Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Getting Ready for the last day of School with Picture Books!

Picture books for the end of the school year

School is almost out for the Summer and I know we all just can't wait to enjoy the break. Especially the students! However, it is important for them to look back on the experiences of the past year and savor the last few days of being in their current class. In addition to journal writing about the end of the school year and other end of year activities, it is a very good idea to include reading about it from another child's point of view.

For Kindergarten:
My first suggestion is this Nancy Loewen book, The Last Day of Kindergarten. I'm a fan of hers and I LOVE her silly fairy tale spins. 

Other Kindergarten books:

First Grade:

Different Grades:
When-it's-the-last-day-of-school Books-for-the-end-of-the-school-year

 In the books above, the main character is a child who will be making the most of the last day of school.

This one below is about getting ready for the Summer!


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Cylinder Lesson Plan

Cylinder lesson plan with activities, posters and a worksheet

This no-prep cylinder lesson plan will save you time, just print it and that's it. It's a 5E lesson plan with structured activities for the discovery of attributes that make a cylinder. It follows the 5E lesson plan template with structured activities and has a worksheet at the end. There are questions in it for you to ask your students as they are guided through the activities in small groups. These questions will encourage critical thinking and help your students connect the concept of cylinders to the real world. I used a transportation theme for the real world connection aspect and used cylinders found in the home for the summative assessment. The worksheet comes with an answer key for you. This one for introducing cylinders is available here at TpT. 

Cylinder Lesson Plan

Monday, 2 April 2018

Sphere Lesson Plan

Sphere Lesson Plan

If you are teaching about spheres for the first time, this lesson plan would be right for you. This no-prep sphere lesson plan will save you valuable time. It's a 5E lesson plan with structured activities for the discovery of attributes that make a sphere.  There are model questions in it for you to ask your students as they do the activities in small groups. These questions will encourage critical thinking and help your students connect the concept of spheres to the real world. I used a sport theme in this lesson for the real world connections since so many spheres are used in sports. The worksheet is very kid friendly and it comes with an answer key for you. This lesson plan about spheres is available here at TpT.

Lesson plan about spheres

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Cube Lesson Plan

3D Shape Lesson Plan for Cubes

Do you need an easy to follow lesson plan for introducing cubes? This no-prep cube lesson plan will save you time, just print it and that's it.  It's a 5E lesson plan with structured activities for the discovery of attributes that make a cube.  It starts with a riddle, the different activities, and the evaluation.  There are questions in it for you to ask your students as they do the activities in groups. These questions will encourage critical thinking and help your students connect the concept of cubes to the real world. You can use either of the two themes suggested in this lesson for the real world connections; the home, or the classroom. The worksheet is very kid friendly and it comes with an answer key for you.  More lessons for the other 3D shapes will be coming soon. This one for introducing cubes is available here at TpT. 

Cube lesson plan

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Greek Roots - Illustrated Word Wall

Greek Roots word wall with pictures

Greek roots made easy: your students already use Greek roots in everyday words but they may not realise that these words are of Greek origins. This word wall has popular Greek roots with example words and meanings on each card. This helps students to get a handle on the origins of the words and your diverse learners will benefit from the visual representations. You can use it as headers for doing ‘root of the day’ focus walls or use it as a stand alone word wall. Students can refer to it during independent reading.  The Greek roots in this set are: geo, cycl, anthropo, dys, path, aster/astro, crypto, dem, and derm, auto, bio, chron, dyna, gram, graph, hetero, homo, hydr, hypo, logy, meter/metr, micro, mis/miso, mono, morph, nym, phil, phobia, phon, photo/phos, pseudo, psycho, scope, techno, tele, and therm. Use it all year on your reference wall. You can get it here at my TpT collection of resources for teachers.

