Thursday, April 30, 2015


Infinite Worksheets: Addition

Tired of searching Google Images for free addition worksheets that are worth what you pay for them? Do you find those yearly subscription services are overpriced? “Infinite Worksheets: Addition” is the solution for you! This PC/Mac compatible software gives you access to 159 unique addition worksheets: Speed Drills (10), Computation (33), Picture Addition (24), In/Out Boxes (12), US & Canada Currency (10), Telling Time (18), Fractions (4), Skip Counting (20), Inequalities (14) and Decimals & Money (14).

Do you have students that need additional help? Do you need multiple versions of the same worksheet to measure progress over time? Every time you select a worksheet all the examples change! Use the “Key” button to toggle between the worksheet and the answer sheet. Both can either be printed or saved as a JPEG file. Ideal for those who want to keep digital copies of their worksheets! TPT sellers are free to add created materials to their products without restrictions.

See how easily worksheets can be created by watching the following video:

Infinite Worksheets:
Sampler (Free)

“Infinite Worksheets: Sampler” is a free computer program (PC/Mac) which allows you to select from a catalog of 10 sample worksheets from my Addition, Subtraction and In/Out Boxes Infinite Worksheets products. The software is fully functional and allows you to create copies in a matter of minutes. Completed worksheets can either be printed or saved as a jpeg image to be inserted into digital content. With the touch of a button an answer sheet can be produced. There are no copyright limitations so worksheet image files can be inserted into commercially sold products. Need an additional copy with different examples? Every time you select a worksheet you create a new, unique version. Like what you see? Check out the full versions!

The Golf of Mexico
(Free Activity)

Villainy, Inc is an animated story about Dr. Eugene Wick, ID, and his sidekick Platypus. Wick and "Platy" have ridiculously goofy plans to take over the world. Use your math skills to make sure Wick never succeeds.

Graphing Freebies for May K-1

Graphing Freebies for May K-1 

This post has several graphing freebies for May K-1. I hope you will find these helpful for the warm days when minds may wander. First, here are some free spring themed activities, bookmarks, and a graphing math center

FREE Spring Earth Day Graphing, Bookmarks, and Reading Chart for K-1
New bookmarks help regain interest in silent reading time. 
FREE Spring Earth Day bookmarks for Pre-K through second grade
A math center activity with graphing included.  Follow up on Earth Day and provide some gentle reminders. 
FREE Spring Earth Day graphing activity printable for K-1
roll the paper cube for creating the graph for the math center
Next, Cinco de Mayo is coming up.  Be ready for your math centers with this always free printable of graphing activities

Always Free Cinco de Mayo Count and Graph and Roll and Graph for K-1

This is a photo of the Cinco de Mayo printable in use.  I found chili pepper beads for use in marking the squares which adds some fun. 

Cinco de Mayo graphing product in use with beads for markers
Sports start up in the spring before summer actually arrives. Students will be discussing their after school activities as well as the professional teams. For first grade, engage their interest in sports to help them achieve the 

For CCSS 1.MD.C.4, sudents have to: "Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another." I hope this printable will be helpful. 

Free First Grade Surveys and Make My Own Graph, Sports Theme CCSS
Free First Grade Surveys and Make My Own Graph, Sports Theme student activity page

Thank you for reading, 
Carolyn Wilhelm, MS, MA, NBCT
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Language Arts FREEBIE- Springtime Idioms

This is an oldie, but goodie freebie that I created a couple of years ago.  It is perfect for your upper elementary and middle school grade students.

This is an oldie, but goodie that I created a couple of years ago.  It is a great resource for your upper elementary and middle school students that need more exposure to idioms!

There are "spring" themed idioms match up card and an idiom worksheet to create an idiom journal.  I love to play challenge games or Jeopardy after we have went over these idioms in therapy to see what my students can remember!

Head over to my blog to grab this FREEBIE!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

"Springtime Fun in The Classroom," Brought to you by the "Sharing is Caring Elite Teacher Blogger Collaborative"

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How Do I Keep Students Interested in School Between High- Stakes Tests???
- For ideas on keeping students engaged in between high stakes testing- check out the following for some ideas on multi-media activities. This post includes a FREE photo essay rubric and leveled sample objectives based on Bloom's Taxonomy verbs!

What Better Way to Combat "Testing Blues" Than With a Fun Mother's Day Project?
What better way to combat "testing blues" than with a fun Mother's Day project?! Mother's day can be a really happy time for many children--or a sad time, if children do not have a mom at home. This 50-page best-selling packet includes the main "flowers in a vase" craftivity, along with tons of other options--all for "mom," "mommy," "grandma," "mum," or for whomever else your children choose.

What Would You Change if YOU Could Create Your Own Country?
This is a Great End of the Year Hands-on Project! Newly updated and improved with informational articles, vocabulary words with posters, and engaging student activities related to all the different themes such as culture, flag facts, climates, housing, natural resources, agriculture, transportation (and more) of this creative hands-on project.

