Some kids make friends naturally, but for others, making and keeping friends is not so easy. Here are 24 free friendship cards from Rachel Lynette to help your students make and keep friends. Use these cards in small groups or as writing prompts. Students in all of the elementary grades can benefit from these cards!
Organize your classroom supplies with an old muffin pan and some seasonal labels. Cute idea from Charity Preston at the Organized Classroom Blog! She explains it with a short video so you'll know exactly what to do!
I have February, Who has Valentine's ? I have...who has... is a fun, interactive, and cooperative learning game. This Valentine's Day version will be a sure hit with your students, especially on party day! There are 24 cards, directions for playing, and an answer sheet. Have fun! Created by Mandy of Cooperative Learning 365
Bump is a math game that's been around for a while. Basically, the kids roll dice, figure the sum and cover the answer with their marker. There is a twist to the game though. The full directions are included in the download file. Both addition and multiplication versions are included. Enjoy these math games from Denise Boehm of Sunny Days!
What better way to get students to know what it takes to make a difference in the world than working cooperatively with others. Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., includes two activities that allow students to work with partners and with the entire class. These activities can be completed after reading a book or watching a movie about Martin Luther King, Jr. You can find a free movie on Dr. King on BrainPOP.com.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Video Resources is a packet of teaching strategies and printables created by Laura Candler to supplement a free video and its related resources on BrainPOP.com. The packet includes a link to the BrainPOP video along with discussion cards, sequencing cards, and vocabulary activites to teach words related to civil rights.
Letters to the Future is a lesson plan developed by Laura Candler for having students write letters to themselves that will be delivered in the future. The activity can be completed electronically using the website FutureMe.org which will automatically deliver an email on a specific date in the future, or it can be completed as a paper and pencil activity with letters being delivered personally. This teaching packet includes a sample parent letter, teaching suggestions, and a graphic organizer for brainstorming ideas. Excelled activity for starting back to school in January!
Here's a New Years Resolutions writing activity from Rachel Friedrich at the Sub Hub. It helps kids focus on writing goals that are realistic and measurable as well as creating strategies to meet your goals.
Are mittens warm? This is a question that gets the wheels turning in the minds of students. This lesson developed by Selina Smith of Classroom Magic combines an engaging picture book, The Mitten, and an inquiry based science experiment. Students will use the scientific method to discover the answer to this question.
Check out the TeachHub Top 10 holiday activities for fun and educational teaching ideas! From exploring December holidays to having students write their own holiday word problems, these activities are sure to be a hit this month!
Christmas Math Puzzlers are word problems with a holiday theme. You'll find two levels of word problems along with the answer keys and suggestions for use. These pages can be used for cooperative learning or independent problem solving. Math Puzzlers are based on the Daily Math Puzzler program created by Laura Candler.
Laura Candler's Seasonal File Cabinet contains dozens of free printables for elementary and middle school. Includes lessons and activities for holidays and special times throughout the year.
Right now you can find free activities for February including a Valentines Heart Data Analysis activity and a research project for Black History month. New activities are added to this page each month.
Based on the book Roses Are Pink Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat, students can follow a pattern to write their own poems and then create their own cards with the free templates. This activity is brought to you by Rachel Friedrich at the Sub Hub.
Check out this collection of freebies for February from Selina Smith of the Classroom Magic blog. Her QR Code Valentine activity is pretty cool! Lots of great ideas here! You may also like the valentine-themed graphic organizer to go along with the book Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.
Need engaging activities for February? This 25-page packet offers ready-to-use lessons and activities for February that foster higher level thinking while motivating students. Activities include math word problems, a candy heart fraction lesson, a friendship poetry activity, a word challenge, and directions for writing a President or Black History biography. This collection of printables was created by veteran teacher Laura Candler.
Here is a winter writing activity that incorporates the use of technology. Students use s snowflake writing template to create an original poem. Then they use a free program, Animoto, to make a video slideshow of their poem. Your students will be amazed with this activity from Selina Smith.
What do the word "sis" and the sentence "Madam, I'm Adam" have in common? Both are palindromes--words, phrases, and sentences with individual letters that sit in the same sequence whether they are read forward or backward. With January being the month named after the ancient Roman god whose two faces allowed him to look into the past and into the future, it seems a fitting time to entertain and challenge students with the back-and-forth palindrome concept. Your students will enjoy these word puzzles from Margaret Whisnant!
Why should the primary grades have all the fun on the hundredth day of school? This activity combines research, writing, math, and higher level thinking into a scavenger-hunt type activity that is just right for upper elementary students! The 100th Day of School Challenge comes to you from Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom.
Do your students like to share their stories? In Talking About the New Year, from Mandy Neal at the Cooperative Learning 365 blog, students do just that. What can be chaos turns into an activity that is fun and structured!
If you use cooperative learning in your classroom, you will probably be forming new teams when you return to school in January. This fun teambuilding activity from Laura Candler is a great way for our students to get to know each other as they talk about the old year and share their goals for the new year.
This Winter Friends Rhyming Words center from 3rd Grade Gridiron can be used to review rhyming words. The goal of this center is to remind students that not all rhyming words use the same spelling pattern. This five page center includes 24 rhyming word cards (12 pairs) and a recording sheet. The cards can also be used to play "Memory," turning over two cards at a time trying to find a rhyming pair.
If you are looking for a unique way to pull together a winter carnival prize, without resorting to the same old gift basket, make sure to take a look at this video from Charity Preston from The Organized Classroom Blog!
Check out this short unit based on gingerbread from Rachel Friedrich of the SubHub. The lessons can be used as is for grades 2-4 and could be modified to fit kindergarten or fifth grade. At the heart of the unit is reading as many different versions of the Gingerbread Man as you can find. There are reading lessons, a writing idea to take students through the writing process, science lessons, math lessons, and even a couple of social studies ideas.
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