Monday, January 9, 2012

Verbs, a great book and a silly craftivity

For whatever reason, this became the perfect time to teach verbs. It was one of those times when it just happened naturally at first. Love when that happens! I read this cute book called Ten on a Sled by Kim Norman. My kids loved the rhyming, alliteration, repetitive language, and great illustrations. But what stood out was the verbs! To give a little background, 10 animals are all on a sled. One by one, each animal falls off the sled. To describe how they fall off the author uses alliteration and creative verbs (the walrus whirled off). Of course this was the best time to introduce verbs!

So I made a quick anchor chart (nothing fancy) and we went back to identify the verbs that went with each animal. One of my brilliant kiddos shouts out "but Stella slid off!" Hold up now! Great idea right? We put all our names on chart paper, then together thought of verbs that would go with our names if we were in the story. I was so impressed and they were so excited.

Next came the craftivity. Keep in mind I am nobody's artistic hero. I can barely not cut a straight line to save my life! But if I expect my firsties to try new things, I should at least face my crafting fears right? So here goes...  (where is the fabulously talented Jennifer from First Grade Blues Skies when you need her)

The top of the bulletin board will read: 
There were 21 on the sled and the teacher said, 
(the real version says, "There were 10 on the sled and the caribou said...")
You could add snow falling with white crayon for background.

This is my 2 1/2 year-old's head that I used for a sample. Ha! I literally laughed out loud at myself when I saw the finished product, but I know my students will love doing this activity, especially with their special verbs. :)  I'll have a parent precut the pieces probably and then have the kids put it together. Then they'll fill in the bottom with their name and their verb.

I'll post pictures of the students' work when we're all done. Any tips from you crafty folks would be much appreciated. :) If you want this craft as a download, click here. 

You could also have kids make their own version with animals of their choice and they could also choose the verbs to go with that. I may do that and post later...


  1. So cute! I would love a copy of the activitiy.


  2. Well, I think you did a fantastic job!! You should post it fr sure!!! =) you have found your inner craftivist!! lol
    First Grade Blue SKies

  3. That's hilarious (in a totally good way). I love your idea and I'm going to check my library right now for that book. Thanks!
    Grade ONEderful

  4. Cute blog!! Thanks for sharing this post!!!


  5. Thanks for the support everyone! :) I'll be posting it tomorrow, along with pictures of the student-made ones. They are pretty cute!

  6. I would love if you could send me this activity!

  7. I would love a copy of this activitiy We are just starting verbs.

  8. Hi Jennifer. This craft is adorable, and I am sure the kids loved it. Fun how you incorporated the words. I am the illustrator of Ten on the Sled, and love to see people using this book with kids in new and different ways. You can take a look at what I did at a presentation at my local library here:
    Keep up the great work!

  9. This is so clever, Jennifer! I'm the author of the book and am delighted to see that you found it useful in your classroom. Teachers are my heroes! I love how you go the extra mile for your students. Do you mind if I post a link to this blog post on my website, on my teacher activities page?
    Kim Norman

  10. Wow! I'd be so honored if you'd post a link on your website. I love your boos and can't wait to read more of your books and books with Liza's illustrations. Thanks so much for the nice comment (but my name is actually Sarah, not Jennifer:) ) Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I'll have to check out your website. My students will be so excited!

    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  11. Just in case you missed it, I posted the tracers here:

  12. Wonderful, thanks, Sarah. (I wonder where Liza and I got Jennifer? That's the name of my agent so...) Haha! I've got a couple of busy days of school visits, but will add the link sometime this week. Love your work!

    Kim Norman

  13. Holy good gracious! This has GOT to be the cutest thing I've ever seen!!! AWESOME idea!!! Love, love, LOVE!!!! Pinning this right now!! Thanks for sharing!!! LOVE IT!

    Cara :)
    The First Grade Parade

  14. Thanks for the really cute idea! I bought the book because I loved it and knew that my students would too...but I just wasn't sure what to do! Thanks for being "barely" able to cute a straight line! You seems pretty creative to this over-crafted 1st grade teacher! ;0}

  15. Do you have the 21 on a sled as a download? I would love to have it. How cute!!

  16. I would love a copy of this activity for next year. Its so cute!

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