Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Spider Math, Science, Literacy, and Crafts

With the start of October almost here, lots of classes will be having fun learning about SPIDERS!
It's a great time of year to do science, math, literacy, and crafts with a spider theme.

I love making simple paper plate clocks with kids for ALL the holidays. It's simple, inexpensive, and gives kids needed practice with learning and practicing their telling time skills.

To make the clock with kids, you can start with a plain white paper plate clock and some paint or crayons to decorate the paper plate or buy some inexpensive decorated plates like the one in the picture above.
Add some numbers and 2 hands and the kids are all set for some fun math practice! The kids can write the numbers directly on the paper plate or they can write the numbers on small color coding self -adhesive labels. The hands can be made with construction paper or craft foam and fastened with a brass fastener.

Color coding labels

If your students are in need of Addition practice, you can download my FREE Spider Addition with Doubles Matching Activity from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Just click on the picture below.
Spider Addition - Free

Spider Addition

I love all of Miss Frizzle's adventures and these books are very popular with kids.! :) Reading The Magic School Bus Spins A Web is a great science and literacy activity for this time of year.

Magic School Bus Spins A Web Book

Crafts are fun to do with kids at any time of the year. Here are a few spider crafts. Click on the links below to get the directions.

Spider Crafts

Egg Carton Spider Craft   

String or Yarn Spider Web Craft

Glitter Glue Spider Web Craft
If you are interested in doing a little unit on Spiders with the kids, you could check out my new Spider Resource at my TpT Store which contains lots of fun spider posters, an interactive flap book, and printables. Just click on the picture below.
Happy October!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SAVE the Macaws Fundraiser

Both Carrie Whitlock and TPT are having a fundraiser to save the macaws!!! Due to overwhelming deforestation in the rainforest, the wildlife is facing many challenges. The beautiful macaws are facing a huge decline in their population. This wonderful fundraiser is trying to save this beautiful population!

Save the Macaws Fundraiser

Many sellers at TPT have donated products to this fundraiser and you can receive some wonderful products at a huge discount.

To learn more about this fundraiser visit Carrie's blog!

You can also visit this special shop at TPT to learn more and purchase any of the discounted bundles.

Rainforest Counting Puzzles

My product Rainforest Counting Puzzles are included in the Grades K-2 bundle but there are also discounted bundles for Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 19-12. There is also a Clipart Bundle!

We hope you can help us spread the word about this important fundraiser! :)



Monday, August 17, 2015

TPT Back to School SALE - August 19

Teachers Pay Teachers has decided to have one more Site-Wide SALE! This sale is only for 1 day and will be held this Wednesday 8/19.

The next site-wide sale will probably be held 3 months from now so get what you need for August - November now! :) I'll be buying Lots of clip art AGAIN! :)

Everything in my store will be 28% off when you use the code MORE15.

TPT Site-Wide SALE

Stay cool! It's 80 - 90 degrees here in Boston today! My friend in Arizona says it's 110 degrees there!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Free Multiplication Tables

Do your kids need to practice their multiplication facts?

If the kids are still on summer vacation or if they have already started back to school, I have you covered.

Here are 2 fun multiplication tables for the kids to fill in to strengthen their memorization of number facts.

Multiplication Table - Summer Theme
Multiplication Table - Back to School
Repeated exposure to basic number facts helps students' brains develop a "memory relationship" with the number facts. 

Working with number tables helps children develop Fluency with basic number facts and observe Patterns in numbers.

You can save or download these worksheets from my Free Worksheets page on my website.
Just click on the link below.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Free Ordinal Word and Number Puzzles

Today I want to share with you an update I made to a free product that I previously posted here on my blog.

The update is the addition of self-correcting puzzles to my free Ordinal Words and Numbers Word Wall and Matching Cards.

Ordinal Words and Numbers Self-Correcting Puzzles

This resource with the update is available at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Just click on the link below to go to the resource.


(If you don't have a TPT account yet, it only takes a couple of minutes to open a free account. You can thank me later for all the wonderful free and paid products that you can find at TPT made by wonderful classroom teachers and homeschool parents! :)

Hope the kids enjoy the puzzles and that everyone is enjoying their summer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Geography Fun - Helping Kids Learn Their Global Address

Do your children/students get confused with their global address? Do they understand about cities, states, countries, and continents? This geography concept can be difficult for lots of students.

Here's a little "toy" (manipulative) to help students! :)

Stacking Cups Global Address
These fun stacking cups which were developed for very, very, very young kids to manipulate can help you teach geography to kids!

I had a few of these sets in my classroom a number of years ago for my students. The kids really enjoyed using them and the stacking cups helped them visualize the concept of a global address!

The set I now have comes with 8 cups. Depending on the ages of your students, you will have to decide if you want to use all 8 or perhaps start with less cups.

You can begin with a home address or a school address (on the smallest cup) and proceed from there depending on what geography terms you want your students to learn.

Here are a few examples. Adjust them for your students.
  • street, city or town, state, country, continent, hemisphere, planet, galaxy
  • street, city or town, county, state, country, continent, planet, galaxy
  • classroom, school, city or town, state, country, continent, planet, galaxy
On my sets, I would write the geography terms on the lip of each cup with a permanent marker but you could write on the side or even in the cups if you prefer. If you don't want to use a marker you could use labels on each cup.

As they kids stack the cups, they could name their particular street, city, state, etc.

I have a little worksheet that the kids can use to fill in their own unique global address. This free printable is posted on my website. Just click on the link below and check out the social studies category.


Global Address Worksheet

If you would like more geography ideas, visit my Geography Pinterest Board:


 Have fun with geography!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Fun Fish Craft, Diagram, and Word Search

Lots of classrooms are having fun this time of year using an ocean theme with all their subjects!

Here's a fun fish diagram, word search, and craft activity that you can use with your students.

Both free worksheets are posted on my website. Just click on the link below to get your copies.
To get directions for the fun fish craft, click on the link below to go to one of my previous blog posts.
Do you need more ocean theme ideas? Just click on the picture above or link below to go to my Ocean Theme Pinterest Board!
Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and get to spend some time at the beach!


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