Thursday, October 27, 2011

Five Friday Freebies - Week 22

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Now to the good stuff. This week's freebies are:

Freebie #1 -  The Giver:  Complete Unit of Engaging Activities by Middle School Teacher

Freebie #2 -   Sunflower Synonyms by Down Under Teacher

Freebie #3 -  Cursive Alphabet Chart by Ladybugs Teacher Files

Freebie #4 -   Gingerbread Center by Tara Ward

Freebie #5 -   Nouns and Verbs Match Up by First Grade Friends

Monday, October 24, 2011

Addition and Subtraction

As I was looking at things pinned at Pinterest I came across a link to some wonderful addition and subtraction strategies posters.

Since I follow this blog, I don't know how I missed this, but I had to share them with you.  They are from Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons.

Don't miss out on these as Mrs. Lemons has them saved into Google Documents so you can also have a copy.  How great is that!

Thanks Mrs. Lemons for sharing your resources.

Addition posters

Subtraction posters

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Trick or Treat! Everyone Gets A Treat!

Ana at Ingles360 is having a wonderful promotion at Ingles 360.  Everyone will get eight, yes I mean 8, free downloads from her wonderful products!

Be sure to visit her blog to learn the easy to follow directions in order to receive her wonderful products.

Thanks Ana for being so generous!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Reading a Triple Beam Balance

A teammate called me this week wanting to obtain a triple beam balance for her students to use.  Since they are in another part of storage, I was unable to help her at the moment.

I did however recommend that she use the tutorial with the projector to have them work as a class reading the scales.

The tutorial from Ohaus is great practice for students to learn to add and read the numbers used on a triple-beam balance.   (Click on triple beam)

I have used the tutorial on an interactive board as well as I have had my students practice individually on a singular computer.

My teammate told me later in the day her students LOVED the activity.

If you are teaching students on how to measure with a triple-beam balance this is a great tutorial!  One more thing, it is FREE!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Five Friday Freebies - Week 21

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Now to the good stuff. This week's freebies are:

Freebie #1 - Preschool Halloween Activity Pack by Susannah Jane-TeacherStation

Freebie #2 -   Noun Sort-Fall and Halloween by Holly Baker

Freebie #3 -  Halloween Deal or No Deal Science Quiz by Simon Perkin

Freebie #4 -   Word Wizards Book by Ladybugs Teacher Files

Freebie #5 -   Measuring Monsters by Karla Banks

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Preschoolers and the Caves at Lascaux

When I was teaching sixth grade Social Studies, my students were always mesmerized by the cave paintings in the book from Lascaux, France.  To go with this section I had my students "tell" a story with "cave paintings."  They would write a short story, then have to tell it with pictures.

We opened up a paper grocery bag and they used a charcoal briquette as their drawing utensil.  The next day each group wrote what they thought the story was.

I am bringing this up because it was a great activity, but also because I have came across an article with a video and some resources I think my students would have thoroughly enjoyed and I learned some new things additionally!  See how preschoolers and this ancient cave may be related by clicking on the image below.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Stop Bullying Campaign

Most of us deal with students being bullied every day.  How sad?

Stop Bullying has some short webisodes that are cartoons to help address this situation.  There are 12 different episodes for different types of bullying.  Each cartoon is about 2 minutes long.

Watch the Webisodes

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Writing Captions

Need some creative writing ideas to help your students.  Writing captions is harder than you think.  They  have to be short and express creativity. Scholastic News has a section in their website that allows students to write and submit a caption for a picture each week.  Below is the picture for this week.

I was thinking this would be a great weekly activity for the classroom. Print the picture and have your students come up with the caption. They could work in groups or individually.   Have them vote on the best two and you submit those.  That way everyone is sharing ideas and trying to come up with the best.  The next week you can see which captions were chosen.  

This Week's Picture

All students can submit a caption they came up with, but I think the sharing and explaining would help some of us "less creative" individuals. I also am thinking of some of my past students who would just submit anything so they could say they did and would have benefited by the sharing, etc.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Humming For Groups

Yesterday I heard a little one humming a song a song and I thought of a grouping activity I haven't used in a while.  I thought I would share it with you as well.

