Monday, 29 December 2014

Free Fonts on TpT


As teachers, lets face it. We gotta love fonts. I love trying out new fonts - don't you? They say that music can make you happy... I agree but fonts make a lot of teachers happy. When a font perfectly matches the feeling of the text you type, it's a sight to behold. Please excuse my ramblings, fonts are one of my little obsessions. It started way back when I was a studying graphic design. But I promise you that once you start using new fonts, you'll get addicted...

TpT has a lot of fonts that are true type fonts. This means that they work like the ones that are already in your PC. See my top picks of free fonts at the bottom of this post. By the way, I finally tried my hand at making my very first font. I call it 'Nyla Chubby Cheeks'. It is free so please try it out and I really hope you like it!

My top five free-font recommendations from just a few of my favourite TpT sellers:
1, Friday I'm In Love - Free Friday Font From the Pond

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Cyber Sale Tips!

It's Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) Sale! Everything at Nyla's Crafty Teaching is on sale and be sure to use the promo code TPTCYBER at checkout!

Here are two new items:
                                         

Enjoy the savings!

* * * * * * * * *Sale Tips: * * * * * * * * *

I know that you are excited about the Cyber Sale, so I drafted up these tips below to help you out... 

* Browse your favorite stores early so that your wish-list will be a no-brainer when you're ready to shop.

* Leave feedback on what you already bought to get extra credits that you can use for the sale.

* Check your TpT mailbox for the latest news from your favorite shops.

* Visit the TpT fan page on Facebook for important announcements from TpT.

* Use the TpT search tool to find resources you need; narrow your search by grade, resource type, and price.

* Read all product descriptions carefully, view the previews, and you can also read the ratings to get a clear idea of what you are buying.

* Do your shopping at off-peak hours (early in the morning or very late at night) to avoid site congestion.

* Do not forget to enter the promo-code upon cash-out!

(The last one probably made you laugh but trust me, it happens.)


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Remember, it's Mon Dec 1st-2nd and the promocode is: TPTCYBER...     By the way, I would love for you to check out the latest additions to Nyla's Crafty Teaching
And thank you for being a fan and for taking the time out to read this :)



Saturday, 29 November 2014

Save... Click... Smile... - Cyber Monday Sale Tips


Hi, it's the annual Cyber Monday sale again, and I hope that you are feeling the love. Thank you for being a teacher! I'm having everything at Nyla's Crafty Teaching on sale for you. Get 20% off plus an additional 10% with the promo code: SMILE

These are my handy-dandy sale tips to help you to navigate the sale easily:

★ Browse your favorite stores early so that your wish-list will be a no-brainer when you're ready to shop.

★ Leave feedback on what you already bought to get extra credits that you can use for the sale.

★ Check your TpT mailbox for the latest news from your favorite shops.

★ Visit the TpT fan page on Facebook for important announcements from TpT.

★ Use the TpT search tool to find resources you need; narrow your search by grade, resource type, and price.

★ Read all product descriptions carefully, view the previews, and you can also read the ratings to get a clear idea of what you are buying.

★ Do your shopping at off-peak hours (early in the morning or very late at night) to avoid site congestion.

★ Do not forget to enter the promo-code upon cash-out!


I have great news for those of you who bought this Christmas Card below, it has been recently updated so please re-download the newer version. It includes a black and white version. Just click on the picture below.



Sunday, 23 November 2014

Classroom Project - Making Shoebox Habitats


Last week, my class did their science project about habitats. Each group had to make a habitat using both natural and man-made objects. Each habitat was scaled down to fit in a shoebox. They used twigs and plant shoots to make trees and branches, stones for rocks, and tiny grass blades for vegetation. Students living close to the beach brought sand and tiny shells. For the man-made materials, they used play dough, North American animalsaquatic animalsrainforest animalssafari animalsfarm animals, and river animals. I can't even begin to tell you how much fun this was for my students. I let each group take turns to go out in the school garden to collect natural materials for their habitats. 

 
This group used two shades of brown play-dough for the muddy wetland. The lighter brown is the water. The twigs represent mangrove trees. 

This group made the sea water, fishes, starfish, and seashells (I think) with play dough. The sand came from a dark-sand beach.


One group found a flowering plant with tiny orange seeds that resembled miniature pumpkins. They included it in their farm habitat (see this picture above). Thy also included tiny white flowers in the garden.

 After they were all finished, I set up a display area for the rest of the student body to view my students' work. My students were also present to explain to the visitors about their habitats and to answer the other kids' questions. Later on, they also had to answer my questions as I interviewed each group about their project and group member participation. I wish I took more pictures but my camera battery was dying (sigh!).  I let them take their habitats home. They had to develop their own roster systems for determining who gets to take it home for certain days.

To precede this activity, I let them practice sorting animals according to their respective habitats. You can download your free sorting mats here. You will also need plastic animals (or you can use small pictures of animals instead).
     


