The Tuesday 12: Feel the Love with 12 Fabulous February Science Freebies from TPT!

During the month of February, The Tuesday 12 will be featuring 12 FREE resources available on TPT! Click on the title of each resource to be brought to the TPT listing.  You need a TeachersPayTeachers accound to download the free items.  If you don’t have a TPT account, what are you waiting for?! It’s free!  The description for each item is taken from the listing description on its TPT page. Don’t forget to check out the other awesome resources from these teacher sellers!

12 february science freebies

1. “Going on a Matter Walk” by Martha Sosa

“{FREEBIE} This product was one of my top sellers! Now it’s free for you and your students to enjoy! 🙂 Students use this booklet (copy front to back) to record the solids, liquids and gases they observe while on a discovery walk around the school.”

2. “Life Cycle Sequencing Cards—Butterfly, Frog and Ladybug!” by Curriculum Castle

“These sequencing cards are a great visual aid for children who are just beginning to learn about the life cycles of a butterfly, frog or ladybug! Simply have them color, cut and arrange the cards in the correct order. They can even make a mini book about each animal’s life cycle.
These simplified cards are perfect for Pre-K and K students!”

3. “Weather Unit (Science Fun for Pre-School – 3rd Grade)” by Living Life Intentionally

“This Weather Unit is intended for Preschoolers – 3rd Grade. It includes a wide variety of activities, experiments, worksheets and more:
– Water Cycle (including experiments)
– Seasons (including creative writing)
– Temperature (differences in sun/shade, morning/afternoon, here/other countries)
– Weather Graphing
– Hot/Cold
– Hibernation
– Clouds (including experiments)
– Wind (including experiment & activity)
– Disaster Preparedness (including drill ideas)
– Preschool Skill Practice (letters – upper/lowercase, shadow match, counting, pre-writing, colors, numbers, which is different, fine motor scissor skills, addition, sentence structure, and more)
Kids learn best when they are having fun!! My goal is to provide a fun way to reinforce, review and teach sight words to kids.”

4. “Polar Bear Science” by Crayonbox Learning

“A fun science experiment where the question “Does ice melt faster in salt or fresh water?” is answered. Geared toward ages K-2nd grade.
This freebie includes a teacher guide, pocket chart graphing including header card and answer cards, tally mark sheet, record sheet, observation sheet, polar bear facts, polar bear writing practice!”

5. “Super Science Experiments” by Sparkles Smiles and Successful Students

“Looking to spruce up your science curriculum, or have an AWESOME science fair project well you have come to the right place!
This collection of truly Super Science Experiments is just for you! It contains chemistry experiments, experiments on matter, physics, and much more1
Includes:
– 70+ science experiments and demo guides
– detailed descriptions
– pictures of experiments
– material lists
These are only the experiments I thought would be the absolute coolest ones and that students would enjoy doing!”

6. “Penguins” by Penny Waddingham

“Interactive Penguin story along with science activities,recording sheet and physical education game.”

7. “Scientific Method for Young Learners” by Wild About Teaching

“Young students love to act like scientists!
This pack includes posters, 1/4 page cards to sequence and a generic science experiment recording sheet.
If you enjoy this pack, check out my other science packs I have available!”

8. “Science Acrostics Freebie” by The Science Penguin

“Thanks for checking out this file, Science Acrostics Freebie! I hope that these 12 pages will help your students use their higher order thinking skills to find phrases that describe each item. With an acrostic poem, you use each letter of a word as the first letter of a phrase.
Ideas for Use:
~ Create a bulletin board with your acrostics.
~ Use along with a craft.
~ Use after a lab activity.
~ Use after reading the textbook or a read aloud trade book.
~ Use as partner work in a center.
~ Fold and include in science notebooks.
~ Use as review before a quiz.”

9. “Science Fair Project Planner” by Upper Grades are Awesome

“This science fair project planner is designed for group science fair projects. In the past my students struggled with each component and how to put them together to design and create their science fair project. Using this as a guide students are more confident through the process and complete higher quality work. Included is an agenda of target due dates that the students fill in to help keep them on track. Each step of the science fair project is included with a brief description/directions and a space for students to fill in. Students will also benefit from guidelines on putting together their science fair board. Finally, I have included the scoring rubric (based on the one my district uses).”

