Category : Posters

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!

Valentine’s Day

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!

A winter poem and writing activity

A snowy dayHere’s something fun for your students to do in class during the wintertime – a free winter poem and writing activity.

Snowy Day

I wrote a wintertime poem called “Snowy Day” – just a bit of fun about a kid playing in the snow. I purposefully used the same rhyming scheme used in one of my own favorite poems about snow: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. If you’re teaching poetry this winter season, you might consider reading your students that one – if you haven’t already done so.

BFFsI have also included an writing activity page with the poem so that your students can analyze the poem. You can also have your students read the poem out loud in class, and discuss it as a group.

I hope your kids have fun reading the poem and completing the activity! And if you’re looking for more winter activities to do with your students this winter season, please be sure to check out our store – we have dozens of wintertime activities on sale there, as well as products for Christmas, New Years, and the 100th Day of School.

I hope that your wintertime is spectacular. Have fun in the snow!

December is here… and winter is coming!

A day with cold temperatureDecember is upon us! And for many, it’s starting to get downright cold outside.

Of course, that means dressing warmly, playing in the snow, and going skating, skiing, or sledding down the nearest hill. And near the end of the month, Santa Claus will be paying a visit! It’s a fun time to be a kid.

Winter Math and Literacy Bundle

Our Winter Math and Literacy Bundles for kindergarten through to grade six feature plenty of fun winter products for your kids to work on, including math glyphs, interactive printables, Common Core-aligned worksheets, and more. They are also endless… once we add more winter products per grade level, we will be adding them to the bundles at no charge to you (the price will go up for newer buyers when we do). Check out the previews by following the links below if you’re interested in learning more about these winter bundles per grade level.

Winter Math and Literacy Bundle - Sixth Grade

If you do try out our winter bundle, we hope your kids have lots of fun working on the various winter activities. Stay warm in class!

A December poster for your classroom

Here is a free class poster that you can download in PDF or JPG format. You can place it on your classroom wall or bulletin board, or even on your classroom door. It might add an element of winter fun to the classroom.

We hope you have a wonderful winter season. And if you have snow where you live, get out there and play in it! You’re never too old to play in the snow.

September is here! Along with some cooler weather

An autumn sunsetSeptember has arrived!

Here in Florida, it’s been a hot July and August (not surprising, really). With the arrival of September, I’m happy to see some of the cooler breezes arriving on our porch. September evenings are terrific evenings to go for long walks in the neighborhood, to spend some time at the swimming pool, or to visit the Disney parks! Our family much prefers to visit central Florida’s attractions in the evenings; the weather is nicer, the crowds are fewer, and as such, the lines to the various rides are much shorter.

September Interactive Math Notebooks

These days, interactive notebooks are red hot. Most of the elementary and middle school teachers I speak to are using interactive math, reading, writing, and/or science notebooks in their classrooms this fall. They’re a great way to get kids to get some hands-on practice using the various skills they will need to master during the school year.

If you’re looking for September-themed interactive lessons for your students, we’ve made a Common Core-aligned September interactive math notebook for first, second, and third grades. Inside you’ll find various interactive activities with a back-to-school and fall theme. You can find the products here:

A September poster for your classroom

Here is a free poster that you can download in PDF (or JPG format. You can put it on your classroom door or tack it to the wall to add some September charm to your decor. We hope you have a wonderful September!

A Poem for Earth Day

A poem for Earth DayI’m a big fan of Earth Day! Growing up in Canada, I always appreciated the forests and lakes of my homeland (I probably would have appreciated the Rocky Mountains, too, but I grew up in the eastern part of the country. I guess I appreciated them from afar). I did plenty of scouting and camping as a kid, and I fondly remember frequent trips to our family cottage by the lake in a forested area of northern Ontario. I used to dream about being a forest ranger, sitting atop a fire tower in a remote Canadian forest, taking in the peace and tranquility and fresh air! But they don’t tend have very good Internet way up there, so that’s probably a no-go.

