Animals 2X2: New and Improved!

Every year that I’ve been creating curriculum packets, I learn more, which is wonderful, it makes me a better teacher, but then it also compels me to go back through curriculum that I have out there and make changes.  I aspire to be as good as some of the amazing teachers out there blogging, creating, and working as teachers.

Summer has started, and I’ve dived back into some of the packets that I’ve been wanting to update.  I’ve finished the Goldfish and Worm packet… for this year at least!  I love science and so this has been at the top of my list for some time now 🙂

earthworms and red worms preview

I’ve updated the look, expanded the ‘big’ questions that you can explore with your class, and created some fact pages that you can make into a book and use as a guide as you and your students go through the units.

goldfish and guppies preview

Clipart generally becomes one of the biggest challenges to creating curriculum for me.  I’ve learned how to make my own drawings, scan them, and photoshop them as a supplement.  My daughter actually made most of the art for both of these packets, which as awesome.  Below is her beautiful goldfish.

goldfish sample page

I still a beginner with photoshop, so I am sure as I continue to work with it, as with anything, I’ll get better, learn new tricks, and then find myself back in older documents, updating my work.  I tend to do best with scientific drawings, though they can be somewhat rudimentary.  I am live in a house full of artists, so I am hoping, as with blogging, I’ll get better as I go, develop a personal style that I feel comfortable with, and learn all the tools I need to make work I am proud of and that other teachers enjoy.

worm clipart sampleCan you tell who drew the picture of the adult worm and who drew the hatchling and cocoon?  Which was mother and which was daughter?  At least I got the job done and the science across.


The kids art, of course, is always my most favorite.


Happy learning!


Is a potato alive?

On Friday, I brought in some potatoes that had started to sprout at home in the kitchen.

I asked the kids if they thought they were alive.  More than half thought that no, they were not alive.

So I had the kids share with a partner what they thought.  They had to support their thinking with a logical explanation.  Then we shared out with the class.

These were some of their explanations:
The potato is not alive because it cannot have babies.

Potatoes do not move on their own.  You have to carry them.

Potatoes don’t breathe.

The potato is not alive because it has been plucked from the garden.

A few gave arguments in favor of the idea that it was alive.

One student said that it will grow and change.

We decided to test our ideas to see if in fact a potato was alive.  I put one in a cup with some water.  The others we will plant outside in our garden on Monday.  I did this last year and they grew amazingly well.  The were lush and green!

We will also write down our thinking, “I think the potato is (not) alive because…”


I’ll post images of their scientific writing when we’re done!

Earthworms and Red Worms {Animals 2×2}

Use these printables and graphic organizers to help your student document their observations and experiments as you study worms. Label, draw, compare, describe, observe, and experiment with these easy to use templates. They will help to organize your unit and … Continue reading

Goldfish & Guppies {Animals 2×2}

Observe, draw, label, write, and compare with easy to use graphic organizers and templates. Designed for a K – 1 unit of study. Ask essential questions like, “Why are fish important?” “What do they need?” “How do they move?” “What … Continue reading

Character Study {Writing Templates and Graphic Organizers}

Use these templates to help your students understand and write about the characters from their favorite picture books.

character study sample 1

Choose the template that best fits your lesson.  Do you want to teach about lessons learned?  Challenges overcome?  Changes in your character?

character study sample 2

The templates can help you focus your lessons and structure writing  time.

character study sample 3

There are over 60 pages in the set!

Happy Teaching

SMART Adding: Teaching Young Children to Add

smart adding titleTeach addition to your little ones with these interactive and engaging SMART Board lessons!

Teach addition using…

Ten frames
Number Lines
Hundreds Charts
by Counting-Up from the Larger Number
as well as
Composing and Decomposing Numbers 1 to 10

Also, introduce your children to the identity and commutative property of addition.

There are 18 pages of practice in the set.

Each lesson is visually stimulating and targets common core principals at the primary level.

You can model and call up volunteers for guided practice with these pages.

Click on the image to see more @ Tpt.

Happy Teaching

SMART Teens: Numbers 11 to 20

smart teens title pageUse the SMART Board to engage, instruct, and guide your students through the treacherous teens!

Practice using numbers lines, tally marks, ten frames, number sentences, place value and more.

These ready made slides allow you to instruct, guide, and assess your students as you model and they practice on the SMART Board.

Engagement will soar.  Your students will have fun and their understanding will teens number sentence

Click on the images to see more @ TpT.

Happy Teaching!