Friday, 24 October 2014

How to Make a Food Web - A Complete Guide

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I made a food web building kit which sequentially builds the creation of food webs from food chains. It is a 10 page illustrated step by step tutorial with food chain-making worksheets and answer keys. It also has activity sets for making a safari food web, forest food web, garden food web, wetland food web, ocean food web, and Arctic food web.

Many students do not understand food webs and they tend to have a few misconceptions about them. They may write each organism more than once because in their minds, there are two things that an organism cannot do:
1. An organism cannot eat an be eaten at the same time. (False)
2. An organism cannot be eaten then live to eat another because it is dead. (False)

Therefore, these students may think that they have to draw a replacement organism to replace the ‘dead’ one.

To prevent this, it is necessary to first, to get them to see that each organism in the food chain or food web, represents all the other organisms of its kind in the habitat.

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It has arrows and poster labels for each food web habitat.

Food-chain-worksheets Food-web-poster-example 

habitat-organisms Food-web-tutorial

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Food-Web-activities


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Divali Activities in my Classroom

Tomorrow will be a holiday here in Trinidad and Tobago. It's called Divali (pronounced diwali) or Deepavali. It's the Hindu festival of light. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Tomorrow night many streets and homes will be adorned with tiny lit earthen pots called deyas. It's such a beautiful sight to behold and the Indian food is the part I look forward to the most. I'm just sharing a few pictures of Divali displays and activities that my class has done.




Friday, 17 October 2014

How to make a food web - free posters


How to make a food web - These are free posters I made showing the six steps I use with my students. These detailed steps are strictly for making food webs. It can be downloaded here for free from my TpT store.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Free Grid Paper Pages

Free grid paper
Printable grid paper is real must-have for your math sheet-files because you can teach so many topics with it. I made these free downloadable blackline grid templates that are drawn to scale both for inches and cm. Use them for creating symmetry worksheets, bar graphs, reflections (flips), translations (slides), rotations (turns), area and perimeter models and 100 charts. The exact sizes in this set are: .5cm x .5cm grids (for making hundreds charts and multiplication charts) 1cm x 1cm grids, 2cm x cm grids, and 1 inch x 1 inch grids.

Here's another use I found for them: fitting in nets of cubes. This is an excerpt of my free Nets of Cubes Activity Sheets.
Cutting and folding nets for cubes


Friday, 26 September 2014

Tangled Tales - A spin on fairy tales

Free for 2 days only - Karleen Tauszik's Tangled Tales are free on Kindle from Friday 26th to Saturday 27th!  Each tale uses humor and imagination to make kids think beyond the standard fairy tale stories they already know. They’re funny, but they also contain valuable lessons on such topics as bullying, kindness, independence, and taking a stand for what’s right. Download 'em fast.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Schedule Cards for Classrooms

Schedule Cards for Classrooms

Display these daily schedule cards which show the major times of the day for most classrooms which are: Arrival, Assembly, Breakfast, Recess, Lunch, Snack, and Dismissal. It includes clocks for you to post the starting time for each item. They can be placed on walls, whiteboards, pocket charts or display boards. You can use adhesive Velcro dots to easily add and remove cards. These Velcro on Felt Bulletin Boards are one of the ways I do my classroom displays (just throwing it out there). The clocks are optional. You could write the time on clothespins and pin each clothespin to a card. Blank cards are also included for you to personalize them for your unique needs. It is available here at Nyla's Crafty Teaching, TpT.

Schedule Cards with Clocks  Schedule Cards with Clocks

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Calendar Desktop Flip Chart for Any Year

Calendar Flip Chart for Teachers

Calendar Flip Chart for TeachersSitting on my desk is my new interactive calendar flip chart. I've been planning to create one for months now and finally got around to it over the Summer. It is basically made of date cards attached to a folded base. I used fuzzy wires to loop the cards through the top of the base. I hate to brag but It's as cute as a button and people think that I bought it. I proudly say 'Nope, I made it'. I can't take all of the credit though. I bought Christina Bainbridge's Fonts for all lettering styles and I happen to be still hooked on chevron (aren't you?).  This calendar flip chart is a digital download that can be used for any year. You can get your copy here at TeacherspayTeachers for just $3.00. It comes with simple instructions for assembling it after printing. All you'll need are two rods of fuzzy wires, a stapler, and letter sized card stock paper. It was fun to put it together and I hope it's even more fun for your students to use on a daily basis as part of their calendar station.
Calendar Desktop Flip Chart for Any Year   Calendar Flip Chart for Teachers


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Germination Word Wall with Pictures

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Germination is one of my favorite topics because students get to sow seeds and observe the germination process day by day. Fall is a good time to do this especially with pumpkin seeds. I made this germination word wall, which has 19 words with pictures of bean and watermelon seeds and seedlings, at different stages of germination. This also includes names of things that are needed to grow a plant from a seed.
seed-to-plant-poster        Germination-Word-Wall-can-be-used-to-sequence-steps-in-Germination
Click here to see it at TpT. 

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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!