Classroom Freebies

Ten Apples Up On Top - Free Printable

Ten Apples Up On Top is my favorite book for practicing reading number words. This printable activity is the perfect activity to go with the book!

Visit my blog for the free download! 

Mastering Literary Devices Freebie

Mastering literary devices and figurative language can help students become better readers and writers.   Although some students grasp the concepts quickly, others need extra help.  Come to my blog where you can download a free handout that reviews all the key concepts! CLICK HERE

Dr. Erica Warren

10 Classroom Systems You Need to Be Using Right Now

When you think about classroom systems, you might easily think about writing lesson plans or your classroom management method.  Those are both very important classroom routines, but there are so many more tasks in the classroom that can be set up as a system you may not have even considered. And I bet many of these items you actually already DO have a system for, but didn’t realize it.

Stop by Organized Classroom and read about 10 - and then download another 10!  Oh yeah!

What are some of your most used classroom systems? I share 10 you need to be using right now in your room which will pay you back in time! Come on over!

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What are some of your most used classroom systems? I share 10 you need to be using right now in your room which will pay you back in time! Come on over!

Free St. Patrick's Day Math Puzzle

Free St. Patrick's Day Self-Correcting Math Puzzle for counting money - from Raki's Rad Resources.

This St. Patrick's Day Self-Correcting Puzzle encourage students to work on skip counting and counting coins. It asks the students to match up the coin amounts to the amount on the leprechaun's pots. Download this free poster from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Practice with Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect is a skill that is always tough for  elementary students. If your students are in the same boat, grab this freebie! It will help your students make sense of cause and effect by clicking here or on the image below. If you download it, please leave feedback. I am so grateful when folks do so! Thank you so much!

Guided Reading: Word Game for the "OTHER" Kids

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw here from

FREE Word Game for the "other kids" to do while you are doing GUIDED READING

What are your "other kids" doing while you are working with guided reading groups?

Grab this FREE Reading Game for purposeful practice. Shake-a-Word literacy center is perfect for improving fluency, phonics, decoding skills, and word family knowledge.

Best wishes!  

free addition practice pages

Perfect for: 
-cooperative learning
-addition practice
-explaining addition strategies
-higher order thinking
-addition math centers

Happy (cooperative learning) Teaching!!

Read and Follow Directions: Create a Map

 Do your students need practice with mapping skills?  Here is a two-page freebie where students read the directions and create a map like the one shown above.
 Students begin with a blank sheet of graph paper and a key.  They read the directions and use the symbols on the key to create the map.
 To download Create a Map, please visit this post at Artistry of Education.

Artistry of Education

Chicken Life Cycle Booklet

Do you study life cycles during spring? Here's a booklet that you can use for a unit on life cycles or a study of chickens.

Students describe the sequence of events from a hen laying an egg to the chick hatching.

Integrate language arts and science with this Chicken Life Cycle Booklet. Students use the transition words and the picture on each page to explain the life cycle of a chicken.

Click HERE for a free download.

Reading Strategies Task Cards by Rachel Lynette

Looking for a fun way to practice reading strategies? Try these task cards!

The 24 reading strategy task cards feature six different reading strategies:

  • Author's purpose
  • Making Connections
  • Summarizing
  • Inference
  • Questioning
  • Predicting
Each card features a paragraph and a reading strategy challenge. Student answer sheet and answer key are included. Perfect for literacy centers!

Happy Teaching,
Rachel Lynette

St Patrick's Day Skip Counting Puzzles

Have fun with these St Patrick's Day skip counting puzzles! 

Count by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s and discover the pictures as you go. They come in both color and black and white.

Pop over to Liz's Early Learning Spot to download your free puzzles today!

Till next time!

Free Listening Center Sheet

Free listening center recording sheet from Raki's Rad Resources.

One of the best reading centers is giving kids the ability to listen to good quality literature read with fluency. However, my students tend to look at listening center as a great excuse to goof off. So I put together this quick and easy Listening Center Sheet to help them stay focused. Download this sheet for free from my blog - Raki's Rad Resources.

Robot Themed Beginning Sounds Puzzles

Learning and reviewing beginning sounds is way more fun with cute robot themed puzzles.  I mean seriously?  How cute are these little robots?  These puzzles are a hands on way to review initial sounds for all of the letters of the alphabet.  

Free beginning sounds robot themed puzzles help students to practice the initial sound that letters make.

Why are Students Susceptible to Social Pressure?

We have always known that people conform to their social group / current culture. We’ve never really known the reason why. We strongly suspect that people fear:
  • being the odd one out
  • drawing attention to themselves by being different
  • the social cost of being independent of the majority
In the 1950s a psychologist named Solomon Asch, conducted a series of psychological experiments on conformity. “The experiments revealed the degree to which a person's own opinions are influenced by those of groups. Asch found people were willing to ignore reality and give an incorrect answer in order to conform to the rest of the group.”*   The experiment couldn’t explain what was going on in the minds of the conformists.

In 2005 Gregory Berns (an Emory University neuroscientist) updated this experiment with the help of brain-scanning technology.   An fMRI scanner took snapshots of the volunteers’ brains as they either conformed or broke with groups opinions. He discovered why people conform to the group by visualizing the effected part of the brains’ activity.
  • “The fMRI scans reveal that those who capitulated to the group actually experienced a shift in perception. If the group insisted that a shape was square, suggestible subjects literally saw” a square.” ** In other words, they were not aware how much their peers had influenced them.
So what does this have to do with social fear? There were people in the Asch and Berns studies who didn’t conform. Using logic, they picked the correct answer in spite of group pressure. Berns calls this “the pain of independence” because the activated area of the brain was in the amygdala which is associated with upsetting emotions such as the fear of rejection.

