Daily Archives: October 10, 2016

Be a Fall Detective: Sparkling Facts & Mindboggling Questions

By Sparking Children’s Thinkibility

Grades Kindergarten -4th Grade

Fun and engaging activities to encourage children to look at fall with new eyes.

This package contains

1. Pets preparing for the colder weather.

2. How can you help pets prepare for fall?

3.Think Diving for a Fall Detective – predicting the weather

4. Be a weather detective – make a tally

5. Think Diving for a Fall Detective – 6.Climate Change

6. What do squirrels eat?

7. Where do squirrels store their food?

8.Think Diving for a Squirrel Detective – Make a map

9. Leaf color

10. Can you draw a fractal-like pattern?

11. Underneath the Leaves

12. How do insects prepare for winter?

13. Ask the Animal Sparkling Questions about Hibernation

14. Spreading its wings

15, Do birds sing more or less in the fall months?

16. Coats for wintery weather wear

17. Think Diving for a Fall Detective – White winter fur and feathers

18. Random inspiration and Symmetry Using a Leaf Dice (template included)

19. Leaf Math Detective

20. Love is all around

21. I love fall because. . .

22. What games can I play in the fall wind?

23. Fall-filled words

24. Animal words

25. Fall dictionary

26.What if the fall fairy could grant you one wish? Write a letter

27. Falltastic questions

28. Fall Poem

29. Shape Poems

30. Raindrops

31. Owls

32. Writing prompts

33. Imagine

34. How can I build the world’s biggest leaf pile?

35. How do you plan a fall party?

36. Imagine that you are a fall detective

37. Write a mystery.

38. How to throw the perfect spooktacular party?

39. Comic strips

40. Question cards – fill in your own questions and use as inspiration for research and writing.

English Grammar Cheat Sheet



English Grammar Cheat Sheet


This “Cheat Sheet” was designed to help students while writing in English. This at a glance 2 page sheet is colorful and has an easy to find layout to help students remember certain important things while they write.

I allow my students to use this in class when writing a test. This is not a grammar lesson, but it will remind students about the grammar they’ve learned in the past.

Some of the reminders included:

– parts of speech
– transitional words
– quotation marks (how and when to use them)
– basic sentence structure
– spelling tips (plurals of nouns and IE rule)
– puncutaion rules (apostrophe, colon, semicolon

The other side of the page has comma rules:
– with coordinate conjunctions
-with introductory elements
– with other elements (dates, parenthetical expression, nouns in a direct address)
– with adjectives
-with apositives

It also contains tips on things to avoid, such as writing a paragraph shorter than 4 sentences. And, it contains a list of things to do, such as make sure that your paragraphs contain at least 2 pieces of evidence.

It’s teaching made easy!

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Answer Key
Teaching Duration

October Teacher Talk 3

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s BOO-tober and time for October Teacher Talk. Getting ready for Halloween and other Autumn holidays, you don’t want to miss this issue of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators have to say for this month.

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Journals: From a Kid’s Point of View

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Part one of a blog series about journaling, as told by fourth graders!


BOO-Tober Time for Sensory Poetry

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s BOOtober and the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing in your 5-8 grade students. Fall is the perfect season for this. Can’t you just hear the rustling of leaves under your feet, or the howling wind as the days begin to grow colder. How about biting into that first crisp red apple of the season. I just love Macouns, my tongue waters as I think about the tart sweetness of my favorite fruit.



By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

The natural rhythm of songs and poetry enhances fluency, especially for beginning and struggling readings. Add fun with sound effects and then add even more fun by recording the results!


Multiply the Fun

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Combine task cards with QR code and students BEG to practice multiplication!


Make Math FUN this Halloween!

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom

Make Math FUN this Halloween with these engaging Math Riddles! Each problem corresponds to a letter that helps to solve the riddle at the bottom of the page. My students love these!


3 Ways for AAC Users to Get their Game Face On

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

If you’re looking for some fun and spooky Halloween activities for speech-language therapy, here are some ideas for you, and a free resource, too.


Halloween STEM Challenge: Ghosts in the Graveyard

By Kerry Tracy of Kerry Tracy

Keep your kids engaged this Halloween with spooky STEM challenges!


Pumpkin Themed Activities and Resources

By Alison Monk of the Literacy Garden

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin mania!! Yes, I am also quite a fan of everything PUMPKIN. I love the soothing taste of a Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea or the delightful aroma of pumpkin scented soaps and air fragrances. And don’t forget the pumpkin roll with the cream cheese filling!!! So, now that you are drooling with me, how about some pumpkin ideas for your home and classroom?


Math Routines to Boost Student Achievement

By Shametria Routt of The Routty Math Teacher

Check out four classroom routines that will allow you to use your time both effectively and efficiently, increase critical thinking skills, and boost student achievement at the same time. This series highlights four of my favorite routines: starters, number talks, math talks, and daily problem solving. These routines are tried and true and through this series I share how I made them work for me and my students in my own classroom. 


Positive Behavioral Supports for PreK Classrooms

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

As I began working on a new Visual Schedule project for PreK, I did a little digging into research-based practices to support positive behaviors in preschool classrooms. What did I find? 


Setting Up Captivating Stations

By Mary Moore of Moore Resources

As I was considering how to do these and captivate interest, I decided to utilize my new ‘math stations idea’ and create ” Colorful Captivating Station Bags”. To create these great engaging station bags….read more at MMooreEducationalResources.com/blog


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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Saxon Phonics and Spelling Grade 1 Lesson 1 PowerPoint (First Grade)”

by Spinning a Yarn In First

1st Grade




I have created Powerpoints to accompany my daily 1st grade Saxon Phonics Grade 1lessons. I wanted to have the words and sentences quickly on the board so I could focus more on the instruction. This lesson is the first Saxon Lesson. This comes from the week includes the introductions of letters and sounds of t, long and short o, n, and p.

Powerpoints will be added in weekly groupings. You can find the first week of Saxon here Saxon Phonics and Spelling Grade 1 Lessons 1 – 5 Powerpoints

Entire year of PowerPoints available here:

Saxon Phonics and Spelling PPT Bundle

The slides only include items that students must see or must be written on the board. I have found these to encourage my kiddos to be more attentive to review on a daily basis. The general nature and spiral review of these powerpoints would lend itself well to any phonics program.

These materials were prepared by a teacher in the Dyer County Schools (Holice Powell Elementary School) and have neither been developed, reviewed, nor endorsed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, publisher of the original SAXON PHONICS AND SPELLING 1 work on which this material is based.

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Be a Pumpkin Detective – Math

By Sparking Children’s Thinkibility

Grades Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Be inspired by Pumpkins! 

How many seeds are in a pumpkin?

Ask your friends and family to estimate.

Estimation is a tricky concept but it is an important skill that is very useful when you go shopping.

This booklet contains a range of worksheets, some that require basic number skills, while others are a bit more complex.

Fun activities where the children are asked to make up their own math problems. Children often enjoy creating their own problems. This approach requires a deeper reflection upon numbers and basic arithmetic operations as compared to only providing an answer.

Pumpkin-inspired multiplication and division cards. Students can make their own problems.

1. Make a tally – How many seeds are in a pumpkin?

2. Add and give away pumpkins

3. Building blocks

4. Make up your own problems

5. Multiplication and division cards.

Color and black and white versions.

Link to Be a Pumpkin Detective Math