Classroom Freebies

Writing Interactive Notebook Pages

So, will you be trying interactive notebook activities this year, or have you used them in the past and want to add to  the materials you have? Either way, you may like this freebie! In order to help my  own students, I incorporated  some writing activities into my interactive notebook  pages and maybe this freebie will come in handy for you ! You can grab this writing freebie from my Second Grade Language Arts Interactive Notebook.  It will help your kiddos work on planning informational writing for a piece about plants and a topic of their choice. If you decide to download it, click here or on the image below. If you do download it, please take a moment and leave feedback. I always appreciate it!





Kahoot - 10 Free Public Games


• Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system
• Create and play quizzes, discussions and surveys using any device with a web browser
• Motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting
Students Love Kahoot!
• I know students love this game from the feedback I receive from other teachers and from my own experience with using Kahoot.
• Students ask me, “Can we please play Kahoot?” For every game there is always lots of laughter and students are very engaged.
• At the end of the 2014/15 school year, I gave students a day to complete missing assignments. There were several students who were finished all of their work. These students got together and set-up their own game of Kahoot. I did not suggest it, they just really wanted to play. This was more evidence for me that students love this interactive tool.

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Getting to Know You Survey

Start to get to know your students from the very first day. Have them fill out the survey below. Not only will it give you lots of information, it will be a sheet your reference throughout the year.
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Susan Berkowitz’s Free Story Telling for Academic Success

Story-telling is a crucial skill for children to develop as they move from being strictly oral communicators to communicators who use written language.  




  • Children’s abilities to tell and understand stories is at the heart of their reading comprehension, social skills, and oral language skills.
  • Very young children’s stories lack organization and complexity of a complete story episode, but rather are “heaps” of related statements about something, someone, or sometime.
  • As their language skills grow, they begin to understand and use information about characters (persons real or imagined, animals or other creatures), settings (places and times real or not), sequences of events (including temporal and causal elements), and how a character’s feelings impact the story.
Carol Westby has done a lot of ground-breaking research on the oral-literate continuum.  She talks about the stage where children ask for the same story repeatedly at story time, until they have memorized it, and can “read” it to their audience of dolls and stuffed animals.  It’s the kind of practice with oral story structure that our nonverbal students and others with significant language disorders just don’t get.

Stories are critical.  They make up the basis for being able to tell about our experiences in a cohesive narrative. They make up the basis for our comprehension of written texts. They even make up the basis for understanding history.

Understanding and using story elements is important as our students learn through reading (or listening to) stories.  Knowing what details are crucial for understanding and how to organize them into a cohesive story or narrative gives students access to the curriculum, as well as to the world of social interaction.

Children move in a relatively predictable procession from sharing “heaps” of action phrases with little or no structure to producing complex story episodes complete with a beginning-middle-end, a set of feelings and reactions, and a conclusion/solution that ties it all up.  Sheila Moreau has done a fabulous job of delineating those stages, and how to help children understand and use them through her Story Grammar Marker. 

[Note: I have been using this tool for over 2 decades and have no financial tie to MindWings Concepts, not have I received any financial compensation for endorsing their product]

When I was doing therapy with students in the language-learning disabilities classrooms many years ago, I had sets of picture cards that were used for telling stories that revolved around a given theme.  
I have no idea what ever happened to those cards, but decided to create my own; complete with information about narrative stages of development and ideas for using the pictures to build on those narrative skills.


Enjoy!  And, keep on talking!



Interest Inventories


One important thing about back to school time is getting to know our students.  When we know our students better we can tailor our instruction to meet their needs and interests.  Differentiation is the heart of what we do.  

Get to know your students' learning styles and interests using these fun and engaging interest inventories and surveys.


If you head over to my blog, you can read about 10 Ideas to Get to Know Your Students and while you are there you can download several free interest inventories to use this school year.  There are inventories for both your students and their parents (on the students). 

