My friend Mandy from Cooperative Learning 365 has created this really cute Olympics Activity Pack that teaches about Olympic history; particularly the countries that have hosted it over the years and it has six activities in total. It is a free download from the site teacherspayteachers.com! Here are two other free printables and activities for the 2012 Olympics from TpT:
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
Summer time is here! Many teachers are already preparing their classrooms for the new school year. Themes, planning, stationery, printables, decorations - your head is swimming with all of the new possibilities for September. Here's a quick list of the most poplar classroom stationery that are available at most stationery stores or teacher supply stores. I got these links from Amazon.
Laminators. I use my laminator to personalize my classroom with theme accents that really pop when they are laminated. It's very handy for name tags, posters, labels, charts, write-on-wipe-off worksheets, flash cards and so on. I prefer the Scotch Thermal Laminator.
Highlighters. Aside from the regular highlighters, I love assorted fluorescent ones and I recently discovered that there are erasable highlighters too! I trust Sharpie highlighters because they do not smear the pen ink on the paper, everything remains neat!
I had to add the card stock - I like to print card games and task cards onto the card stock rather than regular paper for reasons explained in this blog post. Every teacher has their own style. I'm not overly picky about what I use. As long as I have a few ergonomic things that make my life easier, I feel prepared and ready to take on anything!
Monday, 23 July 2012
Have you ever been confused about the difference between Homographs and Multi-meaning Words? Well, I have! So I researched it comprehensively to create a few handy tools to help teachers (and students) to understand the each term and how to tell the difference between a homograph and a multiple meaning word.
What is a homograph? What are multiple meaning words? The most important thing to stress is that homographs and multi-meaning words are not the same thing.
Multi-meaning words are single words that can be used for multiple meanings (and are both spelt and pronounced in the same way). Example: orange (color) and orange (fruit).
Homographs, on the other hand, are not single words that can be used for multiple meanings. They are pairs or groups of entirely different words that happen to share the same spelling; they . Example: minute (unit of time) and minute (tiny).
When I teach any vocabulary topic, one of the things that I love to use with my students are card games! So I created a Homograph and Multi-meaning Word memory Game along with definitions, classroom posters, graphic organizers, and a worksheet (includes answer key). In all, it's a complete package with everything you need to teach about homographs and multiple meaning words. It is available for purchase at TpT, Teachers Notebook and Currclick. Click here to see a preview!
Sunday, 22 July 2012
The long awaited Teaching Expo is here! What is it? It's a Back to School webinar made possible by Teachers Notebook. Several expert teachers will be presenting to get you ready for school with all of their handy teaching tips. Speaking of Teachers Notebook, they will be presenting all attendees with a digital goodie bag of over $100.00 worth in teaching resources! I am pleased to have donated one of my priced items from my shop at Teachers Notebook, it's my Prefix, Suffix and Root word Building Card Set! Many other shops are donating one of their priced items to this goodie bag! Can you believe how AMAZINGLY SWEET this deal this is? All you need to do is register to attend, it costs only $10 and you'll get the following:
- 30% discount on hundreds of items
- Well over $100 worth of items in the Goodie Bag!
Plus, two lucky teachers will get tickets to the event for free! Click here to learn more!
Saturday, 7 July 2012
I know that most of you are already having a wonderful summer break (despite the heat). Our school terms run differently here. My vacation starts from July 8th to the first week in September. Now, I'm working on correcting test papers and writing up report cards. The only problem is that I cant find my stuff! We had a little mishap last week which has left my classroom in a mess.
In preparation for our annual graduation ceremony at our school, all of my classroom furniture was moved to facilitate seating accommodations for guests. Unfortunately, my cupboard (which is very old) could not withstand the lifting and shoving. The shelves collapsed and my books were everywhere. My jaw dropped to the floor. As for my filing cabinet, two of the drawers are so baldly jammed that none of the drawers can open. Every time the handymen fix it, it locks up again in a few minutes. I hope to receive a new cupboard and filing cabinet for my classroom in September, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
On a happy note, the graduation was beautiful. Here's a picture of the graduates!
- Teacher Nyla
- 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!