## Sunday, October 31, 2010

### Thing's I am Thankful For Expository Writing Lesson Plan

If your kiddos are learning how to write expository essays, you may want to check out this wonderful Thanksgiving Themed Lesson Plan that covers all stages of writing including : brainstorming, drafting, and final draft.  Edit with this editing checklist.

### What's My Angle?

Here is a fun geometry project for those kiddos who are learning to measure angles:

Click on each of the pictures below to print.

### Math Worksheets for 4th and 5th Graders

If you are looking for extra math practice for your 4th or 5th grader, you may want to check out the math worksheets below:

weekly essentials week 17 grade 4
weekly essentials week 17 grade 5
in class Tuesday grade 5 math

### Syllabication Rules Cards

If you are working on syllabication with your child, you may want to print out these syllabication rule cards.
Simply print, laminate, and hook on a clip.

### Learning About Patterns

Here are some fun activities for learning about patterns!

Pattern Detective
Look for patterns around the house. Does your carpet have a pattern? Perhaps the bedspread or the curtains. When you find a pattern say it out load. "Blue stripe, white stripe, blue stripe, ..."

Draw a Pattern
Have your child draw patterns.

Sticker Patterns
Use stickers to create a pattern.

Shape Patterns

Print out these pattern blocks to make patterns

Heart patterns worksheet

Leaves for ab patterns

Color the apples pattern worksheet

The Chicken Song
This is a great silly pattern to dance along to with your child:

## Saturday, October 30, 2010

### Create a Temperature Bar Graph

Have your child keep track of the temperature in several major cities, or the average temperature of your city for the last 12 months, and have them prepare a bar chart.  You can print out this blank bar graph to make it easier.

Then have them answer the following questions:

1. What city (or month) was the hottest?

2. What city (or month) was the coldest?

3. Which two had the closest temperatures?  What was the difference?

4. Which two had the greatest difference?  What was the difference?

For more bar graph practice, try this worksheet.

### Area and Perimeter Lesson Plan

Check out this really cool on-line area and perimeter lesson plan.  The video has a Men in Black/ secret agent type feel and is lots of fun!

For more practice, try these worksheets:

Area and Perimeter Math Journal

Area Problems

Practice measuring perimeter, area, and volume with this worksheet

### Thanksgiving Coloring Page

Have your child color in this turkey coloring page.  Practicing coloring in the lines is a great way to strengthen fine motor skills.

### Halloween Mad Libs

Mad Libs are a big hit at our house!  Here are some fun Halloween themed Mad Libs to try!  Simply click on the pictures to print.

 Halloween Mad Libs - Treats! Halloween Mad Libs - Spooky! Halloween Mad Libs - Tricks!

### Barnes and Noble Kids Club

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## Thursday, October 28, 2010

### Pumpkin Seed Number Match Game

Here is a fun game to play with your child to work on their understanding of one to one correspondence with a pumpkin theme!

## Wednesday, October 27, 2010

### A Zoo Map

Help your child practice map-reading skills using this engaging zoo map activity. Great way for them to  learn geography vocabulary including: direction, landmark, symbol, and more.
Preview the book

### Land and Water Forms Matching Activity

 Download activity Preview the book Do you know what a canal, an estuary, and an archipelago are? Find out  with this engaging land and water forms lesson! Activity cards help students practice geography content vocabulary as they match the word, definition, and picture of each concept.

## Sunday, October 24, 2010

### Origami Pumpkin.

Just in time for Halloween, here are instructions for making an origami pumpkin.

You can download the printable image at Slide by clicking on the picture above.

### Octodogs

If you are looking for a yummy and fun lunch to make your kids this week, you may want to try these Octodogs, perfect for Halloween:

### Ghost Multiplication Game

Practice multiplication with this ghost themed game.

### Multiplication - Two Digit Numbers up to 100

If your kiddos are working on multiplying 2 digit numbers, you may want to check out this fun multiplication quiz.

For more multiplication resources, try these:

Multiplication Bingo

Using Candy to teach Multiplication

Practice your multiplication sense with this worksheet.

### Alphabet Recognition Assessment

Assess your child's ability to write their uppercase letters with this alphabet recognition assessment.

## Saturday, October 23, 2010

### Winner of \$25 Pizza Hut Gift Card

Congrats to our winner of the \$25 Pizza Hut Gift Card!

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I have emailed the winner who has 48 hours to send me their mailing address or I will pick another winner.

# Halloween Counting Coloring Pages

To download these  free coloring pages, click on the number you'd like to color.

 One Two Three One (26K) Two (42K) Three (58K)
 Four Five Four (72K) Five (87K)

### The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree Lesson Plan

The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Stop periodically to ask questions such as:

*What part of the spring tree becomes the apples in summer?

*What happens to the apple tree in the fall?

*What does the tree look like in winter?

Then have your child complete this book:

Print out the apple template here.

Fall – they dipped squares of tissue into glue and added them to the tree trunk.

Math

Language Arts

Find the difference between common and proper nouns with this apples themed worksheet.

## Saturday, October 16, 2010

### MeeGenius Free ebooks for kids

MeeGenius is an online library of picture books that kids can read independently or as a read along.  Books can be personalized with students names, just answer a few quick questions and the book is rewritten for you.  Each book comes with audio playback and word highlighting, perfect for beginning or struggling readers to read along.

