Father's Love {Freebies}

Hi primary peeps. I'm aware many of you are probably enjoying your summer. For some like me, you are so very close to a long break. In fact, I have two days left of this school, so I'm keeping this post short and sweet. This tired teacher is squeezing in one last activity before the kids are out, and the file is FREE for you!

The coupons are a duplicate of the Mother's Day coupons.  I changed out the cover and Mom's Big Helper to Dad's Big Helper.

Printing on colorful cardstock helps keep this card standing on it's own.  I shrank the writing template to fit inside the card.
Not interested in using cardstock?  I created a card on white copy paper with a color and blackline image of a tie.  Print to meet your own classroom needs!

Prefer a full page for writing practice?  This format is available too.  It's perfect for any occasion since it's not Father's Day specific.


Click the image above will take you to the free download. Hope you enjoy the resource. Have a fantastic summer!

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Elmer {Low Prep Resources}

Goodness, being out of the classroom can be extremely stressful. I prepped some lessons to help ease the transition. It took moments to print and cut the chart art and scrabble tiles. I needed a few additional minutes to write notes for each content area. I'm fairly certain I spent more time looking for the book which was in a secret stash for this day. My only problem with secret stashes, I can never find them.   

This file was created with a themed day of activities that revolves around the story, Elmer. The resources are perfect for your own lessons or for an unexpected absence. A quick narrative will be needed if you're leaving these activities for a sub. The resources are easy to print and prep. I provided a preview of all contents of this file. {{Note}} This file does not include scripted lesson plans. It's the resources for the lesson and include: predicting, cause/effect, adjectives, character traits, and adding number strings.

After quickly prepping the file, I drove up to school, glued the color graphics to chart paper, placed the color cards and scrabble images in a pocket chart, and laid the plans on my desk. I'm always so jealous at the activities a sub gets to do in my class.  

Here's a glimpse at what's include in the my low prep resources for Elmer.  As you can see from the preview image on my plans, I use the preview pages to write notes about the specific lesson to my sub.  

I sure hope you love what you see. I have additional themed resources for A Case of the Stripes. If you're interested in this set of activites that compliments the Elmer resources, click the image below.

Otherwise, I embedded a link in the cover graphic and previews for the resources to go with...

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Mother's Love {Freebies}

Hi friends! I hope your week is starting off with a bang! I wanted to share a few ideas I completed today. To be honest, Mother's Day creeped up on me. I'm usually much better prepared. The activities were created this weekend and completed today.

I began with a read aloud. Have you ever read, My Mom by Anthony Browne? I love the simplicity of this text. The author reveals characteristics about mom through the voice of an unseen child. The text can be used in a variety of ways, from comparisons to similes. 

Tomorrow we will create similes using the same text and lesson ideas from Amy Lemons at Step into Second Grade.

The above picture was created by A Full Classroom via Amy Lemon's Lesson linked above.

As for today, we shared a list of what makes our mom special. It was a quick round robin that we used to helped generate the start of our chart, similar to the one shown above.

Once the students were engaged with a read aloud, I introduced the messiest task of the day. Normally I'd wait until the end of the day to paint, but I wanted time for everything to dry. I gave each child four tongue depressors and two popsicle sticks. The kids were asked to paint all their pieces white. The pieces were assembled and glued later in the day. The frame takes me back to my early years of teaching. The adorable fenced garden picture frame will make a perfect compliment to their crafted cards.

I picked up the flower stickers at Walmart.

At the start of the writing lesson, I read the story, I Love My Mommy Because by Laurel Porter Gaylord. It's another simple text that effectively activates my student's schema. We discuss ways we love our mom and why we would take the time to thank her.

My class studied letter writing during February, so we reviewed parts of a letter prior to my students writing their own thank you notes.

As my littles awaited a quick teacher conference, they crafted a card to be glued on the back side of the friendly letter. I set out the different templates and paper. I had one visual on display and told them they could use any color and flower design. The craft allowed me the time to move from student to student while the masses stayed engaged. FYI, I used paper from Michaels. Their pastels are on point!

With the wildfires sprinkling snow like ashes all over the campus, we are stuck indoors. A little Go Noodle and the creation of coupon books kept us moving along after our math block.

All the parts of this post are freebies. You can download your copy by linking to my store through the graphic below.

If you're looking for a sweet idea for teachers appreciation or an EOY gift, I found yummy writing pads at Michaels and matching pencils at Target.  Simple, useful and effective.

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Contraction Surgery

Hi friends! Just popping in to share a few activities we are worked on this past week. Contraction surgery is a themed day to support our previous learning of contractions. My kids have enjoyed this idea for years, so I'm excited to finally have a product that meets the needs of how I teach the skill.

Here's a little background on building my theme. I purchased the lab coats several years ago on Amazon. The store is called Makerspace Lab. The coats came in a pack of 10 for $19.99. I've used the same coats for years even though they're disposable. As you can see, they've held up nicely. With that being said, they're disposable. I've lost a few snaps over the years.

The goggles were purchased with my lead money several years ago. They're made by Learning Resources but I purchased mine from EAI Education. They were cheaper, costing under $3 each. There are several reasons I prefer to use the goggles over mask. The goggle are easier for primary students to adjust since they're worn like glasses. The adjustment extends at the ear. Also, I can place them in my dishwasher to clean them after they're used.

The lab coats and goggles are over-the-top and not at all necessary. I can tell you from my personal experience, my students are much more excited when they hear we will be dressing as scientist today. They're aware this means an investigation.  

If you're looking to complete the activity on a budget, ask your school nurse for a donation. We had masks and gloves on hand at school. The materials were donated to my students to use during our learning sequence.  

The following preview pages perfectly describe our learning sequence. I started the lesson with a quick brainpopjr video on contractions. We paused the four minute video throughout to determine the contraction before Annie reveals to Moby how the sentences are manipulated. Following the video introduction, we began a whole group activity. I'd already glued the chart label, doctor and contraction pill bottle to a piece of chart paper. The kids assisted me in locating the pill parts scattered in the center of the rug. As they're located, we glued them to our chart, corresponding with the correct pill bottle.

Once we completed the whole group activity, students were given the "will" and "not" contraction foldable pages. I saved the mixed pages for the following day as a follow up to the concentration game. The foldables allowed independent practice while writing a contraction. 

The next day, my students worked in groups playing a contraction matching game. The game provided practice with a variety of mixed contractions. My low level students worked to match the puzzle parts while my higher level students place the puzzle parts upside down and played concentration. Once the game was complete, my students were given the mixed practice foldable pages to complete.

The day of the investigation, my students were given a doctor hat {nurse, but I didn't tell them}. They glued the blackline to a sentence strip and wore in the operation room. Here's what the kid's desk looked like as the activity began.  

The day went well with the prescribed activity below....

Here's a glimpse in our operating room! 

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If you're interested in this file, you can link through the first image.  

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