Monday, September 21, 2015

Amazing Owls: Free Resources and Activities

I have always been fascinated with owls. Owl themed activities and fall seem to go hand-in-hand. I have been doing lots of research over the last few weeks about owls and I have some great free resources and activities to share with all of you.

I always like to start with books for read alouds. I found a list of good books like the one below on Amazon. Just click on the image below to check them out. Hopefully your school library has some of them.
For those of you who love the Book, "Owl Moon" I found a few websites that offer free lessons that go with the book. One is Scholastic that has activities for Pre-K-K, 1st and 2nd and the other you can access by clicking on the image below. There are also links to other "Owl Moon" mini lessons.
I found several websites that give wonderful information about owls and many owl species. The first is The Owl Pages which you can check out by clicking on the image below. This may be more for Grades 2-3. You can click on different species to find out what they look like, where they live, what they eat, and even what they sound like.
Another great website is the Owl Research Institute which has links to many different species of owls with information about each one. Just click on the image below:
Another good website is called You can access this website by clicking on the image below.
If you are looking for fun facts about owls you might like to check out these:
20 Fun Facts about Owls and Easy Science for Kids. For older grades you may want to check out 10 Amazing Facts About Owls by clicking on the image below. Yes, this owl is turning its head upside-down!
I have thought about creating an Owl Reading and Writing Unit for over a year and finally uploaded it yesterday. All of the Informative Reading Texts are differentiated at the 2nd and 3rd Grade levels and it includes Informative text and Opinion Piece Writing Activities. There is also an Owl Report Project and other fun activities. To see sample pages of all the reading texts and many other activities in this packet just click on the image below and download the Preview File.
Finally, one more free activity from me. I put together this fun "Owl Scavenger Hunt" Packet where students can find out where different species of owls live around the world and answer other questions. I've included websites where they can find the information. It can been done individually, in pairs or small groups, or even as a contest.
If you would like to download this freebie just click on the image below.
Hope you find some great resources for teaching your students about owls.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fabulous Fun Fall Free Resources

Fall is my favorite season of the year. Although it still feels like summer here in Florida, as the days get shorter I know it won't be long to feel that cool fall air.
To get you in the mood I've put together some great websites for you to check out to find some free activities, crafts, games etc.

When I taught my fall unit, I read a book about fall everyday for Shared Reading time. It's a great way to teach new vocabulary words and get students interacting about the signs of fall and fun things to do in fall. At Apples4theteacher you will find lots of great resources. First is their list of fall books which you can check out by clicking on the picture below. You can check out their free activities, printables and poems by clicking HERE.
There are some great fall crafts to make and I found a few great websites to check out. Just click on the pictures below to access all the details and instructions.
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Looking for online fall games and free printables just click on the pictures below.

I just revised my "What Happens in Fall?" Reading and Writing Unit. The original was 50 pages and my 2015 product is 114 pages! It has an original shared reading book, 3 leveled guided reading books, writing activities at the K-2 levels and so much more. You will also find Differentiated Writing and Fluency Activities and more. To see sample pages of all the differentiated reading books, writing and literacy activities just click on the image below.
You may also like this revised and updated Fall Play and Readers Theater: I added a fun Readers Theater Script for 2nd and 3rd Grade. Here is a sample of the Fall Play and Readers Theater:
You can see all the materials and activities by clicking on the image below.
I love including poetry to help build fluency and get students up and moving.
I have this fun FREE Fall Poem and Verb Find Activity that your students will have fun learning and acting out.
You can download your free packet by clicking on the image below. 
If you like using poetry with your students you can check out my September Poetry and October Poetry Units.
Finally a special freebie from me: "Fall Free Literacy Activities." You will find a Color the Long E Words activity, Write the missing fall word activity, Fall Words ABC order, and Color the Fall pictures included in this freebie.
Just click on the image below to download your free packet.
You can check out more free activities by clicking on the image below:
Looking for some new Pinterest Boards to follow? Just click HERE. Here are a few you may like:

Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students. Hope it's a fun fall where you are.

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