Saturday, 26 November 2011

Free Christmas Ordinal Numbers Activities

With the book The Twelve Days of Christmas comes the teaching of ordinal numbers.
Here is a FREE package filled with ordinal numbers activities.
Included are 10 classroom signs and a 2 page student worksheet. Also included are cards for playing Concentration. Another idea for the cards is to stick them in a Math Center and have students practice ordinal numbers independently.

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Hunger Games

I am thrilled that one of the best trilogies ever written for young teens is being made into an action packed movie. If you have not read the Hunger Games trilogy yet, you must! Even if you do not teach students in Grades 6 to 12 it is still a must read. This book evoked so many emotions and created many thought provoking discussions when I read it to my Grade 6/7 students last year. They could not get enough of it. We even started creating Hunger Games challenges ( I will expand on these in another post) in the classroom.
After finishing the Twilight series I found myself wondering if there was ever going to be another series that would make me want to stay up WAY past my bedtime and skip my t.v. shows just to keep reading. Well Suzanne Collins has given us this rivetting series. I am not sure what I can tell you to convince you to read this trilogy but you must.
Here is a synopsis of the trilogy that I have taken from wikipedia:
The story is set is the area known as Panem, which occupies what used to be known as North America. In post apocalyptic times, the area is divided into 12 districts controlled by dictatorship, in a city known as Capital. Every year, twenty-four teenagers (one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts) are drawn by lottery to play in the "Hunger Games", a gladiator style survival game. The games have only one rule: players may not eat the players who have died, or otherwise commit cannabalism. The twenty-four teens must fight each other; the last player standing is the winner and is rewarded with a life of comfort. The other twenty three players perish in the game.
Katniss Everdeen, from a town called Seam, is the main character and heroine of the book. Katniss is from the poor area of the 12th district. Her involvement in the games comes to be when her sister's name is drawn to be the person to represent District 12. Katniss willingly takes her sister's place, with the knowledge that the 12th district has not won in thirty years. She recognizes that she will have to break this streak or forfeit her life. Katniss later develops feelings for two other contestants, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne.

There are many great teaching resources for this book at if you are wanting to read this book with your class.
Check out these links from Tracee Orman, who has become a Hunger Games phenomenon on Teachers pay Teachers.
Click Here for one of Tracee's free classroom activities for the Hunger Games novel!
Now that I am finished reading this spectacular, adventurous trilogy, I am wondering what the next great series will be that will keep me turning the pages and wanting to stay curled up on the couch all day.

Nominated for Canadian Weblog Award 2011

2011 Canadian Weblog Awards I am super excited to have my blog nominated along with 9 other blogs for the Canadian Weblog Award 2011 in the education category. Thank you to whom ever put forth the nomination! Check out the other education blogs nominated here

Friday, 11 November 2011

Free Snow Rhyming Activity

We had our first snow fall of the season here last week and the beauty of the snow inspired me to create my latest free product! Let it snow...Let it snow... Let it snow!
Snow Rhyming includes 48 snowman cards (24 rhyme with snow, 24 don't) and a follow up worksheet. The cards can be used for a word sort (headers included) or to play concentration with. The activities can be used through the entire winter season and not just for Christmas! Great for students in Grades 1-3.
Click on the picture to get product.

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