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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Personal Reflections and New Year Resolutions for Kids


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Before you begin writing your new year resolutions, it is important for students to reflect on their past year.  This blog post will motivate students to reflect while giving teachers some fun activity ideas.

 How about a pep talk from Kid President?!



So how do we put our reflective thoughts into writing?



Here is a FREE worksheet to help your students reflect on the past year:

Click HERE for this free download.


Once your students have engaged in some personal reflection, they are ready to write goals or resolutions for the new year.  Your students will love this interactive notebook activity.  You may use it as a stand along activity or include it in their interactive notebooks.



Click HERE to see this new year activity in our store.

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You may also like these new year activities found in our store:




January Writing Prompts Task Cards





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You may also like these Amazon products from our associate store:

 new years book for kids

(Best Seller on Amazon)

"Do you know how to make a resolution?" Squirrel asked Bear. "Is it like making a snack?"
Bear laughed. "Resolutions are more important than snacks."
"More important than snacks?" said Squirrel. "What is a resolution?"

Squirrel knows that New Year's Day is a great day for making resolutions! But what does it mean to make a resolution, anyway? As she makes visits around the forest she learns about New Year's resoltions and helps her friends get started on theirs. If only she can think of a resolution of her very own...

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 new years eve party props


Great for Dramatic Play Centers or as Writing Prompts

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 new year's eve classroom decorations


Your students will be excited to start the new year in your classroom!

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 new years eve scavenger hunt games for kids


Students will enjoy playing this on cold, snowy days during indoor recess!

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 Chinese new year coins



Every student may have one!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Free Christmas Math Activities

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year!  Students are highly motivated when we tie Christmas into classroom learning.  Today we are sharing a free Christmas math fractions game.


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Free Christmas Comparing Fractions Game  

Materials:

Dice

Set of 12 Like Objects (Call these Set A)

Set of 12 Like Objects (Call these Set B)

Empty Bag

Math Journal (or paper)

Players: Game may be played with 2-6 players (or more). More players makes this game significantly harder. This is a great way to differentiate. Lower students play with partners. Average students play with 2-4 players. Advanced players play with 5 or more.

Step 1: Place all 24 objects in a bag. (Sets A and B)

Step 2: First student rolls the dice. The first die determines how many A objects to take out of the bag. The second die determines how many B objects to take out of the bag.

Step 3: Player 1 writes a fraction answering the question, "How many Objects A out of how many total were drawn?"

Step 4: Player 2 takes a turn following the same steps.

Step 5: Players determine whose fraction is larger? The player with the larger fraction earns one point.

Step 6: The first player to 10 points wins.
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Here are some sample manipulatives from our Amazon Associate store: 

They would also make fun student gifts after the activity!

 candy can pens for kids


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 classroom set of Christmas pencils for kids


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 Christmas math manipulatives for centers and stations


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 Dozen red and green rubber bouncing balls for Christmas


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 classroom set of Christmas stockings


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For more practice, your students may have a scavenger hunt or play SCOOT with these FREE Christmas math task cards from our store:



Click HERE to download six free task cards.

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Here are more Christmas math resources from our store:



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 Christmas math for 3rd or 4th grade games and activities


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Here are more math resources from our store:


 free printable fractions activities and games for 3rd grade


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 free fractions task cards and activities for 3rd 4th grade



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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers Promo Code Cyber Monday 2015

Are you looking for a TpT promo code? Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Monday and Tuesday 2015 sale.  The promo code is: SMILE

When you use this code, TpT will take an additional 10% off our current sale prices. This means you will save up to 50% off our already reduced products!  Click HERE to visit our store!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Free Integers Lessons, Songs & Games


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In this blog post, you will find 10 free ideas for teaching about integers in your classroom.  You will find lessons, songs and games.  You will also find printable resources from our store, as well as some fun Amazon integer games.

