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Monday, June 24, 2019

Free Teaching Printables for Classroom Learning


What's under your kitchen sink?
Your bathroom sink?
In your bathroom cupboard?
I'm guessing a lot of half-full products.
Half-full cleaners that didn't eliminate that soap scum.
Generic window cleaner that left streaks.
Partially used hair products that lied about getting rid of frizzies...
or under-performed on making sexy, wavy beach hair.
This is exactly why I have over 200 free samples in my store.
I want you to try before you buy.
Use them in your classroom.
If they work well with your students, please come back and purchase the full-size resource.
If not, no hard feelings. I have lots more freebies for you to try.
I want you to use what works best for your students to promote the most success.

NOTE: If you came here looking for ways to declutter under your sinks,
please visit Margo at Joyful Homemaking. She's the dear that let me borrow her under the sink photo. 
Click HERE to visit her blog post on how to declutter.
If you are a teacher or homeschooler, click HERE to instantly download over 200 sample size resources in my store.

Thank you for working so hard for your students....
oh, and if you're on summer break, download a few freebies and then go to the beach with your sexy, wavy hair!
:) Shelly


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Here are some favorite free teacher resources to get you started:





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Monday, January 7, 2019

STEAM Activities and Project Ideas for Elementary and Middle School Kids






What is the difference between STEM and STEAM?

STEM provides experiential learning though science technology, engineering and math.

STEAM allows the integration of the arts...wonder, critique, inquiry and innovation!

STEAM is an educational initiative created by the Rhode Island School of Design that adds the arts to the original STEM framework. According to the Rhode Island School of Design, “The goal is to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer.” The addition of the arts to the original STEM framework is important as practices, such as modeling, developing explanations, and engaging in critique, and evaluation (argumentation), have too often been under-emphasized in the context of math & science education.

Why is STEAM so important?

Our students' futures will require them to be able to think critically. The ability to be able to solve problems is essential. STEAM creates this framework to teach these necessary skills to students. Students are taught beyond the subject matter.  They are taught HOW to learn, HOW to ask questions, HOW to experiment and HOW to create. This fosters life long learners.


The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM. - US Department of Education


You may also hop on over to Edutopia to learn more about STEAM, such as:
  • Benefits of STEAM
  • Art of Thinking Like a Scientist
  • The Secret Sauce in STEAM
  • Arts Integration
  • Project-Based Learning
  • STEAM Activities and Project Ideas

How do I create a STEAM classroom?

There is a lot of information regarding this process, however, The Education Closet breaks in down into six easy steps:

1. Focus

2. Detail

3.  Discovery

4.  Application

5. Presentation

6. Link

For more information on these six steps, click HERE.

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You may also be interested in these printable resources from our TpT store:

All of the following projects are very open ended allowing for students to explore and direct their own learning.

STEAM Crystals Project

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas Around the World Activities for Kids

Christmas Around the World Video for Kids

 Christmas around the world activities for kids videos vocabulary worksheets

Here is a video with a humorous twist and Marco Polo!



Christmas Around the World Song for Kids




You may also like this printable Christmas Around the World Vocabulary Packet from our Teachers Pay Teachers store:





Activities include:
word banks,
word scrambles,
letter shapes,
matching definitions,
crack the codes,
word searches,
crossword puzzles,
sentence writing,
alphabetizing,
creating words with number tiles,
dig deeper (vocabulary graphic organizer),
story writing,
writing papers
and a research project.

There are a variety of activities for easy differentiation!

These printable worksheets work well for December emergency sub plans.

The 30 words include:
advent
dreidel
gelt
Buon Natale
epiphany
Hanukkah
carol
fasting
la befana
Christmas
Feliz Navidad
Las Posadas
custom
festival
menorah
mistletoe
poinsettia
tradition
nativity
shepherd
wassail
nisse
Sinterklaas
winter solstice
pavlova
St. Lucia Day
wreath
piƱata
tinsel
yuletide


You may also like these free printable Christmas activities from our TpT store:

 Christmas freebie printable vocabulary worksheets

The ELA sampler worksheets include crack the code, a word search and a creating words work word activity.

The 8 words include:
aroma
blizzard
holiday
icicle
ornament
ritual
tidings
yule

Answer keys are included.


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Honoring Veterans Day Activities for Kids


We can begin honoring Veterans Day in our classrooms by teaching kids facts and history of the holiday. This video is approximately two minutes long and gives students a nice overview of the holiday.



Activity 1:

After the video, ask students to summarize the video in 20 words or less on their paper and/or draw a picture that represents Veterans Day.

You may guide the students in a discussion with the following questions:

Activity 2: 

(Scroll down for 30 printable task cards, which include these questions and more.)

Questions:
  1. When is Veterans Day?
  2. Who are we honoring?
  3. What was this holiday originally called?
  4. What did the holiday commemorate?
  5. When was Armistice Day first celebrated?
  6. What were some ways in which it was celebrated?
  7. What happens at 11 AM every Veterans Day?
  8. When was the name changed?
  9. Has Veterans Day always been in November?
  10. What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
  11. Approximately how many living Veterans are there in the US?
  12. What fact or event stood out to you from this video?

Answers:
  1. November 11
  2. Men and women who have served or are serving in the US Armed Forces, including unknown soldiers
  3. Armistice Day
  4. Truce between the Allies and Germany in WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
  5. On November 11, 1919
  6. Businesses closed, parades, gatherings
  7. A Color Guard ceremony for all branches of the military and Tomb of Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery
  8. 1954 to honoring all veterans, not just those in WWI
  9. No, for a short time 1968-1975 it was moved to October for more vacation time
  10. Memorial Day is for those who have died, and Veterans Day is for all those who have or currently are serving.
  11. Approximately 21 million
  12. Answers vary

Activity 3:

Students may complete a free printable Veterans Day puzzle activity. 

Click HERE to download and print it.

Activity 4:

Have students read classroom resources or conduct their own research to write their own "Top 5 Facts about Veterans Day". This free printable sign is an example.

Click HERE to download and print the sign:


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Foldable Veterans Day Thank You Card for Kids to Make

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Veterans Day No Prep Worksheets

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Veterans Day Facts Task Cards

Click HERE to purchase and print today.

(Includes the questions listed above and more!)



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Veterans Day Crossword Puzzle

Click HERE to purchase and print today.


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Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood Hardcover 
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Borang 48 Bulk Patriotic Ribbon with Gold Star (Red, White, and Blue)
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