Saturday, 9 May 2020

Free Physical Health Choice Boards

Are you wanting to add physical health to your distance learning plans?

With so many students spending so much time on the computer as part of their at home learning, it is important to motivate them to keep being active. 

This was my answer. I will let students choose what they want to do everyday and I will give them lots of suggestions.

What is included?

There are 3 pre-made physical health choice boards and 3 editable boards. The editable ones are great for adding activities you know your students will love to do.

Some of the activities included in the pre-made cards are:
  • Jumping jack, push ups, sit ups, burpees, mountain climbers, star jumps, etc...
  • Make an obstacle course in your back yard.
  • Play outside for 20 minutes.
  • Blow up a balloon and keep it in the air for as long as possible.
  • Animal movements: Frog hops, galloping, snake slithers, etc.
  • Go for a family walk or bike ride.
  • Use your body to form letters and spell your name.
  • Put on music and dance like no one is watching
  • And MANY more!

Who would like the distance learning choice boards?

The activities will engage and excite any student from Kindergarten to Grade 5 as well as those who are home schooled.
No matter what your distance learning plan looks like these can be added. The choice boards can either be printed and added to a home work packet or you can add them to your Google Classroom.

What is the cost to get these?


Where can you find them?

You can get your FREE copy by clicking on any of the pictures or right here.

If you are looking for more activities to add to your distance learning work packets, these FREE literacy graphic organizers work with any picture book (physical book or online book).'s%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=Story%20Connections%20TTT%20PE%20Post

If you are looking for some DIGITAL RESOURCES check these out!

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Monday, 16 March 2020

Tips for Organizing Listening to Reading Materials

For years I struggled to organize my listening to reading materials. I never remembered to change out the books. Books and cd players were getting wrecked. Students had to listen to the same books over and over again because I didn't have many books. 
It took a few years of struggle and many organizational tries to finally find a system that works. Now I am going to share it with you all. 

How students access listening to reading materials

I have stored all my books in one basket and students could pick their book. This didn't work because students were constantly getting up and picking new books. 

I have put books a few books in plastic storage bags so students could take a bag of books to their spot. This didn't work because I was always having to replace the bags when they got ripped. This was a waste of money and time. 

Then I was in a colleagues classroom and saw they had their books in plastic containers. This was the answer! I know store my books in these super sturdy containers. 
I can no longer find these exact containers but I use very similar ones for my math centers that I will use to replace these. Here are some links (affiliate) to check out the containers on Amazon:

Transitioning to the plastic containers was also a work in progress. At the beginning I put as many books as possible in each container. My thinking was then I wouldn't have to change the books as often.  Keep reading to see why this wasn't the best idea. 

A note about the cd player storage. I use to have all the cd players in one basket and students chose a container of books and grabbed a cd player. Well I am sure you can guess what happened. They would balance the cd player on the book container and inevitably the cd player would be dropped on the floor. I was having to replace so many cd players. 

After a couple years...yes years, of replacing cd player I had to change it up. Now the cd player goes IN the container with the books. Each container now holds 4-5 books and a cd player. 
So far this seems to be the best way to have students easily pick a container with enough books to listen to and one where I don't have to keep replacing cd players. 

If you have an even better/more effective way please let me know in the comments because I am open to change. 

How I store the books

Storing the books has also been a struggle for me but I am happy to say that I have FINALLY found a solution.

I use to keep all my books stored in a cupboard but then I would forget which ones I have put out or even to change them.

No more! I know store them in large storage bags labelled for each month. 
 I have sorted all my books so that any holiday books are in the appropriate month's bag and then spread out my chapter books. The monthly bags are now stored in the cupboard where they can be easily accessed. 
At the beginning of each month I switch out the books. It has become such a quick process now and student know they will get to read new books each month. 

My goal is to have 16 books in each bag (I am getting close) so that I will have enough for 4 books in each container. 

The chapter books stay in the containers for a couple months if students are still reading them. The last person to have a sticky note with there name on it, in the book, will let me know when they are finished reading the book and then I will take it out. 

The bags I use are from Dollarama but you can use any extra large bags. Here is a link to Dollarama so you can see them in greater detail. 

Where I find all my books

I have been collecting books with cds for many years and I am still on the look for more (so I can get 16 for each month). 

Here are a few places I have found books with cds:

  • Scholastic book orders
  • second hand stores
  • teachers selling/giving away stuff when they retire
  • Walmart (I am not sure if they still have them but they use to have 2 books & cds for $10)
  • garage sales
  • I have put ISO ads on local FaceBook buy and sell groups.
  • A friend sold Barefoot books so I bought some there. These are my students' favourite ones. 
  • parent donations
  • Amazon 

Where I find my cd players

I was getting my cd players at Walmart but they no longer carry them in my town so I have had to look elsewhere. 

