Sunday, April 6, 2014

Working With FIVES! + Freebie

I have been wanting to share this with you, since I started making this set of activities!! I was finding it very hard to contain myself, as the product neared completion :)  Now, it's DONE!!

I was inspired to begin working on a series of "FIVE" poems and activities.  Five is just as an important benchmark for early learners as ten.  It is that beginning benchmark that children learn, when they look at their fingers or toes.  I love "FIVES" just as much as I love "TENS"!

The whole inspiration for this project was a wonderful post from the blog "How Long Is This Hall?"  She used a Pringles can, some plastic frogs, and Velcro to create this magnificent manipulative!!! 
Please check out her froggies!  They are adorable.

If you've read my blog before, you probably know that I love sharks!  I have a love/fear relationship with them.  It borders on obsession when Shark Week rolls around, but I have passed my love (hopefully not my fear) of sharks to my children.  When we started talking about which animal we would use first, there was no question- SHARKS!!!

I created an original shark poem, based on all of the number poem where animals leave one, by one throughout the song.  I made class copies of the poem, print in B/W or color.  You can laminate or put in sheet protectors for students to find and circle letters, words, punctuation.  Below is a copy of the poem, and two types of sharks manipulatives to use with it.  In the pack, I included an ocean scene and small shark manipulatives.  I laminated both and used Velcro to attach the sharks to the Ocean.  Students can pull a shark off with each stanza of the poem. 
Using the Pringle can manipulative, students will pull one shark off and place it back into the Pringles can.  When you are done, simply put all the sharks into the can and pop on the top.  Easy storage :)
There is so much more to this set of activities than the poem and the manipulatives.  I included each sentence of the poem in sentence form.  They are too long for one sheet of paper, so I laminated and taped them together.
I use these sentences in a pocket chart, but you could as easily use them on the floor.  When using a pocket chart, I had to tape the title to the top of the pocket chart, so that the full poem would fit.
Below, is a picture of the poem on the pocket chart, as well as, the pictures that match each sentence. 
 Students can use the pictures as visual cues to read the poem.  You can also have students come up and match the pictures to the text.  This way they are referring back to the text to find the correct illustration.
I also included numerals.  Students can match the numerals to the number words in the poem, or to the pictures of the sharks.  Students will count the objects to identify the matching numeral.
I love using pocket charts, because students can really interact with the text.  I got out the number words and punctuation marks for students to match to the correct word or punctuation.  They actually placed it on top of the word, period, or exclamation mark.  You could also do this with sight words, letter, etc.

The sharks that you see above on the tongue depressors are B/W sharks included for students to create their own puppets or focus wands.  They color the shark, cut it out, and tape it to a popsicle stick.
I kept them at the center station, where students could use them to count, read the poem, act out the poem, or just for dramatic play.  Want to make your own shark focus wands click here for a freebie!
I also included a teacher set of puppets.  These I find invaluable.  I hot glue a shark and a numeral to a tongue depressor.  I then, write the matching numeral to the front of the tongue depressor.  I use these puppets to have the children act out the poem. 
I would choose 5 students to each hold a popsicle shark.  They can try and put themselves in order, starting with the largest number.  With each stanza of the poem, a "shark" will sit down.  Students who are watching can visually see the "sharks" being taken away.  They can count the sharks that are left and check themselves by looking at the numeral on front of the shark.
I also love using the sentences and word cards to have students put the sentences back in order.  I like to have them match the words and punctuation to the sentence above.  I find that this is a great group or partner activity.  It makes them work together to find a solution.
I included 3 types of books in this set.  In one, students will draw the appropriate number of sharks to match the poem.
They can use an X to demonstrate taking a shark away.
I also included a book, where students will count the sharks on the page and trace the matching numeral.
To make it a little bit harder, there is another book where students will count the sharks and write the numeral.
Now, for my favorite part!  How to make your own Pringle's shark can.  I did this two ways.  I covered the can with scrapbook paper (hot glued it) and then covered it with contact paper.  The other way, which I found to be more durable is laminate the scrapbook paper first and then hot glue to the can.
Next, I hot glued the Velcro to the can.  I hot glue to make it a little more durable.
I super glued the Velcro to the sharks.  I first tried with hot glue, but it kept popping off.
You're done!!  So easy and sure to excite your class!
Here are the affiliate links that I used for my finger puppet manipulatives!

If you would like to win a copy of "FIVES! Sharks Original Poetry: Math and Literacy Activities, Center Ideas", leave me a comment on the blog letting me know what kind of animal you would like to see next!  I would love to have a whole zoo of FIVES!!!  I will choose a winner Monday night 4/7/14.
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  1. Tigers!

    Found you through Manic Monday Linky.

  2. Butterfly or caterpillar...I love dolphins too. Bears would be good too..Brown bear or polar bear

  3. Giraffes or ducks! I can never decide which is my favorite animal :)

  4. ducks would be cute!!

  5. Giraffes would be cute.

  6. Dolphins or grasshoppers would be cool.

  7. Oooo how about sea horses!!

  8. I just saw this on TPT, too. I love it! I would love to see dolphins or giraffes next. Thank you for the chance to win.

  9. I agree the 5 Little Ducks would be great. Perhaps done on a cuboid with green card as the hills?

    My favourite 5 song is, "5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer" but I think that would be a bit tricky!


    1. Lisa- I have never heard that song before, so I googled it. Love it!! Thanks so much for referencing that song. I am actually in the process of making a flying saucer! Hopefully, it will turn out OK, because it is super easy to make! If all goes well, I should have a flying saucer in the next few days :) I will share it and dedicate it to you!
      Thanks so much for telling me about the song!

    2. Brilliant! I just saw your updated post and it is awesome!

  10. I am loving all the responses!!! I want to make them all :) Keep the ideas coming!

  11. I saw dolphins already on here but I love them and so do my girls. What about sea turtles or manatees?
    I love the post on sharks. My husband loves Shark Week as well. It always reminds me of when we were at the beach and people were fishing on the shore and reeled in a big shark. . . Needless to say we didn't go back in the water that day!

  12. What about penguins or panda bears? Eagles would be cool as well since they are our national symbol.

  13. All of these animals would be cute! How about crab or lobster. Lions would also be cool.

  14. I'd love to see penguins and frogs! Also any zoo or rainforest animals! Too cute! You are so clever!

  15. What if you used monkeys?...I know...we already have a famous one on TV but we could use them swinging from trees and jumping on the bed...etc. I think they could be cute in multiples of 5's and 10's.
    BTW sharks....who knew they could be so cute!

  16. Hi Laura,
    Definitely monkeys! A jungle theme would be so cute! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  17. I just love all the responses!! Thank you all so much for taking the time to leave me ideas and feedback. It truly makes my day!


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