Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Food Chain and Food Web Vocabulary Words - Literacy Station for Science


What is a food chain or a food web? What is a carnivore, herbivore, omnivore or scavenger? To answer question like these I made a set of food web science definition cards for my students. Each card has a picture of an organism to represent each term along with a simple, easy to understand definition. See the sample picture below. It is a total of eighteen cards available at TpT and Teachers Notebook for $3.00. I color coded each card so that the words match the colors of the theme in the definition. What do I mean? For example, the green cards have words like producer, herbivore, and photosynthesisThese cards encourage reading and will be a great addition to your science literacy station. Here is a list of all of the food web terms in this set: habitat, organism, producer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, consumer, scavenger, decomposer, predator, prey, food chain, food web, micro-organism, fungus, energy and photosynthesis.

science-Food-Chain-and-Food-Web-word-wallSpeaking of reading, I also have these word wall cards that have the following terms: habitat, organism, producer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, consumer, food chain, food web, scavenger, decomposer, predator, prey, energy, and photosynthesis. This illustrated word wall set is perfect for helping your students to remember the spelling and meanings of key food chain and food web terms. I used cute but realistic clip art of animals, plants, and micro-organisms. Some of the clip art used were created by Oxana at Teacher’s Clipart. Here's a preview (below) of one of the word wall cards - the food chain card. This one shows the words 'food chain' along with an actual food chain starting with a leaf that is by a caterpillar which is eaten by a bird which is eaten by a snake. Wait till you see the food web card. Yikes! You can click here (TpT) or here (Teachers Notebook) to see more sample pictures of this set.

This is a picture of the word wall cards displayed in my classroom.

This is close-up of one of the cards (digital).

Click on any of these pictures to get yours!

If you need some books that you can have as supplementary information for your students, you can check out the full range of food chain book series available at amazon. I saw these "What if..." books that will take learning to a deeper level as students discover the calamity that happens when one organism is removed from the food chain. These are some of the books below.



These are other great finds too...

Here are some other things that can be included in your food chain science station...
Food Chain Bulletin Board Set                                  Food Chain Craft Kit 
       Cut out each piece and make a food chain!                   I love this idea for younger students. 

This won the Gold Seal award for best educational toy.

I will be doing a new post soon which will teach you how to teach students to make their own food chains and food webs so look out for it. It should be really helpful. *Update 01/18/2025* Here it is... How to make food chains and food webs.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Shades of meaning for the verb 'Say'

There are many words we can use in place of the words 'say' and 'said' which would be more suitable in some sentences than others. It’s all about using the right word in the right place. These words are: explain, grumble, answer, mutter, plead, reply, shout, ask, exclaim, cry, drawl, sputter, stammer and whisper.

I created a bulletin board set and a card game to introduce my students to these new words. It fulfills the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.5b which is for students to distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (second grade standard).

Shades of meaning for the verb 'said'

The set includes:
- illustrated vocabulary matching cards which come with a complementary storage box.
tired word said


- a bulletin board poster set to brighten up your walls. It creatively displays the new vocabulary words in colors of your choice. (See picture at the top of this post)

- an illustrated word wall

If you are in need of something like this you can preview it here by clicking on the orange 'Download Preview' button on the page.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Free Teachers Appreciation Week Classroom Decorations


Free Teachers Appreciation Week Classroom Decorations! Let’s enjoy our Teacher's Appreciation Week and make our classrooms festive! I made these free classroom decorations which can be used as wall posters or ceiling drops to send out the message that its Teacher's Appreciation Week

Just print and laminate, then cut out the shapes. You can punch a single hole at the tops and tie through some curly ribbon then hang them from the ceiling or over the doorway. 

I really caught the TAW bug this week and I 'went to town' in my classroom with these other Teachers Appreciation gift ideas seen below.
teachers-appreciation-week-gift-cards teachers-appreciation-week-gifts-for-male-teachers

I hope you have a wonderful week because as teachers, we deserve to have some goodies and a little recognition for what we do! 

Thursday, 4 April 2013

The 'If you were a...' Book Series for Math, Grammar and Vocabulary

If you were an Adjective -book

I ordered these books online for my students (the ones for parts of speech and vocabulary) and during that process, I realized that there were also books math in the same series too... 

The insides of the books are just as colorful as the covers and they are full of real-world examples of the topic, example, nouns, verb, adjectives etc. Each book also starts off with the basic examples, then move on to the complex ones (for older students). For instance, the adjective book has types of adjectives, degrees of adjectives, and other facts about adjectives. See the picture below that I shot from the adjective book? (I hope the author doesn't mind.) They are so vivid!


These are the other books from the series. I really love them (and my students can't put 'em down!).
If you were a noun   If you were a verb
If you were a noun (with a Space theme)               If you were a verb (with a frog theme)

If you were a pronoun   If you were an adverb
If you were a pronoun (with an ocean theme)            If you were an Adverb (with an 'at the park' theme)

If you were a preposition   
If you were a preposition (with an animal theme)    If you were a conjunction (with an animal theme)

I had to buy these vocabulary ones...

If you were a synonym   If you were an antonym
If you were a Synonym                                          If you were an Antonym
If you were a prefix   If you were a suffix
If you were a Prefix (word fun)                         If you were a Suffix (word fun)

I saved the best for last! These books below will help with mathematics because each book is filled with real-word examples for meaningful learning of the operation symbols, odd and even numbers, geometry and time.
If you were a Minus Sign                                        If you were a Plus Sign

If you were a Times Sign                                      If you were a Divided-By Sign

If you were an Even Number                                       If you were an Odd Number

If you were a Minute                                                    If you were a Set

Examples of Quadrilaterals - in our everyday lives   Examples of Fractions - in our everyday lives
If you were a Quadrilateral                               If you were a Fraction

Examples of Polygons - in our everyday lives

Teacher Appreciation Week - Gift Ideas

I saw the most beautiful teacher's gift idea on Pinterest. It looks like a tiered diaper cake but instead of the diapers, it's packed with useful, colorful, classroom stationery. There are notebooks, crayola crayons, glue sticks, index cards, and markers! I'll tell you this though, if I would ever receive such a gift, I would treasure it for weeks before I actually use it because it's just so beautiful! 

Teacher Appreciation Week Gift Ideas
Ooh la la! I'd love to have this! Chocolate, cookies and Teaching Joke-Books. If you are short on time and need a ready-made teacher gift, then this would be perfect for you. I saw it on amazon.  

Here are other teacher gift baskets that caught my eye from Gift Basket Village by Great Arrivals Gift Baskets...
Teacher Appreciation Week Gift Ideas
World's Best Teacher gift basket
Teacher Appreciation Gift Basket
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 #1 Teacher, Gift Basket

Below are cute notebooks for teachers.



Teacher mug...

Every teacher would want her students to appreciate her. This book will enlighten little minds.

This book of teaching quotes is for teachers.

You may also be interested in these Teacher Appreciation Thank You Cards...

Teacher Appreciation Week Gift Ideas
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The nice folks at made the one you see above and you can download their easy instructions manual to make one yourself.

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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!