Some children are afraid of monsters. Of course, they are not real. I think the best way to ward off that fear is to read funny stories about them. Humor is always the best medicine, right? If kids think they are playful and fun, and see silly pictures of them they will not have anything to be afraid of. [Read more…]
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh is a classic book for children ages 8-12. It has been read by many children all over the world for many years. I have created some Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Spelling Lists to supplement this book. These 6 lists are FREE for you to use today with your children!
I read this book when I was in school and my kids will read it when they are old enough! It is a Newberry Award winning book about mice and rats working together. My initial reaction to reading a book about mice and rats is not “Yea! I can’t wait!” However, once you start reading the book you become engaged in this wonderful story. It also makes a wonderful read-aloud book for classrooms and homes.
As kids read the book, they will likely come across words they don’t know or are unfamiliar to them. These make great vocabulary words for them to work on. You can pick out a few and give them some activities like dictionary work or making pictures for describing the words. I have chosen to make 6 spelling lists for this book. These spelling lists are grouped by chapters. You can read a few chapters or assign a few to read and work on the spelling words for that section. Then you can test them on the spelling words if you choose. They are words that should be learned easily enough for this reading level. These are also words that should challenge them, yet not frustrate your children.
You can find these 6 great FREE spelling lists here at this link:
Teaching novels is a great way to incorporate some really wonderful children’s literature into your curriculum. However, teaching novels often means a little creative teaching of your own. Many novels are not in the regular curriculum and teacher manuals. So you need to reach out of the box a bit. There are some really great teacher guides for novels that you can buy or you can come up with your own materials. Option number 3 is to come visit this site for some great free teacher resources!
Option number 3 is to come visit this site for some great teacher resources!
I’ve created three free spelling lists for the book Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman. It is a witty and funny book for ages 8-10. There are fascinating illustrations by Skottie Young. My daughter found it to be a quick read and a hilarious book. The spelling lists are broken down by pages, dividing the book into thirds.
Click here for 3 Free Spelling Lists for Fortunately the Milk.
City of Ember Teacher Resources
The City of Ember By: Jeanne DuPrau is a wonderful book to share with your kids. It is well suited for grades 4-6. The book is about a city called Ember. It was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the the lights are starting to flicker and go out for short periods of time. They are on a race against the clock to find a solution to the problem before the lights go out for good! When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever!
There are not a lot of City of Ember teacher resources out there so I decided to create some of my own. I broke down the questions by chapter and the spelling lists are collected from a few chapters at a time. The character plots are of the three main characters and an extra blank one for creating your own.
City of Ember teacher resources
I have included in this packet:
- Spelling Lists for the entire book
- Printable Student Vocabulary and Questions
- Teacher’s Guide for the student question sheets (with answers)
If you have ever done a dinosaur theme you need this easy paper plate dinosaur idea! Here is a fun paper plate dinosaur you can make to go with any dinosaur theme or book! Of course you could just make this paper plate dinosaur just because he’s so cute! The detailed directions are below.
Paper Plate Dinosaur
Materials: 2 paper plates, paint, wiggly eyes, glue
Directions: Cut out half of one of the paper plates the width of the bumpy edge. Round the end off for the head of the dinosaur. Cut out a small half circle shape and two small rectangles from the remaining part of the paper plate. Paint all your dinosaur parts. I used sponges to give it some texture. Glue the parts on to the edge of the whole paper plate. Add wiggly eye to the head.
Let’s get ready to rumble! Dinosaur Rumble that is! Learn how to make this super cute dinosaur kids hat to go with the book Dinosaurumpus! on the Kids Book Nook Page. It is easy to make and fun to wear!
Kids love dinosaurs and they love reading about them. Here is a few great dinosaur activities to go with the book Dinosaurompus! This is one of my favorite books. The kids will find themselves chanting along and you will probably get the chant stuck in your head!
Materials: Construction paper, foam shapes, wiggly eyes, stapler, glue
Directions: Cut out a 12″ circle from green construction paper. Cut the circle in half. Cut out a boot shaped head from red construction paper. Cut out a long triangular tail. Cut out several small triangles for spikes on the top of the dinosaur. Glue or staple the circular edge of the green circle. Glue the triangles on the curved edge. Glue the head on one end of the green half circle near the bottom edge. Glue the tail on the other end of the green half circle. Add circular foam shapes for spots. Place on child’s head!
March is coming up fast and that means Dr. Seuss Days are coming! In the past years, Dr. Seuss has been celebrated in the month of March. I have a special appreciation for Dr. Seuss because we share a birthday on March 2. So in preparation of this celebration I have put together a 5 Dr. Seuss ideas for 5 of his books. I do love Dr. Seuss and his talent for clever rhyming. However, some of his books are quite lengthy and are much too long for little ones with short attention spans! So I’ve chosen some of his “shorter” books to share today.The books include Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish, The Foot Book, My Many Colored Days, and Mr. Brown Can Moo. Here are the 5 great Dr. Seuss ideas!
There are some great ideas here for some great books I love sharing with kids! If you are already reading these books you will love the fun activities you can do with them. Some of the books include The Duckling Gets a Cookie, Ten Apples on Top, Brown Bear Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many more! These are great book activities that are simple for the young ones to try and have fun with!
Check it out here:
I added a few of my favorite preschool winter activities. I use these with 3 and 4-year-olds. They love them and are easy for them to do and manipulate. I pre-cut most of the projects but as they start to practice their Scissors
skills I let them begin cutting out their own projects.
This is an easy paper penguin craft. Cut out a circle head, two pointed ovals for wings, a large black oval body and a smaller white oval for the stomach. Then add feet, eyes, and a square beak folded in half to make the beak stick out!
Love this idea for the Snowy Day book! You can find it at Time for Kindergarten. The kids love making “snow” pictures with shaving cream, glue, and paint.