Category : Handouts

Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables

Sometimes it’s great to get a little picture into your students’ mind and see how they are doing on various aspects of a certain subject. My Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables give you that picture while allowing students to enjoy Halloween at the same time. These printables come in black and white and color, so there are options for you. You can use the colored versions for centers. You can use the black and white versions for homework, bell work or for sub folders.

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Students can color the black and white graphics if they want to add a little pizazz to their work. Also, answer sheets are included so your students can grade their own work if you are running out of time. This is also handy for subs in case they aren’t use to teaching this particular subject.

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These are availabe in kindergarten through 5th grade all aligned with the common core.

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For more information on my Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables click here: Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables.

Promoting Halloween Writing

My daughter used to love to write. But, something happened along the way and now she’s not loving writing so much lately. I came up with a quick little page to help her not only write, but express her opinions about Halloween. It’s quick and easy and useful for days when you don’t have much time, but you want to get your students writing.

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My Halloween Fun Frames are great for a wide range of students and ability levels. They can write as little or as much as they’d like or as you’d like them to write.

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For more information about my Halloween Fun Frames, click here: Halloween Fun Frames

Cut and Paste Printables

As a child I always liked to cut and paste. I just felt like it was my job, like I was doing something important. I think all kids feel this way to some degree and the best part is it is interactive. Having an interactive activity helps them from remembering that they are learning and practicing something they have learned.

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My new series of cut and paste printables help students to become involved in their own education! One great thing is that they are very easy for teachers to use, you just print and hand out to your students and they do the rest!

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Maybe they have a little extra time, then they can color the black and white graphics that are on these worksheets. But, there is no need as the graphics, borders and fonts are fun enough for children, but not too busy to take away from learning.

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I have these worksheets for grammar skills, as well as math skills! Let me know if there is any particular ones you are looking for and I’ll be glad to make them for you.

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Students love these as much as teachers, low stress equals easy learning.

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Take a look at all of my cut and paste printables here: Cut and Paste Printables
I hope you are all having a great school year! I know we are. 🙂

Earth Day coloring page

A cottage in northern Ontario at dawnIt is April, and Earth Day is coming up! Earth Day is one of my favorite days, as I am a big fan of the natural world. Earth Day is a great day to get with your kids and explain to them why it is important to care for our amazing planet, and to discuss the things we can do to make life better for all living creatures here on Earth.

Here is a coloring page that you can use in your classroom to celebrate the day! And if you’re looking for products to use in your classroom for Earth Day, please be sure to check out our online store. Have a wonderful month of April!

Valentine’s Day poem and writing activity

Valentine's DayA while back I posted a writing activity for the wintertime, including a winter poem. Today, I’m doing the same thing for Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is a day for love and caring – not just for couples, but for friends, family, and relatives as well. So I wrote this poem for you to use in your classroom or with your homeschool group. It’s not a very deep poem – just a few stanzas about celebrating Valentine’s Day in February, and keeping the caring going throughout the year.

After you’ve read the poem in class, or had your students read the poem, there is a short writing activity for them to complete. Using this writing activity, your students can analyze the poem and discuss how they felt about it. You can also have them write their own Valentine’s Day poems as an additional activity.

Valentine’s Day Close Reading

Valentine's Day Close Reading

If you’re interested in more fun reading activities for your classroom, I’ve created a Valentine’s Day Close Reading packet, with reading passages and activities for your kids to complete in class. If you check it out, be sure to let me know what you think! I always appreciate the feedback.

I hope you have a wonderful month of February, and a terrific Valentine’s Day!

Celebrate diversity for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.I’ve just completed work on a new product – Martin Luther King, Jr. Close Reading. I would love for you to check it out, because I think it is one of the best products I have completed to date.

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the month of January, I’ve created a Celebrate Diversity worksheet available as a free download for you to do with your kids. You’ll find it after the following information about my new Martin Luther King, Jr. product available at our online store.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Close Reading

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month, here is a book containing nine different non-fiction informational texts about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. There are chapters about Rosa Parks and President Barack Obama included as well, so that young readers can get an idea of the works of some of the African American leaders in our past and present.

Here are some pictures of some of the stories and activities being completed. Please note that if you have any pictures of your own to send us of kids completing any of our activities, I’d be glad to feature them!

Writing about personal civil rights:

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Sorting events in the story of Rosa Parks:

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The completed Rosa Parks activity:

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Reading about the works of President Barack Obama:

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Completing a civil rights vocabulary word search:

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If all this looks interesting to you, and you would like to check out the product, here it is. I’m hoping that it will serve as a comprehensive introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Close Reading

Click here. Covers Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades.

Celebrate diversity in the classroom

Here is a fun and free activity for you to use in your classroom or homeschool group to celebrate the diversity of the group. Have students take these printables and interview the other students in the class. They can find out which languages those students speak, what religions they follow, what countries they or their parents come from, and what interests and future aspirations they have. When they’re done, they should have worksheets full of interesting diverse answers from the kids in the classroom.

I hope you have a fantastic month of January, and a fun and educational Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Reading over Thanksgiving

An autumn wreathThanksgiving week has arrived! I hope that you and the people you care about have lots to be thankful for this year.

Reading over the Thanksgiving break

The Thanksgiving break is a fun time for kids to do some reading. The weather is cooler; you can head outside and find a cozy nook to cuddle up with a book. And there are lots of great, inspirational books for kids to read over Thanksgiving, that will help to teach them why they should be thankful for their families, food, and friends.

We’ve made a Thanksgiving reading challenge handout that you can use to motivate your students to do some reading over the break! The free PDF download for the Thanksgiving reading challenge printable can be found at the end of this post.

