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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Saint George and the Dragon | Caldecott Book Guided Reading and Response

Students like stories with heros and Saint George is one in this book!

Storyline: This story begins with a nameless knight riding around the plain who has never been to battle. Despite this, the Queen of Fairies sends him to fight a dragon who has been terrorizing their land. He travels with Una the princess of the land. On his way to the dragon the knight meets an old hermit on top of a hill who explains to him his English heritage and tells him his name is George. George meets the dragon laying down as if it was a hill itself. The dragon sees his sword and prepares for battle. After a hard-fought battle George eventually emerges triumphant and slays the dragon. The king, promising Una to whomever slays the dragon, fulfills his promise and marries George and Una. Although all is well in the land George still fights other battles for the Queen of Fairies and through these battles George becomes Saint George.

Why I’ve created a ‘GUIDED READING’ resource: 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 in this resource have been designed to help assess students in a variety of ELA skills.

What this product 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.

For the Students:

  • Worksheet for students to answer questions from the story
  • Worksheet to produce questions both while reading and after reading
  • 2 art responses
  • BONUS: Dragon Shape Book to use at your discretion. Suggested uses: to create a book report or summary; to record unfamiliar vocabulary and definitions; to create their own original dragon story; to publish a dragon poem.

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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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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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Geography Nomenclature Cards – Regions of the United States

Geography nomenclature cards are a great resource for any classroom. Use as study materials, a reference for projects or studies or simply for display, these U.S. Regions nomenclature materials will be a great addition to your classroom!

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This set of U.S. Regions – Geography – Nomenclature cards consists of 20 cards:

  1. Regions of the United States in color with coded key (4 regions*)
  2. Regions of the United States in color with coded key with state names
  3. Regions of the United States in b/w and separated
  4. Regions of the United States in b/w and separated with state names
  5. Northeast Region (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  6. Northeast Region with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  7. Northeast Region b/w standing alone (with small insert of region in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  8. Northeast Region b/w standing alone with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  9. Midwest Region (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  10. Midwest Region with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  11. Midwest Region b/w standing alone (with small insert of region in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  12. Midwest Region b/w standing alone with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  13. South Region (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  14. South Region with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  15. South Region b/w standing alone (with small insert of region in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  16. South Region b/w standing alone with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  17. West Region (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  18. West Region with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  19. West Region b/w standing alone (with small insert of region in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)
  20. West Region b/w standing alone with state names (in color displayed on b/w full U.S. map)

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This set has the U.S. divided into *4 regions as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau

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Geography – Regions of the U.S. – Northeast Region – Informational Text and Worksheets

This is the first part of a growing set of U.S. Geography resources that I creating and offering on my website CHSH-Teach and TPT…

Geography – Regions of the U.S. – Northeast Region – Informational Text and Worksheets

This Regions of the U.S. Geography resource is centered on the Northeast Region and contains textbook style informational text and related student worksheets with answer keys. Students will enjoy learning about this region studying the categories of

  • Land and Water
  • Climate
  • Products and Natural Resources
  • Landmarks
  • Culture and Food

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The informational text worksheets begin with an anticipation activity section followed by questions that students will answer about each category. The last is a fun ‘unscramble’ the state names worksheet.

Because the United States can be divided up into different regions, I’ve designed this resource to follow the regions as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The resource shows the states in the Northeast as being Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

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Pumpkin Poetry – Autumn Creative Writing

This resource has been created to spark your students’ imaginations and creative writing with a PUMPKIN THEME!
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Covering 9 different types of poetry:
  • Acrostic
  • Diamante
  • Haiku
  • Limerick
  • Monorhyme
  • Cinquain
  • Minute
  • Tanka
  • Shape

FLIPBOOK PREVIEW

The first page is a handout for students with ‘Pumpkin Facts’. This has been designed to get them thinking about fun facts. The rest of the pages are all for publishing their pumpkin poems.

Each type of poetry has been given several different pages on which to publish. There are also ** descriptions of each type of poetry ** so that students know how to write each specific one.

>> ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS * PRINT & GO *
>> All student publishing pages are b/w to save on ink!
>> Imagine a Fall student created bulletin board displaying their masterpieces!

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