Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sequence Puzzles - Fall Themed

Sequence Cards - Fall themed

These are Fall themed sequence puzzles made for three-step sequencing of everyday events that happen during Thanksgiving and Fall/Autumn. It has 36 puzzle pieces to form 12 puzzle strips. Your students can sort them starting with the first strip, putting the three pieces together in the right order, study what's happening in each picture, then write about it in the lines provided on the sequence mats. I would highly recommend this set as an introductory lesson for sequencing because they are clear and simple and the puzzles are self correcting.  It is available here at my TpT store.

Sequence Cards Fall Theme Sequencing Activity - Fall theme

The mats and puzzles are in both color and a black and white version bundled in a zip folder.

Sequence Puzzles and mats in blackline

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Thanksgiving Cards for Teachers and Students

Hi! Thanksgiving is almost here and I just want to share these Thanksgiving cards I made last year. They are for teachers to give to students and their families, cards for students to give to their teacher, and cards for students to give to their parents/grandparents/family members. Just click on any of the pictures to go to it at TpT. I should mention that while the pictures show color versions, the set also has black and white versions of all of the Thanksgiving cards.

   Thanksgiving Cards for Students

Thanksgiving Cards for classroom   Thanksgiving Cards for Teachers

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Free Animal to Habitat Sorting Mats

Here's an easy hand-on way for students to sort animals by habitat. It's a free set of sorting mats for you to download and you can get it here. You will need plastic animals or small pictures of animals. The habitats are both natural and manmade (the farm).  You will need small plastic animals or small pictures of animals.  I  have a small collection of plastic animals (see picture below) but I linked it to a larger set available on amazon. Click on any of the habitat pictures below to see it at TpT collection.


manmade farm habitat page for sorting activity 

Monday, 9 October 2017

3D Shape Scoot Cards

3D Shape Scoot game

Scoot is fun! I first learned about it from other TpTers and I just had to try it. That was about five years ago and it has been one of the most exciting games in my class. It started out as a rough sketch for 3D shapes and has since been given quite the facelift so that it can now be TpT worthy. This is a set of Scoot Cards for these 3D shapes: cube, cuboid / rectangular prism, sphere, cone, cylinder, triangular pyramid, square based pyramid, and triangular prism. It has an answer key for all 24 task cards as well as answer recording sheets that come in different sizes for the amount of task cards you may want your students to complete in one scoot session.  Instructions for playing Scoot are included.  This set can be used as straight-up task cards or as a Scoot activity.  The questions in these task cards include some higher order thinking skills so I recommend it for the upper grades or accelerated learning classes.  It is available here in my TpT collection.

3D Shape Scoot Task Card Set

Scoot instructions Scoot Cards for 3D Shapes

Scoot Card example 3D Shapes Card set
 Example of 3D Shape Scoot Cards                                Cover Card for the set

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Back to School Compound Words

Compound Words for Back to School theme

Back to School Compound Word ActivitiesYou won't believe how many compound words there are in the English language! It's only through brainstorming and making my lists, that I realized I may as well group them into themes since my word list was really too long.             These are my Back to School themed compound word puzzles. They were really fun to make. The cards are perfect for group work and stations. Each puzzle card has the compound word at the top with a picture and the two cut-apart words below with matching pictures. This set has 28 closed compound words.                                                                                                                                          The back to school compound words in this set are: classroom, notebook, clipboard, backpack, paintbrush, laptop, superhero, smartboard, lunchbox, homework, whiteboard, timeout, cupboard, bookcase, handwriting, chalkboard, bookworm, wheelchair, notepad, playground, playdough, newsletter, paperclip, lunchtime, noticeboard, earphone, birthday, and printout. They can also be used as compound word flashcards.                                                                                                                                            The size of these cards may be right for you but if you would prefer to have them smaller, you can always set them to print on a smaller scale such as 4 pages per printing page. Detailed printing instructions are included in this PDF file.

I took as many pictures as I could to show the variety of puzzle pieces (see below).

Back to School Compound Words    Back to School themed Compound Word Puzzles

Compound Word examples at school

See my other compound word resources in different themes here.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Say Yes to Savings with the BTS2017 TpT Sale!

