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.

The Lion and the Mouse | Teaching Aesop’s Fable 2 Ways

Here is a fun, creative and different way to teach Aesop’s fable, The Lion and the Mouse! This Language Arts resource will use both the Caldecott’s winning picture book by Jerry Pinkney and the actual fable itself to help students gain understanding of the central theme and develop and practice important skills which will require attention to detail (both with illustration and text evidence). Students will be asked to give character analysis, describe the setting, develop a story map, explain cause and effect, show textual evidence and give opinions.

Section 1 (to be used with the Caldecott winning picture book) includes:

  • Guided Reading suggested questions
  • ‘Write the story’ worksheet
  • ‘Think about it’ worksheet
  • Character Analysis worksheets

Section 2 (to be used with the fable itself) includes:

  • Student copies of the fable
  • Character Analysis worksheet
  • ‘Central Message’ worksheet
  • ‘Textual Evidence’ worksheet
  • ‘Story Map’ worksheet
  • ‘Cause and Effect’ worksheet
  • ‘Relating to your own life’ worksheet (self narrative)
  • ‘Which version did you enjoy most’ worksheet (opinion)

Each writing worksheet offers 2 copies (one with dashed lines and one with single lines). This will allow you to choose which works best for students.

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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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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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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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March Math Skills Review for 2nd & 3rd Grades

Is it important to review Math Skills throughout the year? Yes! When we learn new information, we remember it best immediately after we’ve learned it. It is easy to forget skills, even just a few days or weeks after we’ve learned them. That is why it is important that we make time to have students review previously learned skills.

There are a lot of Math skills being taught in the 2nd and 3rd grades and these skills need to be repeatedly reinforced throughout the year.

For teachers looking to add some holiday flair to the review of Math skills in the month of March, I’ve created March Math Skills Review for 2nd & 3rd Grades with a St. Patrick’s Day theme!

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This resource includes 77 student pages and covers the following skills:

  • 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

This is a NO PREP resource with means you do not need to laminate, prep or use any color ink. These are simply PRINT & GO pages.

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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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Snowman Themed Learning

Looking for Snowman-themed, Winter learning resources? Here are 3 designed for elementary level students (PreK-2nd Grade).

Snowman Literacy Unit (Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade)

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This Snowman Literacy Unit (Letters, Digraphs, Blends and Sight Words) Pre-Primer to 2nd Grade download can be used in a variety of ways for Pre-K thru 2nd grade, especially in literacy centers!

This unit includes:
* Upper and lower case letter cards
* Sight word cards (Dolch Pre-Primer, Primer, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade)
* Beginning digraph cards
* Ending digraph cards
* Beginning blend cards
* Final blend cards
* Word Mats for 9 beginning digraphs
* Word Mats for 7 ending digraphs
* Word Mats for 20 beginning blends
* Word Mats for 20 final blends
* Word Mat to match upper and lower case letters
* 2 Snowman poem posters
* 6 Literacy center posters

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Math Center materials – Snowman themed (Kindergarten – 1st Grade)

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Create a variety of Math Centers with this Winter, Snowman themed resource designed for Kinders and Firsties!

Included:
* Number cards 1-100
* Number word cards 1 – 100
* Number and number word posters 1 – 20
* Number strips 1-100 (by tens)
* Shape posters – Square, Rectangle, Circle, Oval, Diamond, Pentagon, Hexagon, Triangle, Trapezoid
* Blank number cards and strips
* Snowman counters

Suggested uses are included!

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Snowman Graphing for 2nd and 3rd Grades (Winter Math Activities)

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Looking for fun Winter Math activities? Check out my Snowman Graphing for 2nd and 3rd Grades unit. Your students will have fun creating unique ‘dressed’ snowmen. After all are complete, the graphing activity(ies) can begin!Great as a whole class activity, or in cooperative groups and/or centers. This has been created for 2nd and 3rd grades, however younger or older students might enjoy as well.

