Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Earth Day Word Wall

Earth Day Word List

This is an illustrated word wall of 30 Earth Day words and terms. Each word card has a matching picture to depict the word’s meaning. It can be used as headers for doing ‘word of the day’ focus walls or it can be used as a stand alone word wall. Thirty-six (30) of the most common Earth Day terms are used in these cards.

The terms are: biodegradable, compost, reforestation, renewable, April 22nd, Earth Day, environment, greenhouse effect, ozone layer, ecology, recycle, planting, reuse, reduce, clean up, car pool, conserve, wind energy, solar energy, geothermal, hydro energy, tidal energy, global warming, pollution, plastic waste, glass waste, metal waste, paper waste, carbon footprint, and resource.

Word wall cards can be laminated and mounted in a clear standard pocket chart for easy access and display. Each page has three word cards and they are to be printed on 8.5” x 11” (letter) sized paper.

Earth Day word list

For more Earth Day fun, please check out this blog post of ideas for celebrating Earth Day in your classroom!
Earth day ideas for kids   Earth Day Words

Monday, 3 April 2017

How to Use Posters to Encourage a Learning Environment

Classroom posters are are great way to have a literacy rich classroom with print in eye catching forms that encourage reading. They do not always have to be strictly content based. The first poster that is seen at the entrance of the class must be large and welcoming. This could be as simple as a large welcome sign or as complex as a bulletin board jigsaw 'we fit together' kind of poster. I like to include posters that teach the softer skills of making friends and self monitoring, and posters that spread awareness of issues like bullying and the importance of classroom kindness.  Every classroom has its own motto or mantra. This can be printed on a large sentence strip and posted up to remind students of the value system. Encouraging, motivational posters are my favorite. Below are pictures of a few to give you an idea of the types of posters that can be used.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Summer themed Compound Word Activity

Summer themed Compound Word Activity

This is a Summer themed Compound Word puzzle. 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 compound words (closed compound words) and they can also be used as compound word flashcards. The compound words in this set are: clothesline, barefoot, sandcastle, sunburn, sundress, firefly, firework, fishbowl, goldfish, heatwave, lifeguard, skateboard, speedboat, treehouse, summertime, sunshine, watermelon, surfboard, swimsuit, suitcase, hotdog, jellyfish, starfish, waterpark, sunbathe, sunflower, footprint, and underwater. It is available here at my TpT collection. These pictures show most of the cards in the set.

  Compound Word Activity Compound Words Poster

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Eco-Friendly Classroom Fun for Earth Day

How can you celebrate Earth Day in your classroom?

Do you know about seed paper? It's recycled paper with tiny embedded seeds. When the paper is planted, so are the seeds. Students can do this as an experiment, planting them in recycled milk boxes or used plastic bottles that have been cut open. Seed paper in general comes in different forms: gift cards, celebration tokens, even business cards. The hope is that one day, all paper litter could help the environment rather than harm the environment if they were made from seed paper. This one on the right is the Earth Day themed seed paper.

Using recycled paper is a great way to do this. An easy project is for students to make their own recycled paper by mixing bits of old paper, dried flowers and tissue, soaking the mixture, blending it to a pulp, (dye can be added), then rolling it out onto a flat sieve and leaving it to dry. The dried flowers gives it a bit of color and plant texture.  After making their own paper, your students can use them to make Earth Day cards or posters. They can also make recycled newspaper beads for an Earth Day bracelet. By using less tree based material in your classroom, students can save a tree. Speaking of recycled newspaper, there are pencils made from recycled newspaper!  Did you know that the newspaper protects the graphite better than wood pencils? You can read more about these here and here.

Use inexpensive, earth day themed, and very useful everyday tools that students always need like pencils and erasers, etc. Most of all, students like to have a little incentive to stay on track and behave well. Again, the recycled paper pencils would make great tokens (these on the right are peppermint scented). Earth Day candy is also good idea. They make for great reward tokens. 

Don't use batteries if you don't have to! Solar power is clean energy. Just for Earth Day, your students can see how a solar phone charger can power the classroom kindles or tablets. Solar chargers are meant for emergency use and not to be used everyday but they can be used for phones and other devices with the USB port. Now for some old school technology... calculators.  Most student calculators are now solar powered - these can be large and colorful for younger students or pocket sized and as sleek as a credit card for teens. You may already have these in your class and students like to see the numbers fade away then reappear by covering the solar area with their hands.

You may also be interested in my St. Patrick's Day Activities...

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Food Chain Puzzles

spring themed food chain

Butterflies, caterpillars, frogs, and other bugs. It's Springtime. So I thought it would be a fun idea to group them not according to habitat, but by season. (Does that make sense?) I was compelled to just try it and I really am pleased with the amount of organisms that fit into the Spring theme.

So, this is a food chain puzzle. Each puzzle card has an organism name and picture on it. Each of the first five pages has three puzzles and each of these puzzles has a producer (plant or plant part), a primary consumer, and a secondary consumer. The sixth page has more consumer organisms that can be spliced in to make longer food chains.

See how the puzzle pieces have the arrow shapes on the right edges?  This makes it easier to help kids understand how a food chain works and reinforces the rule that the arrow always points to the organism that is doing the eating.

I know teachers are very creative, so you will be happy to know that you can do more with this activity. After your kids have mastered this, you can recycle these cards into picture cards for making a Spring food web, with the arrows drawn from picture to picture.

The producers (plants or plant parts), in this set include: grass, leaf, bush, seeds, nectar from flowers, and fruit. The consumer organisms in this set are: caterpillar, bird, grasshopper, lizard, snake, bee, dragonfly, aphid, ladybug, rabbit, eagle, chicken, man, rat, owl, cow, fly, frog, rat, cat, sheep, toad, butterfly, and goat.
food chain printables Food-Chain-Activities

Sunday, 26 February 2017

St. Patrick's Day Prefix and Suffix Matching Activity

Prefix and Suffix St. Patrick's Day Matching to Root Word Activity

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day...  This activity is for matching up the gold coins into the correct pots of gold that are labelled with a prefix or suffix. Each coins carries a root word label to guide the matching. After the activity, a bulletin board can be made like the one in the picture above. Extra props are included in the file.

This set contains:
8 prefix pot labels and 8 suffix pot labels.
6 coins for you to print then cut out (each in color and black and white).
32 root word cards for prefixes to print and cut out then stick each word onto a different coin.
32 root word cards for suffixes to print and cut out then stick each word onto a different coin.
Bulletin board display props.
The prefixes featured for each bowl are un, dis, in, im, re, pre, ir, and mis. The suffixes are able, ible, ful, less, ly, ment, ness, and en.

You can see it here at TpT to view more.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!