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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Autism Teaching Strategies from Temple Grandin


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Autism help from someone with autism.  This is an amazing video. Temple Grandin offers advice, tips, strategies and more!


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Temple Grandin is a very vocal member of the autism community. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, and through her mother’s support and proactive treatment and thinking she has gone on to become a very respected animal science professional, as well as an autism rights activist. In this video, she explains her thoughts on the disorder, her various ideas on future treatment, and overall perceptions of autism.


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Here is another video where she discusses what is feels like to have autism.



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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Classroom Activities, Games and Printables

Thanksgiving is almost here!

Here are some great activities, games and printables for kids.

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Another Brain Break - Start DANCING!




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Ten Facts About Thanksgiving

Use these for story starters or research topics.


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How about a FUN Thanksgiving Treasure Hunt?





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Dora is thankful and says, "Thank You!"




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Thanksgiving Collage Ideas

Tear or cut pictures from magazines, copies of photos, etc. 

Glue pictures on a poster board. titled, "I am thankful for..."

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Thanksgiving Day Finger Play


Every day when we eat our dinner,

Our table is very small. (palms of hands close together)

There's room for father, mother, sister, brother, and me -- that's all. (point to each finger)

But when it's Thanksgiving Day and the company comes.

You'd scarcely believe your eyes. (rub eyes)

For that very same table stretches until it is just this size! (spread hands wide)

(Author Unknown)

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Turkey Chase Game

Sit in a circle. Use two balls, the first to indicate the turkey and second to signify the farmer. Different colored balls may be used. First ball is passed around the circle as fast as possible. Shortly after, start second ball around circle in the same direction. The object of the game is to make the second ball overtake the first. 

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Popcorn!
Pretend to be a small round kernel or popcorn with a little water inside. You are placed in a popcorn popper. You are becoming hotter and hotter. The water inside starts to expand. Finally you POP into a fluffy popcorn which bounces up and down!

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Popcorn Song

(Tune: "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a little popcorn in a pot,

Heat me up and watch me pop.

When I get all fat and white, then I'm done,

Popping corn is lots of fun!

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Animal, Bird or Fish

Mount three envelopes onto a large piece of cardboard or bulletin board. Glue a picture on each envelope to designate each category. Provide pictures of animals, birds, or fish. Sort into correct categories.


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Free Thanksgiving Coloring Page

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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Pine Cone Turkeys



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Toilet Paper Roll Pilgrims and Native Americans



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Students will draw or write on a foldable Thanksgiving card to show their appreciation for someone special. The are six variations of the ONE template, including open-ended options to meet the individual needs of all your students. This Thanksgiving activity works well year after year for multiple grade levels due to the different templates and writing or drawing options.

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 free Thanksgiving printable writing papers literacy centers

Here are 3 printable writing pages. Each lined worksheet features different picture story prompt. These papers work well for elementary students, ESL, special education and autism. 

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 free Thanksgiving math activities money games task cards

You will receive six printable task cards for students to practice adding money using pictures of coins and one dollar bills. They work well as a review, test prep or as a quick formative assessment. You will also receive 20 game ideas for math centers or stations. A student response form and answer key are provided. 

Task cards are a great alternative to worksheets. They can be used as a scavenger hunt game, SCOOT, SCATTER, math center independent work, game board cards, and more! Students love movement in the classroom, and brain research tells us movement increases achievement.

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 Thanksgiving ELA Grammar Contractions games activities

You will receive 6 grammar task cards for your literacy centers or stations. Students may have a scavenger hunt, play SCOOT or other games. Students will read the phrase and write the contraction on the student response form worksheet. An answer key is also provided for your convenience.

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 Thanksgiving math games 5th and 6th grade activities

You will receive six task cards for 5th and 6th grade students. A student response form and answer key are also provided. Task cards are a fun alternative to worksheets. Students may play SCOOT, have a scavenger hunt or play other games allowing for movement in the classroom.

You may also like 30 additional cards:


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 Thanksgiving ELA grammar interactive notebook activities for kids

Each Thanksgiving turkey represents a part of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives or adverbs. Students color, cut and match the Thanksgiving turkey feathers to the correct Turkey. Blank templates are also provided for students to create their own Thanksgiving word lists if desired. Step by step photos and answer keys are included.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Halloween Classroom Activities and Games

October is such a fun month to be in the classroom.  Here are some pumpkin songs and videos, lessons and Halloween activities to use for language arts and math. 



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Your students will enjoy this Halloween song, "Pumpkin Pumpkin."

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Here is another Halloween video to help your students learn the basic shapes.



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Finger plays are a great way to introduce poetry concepts, following directions and fine motor skills to elementary and special education students. They also allow movement in the classroom, which research has shown brain breaks increase achievement. You will receive one free finger play for the students to read.

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ORANGE BREW RECIPE:

1 cup milk

1 cup water

6 ounces concentrated orange juice

10-12 ice cubes

1 teaspoon vanilla

Whip ingredients in blender until frothy.

Variation: Use ingredients to make popsicles.

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Click on the picture to enlarge, then right click to print this free Hallween dot-to-dot worksheet.

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There are many opportunities for students to practice visual discrimination.  Students may compare  different colors pumpkins and gourds or different types of candy.

For example, here is a set of 24 decorative pumpkins.  They are 2 inches in size and work great in Halloween math centers as manipulatives for counting and sorting.

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This printable Halloween worksheet is another way for students to practice visual discrimination.


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Here are 5 writing prompts to help get you started.

1.  Maddie saw the pumpkin glowing on the porch. However, it didn't have a candle in it!

2. Our teacher asked us to bring some Halloween decorations to school.  Jimmy brought the most unusual item.

3.  All the children were afraid to go to the house at the end of the street, everyone except Anna that is...

4.  It was a cold and dark Halloween evening, the children were going to a new haunted house.

5.  Our science teacher let us conduct an experiment to create a monster.

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These foam pumpkin decorations will be a hit in a writing center.  Have your students decorate a pumpkin, then write a story about its adventures!

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This fun ghost has so many possibilities in your classroom.  Hang it in a writing center to spark many creative writing activities.  Use it for easy and smooth transitions.  The teacher could hold him while walking around the room.  The students may give the ghost a high five when they are in their seats and ready to work!

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These rings would make great prizes.  However, in the past I used them in the sand table.  Set the timer and see how many each student can find.  Students must count and record their results. Students could also make a graph of all the results.

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Candy is definitely on the students' minds this whole month.  Board games teach so many essential skills from social to academic.  Candyland is a classic that everyone loves.

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