Greek Root pictures and posters

The word examples are not shown in these pictures but they are visible on the preview picture at TpT. These pictures are from the older version. It has since been updated with examples of Greek Roots on each card.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

How to Have a Quick Word Wall Display

How can you quickly put up a word wall in the shortest time possible? Without tape or clips? Use a pocket chart. I think it's the best option because all you have to do is to place the cards into the pockets. The transparent trimming holds the card iin place while allowing 100% of the card to be seen. When you're ready to teach something new, just swap out the cards. The one that I'm recommending is the Lauri Midsize one from Amazon but you can get tons of other sizes or colors - just as long as it is strong.  I actually tried to make my own a long time ago; it was cute but it did not last beyond the school year! Anything that saves you time as a teacher is a worthwhile investment in my book. Click here to see it on Amazon (the cards you'll see in it are not included). Thanks for being here and have a great teaching year!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

How to Make a Skeleton Model for School

Meet Skelly! She's a bone-afied teacher-made skeleton model. Ha! I wanted to give her a wig and paint her toenails but that would have been too distracting and silly. Right? Especially since her fingers are made of Q-tips. I'm going with the 'less is more' philosophy. Initially, the plan was to make a foil skeleton but while that would have helped with flexibility, the foil would not have given it enough tensile strength or detail. So the next idea was dowel sticks of different sizes for the major long bones. It worked beautifully. I built the arms and legs separately. The joints were made of duct tape. I used rubber bands to bunch a bundle of dowel sticks to make the spine. The entire length of the spine had rubber bands tied around it at intervals of 2 cm to represent the vertebrae. I also had to use an empty large water bottle for its hard plastic. I cut out a strip of it for the breast bone and a rounded peice for the hip. The hip was very tricky and I admit it is far from perfect but it worked well enough. I punched holes into the breast bone (sternum), for the ribs (craft pipe cleaners) to wrap from the breast bone to the spine. White pipe cleaners would have looked more realistic but I loved having the rainbow effect.  Holes were also punched into the hip bone to connect the thigh bones by passing a thin strip of the duct tape through the hole, then taping onto top top of the thigh bone.                                                                                                         Here is a quick list of everything that was used: dowel sticks, pipe cleaners/chenille stems, duct tape cut into tiny strips, label maker machine, a block of styrofoam, a craft knife, a large plastic bottle, large rubber bands, Q-tips, and a strong pair of scissors.

This is a close-up of the spine viewed from the hip.

The trickiest parts were the clavicle, the hip, and the cranium. If I could change anything, it would be the cranium. I ended up using two pieces of styrofoam that I carved up and put together. The rubber band holds it together. The clavicle started at the vase if the neck with some pipe cleaners woven through the spine. They were then connected to the arms by sawing through the top of the arm dowel and inserting the pipe cleaner through that slit. Tricky stuff. Lol
The hands are my favorite because I was surprised that the Q-tips worked so well. Toes too. I just bent the Q-tips to make joints in the fingers. 

I might make a video to show these steps in detail. I am just so camera shy! So for now I hope these pictures can show you how to make a skeleton model for your class. By the way, if you teach older students and you want a more realistic or scientific look, instead of wooden dowel sticks, use white plastic balloon sticks, and use white pipe cleaners for the ribs.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sequencing of Events - Activity

Sequence Flashcards

Everyday events like catching a baseball, going to school and drawing a picture are represented in these sequence flash cards. They are for three-step sequencing of events that are familiar to children.  I made them in black and white also and included a sequencing writing sheet. It is available here at my TpT collection.

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Sequencing of Events Activities Sequencing of Events Activities

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Five Senses Free Coloring Pages

The Five Senses Free Puzzles

Hi, folks! I hope 2018 has started off well for you. Every January, is a time for new goals and habits but for me, this month makes it 7 whole years of making printable resources so I'm celebrating with this freebie. It is a set of five black and white coloring pages for the five senses but they can also be used as puzzles. Get it here (free download) at my TpT colllection and thank you for visiting (at my blog).

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Picture Books

MLK day is observed on the third Monday of January each year and it's almost here! This is a quick list of picture books about Martin Luther King Jr. for kids that are engaging reads for children across different reading levels. These books provide a lesson in refusing to give into hate and violence. These issues can be difficult to teach your students, but having a book as a guide helps tremendously. Books like these can serve as conversation starters and they can provide a joyous lesson of hope. 



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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!