Are you ready for back to school? Cheer up guys, here's some exciting news... The big TpT 2017 Back-to-School Sale will happen from August 1st to 2nd. All of my items will be discounted and the code BTS2017 will give you an added 5% off to my discount. I should mention that I have been updating Calendars and Teacher Planners for 2017-2018 so while these thumbnails below are new to you, you may already own these and you'll need to re-download the newer updated versions (which I update each year).



Have a fabulous teaching year and don't forget the promo code BTS2017!
And here's something you may not have seen yet... it will be on sale.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Coniferous Forest Food Chain Puzzles

Coniferous Forest Food Chain Activity

If you are teaching about coniferous forest habitats, then you may also be ready to move on to food chains and food webs. This is a hands-on activity for introducing and practicing making food chains. This one is specifically for a coniferous forest and it takes the form of a puzzle. It is perfect for group work and stations. Use it to introduce terms like 'producer' and 'consumer' and also to show how energy passes from one organism to another. In a traditional food chain, this is done with arrows, but with this, the arrows are built-in because puzzle pieces are arrow shaped. 

Coniferous Forest Food Chain

The producers in this set include: pine tree, pine needles, pinecone, log, fern, berries, plant, grass, and moss. The consumer organisms in this coniferous food chain set are: moose, bear, vole, owl, beaver, cougar, mushroom, flying squirrel, deer, man, mouse, weasel, shrew, owl, beetle, skunk, rabbit, bobcat, caterpillar, bird, turkey, elk, wolf, squirrel, fox, snake, coyote, mole, raccoon, and porcupine. The cards are placed in chronological order on the first six pages.
Tip: After this activity is done, the cards can be cut in small rectangles and used to make a food web. Students can work on this in groups. The one in the picture below only used about half of the consumers in the set. So the food webs can be as big or as small as your students can make them.
Forest Food Web

My Coniferous Forest Food Chain Puzzles are available here at my TpT collection. 
Coniferous Forest Organisms in food chain

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Fall themed Compound Words

Compound Words Fall theme

Autumn Compound WordsThese are Fall themed compound word puzzles. The cards are perfect for group work and stations. Each puzzle card has the compound word at the top with a picture and the two cut-apart words below with matching pictures. This set has 20 closed compound words.                                                                                                                                                               The compound words in this set are: sunflower, scarecrow, football, haystack, cornfield, applesauce, armchair, thanksgiving, meatloaf, wheelchair, cupcake, doughnut, windmill, noontime, dinnertime, pinecone, cornbread, sunset, farmhouse, and horseshoe. They can also be used as compound word flashcards.                                                                                                                                                                               The size of these cards may be right for you but if you would prefer to have them smaller, you can always set them to print on a smaller scale such as 4 pages per printing page. As long as you print the files from your already saved files, these instructions would work because if you print straight from the downloaded page on the web, the printing settings of the web page would be limited. In Adobe Reader, go to print, under page sizing and handling, select ‘multiple', then under ‘Pages per Sheet' select 4. It will also give you the option of choosing landscape or portrait orientation. You can play with these to see which layout optimizes the space on the paper the best.                                                                                                                                                                                               See all of my other compound word resources here.
Compound Word flash cards and puzzles Fall themed Compound Words

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Free Teachers Appreciation Week Cards

Free Teachers Appreciation Week Cards printable

Free download Teachers Appreciation Week CardsTeachers Appreciation Week Cards - Free! To let the other teachers on your team know that they are valued by you and your students, this free assortment of Teachers Appreciation Day cards can be just the right way to say 'Thank You'. There are cards in here for male teachers, female teachers, and principals. They can be given to other teachers on your team, or your assistant teacher. If you have kids at home, your kids can print them for their teachers. Some of the cards have Teachers Appreciation Week and others have Teachers Appreciation Day on the front. You can choose the ones that suit you. Get your free download here and teachers have asked for a black and white version which has exactly the same format, fonts and pictures that you can print on colored paper. Most of cards have 'Thank you' typed on the inside.
 Teachers Appreciation Day Cards Free

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