Creativity in October: Color & Write A Story

Get your students’ creative thoughts going with this resource, October Color & Write A Story! With 20 different October / Fall-themed scenes, students can color the picture on each and then write a story that goes along with the picture.

Examples of scenes:

  • Hayride
  • Scarecrow
  • Mom & child at a pumpkin farm
  • Columbus Day (sailor) scene
  • Tree losing its leaves
  • Bat
  • Fall Festival
  • Apple picking

Use as part of a creative story writing assignment, as seat work for early finishers, as a homework assignment, in a literacy center or even in a sub-folder! Also, imagine the great student-created bulletin board that can be displayed from student creations.

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Other great October / Fall resources to consider:

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October Vocabulary & Spelling with Circle Letters

This circle letter resource is designed to give younger students the ability to see a word and then spell it using circle letter manipulatives. This resource can be used to reinforce letter learning, letter sounds, formation of words and much more.

With an October-theme, students will love creating / forming words that are related to Halloween such as bat, web, pumpkin, squash, candy, spider, cat, leaf and house. You will receive two copies of each word mat (color and b/w).

You can use for whole class instruction, small group interactions or in centers.

Here are 2 examples of variation of use:
#1 For whole class instruction, make transparencies using the colored word mats. Give students prepared circle letters (instructions included) and the b/w word mats. As you display each transparency, students can follow along and spell each word on their word mat using their circle letters.

#2 For centers, laminate and attach each colored word mat to a metal backing (such as a small cookie sheet). Laminate and cut out the circle letters and attach a magnet on the back of each. Students can then use the circle letters to spell each word on the metal backed word mat! FUN!!

Want to teach additional October-themed vocabulary words? Simple! Just make a list, and as you teach each word, have students use their circle letters at the desks to spell each word!

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Additional resources for more October learning:

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October Math Centers for 1st Grade

Looking for FUN, colorful, October-themed Math Centers for 1st Grade? Here are the resources you need to create several center activities for your students!

Here is what this resource includes..

  • Number Cards (Halloween candy): 1 -120
  • Number ‘Word’ Cards (Halloween candy): One to One Hundred Twenty
  • Math Mats – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division (I included the multiplication and division just in case you want to use with older students or have advanced students!
  • Place Value Mats (ones, tens, hundreds)
  • Bingo Game
  • Spinners (Great to use with your math mats!)
  • Graphing Activity

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Other fun Fall / October Resources to consider:

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October Math for PreK

In pre-kindergarten, children (ages 3-5) develop a basic understanding of numbers and counting, and connect both to the idea of “how many.” With this FUN counting and numbers resource, your young learners can begin and practice their numbers (1-10)!

October Math for PreK is a 34 page that includes a colorful number wall display (showing numbers, number words and pictures) with b/w student copies, 8 student simple student worksheets and 14 pages of center activities!

Students can learn and practice counting numbers 1-10 (seeing corresponding number words) throughout this resource. Also, you’ll find some very simple visual addition and subtraction practice as well!

Multiple options for in class use as well as pages that can be sent home!

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Using Positive Affirmations to create a Growth Mindset in students

We all have a ‘little voice in our head’ that is continually telling us something about our abilities, our character, our strengths and our value in this world. Is your little voice a positive voice or is it more negative?

Every student that walks inside a classroom has that same ‘little voice’ too. It’s been created through their life experiences and what has been said to them by parents, friends, and teachers.

If students do not believe in themselves, their abilities to learn, create, explore and communicate will be vastly limited!

That is why research shows that creating a positive growth mindset in students – a ‘can do’, ‘never stop’, ‘I can’ attitude – is so important. One fantastic way to do this is to purposefully teach students positive, personal affirmations….and that is why I’ve created the complete set of resources to do just that!

Bundle #3 is a resource that contains all products to help you drive home positive,
self-affirmations in your students.

I’ve created several resources and bundled them so that you, as a parent or educator, can make the most impact in a child’s life and save money purchasing everything in this one bundle!