Thanksgiving Close Reading

Here’s a series of Thanksgiving stories that we’ve created for your kids to read and work on. The stories have been written in a Close Reading format, so that you can work through each story in detail, discussing the various new words and phrases within each story, and talking about how the information within each story applies to the lives of the students. These stories are designed to be fun, interactive, and educational. If you try them out, we hope you have fun working on them in the classroom with your students this autumn season.

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Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades

A Thanksgiving reading challenge

Here’s a challenge for your young readers to complete over the Thanksgiving break this November. For every ten minutes of books that they read, they can color in one of the turkey feathers on this picture. When they’re done coloring in all the feathers, they’ve completed the turkey challenge!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Fun with interactive printables

Interactive printables

It’s great to get kids solving problems, and the tried and true method for doing this is the worksheet. I myself filled out hundreds of worksheets during my wild and crazy ride through those school-aged years. I’m sure you did too.

But while rote problem drills do help to cement skills in mathematics and language arts, these worksheets are not as engaging as they could be. Elementary school students especially are especially tuned to learning things in a hands-on manner.

Enter interactive worksheets. While the problems are there, testing math and literacy skills, they are presented in a way that allows students to manipulate problems and answers in an arts and crafts kind of way. That way, they’re learning in an interactive manner, and that’s a great way to learn.

Some people might argue that kids spend more time solving problems this way. True, it’s a lot easier to simply write down an answer than it is to break out your scissors and glue and interact with a worksheet. But is it as fun or effective? Maybe not.

Why not give it a try and find out? Here’s an interactive printable featuring addition and subtraction equations that will get your students moving cut-outs of numbers around to solve each problem.

Back to School Interactive Printables

If you and your students are fans of interactive printables, here are a few available at our store.

Back to School Interactive No Prep Printables - Second Grade

These printables have been created for the months of August and September, ready for students who are heading back to the classroom after summer vacation. As such, the worksheets feature a “returning to school” theme. They are available for first grade through sixth grade. Here are the links:

There will be many more interactive worksheets, notebooks, journals, and other activities to come. Please let us know what you think about teaching in an interactive manner, and what experiences you may have!

Getting ready for back to school

Summer sunSummertime is here, and the living is easy. And here in Florida, it’s also hot!

Back to School Questions

It’s only late June, so there’s lots of time left before you have to think about heading back to school. But it’s going to happen eventually.

Here’s a free printable that you can use to learn more about your kids. Hand it out and have your students fill it out. You can also use it to have a discussion with your students – have them talk about what they like about school, what they don’t like, and what they’re most looking forward to doing in and out of your classroom this year. Then you’ll know where to work with them, how to energize them, and what sorts of things you can chat about with them!

You can also use it to have a discussion in your class, and get students with like interests talking together.

Back to School Reading Passages

Here’s an activity that you can do with your class to get them reading through some back to school stories and discussing what they’ve read in class.

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Back to School Reading Passages – Close Reading features four stories for your students to read. It is targeted toward first grade, second grade, and third grade students.

Your kids can read the stories and answer the questions on the worksheets. You can also read the story together in class, answering the various questions posed in the Notes section on each page.

One of the stories in the book features students who are returning to the classroom filling out a questionnaire with their various interests, and then comparing their sports and hobbies with the other students in the class. The questionnaire the kids use in the story is also available as a printable for you to use in your own classroom. So if you like the Back to School Questions printable you can download for free here, you might try the version in the Back to School Reading Passages packet. If you do, please let me know what you think!

I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Career Day at school (featuring Cyclops Kid)

Cyclops KidBrian writes: Late last week I participated in Career Day at our daughter’s school, presenting in front of my daughter’s fourth grade class. Instead of focusing on a single profession, I decided to share a variety of different aspects of my career through the years: the places I’ve lived, the schools and universities I’ve attended, the jobs I’ve had. This is because it seems to me that these kids will go through many changes throughout their careers. While they may start their careers as librarians or doctors or astronauts, they may switch partway through to become teachers or writers or botanists.

So I showed a map of the places I’ve been, pictures of the places I attended school, and outlined some of my career highlights, including computer programmer, web designer, project manager, and of course, creator of educational products. I described some of the opportunities I’ve seized simply because they presented themselves, and how taking advantage of such opportunities helped to further my own career. I showed them some examples of web design and computer programming (including some Minecraft code that I found via an image search – they liked seeing how games like Minecraft actually looked behind the scenes).

I was impressed by the questions these fourth graders asked, how well behaved they were, the curiosity they displayed, and the general positivity in the classroom. I showed them how we created educational products by actually doing some graphic art (with input from the students) and creating a Career Day worksheet right there on the board in front of them. It was a fun interactive experience and in the end we ended up with a fun Career Day worksheet that you can find here. The “cyclops kid” was their idea – when I asked what kind of eyes the boy we were making should have (thinking that they might say big, small, wide, or what have you), one of them said, “one eye!”… and the rest of the students agreed! They also got to choose the various fonts we used to create the activity.

I received a small stack of thank-you letters from the class the other day. I was touched that two of the kids said they wanted to be like me when they grew up – working with technology in a creative way. I sincerely hope these fourth graders (including our daughter) have long, industrious, and enjoyable careers.

At the end of the presentation, I told the class that I would put the worksheet that we had created together online so that other students at other schools could use what they’d created, too. So here it is!

A Career Day worksheet (designed by our daughter’s class)

Here is the Career Day worksheet in PDF or JPG format. Like I said, don’t blame me for the wacky kid at the top right corner of the page – he was designed by a bunch of fourth graders!