Tuesday, 26 June 2012

2D & 3D Shape Games, Activities and Printables

2D & 3D Shape Geometry Printables for Common Core

Do you teach geometry at grades 3 to 6? I've created and compiled my worksheets, games and graphic organizers for my geometry lessons and they are alligned to these CCSS: 2.G.A.1, 3.G.A.1, 5.G.B.3, L.4.4b, L.5.4b. Get it here!
3D-shape-matching-game 3D-shape-attribute-sorting-venn-diagram-rings
3D-shapes-definitions-and-pictures Illustrated Polygon Word Wall set - 2D-shapes
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This set has eight zipped PDF files which contain activities, games and tutorials about 2D and 3D Shapes. The files included are a 3D ShapeMemory Card Game, a 2D Shape Booklet which includes a matching activity for Polygon prefixes, a 3D Shape book of worksheets and black line masters and a 3D ShapeDominoes Game. It also has a 3D Shape Flash Cards with Venn Diagram Sorting Activity with large Venn Diagram rings for attribute sorting, an Illustrated 3D shape Word Wall set, a 2D Shape Flash Cards with Venn Diagram Sorting Activity and an illustrated Polygon Word Wall set which includes 10 illustrated Polygon word cards.

The sum of the value of each file adds up to a $26.25 value, but if  you purchase them together as a bundle, you'll save $6.25. It is available for purchase at TpT and Teachers Notebook for only $20.00.

Click here, here and here to download and try my free geometry worksheets! The first two are actually samples of my 2D & 3D Shape Bundle (above).

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

How to Make a Spelling Test

Spelling words in Context

Did you know that students make connections in their brains as they learn? This helps them to remember information efficiently. This is why it is important for students to be given information in context. This works for introducing new concepts in all subject areas, including spelling. 

Here's what I learnt about giving spelling tests: If I give my students a spelling quiz by just calling out the words for them to spell, they can make a lot of errors.  These errors may be due to them not hearing me well so they may write 'hour' instead of 'flour' or they may mix up their homophones and write 'flower' instead of 'flour'. Has this ever happened to you? ...(even though you gave them a spelling list and did drills with them) ...[sigh]

Students connect the sound of a word to its meaning, to its written form (spelling) and to its real image (a picture or memory). Sometimes we may ask them to spell a homophone word without realizing that they may be spelling the other homophone of the word you really mean. So, as much as possible, you can show your students what you want them to spell by:

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Using images. This is great for spelling words that are tangible nouns which can be represented by a picture.


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Using images and clues. I use these for words that are longer or difficult. In this example, I showed the consonants and students completed each word by putting in the vowels.


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Putting the word in context within a sentence.


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Simply by underlining the misspelled word in a sentence and writing the correct spelling.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Free Creative Writing Story and Letter Prompts

Free Creative Writing Story Prompts
I compiled a few of my writing prompts for my third grade students. It's a total of ten writing prompts - five story ideas and five letters. Click here to download it as a free Google doc.

Simple Machines Science Unit Plan

Simple Machines Lesson Plans
Science is my favorite subject to teach! Why? It's so hands-on! When I'm teaching my Simple Machines unit, my students enjoy making levers, turning the gears and lifting things using a makeshift pulley. I use co-operative learning in the exploration, explanation, and extension phases of the 5E learning cycle, which I use in all of my science lesson plans. As a bonus to these simple machines lesson plans, I created a mini quiz about gears that's a free download which can be used along with my Simple Machines Unit Plan. To read more about each lesson in the unit, you can download a free preview from TpT (just click on the orange download preview button). All five lessons are available for purchase at TpT and Teachers Notebook.

Father's Day Greetings for the Male Teachers!