10. “Trash to Treasure—Free Activities & Lesson Using Recycled Items” by SciPi

“This FREE Trash to Treasure handout is an eight page booklet that features clever ideas, fun and engaging mini-lessons in addition to cute and easy to construct crafts made from recycled or common, everyday items. In this resource, discover how to take old, discarded materials and make them into new, useful, inexpensive products or tools for your classroom.
Learn many out-of-the-ordinary ways to use milk lids for math. Did you know two plastic beverage lids can be made into card holders for kindergartners or for those whose hands are disabled? Discover how to use butter tubs to create a fun indoor recess game that practices math skills. How about practicing math facts using egg cartons?
Because these numerous activities vary in difficulty and complexity, they are appropriate for most classrooms, and the visual and/or kinesthetic learners will love them.”

11. “Biology Lab: Simple DNA Extraction” by Science Stuff

“This is one of my favorite labs/activities that I do with my Biology I students. It doesn’t take long to do, it uses very simple, household materials, and it works every time! There is no number crunching or data analysis, but just a fun activity that your students will really enjoy.
NOTE: This product is also available in a bundled product called Biology Labs: 15 Must Do Labs for a Biology Class .
You will use ordinary Dawn dishwashing detergent and alcohol to extract the DNA from the cells of wheat germ. The download will include a lab handout that is ready to be copied and passed out to your students. Includes: Title, Introduction, Purpose, Safety Precautions, Procedure, and Follow Up Questions.
I have also included a “Teacher Preparation” page with answers to the questions and some additional set up information.
I use this with my high school Biology students, but this activity can easily be done with middle school students.”

12. “Luring Leprechauns—A Simple Penny Experiment” by Jamie Woodward

“This science activity includes directions and explanations for the experiment, two recording sheets and a place mat for the pennies. This science experiment can be completed as a whole group or in small groups. Your students will love “luring leprechauns” into their classroom. I would love your feedback!”

Don’t forget to check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12:  February Freebies!

The Tuesday 12: Feel the Love with 12 Fabulous February Literacy Freebies from TPT!

During the month of February, The Tuesday 12 will be featuring 12 FREE resources available on TPT! Click on the title of each resource to be brought to the TPT listing.  You need a TeachersPayTeachers account to download the free items.  If you don’t have a TPT account, what are you waiting for?! It’s free!  The description for each item is taken from the listing description on its TPT page. Don’t forget to check out the other awesome resources from these teacher sellers!

12 february literacy freebies

1. “Writing Prompts 1 (Addresses Emotional Intelligence Skills”)” by Beth Hammett

“Need two weeks worth of writing prompts get students writing? Try the ten slide PowerPoint which addresses learning styles and emotional intelligence skills such as goal setting, time management, anger management, stress management, and study skills. Just put up the slide, play some music, and let students write then share (if desired). You’ll be amazed at the reflective responses!”

2. “Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Speech & Activities” by Tracee Orman

“This is a great activity to share with your students in celebration of Dr. King’s life and dream. Activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards for grades 6-12 and include:
a copy of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech with figurative language questions, general questions, social studies research project, writing prompt, word scramble, reader’s theatre (theater) script example, service project, and additional activities to use in class.
Great resource to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in January, Black History month in February, Anniversary of “Dream” speech in August, any speech/communications course, non-fiction reading, poetry units, or connections to novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, Cry the Beloved Country, Invisible Man, Number the Stars, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Native Son, Seedfolks, and more.”

3. “Heart Train of Multiple Meaning Words” by Kristine Lamb

“This FREEBIE activity has been created by Kristine Lamb @ www.livelovespeechkl.blogspot.com. I hope you all enjoy!!!!
Included:
Train game board
32 Cards: Multiple meaning words
8 Wild Cards
How to play:
Place all cards face down.
Students take turns choosing cards and state at least two meanings for each word the on the chosen card.
If two or more meanings are given, students roll a dice (any dice will do!) and move the appropriate spaces.
If chosen, follow the directions on the included wild cards.
The first student to the end of the “heart train” is the winner!”