These eBooks are displayed on a bookshelf – children will enjoy pulling the books out of this virtual bookshelf. In addition to offering its service for free on the site, MeeGenius offers a paid application for the iPhone; this app contains all the features of the site and delivers them on your Apple device.

Features:
• A large collection of personalized ebooks for children.
• eBooks also come with audio playback.
• To make them easier to follow, audio playback comes with word highlighting.
• Parents can change characters’ names to make them more relatable.
• The site also has paid iPhone / iPad applications.

### CoSketch

I am testing out this cool website, CoSketch that lets you visualize and share your ideas as images using a whiteboard with others. You can upload pictures and draw on it, add shapes, and then embed your image to your blog or website. See what I've shared by clicking the link below:  You can create a lesson for your child, then email them a link to check it out.  I think this will be great for my older kiddos.

Simple sharing
• Anything you paint will show up for all other users in the room in real time.
• One click to save a sketch as an image for embedding on forums, blogs, etc.

Zero hassle
• Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation.
• Free and without registration.

Now with Google Maps support!
• Use google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips.
Read more or just create a sketch and try for yourself.

### What's the Main Idea?

Have your child watch this short video about main idea, then practice with one of the worksheets below:

Students read newspaper articles to determine the main idea of a story with this worksheet.

Find the main idea in this passage about Neil Armstrong.

Main idea graphic organizer

Football main idea worksheet

### Free Books

If you are sticking to a budget, you may want more books than you can afford.  If that sounds familiar, you may want to check out these amazing (AND FREE) resources:

• Bartleby - Bartleby has one of the best collections of literature, verse and reference books that can be accessed online for no charge.
• Books-On-Line - A directory of more than 50,000 (mostly free) books that are posted on the Internet. Browse by author, subject or keyword.
• Bookstacks - This site has nearly 100 free books from 36 different authors. The books can be read online or downloaded as a PDF.
• Bored.com - Read thousands of classic books and other ebooks online or transfer files to your computer. Special topics include music, games, cooking, science and travel.
• Classic Book Library - A free online library containing historical fiction, romance, mysteries, science fiction and children’s literature.
• Classic Bookshelf - Electronic library of classic books with a special Java eBook reading program for easy viewing.
• Classic Reader - An expanding collection of classic fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s stories and plays–more than 4,000 works by hundreds of authors.
• Ebook Lobby - Hundreds of free ebooks in categories that range from business and art to computing and education.
• EtextCenter - More Over 2,100 publicly-available ebooks from the University of Virginia Library’s Etext Center including classic British and American fiction, major authors, children’s literature, American history, Shakespeare and much more.
• Fiction eBooks Online - Hundreds of plays, poems, short stories, picture books and classic novels.
• Full Books - Thousands of full-text books sorted by title–both fiction and nonfiction.
• Get Free Books - Thousands of free books on nearly every topic imaginable. All books are available for instant download.
• Great Literature Online - Free, HTML formatted e-text from ClassicAuthors.net. A links page for each author makes this site a great resource for college students.
• Internet Public Library - Online collection of reference books including almanacs, dictionaries and encyclopedias.
• Literature of the Fantastic - Small collection of science fiction and fantasy books with links to discussions.
• Literature Project - Free library of classic books, poems, speeches and plays with optional speech-to-text software.
• Magic Keys - Free illustrated children’s stories for people of all ages.
• Many Books - Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations and recent reviews.  There are 21,269 eBooks available.
• Master Texts - Database of free, full-text literary masterpieces searchable by title, subject and author.
• The Online Books Page - Listing over 30,000 free books on the Web
• Open Book Project This site, geared towards the educational community, provides free textbooks and other educational materials online.
• Page By Page Books - Catch up on your reading list, expand your horizons, or just spend a relaxing evening by yourself.
• Project Gutenberg - There are over 25,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.
• Public Literature - A huge collection of fine literature that showcases classic authors and modern works from around the world.
• Read Print - Free online library with thousands of books, poems and plays for students and teachers.
• Ref Desk - Tons of free encyclopedias and other reference books from the best reference site on the web.
• The Online Books Page - A listing of over 30,000 free books on the web from the University of Pennsylvania.
• The Perseus Digital Library - An evolving digital library from Tufts University that features texts from the classical and Renaissance world.

### Color Matching Doghouses

If your kiddos are working on matching and color recognition, you may want to print out this dog color matching file folder game.

For more color word activities, try these:

Car color word emergent reader

Colorful food emergent reader

Colorful flowers emergent reader

## Friday, October 15, 2010

### \$10 off Coupon for Office Depot!

Great deal at Office Depot!

One coupon is valid until 10/16 - the other is valid 10/17 - 11/20

## Thursday, October 14, 2010

Practice multiplying by 5s with this fun candy corn themed file folder game.

### Candy Corn Letter Matching

This Candy Corn Letter Matching game is a great way to practice letter recognition.  Simply print out two copies, cut out the candy corns and let the kiddos match up the letters.

## Wednesday, October 13, 2010

### Make Your Own Comics

Do your kiddos love comics? If so, they will love this  website, where users can create comic strips about anything that they want. There are 25 different objects that can be inserted, such as a present, the moon, a cell phone, or a book. There are icons to take different actions, such as scaling an object, moving an object to another place, and either printing or e-mailing the finished product.

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