So what does this information have to do with teaching health and engaging our students? People of all ages need to look inside of themselves and decide
  • Am I susceptible to social pressure?
  • Will I change my values to meet the expectations of others
  • Can I hang with a group but still maintain my individuality? (I don’t have to do, or think the way they do.)
These studies have significance in regard to your student’s goals, their self-image, their ability to say NO, and their decision making ability because we / they live according to the value system conveyed to them by media and authority figures. When I was young, I believed what the world told me; those values were different than my parent’s values. The tendency is to follow the NEW without understanding / appreciating the value of the old.

The wise and learned college students of my day believed, marched and yelled “You can’t trust anyone over 30”.  Those over 30 years included their parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles who lived through a depression from 1929 to 1941. They fought / sacrificed through WW2 (many of us did not know that America fought / defeated two evil empires who wanted to dominate the world.  Our high school American history classes didn’t have time to cover the depression, World War 2, or the Korean War.)   My parent’s generation came home from war, where they saw a lot of death and destruction;  and their greatest desire was to build.  They built families with children (a celebration of life), they built American industry and rebuilt a devastated Europe and Asia. Appreciation is based on age and experience. My generation only experienced plenty, peace and opportunity until Vietnam and the rebellion began.

Today’s generation is repeating history. They are looking at their parents and seeing them as outdated. They have little appreciation for why their parents’ generation is the way they are. Without life experience it is difficult to recognize values from the past. I know that looking back I see much more value in what was accomplished in the rebuilding time. Without all those accomplishments, my generation would not have so much that we are taking advantage of today. Without traveling abroad, it is very difficult to understand that most people in the world do not have the opportunities or advantages that we live with every day.

For our students to accomplish their hopes and dreams, it is important:

  • their peer group have similar goals and ethics / morals
  • each individual student have the ability to think for themselves
  • each individual be willing to not conform to the group or current cultural narrative — pain of independence
  • if necessary walk away — pain of independence to the power of 10
Or they may follow where the currant culture leads them. Following the group / culture has little to do with social pressure. It has everything to do with follow the leader.  It’s important our students know who leads them socially and culturally.  (Eric Hoffer said — “When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other” (or blindly follow).

Here is an example of social pressure you didn’t see coming. Did you know that our language reflects value?   Currently, purity is a big selling point. Go to the grocery store and you will find fruits, veggies, meats with no additives, for healthy eating we are encouraged to eat whole foods instead of processed foods, and organic foods are supposed to be better for you. Purity of the food we eat has great value. In China, there is a huge and growing market for supplements and vitamins from the U.S. because the U.S. Food & Drug Administration requires manufactures to test products for their purity. We pay more for authentic 100% real virgin olive oil because it is pure, that is, not cut with cheaper oils. For some reason brides still prefer white dresses and First Communion dresses are white. White suggests purity. The expression pure in heart generally means clean, blameless, unstained from guilt, or innocent. There is a purity movement in language with everything except human beings. When was someone described admiringly as a virgin / chaste? There was a time when physical purity was an absolute. The phrase “losing one’s virginity” now has a ring of a heavy duty ordeal, something to get rid of. We get rid of things we don’t value. How is virginity portrayed on TV movies?   Do you remember this news item?
  • There is a $1 million bounty on TimTebow’s virginity? Why was it so important for some people to sabotage Tim’s goal of abstinence until marriage?  
To promote thinking and hopefully a discussion offer this question with your high school students:
Our language and some social settings reflect the value of words such as pure, purity, chaste.
  • When these words are applied to men and women, why are these same words treated as laughable? 
I (the adult in the room) detect conformity of thought or if you will, a consistent narrative promoted in the media. It is the new normal for ME to accept. What do you, your students, see?

What happens if you disagree?

From the Asch and Burns’ conformity experiments, we know in groups people shift their perceptions. The media (music, TV, movies) has a big audience. Discuss with your students -- Ideas / behaviors currently in the media (viewed on TV shows in movies, or music videos) that did not exist during their parents’ teenage or young adult years. In other words, your student’s parents may not like the content and maybe your students, like me so many years ago, are rolling their eyes because of their parent’s lameness.

(Teacher Note: sexual scenes now shown on TV today didn’t exist 5 / 10 / 15 years ago. We now see sympathetic portrayals of every lifestyle. It is a purposeful narrative of unquestioned acceptance. This lifestyle is normal just like. . . .  For example, last TV season on the program How to Get Away with Murder, I saw what I considered an explicit aggressive sexual scene between two men.   Through the years, we have been conditioned to see sympathetic gay characters on many TV programs. I never expected to see two men going hard at it. I don’t know why I was surprised, how long have we viewed this kind of action between a man and woman. Long enough to consider it normal?)

Ask your students:

  • If their grandparents would have regarded these behaviors as pornographic and / or depraved.
  • Do you regard these ideas / behaviors so normal that you will participate when given the opportunity?
  • Will you be one of those independent souls who walk a different path?

* The Asch Conformity Experiments by Kendra Cherry 07/09/2016 link below:

** The anatomy of conformity March 7, 2006 link below:

*** When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other — Eric Hoffer   author of The True Believer link below:                                   

Reading Makes You RICH - Free St. Patrick's Day Bookmarks

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw here from

FREE St. Patrick's Day Bookmarks - Reading Makes You Rich -

These fun little St. Patrick's Day bookmarks will make the perfect Spring gift for your kiddos.

Hopefully they will inspire your students to read this Spring.

Grab your FREE St. Patrick's Day Bookmarks.

Best wishes!