4. “Make Your Own Magnetic Poetry Kit” by Runde’s Room

“Make your own magnetic poetry kit with this resource and a few basic supplies. You will need magnetic paper and a cookie sheet or metal sheet. Simply print out the word list, cut out the words, and start to create poetry! This kit makes a great center activity, collaborative poetry activity, or even a fun indoor recess activity.”

5. “Teaching Dialogue in Writing” by Miss Nannini

“This free pack is sure to help you through your writing dialogue unit! In this pack you will receive:
-Rules to edit/punctuate dialogue correctly posters
-Practice editing/punctuating dialogue passages with answer key
-Book ideas to teach dialogue
-Student center/group activity and recording sheet to practice putting together a quote with the correct punctuation.”

6. “Free Set of Making Connections Anchor Charts” by Irene Hines

“A Free Set Of Making Connections Anchor Charts:
~Text-To-Self
~Text-To-Text
~Text-To-World”

7. “Comprehension Graphic Organizer—Fits ANY Fiction Book” by MrHughes

“This handy little 2-page graphic organizer is just the thing you need to help your students stay focused during read-aloud. It also works great for book clubs, book reports, and independent contracts. The sky is the limit! Suggestions for use included!
Skills practiced:
-Connections
-Visualizations
-Responding to the Author
-Vocabulary
-Setting
-Plot
-Respond to feelings about the story
-Provide feedback and recommendations after reading
-And More!”

8. “Out of This World Similes” by The Peanut Gallery

“This 22 page simile unit is FREE and features fun and creative ways to involve and motivate students while teaching similes. The pages included are:
1. Simile Definition Poster
2. I Sense a Simile- student activity and sample
3. It Came From Planet Simile- simile/art activity (includes three different versions to suit grade/ability level)
4. Simile, Sweet Simile- identifying similes
5. Simile Haiku Poetry- writing haiku
6. Strange Similes- correcting mixed-up similes
7. Simile Scrambles- two different versions included”

9. “Free Bio Poems Made Easy” by Laura Candler

“A bio poem is a simple poem written about a person, and it follows a predictable pattern. You can have students write Bio Poems about themselves, but later you can have them write about famous historical figures or book characters. This lesson includes directions, a graphic organizer, a template, an example bio poem. Lesson created by Laura Candler.”

10. “Writing Unit…Creating an Author Talk” by Jen Bengel

“This two-week unit is so fun for students! For a super exciting writing piece this year, students create an author’s talk about what they know as writers. They share their writing tips, inspirations, and ideas. We videotape the author talks and use them throughout the year and with future students. The kids really begin to see themselves as writers and they absolutely love watching other students talk about writing!! Included in this download are 6 mini lessons, a reflective form for students to complete, and the rationale and goals behind the lessons. There is also a smart board document with these lessons and author talks that is available for purchase in a separate download.”

11. “Character Sketch—Fun Practice with Creative Writing” by Addie Williams

“A fun creative writing activity and great practice with characterization! Students are given a picture of a “character” to create a story about. Two pictures are included on the worksheet and students pick one. By answering a series of questions, students create a persona for the character and then write a character sketch.
Includes two version of the worksheet and a note sheet on Characters to use with any novel.
The characters I’ve included are stereotypes – another opportunity for learning! I challenge the students to write a character sketch that’s the opposite of what you’d expect based on the character’s appearance.”

12. “Build a Leprechaun Trap and Creative Writing Activities” by Smart Chick

“A super fun and creative set of sheets to use on St. Patrick’s Day! Students must build a leprechaun trap and then write about how their leprechaun ended up in the trap. There is also a facebook page layout for the leprechaun as well as I-Phone texts and a twitter page for the “leprechaun” to fill out!”

Don’t forget to check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12:  February Freebies!

