Classroom Freebies Too

Alphabet Chart Freebie

This free printable alphabet chart is perfect to help my preschooler remember the upper and lower case versions of each letter.  We can also use this same chart as we move into beginning sounds.
Do you need an alphabet chart for your students?  Or if you are like me, you need it at home with your own children. Either way, I've got you covered.  The chart comes in 3 different sizes which make it perfect to use as an anchor chart on the wall or a pocket reference on a desk or table.  Click HERE to grab your freebie.  

Pop Up Book Fun with Paul Bunyan

A few years ago I incorporated two of my favorite lessons into one:  Figurative language and Tall Tales.  I have always loved teaching tall tales to my students, but often did not have a way to incorporate them into my Language Arts curriculum.  So, I came up with this fun Paul Bunyan freebie.  It teaches kids about Paul Bunyan through close reading.  The lesson also teaches students about hyperbole.  The best part of the lesson is that kids can create their own Paul Bunyan pop up books when they're finished learning about him.  I hope you and your class enjoy it, as much as my classes have over the years.

Investigating Volume Activity

This activity is geared to help the students make a connection between rectangular prisms and the volume algorithm. It also reinforces the concept that different shapes can have the same volume.
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This worksheet is made to be used with snap cubes. The students use 20 snap cubes to create as many rectangular prisms as they can. 
I blogged about how I used this worksheet in my classroom here.

A Google A Day Search Game

“A Google A Day” is a trivia game, developed by Google, using Google “search” to find answers using savvy search skills.  The faster students search, the more points they score and the more badges and achievements they get.  

Players learn how to adjust their search terms to eliminate unnecessary words so that they can use Google more efficiently.  Each day Google creates new questions for students.  

Click on the link below to download this activity

Free People -- Your Path Determines Your Destiny

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost Poem The Road Not Taken

Health facts (derived from science) don’t say anything, people with an agenda do. People are the ones who gather the data and information and then interpret it. People are the judges if something is good or bad. A person’s worldview can affect how he or she gathers and interprets evidence, data or information. My world view is based on the fact that I’m old. I remember when the world was going to come to an end because of global cooling. The experts (scientists) that created that hysteria, still have not apologized for the damage they caused.
For a Health class to be relevant to kids, they have to learn to be free people. To be free, a person has to learn to interpret information from a variety of sources. In my class, students begin to interpret information through the lens of their desires for their future (Goals or Good Intentions Unit), which is different from what they might want right now. Students come to class with a worldview informed by different life experiences emanating from family, peers and cultural messaging from media. When the class approaches a health topic (drugs, sex, nutrition, exercise, how to say NO) each student begins to evaluate the information with their own philosophical assumptions derived from their world view.   They know what they know. Who am I to tell them different? Class tends to be much more effective when the student recognizes, “I didn’t think of that.” A world view just got bigger.
Students are an important element in the making of good instruction; by listening to them, you learn to not just feed them information from experts telling them the best way to live. I’ve learned that a group of students can solve almost any problem or give good advice, as well as any expert, provided they are not emotionally involved with the issue. To engage them, you must figure out how to make them want to seek out facts and apply logic to the very issues that prevent them from being who they want to be. Any student will tell you the very things that will mess them up are — Sex, drugs and rock and roll (otherwise known as fitting in with the prevailing culture). Culture points us toward a direction, and direction is a path that leads us to a destination.   I always start my class with a Goals or Good Intentions Unit. It puts the class in a context of seeking out facts that will enable a student to find a path that will lead them to their specific goals -- something other than an unspecific Cool. Cool is like fashion; it always changes.   Becoming a doctor, teacher, or an accountant, having high standards of conduct, being physically fit is more future oriented than fashionable. Kids are more fashion (right now) oriented. To crack through the fashionable now, what they know to be true based on their history and current situation, you must get them thinking about their future and their personal pursuit of happiness.


Rhyme Time for the Summer- Part 1 by Looks-Like-Language

phonics, preschool, parents, games, printables, reading readiness
Isn't summer a wonderful time of year? I'm not there yet, but maybe you are! I have a fun summery game, complete with parent tips, to start the summer off on a fun note. Rhyming!

Whether you are working this summer or you have some children to take care of, be sure to follow this series. Rhyming is not only fun, but a vital part of the skills needed for learning to read! So pop on over to my blog and check back weekly to get the next installment of this complete free packet that can help your children or students be more ready to read!

picture supported learning, visuals, autism, SLP, speech/language

Adjective Word Challenge

Use this word challenge to add some fun to your "Parts of Speech" unit. It is also a great activity for early finishers! Students can work individually or in pairs to complete the challenge. These challenges were always a big hit with my students. Enjoy!

Zooooooooming Science!

Want something fun to do while still teaching academics?  You can absolutely find it in this science activity with force and motion!

We built ramps using just plain plywood and used toy cars to find the speed of them by measuring the distance traveled and the amount of time it took!  Then later we added weights (such as pennies) to see how it affected it!  It was definitely a fun way to spend our afternoon.

You can read all the important details and grab this freebie shown below over at my blog post!  (The freebie is at the bottom of that very informative post.)

I hope you and your students have lots of fun with this science activity!
Happy Teaching!

FREE Word Wall Posters - The Legislative Branch (CIVICS)

This FREE Word Wall Posters related to the Legislative Branch is perfect for your secondary Civics or U.S. Government class. Essential vocabulary terms, essential questions, visuals and a title page are included.

Chalk Dust Diva

Color by Code : Math – BACK TO SCHOOL – FREE VERSION - Common Core Aligned

Summer Learning

Kids need downtime in the summer.  They need time to explore and discover and play.  But we also don't want them to lose their academic skills!

One solution is a summer learning journal.  Kids can write (or draw) a sentence or two about what they did and learned each day of the summer.  It's a diary for them to remember all of the fun they had, while at the same time helping them keep their writing skills sharp.  

They can write about: 
-a fun activity they did
-something new they tried
-what books they read
-ideas they have
-a great word they heard or saw
-somewhere they visited

Here's a free printable summer journal page (from one of my summer learning packs). 

As long as it's engaging and student-centered, the kids are going to be motivated to complete it! 

Happy (Summer) Teaching!!

Memory Book for the End of the School Year
An end of the year memory book is a great way to reflect on the school year and keeping your students focused for those last weeks/days before summer.  I've got a free sample for you of a memory book.  Check it out HERE.

Bring More Than Popularity Into Your Student Council Election

Having a Student Council Election is a normal part of intermediate and middle school classrooms.  They can be terrifying, and exciting all at the same time.  I often found that some of the students with the best character traits were the very ones most afraid to run for office.  I came up with this free Student Council Elections lesson to help encourage students to look for good leaders when making their election choices.

Lunchbox Notes

As the school year winds done, it takes a lot more to keep students motivated. Try putting these cute notes in your child's lunchbox or backpack to give them a little extra encouragement.
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Or teachers can place them on the students desk to be discovered in the morning when they arrive.

Non-Academic Award Ideas

Giving out awards at the end of the school year is supposed to be a fun celebration for the students.  But it can also be a stressful time, trying to figure out which student should get which award, worrying about reactions from parents, and worrying about making sure that every student knows that he or she has truly valuable qualities to share.

Some kids shine in academic areas, but for some, academics are more of a struggle.  As teachers, we see the best in every child, and we want to make sure they know it.

Here's a free list of non-academic student award ideas to help you make sure every kid knows how special they are to us: 

Happy (Award-Winning) Teaching!!

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