Saturday, April 27, 2013

Creative Ways to Line Up Your Class {Freebie}

Let's admit it; we all do it.  We creatively ask our kiddos to line up...not because we want to know how many kids are wearing red shirts or how many have laces on their shoes.  No, we do it because it helps to get our kids quiet and listening...the perfect prerequisite for a peaceful line.

Sometimes, if you're like me, you need a fresh idea for lining up your little sweet peas.  Maybe you'll find this helpful.  Twenty-four ideas (download the {free document} to see them all) that will get your kiddos in line and ready to go.  I'd love to add your ideas, so be sure to follow me and leave a comment with how you creatively get your kiddos in line.

Print, laminate, cut out, put on a binder ring and you're all set!

Keep them in a handy location!

Add a little bit of ribbon to your binder ring for a little bit of cute!

Of course, if you're like me, you'd also like a handy-dandy list of these same ideas.  You can put this list on your white board (just slap some magnets on the back), display it near your door, or use it as a bookmark in your lesson plan book/binder.

Grab your free copy of {Creative Ways to Line Up Your Class} today!
Don't forget to leave a comment with your creative ideas for lining up.

Have a blessed week and enjoy!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Onomatopoeia Lesson & Activity {Freebie}

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday Woo hoo!  It's time to practice understanding and using onomatopoeia with my little authors.  I've combined ideas that are swirling in my head as well as those found on the web into one lesson.

In my classroom, I use PowerPoint for nearly every direct teach lesson.  Due to terms of use on graphics that I've purchased or snagged for free, I cannot share a PowerPoint with you.  But I can convert a PPT into a PDF.  Although it does lose some features, the content is still there and if I design my PPTs knowing that I'm converting them to PDFs, then I can make them without animations and such.

Anyway, back to the fun figurative language device known as onomatopoeia...such a fun word to say.  Here's a sample of my {free Onomatopoeia Lesson}.  Go on...grab the complete lesson & activity with all 15 slides for free and follow me while you're at it.

If you grab this free lesson, I hope you find it engaging and helpful.  I'd also love some blog love by having you follow me.  Thanks!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Word Endings Foldable with Rules {Freebie}

Last week I shared a foldable to be used with exploring adding -ing and -ed to base words especially for words where you have to double the last consonant.  Find that post {here}.  My little word hunters loved using their story of the week to find examples of base words that don't change when these word endings are added and examples of words that the final consonant must be doubled.

I was SUPER excited when my 2nd graders began to noticed that there were base words that had changed but not by doubling their last consonant.  Yahoo!!!  So here's a foldable that includes all of the rules.

We glue this foldable into our notebooks, and my kids use a story to search for words that fit the flaps.  They write base words under the left side flaps (on the notebook paper) and write the base words with the endings added on the right side flaps (on the notebook paper).  If they run out of room, they can write on the back side of each flap.  They actually wanted to run out of room so that they could write on the flaps.  They had a FANTASTIC time doing this Word Endings hunt!

Don't forget: If you like the fonts I used, get them for FREE at Rowdy in Room 300.  I used Rowdy Writing and Rowdy Funky.  Love them!


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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Word Endings Foldable {Freebie}

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday My students are reviewing which words have to be changed when adding -ing and -ed.  I figured a foldable would be fun as well as flexible enough to meet my kids' needs.  I tweaked my free Prefix and Suffix Foldable.
Here it is before the flaps are folded back revealing what's underneath...

My students glue their foldables inside their interactive notebooks.  For this foldable, your students will only apply glue behind the "Word Endings," "-ing Happening Now," and "-ed Already Happened" sections.  They will cut all of the other sections to create foldable flaps.

As you talk about inflectional endings (letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning), you can have kids generate their own ideas for base words where nothing happens when an ending is added as well as words that have the final consonant doubled before adding the ending. (I've expanded this foldable to include more ending rules and you can find it {here}.  I tell my kiddos that most CVC words will need to have that final consonant doubled.  They will find that the vowel has a short vowel sound, and yet we always find words ending in /x/ like box.

So underneath each flap, students can generate words that fit each section.

If you like the fonts I used, get them for FREE at Rowdy in Room 300.  I used Rowdy Writing and Rowdy Funky.  Love them!

I hope this is something you can use.  I'd love it if you could follow me.  Thank you!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Money Match Game {Freebie}

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday It's a Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies which means you can grab a ton of freebies!!  Go on, head on over and see what you can scoop up.  But first, snag a quick and easy game that helps your kiddos practice counting money.  This game can be played individually, in pairs or trios.  The only materials you will need are contained in my free (as always) document.

Instructions for your students

This is a concentration/memory type of game, and I've designed it so that once your students think they have found all of their matches, they can self-check using the answer key.

This {Money Match Game} contains 24 total cards.  I've found that 12 matches is just the right amount of cards to work with for my kiddos.  More cards = too much time working in the station + higher chance of losing cards.

You will need to cut the answer keys apart, and I suggest laminating them for durability.  (There are 12 keys on a page, so you'll only need to print this page once.  And surely you'll have extra answer keys just in case any get "lost.")


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Prefix & Suffix Foldable {Freebie}

I'm not a fan of worksheets as you know, so when it comes to understanding and using prefixes and suffixes, a foldable came to mind.  I searched the web to see what was out there.  I found something here that had a prefix foldable and a separate suffix foldable.  Love it!!  Since my objective included both prefixes and suffixes, I decided to play around with the foldable idea and here's what I came up with...

We just cut the three prefix flaps and two suffix flaps and folded them back.  Little drops of glue were applied to the back of the sections that say, "Prefix," "Word Parts," and "Suffix."  My second graders loved assembling their word parts foldables.

After we had everything in place, we talked about the meaning of each prefix and wrote it on the back of each flap.  Then I encouraged my kiddos to generate examples of words containing each prefix which were written on their lined paper.  (Please excuse any spelling errors...we continue to work on that skill.)  :)

One of my teammates suggested that I modify the foldable to replace the "Word Parts" section with "Base Word."  Brilliant!  So I've included both ways in the freebie.

Finally, I have included two pages that have blank sections next to "Prefix" and "Suffix" so that you can have your kids write in the prefixes and suffixes they are practicing.

Click on any of the images above or grab your {free copy here.}



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