Sunday, 27 April 2014

Free 3D Shape Quiz

Free Properties of 3D Shapes Quiz
If you need to give your students some practice with 3D shape facts, you can try out this free set of trivia cubes with quiz questions which come with a writing sheet for your students to record their answers. You can get your free download here from Teachers pay Teachers. 
Free 3D Shape Quiz  Free Properties of 3D Shapes Quiz Free Properties of 3D Shapes Quiz

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spring Time Science - All about Bugs

Now that it is Spring time, what do students want to learn about? ...Bugs! Butterflies and ants are my personal favorites but every child finds insects to be so fascinating, especially when they can see them up-close. 

My school is surrounded by nature. We have a garden and an empty lot nearby with an abundance of wildlife in it. Many of the boys like to go hunting for grasshoppers. (I guess that grasshoppers are their favorite insects). When they bring them back to school, they go straight into my science-drawer for my bug containers and magnifying glasses.

How do I make bug containers? Any transparent container that I come across, I never throw them away. I peel the labels off, wash them out, and reuse them as bug containers. I cut out some pieces of mesh material and keep them in my science-drawer along with rubber-bands so that the students can cover each container with something that will prevent insect suffocation.
Containers like these, as long as they are transparent, never throw them away. 

Commercially made bug containers and handling sets are also available like the ones seen below:

Don't forget to keep the insect books handy!

   This book is such a classic that there are lots of free printables from TpT (see two examples above) that you can use with your students for integrating math and ELA into your insect theme. 

Other Eric Carle Insect books are below:


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Using a Reading Tree to Encourage Reading and Book Reports


Our library has started a reading tree to get the kids excited about reading the books from cover to cover. On the tree is a reward system of leaves, flowers, and fruits. The goal for the children, is to get their names on a many leaves, flowers and fruits as they can by reading. For each book that is read, the child has to fill out a form to answer a basic set of questions like: What is the title of the book? Who is the author of the book? Who are the characters in the story? What was your favorite part of the story? What did you love or hate about the story? These questions can be modified for different genres of books and for different reading levels of the students but you get the idea. I hope that this post can interest you in Using a Reading Tree to Encourage Reading and Book Reports.

The reward system is simple. For reading three books, students get to have their name printed on a leaf of the reading tree. For six books; a flower, and for ten books; a fruit. This tree is made from twisted up sheets of brown paper and hand-drawn cut-outs. Now here in Trinidad and Tobago we have Summer all year, but for those of you who have the four seasons, there are customisable tree templates that I found on Amazon that can work for you. To your large tree, you can add accents such as apples, acorns, flowers, bees, owls, snowflakes, and autumn leaves too.

Take a look at some close-up pictures:
Using a Reading Tree 

Using a Reading Tree to Encourage Reading and Book Reports
The birds are a cute addition, aren't they?

If you need some free templates of book reports for any book, check out the list below from TpT. 
Free Book Report Writing Grades 2-5

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