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Being gone from school is tough enough as it is – let this resource save you TONS of time and stress, and ensure that your sweet class and brave guest teacher will have an amazing time, even when you're away.
NEW!!! This resource just got a MAJOR update and it’s jam packed with 17 carefully crafted print-and-go activities to accompany . They’re simple and self-explanatory enough to leave for a guest teacher, but also awesome enough that I wouldn’t blame you if you just want to use them yourself - haha! I did and it made for a really fun couple of days! :)
You could use any of the pages as stand alone lessons or activities, or you could make at least 10 of them into a handy “packet” kids can work through over the course of a couple days.
Those pages include:
✅JOURNAL COVER: A beautiful way to get organized. Kids will enjoy coloring this in their spare time.
✅SIGHT WORDS: ”Roll, Write, and Race” game
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✅VOCABULARY & INFERRING: Wonderful Words & Wonderings page with real photos and meaningful (yet uncomplicated) questions to work through as a whole class or small group
✅SEQUENCING: Story Sequencing Flow Map: beginning, middle, and end
✅STORY MAP: Characters, Setting, Problem, Solution and reader reaction to the book using fun emojis
✅MATH: GRAPHING, RECORDING & READING SIMPLE DATA: an interactive survey project: kids ask 10 friends to answer a given question
✅MATH: COUNTING: Cover the Mitten Partner Game
✅MATH: ADDITION TO 12: Race to Capture the Mittens Partner Game
✅WORD SEARCH: 25 Mitten-themed words included in a simple, clear format
✅WRITING: favorite Winter activity prompt with space for picture and words
You also get detailed, helpful instructions and print-and-go pages for these additional mitten-themed activities:
✅RETELLING: Props for retelling the story, BOTH individually and whole group (big mitten to glue on a lunch sack, page of animals to color- labeled with the animal name and # they entered the mitten, optional song to display and sing while retelling, big colorful animal cards and instructions for many ways the story could be retold whole group)
✅CREATIVE ART: An interactive, creative class book called, “The Lost Mitten”
✅WHOLE GROUP GAMES: Directions for two VERY FUN, zero-prep games kids love. Everyone works together and there’s not just one winner/loser so it’s “friendly and safe” for kids/classes who may struggle with those concepts.
✅FINGER PLAYS: 2 that include words and colorful graphics to display, along with simple-to-follow movement directions
✅EMERGENT READER BOOK: A quick-to-print 14-page version of (estimated DRA level is A or B) perfect for reading together, with a friend, putting in book boxes, and/or sending home to read to families
To make these activities extra sub-friendly, you also get:
✅INCENTIVES: A couple of motivational ideas are included if you want to give your kids a prize to work towards while they have a guest teacher (movie, extra play time, or game time- 2 really good mitten-themed game ideas are even included!).
✅REPORT OF THE DAY: a paper to leave for the guest teacher to let you know how the day went: what they did, who was absent, who behaved and who needed extra reminders, etc.
This resource contains 7-8 total hours of activities for your PreK-1 students to do. Actual time will vary from class to class and grade to grade, but when you add in your usual routines like morning meeting, lunch, recess, etc, I estimate these 17 activities would easily carry into several days of meaningful work for your class.
You or your sub would have to make a few quick copies, but that's it. No other materials (besides the usual crayons, scissors, pencil, and dice) are required!
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