An Earth Day poem and poster

Interested in celebrating Earth Day in your classroom? Below you will find a free poster I made for Earth Day that you can display on your classroom walls or distribute to your students to use in their writing and language notebooks (or maybe in another fun and creative way you can come up with – it’s late and my imagination is running out). It features a poem I wrote about respecting our beautiful planet Earth, and is available for free download in PDF format.

Earth Day Common Core Stress-Free Printables

Earth Day Common Core Stress-Free PrintablesYvonne and I have created some no-prep printables packets for your classroom, including the Earth Day Common Core Stress-Free Printables, now available at our store at Teachers Pay Teachers. For Earth Day these packets offer a variety of different worksheets aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts, and are available for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades.

The packets feature a fun Earth Day theme, including recycling, the environment, planting trees and saplings, and a general appreciation of the planet Earth. The pages are all ready to be printed and used: no prep, no laminating and low ink for a no-stress experience. The worksheets comprise several different levels of activities to help with differentiation in a classroom.

You can use the activities in this packet in a variety of different ways:

  • As morning work
  • As homework
  • As a skills review
  • As an assessment
  • For a substitute teacher
  • To accompany an Earth Day unit or work center

We also have Easter Common Core Stress-Free Printables available at our TPT store for Easter, another holiday that takes place in April this year.

If you do check out these products, please let us know what you think! We’re always interested in feedback and looking for suggestions for new products that teachers can use in the classroom or in a homeschool environment.

The Earth Day poem and poster

Here’s the free poster for Earth Day. I hope you have fun teaching your students about our beautiful environment!

A Limerick for St. Patrick’s Day

A lady leprechaunThe month of March is just around the corner, and you know what comes with March… St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun day for me. I’m about 50% Irish – my mother was born in Montreal, Quebec (as was I), as were her parents, but most of her ancestors were from Ireland… though I think there might be a little French thrown in there on my grandfather’s side. Plus, on St. Patrick’s Day I get to wear my ridiculously green Guinness polo shirt that I bought at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin to celebrate the occasion. When else can you wear a ridiculously green Guinness polo shirt?

The other day, Yvonne was on her laptop working diligently on a St. Patrick’s Day packet for her TPT store. While she was working on one particular worksheet, she asked me: “Come up with a limerick about St. Patrick’s Day… quick!” So I came up with the limerick you’ll find linked to and available for free download below. Actually, the original limerick I came up with featured beer, but since you’re not likely going to want to display posters on your classroom wall where people are drinking beer, I changed one of the lines (however, I did create and upload the original version here).

I think it’s a great idea to write a limerick, of all things, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It seemed a fitting form of poetry to use on the occasion. A bit of trivia for you – did you know that Yvonne and I have visited Limerick, in Ireland, on multiple occasions? We are big fans of Ireland, and are especially fond of the lush and beautiful countryside and coasts.

The limerick can be found below, but first, a note from our storefront…

St. Patrick’s Day Stress-Free Printables

We have a number of St. Patrick’s Day products available at the store, the newest of which are the St. Patrick’s Day Stress-Free Printables. The St. Patrick’s Day Stress-Free Printables packet offers a variety of different worksheets aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts featuring a fun St. Patrick’s Day theme for the month of March, including leprechauns, pots of gold from Ireland, shamrocks, Irish dancers, and more. The pages are all ready to print out: no prep, no laminating and low ink which equals no stress. There are also several different levels of activities to help you differentiate within your class.

The printables are available for second, third, fourth, and fifth grades.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget that we also have a free download of reward bookmarks for your young readers for the month of March, featuring various themes for the month of March – including, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

All that being said, I hope that you have a terrific St. Patrick’s Day this year. Don’t forget to wear green! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Learning About Haikus

Common Core Poetry: HaikusSpring is here… it’s a great time to learn about poetry and other creative pursuits.

What is a haiku?

A haiku (俳句) is a type of Japanese short poem. Traditionally, haikus have consisted of 17 syllables, with:

  1. Five syllables in the first line
  2. Seven syllables in the second line, and
  3. Five syllables in the third line

However, haikus do not have to follow this format… many famous Japanese haikus are simply short poems with a “cutting” (or juxtaposing) rhythm, often about nature or everyday objects or occurrences. It’s also fun to tell stories using poetry as a medium.

