Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Check Out the Toppings On My Pizza: Foundational Fun

Who has seen those pizza pans from the Dollar Store or Walmart? Are they collecting dust? Well I decided to finally use them for an interactive activity that focused on sounds and letters. I am giving you simple directions for making your own quickly and easily. Just follow these directions and it will come together in less than an hour. 

Use wipe off markers to model writing the letter you are working on. It will erase very easily. I put the cards in a pocket chart so students can go over and pick one and place it where I tell them to. Use vocabulary like top, bottom, left, or right to build that academic vocabulary stressed in Common Core.

Look what I created for your students to use:
So I created this packet for your students starting kindergarten as you introduce the letters and sounds. You can even make this bad boy into a book and staple the pages together. I have used this in my classroom for many years and the kids love it. 
How would first grade teachers make use of this? Model it and have them do this independently. Need more of a challenge? Have them label their pictures. Any other ideas. These are crucial foundational skills for our students to practice and the kinesthetic piece builds their fine motor skills. 
Warning: Never take your eyes off of a five year old who has a pair of scissors. Why?
Hummm... I have had them cut their eyelashes, hair, someone else's hair or the brand new outfit their mom dressed them in that day. Am I the only teacher with that kid in her room? If you want this packet you can click here or on the picture and it will shoot you to my store.
If you like this idea I am making more of these for other skills. What do you think?


Mamalips said...

These look great! I can definitely use these with my TK kiddos! How about a set for numbers and they can match quantity? I would love that!

Fran Kramer said...

I have a number one I will put up for sale shortly.

Heather Lilac said...

Such a creative idea! We do a similar phonics activity that is part of our phonics curriculum, but it has never been as colorful and as fun as this. I'm looking forward to making this for my K classroom too!

Chelsea O'Neal said...

WOW!!! That is a Great idea!!

The Polished Teacher said...

You truly have such fabulous ideas! This one is so genius! I am so glad you jumped on the washi tape bandwagon! The design turned out fabulous!

The Polished Teacher

Jenny Banian said...

Wow! I love it! Thank you for sharing yet another brilliant idea with your fans ;).
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KinderKapers said...

Oh Fran....I LOVE these!

Terri Izatt

Fran Kramer said...

Dear Terri,
My kids love these cut and paste activities but I am always looking for ways to have them practice this with something they can manipulate. Magnetic cards are a big hit and the sound booklet is a great way to check for understanding. I want you to come to Vegas next year so I can meet you!

KinderMyles said...

I didn't realize you could find cookie/pizza sheets that cheap. And I love how nicely you decorated it with the four spaces.
It got me thinking...your pizza tray would work great for older students to work on vocabulary. They could write the word in the center and use magnetic pieces to match the word in a sentence, synonym, etc... Such a versatile idea. Thanks.

Grade School Giggles said...

Thank you for sharing another great idea. It turned out so cute and it serves a real purpose too. Love it!
Grade School Giggles