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Leap Year and Leap Day Activities for Kids

2020 is a Leap Year!  I thought it would be fun to do some activities with my first graders this year!  You can check out these activities HERE or click on any picture!



Leap Day Anchor Chart and Book

You can display this anchor chart to remind students about leap day.   This book gives an introduction to what Leap Day is and students learn some fun facts about leap year and leap day.  

Make a Hat and do a Word Search!




True/False Game

I like to teach them some facts about Leap Day!  Here is a fun little true/false game you can play!



Directed Drawing

After we've learned some facts, we do a directed drawing of a frog and then write something we learned about leap year! It is so much fun!


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Helping Students Conquer Letter Reversals: b and d

Reversing letters is very common for young students.  Typically, this is something that will be sorted out and mastered by first or second grade.  However, there are some students that have a more difficult sorting out these letters and continue to have letter reversals into and beyond second grade.  So, what can you do as a teacher or parent?


1.  Explicit Instruction

If your student is having trouble with reversals, the first thing that you can do to help that child is to make sure that you tell them that they are reversing letters.  Point out which letters they are having difficulty with so that they are fully aware of what you are going to be working on and why it is important.  Let them know that this is common, but it needs to get corrected before it becomes more of a habit.

2.  Choose a Strategy for your Students

I personally like the strategy of "Put your B's and D's to BED".  This strategy can be used at any time because students always have their hands with them.  They make the "OK" sign with both hands and stretch out the word "bed" as they look at their hands.  I have created some anchor charts that help reinforce how to keep the b's and d's straight.  You can hang these in the classroom for easy reference or use the desk tag.  You can find all of these activities HERE.


3.  Kinesthetic Movement

Getting students up and moving when learning is always a bonus!  This helps their brains remember concepts they may not otherwise master so quickly.  Doing simple whole arm movements making the letters and saying the letter name and sound out loud can help some students to better master these tricky letters!

4.  Specific Lessons Focusing on Reversals

Now that your student knows that they need to be conscious of these letters, giving them specific lessons on how to correct these reversals is necessary!  I have made several resources to help students sort these out.

Games:  b and d match game and b and d board game

These games are a big hit with my students!  The first one can be played like memory.  Students match a "b" picture with the letter "b" and a "d" picture with the letter "d".


This game is a board game.  Students choose a card and move that amount of spaces.  If the picture matches the letter they land on they keep the card, if not, the card goes into the discard pile.  The player with the most cards, in the end, is the winner. 


The object of this game is to get 5 in a row!  Students draw either a "b" or a "d" and place a "marker" on the board.  The person to get 5 in a row first- wins!


Mazes

These "b" and "d" mazes are a fun way for students to notice which letter is which!


Worksheets

There are some basic worksheets for some extra practice!


Color by Code

Students can identify and distinguish between the b and d using these color by code worksheets!


If you are interested in checking out these activities, you can check them out HERE!


Groundhog Day Book and Activities for Kids

I don't know why, but I have always really enjoyed Groundhog's Day!  Maybe it's the hope of spring coming soon!  I'm in Ohio and I am always hoping for an early spring!  So, of course, I like to have a little fun with my students and do some groundhog activities!  You can check out these activities HERE or click on any picture!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

This book gives an introduction to what Groundhog's Day is and students get to make little puppets.  At the end of the book, there is a cutout that is the ground and the puppets can "pop out" of the ground with a shadow or without!

Groundhog's Day Prediction Charts

Even after teaching about Groundhog's Day year after year, I still need a little reminder about what happens when he sees his shadow and when he doesn't!  I have these anchor charts for FREE!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

Groundhog's Day Graphing

I like to do a little predicting the day before Groundhog's Day!  It gets the kids excited and eager about learning about Groundhog's Day the following day!  The kids make their prediction "secretly" and then give me the ballots.  We open them one by one and graph the results together!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

Sing a Song, Make a Hat, and do a Word Search!


These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

True/False Game

I like to teach them some facts about Groundhogs!  Here is a fun little true/false game you can play!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.

Directed Drawing

After we've learned some facts, we do a directed drawing of a groundhog and then write something we learned about groundhogs! It is so much fun!

These Groundhog's Day activities and printables are perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classroom.  Students learn facts about groundhogs while doing other fun activities.  There is also a directed drawing, hat craft, word search, graphing, and student book.
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