Saturday, 26 January 2013

Free Groundhog's Day Face Masks

Groundhog Day printable Masks

I've been in a mask making mood for the past week and I found the cutest groundhog clip art from Little Red's School House. I just went with the flow and created these free face masks for Groundhog Day! Feel free to download your free digital copy from my Teachers pay Teachers Store.

Here are some previews... 

The one above will look like this one below, after it is assembled.



You just have to print and laminate. Your students (depending on their age) can cut out and assemble the parts. They are fun to assemble and even more fun to wear. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Score Big at Teachers Notebook! 25-50% Off!

It's Super Sale weekend at Teachers Notebook! From (Feb. 2nd at 12:00am CST to Feb 3rd at 11:59pm CST). Check out my sale and the rest of sale items from other teacher shops to have yourself some Super Bowl savings!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Our Classroom Election Drill

Yesterday was a very special day for my island of Tobago. It was election day for us to vote for a new leader (or the incumbent) of the Tobago House of Assembly.
It was so exciting to receive the results last night. Interestingly enough, these results were consistent with the 'in school' election drill that we did last Friday. The pictures below show the students hosting their election campaign and debate. The voting process followed. We tried to make it as authentic as possible. See the ballot cards and ballot box above? So cute!

This was the debate team for the People's National Movement (PNM) - They won
Debate team for the Tobago Organization of the People (TOP)

The Platform of Truth's Debate Team (TPT)
It is said that a school is a microcosm of society. And my school certainly is because the ratio of student votes were similar to the actual votes that were counted last night. Interesting...

Sunday, 20 January 2013

A fun way to Motivate your readers for the Valentine's season

Reading-motivation-and-Reading Craftivities

Let’s celebrate our love for reading with these Valentine’s Day themed reading props to keep our students in the mood to read a book. These are only to be worn at reading time and students can choose a different prop to be used with each new book they master reading. On Valentine’s Day however, students get to wear the ‘love reading glasses’ for the entire day in class.


Students who wear tested lenses can wear the ‘love reading glasses’ on their hair (like a Bando). It's available here at my TpT store and you can download a preview there.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Homophones Flashcards Printable

Homophone Flashcards

There are different definitions of homophones in many dictionaries. I stick to the basic rule: If the prefix 'homo' means 'same' and 'phone' comes from the word 'phoneme' which means 'sound', then the term 'homophone' means 'same sound'. This definition is simple and easy to remember.

I made these Illustrated Homophone Cards for my class. They are ideal for re-teaching and reinforcement of homophones. 

Here are a few previews:

Actual size
These are 46 cards which include fifty pairs (including a few triplets) of homophones, some of them are: aloud/allowed, bare/bear, eight/ate, flower/flour, mussel/muscle, cellar/seller, doe/dough, night/knight, rose/rows, rite/right/write, no/know, raise/rays, see/sea, you/ewe, pour/pore, bored/board, scene/seen, peace/piece, etc. The illustrations will help visual learners to remember the meaning of each word.

Each card measures 7.5 cm by 9 cm and they fit on landscape letter sized paper (six to a page). It is available for purchase here at my Teachers pay Teachers store.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Free Kindle Books for Kids

I found a few free picture books for children that are available for free online. Just click on the pictures to read more about each book and grab your own copy if you wish.

Just click on the pictures below!

The Ugly Duckling - A classic story by Hans Christian Andersen presented with modern illustrations. The story of how a little bird endures the abuses and miseries as he was growing up not realizing he would mature into a beautiful swan.
What The Fox Learnt (Illustrated) (Four Fables from Aesop) - Four fox tales from Aesop's fables presented with modern illustrations: The Fox and the Crow, The Fox and the Goat, The Fox and the Grapes and The Fox and the Cat. These are short stories that are fun and easy to read. Each story is summarized with a moral that you might have even heard of.
Lessons from the Lion, the Ox and their little friends (illustrated) (Four fables from Aesop) - Four fables from Aesop presented with modern illustrations: The Lion and the Mouse, The Four Oxen and the Lion, The Ant and the Grasshopper and The Frog and the Ox. These are short stories that are fun and easy to read. Each story is summarized with a moral that you might have even heard of.
Little Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood - The Big Bad Wolf is running a successful scam on Little Red's Grandma until Little Red catches him in the act.
Tongue Twisters for Kids - It's hard to say a tongue twister without a smile on your face. Each tongue twister in this book has it's own silly illustration. Tongue twisters are good practice for children as they learn to form words, phrases, and vowels.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Meet some International Bloggers from all Over the World

Hi everyone, I want to tell you about an interesting new link-up but before I get to that... Happy New Year to one and all, wherever you are on this our beautiful planet! I know that most of my readers are from the U.S. but do my readers know where I'm from? It's a place that's always sunny, the folks here are warm and friendly, the food here is 'to die for' and next month, we will be celebrating Carnival! - It's Trinidad and Tobago; a twin island state that's in the Caribbean (not Jamaica) and it's right off the coast of Venezuela. 

This is our National Flag

I know of a few bloggers from my region but I'm actually quite curious to see how many other Trini-bloggers or Caribbean bloggers are out there so... I'll be checking back to this link-up (it's being graciously hosted by Michelle Lundy from the Making it as a Middle School teacher blog). 

Click here to see the link-up (it will open in a new tab for you).

That's me on the right with my sister. I hope to do more hiking as part of my New Year's resolution.
Be sure to check it out to discover new bloggers from other countries outside of the U.S. like Canada (which I think may be in the lead... at least so far...). Are you residing outside of the U.S. or have you taught in foreign school. I would like to experience teaching in another country just to be immersed in a culture that is new to me. That would be a beautiful experience. 

Back to School Bulletin Boards and Posters

This is a collection of back-to-school posters, word walls and charts for grade 1, 2 and 3!

Months of the year Posters

123 learning mat Colours word wall cards

multiplication tables flash cards

Just click on the pictures to see them at my Teachers pay Teachers store!

About Me

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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!