Classroom Freebies Too

I Spy Literacy Center

When I'm looking for new center ideas they have to have three traits: easy to set up, fun for kids, provides meaningful practice.  This center has it all!  All you need is I Spy books or something similar with lots of pictures for kids to look through.  Even old magazines or catalogs would work.

Kids look through the pages and record items they see that match specific phonics patterns.  Here the child found "man" and "pan" for the /an/ word family.

This recording sheet focuses on short a word families.

Kids love I Spy books and they will be excited to practice phonics skills with this center!

Enjoy : )

Hannah Braun

Arthur's Halloween ~ Let's SCARE Up some FREE FUN!

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw here from 

Arthur's Halloween by Marc Brown FREEBIE.
Arthur's Halloween by Marc Brown

Happy, almost, Halloween!  Marc Brown's character, Arthur, is one of the coolest aardvarks I know.  You know what's funny?  I actually thought that he was an anteater for many, many years.  Which is really crazy, because he looks nothing like an anteater.  I got the nose all wrong!   

Arthur's Halloween is wonderful for teaching just about any comprehension skill that you need to reinforce with your students.  From metacognition, characterization, cause and effect, YOU NAME IT, Arthur's dynamic character makes teaching comprehension skills easier.

I am a literacy coach and what I always tell my teachers is that you don't teach a book, YOU TEACH STRATEGIES, CONCEPTS, AND SKILLS.  It really doesn't matter which book you choose....but choose Arthur's Halloween in this case.  

Marc Brown Arthur's Halloween
Arthur's Halloween story elements organizer

This FREEBIE  candy corn organizer is great for teaching story elements and narrative text structure.  

FREE Arthur's Halloween printables
Arthur's Halloween FREEBIES
If you have ever read my blog before or downloaded any of my FREEBIES, you know that I am HUGE into teaching with metacognition and making text connections to strengthen reading comprehension.  The student handout above allows students to choose the kind of connection they made to the text and then write about it.

Below is the last FREEBIE in my Arthur's Halloween download.  It is not explicitly about Arthur, but I wanted to share it with you because it allows students to be a little creative and incorporate writing skills in the process.  I hope you will visit my blog, Teacher Karma, to get more ideas on Arthur's Halloween and download the freebies I discussed here.

Arthur's Halloween freebies
Halloween FUN writing activity

Best wishes!

Multiplication Mystery Picture - Superhero!

Want to make multiplication practice a little more fun? Add a little mystery and a superhero to it! Your kids will love discovering this superhero mystery picture while they practice their facts!

Get it for FREE HERE!

FREE Superhero Multiplication Mystery Picture


Free Math Station: Multiplication Bingo

I have a series of math games that I have students play to practice their math facts while I work with individuals and small groups.  Today I want to share with you Multiplication Bingo.  The preparation is minimal.  In fact I share with you in the same post as the Multiplication Bingo freebie how I set up some easy math stations.
I hope you find this useful.

Artistry of Education

Thanksgiving-themed Writing Paper

Give your little ones a chance to write with this colorful Thanksgiving-themed paper
Have your kiddos write:
  • what they are thankful for,
  • how their family plans to spend Thanksgiving, or
  • as a response to a book they've read that has theme centering around "being thankful".


3rd Grade Grapevine

Tattling, Tatttling, Tattling

Hi everyone,  Julie from The Teaching Bug.  Teaching little kindergartners is a joy.  Although they love to do one thing....tattle.  After a long talk about what important things we do tell on one another and what things we do not.  This idea came to me after dealing with a lot of unnecessary tattling.  Head on over to my blog to read what we did and grab this little freebie to post in your own classroom.

Real or Spooky Words? Freebie

Hello friends! I made this activity to help children sound out letters and recognise and read familiar words. I created it in a Halloween theme. :)

Just print (there are many options on how you could print this - if you're saving, just print two pages on one A4 page and cut out the cards if students are working in a group and if you are hanging the cards around the classroom, it's preferable that you actually print each page on one A4). Have the students walk around the classroom and find the 'real' and 'spooky' words. SO much fun!

Click on any picture to take you to the post to download it. :)

I hope your students enjoy this activity! :)


Learning Numbers When You Only Have a Minute

Do you have 3 spare minutes and you want your kids learning instead of milling around?

Have these Cootie Catchers from Liz's Early Learning Spot on stand-by in a place quick and easy to find so they can pair up and have some fast fun practicing numbers.

There are 3 Catchers in the free download covering numbers 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12 and they include tally marks, ten frames and groups of symbols for subitizing.

I hope you can make good use of these and wish you happy teaching and learning.

FREEBIE! Label the Plant Tiered Templates

Are you studying plants with your students? Looking for a pre-assessment, formative assessment, or activity page to practice labelling plant parts? If so, use the following plant activity sheets with your students.

The first activity sheet is a cut-and-paste worksheet. Students cut out the labels for the worksheet and paste each label in the correct place.

The second activity sheet has a word bank at the bottom of the page. Students refer to the word bank at the bottom of the page and label the plant with the appropriate words.

The final activity sheet shows an illustration of a plant. Students use their knowledge about plants to label each identified part of the plant.

Choose the one, two, or three activity sheets that meet the needs of the students in your class.

Until next time,

Creepy Carrots Freebie - Perfect for Halloween!

 Last year I had a few students who did not celebrate Halloween in my class and I tried really hard to use books and find activities that had a great Halloween feel but were not about Halloween. One of the best finds was this book....

I made a few reading response pages to go along with the story.

and found this great video to go along with the book.

Click here to pick up a copy of the reading response pages!!

A Freebie for World Series Week

Do you or your students love baseball like I do?  
Looking for a way to add a little baseball fun into your classroom this week?  Check out this FREEBIE....

Simply print and add three dice and your kids will be actively engaged in practicing their addition with three addends.  
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3 Reading Strategies You Can't Live Without ~ FREEBIE

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw 
here from 
Do you have students that have the ability to read words, but struggle to remember what they read?

Can your students correctly answer basic questions, but have a difficult time when the questions require a deeper understanding?

It sounds like your students may not know how to make connections to text.  For our kiddos to be real readers, they must know how to actively make deep connections to the text they are reading.

If you are looking for a very simple way to boost your students' reading comprehension TODAY, then you can't live without these three reading strategies!

1.  Text-to-Self Connections:  A connection between the book and your life experiences.
how to make text connections to improve comprehension
Text-to-self connections

2.  Text-to-Text Connections: A connection between the book and another book or text you have read.
How to improve comprehension
Text-to-text connections

3.  Text-to-World Connections:  A connection between the book and events in the real world.
Making connections to text.
Text-to-world connections

Click on one of the Text Connection anchor charts above to get your FREE copy and read more about how to improve reading comprehension.

Enjoy and Best Wishes!

The Mysterious Abandoned House

Do you need a quick writing prompt that will work for Halloween, but isn't so tied to a holiday that you can't use it another time? Here is a printable story frame with the following writing prompt:
Every day after school, you pass an abandoned house.  One day as you are walking home from school, it's getting dark and you see a light inside.  You sneak up to the window and look inside.  What do you see?
Download this freebie at my blog, Artistry of Education.

Artistry of Education

Relating Addition to Multiplication Task Cards Freebie

Pumpkin Relating Addition to Multiplication Freebie 

Halloween is the perfect time to review multiplication and how it relates to addition.  These free task cards make a great math center, independent practice or small group activity.

This set includes:

*12 task cards
* Recording Sheet
* Answer key

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