat. using black and white paint (we used acrylic). Let this dry.

3. After the paint dries the students add the details with the foam cutouts and glue the ribbon on either side so that it can hang. I used hot glue.

4. The last step is the spray paint it with some glitter paint.

The handprint ornament is my favorite. You will need some Crayola Model Magic, red paint, glitter spray paint, and a cute little handprint.

1. First, roll the Model Magic out on wax paper using a rolling pin.

2.  Cut out the circle. I pressed a circular plastic dish into the Model Magic and cut around the edge with a knife. If you have a giant round cookie cutter that would work better.

3.  Then, I pressed my little guy’s hand in the middle of the circle, making sure to get all of his fingers pressed down.

4.  Finally, I stuck a straw through at the top two times for holes to hang a ribbon later. This has to dry for 24 hours.

5.  Once the Model Magic dries, paint the inside of the hand using an acrylic paint

6.  Last, spray on the glitter paint. Here is a cute little poem to put on the back with the child’s photo:

Sometimes you get discouraged because I am so
small and always leave my prints on the table,
chair and wall. But though I am so little
now, someday I’m bound to grow. Then
perhaps you can’t remember how those
prints looked long ago. So here’s a final
handprint just so you can remember
exactly how these prints looked in 2009
December.


These are two cute Christmas crafts.  The first one is a reindeer made out of a triangle, two handprint antlers, and a sparkly painted nose.  The second one is a countdown santa.  The kids glue on a cotton ball for each day until Christmas.  There is a poem on top too.

Fall

March 22, 2012

Fall:

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Apples:

Cover Image Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Cover ImageApple Fractions by Donna Townsend

Cover Image Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Cover Image I Am an Apple by Jean Marzollo

Cover ImageThe Life Cycle of an Apple Tree by Linda Tagliaferro

Cover ImageThe Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Cover ImageTen Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg

Cover Image Up, UP Up!: It’s Apple-Picking Time by Jody Shapiro

Cover ImageApples by Inez Snyder
Apple Pie Tree

Squirrels:

Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter

Scaredy Squirrel Books by Melanie Watt

In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony (about an acorn)

Nutmeg and Barley by Janie Bynum

Earl the Squirrel by Don Freeman

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Hello, Squirrels by Linda Glaser

Nuts to You

Leaves:

Leaf Man

Clifford’s First Autumn

Clifford: The Big Leaf Pile

When Autumn Comes by Robert Maass

Scarecrows:

The Scarecrow’s Hat

The Little Scarecrow Boy

The Lonely Scarecrow

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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5 Senses Fall Book: on each page have students write what they see, hear, feel, taste, and smell in fall.  I wrote on the board each starter sentence for them to copy and then they completed the sentence.  You can take a paper divided into 5 squares and then go outside first to record what students observe about fall.

Scarecrow Erase-a-Rhyme

Counting Leaves: students glue or stamp small leaves to correspond with the correct number. I used a paper punch.

IMG_8088Graphing Leaves: we collected leaves on a nature walk and then graphed them.

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Scarecrow Pattern Block Design

Christopher Columbus

Here are some great songs to help your students learn about Christopher Columbus.

Columbus coloring page

More coloring pages found here. You can

Thanksgiving, Native Americans, Pilgrims

March 22, 2012

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Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

The Firefighter’s Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts

Arthur’s Thanksgiving

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Wendi Silvano

Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers by Lorna Balian

Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer

In November by Cynthia Rylant

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

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Henry and Mudge: Under the Yellow Moon

*Turkey Trouble is a great story to use with an art project of disguising a turkey.

Native Americans:

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Giving Thanks

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Dream Wolf

Her Seven Brothers

Iktomi and the Coyote

Love Flute

The Return of the Buffalos

The Story of Jumping Mouse

The Rough Face Girl

The Legend of the Blue Bonnet

Raven

How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

Squanto’s Journey

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Corn is Maize

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Arrow to the Sun

It Happened in Colorado by James Crutchfield (Read the article called “The Great Buffalo Hunt.”

