Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Valentine's Day Bulletin Board Ideas

I always love keeping student work displayed in the classroom, in the hallway or on my bulletin board.  I love incorporating crafts that go along with a read aloud or our current unit of study.  I always try to mix a learning component into the craft as well.  I am going to share 3 Valentine's bulletin board displays.  Each set is easy to prep.  Simply print the pages, have students color, cut and glue.  Each bulletin board set comes with letters for hanging, craft toppers, plus activities for name practice, and writing pages.

First up, is a bear craft.  Bears are so much fun to use with winter units.  There are writing templates that are generic for bears that can be used anytime of the year or there are sayings to be used at Valentine's.
Next, is this adorable deer craft.
Last, is a porcupine craft.
I hope you love these sets as much as I do!  Be sure to check out my store for more bulletin board sets as well.  You can click here to see the bundle.  Make sure you're following me on TPT, so you can be notified when new products are added.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Polar Bear Activities- Bulletin Board, writing Craft and Name Practice

I love teaching about animals.  I know a lot of teachers use penguins and polar bears during the winter months.  I have to show you my Polar Bear packet.  I love that it can be used for winter or Valentine's Day.  There are bulletin board letters, writing pages, craft toppers and snowballs and hearts for name practice.  I have several pictures so you can see everything that is included.

Here is an example of the writing pages:
Snowballs for Name Practice:
The following writing activities can be used during the month of February.  Students can write to someone he/she loves.
There are also hearts for name practice.  I love the name practice activities especially for younger students.  These can also be used when working on last names.
This set of activities is easy to prep.  The teacher will just need to print and then have students color, cut and glue.  These activities make an adorable display for hallways, bulletin boards and classroom doors once completed.  To see everything, click here to be taken to my shop.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Activities for the 100th Day of School

I haven't been able to get a post up in a while now.  Between my 3 kids, and my oldest doing virtual Kindergarten this year, we have been busy!  We are loving this school year tho!  We are nearing his 100th day of school, so I had to hop on here and share a few activities that I love and hope you will too!

First up is an easy to prep craft that incorporates writing practice.  Children color an old man or lady and write to the prompt, When I Am 100 or Before I Am 100.  There are 10 different full sized writing options and there are also writing pages that are shaped to fit directly behind the old man or lady's body. 

I love this craft because it is so easy to prep!  Once printed, students simply color and then complete the writing.  After assembling the pieces by stapling or gluing, the last step is to hang to make a beautiful display for hallways, bulletin boards or a classroom door.

I know this has been an unusual year for students, teachers, parents, etc.  I really believe in being time efficient.  I love being able to help teachers save time so that they can have engaging and meaningful lessons, but also not be up all hours of the night planning.  Hopefully, my ideas can save you time so that you can leave work and go home and enjoy the rest of your evening.  This color by code packet for the 100th day reviews the following skills:
*Counting by 5s
*Counting by 10s
*Numbers in the tens place
*Numbers in the ones place
*Fractions (1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 3/4)
*Time to the hour and half hour
Talk about easy to prep!  These sheets just require printing.  Although they are worksheets, they are so much fun!  My son loves color by code activities.  There are so many different ways these sheets can be used.  They can be used on the actual 100th day or they can be used during the week prior.  The sheets can be used in whole group, small group, centers, stations, morning work, the list goes on and on.  You can read more about these here.
I hope these activities are useful to you and your class or your children at home.  I hope they are a fun learning tool that helps save you time and energy!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving Activities for Kindergarten

My son is in Virtual Kindergarten this year.  I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed having him at home with me.  I enjoy creating activities that align with what he is learning.  The other day he came across my Thanksgiving Color by Code sheets and had so much fun with them.  He actually stayed up past his bedtime so that he could color 2 of them.  These sheets are no prep.  Simply print, grab colored pencils or crayons and they are ready to use.  The printables are great to send home with students that are learning virtually or remotely or to use during face to face instruction.  Everett enjoyed learning and reviewing 3D shapes while coloring to reveal a Thanksgiving themed background.
Everett is also working on sounding out words and writing them.  He has been working on beginning and ending sounds.  This week we tried CVC words.  These cards can be used as a Write the Room activity to get students up and moving or they can be printed and placed in a Literacy center or station.  They can also be completed with the teacher during small group.  Each card has a turkey with a picture and 3 letters.  Students look at the picture, say the word and sound the word out.  The 3 letters are there as visual support to remind students how each letter looks as he/she records the CVC word correctly onto his/her recording sheet.  This is such a fun Thanksgiving themed activity.  There are 2 sets of cards with recording sheets and answer keys included in this packet.
The picture cards can also be placed in sensory tubs if you want to make the center more engaging.
You can find both of these activities in my TPT store here: