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10 Fun and FREE – Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. All friends and family around plus all the food – lots of food, makes this holiday so special. Below, you will find a list of the best 10 FREEBIES I found around and I’m planning to use next week in my classroom. These highly engaging Thanksgiving themed activities are sure to be a hit with your young learners. See the list of my suggestions below. Hope you enjoy!

 




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#1. Thanksgiving Turkey Hat Craft 

Have your students make these adorable turkey hats to wear on their little turkey heads! 🙂 The pieces included could even be used for standard turkey crafts or to supplement a writing activity.

source: Breanna Newell

 

#2. Thanksgiving Writing Craft: Thankful Pie Activity

This fun Thanksgiving writing craft will not only have student practicing their writing skills, but it will enrich them by having them list three things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

source: The Candy Class

 

#3. Littlest Pilgrim Response and Craft

Your kiddos will have fun telling what they’re too little do and what they’re just big enough to do with this reading response FREEBIE. This is a great follow up to a reading of The Littlest Pilgrim!

source: Just Reed

 

#4. Turkey Craft – Turkey Dough

This is a fun tactile Thanksgiving experience kids of all ages will LOVE!

source: Tools to Grow

 

#5. Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

This is a fun easy to use packet for literacy fun!

source: Golden Rule Design

 

#6. Maria’s Thanksgiving – Story and Comprehension (FREE)

A free short story about a little girl named Maria and her Thanksgiving. The story includes comprehension questions with visual answer choices for pointing.

source: Super Power Speech

 

#7. The Story of Thanksgiving from Two Perspectives

Thanksgiving Book and Game includes a turnaround upside down book as well as a comprehension game. With the turn around upside down book, students read about the Pilgrims from the beginning of the book to the center. They will then close the book, turn it upside down, and read the story of Squanto from the “new” beginning to the center.

source: Gay Miller

 

#8. Native American Comprehension Passage Main Idea Vocabulary

Native American Comprehension Passage Main Idea Vocabulary download is perfect for your Thanksgiving lessons.

source: Teach123-Michelle

 

#9. Thanksgiving Math – Find, Tally and Graph

This is a math center that incorporates counting, tallies, graphing and basic addition and subtraction skills.

source: Renee Dooly

 

#10. Thanksgiving Math: PPT for making 10

Students figure out how much more is needed to complete the ten-frame. Click on each slide to reveal the hidden foods!

source: Brenda Tejeda




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Why Teachers Should Have a Great Resume

 

“Wow, you’re a teacher! Sounds like a dream job: you get to spend your days playing with kids (or bossing them around in higher grade levels), enjoying snow days, and even get summers off!”

 

Right….Ha! How often have you heard innocent comments like that and thought about the misconceptions that many non-teachers have about your job? You know that your days are actually filled with lesson and assignment planning, grading, exam creating, literally corralling your students, and conversing with parents and administration. Oh, and you often get in extremely early, don’t leave before 5 p.m., and spend nights and weekends working on school-related projects (1).

 

 

Your day-to-day routines vary by the grade level and subject, but the common thread between most teachers is that the effort being put in is really focused on driving students’ success. Many teachers base their own success on how their students are progressing and growing, sometimes to a fault. Being admired by your students and watching them develop each year is certainly rewarding, but translating that into a form of review or reference can be difficult.

Local businesses, restaurants, and many service-based companies can rely on Yelp or Facebook business pages for referrals and recommendations. The positive testimonials serve as marketing for them and showcase their offerings and successes to potential customers. Unfortunately, teachers are not able to benefit from business review pages like this. That means they must create their own marketing tools to highlight their skills, experience, and value.

Sound familiar? We’re talking about a Resume!

Despite what you may have previously thought, resumes are key to landing your next job and making sure your value and worth are communicated to potential new schools. Often teachers feel that they have nothing to include other than education and experience so some think a full resume is not important or necessary. If you are one of those people, think back to all the different projects and activities you have planned, and your effort that went into those plans. What about the certain technique you have to make sure the students stay quiet while you’re starting a new chapter or the schedules you’ve planned so all grades will be in a week early? All of those skills can be translated into points on a resume. And they should be!

It is typical for business schools to teach the art of creating a resume, but many people preparing for a career as a teacher don’t always know where to start. When you sit down to create your resume, you should start by thinking about a few key things (2):

Contact Information: This may seem obvious, but make sure to include mailing address, email address, and phone number.

Education: Make sure to include the degree you’ve earned as well as areas of focus or concentrations/minors.

Teaching Jobs or Related Experience: If you are just starting to look for your first job, make sure to add your student teaching experience here. All other related experience should be included in this section, including any volunteer work and jobs that you’ve interacted with kids (nanny, camp counselor, lifeguard, etc.).

Teaching License: Here you’ll list which state you are certified to teach in, the type of teaching license you have, and the date of the license.

Professional Development: Add in any training, workshops, or seminars that you have attended.

References: This is an optional section as you will likely be asked for references if you move into further interview rounds. It can never hurt to include!

See the full teacher resume template here for additional guidance and tips!

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Themed Personal Logo – TPT Profile Picture

 

 

 

Hi All,

I just updated my Logo on TPT Profile pic with a Halloween theme! I will be using this logo theme until the end of October and would like to know your opinion. 🙂

I also would love to do the same for any of you who would like to have some fun and try a Halloween theme on your logo as well.

So, I’m offering a FREE HALLOWEEN THEME, created by me, for the first teacher who leaves a comment on my project – Soon I’ll be selling this option for teachers here on my blog and also on TPT Store. Get it while it’s free!

For the first of you who comment, I will need:

– Your logo in high resolution (.psd or .ai if possible)
– About 5 days to send you back the updated logo

Participate in this Halloween FUN with me! 🙂

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Here you can see other themed profile logos:

 

Thinking about Xmas themed logos? Here’s mine! Let me know if you would like to see yours like this. 🙂

 

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How to upload a PowerPoint template to Google Slides

 

Hey All! Recently I started using Google Slides instead of PowerPoint to upload and edit my Teacher Resume Templates. I find Google Slides much easier to work with than PPT. It has great features, so I am encouraging all my customers to use it as well. Besides the Resume Templates, I have several other teacher materials you will be able to edit on Google Slides. My Teacher Portfolio is a great one  to use in conjunction with the resumes. It’s a 38+ page product that can be customized to fit the specifics of your education, experience and passions to better promote yourself to potential employers – all completely editable with Google Slides – check it out!!!

 

Here’s a list of products I have in my store that you will be able to use and edit on Google Slides:

 

Below I’ve laid out the steps to teach you how to upload my Teacher Resume Template to Google Slides and be able to make all your personal modifications:




 
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BACK TO SCHOOL

If you’re looking for BACK TO SCHOOL activities then you should consider these GREAT MATERIALS!!! I personally selected ideas for the Beginning Of The Year and hope you like them. If you have any recommendations, please send them to me to be posted here. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!




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#1 Favorite Authors – Activities BUNDLE

This bundle includes Cheeky Cherub’s best selling activities! The highly engaging beginning literacy, math and art activities feature characters and ideas from books written by David Shannon, Mo Willems and Julia Cook that are sure to be a hit with your young learners.

source: Cheeky Cherubs

 

#2 Back to School Activities: Getting to Know You Beginning of the Year Activities

Back to School Activities Board Games FREEBIE is a collection of 3 printable Back to School Board Games by Games 4 Learning. These games are designed as ‘getting to know you’ games.

source: Games 4 Learning

 

#3 Back to School for Big Kids! {Beginning of the Year Activities}

After MANY requests, I finally converted my “Fun with Firsties” and “Super in Second” packs into a similar pack for the intermediate grades! Check it out:

source: Babbling Abby

 

#4 Back to School Logic Puzzles FREE

Three Back to School Math Logic Puzzles: Start your school year practicing critical thinking and reasoning skills. Use as a back to school activity for early finishers, a cooperative learning activity, or a math center.

source: Live Laugh Math

 

#5 Classroom Procedures to Teach {Back to School Classroom Management Tool}

This resource takes all of the guesswork out of your beginning of the year management plan.

source: Kristine Nannini

 




 

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Flag Day

 

