Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tissue Printing, Etc...Bundled Lesson Plan with Four Projects

Classroom/Visual Arts/Science working together

by Art  Action - Laurie Carpenter 

Grades 1-6 (easily adapted)

PROJECT OVERVIEW-PURPOSE: To provide the elementary student
with a unique printing experience. In Step #1, it is almost like a scientific experiment as they watch the color transfer from one paper to another. This process is so much fun to do!

The exciting and somewhat messy first step is then followed by group discussion, research, and interaction, AND THE EXCITEMENT OF DISCOVERY!

*When the project is dry, 3 QUIET independent seat work options are presented
to the children, to be completed as 3 additional projects in the days that follow, in the classroom or art room.

Co-ordination of art room with classroom, as the three follow-up  projects can be used
as classroom seat work.

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FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “FREE Seasons Cut & Paste”

by KB3Teach
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Students identify objects, holidays, weather and activities by season; cut and paste graphics into appropriate seasons box.

- Sorting Worksheet: (Cut & Paste) Includes rainbow, ice cream, robin, leaves, hat, scarf, pumpkin, skating, beach, cornucopia, snowman, sailing, flowers

- Graphic Organizer: (5 Senses) Students pick a season and *DRAW* what they like to feel, hear, smell, taste, and see during that season.

- B&W version (added 2/7/14)

- "My Favorite Season" picture frame (added 5/8/14)

For additional worksheets, differentiated and extended activities, click the "Complete File" link below.


COMPLETE FILE HERE: (Seasons Sort: Science Centers

1) Please note: This file is NOT solely weather-related; it includes holidays, celebrations and seasonal activities specific to certain geographical locations. Use teacher discretion when teaching.

2) For those students who find it difficult to sort 4 seasons at a time, the complete "Seasons" file contains differentiated worksheets with "two seasons" organizers (winter/summer and spring/fall).


Friday, June 27, 2014

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Social Skills Lesson: Birthday Party”

by Speech Paths
2nd - 5th Grade

This is an activity to help children understand appropriate social interactions at a birthday party. A cartoon scenario is presented that depicts children at a party. A short story orients students to the overall situation. Four sections follow, including: facial expressions and gestures, perspective taking, supporting friends, and respecting others. Students are guided to "put themselves in the shoes" of characters and fill in the thoughts bubbles of each. The black and white cartoon can then be individually colored.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON - “Wild, Wild West Careers: Frontiersman; Davy Crockett and the Alamo”

by Sarah Peterson
3rd - 6th Grade

Wild, Wild West Careers: Frontiersman
Davy Crockett; The Alamo

This lesson is one in a series of 14 lessons on Wild, Wild West Careers. Each of the lessons covers the careers and information about the era as it relates to the career. The series will cover the United States during the 1800s, including events that contributed to Western Expansion. Each lesson can also be used individually. 

In the early part of the 1800s, land west of the Mississippi River was complete wilderness. This land consisted of rivers, mountains, forests and prairies and was occupied by Native Americans and wild animals. The frontier was the name given to the wild and unfamiliar land that lay west of civilized America. A frontiersman was a man who hunted, trapped, and traded on the frontier. Many lived isolated lives, traversing the land, following rivers, and climbing mountains in search of beavers, raccoons, and bears - any animal whose fur could be sold. 

Discussion: The Frontier, Frontiersmen and Pioneers
Activity: Job Application: Frontiersman
Discussion: Davy Crockett – Frontiersman
Activity: Black Bear Safety
Discussion: Texas Independence from Mexico
Activity: Texas Declaration of Independence Group Activity
Primary Source Document: Texas Declaration of Independence
Discussion: The Alamo
Activity: Review Worksheet
Teacher’s Key for Review Worksheet
Review Game: Bingo
Sugar Cube Alamo Instructions, Patterns and Images
Frontiersman Coloring Page 
Suggested Books and Movies

All previous and future Wild, Wild West Careers will have the same basic format. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Class Pattern Book - I Went Walking”

by Kindergarten is Grrreat
Kindergarten - 1st Grade 

A great template to use to create a class book for your library. Read the story "I Went Walking" during class. Take your students on a walk outdoors and see what they see during their walk. Students then write about it and illustrate it. 

