Saturday, December 8, 2018

My Mistletoe Christmas Craft and Poem

One of the most memorable Christmas crafts that I have done has to be this fun Mistletoe Craft!  I had seen the poem somewhere online and knew that this craft would simply be perfect for it!  The kids and I had a great time making them and the parents were so touched and over the moon to have received them!



Clip art by Graphics from the Pond.

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Step 1: Print the template front and back on white cardstock then have students sign their name at the bottom of the poem.

Step 2: Paint the bottoms of the kids feet green.

Step 3: Guide the kids to gently and carefully place them on the template with their name.

Step 4: Once the paint is dry, punch two holes next to each other on top of the front of the template.

Step 5: Loop a short string of red ribbon through the holes then tie it into a bow!

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Here are some Holiday Resources that you may be interested in!





Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Teaching Main Idea and Supporting Details


I love using both nonfiction and fiction texts to teach identifying main idea and supporting details to my students!

For this particular lesson, I chose the topic of Christmas Trees/evergreens since we are heading into the Holiday Season.

First, I explained to my students that the main idea is what the text is mostly about and the supporting details are helpful information to help the reader learn more about the main idea.  Next, I created this simple Christmas Tree anchor chart with my students.  

I used the book Oh, Christmas Tree! from Reading A-Z which was perfect for the lesson, and we read the first chapter on evergreens aloud.  After reading, I used sticky notes to record the students' responses on what they thought the main idea was and three supporting details.


The next day, we read The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll and then identified the main idea and three supporting details as a class.  Since fictional texts are more challenging for little learners to identify the main idea, I asked my students to close their eyes and think deeply about what the entire story was all about.  After recording their response, they shared three supporting details aloud and wrote them on their copy of the graphic organizer.


To transform the activity into a craftivity, I printed the graphic organizer onto Astrobright Green Paper, folded the sections of the tree, hole punched in the middle of the tree, and taught my students to loop their colorful straws through the tree.  The students then shared their writing and then I hung their evergreen trees onto our display wall.

Click on the image below to download your free copy of the graphic organizer!  Happy Teaching!!!


For more Reading Comprehension printables, check out this resource below!




Sunday, November 25, 2018

15 Gingerbread Activities for Kids

The Holiday Season is finally upon us again, and I can't wait to share with you 15 fun Gingerbread Activities that my friends and I have rounded up for you! Click on the links below to grab them all!

Happy Holidays!!!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Gingerbread Write the Room // The Kindergarten Connection
Editable Gingerbread Board Game // Fun Learning for Kids
Gingerbread Playdough Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Retelling the Gingerbread Man // Sara J. Creations
Gumdrop Patterns // Playdough to Plato
Gingerbread Problem Solving // Recipe for Teaching
Gingerbread Number Puzzles Freebie // A Dab of Glue Will Do
How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut and Paste // Happy Days in First Grade
Gingerbread CVC Mats // Fairy Poppins
Holiday Gingerbread Syllable Sort // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Gingerbread House I Spy // Teach Me Mommy
Gingerbread Sight Word Game // The Letters of Literacy


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