Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Three Grammar Quizzes

Parts of Speech Practice Sheets and Quizzes - Free Download from Raki's Rad ResourcesThe majority of my students are English Language Learners.  For these students, understanding parts of speech and how they are used in English help them to create better sentences, both spoken and written.  Because of this, I spend a lot of time working on parts of speech.  One way that we review is with these review sheets and assessments.  Stop by my blog, Raki’s Rad Resources and grab these 3 free review sheets with accompanying quizzes.
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Websites for the Elementary Classroom–Free E-Book

It’s official, I have published a book, an e-book that is.  Every Wednesday I write a Wednesday Website Suggestion on my blog, Raki’s Rad Resources.  This weekend, I compiled these suggestions into an E-Book that is available to you completely free!  This E-Book is Over 60 websites you can use in the elementary classroom - for free - all compiled into one free e-book by Raki's Rad Resources.a compilation of my “tried and true” favorite websites to use in an elementary classroom.  It has two sections, one sorted by grade level and one sorted by subject.  I hope that this compilation will be of benefit to those teachers who truly want to use websites as teaching tools, but are just not sure what sites to use.

You can download your free copy as a PDF file from Teachers Pay Teacher, or in the format that is best for your e-reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.) at Smashwords.  Either way, feel free to use and share this resource, and don’t forget to stop by Raki’s Rad Resources for next week’s Wednesday Website Suggestion!

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

Join the Classroom Pumpkin Projects Linky

Head on over to Sweet Tea Classroom {Here} to join the classroom pumpkin projects linky. I cannot wait to see what your kiddos (at home and school) have created.

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See ya soon!
Robin Sellers @ Sweet Tea Classroom

Teaching About the Importance of Election Day

This year's presidential election comes at a time of economic struggles and uncertainty for our future. Living in Florida I know how critical every single vote is to determine who will lead our country for the next 4 years.  It is important to teach our students about the election process and its importance. I put together an Election Day packet called"Getting Ready for Election Day" which you can access by clicking on the picture below.
It includes A Shared Reading Book, 2 Reading Texts and Comprehension Questions at the 2nd and 3rd Grade levels, 2 Sets of Picture/Word/Fact Cards, 3 Writing Graphic Organizers and 2 sets of Writing prompts at the 2nd and 3rd grade levels. Common Core Standards are included for both 2nd and 3rd grades. He is a preview:
If you would like to check out some free Election Day resources just click on the image below.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

It's LMN Tree

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Digital Papers and Fonts by Jessica Stanford

Hello Everyone! It's Jessica from

With my spare time today (due to the lovely storm of Sandy) I created new pappppppppers!! 114 Chevron Rainbow this time :) Please note I'm very new to this and I'm really excited about it!
I'm gonna keep them free for y'all to download until midnight! I'd love some feedback if ya download  so that I can improve my products to meet your needs! :)

and as requested my handwriting!
Also free for now :)

and just one more...
Also free for now :)

Thanks everyone and stay safe if you're in the path of Sandy!

Halloween Estimation Jars & Elements of a Story!

Hey guys! It's Lacie from Polka Dots & Pencils!

I wanted to share a few things with everybody that I am doing this week in my class! First, I have made Halloween Estimation Jars!! Each day leading up to Halloween, my students will estimate how many pieces of candy are in a jar! The student whose estimate is the closest without going over wins the jar of candy! We did the first jar of candy yesterday, and my students LOVED it!! Here is a picture of the jars! Aren't they cute?!?

We have also started reviewing elements of a story this week to lead into the impact of characterization and conflict on plot that we will be learning later on in the week. Here is a graphic organizer that I created last night for my students to fill in during their independent reading time! Just click on the picture to download it for free!

Hope everyone has had a great day!

Looking for Something Fun for Halloween?

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Looking for something to do with your students tomorrow?  It just so happens that I have a packet that's perfect for Halloween day.  The kids will get some actual work done, and it's academically related!  There are activities for reading, writing, and math!

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Looking for just a few things?  Try the sample!

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Perhaps you'd prefer to focus on reading?

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Or just a few sentences?

My students haven't had class for a few days because of Hurricane Sandy.  I'm planning to make it a fun day back, but we really do have to get some work done!

My Favorite Halloween Freebies From TeachersPayTeachers

It's so great to be able to access so many wonderful teaching resources. I'm happy to share with you my list of top free Halloween teaching resources from many talented teachers.

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Come visit me at Sweet Tea Classroom for the details.

Robin Sellers @ Sweet Tea Classroom

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween is Here Freebie!

Are you looking for some last minute Halloween activities? I have a few freebies for you!
Download it over at my blog! :)

I hope you have a great time with your class during the holiday. For those of you in the path of Sandy, stay safe!

Fun With Candy Corn

Hi guys! It's Vickie from Mrs. Plant's Press

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If you're like me, Halloween candy is hard to resist...I LOVE it all! So, I decided, why not have some math fun with all that candy corn I have? I found three different flavors at Wal-Mart {regular, caramel, and green apple} and made this little graphing activity that we're going to do on Halloween {in hopes to get in a little learning amidst the chaos!}. Click on the picture to get your copy :)
{Graphics are KPM Doodles and Fonts are Hello Literacy}

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Age Limit on Dramatic Play?