I LOVE these ideas! Thank you for reading! Please let us know if you use, or plan to use, any of these in your own classrooms! We love to hear from readers!
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Here's what's up with Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips.

Happy Saturday! I hope you're relaxing and getting a chance to enjoy the weekend. It's pouring rain here in Vancouver this morning, but hopefully things will dry out for my children's baseball games this afternoon.

I had the chance to participate in a fun product swap hosted by Melissa over at Jungle Learners.

This time around I was partnered with Lisa from Second Grade Stories. I feel very lucky to have been partnered with her.  When I looked around her store, I think I wishlisted half of it.  She has a real science focus which I love.   And check out how cute her blog is.  I'm so happy that I found another great teacher-blogger to follow.   

I've only just started using this great unit with my kiddos.  But here's a quick summary of the great stuff included.

Want your own copy?
Lisa has graciously offered up a copy for you to win.
So enter below to get your own copy.
You have until Tuesday to enter.

Thanks again for stopping by today!

It's all about the "Little Humans"

We have a great honor to serve and educate "little humans".  I love this book and it gave me inspiration for more Monday's Motto series!  Go check out my post HERE! 

The "little humans" in our lives need us to be our best, so they can accomplish all their dreams!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fun With Figurative Language Task Cards!

It’s getting on in the year.  I begin testing this week (first time on the computer), so I’m a bit nervous.   Having taught for more than 20 years, I know how draining testing can be on both students and teachers.  In planning for class after our testing time, I know I have to keep it lively and interesting.  For this reason, I love using task cards.  I like to use a seasonal theme.  Below, you see my Spring Figurative Language Task Cards.

And here are my Summer Figurative Language Task Cards:

My favorite way to implement task cards in my classroom is to tape them up around the classroom.  I have kids pair up, grab clipboards or a book, get their pencils, and go to it.  Generally, it takes between 20 and 30 minutes for partners to complete all of the 28-task cards.
Some of my favorite cards deal with figurative language.  Since it's towards the end of the year, my students have already been exposed to the different types of figurative language.  Below, you see a page of four cards from my Spring Figurative Language Task Card set.  All the examples of figurative language deal with spring.  This set includes a sort card mini-unit to use to remind students of the difference between figurative and literal language.

My Summer Figurative Language Task Cards feature 28-figurative language cards focused on summer.

Not all students will remember each type of figurative language, but they will certainly know the names.  Task cards work well because the choice of answers is limited, so chances of success are higher.  Additionally, students have the option of taking their Figurative Language Terminology page around with them, so they can check the definitions.
Figurative Language Terminology

For your convenience, each set of cards includes an interactive assessment page.
An Interactive Assessment Page is found in each task card unit.

Kids are out of their seats, focused on a task that’s not frustrating, and working together! After testing, this is exactly what we need! I might follow up the activity by showing a few clips of figurative language videos easily found online.  So, if you’re looking for fun, directed activities, task cards are the answer!

Digital Citizenship Unit

This is an excellent unit that introduces the concept of digital citizenship. Perfect for classes that are just starting to use technology in the classroom or for classrooms using iPads extensively. This unit teaches students how to use technology in the classroom safely and responsibly. Topic covered:

Going places safely online
Sites I like

Searching safely online
Making safe blog posts

My preview gives one of these lessons away for free!

After each short 10-15 minute teaching portion, the students get to create something that reinforces the lesson about digital citizenship and safety.

This unit also provide letters after each safety session to send home to parents to prove that that students have been trained in using digital technology.

Check out my other iPad units here
Ipad Units and Tech Integration

Language Arts Unit - Poetry for Senior Students

This unit's focus is the beauty of poetry and language.  It is devised with senior students in mind, with a focus on analysis.

All of the prep is done for you.  Print it and teach.

This unit has been created to make any teacher's life easier. Print and go (NO PREP). It's teaching made easy.

Poetry Unit (Bundled) is appropriate for use with students in grades 11 and 12. I use the first section (lessons 1-6 with my grade 11's and do lessons 7-12 with my grade 12's).

This poetry unit has been devised to teach students the importance of :
• Figurative language (its uses and effects)
• Rhythm
• Tone and attitude
• Types of poetry

This unit’s focus is the analysis of poetry and teaches students how to make inferences with poetry, which is a skill they must learn for their other subjects as well. This unit is also suitable to teach in Advanced Placement classes (in the beginning stages).

The unit includes a teacher guide with complete lessons, a student guide, ready to be photocopied and given to students, and a final evaluation (which does not include an answer sheet because of the open nature of the evaluation). The final evaluation is a test that evaluates students’ ability to analyse poetry.

Poems include authors such as: Emily Dickenson, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Thomas Gray, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Alfred Noyes, T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Frost, Pearl Jam, Langston Hughes, and Walt Whitman. The Unit includes 21 different poems.

