Thursday, November 14, 2013

Five Plump Turkeys - Shared Reading

My kiddos LOVE the Five Little Pumpkins song. They were really sad when we stopped singing it after Halloween. I'm excited to teach them the Five Plump Turkeys song. I'm going to use it for our shared reading the week before Thanksgiving. You can pick up a copy for your class here.

The packet includes a poster that can be used for shared reading or singing the song.

The packet also includes a large print version of the song that can be assembled on chart paper or in a pocket chart for shared reading. 

The packet also includes an ordinal number assessment. There's a basic assessment which asks the child to color the turkeys in order (1st, 2nd, 3rd). The advanced assessment asks the child to color the turkeys out of order (2nd, 4th, 5th).

Also, the packet includes color copies and black & white copies. So colored printer or not, your packet will still look super cute!

What songs or other activities do you use to keep your kiddos engaged before the holiday season?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hands On P activities

I'm going way back in the files for this post. Some of these pictures are from my first year teaching! (Hence the lack of quality pictures) Here are a collection of P activities I've done over the years.

P Sort with Pepperoni

What can be more engaging then pepperoni pizza?! These pizzas are really easy to make. Paint two paper plates to look like pizzas (red is the base color, brown around the edge for the crust). Oooh complicated I know. Then add strips of yellow paper for the cheese. The pepperoni can be made by taping red paper to checkers or just leave the red circles plain. Write an uppercase P on half and a lower case p on the other half. And wallah you have a pepperoni pizza p sort! 

Puppy Craft

Pig Craft

Pink and Purple Puffy Paint

This puffy paint is super easy to make. Just mix equal parts of shaving cream and glue plus a little bit of paint. Let dry over night. 

P Poster or Book

Vocabulary/Language is such a HUGE part of our curriculum. Plus this builds phonemic awareness. Each week, we try to think of as many words as we can that start with our letter. This particular year, we made it into a book. Each child wrote a P on the left page and my TA drew the pictures on the right page. I've also done this same activity on chart paper and made it into a poster. 


Shared Writing

Laura Numeroff's books have a very obvious pattern. This makes it easy for the students to pick and replicate on their own. This is always one of our first shared writing activities of the year. 


I'm always too busy . . .well cooking . . . to take pictures of our cooking activities.

Make Pancakes - especially if you're reading If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.

Make Pretzels in the shape of a P.