Packet Includes:
Title Page for Class Book
Student Page to make copies of
Footprints to use in the pictures

This is also a good activity to leave for a sub!

Enjoy :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - "Tripping Through Time"

Tripping Through Time

By Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - "Tripping Through Time"
In this 4-page Free activity, Tripping Through Time, students use their thinking and writing skills to reveal their understanding of the character, conflict and other elements of literature in the piece that they are studying through narrative writing. 

As the character of their choice from the reading, they are transported to a totally unfamiliar time and geographic area. After researching this different time and place, the students will write a personal narrative comparing and contrasting both societies. Their responses must reveal the point of view of the character that they chose to personify, not their own.

The students’ completed writing will show their comprehension of the reading, of the material that they gathered in their research, and they will strengthen their higher level thinking skills.

Happy Teaching,

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LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - "Reeling in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks"

By - Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

"Reeling in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks"
Students must learn to reel in readers with alluring hooks that grab the readers' interest.  In this FREEBIE activity,  Reel in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks, teachers prepare mini-lessons on creating this most important writing element.

In my blog:  I detail ideas for how, when and why teachers should offer mini-lessons on writing alluring hooks. Types of Hooks and Choosing the Right Words - both with explanations and examples - are two of the topics that I address.

Reeling in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks"
Five Types of Hooks
·         Anecdote
·         Description of person, place or object
·         Example
·         Stance on an issue
·         Startling fact or statement
·         Question

Choosing the Right Words
·         Strong concrete nouns and adjectives: help create clear mental pictures. They destroy
haziness, erase questions, and incite emotional responses. The use of sensory imagery
(sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing) lures readers. Every sentence should contain at
least one sensory imagery appeal.
·         Vivid verbs: Verbs are the backbone of writing. Without vivid verbs, writers’ words will
collapse. Verbs MUST combine the subject’s action plus his/her emotion while performing
this action.

Reeling in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks"
Mini-Lesson Ideas
A. Warm-ups – Three lesson ideas
B. Write Now Moments – Two lesson ideas

This activity is an engaging way to lure students into wanting to write and to keep them writing. Download this FREE product from

Isn't it time for a Write Now Moment in your classroom? 

Happy Teaching,

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Spring Bouquet - an "Easy - art" Picking Flowers Craftivity

Language arts - Classroom - Visual Arts - Science -Home School

by Art Action - Laurie Carpenter

Grades 1st - 4th

This lesson plan will provide the elementary student with a fun spring-summer art, language arts, 
and science experience.  

Group research, discussion, and sharing of past experiences is a necessary part of this lesson.  

Research books are suggested to coordinate with the PRINTED PATTERNS, with basic lesson
plan and directions.

The perfect motivation, if possible, is a walk in the woods or back yard, picking flowers. If this is not possible, then observing flowers in the grocery store, or flower and science books will provide the research. 

In the lesson plan, I also suggest various stories that will set the "spring mood"; the best are ones that the students are able to help read out loud.  Group interaction always adds to involvement and motivation!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Monday, June 16, 2014

1000 TpT Followers and a FLASH FREEBIE!

I just reached 1000 followers on TpT and am totally stoked! As a thank you I am making "How Sweet It Is" a FLASH FREEBIE for 1 week. Click the image below to check it out.

Distressed Paper Collections, Doodle Frames and More!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

FREE MISC. LESSON - “End of Year Reflections”

by Cecilia Magro I Love 1st Grade
1st - 5th Grade

This freebie is a great tool to use with your students so they can reflect and assess their learning this year. You could use it in one subject or each. There are two choices, one that includes applying their learning strategies to future learning. 

This product ties neatly to the CCSS which asks students to reflect on the way they learn.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014


BY ART ACTION- Laurie Carpenter

Language and Visual Arts

Grades 1-3

This lesson will provide the primary age children with an experience in which art and literature work together. After hearing the teacher read the story of Clifford, the Big Red Dog, and discussing the story, the students will then enjoy a simple cut and paste project, using pre-cut pieces for this step-by-step "easy-art" lesson.

They will learn many basic art skills, have a chance to add creative details of their own, and of course have fun!

This project can be used in the art room, classroom, or as a home school activity. 

