This birthday set contains a variety of activities for primary students that support the goals of the Common Core State Standards.
Pages 3-6: These are for the creation of a class book for the birthday child. Students draw something they would like to “give” to the birthday child. Then they cover the picture with a flap of construction paper, taping it on just one side. The birthday child can lift the flap to see their gift. Kindergarten and young students can simple write “Happy Birthday!” on the lines. Older students can write clues about their gift. For example, a student might choose to “give” a bicycle. Their clue could say, “My present for you has a place to sit. It can take you on exciting adventures or even to school. It has two wheels.” The birthday child can read the clue, then lift the flap to check! My students LOVE this!
Page 7: This set of birthday cards can be cut apart and given to children on their birthdays.
Page 8: Children have lots to say about their birthdays, and this simple page provides a space for personal narrative.
Page 9-10: This page is for some informative writing! What do children know about birthdays that they can share with others? Prewriting activities could include brainstorming a word list, talking about family birthday traditions, reading books about birthdays, etc.
Page 11: Making words activities are fun and educational! Students can cut on the lines to get a set of letters to spell “birthday cake.” Then, they can manipulate the letters to spell other words and sort them by number of letters.
Page 12-13: The set of cards can be printed and laminated. Students can move the cards around to put the words in alphabetical order. There is a place on the recording sheet to write the words. Students then choose a favorite word to write about.