Saturday, 24 December 2016

New Years 2017 Free Mystery Grid Activity

Most years we don't really celebrate New Years in school because we usually go back to school around January 9th. This year we go back on the 3rd so we will get to do some New Years activities!!! 

I just updated my mystery grid activity for 2017 so that will be an activity we will definitely do. Last year I taught my students about grid mapping so this will be a nice review (the benefits of teaching the same class 2 years in a row).

To get your copy just click on the picture.

On another note, as a Christmas treat, my store will be on sale December 25th and 26th! This is a great time to stock up on items for the next few months so while you are grabbing your free mystery grid activity check out some of my other great products :)


Monday, 19 December 2016

Chalk Winter Art

A couple weeks ago I was looking for a quick art project for my class to complete. I cannot remember where I saw a picture of a winter scene done on black paper with chalk, but it was likely Pinterest. After searching town for white chalk (our school only had yellow) and finding some, I decided this was the art project for my class.
winter chalk art step by step instructions Terri's Teaching Treasures

I tried 2 methods, one where everything was done on one piece of black construction paper and another using 2 pieces. I decided that I liked the crisp edge of drawing an oval on one piece of paper, drawing the winter scene, and then cutting it out. When I had created it all on once page the edge between the scene and the framing was too messy looking for my liking. 

Supplies needed:
2 pieces of black construction paper per student
1 piece of white chalk per student 
glue stick

Step 1: Draw an oval shape on one of the pieces of paper. Inside the oval draw a winter scene (we stuck to snow and trees) using the chalk.

Step 2: Cut out the oval shape just inside the white oval outline. This makes it so that when glued to the background page there will be a nice crisp shape to the oval. 

Step 3: On the second piece of paper, use the chalk to create a background frame. Some students may choose to blend the chalk, others may like the bolder look of not blending.
 Step 4: Glue the oval winter scene in the center of the background page.
Step 5: This was the hardest for us... Find something to sign your name with that will show up on the page. Usually we sign our names in white on black paper but because of the white chalk the names were not showing up. We found some metallic pens that worked great.   
That's all there is to this project. I just LOVE how they all turned out and my students were proud of their work. They were surprised that they could make such beautiful art in such a short time. The entire project (including my explanation and stapling the art on the bulletin board) took no more than 40 minutes. 

I am always looking for more art ideas, so if you have a blog post or a Pinterest board with art I would love for you to leave a link in the comments. Please also add what grade level the art would be best for.


Sunday, 18 December 2016

Christmas Alphabetical Order Freebie

Hi All, have this 15 minute block of time, once a week, first thing int he morning before we go to PE that I have to fill. I usually have my students do some morning work activity. Most times it is Math or Language Arts but it ALWAYS has to be independent work, as the mornings are busy with reading messages from home, collecting permission slips/money (seems like we are always collecting $$), or getting students settled.

Anyways, last week I had to whip up a quick activity because it was taking me longer to find something that would work and that was Christmas themed. I thought that since my students always need practice with alphabetical order I would make a quick page focused on that. I have students working at many different levels and a group of them are slower than molasses finishing anything, so I created 2 versions of the same thing.

There is nothing fancy here, today. No fancy TpT cover, no fancy instructions page, and no fancy additional products page. Just a plain, old new freebie. Just click on any picture, print, and go!

Cheers and Merry Christmas!
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