As the majority of my teaching experience has been in intermediate grades, specifically 3rd grade, I’ve never used a lot of dramatic play in my lessons.  In Using Dramatic Play in Intermediate Grades can increase understanding and student motivation. - Raki's Rad Resourcesintermediate, we have a tendency to focus on learning, learning, learning, with no time for play, and if we do play, it’s a game or a puzzle.  We definitely don’t take the time for dramatic play.  However, this year I am trying to change that some.  I have a third grader at home and he still spend about half of his playtime in dramatic play.  On the playground, I have watched my students (3rd and 4th graders) play out slumber parties, knights and princesses and a variety of other “dramatic play” situations.  So, I’ve decided to try to use dramatic play anywhere appropriate in my classroom.  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources – and see some of the ways we are using dramatic play to increase student engagement and student understanding.

Do you have a great way to integrate dramatic play into an intermediate classroom?  Please come and join our discussion at Raki’s Rad Resources.

 Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

Monster Math

Hiya Peepers

Shuna here from Pocket Full of Kinders!

I am just popping in today to share one of my newest freebies

That's right FREEBIE

Now who doesn't love that word?

My kiddos still need a lot of number skills practice so I whipped this up to help them with these skills

If you would like to check out this pack click the pic below


Peace Out Peepers

November Problem of the Day

Hello, dear friends!

It's Jeannie from The 2nd Grade Surprise.  Common core has came to my school like a lot of your schools as well.  I big  HUGE part of common core for math is word problems. YIKES!  My students have struggled with word problems in the past.  This year we have started a problem of the day.  I have seen such huge gains in their problem solving skills.  I made a November Problem of the Day flipchart to share.  It has a "November" theme to make word problems more fun.  The problems include addition and subtraction skills to 20 and counting coins to $1.00. Click on the picture below to download the flipchart.  Enjoy your Sunday, friends! :-)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

November Turkey Free Clip Art Set

Happy Saturday Teacher Friends!!
It's Nancy from Joy of Kindergarten. I am having a lot of fun creating clip art. I have created a fun little freebie for November. This little cutie is only available on my blog so stop by to snag a copy. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fern Smith's Swat ~ A Great Vocabulary Game!

These fly swatters were on sale 3 in a bag for a $1 at the Dollar General. I loved them so much I asked the hubby to jump in the truck and come on a quick 'field trip' with me! I bought 7 bags for $7, then I bought the ribbon at Wal*Mart for under 6 bucks. The basket was old and kicking around in our garage, so we cleaned that up and added the left over ribbon ~ ta-da! I'm feeling kind of crafty now! :)
To play SWAT, have the students write their vocabulary words on separate index cards, spread them around the top of the desk & let the games begin! They stand up & I called out each definition and then they "swat" each word. I also make up fill-in-the-blank sentences, opposites & "what comes first alphabetically?" etc. 
My students love it & it allows them to get their wiggles out!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Comparing Numbers - Halloween Style

Hi friends, it's me, Heather from Kickin' it With Class! I am super excited to be a part of this awesome blog!

Just a little bit about me... I am a third grade teacher with a kindergarten aged daughter, a 3-year old son, and a basketball coaching, economics teaching husband.

 I love teaching and I love being creative so blogging seemed like a logical next step for me.

I have taught third grade for the last 9 years and I love every almost every minute of it! I am self-contained this year after teaching math and science only for the last 4 years which means I have been BUSY trying to keep my head above water! I keep trying to get ahead but I am having to settle for not falling behind!

To go with that theme, I have created this comparing numbers freebie to help us continue practicing "all things place value" Click on the picture below to head over to my blog and get your copy!

Happy "almost" Halloween y'all!

Rainbow Fish Helps Us Build a Caring Community

Recently, my school – the International School of Morocco – hosted it’s first parent workshop on character and learner traits.  While the parents and a few of our teachers were busy, myself and another teacher brought all of the kids in the school together to learn about caring, using Rainbow Fish. 

We used Rainbow Fish to talk about caring at the International School of Morocco.First, we read Rainbow Fish in 3 languages.  I read it in English.  A lovely 4th grade student read it in French, and thanks to an IPad and YouTube, we also watched it in Spanish.  This multilingual approach meant that every student in the school was clear on the message of the story.

We also created our own Rainbow Fish together as a school  It was wonderful because all of the different levels of students (from 3 years old to 4th grade) worked together to create their fish.  The younger students simply colored their fish, but 1st grade and up added caring words to each of the scales on the fish before they colored.  We also glued a silver scale, which was cut fromWe used Rainbow Fish to talk about caring at the International School of Morocco. aluminum foil. 

To download our Rainbow Fish Template free, please feel free to stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources


Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

Do you Just Love Clipart

Hiya Peeps

Shuna  here from Pocket Full of Kinders

Just dropping in today to share a really fun linky that I just joined

This linky exposed a serious problem that I have with clipart or rather the collection of copious 

amounts of said clipart. 

Come on over to see all the deets!

Peace Out Peeps

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