Friday, October 24, 2014

Elections and Election Day: Free Resources, Activities, Lessons, and more


Election Day is less than 2 weeks away and I thought you might like to know about some great resources to check out. Even though it is not a presidential election it is important for students to know that all elections are important. I live in a state where these mid-term elections are very important not just to the people of Florida but at the federal level as well. I'm sure that many of the elections where you live are as important as the ones here in Florida.

I found a great resource called Congress for Kids where you can find "I Spy" activities, Election Day Projects, Things to Think About and lots of fun activities about Elections, Voting, Candidates, and more. Just click on the image below to check it out.


Here's another good site for an Election Day Activities containing lots of vocabulary words, Introductory Lessons, The Importance of Voting, The Election and more. You can access it by clicking on the image below.
Of course you can always count on Scholastic for some great activities for all grade levels. They have activities for a class mock election. To check out all their free resources just click on the image below.
If you are looking for great lesson ideas for elementary, middle and high school students you might like to checkout this site called Growing Voters. Just click HERE.

Two years ago I created an Election Day Unit: Grades 2-3 for the presidential election. I just revised and updated it to make more applicable to all elections, the election process, and Election Day. It includes an original Shared Reading Book, Reading Texts and Comprehension Questions at the 2nd and 3rd Grade levels as you can see in the image below. Students will also write about the Main Ideas and Details of the the Reading Text: "Election Day" and find information about their own state elections.

I have also added a fun Election Trivia Scavenger Hunt Activity, new Picture/Word or Fact Cards Activity as well as new Opinion Piece Writing Prompts.
Just click on the image below to check out all the activities and materials in this packet.

Finally the freebie for all of my followers and viewers. Election Day is great for a home-school connection activity. This packet includes the Follow your State and Local Elections chart you can see below. Students can talk about these with their parents and find information on the internet, TV, or the newspaper.
Then they will compare and contrast 2 candidates running for office by filling out this graphic organizer:
There is also a Venn Diagram and Student Writing paper included. You can download your free packet by clicking on the image below.
I have lots of new Pinterest boards for you to check out and follow. Just click HERE. Here are a few of my most popular one.

I hope you will enjoy using them with your students. Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.




 What kinds of activities do you do with your students?


Friday, October 17, 2014

All About Bats: Free Resources, Books, and Literacy Activities

It's that time of year again when we think about pumpkins, spiders, and bats. Did you know that bats are really our friends? They actually eat 1,000 insects a day! Other bats help pollinate flowers that make seeds to grow new plants. They are actually shy and gentle creatures. I learned so much about bats researching my new unit, All About Bats. It includes reading texts about Bats, Megabats, Microbats, Vampire Bats as well as short texts about Echolocation, Bat Features, Why Bats Sleep Upside Down, and Amazing Bat facts. There are comprehension questions, writing activities, and literacy activities to go with each text. They are differentiated at the 2nd and 3rd Grade levels. Here a sample of the Preview below:
There are also Picture/Fact Cards for Matching, and a Megabat, Microbat, and All Bats Fact Sort Activity. Students will also read poems about Bats and write a Cinquain about them.
There are Informative Text and Opinion Piece Writing Activities, too. To download the Preview file and see all the materials and activities in this packet please click on the image below.

I found some amazing free resources, books for your read alouds, and activities for your classrooms to share with you.  I think we all love the book, Stellaluna. It's a wonderful book to teach about respecting each other and friendship. It also is a great book to read to learn about Bats. Do you know what kind of bat Stellaluna is? She's a Megabat! Megabats eat fruit. I found this wonderful online storytelling of the book which you can access by clicking on the image below. I love the way Pamela Read tells the story and I'm sure your students will too. There is also a free teaching guide and activities you can download. I have included a freebie activity packet that includes a few activities about Comparing Stellaluna and Real bats at the end of this post.
If you are looking for other great books about bats just click on the image below.

Here is a fun free poem you can download by clicking on the one below.
 You can also find some cute Bat Crafts by clicking on the one below.
At KidZone you will find lots of Free literacy activities like An Itsy Bitsy Bat Book to make, A Bat Live Cycle Printable, and more by clicking on the picture below.
Here is a fun video about Echolocation your students may enjoy. I watched it and can't get it out of my head. You can watch it by clicking on the arrow below.  I found the link on Education World that has lots of Across the Curriculum Bat Activities that you can access by clicking HERE.


I put together a free Bat Literacy Activity Packet for all my followers and viewers. There is a Reading Text about Baby Bats, and a Noun, Verb, and Adjective Find and Write Activity about the text.
Then, there is a Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram and Writing Activity about Real Bats and Stellaluna as well as a Reality/Fantasy Writing activity about Stellaluna. You can download your free packet by clicking on the image below.
I have lots of wonderful new Pinterest Boards that you can follow by clicking HERE. Here is my most popular one below. Hope you will check all of them out.
I hope you will find some great activities. Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Purring about Pumpkin Freebies

I really love pumpkins and October. Although it's been over 90 degrees for the last 3 days the weather man has promised that cooler weather is on the way! So I sat down and wrote a cute poem about Pumpkins.
I thought this would make a cute freebie for my Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin Packet that I created last year. It was really fun! There's a Shared Reading Book, Word Wall, Picture/Word Cards and 3 different level reading books.
It also has 3 different level writing activities, an opinion piece writing, and sequencing activity.
You can see all the materials and activities in this packet by clicking on the image below:
So then I started to add more literacy activities to my poem. There were lots of adjectives about pumpkins in the poem so I added an adjective find and 2 different writing activities.
and finally I added a Cinquain Poem Writing Activity about Pumpkins.
You can download this freebie by clicking on the image below.
How about another pumpkin freebie? I also wrote a fun unit called The Rainbow Pumpkin Patch. It has 2 cute plays: one for Kindergarten and another for 1st grade as well as a word wall, picture/word match, and 2 different leveled readers and writing activities which you can check out by clicking on the image below:
Then I made this cute free Reading Book called : "The Rainbow of Colorful Pumpkins" which you can download by clicking on the image below.
Finally, I just uploaded my "All About Pumpkins" for Grades 2-3 which you can read all about and get lots of free resources and other free activities by clicking on the image below. 
You will find this free pumpkin activity when you click on the image above.
I sure hope you found some helpful pumpkin freebies.

If you are looking for some great new Pinterest Boards to follow just click HERE. You will find lots of grade level ones, seasonal ones, and much more. 
Here are just a few:
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's Pumpkin Time: Free Resources, Books, Crafts, and Activities


Everywhere I go I see lots of pumpkins! Did you know that 80% of all pumpkins are picked in October? I put together lots of free resources for you to check out during October. There are so many wonderful books about Pumpkins for your Shared Reading time like "It's Pumpkin Time". It's one of my favorites. If you would like to check out the whole list just click on the image below.
There are lots of crafts and learning activities you can also do with pumpkins. At Hand On As We Grow I found 40 activities which you can check out by clicking on the image below. Not only are there craft ideas but math and science activities, too.
Of course you can always count on Scholastic for great free resources and ideas. Just click on the picture below.
At Kids Soup you will find free printables, mini books, songs, and poems. These are especially for the K-1 Grades. Just click on the image below.
I just uploaded my all new "All about Pumpkins" Reading and Writing Unit. I has 4 Reading Texts about Pumpkins, From Seeds to Pumpkins, Fun Pumpkin Facts, and How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds. They are differentiated at the 2nd and 3rd Grade levels. There are Comprehension Questions, Main Idea and Details Graphic Organizer and Writing Activity, Sequencing Graphic Organizers and Narrative Writing Activities to go with each text. Here is a sample of the Reading texts.
Here is a sample of the Life cycle and Pumpkin Parts Picture/Fact Cards and Writing Activities.
There are Informative Texts, Narratives, and Opinion Piece Writing Prompts and a Map Activity, too. Too see all of the materials and activities in this packet please click on the image below and download the Preview file.
I have a free Pumpkin Parts Picture/Fact Cards and Labeling Activity for all of my followers and viewers. Just click on the image below to download your freebie. This is the 2nd Grade Picture/Fact Cards. (There is also a 3rd Grade level Picture/Fact Card Activity and B/W Masters in the packet.)

If you are looking for some great new Pinterest Boards to follow click HERE.
Here are a few of my most popular ones.

Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.
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