Outer Space Collaborative Collage

outer space collaborative collage

Once or twice a year I like to have my students work together to create a class collage to display in the classroom. The children really enjoy expressing themselves. Rarely do I have anyone turn down the chance to participate.

This outer space collaboration turned out to be a creative and fun experience for everyone. I provided a large, curved piece of Styrofoam that had been spray painted black and quickly sprinkled with a dusting of glitter. I also provided a tray full of sparkly decorative items. I found glitter foam at Walmart that made perfect stars and moons. Plain foil stars also work well. My students were drawn to the various materials, and loved choosing which ones they wanted to use.

outer space collaborative collage

This collage turned out to be 3D, but you can use poster board or cardboard and a variety of collage materials of your choice. Some may choose all the materials you provide, while others will use very few.

outer space collaborative collage

This open-ended activity provides the children with an opportunity to use their imaginations, express their creativity, and practice decision making. Additionally, when working collaboratively to create a piece of art, the children develop social skills and learn to work interactively.

MATERIALS USED:

– A large piece of Styrofoam or other material
– Spray paint
– Glitter
– Glue
– Pom poms (glitter and regular)
Sequins
Sparkly fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners)
– Moon and star stickers
Acrylic jewels
Our star 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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