October 23, 2017

Using Themed Cut-outs in the Classroom Makes Learning Exciting

Leaf and Acorn Cut-outs

I am always looking for ways to integrate seasonal fun to the classroom.  I love these leaves and acorns giant cutouts that Carson Dellosa sent me to try out.  They are colorful, a good size and very sturdy.  I can use them for so many things in the classroom.
Carson Dellosa Leaves and Acorn Cut-outs for themed Literacy Centers and Math Stations.

               Carson Dellosa Leaves Acorns Cut-Outs

Math Facts or Vocabulary Word Cards

Punch a hole in the corner of the cut-outs. Then print out and glue math facts or vocabulary words onto the cutouts.  After putting the cutouts through a binder ring, they are easy to carry around for students to practice their facts and words.

Sensory Table High Frequency Words

Since we just opened our sensory table this week, I had another idea that the students ended up really loving.  I believe it is so important to integrate fine motor skills into lessons. Strengthening the muscles in the hand and fingers can help students cut with scissors, hold a pencil correctly, button in self-care and improve handwriting.

I printed out and glued this week's two high frequency words onto the cut-outs.  Then I filled our sensory table with shredded paper (actually from my own paper shredder - a win-win)

Carson Dellosa Leaves and Acorn Cut-outs for themed Literacy Centers and Math Stations.

Students used plastic tweezers and chip clips to pick up the words they recognized.

Carson Dellosa Leaves and Acorn Cut-outs for themed Literacy Centers and Math Stations.

Students then graphed how many words they could recognize and say.
Carson Dellosa Leaves and Acorn Cut-outs for themed Literacy Centers and Math Stations.

Carson Dellosa Leaves and Acorn Cut-outs for themed Literacy Centers and Math Stations.

The children loved going to the sensory table.  I can not wait to change these Carson Dellosa fall cutouts to other seasons!

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