Write on index cards the names of several different tunes your children would know and can hum.  (My students don't know the tunes so I usually have to teach them the tunes.)  You will need one tune for each group.
Examples:  Row, Row Your Boat,  Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc.

Each child draws a card from the group and doesn't tell anyone what tune they have.

When you say go, everyone starts humming their tune and walking around the room trying to locate the other people in their group humming the same tune.  There is no talking and they are NOT allowed to show anyone the card.  When everyone has been "Found" they go to a location on the edge of the room away from the others and hum their song loudly, then stand silently.  (I usually tell them how many people make up a group ahead of time so they will know how many people to find.)

When the last group has gone to a location and the room is now silent, I pick up the cards.  I now have groups for the activity that we are doing.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A "Spooktacular Collection" of Holiday Freebies--Week 20

Welcome to a "Spooktacular Collection" of Freebies this week!  This week I am bringing you freebies from various sources and levels for a great Halloween season!  I hope you don't get "too scared" while downloading  all these freebies.  

(If you are not a TN member, membership is FREE. Here is a link to register so you will be able to download. Teacher Notebook Registration  Click on log in or register )

Now to the good stuff. This week's freebies are:

Freebie #1 -   Halloween Word Search Activity and Writing Prompts by Tracee Orman

Freebie #2 -  Halloween Would You Rather Questions for Kids by Rachel Lynette

Freebie #3 -  Halloween Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Sort by Michelle Walker

Freebie #4 -  Pumpkin Ten Frame Cards by Kreative in Kinder

Freebie #5 -  Halloween Costume Descriptive Writing Prompt Handout by Ann Marie Smith

Freebie #6 - Halloween Haunting:  Developing Alphabet Letter Naming Fluency by Kindergarten Kiosk

Freebie #7 - Halloween Count Cards 1-20 by Preschool-Printable

Freebie #8 - Boo Bump Halloween Math Game (Addition) by SunnyDays

Freebie #9 - Halloween Brain Teaser with Double Double Letters by Margaret Whisnant

Freebie #10 - Candy Corn Roll and Remove by Melanie Bowers

Freebie #11 - Yum!  Candy Corn Fact Families by Primary Grafetti

Freebie #12 - Over in the Pumpkin Patch Counting Mats by Little Miss Kindergarten

Freebie #13 - Halloween Fact Family and Noun Sorting by DeAnne Davis

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Adjectives Ideas and a Freebie

Looking for some cute activities for your students to do while learning about adjectives?  

Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons has activities to reinforce the study of adjectives.  

She has five activities, a great poster, and a set of sorting sentences to download for free!

Thanks Mrs. Lemons for sharing these wonderful resources.  Don't miss out on these adorable activities!  My favorites are the Frankenstein's and the Witch's Legs!  Then again, the scarecrow is really cute too!

I Heart Your Blog Award Received

I would like to thank A Teacher's Treasure for awarding Vintage Teacher the I Heart Your Blog Award!  It is always a treat to be recognized by your blogging friends!  To see the list of blogs I nominated, click on the award below.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's PIGometry Baby!

I just had to share this PIGometry idea from Quench Your First blog in their study of 2D shapes.  I also pinned it on my Pinterest board. They made their pigs then wrote about them.  More details on the specifics are available at Quench Your First blog.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Page Corner Bookmarks

I stumbled on these page corner bookmarks.  What a great activity or maybe they could be made and given as "prizes" for special readers, etc. To get the directions, go to I Can Make That for directions or click on the bookmarks below.

There are directions to make your own template and a pdf with a template available.  

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Holly Bloggy Christmas

If you are looking for a fun Christmas project for yourself and additionally be helping others, be sure to visit Kindergarten Korner and join in on their Holly Bloggy Christmas project.

Holly Bloggy Christmas is a Christmas gift exchange for members of the teaching blogging community.  Participants will receive a gift from another teacher blogger AND a virtual stocking full of teacher resources from sponsors!  It is free to participate but sponsorship options are available and all donations will go to support TOYS FOR TOTS.

