Ants | Hands-on Insect Science

Students love studying insects and the ‘common’ ant may not be seem so common after this unit! Ants have some unique capabilities and there are more than 10,000 known ant species around the world. This resource is an interactive, hands-on Science project that will engage your classroom in student centered learning.

ANTS!

During the process, students will learn about

– Life Cycle of an Ant

– Types of ants

– Social structure of an Ant Colony

– Food and Habitat of Ants

– Ant Communication

– Ant Predators

– Positive and Negative Ecosystem Impact of Ants

– Anatomy of the Ant…and more!

Includes:

Informational text about ants (life of the ant, communication, food, appearance, anatomy, habitat and more)

Posters and diagrams of life cycle and ant anatomy

Flash cards of 15 different types of ants (pics and information)

Fun fact cards

Suggested vocabulary (with definitions)

Templates for project

Template instructions / Project instructions

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After completion, students will have a beautiful 3D project to keep. Projects can be individual or you can assign as a cooperative learning activity.

Smoky Night | Caldecott Book Guided Reading Activities

Smoky Night is a 1994 children’s book by Eve Bunting. It tells the story of a Los Angeles riot and its aftermath through the eyes of a young boy named Daniel. The ongoing fires and looting force neighbors who previously disliked each other to work together to find their cats. In the end, the cats teach their masters how to get along. The book made the list of One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century compiled by the Staff at the School Library Journal. They added the book to the list as paving the way towards the genre of serious picture books. David Diaz’s acrylic, collage-like illustration of the tale earned the book the 1995 Caldecott Medal.

Here is an engaging resource to use when reading and studying the book and it’s topic….

This Reading / Literacy resource offers guided reading questions and student activities that will help students get the most from Eve Bunting’s book, Smoky Night. (1995 Caldecott Medal award winning book illustrated by David Diaz!) During this unit, students will be asked to give opinions, answer factual questions about the story, use critical thinking skills and be creative!

What it includes:

For the Teacher:

  • Suggested Pre-Reading, About the Cover, After Reading and About the Art work questions are provided. These should be teacher directed.
    Guided reading is ‘small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency’. The small group model allows students to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress. Questions have been designed to help assess students in a variety of ELA skills (see those chosen).

For the Students:

  • Worksheet for students to answer questions from the story
  • Worksheet to produce questions while reading
  • Worksheet to produce questions after finishing the reading
  • 3 art responses
  • Vocabulary – Word Wall / Flash Cards with definitions provided (Suggested use: Have students match definitions and discuss during group)
  • Vocabulary Fill-in-the-blank worksheet
  • 2 extended writing prompts with pages to produce student writing.

All writing pages include dashed and solid lines because this has been designed for 1st -3rd grades. You choose what is best for your students’ needs and abilities!

Lexile Measure: 360L

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Kindergarten | 1st Grade Winter Themed Language Arts and Math Worksheets

Want some Language Arts (Literacy) and Math worksheets to use during the months of December and January? The below resources all have Winter themes (non-Christmas – just Winter) and cover a large number of early learning skills such as word creation, word families, rhyming, matching, suffixes, number work, arithmetic, money work, measurement, patterns, shapes and more!

Snowman Math for Winter Months (1st Grade Skills)

Snowman Math for Winter Months resource is packed full of 1st grade Math skills! Great to use for review, seat work, homework and math centers – Includes 30 student pages…enough for an ENTIRE MONTH OF REVIEW & REINFORCEMENT!

Skills include:

  • Addition (up to 20, up to 30, no carry. carrying, doubles and tens)
  • Subtraction (no borrowing)
  • Even and Odd
  • Ordinal Numbers
  • Graphs – Reading and Creating
  • Patterns
  • Skip Counting
  • Money
  • Reading a thermometer
  • Greater than – Less than
  • Fractions

Designed for use with 1st grade students as well as for advanced Kindergarten and remedial 2nd grade.

Winter Themed Skills Workbook | Kindergarten | 1st Grade | Perfect for January

Winter themed skills workbook to give your students a full month of Language Arts and Math activities for January! There are 29 student pages that can be used for mini-lessons, extra practice for struggling learners, seat work for early finishers, homework, group work, and centers. Print and Go – No Prep required.

Skills covered in this resource:

  • Shape identification
  • Matching pictures with sentences
  • Rhyming words work
  • Matching capital letters with lower case letters
  • Making words (changing first letters)
  • Pattern work
  • Measurement
  • Color identification
  • CVC Word work – Short ‘a’ – ab, – am, -ag, -ap
  • Cloze passages
  • Alphabetical order
  • Suffixes -s, -ed, -ing
  • Money: Pennies only, Pennies and Nickels, and Pennies, Nickels and Dimes
  • Fine motor skills (tracing, drawing, coloring).

