Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tally Up the House!

If your kiddos are learning how to count and tally - you will love this tally up the house activity.  Simply print out this page, give your kid a clipboard and have them practice counting and tallying around your house.

Count, Write, and Tally

Color Words Practice

Luke is working on learning his color words while reading some of our favorite books like Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do you See?  I also am going to have him work on this color words activity above.  You can print it out here, then have your child cut and glue the color word, write the color word, and color in the box to match.

Bing Images for Writing Prompts

A few months ago I noticed some amazing pictures from Bing every time I logged onto my internet.  As I became more and more fascinated by them I came to the realization that they would make awesome writing prompts for my kiddos.  Above are just a few of our favorites so far, but you can find a collection of them here in the Bing Image Archive for your kiddos to use as writing prompts.  Happy writing!

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Making Words File Folder

I can't wait to make this making words file folder that I found over at Teacher Bits and Bobs for Tyler, Cody, and Luke to practice their spelling.  Simply print out the forms here, and glue to a file folder.  The moveable letters are made using those super small post-its.  My boys will love the hands on aspect!

Make Your Own Math Flash Cards

Computational fluency is extremely important for learning later math concepts.  Here is a quick and easy way to make your own flash cards.  Print the labels on adhesive labels (Avery 5160) and stick on blank index cards. Each card should have a problem on the front and the problem with the answer on the back.

Addition Labels

Plus One Facts

Facts of 5

Doubles to 9+9

Facts of 10

Near Doubles

2 Digit Doubles

Plus 10 Set 1

Plus 10 Set 2

Plus 9 Set 1

Plus 9 Set 2

Multiplication Labels

x2 Facts

x5 Facts

x2 and x5 Facts (mixed)

x10 Facts

x3 Facts

x4 Facts

x6 Facts

x7 Facts

x8 Facts

x9 Facts

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mini- Water Cycle

I love this idea for a Mini-Water Cycle from Laura Candler.  I am going to try it with the boys the next time we have Rotisserie Chicken from the grocery store (meal plan idea!).  All that you need to do is fill an empty and cleaned container with  a rock to represent a mountain, grass for the vegetation, and a small pond made from aluminum foil and filled with water. To power up the water cycle,  you close the container and put it in the sun. If you have bad weather or just want to keep it an indoor project you can use a lamp as well.

To learn more about the water cycle, try these worksheets:

Water Cycle Worksheet

Water Cycle Comic Strip
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Lots of resources for learning about fractions!

If you are working on teaching your child about fractions, here are several great resources:

Fraction Circles

Equal Parts Fraction Worksheet

Cookie Recipe Math

Fraction Word Problems

Fruit Loop Fractions Activity

Pizza Fractions Math Journal

Comparing Fractions Quiz

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Turkey and The Pumpkin Reading Comprehension

If you are looking for a little extra reading for the fall holidays for your kiddos, you may want to have them read (or read to them) The Turkey and the Pumpkin which you can find here. The short story is about a turkey who runs away because he doesn't want to be carved for Thanksgiving dinner only to meet a little pumpkin who really wants to be carved for Halloween. 

The Turkey and the Pumpkin.pdf

Here are a few comprehension questions to ask your child after reading:

1. Why do you think Oscar wanted to go to the petting zoo?

2. Why was the little pumpkin originally happy to see Oscar?

3. How did the zoo keeper change in the story?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Practice Writing Sight Words

Luke is working on learning how to read and write a few sight words including the word "the".  I absolutely love this idea which has the child trace the letters of the word, then color in the letters of the word, and finally cut and glue the letters and place them in the correct order.  This sample only has the word the, but you could easily make your own in a similar way.

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Leggo Math

What kid doesn't love leggos?  Make learning math a little more fun with leggos by having them add up the value of the dots on each leggo.  The activity will help your kiddos visualize the numbers they are adding and count on as they are learning to add.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Scary Story Map

If your kiddos are fans of scary stories like Goosebumps like my boys are, you may want to try giving them this Scary Story Map to help them write their own scary story.  The graphic organizer is a great way to get them brainstorming their way to a fun and spooky story!

Halloween Coordinate Graphing Activities

  Your kiddos will love the pictures they create with these Halloween Coordinate Graphing Activities, and you will love the extra math practice they get!

Jack O' Lantern Graph

Frankenstein Graph

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fun Free Fall Worksheets

All Kids Network has a variety of fun fall worksheets to download here.  Includes  the following worksheets:

Fall Matching Worksheet

Counting Worksheet

Word Scramble

Cryptogram Puzzle


Beginning Letters

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Free Evan Moor Literature Sampler

Head on over to CurrClick to download this freebie from Evan Moor.  I don't know how long it will last, so head over and save it to your computer now.  The download features activities for Kindergarten - 6th grade including:

The Activities

The Three Bears, Grades K–2

Peekaboo Clues, Grades K–1

Rhyme for the Week, Grades PreK–1

Little Miss Muffet, Grades K–1

Five Little Lambs, Grades PreK–K

Millions of Cats, Grades PreK–K

The Three Sticks: An Iroquois Tale, Grades 1–2

That’s the End of It!, Grades 1–2

Dancing Man, Grades 1–3

Bright with Colors, Grades 2–3

The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs, Grades 2–3

A Cross-Legged Character, Grades 3–4

The Crocodile, Grades 4–5

ID the Character, Grades 5–6

Comic Strip, Grades 4–6

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Candy Corn Math Activity

There is something about combining candy with math that makes math a little more enticing for kids.  My boys absolutely LOVE candy corn, so I decided to make a math activity that incorporated this fall favorite.


* 1 package of mixed candy corn (I grabbed the wrong one at the store, but we made it work anyway)

* Candy Corn Tasting Math Activity Worksheet


1. Print out the Candy Corn Tasting Math Activity Worksheet here.

2. Give your child a handful of mixed candy corn and have them determine the fractions of each kind and graph.

There are also some writing activities included as well.

Here are some more candy corn activities:

Candy Corn Multiplication

Candy Corn Template

The Candy Corn Contest Reading Comprehension Test

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday Lesson Plan

Alexander feels very rich after receiving a dollar from his grandmother, but after a series of spending choices, he learns about the value of saving rather than spending money.  This is a great story for teaching your child about economics, spending choices, choices in general, and counting coins.  Here are some ideas to get you started!

Before Reading

ASK: How much money would you need to feel rich? Do you like to feel rich? If so, why?

 Look through the book at the pictures of Alexander. Pay attention to his face and the range of feelings he goes through. Look at the cover and talk about what kind of face he is making and what words might go along with that face.

During Reading

Look carefully at the details in the pictures as you read. Talk about what is happening in the background.

Look at the pictures of Alexander after he spends money. Is he pleased with the ways he spends his money?

After Reading

ASK: For what toy does Alexander really want to save his money (a walkie-talkie)? Why can’t he save it if it is important to him?

Journal:  Name some purchases you have made that seem kind of silly now. Tell about things you have bought in the past that you wish you hadn’t and why you think you made a bad choice.


Learn about statements and questions with this Alexander Who Used to Be Rich worksheet.

Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Scavenger Hunt

Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Sequencing

Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Reading Response Summary

Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Locate A Sentence

Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Reading Response - Humor

Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Reading Response

Cause and Effect Activity

Fact and Opinion

Main Idea Activity

Check your child's understanding of the book with this Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday Reading Assessment.


Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Spelling Words

Language Arts:

Practice editing with this Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Daily Fix-it.


Keep track of the money Alexander spent with this math activity.
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