In this bundle, you’ll find classroom posters, a coloring book, bookmarks and a journal (differentiated for use with PreK-2nd Grade)…

Product #1: Positive Affirmation Posters for Growth Mindset
This resource includes 20 colorful, student-centered, self-affirming quotes. Use throughout your classroom or display one at a time (one week at a time) as you teach and reinforce each affirmation.

Product #2: Positive Affirmations Coloring Book
This resource exactly mirrors the posters (product #1) and students will love coloring each page.

Product #3: Positive Affirmation Bookmarks
This resource includes 3 sets of bookmarks that exactly aligns with the products above.
* Set 1: B/W for students to color.
* Set 2: Full-Color
* Set 3: Color illustrations with B/W font.

Product #4: Self-Affirmations Journal – Differentiated
This resource includes 3 levels of journal pages for each affirmation.

  1. Level 1: Students print over dotted-lined words and draw a picture
  2. Level 2: Students write the affirmation plus answer 2 questions on provided lines (with dotted middle line).
  3. Level 3: Students write the affirmation plus answer 2 questions on single lines.

The affirmations are simple and straight to the point…Perfect for use with younger students!

The affirmations included:
1. I believe in myself.
2. I am important.
3. I am unique.
4. I have a good mind.
5. I can do anything I decide to do.
6. I have a lot to give.
7. I can learn new things.
8. I am a hard worker.
9. I will always keep trying.
10. I will always put forth my best effort.
11. I can learn from my mistakes.
12. I can learn from feedback.
13. I am always learning.
14. I can make good choices.
15. I can be a good friend.
16. I am a good listener.
17. I will follow my dreams.
18. I will make a difference.
19. I will be an inspiration to others.
20. I will be successful.

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Positive Affirmation Posters for Growth Mindset

Research indicates that there is a positive correlation between positive affirmations and self-esteem! That’s why I have created my latest product: 20 Positive Affirmation Posters for Growth Mindset.

Available in my TPT – Creations by LAckert – Store

This resource includes 20 colorful, student-centered, self-affirming quotes designed to be used in any PreK, Kindergarten, 1st – 2nd grade classroom.

The affirmations are deliberately simple for use with younger students!
Use throughout your classroom or display one at a time (one week at a time) as you teach and reinforce each affirmation.

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An Opportunity to Change Lives – 10 Greatest Gifts Project

I recently became a founding member of a nonprofit called The 10 Greatest Gifts Project. The primary focus of this organization is taking the tools and concepts of Steve Vannoy’s book “The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children”.

Our purpose is to build priceless qualities and values, like honesty, responsibility and self-reliance, and therefore health and joy, into every family in the world.

The foundation of our mission and culture is our committed team, partners, presenters, and volunteers. We will treat our core team with dignity, respect, and honesty, demonstrating transparency and authenticity at every juncture.

Our vision is to create a large network of volunteers and presenters who will bring these valuable parenting and grandparenting tools to every corner of the world, societal class, every race and religion, so that families of all types can enjoy a transformed and upstream life together.

Want to get involved and change lives?

Presenters are on the front lines of our mission and vision for The 10 Greatest Gifts Project.

Presenters are our front-line team directly serving parents, grandparents and educators.  Our presenters find our session sponsors and help attract our audiences. They directly share the 10 greatest gifts tools and concepts in their unique way to profoundly serve and transform families. We carefully select, train, certify and coach dynamic, passionate, and highly dedicated individuals to take the 10 greatest gifts  message to the world’s parents, grandparents and educators.

While some candidates may envision a thriving speaking business, other candidates may want to contribute to helping families move upstream on a smaller scale and only hold seminars once or twice a month.

Find out more @ https://10greatestgifts.org/

We partner with parents, grandparents and educators to instill priceless qualities and values in our children and future adults. Together, we master and implement our proven 5 tools (Teach, Listen, Model, Message, Focus) and other related tools and concepts. The gifts of qualities and values will be a little different for each family, but some of our favorites are honesty, self-reliance, compassion, confidence and responsibility.

Responsible children grow to be responsible adults, and responsible adults rarely put any sort of economic or social strain on the world.

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Using Teaching Videos for Reading Instruction

The most important thing to foster when teaching is student engagement. If students are engaged, they are learning. Using videos (the right kind of video) in the classroom is one aspect of using a multimedia approach or strategy which can truly engage students.

