Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

Kindness and Valentine for Young Children


Grades: Kindergarten- 4th, Valentine’s Day, Life Skills, Critical Thinking

By Sparking Children’s Thinkbility

Fun and engaging exercises to explore love and kindness

The children start by exploring questions such as “How can you spread love wherever you go?” and “How can you dream big?” The students are asked to extract ideas, such as “Put love in an ice-cream and share it.” These ideas may help them when they design a machine that spreads love or write a heart-shaped poem.

The students are also asked to think about different aspects of the design of the machine, for example, “How you want to spread the love?” and “What kind of love do you want to spread?


  1. Question cards + blank cards
  2. Things I Love
  3. Things other people/animals love
  4. Where in your body do you feel. . .
  5. How can you spread love?
  6. How can you randomly spread love?
  7. Heart/shaped poem
  8. How can you build a machine that spreads love?
  9. What if you could grow a loving heart?
  10. Spread everyday kindness
  11. Dream big
  12. Big dream machine
  13. Acrostic dream poem
  14. What if you could. . .
  15. Design a board game

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Language Arts – “Reading Final Stable Syllables”

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This reading packet provides 23 word lists of the final stable syllable type words. Also, a master list of all the words is included as a quick reference. A final stable consonant is one of the six types of syllables in reading. Each list in this unit includes words using all the vowels with a final stable consonant. Reading will become more manageable for students once they understand syllable types. Download my free alphabet cards. Using these cards will give students another strategy to help them decode and encode words. These ready-made word lists can be used in the multiple ways:
• as a source to help you in create your own reading and spelling activities
• for ABC order
• to complete word sorts
• develop more accurate and fluent readers
• read words for homework
• use for spelling lists
• quick reading assessments
• practice and re-teach reading skills
• supplement general education curriculum
• compare and contrast with other syllable types
• use at a word work station
• printed as a student booklet by clicking print, printer properties, and booklet.

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FREE MATH LESSON – Math Addition Game

By:  The Owl Teacher

Grades 1-3

When I first began creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers, I experimented a little with creating some fun, tic-tac-toe math games.  That is where this freebie was born!  (Hence my old Owl Teacher Logo.)

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This is a fun game where students play in pairs practicing their basic addition facts!  Here’s how it works…

Students draws a card and chooses a place to put their designated letter (an X or an O).  Just like tic-tac-toe, students want to get three in a row to win, while blocking and preventing their partner from doing just that.  So in order to place their letter, they must solve the math problem correctly.  Each time a student wins a round, he or she will keep that task card and move on to another.  The student with the most task cards at the end, wins!  Below is an image of four different task cards!


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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Reading Comprehension Passages – FREE Sample”

by Kindergarten is Grrreat

Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade


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Are you interested in purchasing one of my Reading Comprehension Packets? Check out this free sample that contains one passage from each of my 4 packets. Each passage contains 1-4 sentences and 3-4 questions to help with comprehension. Each packet builds upon the first. Purchase the bundle for easy differentiation.

These can be used during guided reading, literacy centers, sent home for homework, used during whole group time, and much more!

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Reading Comprehension Passages – Level 1
Reading Comprehension Passages – Level 2
Reading Comprehension Passages – Level 3
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Be a Snowflake Detective: Sparkling Crystal Fun & Facts

By: Sparking Children’s Thinkibility

Grades Kindergarten-4th Science, Geometry, Winter

All a snowflake detective need is snow, a magnifier glass and patience. As with all beauty, part of the allure is mystery. And snowflakes are beautiful.

Understanding snowflakes is not as simple as it might sound. But one thing is certain, namely that inner working of the way ice crystals grow in the clouds is a process that is still a bit of a puzzle to scientists.

A snowflake begins life as a dust particle in a cloud. If it is cold, water vapor condense on the dust and crystals are formed. The crystals grow and grow and eventually they become too heavy and large and a snowflake falls out of the cloud.

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This package contains:

  1. How many snowflakes can you see?
  2. Life cycle cards
  3. Different types of snowflake cards
  4. Think diving – What is the connection between ice crystals and a snowflake?
  5. Fun facts
  6. Snow Words
  7. Sparkling Crystal Dictionary + Add your own words
  8. Ask the Snowman Sparkling Questions about Snowflakes and Crystals
  9. How Does a Snowflake Grow?
  10. Can you make a giant snowflake?
  11. Describe a snowflake
  12. How to grow a snowflake?
  13. Imagine strong winds
  14. Random inspiration and Symmetry Using a Snowflake Dice (template included)
  15. Imagine different colors
  16. Snowflake Math Detective
  17. Story writing – What if the seasons get mixed up?

I love mind mapping and you can download a mind map for free here.

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