Father's Day School Craft Tie

Yes, it's Father's Day! Many classes were doing Father's Day themed art and craft at my school on Friday. We had a great time making ties and shirt cards. I want to wish all male teachers everywhere a Happy Father's Day today because they are father figures for their students and it means so much to students (whether they know it or not) to have a positive male presence in their lives. 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Adjective Activities - Tiered for Positive, Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

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These activities incorporate the use of puzzles to reinforce the rules of forming comparative and superlative adjectives from positive adjectives. It includes two games that are perfect for small group center work with 36 adjective puzzle strip and six comparison mats for the six types of adjectives. At the ed of these activity sheets, there is an adjective quiz with an answer key. Here are a few preview clips of this 18 page packet:

Adjective-Activities-for-Comparing-Positive-Comparative-and-Superlative Positive-Comparative-and-Superlative 
 And pictures...

 

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You may also be interested in my St. Patrick's Day themed activity that is similar to this one. It also focuses on the degrees of adjectives using the shape of the shamrock. Click here to see more.
Degrees-of-Adjectives-St-Patricks-Day-printables Positive-comparative-superlative-Adjectives-St-Patricks-Day-activities

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Dollar Sale - Just for Us Teachers!

Dollar Sale
We're having a Dollar Days Back to School Sale from Sunday 29th to Monday 30th of July! I know that many teacher-authors from The Lesson Cloud (myself included) are putting many of their Back to School Items on sale for only $1.00 or $2.00 each! Also, The Lesson Cloud will be hosting a giveaway - What's the prize? A $75.00 gift card from Really Good Stuff!

Just click on the picture below to get started!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Free Clip Art for Teachers

Free Clip Art for Classroom Use, Royalty free graphics,

More and more teachers are scavenging the web, searching for free clip art for classroom use. Here's my list of websites that offer free clip art that teachers can use:

Free Clip art for TeachersMicrosoft Office Clip Art. I've been using this for years. It has a collection of clip art that ranges from realistic to whimsical, and you can get photos for your writing prompts, animations to boost your PowerPoint presentations, and sound bytes too. 

Free Clip art for Teachers
Another great place to find clip art for teachers is at Graphics from the Pond. They have the cutest borders and themes to put quality cuteness into whatever you make - like name tags, Valentine's Day Cards, etc. Their clip art collection also has priced items but you can click here for the free ones.

Free Clip art for TeachersA friend of mine recently found this site  - Sweet Clip Art - and I'm really glad to see that all of the graphics here are free vector graphics! They have many categories of images to choose from, like education, animals, sports, holidays, borders, etc.
Free Clip art for TeachersThis free site - My Cute Graphics - is created specifically for teachers and bloggers, so you should be able to narrow your search in no time to find what you need for you classroom D.I.Y. It also has free coloring pages! Did I mention that these collections are really cute? So cute!
 Feel free to check them out! I hope you love these sites as much as I do! You may also be interested in this other tip:





Mygrafico Digital Arts & Crafts

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Free Worksheets for 3D Shapes...

free 3D Shape Match, match the 3D shape to its net and name,
Teachers, if you are teaching about solids in geometry, use these free worksheets in your classroom for your students to match 3D shapes (cubes, cuboids, cones, cylinders, pyramids and prisms) to their nets and names. Jut click on the picture above to instantly download it as a Google doc. This is a sample of my eBook 3D Shapes with their Nets and Properties.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Win $50 worth of Teaching Goodies!


My giveaway to celebrate 1000 Facebook followers has now come to an end! I want to THANK all of the participants for taking the time to enter. I was quite overwhelmed to see so many entries. It's a good thing I used Rafflecopter to handle all of the entries and the actual picking of the winners! Because there were so many entries, I decided to have two lucky winners instead of one. Each lucky winner has won two $15 Amazon Gift Cards each as well as up to $24 worth of teaching resources from my Teachers Notebook Store




Huge Back to School Sale for Teachers... at TPT!!!

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The Back to school sale at Teachers pay Teachers has come to an end... Thank you for your patronage and stay tuned for the next big sale... I'll be sure to let you know. Just follow my Facebook page to get regular updates or just visit my TpT Store to to follow me there!

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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!