1. Integer Basic Lesson Plan Video



2. Integer Addition and Subtraction Music Video - This is a kid favorite as they may even sing along!






6.  Math Integers Game - This could be done for addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.



7. Bike Racing Math Integers Video Game Directions - Click HERE to play the game online.



8.  Scholastic Integer Football Game - Click HERE for free download and directions.


9.  Integers Task Cards - Have a scavenger hunt or play a game of SCOOT.

 free integers printable activities and games


 free pre algebra app


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Click HERE to see lots more printable integer resources in our store.

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 real world life integers for kids


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Click HERE for Subtracting Integers Task Cards

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 multiplying integers task cards games activities 6th 7th 8th grade


Click HERE for Dividing Integers Task Cards

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You may also like these resources from our Amazon Associate store:

 BINGO integers



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 positive and negative integers math cube games


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 integers game for kids


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 multiplying and dividing integers math BINGO game for kids

 math BINGO integers games



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Monday, November 9, 2015

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Science Turkeys!

In this blog post, you will find directions and resources for a Thanksgiving science activity with Venn diagrams. In addition, a Thanksgiving bulletin board idea is also described.

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Thanksgiving Turkeys Venn Diagram Activity
Wild Turkey vs. Domestic Turkey

Step 1:  Divide the students into small groups.  Give each group a poster board. Instruct the students to draw to large, overlapping circles to make a Venn diagram. NOTE:  Some of the students may wish to leave room to make their circles into two turkeys with feathers at the end of the project.



Step 2:  Have students search for pictures of wild and domestic turkeys.  This website has information on wild turkeys.  It even has a section to listen to their sounds!  They also have some information on the domestic turkey here.

Step 3:  As students conduct their research, have them complete the Venn diagrams to show the differences and similarities of domestic and wild turkeys.  Students may also relate their findings to the first Thanksgiving feast.

Step 4:  Have each group share their findings.  Others groups may add new information learned to their own diagrams.

Step 5:  If students wish, they may make each circle into a turkey.  Let the students be creative and come up with their own elaborations.  


Step 6:  Display the diagrams and artwork around the room or on a Thanksgiving bulletin board.

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Click HERE for more information from the DNR site.

Students may also search online or in the school library.

Here are some resources from our Amazon Associate store: 

 wild turkeys book for kids


Unlike their domesticated relatives, wild turkeys can fly. Readers will learn about the pecking order of turkey flocks, how turkeys avoid predators, what foods these birds eat, and much more. The turkeys association with Thanksgiving is addressed, as is the impressive comeback these birds made after their numbers plummeted in the early twentieth century.
Ages 7-10

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 animals on the farm turkeys book for kids


Animals on the Farm is a captivating series that introduces beginning readers to some of their favorite farm animals. Each book covers the characteristics, life cycles, and uses of a farm animal. Easy-to-read text, vibrant photos, and interesting facts ensure that this series will stimulate beginning readers. Animals on The Farm is a series of AV2 media enhanced books. A unique book code printed on page 2 unlocks multimedia content. These books come alive with video, audio, weblinks, slide shows, activities, hands-on experiments, and much more.
Ages 5-7

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 ABCs of the wild turkey book for kids


Students will love the beautiful pictures as they learn about the ABC’s of the Wild Turkey. From beards to gobbles, this fun book will teach your child the letters of the ABC’s while introducing and teaching them about the wild turkey. As one of the ABC Books for Hunting Heritage and Habitat, this book highlights the conservation organization, the National Wild Turkey Federation or NWTF. The NWTF is dedicated to protecting habitat and preserving our hunting heritage. By purchasing this book, you will be helping to support conservation of habitat and our hunting heritage. Proceeds of each book purchased will be donated back to the National Wild Turkey Federation to allow the organization to continue its mission of preserving habitat and supporting youth initiatives.

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You may also like this Thanksgiving foldable card from our store:



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Here are more Venn Diagram resources from our Amazon Associate store:

 Classroom venn diagram pocket chart large bulletin board

Venn Diagram School Pocket Chart

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 write on wipe off venn diagram classroom charts


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