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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Adverbs and Adjective Activities for Kids

Are you looking for a quick and easy activity to teach your students about adverbs and adjectives?  This activity will allow for whole classroom participation.  Some additional printable activities are also listed below.


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Step 1: 

Review the definition of an adverb.

a word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, etc. (e.g., gently, quite, then, there ). 

Step 2: 

Review the definition of an adjective.

a word or phrase naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it. 

Step 3: 

Write the following paragraph on the board:

Travis entered the classroom. The class had just returned from recess. It was time to take a math test. Travis sat down at his desk. The test was face down on his desk. The teacher gave some instructions, and Travis flipped over his test. He looked at the first problem.

Step 4: 

Challenge the students to change the mood and meaning of the paragraph by using adverbs and adjectives. The students may work as a whole group, in small groups, or individually in their writing journals.

If working in groups, instruct each group to create a different mood. For example, happy, scared, anxious, mad, etc.

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Here is free game called Silly Sentence.


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Here is another game called The Bucket Game:



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You may also like these free task cards from our TpT store:

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Here are 6 grammar task cards for 3rd grade, 4th grade, special education, ESL or speech therapy. They are a great alternative to worksheets. Students may play SCOOT, have a scavenger hunt or play other games. Additional game ideas, a student response form and an answer key are also provided.


Here are 6 grammar task cards for 3rd grade, 4th grade, special education, ESL or speech therapy. They are a great alternative to worksheets. Students may play SCOOT, have a scavenger hunt or play other games. Additional game ideas, a student response form and an answer key are also provided.

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To save time and money, you may also like this bundle of activities for teaching students the parts of speech:

 parts of speech grammar activities games task cards

In this fun packet, you will receive 150 tasks cards, which includes nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs. Literacy center game ideas are included for small groups or large groups, such as a scavenger hunt and SCOOT.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

How to Make Paper Snowflakes for Kids

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Did you forget how to make paper snowflakes?  Do you need a quick (under two minutes!) demonstration video to show your students?  If you are like me, you remember how to fold it, but it never turned out pretty like this:

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After watching this quick video, I figured out what I was doing wrong.  
Click the picture below to watch the video:



The key is to cut out bigger pieces!  Aren't these pretty?

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Now, how about a couple movement activities to go along with all of your pretty snowflakes?

SNOWFLAKES
(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Snowflakes falling gently down.
Whirling round, twirling round.
Slowly falling to the ground.
Landing softly without a sound.

Dramatic Play

Students may pretend to be snowflakes and float slowly through the air.  Soon, Mr. North Wind blows them quickly through the air. Finally, the snowflakes fall silently on the ground.  

Next, the snowflakes are made into a snowman.  The students stand tall and act like snowmen.  The sun shines, and the temperature warms.  The snowmen slowly begin to melt.  It becomes hotter and hotter.  The snowmen become smaller and smaller.  Finally, they all melt into a puddle of water!

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Snowflakes: Winter Action Song for Kids


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More indoor "snow" activities:


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 snowflakes classroom decorations for winter


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Students always enjoy it when teachers dress the theme!

 teacher leggings


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 snowflake necklace pendant


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 classroom snowflake wand

This will surely get their attention!


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter Game for Kids

Here is a fun and simple winter game to play in your primary classroom.  It works well as a brain break movement activity, for indoor recess, or as a social interaction activity.

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I am not sure where this game originated, but I do know it is a student favorite!  

"Who Has the Ice Cube?"  

Step 1: The students sit in a circle.  

Step 2: You will need one baggie of ice cubes.  

Step 3: Choose one student to be Jack Frost.  

Step 4: The student (Jack Frost) goes to the center of the circle and hides his eyes.  The remaining students pass the bag around the circle while music is playing.  

Step 5: When the music stops, the students stop passing the ice cubes.  

Step 6: Jack Frost tries to guess who has the ice cubes.  The student with the ice cubes  becomes Jack Frost. 

Step 7: The game is then repeated.  

Want to help your students learn content while playing this game?

To tie in subject area content, the student must answer a question before become Jack Frost.  Task cards work well for this. Scroll down for some printable cards, or click HERE For 140+ free printable resources in our TpT store.

These plastic ice cubes also work well from our Amazon affiliate store as you won't run the risk of leaking water. :)
 reusable plastic ice cubes




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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Writing Activities

Here are some winter writing activities and story starters for your winter writing center.  You may download them (along with another free photo not shown here) in printable format HERE.




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Use the following photos to spark some creative writing in your classroom. For a printable version, click HERE.

Scroll down for free writing papers to go along with the story starters.


It all began when...

These were some magical skis....

I thought I was a good skier...


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Rain or snow...we were going!

The pilot came on the radio...

The people in the airport couldn't believe their eyes!

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We wondered what lurked in the snowy trees...

Those weren't shadows!

The beginning of our adventure...

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At that moment...

We watched her snowboard fall...

This was going to be an epic trip!

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How did this snowman get here?

When the snowman came to life...

This wasn't your typical beach vacation...

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 free winter writing prompts story starters literacy centers

Free Winter Writing Prompts

Here are six photos to help your students with creative writing. Each card has three writing prompts. They work well in your literacy centers.

For 30 more winter writing prompts, click HERE.

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 free winter writing papers

Free Winter Writing Papers

You will receive three worksheets each with a different picture story prompt. These pages work well for elementary students, ESL, special education and autism. Students love special paper for their creative writing.

You may also like the full set of 25 winter writing papers, click HERE.

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This set is so adorable for your writing center classroom decor.

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Students may color a page, then write a story about it.

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 winter penguin writing paper


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 winter snowflakes pencils and erasers classroom set


Note: These erasers also work well as math manipulatives.

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