Monday, February 23, 2015

Announcing the Teachers are Heroes TPT Sale!!!

This Wednesday February 25th Teachers Pay Teachers is having a one day site wide sale. This one day sale will be the perfect opportunity to stock up on your Spring and end of the year resources. All of my resources will be 20% off! Don't forget to use the code HEROES at check out to get an addition 10% off of your purchase! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Animal X-Ray Activities

One of my favourite units to teach is my Wild About Animals: An Animals Unit. This 93 page unit is packed full of posters, task cards, interactive notebook activities, games, formative assessment activities, and collaborative learning activities to help students gain a firm understanding of animal life cycles, food chains, habitats, and adaptations. 

One of the activities that I did with my last year’s class along with my animal unit was an ‘guess the animal X- Ray game’ and an animal X- Ray art activity. I purchased the animal X- Ray kit at my local teacher supply store. This kit contains 14 different animal X-Rays with the matching picture of the animal to go with the X- Ray. 

The class really enjoyed the guess the animal X-Ray game. To prepare for this game I laid out all 14 of the animal X-Rays along the perimeter of the 2 round tables in my classroom. I then placed a white piece of paper in front of each of the X-Rays and I explained to the class that each student was going to write a guess as to what animal each X-Ray is on the piece of paper. I gave the class 10 minutes for this activity. After the activity was over I then placed the correct picture of the animal next to the X-Ray and students could then walk around the table and see if their guess was right. 

As a follow up activity, I then had students draw an X-Ray of their favourite animal. I encouraged them to use wild colours and lots of details as this is art. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

How to Make a Valentine's Day Card Holder

With most classrooms celebrating Valentine’s Day this week I thought it would be fun to share  directions for how to make a heart shaped Valentine’s Day card holder. I usually make the card holders for each student the night before the decorating, and have the students decorate them the day before Valentine’s day, but if you have older students you can have them fold their own heart shaped card holder. After the card holders are folded students can decorate their card holders with felt markers, paint, stamps, stickers, glitter glue, lace, fabric, or with cut out pieces of construction paper. I like to have the card holders decorated the day before Valentine’s Day because I like to have the holders complete, and all glue and paint dried before students use them to hold their Valentine’s Day cards. I also like to have the card holders taped to the front of students desks for the morning of the day we celebrate Valentine’s Day, so it is organized for the card hand out, and so the classroom looks festive and decorated for Valentine’s Day. 

Directions on how to make a Valentine’s Day card holder:

1. Take a large piece of construction paper and fold it in half. 

2. Cut a half circle off the top of the folded piece of construction paper. 

3. Open up the piece of construction paper. 

4. Take the bottom of the opened construction paper and fold it up to the beginning of the two half circles. 

5. Fold the left corner so it meets near the middle of the paper about an inch from the top of the folded paper, and do the same for the right corner to create a heart shape. Make sure to leave an inch gap at the top, so you have room to fold down a flap. This flap will hold the heart together and is a good place to put student’s names. Lastly, place a staple on each end of the flap to make sure it stays together and holds all of the Valentine’s Day cards. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My New Valentine's Day Freebie!

With the start of February, Valentine’s Day month, I thought it might be fun to create a new Valentine’s themed freebie for my TPT store. I saw Educasong’s Valentine’s Zombie Clip Art  Bundle and fell in love with these little green zombies. I especially like the little zombie who is holding the box of worm covered chocolates. With the inspiration of Educasong’s zombie clip art, I decided to create a zombie themed Valentine's Day writing freebie. 

This freebie includes a foldable Valentine's Day acrostic poem tree, and all of the directions, interactive foldables, writing paper, and picture cards needed for your students to write a creative zombie themed story for Valentine's Day. 

Click on the link to download my Valentine’s Day Zombie Interactive Writing Freebie.

 Here is the Valentine's Day Acrostic Poem Tree found inside the Valentine's Day Zombie Freebie. 

Check out my other Valentine’s Day themed products in my TPT store: