Monday, September 29, 2014

There is Nothing SCARY About These Scarecrows!

Next to summer, Fall is one of my favorite seasons!
There are so many fun things to do- apple picking, pumpkin picking, local festivals and more!
The smells and decorations of Fall are some of my favorites!
Fall also bring iconic symbols to of which is the scarecrow!

I love making scarecrows with my students!  I usually have it as a non-directed activity and I love seeing what they come up with!  They especially love that they can dig into my scrap box and use WHATEVER paper they want!  There is no right or wrong way to make a scarecrow!

This year I am trying something new!  We have been working on shapes and I wanted a fun hands-on math center that would also produce something to make my bulletin boards look full of festive fall fun!

So I grabbed some paper, scissors and glue and got to work...

My almost 4 year old saw the paper, glue and scissors and needed in on the action, so I can now say this project is kid-tested and approved!

These shapes were all free-hand and cut, but I worried that my kinders wouldn't be able to do that- and since my focus was on reviewing shapes, I decided to make shape templates 
so that I could copy them onto construction paper, roughly cut them apart and place in baskets for them to choose the colors they wanted.  It would also allow for me to review the shape names ("you will need 1 hexagon...")

In addition, I wanted them to count and record the shapes they used so I made a recording sheet to attach to the project:
I also like to make a HUGE class scarecrow that we label using interactive writing (I don't have a picture since we didn't do it yet, but hope to get one up here soon!)
I then give them a sheet of 'labels' and have them match the words to label their own scarecrow parts.
(You can right click to save this image as a picture and insert it into a file to print a set for yourself to use!)

The templates and recording sheets for the scarecrow craftivity can be found here:
The templates will produce a scarecrow that fills a 12x18 piece of construction paper.  If you prefer a smaller scarecrow, when printing the templates choose the option to print '2 to a page' from your printer options and the templates will print at 50% the size.  You can also reduce the size on a copy machine.

I print directly onto construction paper via the copier's bypass feeder.  It helps reduce prep time of tracing shapes myself and also gives a nice crisp line for kids to follow when cutting!

I came across this free pattern block scarecrow template you can download from Jessica's Corner of CyberSpace!  You can find so many more holiday and seasonal pattern block templates on her site

I am planning on printing/laminating a few and placing them in a math center the week we do scarecrows.  We will be starting our number unit at the time, so I want them to practice counting/writing numbers.  I made this recording sheet to go with it:
Just click to download a copy for yourself!

As for ELA...
I have found a few good scarecrow books that I use every year:

This is a classic that is so fun to use because you can engage your students to help you 'act it out' while reading:

I am excited to try this new one out this year!  My son is such a fan of Otis books and this is one of the newest in the series:

But I also needed a fun shared reading that was simple for my students to read and re-read as part of our Readers Workshop unit of study, as well as our introduction to numbers unit in math.  So last year I made this book:

I had each page build on the next- and the text was easy and simple for them to follow!

I then had them each make a page for our class book that we put in the book nook!  That book was read and re-read so many times over the course of the year!

I had this number chart posted to help those that needed help while writing their own page:

And I also put the story into a smaller foldable reader so that each student could have a copy in his/her Readers Workshop book basket:

They used the b&w version and found sight words, letters we were working on, numbers, etc using highlighters.  After a few weeks of it 'hanging out' in their book baskets I sent them home so that they could add them to their reading treasure chests!

and have put BOTH of the scarecrow products I shared above on sale for the week:
You can get the Mr. Scarecrow Shared Reading for only $2 this week and the Scarecrow Craftivity Pack for just $1!  Combined they are $3 which is the TpT minimum for purchase!

Be sure to click the link above to see more Markdown Monday deals for the week!

Be sure to stop back later in the week...I am BURSTING to tell you about something I have joined and we have a really great surprise in store!

Until next post,
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1 comment:

  1. Adorable!! I love those cute scarecrows. Your little books are great, too!


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