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This week Educents is giving away $200 in Edubucks as well as some other prizes for those people that visit and follow or purchase items from different stores. If you would like to find out more, click on the image below to find out the details.
I wish you lots of luck as you visit the various storefronts and enter the giveaway. I hope you will find many products that will help you and your children.
Here is the link for my storefront. I would love to have you follow me as I continue to add to it.
I am joining up with several other teachers to share ideas for winter fun and celebrations. We have put together a winter e-book for you that can be accessed by clicking the image at the bottom of the post. We also have a giveaway and a blog hop for you. Read on for some ideas to use in your classroom and then, don't forget to enter the giveaway and head to the next blog.
February is a great time to incorporate winter celebrations into curriculum activities. There are so many different choices and events happening during the month. There is Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, 100 Days of School, Valentines Day, and in some places in Canada, there is Family Day.
Kids enjoy games and activities that focus on celebrations and they are more likely to be engaged in the different activities. This translates into better focus on concepts and skills presented and therefore, hopefully better understanding and retention of them.
I have created some pages that can be used for some of the various celebrations. I have a complete package of ideas available here, but I wanted to share these with you now. Just click on any of the images to get a copy.
This is an activity that can be used yearly around Chinese New Year to figure out ordinal numbers. Check out the winter e-book for my page that includes more questions and examples of how it can be used.
Here is a hundred chart for using with different activities that require counting to 100 or looking for patterns when celebrating 100 Days at School. There is also a page with things you can do.
Playing dice games is always fun to do, especially with holiday themed dice. Here is a probability page for keeping a tally of how many times different numbers are rolled.The worksheet has heart dice on it, but you can use regular dice to do the activity.
I find that practicing place value throughout the year is invaluable. Why not throw in some activities that use place value when celebrating the various days during the month. You can always add in some word problems as well that focus on those days.
These are only some of the ideas that I have for math and winter. More math activities can be found in my Teacher Pay Teachers store. I also like to do language activities using sight word bingo, memory, language task card games, and phonics activities. There are several winter and holiday celebration activities in the literacy category or sight word category in my store.
For the giveaway, each person has a different secret word. Here is mine. Don't forget to enter it in the giveaway.
Click this image to get your
free winter e-book.
Well, that's it for me. Hop on over to Inspired Owl's Corner for your next secret word and some more great teaching ideas.
Last week, I did a craftivity with my reading group that has been a favorite of mine for many years. Check it out below.
Here is my copy of the book. You can see that it is somewhat worn out from being used.
First I used the book for my guided reading lesson. They loved looking at the pictures and trying to figure out what the shapes were.
After looking at the book, we made our own class booklet following the same format. Here are the steps for doing the craftivity. If you would like your own copy, click on the image at the top of the page or click here.
Here are the pictures that my students made.
Can you guess what they might be?
I hope you have as much fun with this craftivity as my students did.
I am enjoying my time volunteering at the school I just retired from. I go in 3 mornings a week to work with kids. I have 2 guided reading groups and I help out another teacher with her writing lessons. This has motivated me to continue to create several literacy products. Here are 3 of my newest ones.
This is a set of 3 game boards for practicing letter sounds. The key here is to follow the arrows and not get sent back. The kids love the game aspect and they are getting better at recognizing their letters and sounds as a result.
This one actually uses an old rap that a colleague of mine has used for years with her beginning readers. She doesn't know where she got it originally, but I have updated it and added some cute graphics. I printed out a set for her. Her students were excited to have color copies to use.
This is a large set of different task cards that work on word families for the short and long vowels, compound words, opposites, contractions, and homophones. There are many ways to use these cards, but I find memory type games seem to be the most popular.
If you are interested in seeing any of my other literacy products, check out my store and click on the custom category Literacy Activities.
It is fun to see the children getting engaged in language and the excitement on their faces when they realize that they are reading. I love being able to teach just because without the added politics.
I look forward to sharing some of the other things we do throughout the year.
I have been having fun in the classroom I am helping out in. We have been working on using juicy details and creating Christmas poems.
First the teacher showed the class some images of different Christmas scenes. The students brainstormed lists of words to match each of the senses. We did this over the period of 3 lessons.
After coming up with lots of great describing words, we introduced the template for the poem. Each child created 4 different verses. Here are the templates they used. They just had the written part to use.
After the drafts were completed, I helped type them up onto these fancy pages. The actual template has space for adding your own text.
Then I created a title page so that they could make a little booklet.
The booklet is going to be part of a special gift that they are making for Christmas. When I showed them the good copy templates they were very excited and they all worked very hard at their editing so that I could begin typing out the final copies. I would love to show you some of them, and tell you more about what they are doing, but I don't want to let the secret out of the bag in case a family member sees it.
If you would like a copy of the template, or the juicy details papers you can find them in my store. Just click on the image above.
Everyone loves a sale, especially at this time of the year. Well, you are in luck.
it is time for the big Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale.
I am linking up with Jenn over at Teaching in the Tongass for a wishlist linky. Check out some of my most wishlisted items below and then head on over to see some of the other wishlists in the linky.
This is one of my favorite units to do because it involves planning the community and then creating a 3-D model in the classroom. It is the perfect mix of investigation, planning, and representing learning for young children. Parents always marvel at how much their child has learned through this experience.
I love teaching Social Studies in this manner. Most of my units involve different ways of representing learning so that all children have a chance to shine.
What child doesn't love learning about the solar system! My students were always so excited when I told them that we were going to learn about space and the planets. They loved having the opportunity to create different models, postcards, invitations, or essays to share their learning. This allowed everyone opportunities to share their learning in a way that worked best for them. They also enjoyed the chance to work with their families on the final projects.
Check out the scaled model of the solar system. This dad really got into the project with his son. He even wore his space shirt to the celebration.
Money is a tricky thing for some children to understand. Word problems can also be difficult for children. I created these task cards for my class to help them work on both skills. Using real life type situations made it easier for them to understand and with the help of manipulatives like play money, they were able to successfully grasp the concepts.
Everything in my store will be on sale for 20% off during the Cyber Sale. That means you can save 28% if you add the code SMILE at the checkout.
To find out about more wishlists from other stores, click on the image below to take you to the main link up page.
It's nearly time for DJ Inker's annual 12 Holly Daze celebration!!! Don't miss these HUGE 24 hour SALES, NEW holiday products... and even DAILY FREEBIES! The festivities begin Friday, November 27, 2015. Sign-up for their weekly e-newsletter list to join in the fun!
DJ Inkers has also given me a copy of the CD to giveaway. To enter, you just need to leave a comment with at least one suggestion for NEW clip art, fonts or printables that you would like to see from DJ Inkers in 2016.
Here is a freebie that I created using some of the clipart and word art from the CD. It is a sampler of greeting cards. Check it out here.
I have also included some pictures that show what they look like when printed and folded.
The last photo is a message I made for my students. You can create a message of your own and insert them into the cards. I created them on a separate page and then put the card page into my printer and put the message on the back of the card.
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to get your own copy of the Jolly Holly Days CD.
You can check it out here. It is filled with cool pieces of clipart, borders, frames and wordart. You will also get 2 specialty fonts.
On November 11th, Canadians took time out to remember our veterans. Here is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the National War Memorial in our nation's capital. This was just one of the places where ceremonies took place. Ceremonies of remembrance also took place at towns and cities across the country.
This year I had the privilege of working in a classroom of a colleague prior to Remembrance Day. It was a special time to share ideas and discuss what Peace is all about. We began with a few videos and some discussion around them. If you would like to see them, click here to read about them in an earlier post.
The next day, we discussed what Remembrance Day was about and why we had it. Here are some of the ideas that we came up with.
After discussing war and who veterans were, we talked about Peace. We brainstormed what it is and then we shared examples of peace. We also talked about a kindness explosion. I showed them the following poster and we talked about how children can make a difference by spreading kindness and getting along with others. We tried to imagine what it would be like to have everyone in the gym create the model of paying it forward. This would be fun to do sometime.
After all of our brainstorming, the children wrote poems about peace. They were to come up with 4 things and then end it with "Let's all live in peace." Here is the template they used. If you right click on the image you can download a copy.
To encourage them to do their best writing and to help them with the concept of draft and good copy, they were given a colored copy after the draft was complete and edited. They then did the good copy on the colored template. This concept of having to rewrite the poem was difficult for some.
Here are the final copies of their poems. The colors pop and make for a great bulletin board display.
These pictures were hanging in the hotel that I stayed in on the weekend. I thought they were perfect for this time of the year, so I am sharing them with you.
Let's focus on what is right in the world and how we can work towards a world of peace, especially in light of what is happening around us right now.
As these special celebrations approach, it is important to share them with our children. Here are a couple of products that are special to me that I have used in my classes. I have added these 2 special deals to my Educents store. Click on the images to see more of what is included.
If you would like to know more about how I share this special time with my students, click here to read my recent blog post.
If you are looking for more ideas for Remembrance Day/Veterans Day, click here for a collection that has been put together by the people at Educents.
If you are looking for some educational gifts for friends and family, you can give the gift of education. Educents is offering $10 off their first order. Click the image below to learn more.
Here's wishing you all a very special time with family and friends as the holiday seasons approach.
Remembrance Day/Veterans Day is a special day that is dedicated to our veterans and their service for our country. It is a time to show respect and appreciation for what they have done for us. This is an important time for sharing with children as they do not understand that the freedom we have today was because of sacrifices of others. Many adults do not know either.
I usually spend several days focusing on this because I believe that children can still make a difference and that we have a responsibility to share ways to spread peace and kindness in our world.
I don't have my own class this year, so I would like to share with you some special moments from my previous classes.
After sharing the importance of the poppy and why we wear them, a couple of my students went home and made these with their lego pieces. One made a poppy and the other made the poppies growing between the crosses of Flanders Fields.
Writing is a great way for kids to express what they know and understand about peace and remembering our veterans. Here are some different ways that they shared. Notice the big PEACE poster. This was a group activity done by the students. One year I had parents and students do it together for student-led conferences. Talk about making connections. It was wonderful to see them sharing stories and feelings with each other.
Here are a couple of samples of the writing they did.
Here are a couple of pictures from my Remembrance Day/Veterans Day activities package for you to download and color.
These are some of the videos that I would play each year for my classes. It was interesting how they would ask to see them over and over. They lead to some very thoughtful conversations.
Well, there you have a snapshot of how I worked with Remembrance Day/Veterans Day with my students. I hope this gives you some ideas for sharing this important time with your students. If you want to check out some of the other products that I use, they are available in my TeachersPayTeachers Store and in my Educents store.
Author - Charlene Sequeira
I started my teaching career in the early 80’s as an elementary music teacher in Campbell River, BC, Canada. My husband also taught music until he retired in June 2011. I also taught late primary grades for over 20 years and have just retired. I will continue to co-direct the Pacifica Ukes and other community ukulele groups as well as volunteer in my previous school.
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