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There’s No Place Like Space! Art Activity

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

“I’m the Cat in the Hat, and we’re off to have fun. We’ll visit the planets, the stars, and the sun!” These are the captivating first words of the book There’s No Place Like Space!. Written by Tish Rabe and beautifully illustrated by Aristides Ruiz, this wonderful book takes children on an exciting ride through the solar system, and teaches important basic concepts about space.

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

After being introduced to this book, preschoolers will enjoy making their own “planets”. Have students place cut up or torn pieces of bleeding tissue paper onto white construction paper circles. Instruct them to wet the tissue with a water filled spray bottle (supervision is important here). Once the tissue is sufficiently wet, gently remove and allow the “planets” to dry.

This activity encourages creative expression. The children love to choose their colors, and always get excited when they see the beautiful and varied works of art they have created. In addition, using a spray bottle improves fine motor skills and helps to build strength in small hands and fingers. Finally, cutting skills can be practiced, by encouraging the children (who wish to do so) to cut out their own circles.

There's No Place Like Space! Art Activity

Note: This revised edition of the book includes a glossary of space terms and excludes mention of Pluto, which is no longer considered a planet.

MATERIALS USED:

– White construction paper
Bleeding tissue paper in a variety of colors
– Spray bottles filled with water
Our free circle template

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Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

Let’s learn about the people in our neighborhood! This Community Helper Math and Literacy pack contains 15 worksheets, a 12 page counting book, and 4 learning center activities that strengthen the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Classification
– Number recognition
– Number formation
– Set recognition and comparison
– Measurement (weight)
– Measurement (height)
– Patterning
– Fine motor
– Letter recognition
– Beginning sound recognition
– Language/Dictation
– Self-expression
– Association
– Visual discrimination
– Phonological and phonemic awareness
– Following directions

Please note that these learning center activities are designed to be printed (on cardstock) and laminated. This will ensure their use and enjoyment for years to come.

COMMUNITY HELPER COUNT & CLIP CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12)

Students will count each set of helpers and clip its corresponding number with a clothespin. Numbers 1-12 are featured.

Community Helper Count & Clip Cards

CONSTRUCTION WORKER TEN FRAME CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Construction Worker Ten Frames

Provide small rocks or some other small manipulative for students to use. Young learners will place a numbered group of items on its corresponding card. As children pick up and place each item, encourage them to say its number name (one, two, etc.). Older children will practice their set recognition skills while placing items on their cards.

Construction Worker Ten Frames

COMMUNITY HELPER VEHICLE MATCH-UP PUZZLES (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Community Helper Vehicle Match-Up Puzzles

Cut these cards in half and prompt students to match each community helper to the vehicle he/she uses to do their job.

COMMUNITY HELPER BINGO (COLOR 4/B&W 4) / DRAW CARDS (COLOR 24/B&W 24)

Community Helper Bingo

Provide a small manipulative for children to use as bingo markers. Five in a row (horizontally, vertically, diagonally) equals BINGO! While playing, be sure to facilitate discussion about each community helper shown.

COMMUNITY HELPERS A-Z Alphabet Match-Up Puzzles (COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Community Helpers A-Z Alphabet Match-Up Puzzles

Students will match the upper and lowercase letters to complete the puzzles. If you would like your learners to also match the beginning letter sounds of the helpers, you may cut the puzzles into 3 pieces.

Community Helpers A-Z Alphabet Match-Up Puzzles

COMMUNITY HELPERS COUNTING BOOK (B&W 1-10)

Community Helpers Counting Book

Children will cut out the pages of the book. Teachers/adults should staple the pages together. Students can then count and write the number of community helpers on each page and color the pictures. Be sure to discuss the helpers featured and their importance to the community.

Community Helpers Counting Book

WORKSHEETS 15 (B&W)

Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

Additionally, with these worksheets learners will compare sets, color by numbers, classify helper vehicles, identify rhyming words, segment syllables, and so much more!

downloadGET THIS COMMUNITY HELPERS MATH AND LITERACY PACK HERE.

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Free Printable Community Helper Word Cards

community helper word cards

These FREE printable Community Helper Word Cards are a fabulous way to enhance your print-rich environment; they’re just waiting to be displayed on your word walls and in your writing centers! Just print, laminate (for heavy use), and cut. Depending on your grade (pre-k, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) and where your students are at developmentally, these cards can be used for:

– Letter recognition
– Beginning letter sounds
– Writing practice
– Drawing practice
– Spelling/reading practice
– Creative writing
– Journal writing

ITEMS INCLUDED:

– Community Helper Word Cards – Rectangle (24)
– Community Helper Word Cards – Square (24)

Helpers featured in this freebie are astronaut, baker, coach, crossing guard, construction worker, dentist, detective, doctor, farmer, firefighter, gardener, janitor, librarian, lifeguard, mail carrier, military, nurse, painter, plumber, police officer, reporter, teacher, trash collector, and veterinarian.

Note: For more helper fun, be sure to check out my Community Helpers Math and Literacy pack!

download Get these Community Helper Word Cards here.

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