The Gift of the Sacred Dog

Native American Report

IMG_7616IMG_7618IMG_7619IMG_7622IMG_7623One of the standards for our third graders was to create a report about Native Americans.  Our school used the Step Up to Writing method, so we had the students pick a Native American group and write paragraphs on their food, homes, clothing, and tools.  They wrote on one topic at a time with at least 5 sentences and then illustrated it.  Other topics were optional such as art, etc.  The report also included a United States map with the location of the tribes marked.  At the end the report had a test that the author of the report created to go along with their report.  The class would read the reports and then answer the questions on the test.  There were opportunities to exceed the standard by creating a poem, word search, puzzles, or whatever creative idea the student could come up with.  On the cover each student drew a colorful illustration of their Native American group.  My picture shows a folder used for an animal report, but it is the same idea.  I hung up posters with each topic heading that the students had to have in their report with ideas on what to research.

This was a great way to practice using encyclopedias, the Internet, and researching in the library using books.  The students used T-outlines to take notes on each topic during their research.

To meet the standard:

  • report has 4 topics with 5 sentence paragraphs
  • each paragraph has a colorful illustration
  • table of contents coordinating with numbered pages
  • map illustrating where the group of Native Americans lived
  • colorful outside folder
  • neat handwriting

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After reading, The Gift of the Sacred Dog by Paul Goble, the students divided a large piece of butcher paper into thirds.  In each third they summarized and drew pictures to tell the beginning, middle, and ending.  On the back the students self assessed their work and told what they think their grade should be and why.  There is also a movie that goes along with this book.

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Supermarket of the Plains: If you teach about Native Americans, this poster is great.  I just traced a buffalo and all the other parts onto a piece of paper.  Then I transferred it to an overhead to enlarge it onto a poster.  The kids love to hear about all the different ways that the Plains Indians used parts of the buffalo.  Each student got his/her own small version to put in their folder.

St. Patrick’s Day

March 22, 2012

 

Books:

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Printable Books:

Let’s Explore has a cute leprechaun book

Leprechaun Trick Emergent Reader from Make Learning Fun

Counting Shamrocks from Hubbard’s Cupboard

Math:

Teaching Heart Mom has a fun Rolling Shamrocks game to practice counting

St. Patrick’s Day math worksheets on TLSBooks.com

Lucky Charms graph can be found on Little Giraffes as well as a bunch of other great ideas

Writing:

I love this craft and writing from The First Grade Parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafts:

Here is an easy paper craft that your preschooler can make for St. Patrick’s Day.  All you need is a paper plate, construction paper, red or orange paper streamers, stapler, and a popsicle stick.  The popsicle stick is stapled to the bottom and used to hold up the mask.  My preschooler loves pretending to be a leprechaun with this.

Valentine’s Day

March 22, 2012

Books:

Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London

Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing

Mama Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

Robin Hill School, Too Many Valentines by Margaret McNamara (Ready to Read Level 1)

If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant

Valentine’s Day by Anne Rockwell

Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff (board book)

Be my Valentine, Amelia Bedelia  by Herman Parish (my younger kids didn’t get this book)

Clifford’s First Valentine by Norman Bridwell

Franklin’s Valentines

Melvin’s Valentines (easy reader)

Valentine Mice

Happy Valentine’s Day, Dolores by Barbara Samuels (a little long for younger ones)

The Sweetest Valentines by Jane E. Gerver (Hello Reader, I thought this was harder than most Hello Readers.  Maybe at a level for the average first grader)

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Valentine’s Day Is… by Gail Gibbons

Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson (board book)

Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting

The Night Before Valentine’s Day

Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane De Groat

The I Love You Book by Todd Parr

Printable Books:

Counting Valentines from Little Giraffes

Hearts on Me from Marcia’s Lesson Links
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Math:

Mathwire.com has some fun Valentine’s Day activities.  Here is another spot on Mathwire.com

100s chart puzzle from Math-drills.com

On your hundreds chart, cover some numbers with red hearts. Students then need to figure out what the missing numbers are.

Valentine Heart Estimation Sheet from Little Giraffes- Estimate how many candy hearts will cover the heart and then put the candies on the heart to check.

Candy heart graph and sorting page from ABC Schoolhouse.

 

Winter and Snow

March 22, 2012

Snow Books:

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow

A Really Good Snowman by Daniel J. Mahoney

Snow by Manya Stojic

Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert

Snow by Marion Dane Bauer (Ready-to-Read Level 1)

Snowman in Paradise by Michael John Roberts (This flows like the Night Before Christmas and is a little long.)

Hello, Snow! by Hope Westergaard

Snow by Cynthia Rylant

The Snowy Day

Snow Day by  Margaret McNamara (easy reader)

I Am Snow by Jean Marzollo (Hello Reader Level 1- we liked this easy reader)

The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Curious George in the Snow

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader- the smaller kids lost interest since this is a longer story.

Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

Snow! Snow! Snow! by Lee Harper  – a book about sledding

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton- about a snowplow

Snow by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman- this is a beginner book

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel (the first chapter is about sledding, good for beginning readers)

Snow Wonder by Charles Ghigna- Step Into Reading, Step 2

Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens

White Snow, Blue Feather by Julie Downing

White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt- the kids thought this one was okay.

Snow by Joan Clark

Hooray for Snow by Kazuo Iwamura- about sledding

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs- wordless picture book

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

Printable Early Readers:

Hubbard’s Cupboard Winter books

Snowflakes from Marcia’s Lesson Links

The Mitten in the Snow from Marcia

Hibernation and Animals in Winter:

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft

Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson (Bear eats too much after hibernation)

The Mitten– Here is a link for the animals and a mitten you can have your student lace together.

The Hat

Bear Snores On

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II

First Snow by Bernette Ford (bunnies out in the snow)

In the Snow by  Sharon Phillips Denslow (animals out in the snow eating nuts and seeds left by a boy)
Science:

We also went outside and caught some snowflakes on black paper to observe what real snowflakes look like.  This would go well with the book Snowflake Bentley.





Science: We observed a few marshmallows in a hot cup of hot cocoa. We checked the status of the marshmallows every two minutes. The kids verbally describe what they saw and I recorded it on paper. You could easily have your student draw his own observations on paper and add labels. It took about 6 minutes for our marshmallows to melt.

Science: We brought a pile of snow inside and observed it melting.  You could keep a little science observation sheet and check it every half hour and then draw and label observations.  If you don’t have snow in your state, then you could observe ice melting.  To make this even more advanced you could talk about the different states of water: gas, solid, liquid



This is a cute activity to go along with The Mitten by Jan Brett.  You can download the characters from the story along with a mitten to do a retelling of the story.


Yesterday we did a comparison on two versions of The Mitten. When we were done reading both versions we made a Venn diagram with one circle for Jan Brett’s version and one circle for Alvin Tresselt.

Math: We also did a mitten estimation a few weeks ago that would go well with these ideas. We estimated how many bears would fit into a mitten and then we counted to check. We also did this with a baby sized mitten and a full sized adult mitten.

Graph colors of mittens in the house. You could also graph who is wearing mittens, gloves or no hand covering.

Make a counting by 2s book with mittens.

Make some shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks.  You can do very simple shapes such as triangles or harder ones like cubes.  For my older child we talked about angles and sides.


Writing:

5 Senses Winter Poem: fill in the blanks with the sense that reminds you of winter

Winter looks like snow.
Winter sounds like singing.
Winter smells like cookies.
Winter feels cold.
Winter tastes like pie, cookies, and snowflakes.

Winter Time Acrostic Poem:

Songs:


I found this cute song about winter clothing that is sung to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. I had Frank put the items on and we pointed to the clothing items as we sang the song. I also listed the words on the white board so that he could practice reading the words as well. When singing a song that is changed a bit, it always helps to sing the original song first. The clothing used in the song are hat, mittens, scarf, and boots.

Boots, mittens, scarf and hat

Scarf and hat

Boots, mittens, scarf and hat

Scarf and hat

In winter time we dress like that

Boots, mittens, scarf and hat

Scarf and hat!

Other:

This cute magnetic snowman idea came from No Time for Flashcards. My kids love to manipulate the magnets. Check out her site to learn how to make this.  I saved up all those free magnets you get in the mail all the time and cut them up to put on the back of this craft.

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Compare The Mitten stories.  Also, compare The Mitten to Move Over Rover.

Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day

March 22, 2012

Books:

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?

Koala Lou

What Mom’s Can’t Do

Is Your Mama a Lama?

Love You Forever

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (DRA level 15)

My Mother Is So Smart by Tomie DePaola

My Mom Worksheet.  This can be made into a little book with drawings.  About Your Mother

Here is another idea that is similar to the “My Mom Worksheet”.

Decorate a little clay pot and plant seeds or a flower in it. The picture below is the same idea, but it is using an old tin can with holes poked through on the bottom.

flowers mothersday

Here is a cute handprint tulip card you can make.

Back to School

March 22, 2012
Back to school books:
Chrysanthemum
Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live In Room 10
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
The Principal’s New Clothes
First Day Jitters
Miss Nelson Is Missing
The Kissing Hand
Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches