Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mother's Day: Free Poems, Craft Ideas, and more for Pre-K through 1st Grade

Can't believe that it's time to be thinking about Mother's Day already! For the Pre-School and K-1 classrooms making crafts and having a Mother's Day luncheon or tea are always popular activities. 

I found some great craft ideas and poems that would be wonderful for those who teach Pre-K and K-1 that I'd like to share with you, too. I got lots of comments about the Tulip Craft that I though I would share again. All the instructions and free tulip templates are included. Just click on the picture below to find out how to make it.
I also found some great earth friendly recycled  Mother's Day crafts which you also might be interested it. Just click on the picture below to check these out.
How about a cute foldable card for your students to make? This one I found at DLTK. Just click below for directions. You can also link to lots of other free activities for Mother's Day.
If you are looking for free poems I have found some at Apples4theTeacher- there are quite a few to choose from.

If you are looking for a Shared Reading Book, Guided Reading Books, and Writing Activities for K-1, you might want to check-out my "Mom's Are Special People" Packet. You can click on the picture below to download the Preview file to see the new revised Preview file and get 2 free activities.

Last but not least is a special free Mother's Day poem that I wrote. If you are planning a Mother's Day Luncheon or Special Class Celebration, this would be a great poem for your students to learn and present during your special celebration. You can also include it in a Mother's Day card.  Just click on the poem below to get your free copy.
If you are looking for some wonderful free resources and activities for Grades 2-3 please click HERE.
It has been fun bringing you all these great free resources and hope that you have found some great activities to use in your classrooms. I hope you will check-out all my all my Pinterest Boards by clicking HERE and follow me.

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 What kinds of Mother's Day Celebrations do you have in your classroom?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Leaping with Frog and Toad ELA Free Activities

A few years ago my granddaughter and I found a frog in my back yard. She really wanted to catch it and she finally did. She was so excited and looked so intently at it as you can see in the picture below. Of course we let it go, but she always asks if we can look for more frogs when spring rolls around. Children are fascinated with them.
I wrote an "Ode to a Frog" a few years ago and have revised it. Most of you who read my blog know that I love writing poetry and I love making freebies for my followers and viewers. If you would like to download this free poem and writing activity just click on the image below.
 If you are looking for more Spring Poetry Activities you can check-out my Spring Poetry Packet by clicking on the image below.
When I worked with my ESL and Struggling Readers I also started my units with a Shared Reading. Many times I would read a Non-fiction Book and a Fiction book and then have them compare and contrast the 2 books. Most classrooms have the Arnold Lobel, Frog and Toad books like the one below. Although they are fictional characters, there are some things about each that can be true. So why not read a Non-Fiction book like "Frog and Toad" by Melissa Stewart and have your students compare and contrast fictional frogs and toads with real frogs and toads. You can find each book by clicking on the images below.
I have put together a free Compare and Contrast Fictional and Real Frogs and Toads packet that you can download by clicking on the image below. There are 2 different Venn Diagrams and Writing papers included in this freebie.
You may also like my "Frogs and Toads" Packet which you can check-out by clicking on the image below.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Buzzing with Bees! Free Resources and Activities

Now that it's spring it won't be long for those busy bees to be buzzing around. Without honeybees we wouldn't be able to enjoy many of the wonderful fruits we love to eat. Did you know that the wax that bees make is used to make lipsticks, candles, and even medicine? I have put together some great resources about honeybees for you to check out starting with some great Read Aloud books about bees. You can check them out by clicking on the picture below.
Your students may want to read more about Honeybees at National Geographic for Kids. Just click on the picture below to learn interesting facts and photos about Honeybees.
Here is a great website called "Everything about" where you can access lots of information about Honeybees. Just click on the picture below.
Here is another great website where you can find lots of interesting facts and links to several websites. You can check it out by clicking on the picture below.
Last year I uploaded my unit called "Busy Bees" and have finally revised and updated it to include lots more reading and writing activities. Students will not only learn about honeybees and the jobs they do but also about Beekeepers, read fact cards, sort the different jobs that the Queen, drones, and worker bees do and write an insect report. You can check it out by clicking on the picture below and read the complete description and see all the materials and activities by downloading the Preview file. There are 2 free activities when you download the Preview file.
Here is a freebie just for you. Students will make compound words from words related to the theme of "Bees." Then they will write their words and use four in sentences. Just click on the picture below to download your free packet. Hope you will leave feedback.
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Hope spring is around the corner and watch out for those Busy Bees! Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hopping with Free Easter Resources and Activities

Easter time is upon us and those cute little bunnies will be hopping all over the place. In case you are looking for some fun activities, crafts, books, and free activities then this is the post for you!

I found so many wonderful books, free games, puzzles, poems and songs, and crafts at Apples for Teachers. How about these cute clothespin book marks!  Just click on the picture to check out all the free activities to do with your students.

How about a fun Anagram. I found this and tons of great stuff at DLTK. You can download your free copy by clicking on the picture below. If you go back to the home page you will find lots of other free activities, so hop on over!

I  also found online games, and printables at the Kids Page which you can check out by clicking on the picture below.

Are you looking for some fun Easter party ideas? You can find ideas for pre-school - elementary school ideas by clicking on the image below.
A few years ago I created an Easter Packet called "Easter is a Time for......" for Grades 1-2 which includes a Shared Reading Book, 3 Guided Reading Books at 1st and 2nd grade reading levels, 2 fun Poems and a fun mini book called: "Easter Egg, Easter Egg, What do you see? Students will get to design their own egg and write about it as well as 2 opinion pieces with the help of graphic organizers. There are 2 Literacy Centers: Picture/Word Match and Writing and Roll the Die and Read. You can check it out by clicking on the picture below. If you download the preview file you will get a free poem: "Bunny Hop Chant"
Of course I have a freebie for all my wonderful followers and viewers. How about a Making Words and Sentences Activity? Students will make words from "The Easter Bunny" then write sentences with 4 of their words, and sort them into different categories. Just click on the picture below. Your students will be hopping to do it!!!
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 Have a Hopping Good Easter time with your students! Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

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