I was surprised and delighted to see how popular the 11-11-11 Challenge was last week, so I decided to create a similar activity for Thanksgiving. Your students will love this fun combination of creative thinking, trivia/research, and math. You can use it in class as bell work or as enrichment, or you can send it home for the long weekend. Perfect for grades 3-6. Download
Here are five free worksheets (with answer keys) to use with your class to help reinforce affixes and to introduce word roots. These five worksheets will work fine as stand-alone activities but are actually part of a much larger 40-page prefixes, suffixes, and word roots product. Download this worksheet plus four more right here!
This year, November 11 is rather a special date…three elevens! 11-11-11 is considered by many to be a particularly lucky number, so this date is considered to be lucky, as well – some would say extremely lucky. 11-11-11 also happens to be my birthday, so I made a fun little birthday present for you and your students. This activity is perfect for grades 3-8 and will
This is my favorite scary story to tell to children on Halloween. The trick is to tell it in first person and make it sound as if it really happened. If you decide to use it, be sure to embellish it (this is the bare-bones version) and change some of the details to make it seem more realistic for your own situation. So, as they
As if you don’t have enough Halloween freebies already, here is another one! I was actually inspired to make this by a game my friends and I used to play in college called STAMP. This was long before the board game Scattegories came out. We just drew grids on notebook paper and made up our own categories. I adapted that game to create GHOST. You
I compiled this ebook of Halloween Activity Ideas as a little “thank you” to all my followers. Minds in Bloom Newsletter subscribers got it a few days ago, but I want to make sure everyone has a chance to download it, so I am posting it here. If you haven’t subscribed to the newsletter yet, now would be a great time! Every issue is includes freebies like this one,
Why use flashcards or worksheets to practice basic facts when you can use a game instead? You can use these free fact strips to make Jenga into a game students will love to play again and again. If you don’t have a class Jenga set already, you can probably find one for a dollar or two at a thrift store. The game requires
Here is a fun game you can play with your class to review a unit you are studying or maybe to debrief after a guest speaker, a field trip, or a lesson in which a lot of information has been presented. You could actually play this game on notebook paper or by having students draw a nine-square grid on their papers, or you could download
Looking for some terrific ideas to use in your classroom? This ebook is a compilation of the 40 best ideas that came from the Incredible Ideas contest that I was lucky enough to participate in, along with Shelley Gray (who hosted and put this great book together), Laura Candler, and Denise Boehm. Inside this 21-page ebook, you will find: Ideas for building community in your classroom
The Lesson Cloud is the blog to stalk today! New freebies just keep popping up every few minutes. Every grade level, every subject, from a huge group of amazing Teachers Pay Teachers sellers. You are sure to find tons of great resources. No worries if you can’t get there today; the freebies are all being archived on a link on the sidebar.
If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. – Chinese Proverb With all the academic testing that is currently an integral part of elementary school, character education is often not as much of a
Want to go beyond the classic “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” essay? Try some of these writing prompts. Who is someone you spent a lot of time with this summer? Describe this person. Where did you go this summer that you have never been before? How did you spend Independence Day? Where did you spend most of your time this summer? Describe this place.
Here is a fun way to take the game Jenga™ to a whole new level while helping your students to get to know each other better. Just download these free Jenga statement slips, cut them apart and tape them to the bottom of your Jenga™ blocks (great job for a student or parent helper). Play the game as usual, but when a student pulls
Boggle is such an amazing game! Not only is it fun and engaging, but it also helps students to recognize letter patterns and facilitates fluency. My students loved playing Boggle so much that I made free templates to share the fun. The first one is for use with a document camera – students can write their words on notebook paper. The second is a worksheet
Here is a fun way for students to practice their spelling words using a phone keypad. Students use the letters on the keypad to create a number for each word. To make the activity more challenging, have students translate their words into numbers and then switch papers to solve. Just be sure they mix up the words. This worksheet, plus another version to use with