15 December 2016

Free New Year's Writing Craft

Writing is something that so many students have a hard time getting excited about, so I love using activities that get them engaged! These cute writing crafts are not only a great way to encourage writing, but they are also great for decorating your classroom!

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This download includes a boy and girl character with multiple prompts to choose from, and also blank templates so your students can write about anything you choose!

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07 December 2016

Free Christmas ABC Order Printable

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I'm joining my friends at the Elementary Entourage to bring you some gifts for Christmas! 

This cute ABC order printable comes in 2 versions - with pictures to support beginning readers, or without. Students cut, order, and glue the Christmas words in the boxes- simple & fun!

 For an extension activity you can have the students use some of the words in a sentence on the back.

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18 November 2016

Free Christmas Dot Marker Picture Activities

We love using dot markers! They are so great for a variety of ages, and the best part is....less mess! I've pulled out 4 activities (2 sight words, 1 numbers, 1 alphabet) from my sets of Dot Marker Mystery Pictures and put them together in this free Christmas download for you and your kids to enjoy!

If you don't have dot markers, you can certainly just use regular markers or crayons. 

If you'd like to get some dot markers, our favorite are the Do-A-Dot Art packs that you can find HERE

I like having the different packs so we can have more variety of colors (like pink and brown).

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20 October 2016

CVC Reading Activities - Free Download

I needed some fun new activities for beginning readers to practice CVC words, so I created this pack called, "Let's Read with CVC." In it are three different activities that are fun for little learners to review and gain confidence with reading CVC words. These could be used in a literacy center, small group learning, or even a morning warm-up!

Cut, sort, and glue real vs silly CVC words:

Read the sentences and color the one that matches the picture:

And cut, sort, and glue sentences into yes and no columns:

You can try out a sample page by clicking HERE or the picture below. See how successful your little readers can be!


13 October 2016

Free Frankenstein Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture

I'm so excited to share with you this new freebie! This cute Frankenstein mystery picture is created by using the key and coloring in the squares on the hundreds chart. Get the free download HERE! 

27 September 2016

CVC Close Reading

Close reading is such an important skill for students to learn, that I like to introduce the concept as soon as possible after students begin to read. Going back to the text to show where information is found is something that even beginning readers can master, with a little practice!

I have created a new set of close reading passages that focus on CVC words, so emerging readers to begin to learn about finding text evidence to support their answers.

Click HERE to subscribe to my newsletter and get this passage for FREE! Try it out and see how successful your students can be. It covers so many skills at once, and your kids will love it!

02 September 2016

Apples - Roll, Add, & Color

My 4 year old is learning about numbers and counting, so I'm always looking for fun, yet simple activities for her to practice! I created these apple themed Roll, Add, & Color sheets for her and my 1st grader to both get some practice with counting and adding.

They love any activity where they can use dice, and we especially love using the jumbo foam dice.

Click HERE or the pictures below to get access to these fun pages!

Two versions are included, so you can choose which works best for your students.

06 August 2016

Free First Day of School Printables

On the first day of school, things can be pretty chaotic! You have a class of new students who are coming in with a range of emotions and a backpack full of supplies that need to be organized, all while chatting with parents and trying to help the kids find their place and get settled. 

I love having fun, independent activities that students can start working on right away at their desks. Not only does it keep the classroom calm and quiet, but it also can settle the students' nerves as they adjust to a classroom setting again after summer break. Here are some of my favorite first day activities that are great for a variety of grade levels! 

1) Read & Find - This is my newest freebie I created. Students will read the words, then find and color in the pictures. There is also a bonus activity for students to write down their own words and have a partner find the pictures - great for getting to know their classmates! 

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2. Play-Doh

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Give each student a small container of play-doh and let them play with it at their desk. You can give them some instructions such as, "Create something that can tell us about your summer," or just let them play freely. It's such a great way to get out some nervous energy and get their hand muscles moving!

3. Finish the Picture - This fun freebie lets your students doodle and get creative right from the start! Put a copy on each desk with a sharpened pencil so they can get right to work when they arrive.

What are your favorite activities for students when they arrive on the first day? Leave a comment and let us know!

21 July 2016

How to Teach Skip Counting - Ideas & Activities

Skip counting is such an important skill to teach your little ones. It helps with number sense, patterns, telling time, estimation, and multiplication! Here are some ideas and activities for practicing skip counting!

1. Use a blank hundreds chart and dot markers. Dot by 2's, 5's, or whatever number you are working on! You can also make a reusable version by putting it in a plastic sheet protector and using dry erase markers. 

2. Skip count out loud with a partner or group. Use 2 people to count by twos. One person will start and whisper or mouth "one". The next person says "two". Keep going so that the even numbers are heard but the odd numbers are not. Then the partners can switch so the other person says the even numbers. Try with 3 people to count by threes. This time the first two people mouth "one", "two", and the third person says "three!" Keep going the same way so the multiples of 3 are spoken aloud. Try it with any number by using the same amount of people as the number you are counting by. 

3. FREE practice pages - This is a set of 6 pages that I created to help practice counting by twos and fives. 

4. Skip Counting Dot to Dots - www.MathWorksheets4Kids.com has a ton of skip counting dot to dot puzzles like this one.

5. Popsicle Sticks Math Center - Read my post HERE about this fun activity that can be used to practice skip counting with any number!

12 July 2016

First & Last Day of School Posters

Are you looking for a poster for your kids or students for the first and last days of school? I made these cute printables that you can take photos of your kids with, or just have them fill out and take home for a keepsake.

 I've made 3 versions (black and white, color, chalkboard) for Pre-K through 5th grade for the first day of school, and more for the last day of school.

First & Last Day of School Posters

First & Last Day of School Posters

Click HERE to get the download with all the versions to choose from!!

21 May 2016

End of the Year Activity - Class Scavenger Hunt

Here's another fun idea for the last week of school. Let the kids go on a class scavenger hunt! They will walk around the class, ask each other questions, and find out who can fit in each square. It's a fun way for students to be active and engaged! Grab the free download in my online store HERE!

End of the Year Activity - Class Scavenger Hunt

16 May 2016

Free Summer Mystery Picture Math Activities

The last week (or month) of school can be so difficult! It can be tough to keep the kids' attention and get any learning done at all! I love using fun and engaging activities that kids enjoy, but still provide some educational value.

I've compiled a set of some of my best selling mystery pictures for you to try for FREE! I have gotten so much good feedback from teachers who have used these in their classrooms. With these fun summer activities, your students won't even know they are learning! Click HERE to get the free download!

Free Summer Mystery Pictures Math Activites

14 May 2016

Father's Day: Two FREE Printable Activities

I had some requests to make a Father's Day activity similar to the Mother's Day activity that I posted recently. So, here it is!
Free Father's Day Activity
I also just posted a Father's Day Free Tie Craftivity in my TpT store. With these two activities - you are set for Father's Day!
Free Father's Day Tie Craft Activity


08 May 2016

Ten Apples Up On Top: Number Words Activity

This week with my kindergartener, we are focusing on number words. One of my favorite books to go along with this concept is Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss. It is such a cute book, and perfect for emerging readers!

I made this page for her to complete after reading the book:

She read the number words at the bottom, then made the correct number of "apples" on top using dot markers (bingo daubers). You can also just use crayons to draw circles if you don't have the dot markers. Other ideas: for a literacy center, you can put it in a plastic page protector and have students use white board markers to draw the apples, then wipe them off for the next students. You could also just have students use manipulatives like bingo chips.

You can download the page HERE if you'd like to use it with your kids!


You can get the book here: Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss 

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24 April 2016

Fun Mother's Day Writing Activity & Craft Ideas

Getting my kids to enjoy writing can be a challenge. Anytime we can do a fun activity that includes writing practice, I consider it a win!
This cute Mother's Day page is a fun way to get kids writing, and it usually ends up being a great keepsake. Older kids can write their own answers in. Young kids can dictate their answers and have someone write their answers for them.
You can get this free activity HERE!

If you also want to make a cute craft for Mother's Day but don't want to deal with finger paints, (because let's face it, those handprint activities are cute, but can be a big mess, especially if you have a whole class full of kiddos!) here are some great ideas.

Put hearts on the wall and take pictures of each kid in this position, like they are blowing kisses.

Cupcake Liner Flower from I Heart Crafty Things

Salt Dough Fingerprint Flowers - Meaningful Mama
Salt Dough Fingerprint Flowers from www.meaningfulmama.com

10 April 2016

How to Get Kids to Love Poetry

April is National Poetry Month!  Poetry can be fun for kids to read, but scary when it comes time to write it on their own. Here are some tips and ideas to help kids look forward to and enjoy writing poetry!