To learn more details visit Kindergarten Korner!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Five Friday Freebies - Week 19

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Now to the good stuff. This week's freebies are:

Freebie #1 -   Monster Dice Game by Kreative-in-Kinder

Freebie #2 -  Trick or Treat - Odd & Even Numbers by The Bubbly Blonde Teacher

Freebie #3 -   Planet Hop Board Game oi/oy Sounds by Down Under Teacher

Freebie #4 -   Boggle Letters by Carries-Creations

Freebie #5 -  Word Family Game - ill, -all, -ell by Flip Flop teach

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Riddle Me

Do you use riddles to help your students think at a higher level or maybe just to make them smile.  (I am awful at riddles, does that mean I can't think at a higher level?)

The idea at Education World was to make a bingo cards with just the answers then play giving the riddle as the call out.  Maybe a fun party game for the Halloween party?   What do you think?

Here are some riddles I found at Education World:

Riddle Question: What is a ghosts favorite ride at an amusement park?
Riddle Answer: The roller ghoster.

Riddle Question: Where does a fish keep its money?
Riddle Answer: In a riverbank.

Riddle Question: What kind of car does an electrician drive?
Riddle Answer: A volts-wagon.

Riddle Question: Why did the woman wear a helmet at the dinner table?
Riddle Answer: She was on a crash diet.

Riddle Question: What is the difference between here and there?
Riddle Answer: The letter t.

Riddle Question: Which city has no people?
Riddle Answer: Electri-city!

Riddle Question: What does a duck wear when it gets married?
Riddle Answer: A duck-cedo.

Riddle Question: What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
Riddle Answer: A towel.

Riddle Question: Which month is the best month for a parade?
Riddle Answer: March.

Riddle Question: What has a foot on each side and another one in the middle?
Riddle Answer: A yardstick.

Riddle Question: Why is Alabama the smartest state in the U.S.A.?
Riddle Answer: It has 4 As and 1 B.

Riddle Question: What do you see twice in a week, once in a year, but never in a day?
Riddle Answer: The letter e.

Riddle Question: Which bone keeps getting longer and shorter?
Riddle Answer: A trombone.

Riddle Question: What did one potato chip say to another?
Riddle Answer: Lets go for a dip.

Riddle Question: What kind of coat only gets put on when its wet?
Riddle Answer: A coat of paint.

Riddle Question: What do you call a deer with no eyes?
Riddle Answer: No eye deer."

Riddle Question: What building has the most stories?
Riddle Answer: A library.

Riddle Question: Where does Friday come before Thursday?
Riddle Answer: In a dictionary.

Riddle Question: What are two things you cant eat for supper?
Riddle Answer: Breakfast and lunch.

Riddle Question: What has just two words but thousands of letters?
Riddle Answer: A post office.

Riddle Question: What runs around your house but never moves?
Riddle Answer: A fence.

Riddle Question: Why did the silly gardener plant a light bulb?
Riddle Answer: He wanted to grow a power plant.

Riddle Question: Why did the cookie go to the doctor?
Riddle Answer: He was feeling crummy.

Riddle Question: What is a cannibals favorite game?
Riddle Answer: Swallow the leader.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Earth Science Link Up

"Earth Science Week" 
Linky Party

Earth Science Week is October 9-15.

I thought I would host my first  linky party.  The topic is Earth Science.  Please link any resources that you feel might benefit teachers.  You can link blog posts, Internet resources you found helpful, etc.  Please link resources for all grade levels.

1.  If linking to a blog post please link directly to the post.
2.  All posts should deal with Earth Science.

If you don't have a blog, you can still participate.  You can leave comments explaining your ideas and you can participate in the linky party by linking to resources you have found helpful!

Thanks for sharing your ideas and resources!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Catching Fish for Measurement Fun

Here is a link to a Early Math fun game for measuring fish and moving them to the correct tank based on their length.

After catching the fish, the player must "measure" the fish against the ruler and select the correct tank.

If your first or second graders need some practice with measurement, play Time to Move!

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