We celebrated Earth Day throughout the week and went on a field trip to the zoo. Our trip to the zoo started with a bus tour to get a snapshot of what we wanted to see. We were able to see more animals than ever before, because they were out due to the overcast weather. Some of our favorite zoo animals: The male lion was one of the first animals we saw. He sat there lounging the whole time we watched. At times, he even turned to look at us. The children who had never seen a real lion before were amazed! We had to see the elephants. The zoo has an “open enclosure,” so the public can see the “behind the scene” activities with the elephants.
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Email Shares 94 Not only is baking cookies a fun and delicious Christmas-themed activity, but Christmas cookies make for great literacy and math Christmas printable activities too! Plus, speaking of cookies — did you know that December 4th is National Cookie Day? You could do cookie activities, bake cookies, and even put some cookies into your math and language arts.
There are two language arts activities and two math activities.
Christmas Math Centers First Grade is the perfect December packet to engage your students in a variety of Christmas holiday themed math centers for first grade. The ten centers include sorting equations, addition, time to the hour, subtraction, 3 number addition, measurement, number order, word problems, graphing, and more!!
Did you know that our brain is actually programmed to see in borders?! The amazing Debbie Diller talks about this, too. I created these word wall header cards for these sweet teachers to use in their rooms…just click on the pic to download some for your classroom , too! Research shows that the uniformity helps our kids to process and retain information and the solid background colors that serve as a base for your word walls cut out any additional visual distractions.
I think minimal distractions are so important for our emergent readers! Each one of my babies gets one at the beginning of the year and then they add to it as the year goes on. You can use vis a vis markers to add words as the year progresses and if the word walls are still in good condition at the end of the year you can save them and reuse them next year, too! Just click on the pic! At the beginning of the year in Kindergarten, our babies struggle with handwriting…most of them, anyway.
I gradually release control as the year …and their handwriting…progresses. The first words that go on the word wall are our names. I usually start the year out with NO words on the wall. Then we add names after the first couple of days or so. This is an example of what that looks like….
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The matter unit is in full swing and we had so much fun today playing with properties of matter. I found this project on Pinterest last night, but forgot to “Pin It” I created the freebie for the hand and it’s on my Teacher’s Notebook Store I ran copies of the hand on many colors of paper and passed out pieces of sandpaper, waxed paper, cotton, beans, and macaroni.
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First, I want to start by saying thank you to all of you for the amazing ideas you post every day! And I want to apologize for not being around as of late. With simply being a substitute, the ideas aren’t exactly flowing out! I promise to get back in the swing of things soon. With that being said, I want to bring a very special program to your attention.
Especially at this time of the year. We are all privileged to be spending our holidays with our loved ones, where as there are many soldiers who are defending our freedom many miles away. As a way to say thank you to those who are serving, I am hosting an event called Operation Zipper Pouch. I am using any commission I make on the sales to purchase different items to stuff the pouches with. Then over the holiday break, a group of young girls and I will be stuffing the pouches and sending them overseas.
You are encouraged to include a note to the soldier, if you choose not to, I will add one. This is a great way to “adopt” a soldier for Christmas and teach your students about the true meaning of the season.
Mrs. Lirette’s Learning Detectives: Water Cycle: Activities, Resources, and a Freebie!
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I tell my kids to find their desks when they walk in the room. I want my parents to fill this out before heading home so that I have all this information on hand come the first day of school. I have a student information binder I keep next to my computer. I file these information sheets inside that student binder along with many other things!!! Next up on the checklist…. This is what I consider to be the single most important piece of information you need to get from your kids before they leave that night.
My biggest first day…uh, first week…fear is losing a child due to transportation confusion. A phone call home really helps to put my mind at ease. I like keeping the transportation arrangements on a pocket chart because it helps me…and the kids.. In addition to having a visual of the transportation arrangements, I also have my parents complete a school issued transportation sheet before leaving that night as well.
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I wanted to be a teacher my entire life. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to teach, and in all those years, there was this image in my head of sitting in a big ole rocking chair reading to my students while they hung on every word, eyes lit up with excitement and wonder, and smiles as wide as the room! Fast forward to the actual job of teaching, and often times, we see children sitting on the carpet for Story Time and that sparkle and curiosity is dim.
Not at all like in the idealistic pictures of my youth.
These Christmas themed math worksheets for elementary schoolers are 1st grade math level. Addition sums in double digits from 1 – Subtraction differences in single digits from 1 –
Grade Seven Math Games Another worksheet for practicing counting and reading numbers. This time, the child must match the printed number against the box with the correct number of circles. Good for grades kindy The Tangram Puzzle is a simple jigsaw puzzle that originated in China over years ago. Despite its apparent simplicity, there are a huge number of patterns the pieces can be arranged into.
This site has a Printable Tangram Puzzle for you to download and cut out. Good for grades kindy to 4 Dice of Destiny is two games in one! There’s a simple game Dice War for kindy or pre-K kids to learn counting, and the much more complicated battle game that it morphed into when I was play-testing Dice War with my pre-teen, not pre-K son.
All you need is some dice and for the complex game for older kids a pack of ordinary playing cards. Read the rules of Dice of Destiny here, and have a quick game now! Good for grades kindy to 7 Kindy Bingo has some printable 3×3 bingo cards, suitable for kids who know the numbers 1 through Each set of three numbers appears at most once in the set of cards.
Around the Clock Here is a center game to reinforce clock numeral placement. For each game board, glue a construction paper clock to a colored background. Label each of several chips in sets of 12 chips with numerals 1 –
The centers are: Writing Activity, 2 practice reading(one for guided readers they have been using in group and one for free choice or AR), a listening center with about 40 taped books available, working with words center and an optional activity center for theme, MAth, Sci,SS, or computers.
Friday, April 13, Making Words I have had a few emails on my making words lessons, and have sold a few on on TpT, but when my son came home with this: He really enjoyed it even though I think he was supposed to write an for number 5, but whatevs. What is making words? Making words is a hands-on approach using letter manipulatives so students can see how words are formed and spelled. I know with some making word activities, they give you a set of letters. You build 2 letter words, 3 letter words, and so forth.
My Making Words block is more detailed. For example, I would give them a sheet of letters with a place to record practicing handwriting as well , something like the picture below.