Mini anchor chart stands are an easy way to display important information. You can buy ready made stands from teacher stands, or you can head to the hardware store and make your own! Create your own tabletop mini anchor chart stand with these quick & easy directions.
These two videos were the inspiration for my own flying saucer! I made three versions with “Little People”, spacemen, and aliens! This project was actually really quick and easy. It is sure to be a hit with your little “space kids”! My astronauts and spacemen were thanks to Educlips and Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs!!!
Jenn, from Crayons and Cuties in Kindergarten, showed me a book with the same name. It is awesome!! The men in the flying saucer keep visiting Earth and one by one fly away. They don’t like the neglected state of the Earth. Happily, the Earth gets cleaned up and all the men come back.
Here is the affiliate link to “Five Little Men In a Flying Saucer”:
First, I got two plastic plates and a little plastic ramiken from a dollar store. I hot glued the two plates together. I hot glued the plastic ramiken to the middle of the top plate.
If you would like to use “Little People”, then you fill in the hole on the bottom with hot glue. When it is full to the top, place a piece of Velcro on top of it. Let it dry upright, so it will be straight. When it is dry, the men are ready to be added to the saucer.
To make it look more like a flying saucer, (which my husband says is debatable) I painted the middle with red puffy paint and added “LED” lights with yellow puffy paint. That is the extent of the flying saucer!
I held it on the cork for a few seconds, until it was semi-dry.
Free Long and Short Vowel Sorting Game
Engage students with a FREE long and short vowel sorting game, featuring the lovable characters Frog & Toad. The games are differentiated for young learners.
I am sitting here looking out the window at the SIX inches of snow on the ground! I am so ready for spring!! I have been stuck in bed for the last few weeks, so I decided to make a spring freebie. I thought it might make me feel a little more “springy”!
I love frogs and toads! When I was little, I went searching for frogs and toads in the woods behind our house. I always loved catching them and playing with them. My kids don’t have the woods right behind their house, so I decided to make them a pretend frog and toad. They can play with them and feed them flies!
Materials You Will Need:
- I’ve included the affiliate links to the stuff I used to create frog and toad.
- Lysol Wipe Containers– or any container with a circular top.
- Large Google Eyes
- Scrapbook Paper: to cover the containers
- Pipe Cleaners: for tongues
- Foam: for more durable eyes
- Hot Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
I started with a Lysol wipes container and removed the paper on the outside.
I took a razor blade and cut out the middle of the top of the Lysol container. This is the mouth for the frog.
I then used the same paper or foam to create the back of the frog/toad’s eyelids. I cut a smaller piece of foam and hot glued it to the larger piece.
I then attached a large googly eye and attached the whole eye to the back of the Lysol container.
Here is the toad- ready to eat!
I used a red pipe cleaner to create a durable tongue for the frog/toad. I wrapped it around my finger to make it look curly and hot glued it to the divet in front of the frog/toad’s mouth.
Here is the frog ready for action!
You can use the frog and toad for anything, but I thought it would be great to use them for sorting short and long vowel words. Frog is for the short vowels and toad is for the long vowels. The words “frog” and “toad” can help students remember the differences between long and short vowel sounds.
I created a freebie with the labels for the frog and toad, as well as, flies with short and long vowel words on them. Students will read the words out loud and sort the words into the appropriate container.
Students will then use the recording sheet to record the long and short vowel words. They will also use some of the words to create an original sentence. Click here to get your Frog and Toad Freebie!
I would love it, if you would let me know how it works for you!!!
I have another FUN and interactive set to work on long and short vowels. This pack includes sorting mats, picture and word cards, printables, and interactive booklets. Kids will “meet” animals for each short and long vowel sound. Check out this pack in action here.
I linked up with “Teaching with Nancy’s” T.G.I.F.
I also linked up with “The Primary Gal’s” Friday Free For All!!
DIY: Easy Math Manipulatives for Addition
Years ago, I needed to find a simple contraption that would turn into an addition machine. I was a special education resource teacher and all my teaching supplies had to fit on a cart or a rolling suitcase. I hit the hardware store. Apparently, I chose a P trap with a cleanout spout.
After we all examine the manipulatives and count how many there are in all, a student will write the sum on the lower container. Then, we are able to recite the whole addition sentence: 2+4-6.
I also linked up with The Preschool and Kindergarten Community. Be sure to check there for tons of great ideas!