Sunday, July 28, 2013

Origami Frog Freebie {Use With Your Frog Units}

Here's a cute activity to add to your next lesson about frogs. My Origami Frog Pattern comes complete with directions, photos, and a frog pattern to use to make your very own jumping frogs!

Just click {Here} to download this very fun freebie.

Thanks and Enjoy!
Robin @ Sweet Tea Classroom

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

100 Sweet and Simple Classroom Dollar Store Solutions

When you're spending your own cash to teach students, you learn how to be resourceful. Many teachers have learned the power of the dollar for their classrooms. From the dollar bins at the front of Target (I always have to check out their school items.) to the Dollar Stores, teachers have walked through the doors of those stores and come out with their next teaching solution for just a dollar.

dollar store teaching ideas linky

My challenge for you is to share your best dollar store classroom creation or find. Let us know how you plan to use it in the classroom. Please share any other tips too.

Then add your link to the bottom of this post and be sure to link back to this post too. I've got room for 100 Sweet and Simple Dollar Store education creations below. (Be sure that you are Pinterest friendly. We'll want to pin these ideas and even feature some favorites here.)

Here's mine: Rainbow Craft Stick Tally Marks

ideas for craft sticks
I picked up this pack of rainbow craft sticks. These work really well for a hands-on tally exercise. Give children five of each color and show them how to make tally marks.
counting by 5s

craft stick tally marks

Since they will only have five of each color, it will be easy to create like sets. This is a natural way to then work with counting by fives. Then, of course, the kiddos can work with ordering the colors of a rainbow.
roygbiv rainbow colors

And that's a sweet and simple way to use a dollar store find to help teach the kiddos.

Monday, July 1, 2013

3-D Watermelon Life Cycle Craft

Are you ready for local Watermelon festivals or even Watermelon Day or are you even studying life cycles in your science unit? Here's the perfect watermelon craft to integrate science and art.

watermelon life cycle craft

Create a 3-D Watermelon craft when you teach about watermelons, life cycles, or plants during your science units. This craft is perfect to reinforce the topics taught during this science lesson and it works well as a science center too.

watermelon life cycle craft

My 3-D Watermelon Craftivity includes directions, patterns, watermelon sequencing cards, a black and white watermelon life cycle poster, and a color watermelon life cycle poster. The six life cycle sequencing cards are for seed, sprout, vine, flowering vine, baby watermelon, and mature watermelon. You can ask children to add labels using their own descriptions if you wish.

watermelon life cycle craft

If you teach ESL or ELL, the watermelon life cycle poster in this packet is also in Spanish and reads el ciclo de vida de una sandia --the accent mark is over the i--

If you're interested, you can buy this packet in my teaching resources store {HERE}
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