1. Read poetry to them. Not just during National Poetry Month, but all year long. The more exposure kids have to different kinds of poetry, the more comfortable they will be with it. Consider having a "Poem of the Week" and make it a part of your routine as morning work or in a literacy center.

2. Give them a chance to respond. How did the poem make them feel? Which parts did they like or not like? Let them learn how to express their opinions about something and give reasons why.

3. Model how to write poetry, and practice composing poems together as a class.

4. Let them write about what interests them. Every kid is an expert on something, even if it's the latest video game or TV show. Have them write poems about a character, or how they feel while playing a certain game. Find out what evokes emotion in them, and let them write about that.

5. Brainstorm before you start. Have students think about their topic and write down nouns, adjectives, and verbs that describe the topic. This will give them a great reference to look at while they are composing and they will be less likely to feel "stuck."

6. Celebrate each other. It can be vulnerable to write poetry and share it with others. Be sure to create an atmosphere that is encouraging and supportive when students are writing and sharing poetry.

Try this free activity from my Poetry Unit: Finding Text Evidence & Writing Poetry. It is a power packed activity, full of fun and learning. Students will read about a type of poetry (cinquain), read an example, answer a few questions, citing text evidence to support their answers, and use the prompt to create their own poem!

The free download can be found HERE or by clicking on the pictures below.


Poetry is an important part of every culture, and it's our job to encourage a love of reading it and writing it in our classrooms!

05 April 2016

Invitation to Play

I have recently started setting up an "Invitation to Play" in the afternoon for the kids. These are tubs of materials that they can explore, imagine, and create with. While the younger ones definitely get more excited about it, my 8 year old son still enjoys playing once he gets into it!

Here are a couple we have done this week: Creating flowers with playdoh, beads, and construction paper. You could also use pipe cleaners and fake leaves, but we didn't have any, so we just used the paper.

Another day we played with our plastic eggs. I put some in a tub with different noodle shapes, and some in a different tub with some kinetic sand. 

I'm so excited to come up with more of these ideas. I'm going to try and incorporate some STEM and problem solving activities as well. Could you use ideas like these in your classroom? I think it would be great to try!

23 March 2016

8 Fun Spelling Word Activities (Word Work)

This year instead of doing the same old weekly spelling words with a test on Friday, we changed things up a bit. We still have a list of words for the week, but we are finding ways to make it more fun and meaningful.

Here are some of our favorite activities that will work with any list of words!

1) Dice Roll - Grab some dice and have fun with this spelling word roll activity! You can grab the free download to use for some fun practice! There are 2 versions, so you can choose which works best for your students.
2) Spelling Apps - Of course anytime kids get to use technology to practice something, it automatically becomes more fun! But computer games and iPad apps are also great for word work because it gives students practice with keyboarding skills as well! We use an app called The Spelling Bee on the iPad. You can type in your own words to use, and there are different activities for students to complete and earn badges. There are many other apps as well that are great, but this is the only one we have actually bought and used.

3) Word Search - Find an online word search maker and make one using your weekly words! There are many sites you can do this, but I like this one from A to Z Teacher Stuff.
4) Students Make Word Search - This is a new favorite of my kids! I give them a template and they create a word search from their list of words! You can then have partners complete each other's word searches. I love that this activity not only gives them practice writing the words, but they also have to plan out and strategize how to fit all the words in the spaces. You can create your own template, or use this free one from Mel D - Seusstastic. It's included in a pack with some other great freebies as well.
5) Alphabetize - This gets your kids reading the words, but also working on ABC order at the same time. To make this more fun, I use a page like this so the kids can cut and paste instead of just write. I have the template in power point and each week I just change the words and print it out! The students can cut out the words and glue them on the left side. This week we were learning about rocks and minerals in science, so I picked words that the kids would be seeing a lot anyway. Just another way to make the word list more meaningful. Instead of cut and paste, you could also write the words on popsicle sticks for the kids to line up in ABC order.
6) Charades - Play charades and have students act out words. If someone wants to guess, they must spell the word instead of just say it.
7) Magazine Cut Out - Have students find the words in old magazines, cut them out, then glue them on a separate paper. If the word cannot be found, they can cut out letters to make the word!
8) White Boards - Have students write words on an individual whiteboard. You can do this as a whole class activity, or have students partner up and have one student be the teacher, calling out words while the other writes them down. 
If you don't have whiteboards for each student, here is an easy hack: use paper inside a plastic sheet protector, then use a sock as an eraser!
I hope you can implement some of these ideas to make spelling words more meaningful for your kiddos!