Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Just want to take a few minutes to wish everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Also thank you for being a reader of my blog! It is very much appreciated!!!

Also if you need a few last minute ideas for New Year's Eve activities to do with the kids (and some for the beginning of the new year), just click on the link below.


Paper Clock



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Soltice and Snowman Paper Plate Clock

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac winter will START in 3 days on December 21 at 12:11 PM!!!!! But if you look out any of my windows you will already see LOTS of snow.

Winter in New England

This is a great time to get in a science lesson teaching the younger kids about the 4 seasons and the older kids about the Winter Solstice (if you live in the northern hemisphere).  On December 21 (the winter solstice), we will have the shortest day of the year (fewest hours of sunlight).This is caused by the Earth's orbit and the axis of the Earth being tilted away from the Sun (in the northern hemisphere). The angle of the tilt is 23.44 degrees.

You could also tie in a math lesson about time by making a fun winter paper plate clock with the kids. Instead of using a decorated plate as pictured below, the kids could draw their own snowman or other winter theme on a plain paper plate then add the extras to turn their paper plate into a clock. This will be great to use all winter during math lessons.

Snowman Paper Plate Clock

Listed below are some links to help teach about the Seasons and directions for making  paper plate clocks.

Scholastic Study Jams - Weather and Seasons


Christmas Paper Plate Clock


Have fun!


Monday, December 2, 2013

TpT Cyber Monday and Tuesday SALE

Teachers Pay Teachers is having their BIG Cyber Monday and Tuesday SALE today and tomorrow!

If you have been shopping there and adding items to your wish list, now would be the time to purchase. Don't forget to use the Promo Code: CYBER to get an extra 10% off lots of items that are already marked down.

In my store, ALL items will be at least 28% off when you use the Promo Code and my BUNDLES will be more than 28 % off!

Happy Shopping!


Seasonal 100 and 120 Chart Printables Freebie

Happy December!

Are you ready for Christmas and Winter???

Could you use a couple of seasonal 100 and 120 number charts for your students to use in math this month?

Here are 2 with a Christmas /Winter Theme.

100 and 120 Number Charts

Both of these charts are free at my website. Just click on the link below or the above picture.


Stay warm!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Another Great TpT Giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving Week everyone!

Kim over at Life Over C's is having a wonderful Giving Thanks Giveaway!

She has gift certificates plus 23 teaching products that she is giving away!

Giving Thanks Giveaway

I have donated my Christmas Cupcakes Compound Words Activity for Grades 1-3 to Kim's giveaway.

Just click on the picture below to check out my product and click on the top picture to go to Kim's blog where you can see all the educational resources and enter the giveaway.

Christmas Cupcakes Compound Words

Best of Luck and Happy Thanksgiving !


Saturday, November 16, 2013

W!N Awesome Teaching Resources at Growing in 1st!

Erin at Growing in First is having an awesome GIVEAWAY!

She has 20 great teaching resources for PreK - Grade 2 to give away. Twenty TpT sellers have each donated a product and you can win ALL of them!

Teaching Resources Giveaway

My donation to Erin's giveaway is my new Santa Tally Marks Matching Games for kids in PreK - Grade 1.

Santa Tally Marks

To see my donation, just click on the picture above. To see ALL the other donations and to enter the giveaway, just click on the top picture.

Best of Luck ---- this could be your lucky day! :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Turkey Time Paper Plate Clock

Here is a simple and fun Thanksgiving Project to make with the kids. The kids can use the clock all month to practice their Telling Time skills.

I found these turkey paper plates at the supermarket but you could use a solid color plate and have students draw a fun turkey in the middle.

The felt numbers were purchased at a craft store (with a discount coupon). This particular set needed to be glued on the plate but most packages of numbers already have a sticky backing.

The clock hands were cut from craft foam purchased at the dollar store and the brass fastener was bought in a box at Staples but can also be purchased at supermarkets, drug stores, etc.

Many students have difficulty learning to tell time with analog clocks, so providing them with a fun activity where they can make their own clock should be an incentive to practice this skill.

If you would like ideas for making other paper plate clocks with the kids plus resources for teaching kids to tell time, please click on the links below.

Paper Plate Clocks Round-Up and Telling Time Resources


5 Minute Interval Paper Plate Clock


Christmas Paper Plate Clocks



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Addition Table Freebie & Addition Resources

Here's a fun little freebie for kids to fill in and color to demonstrate their fluency with addition.

Monster Addition Table

You can download this printable at my website. Just click on the picture above or on the link below.


