Sunday, 26 February 2012

Free Symmetry Worksheets

Free Symmetry Printable

Last week, my class started symmetry for mathematics. I made these worksheets for them. The first one is for vertical and horizontal symmetry only, which has an answer key, and the other worksheet is for vertical, horizontal and diagonal symmetry, also with an answer key. Grab it here as a free downloadable Google doc (no logging in is required!). You can also download it for free from my Teachers pay Teachers Store.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Leapin' Leap Day Sale was a Hit!

The HUGE Leap Day Sale was a hit! Teachers, you deserved it! It will come again every four years whereby you can you can get 28% off anything (or everything) at my TpT Store and other stores there. But hey, there will be other sales... just stay tuned...

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

How to Make Your own Card Game - It's a Process...

I'm so busy at school but I can't complain because I'm always getting inspiration to make something that my students can use to help them learn. The inspiration comes from the students themselves because they know what they want, and how they like to learn.  Last month I was teaching about Prefixes and during my lunch periods, I kept working on a prototype of prefix cards. Each card had the prefix, it's definition, examples of a word or words that include the prefix with a matching picture.

Here's how I did it:
making cards
Trace and Cut
My Prototype Design (We loved it!)
After the cards were completed, my students took them over. They modified my original idea (which was to use them as flash cards) and turned the drill activity into a game. Aren't they brilliantly awesome? So then I got really inspired to recreate them on my computer because my students like it so much, I reasoned that I must be onto something that's worth my time and effort to make for another class somewhere that may like it as much as my students do! Plus, my students really flipped out for this computerized version...

Prefix game

Prefix Activities

So that's how it happens... making learning fun in my class. I have these available for purchase at TpT and at Teachers Notebook (they are websites for teachers to find tried and true resources from other teachers).  So if you are curious, feel free to check them out. As for my students, they're currently using my prototype for suffixes.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Laura Candler explains Graphic Organizers!

I love Laura Candler from Teaching Resources. I found her website years ago when I was just starting out as a teacher. She has tons of really helpful printables on there. So I just thought I'd share this interview with you in which Laura chats with Charity Preston from The Organised Classroom Blog about using Graphic Organizers in teaching across the curriculum for different grade levels. I sure learnt a lot!

Just click on the play button and it starts for you right away!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Teaching about Telling the Time

Time Lesson Plan, Telling Time unit plan, Elapsed Time word problems

Students need to learn to tell the time as a part of daily life.  This knowledge is important for being on time, understanding schedules and timetables, and being able to read both analog and digital clocks.  Through this unit, students will tell time to the hour, half-hour, quarter-hour, and at five minute intervals. They will demonstrate telling time and applying appropriate vocabulary to their daily activities.  This unit is an integrated unit: the first two lessons are vocabulary lessons introducing the related vocabulary, their definitions - time words - second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, century and millennium.  

The remaining three lessons are math lessons - matching the analog time to digital time, drawing the hands of the clock to match the time given, calculating elapsed time, etc. It also includes a 'race with the clock' board game.

Telling Time Worksheets Telling Time Worksheets
Click on the pictures to read more about the lessons, games and activities in the time unit and download the free preview. It is available for purchase as an editable Word doc here and as a pdf file here.

You may also be interested in this lesson Plan, How to Make a Clock.

Clock making craft for kids

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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!