Flag Day is celebrated in the United States of America yearly on June 14. Naturally, Americans love and honor this day very much.
On this day Americans decorate their houses with flags to show their patriotism. There was a special splash of patriotism after sadly remembered events on September 11, 2001.
Stars and Stripes were the subjects to the approval by Continental Congress in the year 1777 at the height of fighting for independence. The idea to celebrate this day yearly, in all probability, traces its roots in 1885. It happened when Sigrand, a schoolteacher, organized it in a regular school of Wisconsin so it was celebrated on June 14 as a flag`s birthday. In the following years, in numerous journals, newspapers, private letters, Sigrand continued with enthusiasm to propagandize celebration of June 14 as a birthday of the flag.
George Balch, a junior schoolteacher of New York, organized a nice ceremony on June 14, 1889, for children of the school and his idea of the celebration of accepted by the Educational government of New York State.
Following an advice of Lieutenant G. Granville Leach Society of Colonial Communities of America in Pennsylvania adopted a decision to ask Pennsylvanian mayor and other authoritative citizenships to celebrate the day of the flag on June 14. Leach was the one who suggested to celebrate this day as a flag`s day. Schoolchildren were gathered together on this day for certain classes and every kid was given a little flag. Read More »

10 FREE Elephant & Piggie Activities

 

Mo Willems is one of my favorite author studies. I really enjoy using Willems because it brings a lot of fun to our classroom! His books are entertaining and the kids always have a great time. These highly engaging “Elephant & Piggie” themed activities are sure to be a hit with your young learners. See the list of suggestions below. Hope you enjoy!

 


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10 SPRING Free Activities

If you’re working on SPRING activities now that we are finally in the beginning of the season, then you should consider these free, creative ideas for students in Kindergarten and First Grade. See the list of suggestions for you below. Hope you enjoy!

Help your kids understand this season better by having fun with these amazing, high quality lesson plans!



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#1 Life Cycle of a Butterfly Emergent Reader & Printable

Your students will enjoy showing what they have learned by drawing the different stages of the plant life cycle. This lovely pack includes 18 high quality literacy/science pages.

source: Crystal McGinnis

 

#2 Spring Activity Set 

Here you will find a Spring writing/vocabulary practice mini-book and Spring lined writing paper. Larger lines for little writers; comes in color & black/white.

source: The McGrew Crew

 

#3 Spring Activity

Another Spring activity that includes 5 worksheets. Students will need to cut and paste to make a sentence and then write the sentence. Check it out:


source: Teaching Little Learners

 

#4 Flower Names 

This is the perfect guide for helping little learners practice building their name. Each student will have their own flower with the letters in their name on the petals. You can easily store these in a ziploc baggie so that students can better keep track of all the pieces. Students will first look at their name on the flower.

source: adabofgluewilldo.com

 

#5 Life Cycle of a Plan

Your students will have fun showing what they have learned by drawing in the different stages of the plant life cycle.

source: Cheeky Cherubs

 





#6 Weather Work!

This Weather Work contains easy, no prep activities for your weather unit or during Spring!

source: Kindergarten Smiles – Caitlin Clabby

 

#7 Chicken Life Cycle Booklet

Chicken Life Cycle Booklet is a four page booklet that includes transition words, labels, and a picture on each page. Students describe the sequence of events from a hen laying an egg to the chick hatching.

source: First Grade Schoolhouse

 

#8 Spring Acrostic Templates

This fun spring activity includes 3 different writing templates and a planning sheet. A perfect, short writing activity that would also make a great bulletin board/hallway decoration.

source: Hanging with Mrs Hulsey

 

#9 No Prep Rainy Day Fun Math/Literacy Printables 

These activities can be used for morning work, in a math or literacy center, or as an enrichment or extra practice resource.

source: Amy Lowes




#10 Butterfly Life Cycle Sequence Strips

Teach your students all about Life Cycle of a butterfly  with these FREE butterfly sequence strips. It’s a perfect way to bring science into your spring activities!

source: One Sharp Bunch by Ashley Sharp

 


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Easter is coming… Clipart and Activities




I love drawing and creating new seasonal Clipart bundles for my TPT store. This one here (link below) I created last year, a few weeks before Easter.

I decided to make some updates on this Easter pack, and also created a FREE version to give away to everyone who appreciates my work. Please click on the image below to download your free Easter bunny clipart. If you need more than this cute bunny check out my full pack.

I also needed an Easter themed activity to do with my Kindergarten students for the upcoming holiday so I created this easy activity. (link) It will be 50% OFF in my 50% OFF section of my website! Please check it out and follow me to have access to more 50% OFF materials that can be sent directly to your inbox!




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Looking for a March Madness Activity?




Here are some fun basketball-themed activities for your Kindergarten students. Students will support their teams and practice basic literacy, math and art skills.

Included in this set:
→ Craft activity with 3 options of basketball players
→ Basketball Predictions
→ March Madness Predictions
→ Color by Number – Girl
→ Color by Number – Boy 1
→ Color by Number – Boy 2

Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

 

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