I have had some success asking for them on local Facebook buy and sell groups but when those are not available, I get them from Amazon. 

Here is the one I get on Amazon (affiliate links):

I use to have to replace the cd players all the time because students were dropping them as they carried them to their listening spot. Since I have changed to the cd players being in the container with the books, I have not had to replace any of them!

If you do not have portable cd players in your classroom, you could also use desktop computers or laptops to play the cds.

Alternatives to hard copy books and cds

If you do not have access to books with cds or you want a digital alternative, you can access stories online at:
  • Storyline Online - Video clips of celebrities reading a picture book. 
  • Epic Books - You can sign your students up for their own account so they can access books online anytime. 
  • Just Books Read Aloud - Hundreds of picture books read out loud. No membership required. 
  • Vooks - With this you would have to give your students your login information because there is no student accounts. BONUS- Educators get the first year FREE!
  • Tumblebooks - A paid membership for your class or school.
If you have found other online read aloud sites, please leave a comment below so I can add it to the list :) 


Sunday, 15 December 2019

Free Christmas Multiplication Activities's%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=TTT%20Free%20Christmas%20Multiplication%20ActivitiesThose crazy weeks before the Christmas break are upon us and if you are like me you are trying to find activities that will hold your students interest. 

Multiplication facts are a skill that students will need to practice over and over again. I try to bring practice pages into all my seasonal activities to help with engagement. These Christmas themed multiplication pages are perfect for engaging your students the weeks before Christmas.

What will you get in your FREE download?

Included in this FREE multiplication product are 3 different activities. Activities 1 & 2 are multiplication riddles where students answer multiplication facts to solve the riddle. The 3rd activity has students sorting multiplication facts and putting them on the naughty or nice list!'s%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=TTT%20Free%20Christmas%20Multiplication%20Activities
I promise you that your students will love these activities.

Ways to use the pages:

  1. Put them in math centers and have students rotate through the activities for 3 days worth of prep.
  2. Use as whole class activities which will also cover 3 days worth of prep!
  3. Have a class challenge. Have students work individually or in a small group to see who can complete the pages first.

Teacher tip:

If you are putting the pages in  your math centers and do not want to keep photocopying pages, just copy one page and put it in a sheet protector. Students can write on them using whiteboard markers and then erase when they are done! Of course this will only work with the riddle pages. Include a copy of the answer sheet and students will be able to mark their own work!

For the multiplication sort, you can photocopy on card stock and pre-cut the facts. They can go in a math center where students will not glue the facts onto the page but rather just lay them on top. If you include the answer key in the center, students will be able to check their own answers.

How to get a FREE copy

All you have to do to get your FREE copy today is click on any of the pictures or right here!'s%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=TTT%20Free%20Christmas%20Multiplication%20Activities

Are you looking for more Christmas activities?

If you teach 1-3rd grade here is a link to a FREE Christmas Syllable Sort Activity.
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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Name Tags for Older Students

Are your students too old for the traditional desk plate name tags? 

I want my students to have name tags but they feel that the ones with the number lines and other reference items are too young for them. Because of this I have my students design their own name tag.
Desk name tags for older students Terri's Teaching Treasures

By having them design their own, they take ownership of it and take pride in displaying it all year long. 

There is very little prep involved to have them ready for your students to design. All you have to do is cut a 8.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock in half and write your students' names on them.
example of how to cut paper for name tags Terri's Teaching Treasures
I usually draw a bubble around the name but you can be creative in your design. Do you want a straight lined box? Go for it. Do you want pointed star bursts? Go for it. 
Name tag template Terri's Teaching Treasures

I only have 4 criteria for the students to follow. 

  1. Only use light or bright colors around their name.
  2. Fill the entire paper.
  3. Use only markers or pencil crayons. Regular crayons will make a mess when you laminate the name tags.
  4. And lastly, color and draw neatly. Who wants a messy name tag.
criteria for name tags Terri's Teaching Treasures
I put this criteria on the Smartboard to reference as I go over the criteria and so that as students are working they can have a reminder. If you would like a FREE copy of my criteria page you can get it here

I always emphasize that they should take their time and do a neat job because they will be on their desk for the ENTIRE year. It is always great if I have students in my class who where there last year (this usually happens because I always teach split grades) who can confirm that the name tags will indeed be used ALL year. 
student examples of name tags Terri's Teaching Treasures
I love seeing how each student works on their name tag. It tells me a lot about them at the beginning of the year.
  • Do they rush through their work?
  • Do they plan things out or jump right in?
  • Do they like to draw or do they prefer color designs?
  • How thoughtful are they when they are choosing their color combinations?
  • Do they copy someone else's design? I don't care if they do. I just take note of this. 
  • If they make a mistake, do they ask to start over or try and make it work first?
  • Do they like to work with others or by themselves? I let them choose when we do art projects. 
It is amazing how much information about your students you can get from just simply having them make name tags. 