Words to Live by Wednesdays: Shel Silverstein

The new year brings about the opportunity for our students to make new goals.  Perhaps they would like to try something new, improve their grades, or simply better themselves.  I’ve heard many of my students say, “But I’m just not good at it” when they are faced with a new experience or challenge.  It is vital that our students understand that anything is possible and they can achieve their goals…through a little work and perseverance.

Have you helped your students set goals for themselves?  If you are unsure where to start, we have provided a lesson, rationale, and student goal setting worksheets in one of our TeachHUB.com articles.  This worksheet allows students to break up a larger goal into smaller and more manageable tasks.

But sometimes, the process of reaching the goal is not the problem.  The main thing that may be hampering student success is their attitude—if they don’t believe that they can be successful, then they will not be successful.  It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.  So many of our students psych themselves out before even trying anything because they don’t have the self-confidence to believe that they can do it.  It is critical that we help our students believe in themselves so that they can dream and achieve their goals.

Here’s one of our favourite poem written by the one and only Shel Silverstein.  It’s simple, beautiful, and so true.

As always, click on the image for the FREE printable poster.

shel silverstein

Don’t forget to visit us next Wednesday for another FREE classroom poster!

A New Year, A New Beginning!

New Year New BeginningAs we start preparing to return to our classrooms, we fully understand that in some ways this is a completely fresh start.  Once we get back to our classrooms, we need to start delineating our rules, our objectives and also our expectations.  Granted most students have not forgotten completely what our classroom expectations are but still need to be reminded by clear communication.  At the beginning of the year, we suggested that students have personal learning goals set.  Check out our TeachHub article on setting goals, we provided a lesson plan along with a strategy and student forms where students can set up and work for their goals.  If you have done this throughout the year thus far, then this would be a great time to assess what new strategies are needed to obtain that goal or identify a new one.  If you have not, then a new year can mean a new beginning.  Harness that spirit of renewal and help students focus on their goals once again.  Make time for this in your first week back as it will help students re-connect with their own learning goals and help re-focus students on their academics!

The Tuesday 12: 12 Fun, Festive, and {FREE} Christmas Activities from TPT!

12 free christmas tpt activities

On this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we have rounded up 12 festively fantastic Christmas activities from TeachersPayTeachers.com.  The best part?  All the resources are FREE! Enjoy!  I’ve included the product overview from the description for each resource to help you determine which products suit your students best. Also, don’t forget to check out the other awesome products these teachers have in their TPT stores!

1. Gingerbread Fact Family by Tina’s Teaching Treasures (for grades 2 and 3)

“A FREE product to help your students learn about fact families and the inverse properties of addition and subtraction!
Great for Related Facts, Fact Families, and Addition and Subtraction! Perfect for a winter center, Christmas center, or gingerbread unit!
Included:
2 Posters to explain fact families and leave up for student reference
2 sheets (1 sheet if you double side) for student practice
3 pages for “Craftivity”
Pictures of Craftivity
1 Page of flashcard templates”

2. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas-I Have Who Has by MrHughes (for grades 3-7)

“Who hasn’t heard the classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore?
This fun and interactive activity will have your students begging to play again and again as they try to beat their best time by reading fluently and more quickly each time.
The poem has been divided into 28 cards in a “I have, Who Has” fashion. Students will have to listen carefully as they only get the 3 or 4 words in poem ahead of their lines.”

3. Christmas Elf Application by Kindergarten Squared (for pre-K to gr 2)

“This cute freebie has your little elves applying for 1 of 3 jobs in the: Elf Toy Workshop, Elf Bakery, or Elf Gift Wrapping. This is a great activity that ties in with the Common Core opinion/persuasion writing standard!”

