Sunday, 29 September 2013

Fraction Dominoes

Fraction Dominoes matching card game for equivalent fractions

Have you ever seen Fractions Dominoes? It is played like regular dominoes but you match the numeral fraction to its corresponding pictorial fraction instead. This game is perfect for enriching fraction lessons and is great as an activity on its own. It has 54 fraction domino cards with 3 doubles and three blanks included. For higher grades, equivalent fractions can be matched. Instructions for playing and a game modification for advanced students are included. You can get it here at my TpT collection or here from Teachers Notebook.

When I was designing it on the computer, I was aiming for about 30 to 36 cards. But then, I became focused on having as many fraction designs as I could create.

However, it was only when I was finished printing that I realized that I made too many cards - at least more that I initially planned to do. But I figure that the extra cards could't hurt. Sometimes, I shuffle the deck and divide it among separate groups to play.  

Click here to get these from my TPT Store ( as a Ms Word Doc)! It's also available as a pdf here.

Happy teaching!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Free Red and Blue lined handwriting Paper Printable


At the start of each week, I usually give my class a new list of words for them to learn and spell for me by the end of the week. I needed a large template of handwriting lines that I could write our weekly spelling words on. I decided to make it by printing and laminating each sheet, then cutting and taping them up to suit the layout I had in mind. For an easy list of words, I give them twelve words and if I include some challenging words in the list, I reduce the amount to ten. 

I really needed my students to have the list of words to be constantly on display so that they would be seeing the words all week long! For me, writing on the laminated sheets and like writing on a whiteboard so I just wipe it clean and write again. Download your Free Red and Blue lined handwriting Paper Printable from my TpT collection! Use it for:
  • word walls
  • handwriting practice
  • large sentence strips
  • desktop name plates for students
  • labels for charts, posters and work station areas.
You may also be interested in these other writing paper templates which are seasonal or thematic but very affordable:
Valentine's Day Writing Paper Valentine's Day Writing Sheet

Winter Writing template Winter Writing Sheets

Fall Writing Paper Fall Writing Sheet

Christmas Writing template Christmas themed Writing Paper
St. Patrick's Day Writing paper St. Patrick's Day themed Writing paper

Thank you for stopping by and... happy teaching!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Working with 3D Shapes

3D shape nets without flaps template to downoad free

When teaching about 3D Shapes, the fun never ends! From my first year of teaching to now, I've realized that students love geometry and shapes. I think that this is because they enjoy creating and/or playing with actual shape models and it is a topic that is more concrete and tangible than most of the other abstract topics in math. In my class, my 3D shape center has more games and activities than other centers (because of the versatility of the topic). My students love them. Check out my pictures below.
3d shapes made from old boxes and tissue rolls      3D shapes DIY from recycled boxes and tissue rolls
These are the recycled cardboard boxes like cereal boxes and other small boxes (except the sphere) that are covered in colored duct tape. The cylinders are from old tissue paper rolls and aluminium foil rolls (never throw them away!) The cone was the trickiest. It's best to actually use make it from scratch - with the net of a cone. However, I wanted this to be durable so I bought a Styrofoam cone from a craft store. I don't know why these are sold with the tips cut off (truncated cones) so I wrapped it with a sheet of cardstock around the tip to give it a long defined tip, taped it down, then covered everything with the duct tape.

making a cube to show edges and corners      Constructing a cube
These are tiny dowel sticks that came with a set of wooden connector for building things. I use them to make cubes and I also use them for model making in science when we are designing different types of structures. This is particularrly helpful for learning about edges and corners of 3D shapes.

Real world examples of 3D shapes are good choices for hands-on exploration. This drum (a craft project) is also a cylinder.
 Don't forget the nets! Get free templates here.


 Shapes all around the room - large 3D shape mobile!                


Spheres Cylinders

Square based pyramids made from nets Triangular prisms made from nets
Assorted shapes for sorting by attributes. For the paper models, click on the pictures to download a free template that you can use to make these 3D shapes for your students or to have older students make them as an activity. Just print the templates on different colors of cardstock paper.

Here's an activity I use to help with the sorting of attributes of solids.  There are a range of attributes to sort them by, you just choose the ones you want using printable Venn diagram circles that are looped to show similarities and differences between any two shapes.
Just laminate and cut the cards out. Get it here at TpT or Teachers Notebook.


...Teacher Nyla

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Base 10 Blocks can do so much!


A few years ago, I was introduced to Base 10 Blocks and until I used them, I never knew that Base 10 Blocks can do so much! If you do not have Base 10 blocks (other known as Dienes Blocks), I have for you the next best thing! It's place value clip art that you can print and laminate 'as is' to use as hands-on manipulatives when teaching about place value. 

Each block has special name and value:

Units - Each of these single digit blocks represents 1 unit
Rods or tens - Each represents 10 units
Flats or hundreds - Each represents 100 units
Cubes or Thousands - Each represents 1000 units

The most economical way you can use this is to print the black and white version (to save ink) and photocopy it onto sets of colored paper. Laminate and cut out each color group and put each group into a different container. Divide your students in to groups for center work and give each group a place value kit! See the pictures below... and click on them to see more sample pictures of my three dollar Place Value Clip Art set which also includes a Word doc with the black and white clip art already inserted for you to print on colored paper (as seen below) or to make your worksheets. 

Base-10-Blocks-Place-Value-Printables-template    Base-10-Block-Place-Value-Printables
I printed the base 10 block templates onto blue paper, then cut out each block. Then I put each block into a laminating pouch and ran it through my laminator. Finally, I cut the blocks out. They were so firm!

Other ways to Base 10 Block printables:
  • Students can write on these to fill in each square with the numerals e.g. fill out the 'flat' (hundred block) with the numbers 1 - 100 like a hundreds chart.
  • You customize your worksheets with them.
  • Use them to teach decimals conceptually. With this, the names and values would change.
  • Use any of the large colorful versions in a place value bulletin board display.
Base 10 Blocks can do so much!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Drama Circle Props, Classroom Role-Play Ideas and a Freebie!


Drama activities are fun! I try to incorporate drama into my teaching as much as possible. Many of my students get restless and would jump at the chance to get up and move! The process is all about expressing ideas using their bodies, their facial expressions, their voices, and maybe a few props. I have a large plastic bag of props I have gathered over the years. I call it my bag of tricks. It has odds and ends like hats, scarves, sticks, beach gear, an umbrella, masks, etc. We do a lot of improvising. 

Drama circles require space, so it's best to do them outdoors.

Jennifer from Runde's Room has the best collection of drama circles ever. Check out her free Fairy Tales Drama Circle activity cards.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Similes, Metaphors and Idioms - Definitions, Examples and more

Mastering figurative speech is one of the things that really makes a writer's work more descriptive and and polished. Here is a compilation of books and freebies that you can use to teach Similes, Metaphors and Idioms in your classroom.

A simile uses the words “like” or “as” to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike. Example: As busy as a bee.


A metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison. A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something. Example: You are what you eat.  

I love the way that the introduction for this book about metaphors was written: 'Here's a BRIGHT IDEA: read this book. It's a PIECE OF CAKE. And trust us; no one will call you A TURKEY. For more metaphors, look inside.'

An idiom is a phrase in which the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words.
Idiom definition

Example: It's raining cats and dogs.

Raining cats and dogs idiom pictures

Idiom book:

Here are free printables that you can use in your classroom for teaching literary devices:

You may also be interested in my Idiom Posters. filled with illustrated examples of idioms for everyday classroom use.
Idiom definitions examples

Click here for more freebies!


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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!