July 27, 2020

Let's Make a Pizza Busy Bag!

Busy bags have become hugely popular among parents and teachers of young children in recent years. "What are busy bags," you may be wondering? Busy bags are activities that can be slipped into a Ziploc bag and stored in a purse, diaper bag, glove compartment, or math center. They keep children busy while quietly engaging them in learning.

Parents love to give busy bags to their children while they are waiting for their food in a restaurant or sitting in the waiting room at a doctor's office. Teachers use busy bags in math centers to reinforce skills taught in class. In this blog post, you will learn how to make a simple, pizza busy bag out of felt. Enjoy!

Learn how to make a quick and easy busy bag pizza for young children.  All you need is some felt and an imagination!
(This is an updated version of a blog post I wrote in 2014.)

July 25, 2020

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten

One of the first reading comprehension skills students learn at the beginning of the school year is being able to describe the beginning, middle, and end of a story.  The main characters and the setting are introduced at the beginning of a story.  The biggest problem or decision that needs to be made is described in the middle of the story.  And the solution to the problem or the choice that was made occurs at the end of the story.  Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten (affiliate link to Amazon) is a favorite among students and teachers everywhere.  It is often read during the first week of school to calm the back-to-school jitters students often feel.  Read on to learn more about Splat the Cat and to find out how you can use it to teach beginning, middle, and end to your students.

Language arts lesson about story elements and beginning, middle, end of a story using Splat the Cat written and illustrated by Rob Scotten.
(This is an updated version of a blog post I wrote in 2014.)