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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Body Systems Bundle | Digestive System and Nervous System

Bundle and Save! If you teach Biology, Health, or Anatomy for 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grades, you’ll want to take advantage of this large Science money saving bundle!

Here is what you’ll get when you purchase this bundle….

Digestive System | Anatomy Posters and Worksheets

This product includes 7 sets of posters and worksheets for your classroom, all involving human digestion. Each poster comes in color (great for bulletin boards) and b/w (great for student handouts) and each worksheet comes with and without a word bank.

Sets include:

  1. Digestive System: mouth, esophagus, liver, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, large intestine, small intestine, rectum, anus
  2. At the Beginning: salivary gland, palate, teeth, tongue, esophagus
  3. The Stomach: fundus, esophagus, longitudinal muscle layer, circular muscle layer, oblique layer, pyloric antum, pyloric sphincter
  4. The Liver: right lobe, left lobe, coronary ligament, left hepatic vein, inferior vena cava, gallbladder, hepatic portal vein, hepatic artery proper
  5. In the Middle: gallbladder, pancreas, pancreatic duct, duodenum, common bile duct
  6. The Intestines: large intestine, traverse colon, descending colon, ascending colon, small intestine,
  7. At the End: rectum, internal anal sphincter, anal columns, eternal anal sphincter, anus

Digestive System | 2 Informational Articles | BONUS Poster

This product includes 2 informational text passages. The first details how the digestive system works and the second informs students of the most common health / medical issues that can occur within the system.

Includes:

  • 2 articles:
    – Your Digestive System (gives details of system organs and functions)
    – Problems with your Digestive System (examples: tracheoesophageal fistula, celiac disease, hepatitis, gallstones and appendicitis)
  • Student assessment worksheet for each article (multiple choice and short answer)
  • Answer keys
  • BONUS: Digestive System poster

Nervous System | Interactive Project

This product centers around the human nervous system and is a notebooking project unit. This interactive 56 page resource will require students to perform research and can be used independently or along side your curriculum.

Includes:

  • Instructional page (Creating a Notebooking Project – What is Notebooking?
  • Supply list
  • Teacher pages (assignment sheets, rubric)
  • Unit Related Vocabulary list
  • Project KWL
  • Vocabulary definitions page
  • References used page
  • Special report pages (many with illustrations) focusing on: CNS (parts of), PNS (parts of), the brain (lobes: frontal, occipital, parietal, cerebellum, temporal, medulla oblongata PLUS other structures), functions of the nervous system, Neurons (parts of), synapsis, disorders of the nervous system, careers related to the NS.

Nervous System | 7 Articles – 2 Assessments – 4 Posters

This product contains 7 informational text articles (each with comprehension questions followings), 2 end of unit assessments and 4 bonus posters! These articles can be used in any Science related class or in a Language Arts / Reading classroom. Use as standalone mini-lessons or as supplemental activities, homework or in centers.

Includes:

Article titles:

  • The Nervous System: Central & Peripheral
  • Your Nervous System: The Nerves
  • Your Brain & Spinal Cord
  • The Amazing Nerve
  • Brain Waves
  • The 2 Sides of your Brain: Right Brain, Left Brain
  • Sleep & Your Brain

2 Assessments:

  • One reviewing information from all articles
  • One focusing on the 1st three articles dealing with the makeup of the nervous system, brain, spinal cord and the nerves themselves.

4 Posters

  • Central & Peripheral Nervous Systems
  • Structure of a Neuron
  • Nervous System (whole body)
  • Types of Nerves

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Levels for articles range from 5.1 – 7.4

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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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U.S. History Project Unit: Abraham Lincoln

Studying the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln? Wanting your students to develop their ability to research, organize, write and create a complete project? This interactive – hands on – resource is one that can be used in Social Studies / History and Language Arts classes and is designed to be either teacher led or student centered – whichever you prefer!

What will you get in this resource?

  • “Creating a Notebooking Project – What is Notebooking?” instructional page
  • List of suggested suppliesEvaluation rubric (can be used by both teacher and student peer groups!)
  • Teacher directed assignment page (This is designed to be used if you need to ‘guide’ the students on the journey of creating the project – includes due date section)
  • Cover page for student use
  • Table of contents pages for projectProject KWLVocabulary terms page (So students can record and define unfamiliar terms along their study – or – You can assign certain terms to be completed throughout the project)
  • Reference page (For students to record the references they used to complete the project – Includes a # blank so students can place numbers (#’s) throughout their project.)
  • “Using Biographical Notebooking Pages” instructional page for student reference
  • “Guiding Research Questions” page to instruct students on how they can and should create their own research questions along the way.
  • 18 student publishing pages
    These can be used however the student (or you) decide! There are a great variety to help students create a beautiful project!

Where can you get this resource?

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Still not sure this is what you are looking for?

This project resource can be assigned individually or to cooperative groups. You can give students as much latitude as you want – or – you can be very deliberate in what and how you assign students to use the pages.

Need students to draw from primary and secondary sources? Need students to develop research questions? Need students to analyze statements or events? Make these part of the requirements. This resource is extremely flexible and allows you to make the assignment exactly what you need!

This resource can be successfully used in 5th-12th grades.

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Thanksgiving Grammar & Creative Writing Activities for November

This grammar and creative writing resource, Thanksgiving Grammar & Creative Writing Activities, will keep your students actively learning throughout the month of November covering a variety of skills.

Includes 30 student pages and will have students focusing on adjectives, adverbs, verbs, suffixes, articles “a” and “an”, nouns – both common and proper, syllables, synonyms, proofreading and also provides picture writing prompts for creative story writing as well as acrostic and limerick poetry!

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November No-Prep Activities for PreK – Kindergarten (Thanksgiving Themed)

A FULL MONTH of ACTIVITIES!

This November NO PREP Packet is filled with hands-on, engaging and FUN resources that get kids excited about learning! The activities in this packet can be used for morning work, homework, group work, centers and more! The best part is that there is NO PREP! NO costly closed ink, NO laminating, NO cutting…Just PRINT and GO!

Skills & Activities included in this packet: Tracing, Printing, Cutting, Coloring, Gluing, Matching, Counting, Adding, Comparing, Patterning and more! Examples of worksheets: Big vs Small, Single digit addition, Coloring by number, Filling in the missing initial consonant, Matching words with their images and much, much more!

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Funny Pumpkins – Math & Language Arts Activity Pages

This Whimsical Unit has been designed for use during October and November with PreK – Kindergarten students to practice fine motor, math and language arts skills!

29 student pages offering plenty of tracing, matching, copying, counting, early reading and more!

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