Sight words are key. Colors are usually some of the first sight words taught because they are are in so many worksheet directions! “Color this thing red if it blah blah blah” or “circle all of the blah blah blahs with green.” This page is just for learning those color names sight words. Easy-peasy worksheet, and kids will be able to do so much more when they know color words by sight! Click here to download the full-size PDF: color-word-butterflies
Prepositions are really tough for English Language Learners. And sometimes you just don’t have time to prep or do the fun manipulative ideas you see on Pinterest. Here’s a quick (super self-explanatory) page that asks kids which preposition makes sense with the picture. On the key (page 2), the answers are in bold.
Click here to download the full size PDF: prepositions
Also consider choosing pictures from a story book, newspaper or magazine and ask questions about the pictures. Or, grab a small object and a student volunteer and create the Pinterest idea on the spot! Both are super easy to do off the top of your head and will continue to strengthen English language skills of all your students.
Kids crack me up. They say, write and do the silliest things! Here’s another opportunity to capture all that creativity. This writing activity asks kids to apply to be one of Santa’s elves. Be sure to give kids an opportunity to share their application with other students. Maybe have the kids collect “endorsements” from classmates (Have students write their name on the back of a classmate’s paper to indicate that the student shared it with them). Merry Christmas!
Click here for the free printable PDF: Santa’s Elf Application
Pump-kin. Spi-der. There are tons of easy Halloween words you can use to teach or practice syllables. Here’s a free printable Halloween worksheet for you all about syllables!
Download the full size printable: Halloween Syllables [PDF]
When I was in elementary school, my class was always partnered with another class so we could do “Reading Buddies.” My school always partnered a younger grade class with an upper grade class so we could get together and read each month. This provided us a unique opportunity to read to/listen to another student. Each kid was assigned a kid from the other class and we were partners the whole year. We occasionally did a craft or something with our reading buddies as well. Anyway, it was fun to get to know my partner as the year went on.
This inspired me to make 2 little “get to know you” pages that teachers can use within their own classroom or between classrooms of students in an arrangement like “Reading Buddies.
Colors. I love them! Yup, I love them.
But they’re not just for fun. Most basic color words are kindergarten sight words (check out my free printable list) and being able to recognize color words is important for kids to be able to complete higher level tasks. Here’s my fun, but simple color word recognition:
Click here for the free printable PDF: Colorful balloons
Happy 3rd birthday, Squarehead Teachers!
Let’s kick of this school year right! Another giveaway to celebrate the 3rd birthday of this blog! I’m so thankful to all my family, friends and readers for making this blog such a fun success!
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Class icebreaker activities are always fun. Here’s a simple way to get to know your students while assessing their writing. It’s a simple “Interview a Classmate” activity, free over at my post on We Are teachers. Click here to hop on over there!