The unit has been conceived to last 11 days – with 65 minute periods (although they are easy to modify).

The unit contains:
1 – The teacher guide (Contains 12 different lesson plans to teach the poem included in the unit)
2 – The student package (Contains students’ notes , poems, and questions) (25 pages)
3 – The answer and annotation Teacher Pack, which annotates all of the poems within the unit (saving you time).
4 – Included is a test with multiple choice questions as well as a development question. All answers are included. (Word format for easy changes)

A total of 63 pages are included in this package.

This unit is complete, and does all of the thinking for you. All you need to do is to print out and photocopy the student package and you’re set.

It's teaching made easy!

Writing Lesson - "You Helped Me Bloom"

by First Grade Diva Creations
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd

Looking for something to appreciate moms, dads, other special adults, and volunteers that doesn't cost you a fortune?

Oh! The stories I could tell of the late nights gluing and assembling, the many dollars spent, and the stress of Mother's Day gifts for my students to make. 


One of the reasons I love primary aged children is because of the way they see the world.  Their perspective is so innocent and adorable. I created this lesson to capture and save forever how they feel about their  moms, dads, classroom volunteers, or other special adults.  

These can easily be created in a day if you are in a time crunch.
My teaching partners and I went to our local dollar store and purchased clear bags, colorful shredded paper, and curling ribbon.  We then put these posters into the bags with a bit of shred, and tied them off with the curling ribbon.  It really gave them that special look!

You Help Me Bloom


First Grade Diva Creations


This is a BUNDLED version of both my Fantasy Reading Unit AND my Fantasy writing unit offered at a discounted price. Buy all your Reading and Writing lessons for a month for the cost of two cups of coffee! Fantasy Reading and Writing Unit

For Writer's Workshop teachers covering the fantasy genre, this writing unit is a must. It is a resource containing 14 lessons that carry students all the way through one of the most challenging genres to write. The lessons fit perfectly with both the old and updated version the Columbia Teacher's College Writer's Workshop fantasy series of mini-lessons. The lessons also encourage students to use an amazing tech integration component resource ( a setting and symbolism database blog). Writing skills specific to fantasy each build from lesson to lesson. There is another content here to cover a a five week unit on fantasy writing. Teaching writing is challenging. This unit in many ways teachers teaches about what to teach in writing!

Content NOT covered in the preview file includes:
Writing that contains symbolism
Writing with dialogue
Proof reading for fantasy specific terminology
Life a line elaboration technique
Distinguishing between summary and action scenes

and much more...

For even expert teachers of the fantasy genre, this unit contains a few twists and turns to add to their portfolio of writing instructional approaches. This unit is also a perfect compliment to my other resource: Fantasy Reading. 

Fantasy Writing Unit Workshop Model Complete Set of Structured Lessons

This is an outstanding 13 page unit that supports the Fantasy Reader's Workshop Unit. It is an entire unit of reading skills that can be used by any 4th-6th grade student during a course of study on fantasy. The resource begins as a tic-tac-toe menu of 9 unique reading skills that discuss reading skill related to the genre. Skills include:
Nuanced Characters
Major themes
Multiplicity of Problems
Learning Curve
Elements of Fantasy
Plot lines and backstories
Setting of fantasy
External and Internal Conflicts

A list of I CAN... statements that readers should be able to do with their independent reading books

A list of archetypes for student reference

Video explanation (copy/paste link) 

The idea is that the teacher models these skills using the class read-aloud and then students practice the skills through book clubs, paired reading text, or independently using their independent reading books. Students can select the best 5 or 6 skills that suit their books. Pages are created for note taking and spaces for students to record their thinking. (Students can simply use the sections to categorize their stick note thinking or write directly into the booklet.) Students would be expected to work through the unit towards the creation of the final project - a presentation of their novel in a movie trailer using iMovie (or your preferred piece of technology). Guidelines for this additional activity are also provided. This is NOT a book report unit. Citing evidence is a key component of CCSS. This units forces students to cite evidence from their stories and go further by interpreting this evidence in preparation for their final class presentations. This is perfect for getting students to truly think 'deeper' about the fantasy genre. Advanced 4th grade readers could easily use this unit too. As the reading skills are generic, they are applicable across the 5th-7th grade age range as the complexity of the novels students use should create natural differentiation. This unit is a must for any study of fantasy or for a fantasy book club unit.

Check out these other BEST SELLING UNITS Reader's and Writer's Workshop Units in my store

3rd-4th Grade

Poetry Unit

Realistic Fiction

Nonfiction Reading and Writing

Mystery Reading and Writing Unit

4th-5th Grade

Fantasy Reading and Writing Unit

Upper Elementary Poetry Unit

Historical Fiction 

Historical Fiction Book Clubs 

Following Characters into Meaning

Book Clubs

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3rd Grade Reader's and Writer's Units