Free Printable Community Helper Word Cards

community helper word cards

These FREE printable Community Helper Word Cards are a fabulous way to enhance your print-rich environment; they’re just waiting to be displayed on your word walls and in your writing centers! Just print, laminate (for heavy use), and cut. Depending on your grade (pre-k, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) and where your students are at developmentally, these cards can be used for:

– Letter recognition
– Beginning letter sounds
– Writing practice
– Drawing practice
– Spelling/reading practice
– Creative writing
– Journal writing
– Sight words

ITEMS INCLUDED:

– Community Helper Word Cards – Rectangle (24)
– Community Helper Word Cards – Square (24)

Helpers featured in this freebie are astronaut, baker, coach, crossing guard, construction worker, dentist, detective, doctor, farmer, firefighter, gardener, janitor, librarian, lifeguard, mail carrier, military, nurse, painter, plumber, police officer, reporter, teacher, trash collector, and veterinarian.

Note: For more helper fun, be sure to check out my Community Helpers Math and Literacy pack!

download Get these Community Helper Word Cards here.



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Turkey Feather Counting Activity

turkey feather counting activity

Let’s have some fun and count Mr. Turkey’s feathers. This colorful magnet tray activity is an inviting way for children to exhibit number sense.

Have children choose a wattle and identify it’s number (younger students may need help). Then prompt them to place the wattle and the corresponding number of feathers on Mr. Turkey. Instruct students to use one-to-one correspondence as they place their feathers on the bird; as they pick up each feather, they should say its number name.

Additionally, this activity may be used to reinforce color recognition.

I hope you find this counting exercise to be a useful addition to your fall curriculum.

MATERIALS USED: 

– A metal tray
– Craft button magnets (glue to back of the turkey)
– Feathers
– Our printable turkey and numbered wattles
– Googly eyes
– Tacky glue



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Feed the Squirrels Counting Activity

feed the squirrels counting activity
Every year I like to take my class out for a nature walk to observe the signs of fall. On these walks, we often come across a busy squirrel or two. This provides the perfect teaching opportunity about why squirrels gather and store nuts and seeds for the approaching winter. To extend this lesson I developed this entertaining counting game which teaches number sense.

Line the squirrels up in a row, and provide the children with a pile of acorns. Then instruct them to place the correct number of acorns (the amount that corresponds to the number on the squirrel’s tail) in the cup. As children pick up and place each acorn, have them state the correct number. In doing so, they will strengthen their one-to one-correspondence skills. When all the acorns have been correctly placed, ask the students if they would like to count all the squirrels. This will increase their ability to count to 10 in an accurate sequence.

feed the squirrels counting activity

This game also helps to strengthen fine motor skills. As an added challenge, tweezers and tongs can be used to pick up the acorns.

I have found this activity to be very popular with the majority of my class. I hope that you find that your students enjoy it as well.

MATERIALS USED:

– Cardstock
– Plastic cups
Our numbered squirrels
Googly eyes
– Bird seed (filler for cups)
– Stapler
Faux acorns
– Tweezers and tongs (if desired)



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