Snow Themed / Winter Unit for Firsties! (NO PREP)

When it is cold out and you want FUN, NO PREP lessons, this is the resource: Snow Themed / Winter Unit for Firsties! This unit will provide you with a couple months worth of student activities.

Included:

  • Language Arts Skills include reading comprehension, sentence sequencing, handwriting / copy work, snow vocabulary work, phonics (“sn” words), rhyming, poetry, punctuation (period, question mark or exclamation mark), complete sentence identification, noun or verb
  • Math Skills: Symmetry, single digit addition and subtraction, even vs odd, number words, graphing, size comparison, telling time, counting money, greater than / less than
  • Science: Learning about how snow forms and the five different types of crystals formed at various temperatures.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Handwriting, Tracing, Drawing, Cutting and Pasting

Mitten Themed Literacy, Math and Science Winter Activities

This resource focuses on language, math and science and is based around 4 ‘Mitten’ themed poems. Perfect to use for mini-lessons, within a literacy circle or in centers during Winter months!

The poems and the skills/activities for each…

  • Mitten Left & Right:
    • Color words (Math) and topic-related vocabulary (Literacy) word wall or center flash cards
    • Handwriting / Tracing worksheets for copying the poem
    • Drawing and ABC order worksheet
  • Kitten’s Mitten
    • Color words (Math) and topic-related vocabulary (Literacy) word wall or center flash cards
    • Kitten’s Mitten shape book for students to complete (students will cut, color and trace with a focus on colors)
    • Drawing and ABC order worksheet
    • Several color based worksheets using multiple skills (including using a key)
  • Mittens Left and Right
    • Topic-related vocabulary (Literacy) word wall or center flash cards
    • Worksheets focusing on learning ‘left’ and ‘right’
  • The Mitten (A Ukrainian Folktale)
    • Animal vocabulary (Literacy & Science) word wall or center flash cards (animals from the poem)
    • The Mitten shape book for students to complete (students will cut, color and trace focusing on the animals)
    • Animal picture cards (Science)
    • Animal habitat / homes activities to use with picture cards (Science)
    • Fill in the missing vowels (animal names)
    • Matching animals with their names

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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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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.

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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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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

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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.

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Snow Themed / Winter Unit for Firsties! (NO PREP)

When it is cold out and you want a FUN, NO PREP – Snow themed – unit to provide hours of learning for your firsties, this is it!

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See what’s inside:

Language Arts Skills include reading comprehension, sentence sequencing, handwriting / copy work, snow vocabulary work, phonics (“sn” words), rhyming, poetry, punctuation (period, question mark or exclamation mark), complete sentence identification, noun or verb

Math Skills: Symmetry, single digit addition and subtraction, even vs odd, number words, graphing, size comparison, telling time, counting money, greater than / less than

Science: Learning about how snow forms and the five different types of crystals formed at various temperatures.

Fine Motor Skills: Handwriting, Tracing, Drawing, Cutting and Pasting

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Valentine’s Day themed Math Resources

Preparing for your February Math classes? Looking for ways to make Math lessons fun and Math review holiday themed? Here are several resources for Prek – 3rd grade!

PreK-Kindergarten

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Sweet Math -n- More

27 pages of Math for young learners! Use as thematic morning work during the month of February, use in a Math center or send home for extra, reinforcement and practice of skills.

Skills include: recognition of numbers and number words, counting, simple addition and subtraction, finding the missing number, comparing numbers (biggest / smallest), finding differences, creating similarity, color by number, tracing, coloring, cutting and matching.

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1st Grade

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Valentine Math for 1st Grade

17 pages of Valentine’s Day / Heart themed work covering the following skills:
– single digit addition (with and without carrying)
– double digit addition (with and without carrying / Sums to 20 / Sums to 30 / by 10s)
– even / odd recognition
– single digit subtraction
– double digit subtraction (with and without borrowing / numbers to 20 / numbers to 30)
– probability
– roman numerals
– patterns
– ordinal numbers
– in/out ‘function’ tables
– reading a pictograph

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2nd – 3rd Grades

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Graphing Activities

Students will love these hands-on, creative activities and at the same time, practice their graphing skills! Students will love creating ‘Heart Butterflies’, ‘Heart Animals’ and using Valentine Heart candies in these graphing activities!

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Multiplication Rummy – Valentine Themed Card Game

Multiplication Rummy Card Game – Great center game to help your students learn (and practice) their multiplication skills!

Game Pieces included in this download:
– 96 math cards
– 2 wild cards
– Cover for the back of each card

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Valentine Math Review

This NO PREP packet has a lot of FUN and engaging activities to keep kids learning and reviewing skills during the month of February…with a Valentine’s Day them! * 77 Student Pages *

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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