4. New Year’s Resolution Friendly Letter by Primary Paradise (for K to gr 3)

“What a better way to talk about the New Year than to let your students make their own New Year’s Resolution, or goal!
Student will practice their friendly letter writing skills and will make New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. They can write to a friend, parent, or even to themselves!
This packet includes:
Directions on how to Use
A New Year’s Resolution Poster
Sample New Year’s Resolution Letter
Kindergarten Letter Formats in which students can draw first
First Grade Letter Formats
Second & Third Grade Letter Formats”

5. Snow Day Snowman Writing Mini-Pack by TeacherMomof3 (for K to gr 2)

“Students will have snow much fun with this little writing pack! Use in your writing center, for homework, or in small groups!
Contents:
~Page 3- Have students write a description or a story for the picture.
~Page 4– Extra stationery page
~Page 5- Finish the writing stem
~Page 6- students write what they think the snowman is saying in the speech cloud.”

6. Free Packet: We Are Kind Kids {Random Acts of Kindness} by A Year of Many First (for K to gr 8)

“Have your students learn all about the importance of paying it forward with this packet!”

7. Christmas Puns: Puns from the North—Santa Takes the Pole Position by Margaret Whisnant (for gr 4 to 8)

“PUNS FROM THE NORTH–SANTA TAKES THE POLE POSITION is a giggle-powered collection of riddle puns about Santa and his life at the North Pole. Youngsters will enjoy revving up their punnybones to go searching for each riddle’s pun-filled answer from a choice of four possible responses.
This activity has two parts with twenty items each.
Full answer keys included. Eight pages including the cover and links to other items.”

8. Christmas Holiday Logic Puzzle by Lindsay Perro (for gr 3 to 8)

“This fun activity will keep your students thinking as they try to figure out which gift each child received!”

9. Christmas and Winter Themed Word Problems by Runde’s Room (for gr 5 to 7)

“This file contains 14 Christmas and winter themed math word problems that cover a variety of concepts and skills. Each word problem is displayed on beautiful festive background. These problems can be projected from the computer or placed under the document camera for all students to see during bell work or in a lesson. They could also be laminated and used in a math center. Answers are also included.”

10. Christmas Freebie: 12 Point of View Improv Cards for Christmas by Krystal Mills (for gr 5 to 7)

“This download contains 12 point of view improv cards, each with a Christmas theme, to engage your students.
Students will love speaking from unique points of view with this fun improv activity. Through completing this activity, they’ll develop more of an understanding of what it means to write from different points of view. Hopefully they will then take this back into their own writing! It’s a fun, interactive activity to do closer to Christmas time.”

11. What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song? by Cooperative Learning 365 (for gr 3 to 8)

“Students decide on their favorite Christmas song and as a class graph the results. Students can then create their own graph and answer questions.”

12. Winter Holiday Write Away Writing Prompts by LittleRed (for gr 3 to 8)

“Winter Holiday Write Away! writing prompts. This set contains 25 different writing prompts, all related to winter holidays (e.g. Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, as well as general ‘holiday’ prompts).”

Enjoy! Tune in next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!

P.E.E.L. Graphic Organizer to Help Students with Written Responses {FREEBIE!}

Right now we are working on the novel “Shakespeare’s Secret” by Elise Broach.  It’s a great novel filled with Shakespearean/Elizabethan history, references, and intrigue…but that’s not really the topic of this post.  As we read the novel, we work on various activities, one of which is chapter written responses.  I’m not a fan of a bunch of short answer questions for each chapter or a chapter synopsis, as I’d prefer to give my students 1 or 2 “meatier” questions to work on…something that would involve higher order thinking, analysis, and application.  The problem I have, however, is that a paragraph answer is too brief for this type of analysis, while a five paragraph essay is simply too long.  My solution is a one page response, but my students have some trouble determining a main idea and finding supporting details. Since I love the P.E.E.L. framework, I’ve created a simple graphic organizer to help them layout their main idea, supporting details, and text-based evidence. As I explained in a previous post, instead of including the “L” as a link to the next paragraph, we use “L” as linking to a connection (text-to-text, -to-self, or -to-world) and my students tend to prefer “explanation” then “evidence” in their writing (and I agree with them).

So, simply click on the image below for the free printable.  Students simply record their ideas in the chart and then write out their written response.

Would you like these PEEL posters for your classroom? Just click the image below! They’re FREE!

PEEL posters