Daily Archives: April 21, 2016

LANGUAGE ARTS – “Scooping Words with Two Closed Syllables”


by Reading on Strawberry Lane

Scooping a word is the same as dividing the word into syllables.

Syllables can be divided by saying them orally or by using a pencil and paper. If we orally divide a word into syllables, we usually clap the word out. For example, if we orally divided the syllables of polish, we would clap out ‘pol’ and ‘ish,’ and that would be two claps. If we divided the syllables on paper, we would place a slash between the ‘l’ and ‘i’ in the word ‘pol/ish.’

So rather that placing a slash, there is another way to show the number of syllables in a word, and that is to scoop the syllables. This is how that would look: p o l i s h. This way not dividing the word with a slash avoids the look of a misplaced letter in the word, and it also avoids the idea of students thinking the word has only one syllable since there is just one slash. With the idea of scooping with the finger or with a pencil, students can feel and see the scoops which in turn matches the number of syllables. 

This packet contains 64 task cards that allow students to practice scooping words with two closed syllables.

Simply print and cut along the guidelines. One idea is to print on card stock or on colored paper. Laminate and use them again and again and keep them in a baggie. Another option is to hole-punch a corner of each card and put them all on a ring.





Caterpillars, Moths and Butterflies

Be a Butterfly Detective &  Biomimicry for Young Children – Caterpillars and Butterflies

By Sparking Children’s Thinkibility 

Grades: Kindergarten – 4th Grade Biology, General Science, Visual Arts

Metamorphosis – one of the greatest mysteries captures children’s attention. How can a caterpillar transform and become a butterfly?

Use cards to help enhance students’ understanding of the life cycle.  There are also some activities where observations from eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis, and butterflies are used as inspiration to get new ideas.

Hopefully, these activities will make the learning fun and engaging.

Link to Be a Butterfly Detective – Life Cycle and Inspiration for Ideas

This booklet contains:

1. Cards

2. Can you identify the different stages?

3. What is the connection between a caterpillar and a butterfly?

4. What do caterpillars and butterflies eat?

5. Fun Facts

6. Metamorphosis Poem

7. Butterfly words – make your own dictionary

8. Ask the caterpillar Sparkling Questions about chrysalis and butterflies

9. Caterpillars are. . .

10. Butterflies are. . .

11. Life cycle

12. Which animal do you like the best? Positive, Negative and Interesting

13. Story writing

14. Symmetrical Butterfly

15. ”Eggcited” about butterfly eggs!

16. Think diving for a butterfly detective – eggs

17. Think diving for a butterfly detective – caterpillar

18. Think diving for a butterfly detective – chrysalis

19 Think diving for a butterfly detective – butterfly

20. Reflection – assessments


For more ideas to study caterpillars and butterflies look at the booklet about Biomimicry. In this booklet the aim is to use the observations of caterpillar, moths and butterflies to design and invent things.

Students can design a robot inspired by moths. Moths fly in the dark and their use their hairy antennea to help them find the way. They also have special eyes, anti-reflective, that helps them to fly in the dark.

Biomimicry an exciting approach to study animals and plants!

The package contains:

1. Why Teach Biomimicry
2. Getting Started Guide
3.How to Observe and Collect Information about Caterpillars
4. Describe a Caterpillar
5. Make a list of things that caterpillars can do.
6. Things I Love about Caterpillars
7. Caterpillar shape poem
8. Make a drawing or model of an interesting body part
9. Use “random” words to invent and design things
10. Imagination design challenge
11. Design challenge
12. Word Caterpillar
13.Design word challenge
14. Fake eyes
15. What if you could measure a crooked line?
16. Design task – saddleback caterpillar
17. Observe and collect Information about Butterflies
18. Describe a butterfly
19. Make a list of things that butterflies can do.
20. I am in awe of butterflies
21. Draw butterfly wings
22. Use “random” word as inspiration
23. Imagination design challenge
24. Design challenge
25.Word butterfly
26. Design word challenge
27. Make an ID card or ID badge
28. Months – Design a robot that can fly in the dark or a solar panel that can capture as much light as possible
29. Observation cards
30. How to use biomimicry in the classroom – inspiration and ideas
31. Links to videos and information
32. Two posters

Link to STEM – Biomimicry for Young Children – Caterpillars and Butterflies

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FREE MATH LESSON – “Fun with Coordinate Grids {Sample Version}”

by An Apple A Day Mathematics

4th – 6th Grade


Fun with Coordinate Grids


This is a sample of “Fun with Coordinate Grids.” This product is designed to give students practice finding coordinate points in quadrant 1 and aligns to CCSS 5.G.A.1.

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Looking for more coordinate grid resources? Check out these other activities:
Coordinate Grids {Pirate Version}
Coordiante Grids {Summer Edition}
Coordinate Grids: Clip, Flip & Check {Mermaid Edition}









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Adaptable Short Story Chart (Adaptable to all Works of Fiction)


Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)



Adaptable Short Story Chart

This short story chart is perfectly adapted to all fiction (short stories, novels, plays….)

The document includes an explanation page as well as pages for students to complete.

It is excellent way to have students identify the different parts of plot.

It includes the following elements:
-Plot (initial situation, climax…)
-Memorable quotes

It’s teaching made easy!