It’s a lot of fun to create your own haiku poems… it takes a bit of work to follow the rules for lines and syllables in haikus and write something that does not sound choppy. It’s not enough to simply write 17 syllables worth of prose from beginning to end… the syllables per line rule means that the haiku should flow a certain way, in a manner that is moving and rhythmic. Getting kids to compose their own haikus is a great way to help them practice following other English grammar rules.

A poster about haikus

Here is a poster that will help you to explain haikus to your children or students in your classroom. The best part about this poem is that it is a poem about haikus, written using haikus! As such, your students can learn about the nature of haikus by reading a short series of haikus.

Common Core poetry lessons

If you’re teaching your students English language arts and literacy lessons according to the Common Core State Standards, here is a packet that you can use to teach poetry. In this packet can be found lessons where students can learn about and compose a variety of different types of poems, including:

  1. Haikus
  2. Shape poems
  3. Alphabet poems
  4. Autobiographical poems
  5. Alliteration poems
  6. Color poems

… and more. If you have been teaching poetry in your classroom, and have been writing other types of poems that are not found in this packet, please let me know! I’d be interested in learning about other, different styles of poetry, and how to create new, unique types of poems.

Common Core Aligned Poetry Unit

First, Second, Third, and Fourth Grades

Common Core standards: 1.RL.4, 1.RL.10, 2.RL.4, 2.RL.10, 3.RF.4b, 3.RL.10, 4.RL.2, 4.RL.10

My post is finished.
I hope you have a great day
Writing poetry!

Classroom Computer Rules Poster

Computer rules poster

Using the class computer

If you’ve got computers in your classroom, when you’re teaching your students how to use them, you’re also going to want to teach your students how to respect them. Computers are sturdy machines, but the right sort of abuse – soda spilled on the keyboard, or too much banging on the keyboard or mouse – can destroy the hardware. You’re also going to want to teach the kids in your class when they can use the computers and what they’re allowed to do while using them.

Stay SHARP!

Here is a free, colorful poster that you can display on your classroom wall or bulletin board behind your computer corner or center. The poster shares five important classroom rules using the slogan, “stay SHARP!”

The acronym SHARP stands for:

  • Share the computer (let everyone have a turn)
  • Help other classmates (not everyone is computer savvy)
  • Stay Alert when surfing the net (only go to permitted web sites)
  • Respect the computer (no eating or drinking allowed)
  • Get Permission to use the machine (don’t use it without asking first)

I hope that you find that this poster comes in handy when it comes to teaching your students the dos and don’ts of proper computer usage! If you have any other rules or guidelines that you instruct your students to follow when they’re using your school’s computers, please let me know!

“I Am a Scientist” Poem

I Am a Scientist

A poem about science!

A teacher friend on Facebook was looking for a poem about scientists, particularly with the theme of “I Am a Scientist”. As I’m always happy to whip up a little bit of educational poetry, I put together the poem you will find below. Another teacher friend suggested I throw together a colorful poster and share it in a blog post for other teachers to find and use… and so that’s exactly what I did! You’ll find a PDF download for a poster featuring the poem at the bottom of this page.

I hope that this poster may come in handy in your classrooms, and that the students in your classes will learn to appreciate the fascinating world of science.

I Am a Scientist

I am a scientist. What do I do?
I study the nature of things, old and new.
I take a close look at the things that I see
And make guesses about all the ways they might be.

When I find something neat, sometimes I will ponder,
“Why does that thing behave like that, I wonder?”
I’ll come up with ideas – I’ll take a good guess,
And I’ll call my guess a “hypothesis”.

The next thing I’ll do is conduct a short test
To see what answers my question best.
When I find a result that explains the confusion
I’ll call that answer my “conclusion”.

Next I’ll write down all the things I’ve uncovered
Then share with the world those neat things I’ve discovered.
And I’ll say to myself when my hard work is done,
“Science is interesting, useful, and fun!”