Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Snowman Glyph

More than just a craft, this Snowman Glyph will get students responding to questions, following directions, and sharing opinions about themselves.

As a kindergarten teacher, I know the difficulties of completing a multi-step craft that involves many pieces and parts.  That's exactly why I designed this glyph - NO MORE MAKING THE KIDS WAIT(which turns into chaos) while you pass out pieces in between questions!  EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS INCLUDED, and the students' template packet is in the order in which you will present the "listen and respond" tasks.
Download, print, and follow the simple prep directions.  Each student gets a stapled packet, scissors, crayons, and glue.  If you're slightly OCD, like myself, then I suggest keeping a trashcan nearby.  You'll want them to thrown away the scraps as you progress from page to page.  It helps keep everyone stay on track, and prevents them from losing their materials.
After building the snowman body, students will color, cut, and glue the eyes, nose, and scarf, and draw the mouth.  The color and placement of these attributes will answer whether they are a boy/girl, if they like carrots, if they like to play in the snow, and what color eyes they have. 

The next page in the packet has the mittens, arms, and buttons.  Now, you will be able to see what the student's favorite color, and how old they are.  Some of my students colored their mittens different colors, because they couldn't decide which one is their favorite.  As long as they can explain that - I'm ok with different colored mittens :)

Can you tell what my favorite color is?  
The last attribute is the snowman's hat.  There are two hat templates to choose from - striped and  polka dots.  Striped hats are for those who've built a snowman; Polka dot hats are for those who have not built a snowman. 
Living in northeast Ohio, I was surprised to see nearly half of my class had not yet built a snowman! I sure's a Winter tradition for my family!  

 You can download this Snowman Glyph activity HERE.

Here's just a few of the feedback reviews for this resource...

Melissa M:     "This is a great product!! It is not too difficult for kindergarteners to do and does not require a ton of prep work ahead of the actual project. I am excited to be doing this winter project with my class. Thank you for sharing!!!"

Rachel C:       "Looking forward to using this our week back from break! A GREAT activity to kick-off more winter studies, and get back "in the groove" with some FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS work!! Thanks for this~

Anne D:         "Really cute! Prefect back to school craft to practice following directions!"

Jonathon H:    "Thanks for taking the time to put this together. It came to great use this school year."

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