If you need a few more ideas and suggestions for other ways for kids to practice their addition facts, just click on the links below.

Hersheys Kisses Addition Book

Interactive Addition Games

Fun Addition Card Game


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Free Even & Odd Turkey Math Fun and Turkey Craft

Happy November everyone!

It's time to put away the Halloween items and start to think of Thanksgiving! So here is my Free Even and Odd Turkey printable for the kids to color. They will need an orange and brown crayon. This math printable is about 3 digit numbers.

Turkey Fun Printable

This printable can be downloaded from my website. Just click on the picture above or the link below.


If you would like to find a fun Thanksgiving turkey craft that you and the kids can make with a recyclable toilet paper roll, just click on the following link or picture.


Turkey Craft

Happy November!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Paper Plate Clock

Learning to tell time can be a very difficult concept for some kids. Here's a Halloween clock that the kids can create to make learning more fun. Plus by tying in crafts with a holiday project the kids won't realize that they are in fact working on a math concept.

Materials Needed

  • paper plate (decorated or solid color)
  • number stickers or markers
  • craft foam or cardboard
  • scissors
  • brass fastener
  • crayons


Use a Halloween decorated paper plate. (These plates were found at the supermarket. The cost was $1.00 for a set of 8 paper plates.) Or, use a plain paper plate and have students decorate the plate with crayons, colored pencils, etc. (Lots of great color plates can be found at the Dollar Stores.)

Have students place the number stickers on the appropriate places on the clock, or write the numbers on the clock with a marker or other writing tool.

With younger students the adult should cut 2 hands for the clock with craft foam or cardboard and attach the hands to the clock with a brass fastener.

To see lots of other paper plate clocks that you can make with students, click on the links below.




Enjoy this great TIME of the year!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Free Odd + Even Pumpkin Numbers Coloring Sheet

Just a quick little post tonight with an Odd & Even Numbers Coloring Sheet Freebie!

The worksheet is for students working with one and two digit numbers.

Students will need orange and green crayons, colored pencils, or highlighters.

Odd and Even Pumpkin Numbers

This free worksheet can be downloaded from my website. Just click on the top picture above or the link below.

Odd and Even Pumpkin Numbers


If you would like some ideas and activities to do with real pumpkins, click on the link below.

~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/03/pumpkin-fun.html

 Happy Pumpkin Days!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Free Spider Addition with Doubles Activity

Halloween is getting closer and closer! Are your little goblins looking for fun Halloween activities? Do you want fun educational activities?
Here's a fun SPIDER ADDITION. Your little ones can practice their addition with doubles facts while they wait for the holiday to get here!

Spider Addition With Doubles
This activity includes addition from 0+0 to 10+10. You can print the color version and / or the black and white version.

Here is the link to SPIDER ADDITION with DOUBLES which is FREE to download from my Teachers pay Teachers Store.


If you are not a member, don't worry it is FREE to join and just takes a couple of minutes to sign up! While there you will find thousands (YES, thousands) of other free products on the site.

You might even want to sign up for a seller account!!! Lots of classroom teachers and homeschool teacher-moms are posting their educational products. If you need help getting started, just let me know! :)

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers Celebrates with A SALE

Teachers Pay Teachers is celebrating the fact that they have 100, 000 likes on their Facebook page with a SALE . You can use coupon code FB100K today up to midnight to get 10% off everything.

Of course I want to celebrate with them and YOU so I have put all my products on a 20% percent sale.

Here is the link to my store:

TpT Store

You can get both discounts TODAY!  If you have a Wish List on TpT, today is the day to purchase as MANY sellers also have a SALE going on!!!

Hope you are enjoying the long holiday weekend! :)


Saturday, October 12, 2013

W!N Great Teaching Products at 2 Brainy Apples

Heather at 2 Brainy Apples is having a great GIVEAWAY!!!!!


Heather has collected and sorted lots of product donations that were given to her for this wonderful giveaway! She has products ranging from K to Grade 8.

My donation is Farm Life Counting Puzzles, 21 number puzzles for Grades PreK, K, and Grade 1

Farm Life Counting Puzzles

If you would like to go to Heather's blog to enter one or all of the giveaways, just click on the top picture.

If you would like to view my donation, just click on the 2nd picture.

Best of luck!  I hope you win a bundle of great teaching resources to use with your kids! :)

Happy Fall / Autumn!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Free Friendly Ghosts Odd And Even Activity

With Halloween only a few weeks away, I want to remind you to check out my Free Friendly Ghosts Odd and Even Activity to use with the kids.