Get to know your students' learning styles and interests using these fun and engaging interest inventories and surveys.


I hope you have a fabulous school year!

Free Problem Solving Journal for 2nd Grade

 Free August Math Problem Solving Journal from Raki's Rad Resources

Start out the year by introducing students to the fact that problem solving happens in real life situations with this Problem Solving Path Journal for 2nd grade. Students have ten word problems set in real life locations from their neighborhoods. Each word problem works on a second grade standard and is set into a graphic organizer that will both guide their thinking process and help you give them quality feedback on their work. Download this journal for free from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.




Classroom Rules Minions Video

• This Minions Classroom Rules video currently has 2,041,332 views on YouTube
• Use this video to introduce, discuss and develop a set of class rules with your students




Class Rules

1. No gum
2. Be a good friend
3. Control bodily functions
4. Always follow directions and listen to the teacher
5. No teasing or bullying others
6. Don’t waste time when you leave the room
7. Keep your hands to yourself
8. Respect other learners by not disrupting
9. Supportive when working in groups
10. Leave toys at home
11. Keep cellphones turned off in backpacks
12. Ask for help when you need it
13. Keep your area clean


Minions Class Rules Video Lesson



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I Have Who Has Antonym Game for Small Groups

Do your  students need antonym practice? Are they excited about the I Have Who Has style games? If so, this free superstar themed game will help your students practice. You can easily use this game in a small group for extra practice; there are not enough cards for a full class to use. 

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Free Mister and Me Idioms Activity

 Free figurative language and idioms task sheet - great for novel study of Mister and Me - free from Raki's Rad Resources.

The novel Mister and Me by Kimberly Willis Holt presents us with many examples of idioms and figurative language. This Language Task Sheet helps students to explore these examples in their literal and figurative forms. Download this free sheet to use in your novel study, reading centers or independent work checklist from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


Bee-Themed "READ" Banner

Have a bee-themed classroom?  Add this adorable "READ" banner from The Classroom Nook to your classroom library for an instant pop of color!

Grab it for free HERE.


Enjoy!


Back to School Reading Surveys

As I get my reading center ready for the new school year, I think about the different reading interests of my students. I want to include books that interest students.

I use a back to school reading survey to find out about the reading activities and interests of my students.



The surveys can be used in the classroom with small groups or whole class or sent home as a homework activity. You may want to use them with your students who are struggling with choosing just right books.

Each survey is two pages long. Use the ones that are appropriate for your class of students.

Click HERE to download.

Enjoy!

Monitor Classroom Noise - Bouncyballs.org

  • Use this website as a fun way to monitor classroom noise levels!
  • Show this website with the use of a projector to your students as they are working.
  • The balls bounce higher as the volume of the classroom increases, giving students a visual indicator to lower their voices.



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Shark Week Math Games

Hi, Teaching Friends!

What little learner isn't fascinated by sharks? Take advantage of the fact that Shark Week is coming up quickly, and add these shark-themed games to your math centers! They're each just one page, with no cards to print and cut.

Fun for now, or whenever you're looking for some extra opportunities to practice missing addends and missing subtrahends.




Don't miss out on the bonus shark freebies also included in this post!

Happy Teaching!








Free Back To School Puzzle

Back to school time can be filled with craziness and random slots of free time. I use this word scramble to help fill those times between activities or school events.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Back-to-School-Puzzle-FREE-94992
VERY little prep is required.... just print and go!!!!
Click on the picture (or here) to get your copy today.
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Free Multiplication Center - Tiling Puzzle

 Free multiplication tiling puzzle for critical thinking and math understanding - from Raki's Rad Resources.

Help your students activate their problem solving abilities with this multiplication tiling puzzle. Students can only use each tiling piece one time, so they are required to not only use their multiplication and division skills but also their critical thinking skills. This puzzle makes a great math center or even an assessment of where students are with their understanding of multiplication. Download this free puzzle from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.