So how do you choose the correct types of videos for your classroom. To truly engage students, a video (or accompaning materials) should require something of the students. Students should be asked to actively think and participate.  That is why I’ve created several teaching videos to help teachers engage students during reading instruction – specifically learning (or review of) word families.

How do my word family videos engage students?

  •  First, I’ve created the videos with a cute “Monster Detective” theme! These little colorful monsters are fun and inviting….
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  •  Second, I’ve created the videos to directly engage students in the ‘hunt to solve the mystery of finding the correct words‘…
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    After each ‘mystery’ is presented, the video gives students time to think and select the word before showing the correct answer…
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    (If a teacher believe the student(s) need additional time to solve the mystery than what I have provided, it is easy for the teacher to simply pause the video.)

    At the end of the video, students will continue to be engaged as they review all the words in the video…

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    (As with the earlier segments of the videos, the review section gives students time to think about which word is the correct one! )

  •  Third, to engage students even more, I provide a student workbook that directly corresponds with each video.
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    The student workbook can be used along side the video, after a video is watched, for homework or any way the teacher believes is most appropriate for his/her students!

As of 7/18/19, I’ve created in this Word Family Video series the following:

7 Videos for short a word families

  1.  –ab
  2.  –ad
  3.  –ag
  4.  –am
  5.  –an
  6.  –ap
  7.  –at

 5 Videos for short e word families

  1.  –et
  2.  –en
  3.  –eg
  4.  –ed
  5.  –ell

I will be continually adding new word family videos to my TPT store! You will be able to find them here.

Math Review Skills for 1st Grade – Winter / Snowman Themed

 

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This WINTER – Snowman – Themed 1st grade Math packet has been designed to use for reinforcement of skills, in math centers, for seat work or to give as homework. Perfect for January or any winter month!

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Skills covered in this packet:
2 digit and 3 digit addition with sums up to 20, 30
Addition of Doubles
Addition of 10’s
Subtraction
Even & Odd
Number words to 19
Comparisons: Greater than / Less than
Comparisons: Tallest/Shortest, Smallest/Largest
Completion of number sentences
Fact Families
Number Patterns
Skip Counting
Before and After

Ordinal Numbers
Graphing – Reading a Graph / Creating Graphs
Telling Time
Reading a Thermometer
Counting Money: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters (Less than $1.00)
Fractions: Comparing and Recognizing

Can also be used for advanced Kindergarten or remedial 2nd grade.

HOW TO GET THIS RESOURCE…

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January (Winter) Math unit – (No Prep) Multiple Skills for 2nd and 3rd Grades

 

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This NO PREP packet for January has a lot of FUN and engaging activities to keep kids learning during the cold month of January! You do not need to laminate, prep or use any color ink! These activities are perfect for morning work, math centers, homework folders and more!

Includes:
2 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
2 digit addition word problems
2 digit subtraction (worksheets for ‘no borrow’ and ‘borrowing’)
Mixed addition/subtraction word problems (some worksheets designed in ‘test prep’ format)
Find the missing addend and subtrahend worksheets
3 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
Even/Odd identification
Roman numerals (I, V, X, L) – identification, conversion, addition
Critical Thinking skill worksheets
Order of Operations
Place Value: Building 3 and 4 digit numbers / Expanding numbers
Skip Counting by 50, 100, 250
Rounding to the nearest 10 and nearest 100
Telling time: nearest hour, half hour, 5 minutes and minutes
Counting coins
Fractions: identifying, comparing and naming
Equivalent Fractions
Multiplication: Writing equations
Multiplication: 1-12
Multiplication word problems
Division word problems
Measurement: Reading a ruler
Geometry: Shape identification (cone, cube, pyramid, sphere, pentagon, rectangular prism
Geometry: Vertices, faces, sides, edges
Geometry: Finding the perimeter

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HOW TO GET THIS RESOURCE…

If you are a CHSH-Teach.com Download Club subscriber, you may download this unit here!

Non-Download Club subscribers, you may purchase this resource here on TPT!