Classroom Freebies Too

Pollinating Plants... With Kool-aid?!?

Sometimes teaching about plants can be difficult to make it hands on without an actual plant.  Sometimes, as much as I wish I did, I just don't have a green thumb.  That doesn't stop me from finding some way to make it engaging and hands-on for the kiddos!  One way that I do this is by teaching children about the life cycle of plants.  

When I teach about the life cycle, we take a pause and discuss pollination.  I pull out the cotton balls, cupcake cups, and kool-aid packets!  I provide each pair with theses materials and a cotton swab.
The cotton ball represents the flower of the plant, while the kool-aid is the pollen.  I use different colors of kool-aid so students can see that actual transfer of the "pollen" from one "flower" to another.  The cotton swab (as the bee) transfers it from one flower to another.  

This engaging and hands-on science lesson is available for you to download free here at my teachers pay teachers store.  It comes complete with the lesson outline and printables you need!

Happy Teaching!

Active Shooter Situation — What Should Teachers Do?

This article is a summary of a Police seminar on an active shooter situation and focuses on:
  • The teacher’s role regarding what to do in an active shooter event
  • What items can secure the classroom and deny the shooter entry to the classroom
  • What teachers/students do once law enforcement arrives and why.
Keep this 3 word strategy in mind Escape, Evade, Defend.

Please click the button below to go to the complete article post

Picking Partners

If I am ever giving directions to a game or center and I accidently let the word “partner” slip out of my mouth, my students no longer pay attention to me. They begin pointing at each other in hopes they will be able to select their own partner.

For several reasons, I do not usually let them select their own partners. The main reason is one of my precious babies always seems to get left out and ends up feeling sad. That is not the feeling I want my kiddos to have at the beginning of a game. Another reason is my students don’t always choose the best partner; a person that will help them stay on task. My final reason, if it was up to my students, they would select the same partner over and over. I want them to have a variety of partners.

I have created a set of cards designed to randomly assign each student a collaborative partner. They are fun to use. Simply, give each student a card, and then allow them to find the other student with the matching card. The two students with matching cards will be partners. For 1st and 2nd graders, you might want to add color to the cards, to make finding the matches easier. Click here to get your FREE set of Partner Picker cards!

Math and Colors – Fractions - FREE VERSION - NO2 - Common Core Aligned

FREE Valentine Estimation Jar Activity

It's almost time for that fun day filled with friendship and love!  Would you like to make a quick activity that will integrate some math skills with your Valentine's Day celebrations?  This free Valentine Day Estimation Jar Kit was a big hit with my students last year, so we are trying it again this week!  Included in the kit are labels for your jar and estimation slips for your students.

You will need:
  • 1 empty jar - I reused a plastic candy jar from Costco after carefully washing it and removing the labels with Goo-Gone gel.
  • 2 (or more, depending on the size of your jar) bags of Valentine candy message hearts
I recommend that you count the hearts as you put them into the jar and then keep that number in a safe place!  We use this estimation jar activity in the library as part of "I Love to Read Week," but of course it's a great classroom activity as well.  I allow one estimation per student and the winner receives the jar and a free book from our current Book Fair.  I also award "Runner Up" prizes to students who are close and give them a small box of candy hearts and a free book.  You can choose any prize that works for you!

Click the image above to download your freebie today from The Trapped Librarian TPT store!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Comparative Adjectives

I like using this Comparative Adjectives Freebie to help students practice using er and est on the end of words. The simple activity helps the students practice shades of meaning and categorizing items into levels of intensity as well as adding er and est correctly to words.

Students name three items in a similar category and then level them using comparative adjectives. This activity also requires students to activate vocabulary knowledge.

Here are a few student sample sentences:

Jalapeno peppers are hotter than green peppers. The Ghost Pepper is the hottest of all. 

Wednesday is a better school day than Monday. Friday is the best school day of all.

Happy Comparing!


Spiral Review

Have you ever taught a skill, and then a month later your students seem to completely forgotten it? Because this has happened to me more times than I can count, I find it helpful to incorporate spiral review into my math time. My favorite way to integrate spiral review is with math centers. Students can usually complete the center with little instruction and help from me. This gives me uninterrupted time with my small groups.

I have created a St. Patrick’s Day rounding on a number line center. Click here to get your FREE rounding resource!

Free Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine's Day is coming up.  Each Valentine's Day my students always give me little Valentines.  Here is a free Valentine's Day Card, that you can give to your students.  It's also perfect to use for your own children to give to their classmates.  Simply print, fold and enjoy!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine Number Puzzles

Practicing different ways to make the numbers 1-10 is a little more fun when it is turned into a puzzle.  I created some heart puzzles with Valentine's Day in mind, but really these could be used year round.  Click the picture to head to my blog and grab your freebie.  

Metric Posters

Help your students learn the metric system by displaying these posters in your classroom. They are available in color or black and white.
Click on image or here to get your freebie!

President's Day Comprehension Freebie

This two page comprehension passage and questions, tells the true story of how Abraham Lincoln decided to grow out his beard! Your kids will enjoy learning about this story while practicing their reading skills. The freebie also comes with a key.

This story is taken from my very complete 71 page President's Day Literacy Set for 4th/5th graders. It has lots of comprehension passages (7 in all), 32 task cards, writing activities, foldables, a craftivity and more!

Please grab this fun freebie here:
 Mr. Lincoln's Beard

Happy President's Day!

Valentine Template

Looking for some easy, free, printable valentines?  I've got you covered.  I created two different options - a foldable heart with the prompt "I love you because" and a heart flip book with the same prompt and a place to draw the person the valentine is going to.  Click any of the pictures to grab this freebie from my blog.

Happy Valentine's Day and happy creating!

Understanding Line Plots

Helping Students Understand Line Plots

Teaching line plots to elementary students can be a deceptively complex topic.   Students often confuse the number of Xs with the number of the scale along the bottom.  One way to help students overcome this confusion is to constantly refer back to what the numbers in the line plot actually mean.  For example, if your class is plotting the number of siblings they have, make sure that they repeat "siblings" when they are talking about the scale along the bottom of the line plot.  When they talk about the number of Xs, they should say "people who have ... siblings."  The repetition will both force them to think about what the numbers and Xs represent, and will help them understand the difference.

It also helps if students can connect the Xs on a line plot with actual, concrete data.  So, if there are four students in your class who each have one sibling, then there will be four Xs above the number one on your line plot.  The students can even write in the names of the people who are represented by the Xs, to help them connect the X to the actual person in that category of "one sibling."  The tally chart should help with this, too, as students can see the connection between the tally marks they made when collecting data and the number of Xs on the line plot.  The more concrete you can make the information on the line plots, the more likely your kids are to understand and be able to problem solve or apply these concepts in the future.

Here's a free line plot template so your kids can practice working with line plot data.  
You may want to plot:
-number of letters in first or last name
-number of siblings
-number of feet you can jump from a standstill 
-number of pets

Happy Teaching (and Line Plotting!)

Christine Cadalzo

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