How to Differentiate Writing for New Writers

differentiated writing for kindergarten 1st grade ESL Special Education

One of our readers asked us advice on how to differentiate writing for her kindergartener.  Our reader was told that her daughter needed more support in writing.  Anyone familiar with the new common core standards for kindergarten knows the rigor placed on our little ones now.  Any kindergarten teacher understands that the levels of students’ [...]

Spring Countdown Craft for Kids (free printable)

free printable countdown to spring

With about a month to go before winter ends, we know classrooms and homeschools here in the northern hemisphere are tired of snow days and polar vortex cabin fever.  What better way to work on math skills while welcoming the next season than with a spring countdown?  Even if you start this spring countdown activity [...]

Spring Flower Color Wheel Activity

spring flower shaped color wheel with template

Color can have an effect over how we feel about objects, how we behave, and how our bodies react to circumstances. Teach the importance of color to preschoolers, kindergarteners, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, even 4th graders with today’s spring inspired color wheel. This activity is very versatile. It helps master sorting by color, categorizing colors into groups, [...]

Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Activities Bundle

stackable bundle

Do you need engaging literacy-based resources to supplement your fall, winter, spring, and summer units? We’ve bundled some of our most popular resources on TpT in this must-have seasonal pack.  These activities also make striking classroom and bulletin board display while really teaching our kids critical concepts! During fall, start with our pumpkin activity.  In [...]

Spring Umbrella Word Family Word Wall

spring family word wall idea

Hi everyone! Instead of singing rain, rain go away, I thought I would bring out my spring umbrella family word wall to make all this rain seem fun and interesting! I can’t think of a better way than with a family word wall to help build student awareness to the spelling of word endings, increase [...]

Free Printable Spring Bulletin Board Writing Prompt

free printable spring sun flower writing prompt bulletin board idea

If your spring bulletin board or classroom walls are looking bare, I think you should download my free printable spring flower writing activity prompt! You can find out what your students like about spring and fill your walls with cute crafted flowers! I provided a sunflower petal template but I highly recommend students creating their own petals [...]

Easter Egg Suncatchers Craft for Kids

upcycled Easter egg sun catchers craft for kids

For April, Earth Day, and Easter I decided to create upcycled Easter egg suncatchers. All you need is a few items and lots of sun. I love things that sparkle when the sun shines through them. Plus they look cute hanging in your window when the relatives come over for Easter! thin cardboard boxes  gold spray [...]

Upcycled Sunflower Craft

sunflower craft using recycled materials from theclassroomcreative.com

Sunflowers are popular flowers to plant in classroom settings to kick off plant units.  I know my second graders adored planting their sunflower seeds in mini-clay pots.   I thought this sunflower craft idea, using packing peanuts and simple materials, would be a great finishing project for all your plant units!  Reusing or “upcycling” as [...]

Textured Goose Art Project for Kids

free printable textured goose duck art project craft for kids

Spring brings to sight many baby animals. Fuzzy ducklings and ruffled goslings to name a few. These wonderfully textured creatures can come alive in art using a few easy techniques. Today’s textured goose craft is created by using paper. Flat pieces of paper can become three-dimensional simply by cutting, ripping, folding, scrunching or curling the [...]

Caterpillar Paper Plate Craft

caterpillar paper plate craft for kids activity

The life cycle of the butterfly is a very popular insect unit among the primary grades. This caterpillar paper plate inspired craft would complement such a unit. We read my daughter’s favorite spring book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar for inspiration. Bring the life cycle of the butterfly alive by starting with this caterpillar paper plate craft.  I [...]

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