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FREE MISC. LESSON - “End of the Year Baggie Toppers {Freebie!}”

by Katie Jones
Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

With this product, you get 8 different baggie toppers. These are a great way to spruce up a baggie of treats for your students at the end of the year. 

All you have to do is print, cut the toppers out, fill up the baggies with treats of some sort, and staple the toppers on. 

The sayings included are:
Blow a kiss, silly fish!
Bye Bye, Butterfly!
Give a hug, Lady Bug!
Be sweet, Parakeet!
Take care, Polar Bear!
Out the Door, Dinosaur!
So Long, King Kong!
See you soon, Raccoon!

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

"Art Action" Spring Swing - An Easy-Art Craftivity

Classroom, Visual Arts, Language Arts, Home School

by Art Action - Laurie Carpenter

Grades 3-5

This lesson plan, complete with patterns and detailed directions, provides the elementary teacher with detailed directions for a basic drawing experience, combined with a 3-dimensional craftivity.

Motivation comes from from reading a spring story - followed by a class discussion of spring activities.

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Summer Gift Topper/Tag for Student End of Year Gifts {Smart Cookie}”

by Julie Faulkner
Pre-Kindergarten - 11th Grade

Looking for something easy and thoughtful to say farewell to your students at school, kids' church, club, or Sunday School class? This is a free, ready to print gift topper in pdf format!

I have a similar gift tag that I used as a teacher appreciation gift. It looks great printed and taped onto a Little Debbie cookie, or you could tie it to a bag of freshly-baked cookies!

Check out my store for other free printables.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Clip Art Collections and a Freebie!

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Classroom -Visual Arts-Science-Language Arts

1st - 6th grades

by Art Action - Laurie Carpenter

 This elementary art lesson plan provides the student with a fun, mono-printing experience related to the 
"growing and crawling" seasons of spring and summer. The project also acts as a science or classroom project as it relates to the environment.

The experience teaches the children a basic art skill of printing, as it exposes them to an understanding of the meaning of "symmetry" as it is applied to nature.

Quiet seat work time is provided, as the students are able to spend time researching in various reference books(science) or reading spring stories(language arts), as they acquire knowledge of the appearance of the items they wish to use in their mono-print visual arts experience. Children can sketch numerous items for several days in preparation - of course, keeping in mind that the object must be symmetrical and a front view, for it to work out in the fold over print.

The lesson plan gives suggestions for an enjoyable motivation, preparation, and presents  a detailed step by step procedure to be followed.


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Friday, June 6, 2014

FREE MISC. LESSON - “End of School Memory Book”

by Elementary Endeavors
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

End of the school year memory book activity for K or 1st graders.
Print, cut in half, then staple each booklet.

Enjoy and have a fantastic summer!

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Language Arts Lesson Plan - Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment Handouts

by Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment Handouts
Summer vacation is a time to spend the majority of your time relaxing and restoring your energy- not planning. This 14-page listing, Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment Handouts will guarantee that you spend more time tanning than planning.

Along with two full pages of Teacher Notes, it offers 12 printable handouts that students can use to analyze and critique their own writing as well as that of their peers. Teachers can choose which ones best fit their students' skills, abilities and needs.

Five of the handouts are
  • Peer Critique Guide: Strong Fiction Requirements
  • Fiction Analysis: Done or Not Done? That is the Question
  • Analytic Writing Group Critique Form
  • Self-Assessment Sheet: Writing

Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment Handouts

Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment Handouts

Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment HandoutsIncredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment Handouts

These lessons and activities have been effective with regular, Honors and A.P. English students as well as with SPED students in grades 7-12. The Self-Assessment Sheet: Writing and the Quarter Writing Progress Self-Assessment are great ways to help students accept ownership for their writing and the process that they choose to follow to complete their work. Not only will these activities enable them to strengthen their writing, but they will talk like writers, too.

If we want our students to develop confidence in themselves as writers, we must Show Them the characteristics and standards of strong writing, Help Them to see these strengths in their own writing as well as in others' words-authors they have never met and their peers- through critique sessions and then Let Them revise and develop their writing to reflect their understanding and skills.

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Enjoy your well-deserved summer vacation.

Happy Teaching,

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