Directions (included in the download):

Snowman Activity Directions
(Students will have fun creating their own unique snowman!)
Distribute or place copies of the following snowman pages. On each page will be 1 snowman and several colored articles of clothing.
Students are to cut out each piece along with the snowman and then begin to create unique snowmen by gluing the clothing of their choice on to his/her snowman. (One page of this download provides the snowman template page without color. Use this page if you desire to have students color the article of clothes themselves.)

Snowman Graphing Directions
After all the snowmen have been created, work as a class to create a graph (or graphs) showing the articles of clothing (and their colors) that were used! This can be a very simple graph for younger students or can be multiple graphs displaying much greater detail. This download does provide some ‘simple and ready to use’ graphs for students if more
detailed ones are not assigned or demonstrated. Also included our uncolored articles of clothing which can be colored and used on the
provided graphs.

Ideas:
Use the first half of this activity (the creation of the snowmen) as a center activity.
Divide students up into cooperative groups and have them work to create a graph (or multiple graphs) of the snowmen created by group members.
Create a bulletin board around the activity displaying the snowmen as well as a graph (or graphs created).

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Geography – USA Teaching Resources

Geography has always been a subject that I loved teaching, especially surrounding the USA. I also love when lessons can be made to cross over into other subject areas or become ‘hands-on’.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve created several NEW Geography related resources and I’m excited to share them with you!

All of these NEW resources are part of my Learning about the USA series…

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The 1st is a 150 page download which provides you 3 maps of each state:

* Blank outline
* Outline with State Capital
* Outline with Major Cities

This resource can be used in too many ways for me to list here but I’ll give you a few ideas…

* Cut out the blank outline and place on cardboard. Using homemade salt dough, students can create a 3-D relief map on top of the state outline, sculpting in rivers, mountains, etc. Once dry, have students paint them, green= land, brown= mountains, blue= rivers.

* Create a state book using the outlines. Students can do this by copying and cutting out several copies of the blank outline and one each of the others. The first blank outline will serve as the cover. Students can use each of the pages to create a fun book about the state.

* Using the outline maps with cities, ask students to add things such as major highways, historical landmarks, etc.

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These new resources can be used to create a variety of cross-curricular lessons and lead to hours of learning.

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Learning about the U.S.A. – State Birds –

Why does each state in the U.S. have a state bird, a state flower or other state selected ‘thing’? As a teacher, I was once asked this very question. I didn’t know the answer but I went looking. This is what I found…It is done to instill a sense of local state pride and patriotism and is a holdover from the early days when states were almost independent countries.

So why have a study on ‘State Birds’? My answer: For the wide range of learning that will occur during such a study! That is why I’ve created a MEGA Bundle of materials designed to provide students with a creative way, an inspiring way, to study ‘State Birds’…

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As they are completing their studies, students will exercise valuable skills such as…

  • researching
  • reading to comprehend informational text
  • organizing information
  • disseminating information

They will also be completing a cross-curricular study combining the following…

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Geography

This BUNDLE contains over 700+ pages and covers all 50 states and more…

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Each state has 14 pages designed for students to write, draw and express what they are learning and/or have learned throughout their studies.

** Cross-curricular learning at it’s best. ** ​

Language Arts: reading, research and writing (Students will be expected to search out informational text to learn about each state bird. Multiple pages are giving for students to report what they have learned. Some pages include sections for drawing. Also included: Pages designed to be used for different age groups.)

Science: Scientific classification (A page is included for each state to list the Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. Also a full coloring page is included if you’d like students to label the parts of each bird.)

Social Studies: Geography (2 map pages – One to identify the state and one for students to show everywhere in the U.S. the bird lives as well as any migration)

** Designed for multiple levels **

If you are a CHSH-Teach Download Club subscriber, this MEGA-BUNDLE download is available @ http://chsh-teach.com/pt/State-Birds-Notebooking-Pages/wiki.htm

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