Category: Teaching Idea

Johnny Appleseed Free Teaching Materials

Vocabulary from Gay

Not only can you get these free Johnny Appleseed vocabulary activities, but check out a slew of additional apple activities for big kids on my updated apple webpages here.

These webpages include figurative language, facts, and teaching ideas. Apple quotes are great for teaching Common Core figurative language standards. Students can refer to details and examples when explaining what the text says explicitly (another Common Core Standard) with a great list of apple facts. Have students write creatively using apples as a theme. Students can learn to follow directions with the classroom apple recipes.  Continue Reading

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Teaching Measurement – Free Interactive Resources

Measurement Unit - Many FREE Activities to use with Students

Teach measurement with these device response, interactive web pages. I am super excited about my measurement activities. Years ago when I was first learning how to build web pages, this was one of my first projects. The programs and codes I originally used were so outdated that only about a third of the pages worked. Now everything is in full working order, device responsive, and interactive. YEAH!  Here’s what you will find.

Reference Materials

Several reference charts provide illustrations for each measurement unit. Continue Reading

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Chocolate in the Classroom

Teaching Ideas using Chocolate

Do you want to keep students excited about learning? Try using the theme of chocolate. Students will love reading books about chocolate. Playing games with a chocolate theme is fun. Eating chocolate is also a must. Check out the newly updated “Chocolate in the Classroom” section of the Book Units Teacher website for ideas. Here’s what you will find. 

Chocolate Timeline

In the “History of Chocolate” you will find a timeline. A group of my students created this timeline as part of a project a number of years ago. Unfortunately, it is six pages long. YIKES! Students would be bored-out-of-their-minds trying to read through the timeline. Because of this, I created a scavenger hunt to make finding details fun. Students skim through the facts to find specific dates or information from these webpages. They add the information to the printable creating their own mini-timelines. Download the free printable here to get started. Students can use the timeline to write a paragraph similar to this one. Continue Reading

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Research Paper Project for Elementary Students

Teaching Elementary Students How to Write a Research Paper using an Animal Theme

All third graders and up in our school create a research paper each year. One year students may write about famous people from their social studies text. The next year they write about topics from science. The school year is just too short not to cover multiple skills with the research project. 

Sources and the Bibliography

We have the best school librarian. She takes on the task of helping the students with their research. Students must use a minimum of three references: a book, an encyclopedia, and a website.  Continue Reading

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Writing Using a Dog Theme

Great Dog Writing Projects for the Classroom

Most students love dogs. According to American Pet Products Association (APPA) approximately 44% of all households in the United States are dog owners. This is approximately 89.7 million dogs.

More Interesting Facts

  • Seventy-seven percent of dog owners allow their pet to roam anywhere in the house. Only seven percent of people keep their dogs outside.
  • Forty-two percent of dog owners sleep with their dogs.
  • The United States has the largest dog population. It more than doubles the second highest dog population country, China.

Get more statistical information about pets at Statista. Continue Reading

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Capitalizing Geographical Terms

The blog post offers helpful tips for teaching when to capitalize geographic terms including an anchor chart and free sorting activity.

Students often have difficulty determining when to capitalize direction words. This post includes an anchor chart plus a sorting activity to help teach students when to capitalize geographical terms.

Rules for Capitalizing Geographical Terms

Capitalize north, south, east, and west when an area of the country or specific region is named. Continue Reading

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The Dog Project

Great Dog Projects for the Classroom

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. – Man’s Best Friend. – Dogs come into out lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart. – Love is a four legged word. – The road to my heart is paved with paw prints. – If you’re lucky… A dog will come into your life, steal your heart and change everything! – The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.

Mattel Foundation Grant

A few years back, a small group of teachers at our school were awarded a grant through the Mattel Foundation. The grant money promoted technology in the school including computers for a lab. The teachers involved in the grant shared the lab by taking students in 45 minute blocks each day. Continue Reading

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