Once the name tags are complete and I have laminated them they go on the front of the desks. 
name tag desk placement Terri's Teaching Treasures

If students are in groups where the front of the desks are not showing, then the name tags go on the side or the top.

The name tags come in handy when students are handing out work, when hot lunch is being delivered and the students aren't in the class yet, or when we have a guest teacher. 

Just because your students are not in primary grades, it doesn't mean they can't have a name tag on their desk. It is all in how you frame the activity in their minds. 

Talk to them about showing their creativity and they will be happy to display their name proudly.

Are you looking for some more Back to School ideas and tips?

Click right here to instantly see all my Back to School ideas, tips, and freebies! 


Monday, 1 July 2019

Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020

How do I start getting ready for Back to School?

The summer is the time that I start getting organized for the upcoming school year. The very first thing I do is print off a school year calendar and start planning when I will teach what, based on the school year events/holidays.

There are definitely some concepts I don't want to cover (like division or anything with regrouping) when it is a busy time in the school and my students are not completely focused. 
Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020 Terri's Teaching Treasures

Where do I find my calendar templates?

I've got you covered! Every year I update my calendar to print off and I am giving it to you all for FREE! Yup, FREE! Check it out now. 
Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020 Terri's Teaching Treasures

Each page has a full month and the spaces are large enough to add lots of text! The calendars go from August 2019 to July 2020.

Each page also has a clip art image that is small enough not to use all your computer ink, but big enough to add some jazz to your month.

Other ways to use the calendar:

  • Use it for yourself to take to staff  or team meetings and schedule all your events and meetings.
  • Attach it to your classroom newsletter with important events filled in.
  • Fill it out with daily homework tasks for students.
  • Students can use it to record their daily home reading.
  • Display it in the hallway as a place for parents to sign up to volunteer in the classroom.
  • Use as a student behavior chart.
Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020 Terri's Teaching Treasures

There are many ways to use a calendar in a classroom. Let me know in the comments if you use them in any other way.

How do I get a copy?

Click on any picture or here to get your FREE copy. Just print them out and you are ready to go. 
Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020 Terri's Teaching Treasures

Happy planning! 
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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Free Shark Themed Multiplication Activities

Are you looking for an engaging way for your students to practice multiplication facts? 

Do your students love sharks as much as mine do?

I have combined sharks and multiplication to create a fun, FREE way for my students to practice their multiplication facts and I am sharing it with you. 

Students learn multiplication facts quicker when they have hands on, interactive activities to do. I get my students' minds working with these fun multiplication activities.
All they will need is a pencil, scissors, glue, and a curiosity for riddles!'s%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=Shark%20multiplication%20TTT%20post

Here are the details!

The first activity, will have your students solving a shark themed riddle. They will answer multiplication facts to get the answer to the riddle.
The second activity is more hands on. Students will sort multiplication facts, identifying if they are true or false. This is where the scissors and glue come in.'s%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=Shark%20multiplication%20TTT%20post

Different Uses

  • Put the cut and paste multiplication activity in a math center. Photocopy one page for each student. Another option is to cut out and laminate the sorting multiplication facts. Place the True and False page in a protector sheet and have students sort on the mat. They will put the pieces away (mixed up) for the next student.
  • Use the worksheets as a whole class activity after your students have learned the multiplication concept. These multiplication activities make great practice activities.
Answer keys are provided so you can easily mark the pages. The answer keys are easy to read for student use so you can have them mark their own work if that is better for you. 

Will the multiplication activities work for your students?

These printables are great for any student who is beginning to learn their multiplication facts. Ideal for 2nd grade and 3rd grade students. If you have 4th grade and 5th grade students who need extra practice with multiplication facts, they will enjoy these activities also.

How do you get a FREE copy?

To get your FREE copy today just click on any of the pictures or right here.'s%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=Shark%20multiplication%20TTT%20post
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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

The Importance of Teaching Students About Syllables

I have read a lot of research articles about the importance of teaching students the ins and outs of syllables and I could bore you with all the technical mumbo jumbo, but I won't. I will let you know the highlights of my research (and 14 years of teaching) and do so in easy to read language. No one (well not me at least) has time for the crazy talk of research when they are looking for new teaching tips and ideas.
If you want to read some of the research for yourself, I will leave a list of some of the articles I read, at the end of this post.

What are Syllables:
Syllables are part of phonological awareness and is a strategy we teach to students after they have mastered decoding by sounding out individual letter sounds and rhyming skills. Or to put it another way --- Syllables are the building blocks of words!

Teaching students syllable awareness (how to identify the number of syllables in a word and how to break a word up into syllables) is an important part of reading and writing.