Odd + Even Number Sorting

You may have downloaded and used it last year! :) But, if you didn't or you can't find the file, here it is again.

This file contains a FREE, Fun, Friendly Ghosts ODD and EVEN Number Sorting Activity.

Included in the file are:
~ 36 Number Cards (1 and 2 digit numbers)
~ 2 Sorting Mats (color and grayscale)
~ 1 Recording Sheet
~ 1 Answer Key

This free file is over at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

If you have never visited TpT before, you have to do it today. There are thousands of free and paid products on the site. It is FREE  to join and you can start downloading in minutes. You might even want to start thinking about uploading your own products.  (Let me know if you need some help getting started!) There are many, many, many homeschooling teacher-moms on TpT as well as classroom teachers. As I said it's FREE to join! :)

Here is the link to my Friendly Ghost Activity:

Have fun with Math!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Conductors of Electricity and Electromagnets

My last post shared some ideas for teaching about Current Electricity - Electric, Series, and Parallel Circuits. You can view that post here.

Investigating Electricity

In today's post, I want to share links to 2 activities. In the 1st activity students test materials to see if the materials are a conductor or insulator of electricity. In the 2nd activity students build and investigate electromagnets.

Just click on the links below to read about these activities.

Conductor or Insulator of Electricity


Creating an Electromagnet


Also, here is a Word Search on Static and Current Electricity to help students remember all those important science vocabulary words that they have been learning with these fun hands-on science lessons.

The Electricity Word Search is saved on my website with LOTS of other fun science worksheets! :)  Just click on the link below.


If you'd like more Electricity ideas, just visit my Pinterest Electricity Board.


Have fun with Science!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hands-On Science - Investigating Electricity

Last week, I did a post on investigating Static Electricity. If you missed that post you can view it here.

Current Electricity

For today, I put together some posts with activities to help you teach about Current Electricity: Electric Circuits, Series Circuits, and Parallel Circuits. These are the lessons where the students will get to light those mini-light bulbs.

Besides using the supplies usually found in the science kits, everyone should wear safety goggles and safety gloves. The kids love to put on the safety equipment. It makes them feel like real scientists and that these will be very special lessons!  :)

To go to each blog post, just click on the links below.

Creating an Electric Circuit


Creating a Series Circuit


Creating a Parallel Circuit


Have fun with Science!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Static Electricity Activities for Kids

Static Electricity can be a lot of fun to teach and learn about!  With just a few simple inexpensive items students can have lots of fun and experience fun hands-on science. So if you are looking for a few fun static electricity activities, you are at the right place!

Static Electricity Activities

The pictures above are from different blog posts that have static electricity activities. Just click on the links below to go to the posts.

Static Electricity Activities


Static Electricity and Balloons


Static Electricity and Bubbles


Have fun with Science!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Science of Light Video and Word Search Puzzle

Yesterday's post was a collection of fun LIGHT ideas, activities, and experiments that you can use to teach kids about light. If you missed the post, you can click here.

For today, I have 2 links. The first will take you to Bill Nye's video on LIGHT.

Have you been watching Dancing with the Stars? Bill Nye is one of the dancers this season.  (A dancing scientist - how cool!!!) I heard that after his performance last week, he got 3 million hits on his facebook page!!! WOW, way to go Bill! :)

The second link will take you to my website, where I store LOTS of my free worksheets. You will be able to download a free Light Energy Worksheet.

Bill Nye - Light Video


Light Energy Word Search Puzzle


Have fun with science!


Monday, September 23, 2013

The Science of Light - 7 Fun Activities

Teaching about LIGHT can be a lot of fun!

Back in February of 2011, I spent the month posting some fun science ideas, activities, and experiments for teaching about LIGHT.

In today's post, I have gathered some of those activities to make it easy for you to access some of the ideas.

The Science of Light

To read some or all of blog posts just click on the links below. You can also click on the picture to go to a post that is an introduction to Light.

What Causes Shadows?  http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-causes-shadows.html

Light Reflection  http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/02/reflected-light.html

Light Absorption http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/02/light-video.html

What happens when light hits an object? http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/02/transparent-translucent-and-opaque.html

Light Refraction http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/02/refraction.html

Does light travel in a straight line?  http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/02/does-light-travel-in-straight-line.html

Prisms http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/02/using-prism-to-view-rainbow.html

There are more activities here on my blog plus I have a Pinterest page all about Light and Color . To visit my Pinterest page, just click on the link below.


Have fun with science!


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