Classroom Freebies

Leaf Activities

Here are some absolutely awesome leaf craftivities I know your kiddos will enjoy.
Plus, they are super-simple, with terrific results.

This FREEBIE features a really cute paper plate leaf person craft. We read Lois Ehlert's book, Leaf Man, then go on a nature walk to collect cool "stuff" to create one.

I've included a note home to parents, if you want to send this on as a homework assignment.
As you can see by the photo, I think our Leaf People turned out pretty awesome.

The packet also includes a super-simple "cholorophyll" leaf. If you look closely at the photograph, you'll see that the top, yellow leaf is folded over to reveal the green chlorophyll-filled leaf underneath.

This is a wonderful way to teach this bit of science, at the same time building vocabulary.  Even my 4-year-olds can tell you about why leaves change color, using the word chlorophyll to help explain things.'s all because of this little quickie craft!

Click on the link to pop on over to my blog where this leaf packet is our featured FREEBIE.
From Diane, over at

Spiderweb! A Game to Make Your Own

Hello, Teaching Friends!

Here's one of my favorite and most popular games. It was originally designed as a word wall game for fall and Halloween, but I'll bet your Creative Teacher Brain will find many year-round uses across the curriculum for this game. Try it with word wall words, content area curriculum, spelling words, math facts, or even letters, for the littlest learners!

Click here to see lots of ideas for using it and to get your own copy of Spiderweb!

Happy Teaching!

Free St. Francis emergent reader

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Free Emergent Reader about St. Francis. The sight words for this booklet include: the, to, go, goes. The story uses a repetitive pattern with picture clues.  Animals included in this story are rabbits, deer, birds, and wolves.

FREE Editable High School Certificate of Completion

We needed a certificate of completion for a student who completed her program at our high school. We did not have anything on file, so I created this simple certificate. Download, open, and edit to best fit your needs! Click here or on the picture below. 

Thanks for looking!

15 leaf-themed math worksheets

Help your students with counting, number recognition, & sequencing, as well as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.

Here are over a a dozen leaf-themed worksheets to assist you, including "What's Missing?" and counting up to 120.

Click on the link to pop on over to my blog where it's today's featured FREEBIE: Leaf Themed Number Worksheets.
From Diane, over at

My Home Writing Prompt Craftivity

"My Home" is a quick, easy and fun writing prompt “craftivity”, perfect when studying about neighborhoods or families.

At the beginning of the year, it's also a great “getting to know you” icebreaker.

Colored and trimmed houses make a cute bulletin board too.

Students write their family's last name at the top, write the number of members in their family and then draw a labeled picture of them. Inform children that they can include pets as well.

Kiddos glue a photograph of themselves in the window. For the door, they complete the writing prompt: "My favorite room is…" and then explain why.

Some schools still have "knowing their address” as a standard, so I've included a window for that as well.

Even though it’s not one of my standards, I still have children work on learning their address during Fire Safety Week. This activity provides a fun way to practice.

Click on the link to pop on over to my blog where it's the featured FREEBIE: My Home
From Diane, over at

Fern Smith's FREE Independent Classroom Binder Newsletters

Fern Smith's FREE Weekly Class Newsletter
FREE Weekly Newsletter Printable

Copy, Cut, and Staple!
Have the children copy from board, or document camera, their weekly newsletter as Monday Morning Work!
Fern Smith's FREE Weekly Class Newsletter
Click here to download it at my blog!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Your kids will ♥love it!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas

Underground Railroad Game

Teaching the Civil War era?  Or Underground Railroad?  Black History Month?  Check out this fun game for learning about the Underground Railroad:

Click on any pic above to get your own free copy!

The Classroom Game Nook

Columbus Day Roll the Die and Read

Hooray, hooray, it's almost Columbus Day! Here's a fun Columbus Day Fluency Packet to help your students become fluent with vocabulary words related to Columbus Day. Students can work in pairs or small groups and take turns rolling a die and reading the words next the the number they rolled. Great for literacy centers.
If you would like to download this free packet just click on the image below.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

Free St. Therese, the Little Flower printable and prayer

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FREE Monster Themed Calendar

October is such a "moster"ously fun time for....MONSTERS!  And what's more fun than a "monster"ously cute monster calendar?  It would make a great addition to your desk or it could be used as a behavior calendar.  And it's free!

Just click HERE to download it now.

Pumpkin Fact Cards and Labeling Activity Packet

Do you know what all the different pumpkin parts are and what they are used for? I've put together this fun activity packet where students will match the pumpkin picture part with the fact card about that part. (There are 2 different sets of fact cards depending on the needs of your students.)Then students will label the parts of the pumpkin.
If you would like to download this freebie just click on the image below.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

Fern Smith's FREE Ocean Themed Addition Task Card Resource

Fern Smith's FREE Ocean Themed Addition Doubles Concept Task Cards
Have you used task cards in your classroom? Here's a free and easy way to try them for the doubles in addition concept. Use them as a brain break, give everyone a stick note and spread the four cards around the room. Give them five minutes to visit and find the answers, terrific for your students who need short, physical breaks.
FREE Ocean Themed Doubles in Addition Task Cards 
 Click here to download it at my blog!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Classroom Freebies
Your students will ♥love♥ it!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Classroom Freebies
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Classroom Freebies

The Seasons of My Apple Tree

Do you study the 4 seasons?
I roll right into that while we're studying apples.

With that in mind, I designed the 4 seasons of my apple tree posters and worksheet. 

The packet includes a color copy, as well as a black and white one, so that students can color & make one of their own.

There's the large size, as well as a smaller (2-on-a-page) size to save on printing & paper.

To go with our studies, I also have my kiddos label the parts of the apple tree, so we can get in a bit more science.

These also come in color, as well as a black and white worksheet that students color, cut & glue.

Click on the link to pop on over to my blog to get your FREE apple tree poster activities.  
From Diane, over at

Bossy R

Who's the Boss?
Do you have any tried & true tricks for teaching the "Bossy" r-controlled vowels?
Here's something I've been using with success:

It's a set of picture cards for my students to sort by the r-controlled vowel and.or use for dictation (name the picture, write the word by "chunking" sounds & spellings we know).
I already have several individual r-controlled activity sets that I've been using and I plan on making a MEGA activity pack bundle. Please check back soon!

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