Why Teach Syllables:
1) It helps students decode words quicker because they will be chunking sounds rather than sounding out individual letters.
2) It can help students read more fluently and accurately.
3) There are positive benefits to oral language because it helps with the pronunciation of words.
4) Helps students spell during writing times because they are breaking the word into smaller parts.

What is the difference between syllable blending and segmenting?
Syllable blending is when a student is given the syllables (usually orally) of a word and he or she has to blend them together to identify the word. For instance, if the teacher were to say "pen - cil" the student would blend them together and say "pencil".

Syllable segmenting goes the other way. The student is given the word in its entirety and they are required to break it up (segment) it into its syllables. For example, the teacher says "butterfly" and the students would say "but - ter - fly".

Ways students can identify the syllables
1) Students can put their hand under their chin. While they are saying a word, they count the number of times their chin pushes their hand down. When the hand is being pushed down, this is where the word is segmented by a syllable.
2) Students can clap the "rhythm" of a word. Each clap is a syllable. If students have a difficult time clapping while they are saying the word, they can put up a finger for each part or us a block or counter to place on the table for each part.
If you use GoNoodle with your class, check out this fun song!

It is important to remind students that each syllable segment must have a vowel in it.

When to teach syllables?
Almost all of the research I read said that teaching syllables should not be just a quick lesson or mini-unit but that we should be giving our students repeated exposure to syllables throughout their time in school. We are still teaching our students new vocabulary that they have to read and write all through elementary (and beyond) school and looking at the syllables of these words will help them just as much as it helps first graders decode and write beginning words.

This is one of the reasons that I still have my 4th graders identify the number of syllables in a word and to segment new words into their syllables. I do this as part of spelling/grammar, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies lessons.

During Language Arts blocks students work on syllables for many of their spelling units and I also incorporate it into my literacy centers. I find that students enjoy practicing literacy skills far better when they are put into a literacy center or game.

Engage your students with these fun syllable sort literacy centers.

I currently have 14 different themed syllable sorts that I incorporate into my literacy centers. Sometimes students will work on them with a partner (especially if they feel less confident in reading the words) but they mostly work on them independently.
After I have taught them how to complete one of the centers, they quickly become familiar with the task and need very little (sometimes just a quick reminder) to no instructions on how to do the others because the task is the same for all of the themes. 

What themes are currently available?

  • school / back to school
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas (FREE) 
  • Valentine's Day
  • Easter
  • Earth Day
  • Winter (great for January/February)
  • Summer
  • Camping
  • Ocean
  • Space
  • Canada (great for provinces and symbols)
  • Food
You can check out any of these (and bundling options) by clicking any of the photos or right HERE

Want to try out a FREE literacy center?
I have made my Christmas syllable sort center free so that you can check out what it is like before you purchase the other themes.

You can find the Christmas literacy center here.

Want to read more about syllables? Here are some links to some of the articles I found interesting and informing:
The Effects of Syllable Awareness Skills on the Word-Reading Performances of Students Reading in a Transparent Orthography by Birkan Guldenoglu

Threads of Reading by Karen Tankersley (affiliate link)

Effects of Syllable-Based Reading Intervention in Poor-Reading Fourth Graders by Muller, Richter, Karageorgos, Krawietz & Ennemoser


Saturday, 9 March 2019

Free St. Patrick's Day Alphabetical Order

Do you have a class that needs differentiated St. Patrick's Day activities?

All your students can be working on alphabetical order with these St. Patrick's Day alphabetical order pages. They are differentiated to help with students who need extra time to complete an activity. The pages look similar, one just has fewer words. There are 15 or 10 words for your students to order.
free st. patrick's day alphabetical order worksheets terri's teaching treasures

These St. Patrick's Day alphabetical order pages are perfect for literacy centers, morning work, or working with words.
If students finish early they can color the leprechaun themed pictures.
free st. patrick's day alphabetical order worksheets terri's teaching treasures

Paper Saving Tip:

If you want to save paper and use these in a literacy center all you have to do is place the pages in page protectors and have students use whiteboard markers to complete the activities. Once students are done and the page has been checked, all they have to do is wipe it clean and the next student can use it!

Another way to save on paper is to print 2 pages on 1 sheet of paper. This will make each page half the size but they will still be readable and have plenty of room to record answers on. 

Low prep for you, differentiated for your students!

Get your FREE copy by clicking on any picture or right here!
free st. patrick's day alphabetical order worksheets terri's teaching treasures
Are you looking for some St, Patrick's Day Math ideas? Here is a blog post I wrote about my St. Patrick's Day multiplication centers.

If you have a smartboard in your classroom, I have created a fun way to complete your attendance during March. Check out these FREE St. Patrick's Day smartboard attendance slides. 


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