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Room on the Broom Craft

Room on the Broom Broomstick Craft

Let’s make some truly magnificent broomsticks! This extension activity for the delightful book Room on the Broom is all kinds of fun. Paired with the story, this craft helps children to practice rhyming (phonemic awareness), rhythm and repetition, pro-social behavior, creative expression, and fine motor skills.

Room on the Broom Broomstick Craft

This exciting book is written by Julia Donaldson, and is brought to life by the colorful and extremely beautiful illustrations of Axel Scheffler. This is the same bestselling, award-winning team who created The Gruffalo.

Room on the Broom tells the story of a friendly witch and a remarkable journey on her broomstick. From the start, the weather conditions are against her; the witch loses her belongings (hat, bow, and wand). She meets a cast of helpful characters along the way and offers them all a ride on her broomstick. Together they are able to overcome adversity. The friends not only find the witch’s missing possessions, they also escape a hungry dragon!

Room on the Broom Broomstick Craft

MATERIALS USED:

– Paper towel rolls
Brown tempera paint
– Paper bags
– Twine
– Scissors
– Glue
Star stickers
– Glitter
Small acrylic craft jewels

Have children paint their paper towel rolls and sprinkle them with glitter while they’re still wet. Once the rolls are dry, little ones can decorate their broomsticks with stickers and jewels, and any other items provided. Give each child a strip of paper bag and have them fringe cut the edges. They can glue their fringe on their sticks and you can help them wrap and tie the twine around it. A crumpled ball of paper can then be glued into the front of the broom, and voila! Behold some truly magnificent brooms!

Room on the Broom Broomstick Craft

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Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

Let’s dive into all things ocean! This Under the Sea Math and Literacy pack contains 12 worksheets and 6 learning center activities that practice the following skills:

* Classification
* Counting
* One-to-one correspondence
* Number recognition
* Number order
* Number formation
* Set recognition
* Measurement
* Graphing
* Seriation
* Letter formation
* Fine motor
* Beginning sound recognition
* Upper and lowercase letter recognition
* Language/dictation
* Self-expression
* Visual discrimination
* Following directions
* Phonological and phonemic awareness

FISHY ALPHABET MATCH-UP PUZZLES (COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

Print these out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use). Cut the cards in half. Prompt your young learners to match the upper and lowercase letters to complete the puzzles.

Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

SEA CREATURE VISUAL DISCRIMINATION TASK CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12)

Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

Print cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide children with clothespins or a small manipulative to use as markers.

Learners will study the pictures on the cards and use their visual discrimination skills to determine which pictures are the same as or different from the featured images. Students will clip/mark the cards accordingly.

Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

UNDER THE SEA WORD WALL/VOCABULARY CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Place them on your word walls and in your writing centers for easy visibility and access. Encourage children to copy and sound out the words.

UNDER THE SEA SIZE COMPARISON TASK CARDS (COLOR 8/B&W 8)

Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

Print this activity out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use. Present your learners with a task card and a set of item cards.

Under the Sea Math and Literacy Activities

Children will display their seriation skills by placing the items in order from smallest to largest. Be sure to discuss other words for large, medium, and small (big, huge, average, midsize, little, tiny, etc.)

FISHY NUMBER SEQUENCING PUZZLES (COLOR 2/B&W 2)

under the sea math and literacy activities

Print these out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use), and cut the puzzles into strips. Students will complete the puzzles by placing the pieces in numerical order.

UNDER THE SEA WORD ROLL & COVER SHEETS (COLOR 4/B&W 4)

under the sea math and literacy activities

Print these sheets out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide seashells, mini erasers, pom poms, vase gems, or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. For individual use, have the child roll the die, count the dots or recognize the “set” of dots, and find and cover the matching sets on the sheet. Repeat until all of the spaces are covered. In small group, give each child a sheet and have them take turns rolling the die. The first person to cover all of their sets wins. Trade cards and play again!

WORKSHEETS (B&W 12)

A writing prompt (“If I lived under the sea, I would…”) is included in the worksheet section of this pack. Children will continue the story. Older learners may want to copy and/or write their own words. Have younger learners dictate to you, and repeat each word slowly as they watch you write it out onto the sheet. Encourage all students to draw a picture of their story in the space provided.

Additionally, with these worksheets learners will count jellyfish, measure seahorses, segment syllables,identify beginning sounds of some ocean animals, and so much more!

downloadCLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS UNDER THE SEA MATH AND LITERACY PACK.

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Fishy Friends Felt Board Activity

This fish match up game is a quick and easy way to teach colors and provide visual discrimination practice. It can be used as an independent table top exercise, or as a small group activity. In addition, it makes a fun and interactive circle time activity. Pass the fish pairs out, then go around the circle and ask each child to find their fish’s friend. Next direct the children to place their fish pairs side by side on the flannel board. Another alternative is to have the teacher place a fish on the board, and then have the child with the matching fish come up and complete the pair.

Materials Used:

– Felt board
Felt
Tacky glue
Scissors
Glitter Glue
Googly Eyes
Sequins
Our fish template


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