Classroom Freebies Too

Hi everyone! Can you believe it is August already?

I have an interactive notebook freebie for you! The focus is money and it has several pages of activities for your first, second, or third graders. It is great for differentiation! Take a look by clicking here or  on the cover image below!

Name Activities for First Week of School

At the beginning of every school year teachers are gearing up to learn the names of their new students. Even before the kids walk in the door, most teachers have name cards in place and display boards with student names waiting for art work to be added.

Here are a couple of fun name activities you can do with your kids in the first week of school.  

 What's Your Name?  Two fun and engaging activities for the first week of school.

 In Name Scoot, students  write their name and answer two questions about themselves.  Then they "scoot" around the room and make words with the letters in the person's name.  It's fun to see who gets the most words written with their name. 

Name Scoot, kids will have a blast scooting around the room trying to think of words that can be made with the letters in the name at the top of the page.

For this activity students take the page home and ask their parents about the history of their name.  Lots of fun to share the information when they bring them back to school.

Fun activity for the first week of school.  Students interview their parents to learn a little about their name.  Then they share with the class.

I hope your school year gets off to a wonderful start!

Poetry Printable: In a Hole

I love using poetry to teach different ELA standards.  The poem shown above is a Sedoka, which fits the following pattern:
5 syllables
7 syllables
7 syllables
5 syllables
7 syllables
7 syllables
You can use this poem to teach syllabication, or introduce the Sedoka poetry form.  You could extend the event described in the poem by have students infer what happened before and after the runner fell.
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Back to School: Mapping the Classroom

This mapping activity is brilliant for getting kids familiar with their new classroom and the expectations that go along with it.

It can be done as a whole class activity (recommended for Kinders and younger), or in a small group for those a little older. You can also include a grid or leave it out.

It comes in both black and white and colour and can be downloaded at Liz's Early Learning Spot.

I wish you happy teaching and learning!

Play to Learn: Factors and Multiples

Factors and Multiples is a game my students play to practice their math facts.  Recently I updated this game and made the size of the squares larger so they would better fit the math materials I have (3/4 X 3/4 inch). To download the 100 chart and get the directions for the game, please visit this post on Artistry of Education.

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Improving Problem Solving Instruction in the Primary Grades

Uttering "word problems" in a primary classroom is almost guaranteed to bring about sighs, moans, and groans....and occasionally tears.  Most young children love stories, puzzles, and riddles.  So why to they have such a hard time and often even HATE math word problems?

Head over to my blog to check out some great tips for improving problem solving in your classroom.  There is also a FREEBIE to help get you started.

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Play to Learn: Multiplication Bingo

My students love Multiplication Bingo to practice their math facts.  To download a the game board and directions, please visit this post at Artistry of Education.

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FREEBIE: Middle School Book List: 177 Books to LOVE!

177 novels that your middle school students will LOVE reading.

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw here from

Hello friends!  Some of you may already know, but for those of you who don't, I am making the move from teaching Elementary to Middle School!  :)

To share my first Middle School freebie with you, here is my Middle School Book List.

There are 177 amazing books on this list.  Your students will LOVE them!

If you would like to get your own free copy, please click here.

Best wishes!

Finding Evidence in Text

I bring a lot of informational books into my lessons.  This book, From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons is a treasure. She does such a wonderful job of explaining concepts with her words and her illustrations.  I've used this book several times when I introduce finding evidence in the text.  Here's a freebie from my 3rd grade interactive notebook that covers this skill.

 Finding Evidence with informational text

Random Acts of Kindness Freebie

Hi everyone!  Are you hoping to get your year started off on the right foot? Are you going to focus on community building?  I did a lot with my class last year on social skills such as respect and empathy so I decided to create a freebie to go along with it Originally it was for the 100th day of school but would be great to accompany any instruction, activities and read-alouds you are doing on random acts of kindness.

Students brainstorm and record their ideas.  Students could also work together in partners, groups, or you could do it as a whole class activity! Click here or on the image below to grab it from my my blog.


Informational Text FREEBIES!

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw here from 

FREE Non-fiction resources and printables for the classroom.

No matter if you are a Kinder or 8th grade teacher, we all know that non-fiction is a HUGE deal!

To help your students take notice of what is most important to the author, teach your students to look at the text before they begin reading!  You will be amazed how this will improve their overall comprehension skills.   

If your students need additional practice with the following, please follow the link for your freebie:

  • seek out important text features
  • think about the information presented
  • make a decision on why the author added the particular text features 
  • better understand the text AND IMPROVE COMPREHENSION

Using text features to teach nonfiction.
Using non-fiction text features in the classroom

Non-fiction text feature graphic organizer.

Non-fiction text feature tools.

To get the non-fiction text feature FREEBIES and to read more about teaching your students about non-fiction text features,  please click here or on the graphic below.

Graphic organizers for non-fiction text features.

Best wishes!

Classroom Rules--Collaborative Discussions

The importance of having - and following - classroom rules is hardly new to even the youngest student.  By the time a youngster comes to kindergarten, he or she has already learned that certain behaviors are acceptable and that others... aren't. 

Having read (or been read to) about behavior and the need for rules, students are ready to process their understanding collaboratively.
 Using collaborative discussions to teach classroom rules.

Your students will practice effective standards-based collaborative discussion with this valuable freebie resource!

FREE I Spy... The Alphabet! Under the Sea Theme

There are so many fun ways to practice and review the alphabet! I recently made these cards as I found that one of my ESL students loves to fiddle with things while he works.

You need:
1. The cards (can be printed in B&W or in color)
2. A magnifying glass.

Student dab / color the circles with the letters needed. :) Head to the blog HERE to download this freebie! Or you could click on the picture to take you there.

Simple Science: Classifying Animals: Animal Cards and Graphic Organizers
Hello! This is Linda from Linda's Learning Loot. 
I've been really busy these past couple of weeks enhancing our kindergarten curriculum map for our county. When I got to our life science unit, I was almost done and then I decided to create a resource that would have various types of animal cards with some T charts and Venn diagrams to help with sorting and classifying. 
They can be used for formative assessments, too! 
Please feel free to hop over to my STORE and download it for yourself!! 

BEE Books

Bring Everything Everyday!

This is a great way to keep kids organized.  In one neat folder there are resources for families, a behavior calendar, a place to keep papers, homework, and a zipper pouch for money and notes so they don't get lost.

Keep kids organized with the BEE Book.  BEE Books, great way to keep papers and information organized!  Folder goes home and comes back to school everyday!

You can download a sample to get started on your own BEE Books from the Hello Sunshine blog. 

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