Wonderful Writing Resources

I seem to find it easier to challenge capable students in math or solving puzzles than students who are passionate about writing.

It seems there are many online resources for math/puzzle solvers and not so many for writers.

Often the contests for writers include a fee or a requirement to purchase a bound book which can be out of a student’s price range.

Jerry Jenkins posted The Ultimate Guide to Writing Contests 2019. There are three dozen contests in his list. Here’s the one I found interesting.

Online Resource: Utah Education Network

Check out these amazing interactives that have been collected by the Utah Education Network (UEN).

This organization connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to provide quality resources.

I’m grateful they’re willing to share without requiring a sign in so the resources can be used by teachers and parents. 

Poetry About Weather

Poetry can connect science and language arts. Consider these when you are planning your weather unit.

Do you need free clip art for decorating your classroom or messages you’re planning to send home?

I found black and white clip art at Pixabay that might be just what you need! If you can print in color, they also have winter vector graphics – lots of snowpeople and penguins!

Balance a Bug and Bug Poetry

You’ll find this inexpensive product at my TpT store – students balance a butterfly. It can be a quick science activity, a take home activity, or an event for a family science night. Maybe you need an activity to add to your sub folder? You’ll need some cardstock, scissors, and pennies with tape or large paperclips. My product includes a PowerPoint™ with copyright-free images of balancing objects. If you just need a pattern, you can find it here. Students could easily extend the activity using a bit of imagination and an index card to create a new object that balances easily. Then they share their …

Monster Month!

My FAVORITE month of the year. We’ve gotten to know each other, routines are familiar, and it’s time for a project that we work on during the month of October. I posted a great product at TpT  that I hope you’ll check out along with these other great resources. Your students will be reading, writing, solving math puzzles, and more with a monster theme. Monster and Alien Coloring Pages – add this to your sub folder? Easy Ways to Draw a Monster – get your hesitant artists started Free Halloween Clip Art – so much to choose! Monster Songs for Young Children – fun words to familiar tunes Monster Poetry – …

Winter and Christmas Puzzles!

UPDATE: These fun resources now require a membership. You’ll be asked to pay  £17.50 for a full year of access. Need a few puzzles, mazes, or drawing activities with a winter or Christmas theme? I found a few just for you! Pick the ones that best fit your students interests and abilities from Activity Village in the UK. If you’re interested in puzzles specifically about winter, I’ve included those as links after each type of puzzle – I hope this saves you time looking for just what you need! Stepping Stone Puzzles Counting Puzzles – stars Find the differences – snowmen Grid Copy Puzzles – snowflake …

Idioms and Position Puzzles

   Why doesn’t “a piece of cake” simply mean a yummy dessert? Why does it also mean a task that’s very easy? What about “let them eat cake“, “slice of the pie“, or “icing on the cake“? “Half-hearted” means lack effort or enthusiasm. “Big deal” means something important or consequential. “Wake up” means, well, stop sleeping! All these idioms mean something very different than their literal interpretation.   Idioms can be a challenge for English language learners because they’re not literal. They can be puzzles to solve for all students in your classroom.   I just posted seven new products that are …

Poetry for Light

Poetry can be a great way to integrate language arts with science! Here are suggestions for connecting science and poetry when your students are studying light, reflection, refraction, shadows, or rainbows! Something Big has Been Here, Jack Prelutsky “Denson Dumm” A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein “BATTY” “SHADOW RACE” “SIGNALS” Every Thing On It, Shel Silverstein “THE RAINBOW THROWER” Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein “AFRAID OF THE DARK” “JOEY” “IT’S DARK IN HERE” Do you have poems about light to share with us?