My Favorite Freebies

My Favorite Freebies: This post contains 8 different freebies, in literacy, math, social studies, and science.

I was updating one of my favorite freebies today, and I realized it's been a while since I've featured some of my favorites in a blog post! Well, today I'm putting several of my favorites in one place to make your life easier!

Let's start with this Social Studies freebie! This has special meaning to me because it's offered as a freebie in honor of a special young man. (See THIS blog post.) Click HERE or click the image to download.

Need to work on some letter writing? This freebie will make your life easier! It's got formatted letter writing paper, as well as an envelope to fold and print on the back. It also has some helpers and ideas to help with teaching the parts of the letter and the parts of the envelope. I love to use these in the sub tub! You can download Classy Mail HERE or click the image!


I use this set ALL THE TIME for word work during guided reading. The freebie set provides practice with the vowel a.  It has nonsense words and real words with short a and long a. I use it for word sorts as well as practice reading long and short vowel words. You can download it HERE or click the image! You can also download the full set with all 5 vowels HERE


This is one of my most popular freebies. I was helping my significant other with his golf camp one summer, and this game came to me. It sparked a series of "BINGO" games with different sports themes! This one practices adding 3 addends, and you can download it HERE or click the image! 


It's hard to find time to teach Social Studies and Science with all our other responsibilities. Since we know those kiddos need brain breaks, here's a chance to save time and combine the two. You can download Social Studies and Science Brain Breaks by clicking the image or click HERE.


Good sense tells us if we present all 100 addition and 100 subtraction facts at once, it will be a bit overwhelming for the kiddos! This system presents only one pattern of facts at a time, by fact families, which makes so much more sense! This is the freebie set HERE. You can find the set of all 8 patterns HERE.


Here is another freebie that I use for word work with guided reading groups. Research shows students should study sight words in phrases, so my kiddos practice these phrases! You can download these HERE.


Finally, this ABC book is easy peasy to set up ahead of time, and have the kids create an ABC book on any topic! This is a great way to share information they've learned about a topic, and can be used at any level! You can download your ABC book HERE!


Looking at November

I'm looking at the calendar, and I just can't believe we're approaching November already!

There's a lot going on in November, but no need to fear, I've got your teaching needs covered!
November Resources: Suggestions for resources for Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day.

Election Day is November 8th!

I'm sure I'll be having the kiddos vote for something, but they won't be voting for president... far too controversial!

Here's a little practice matching proper nouns with common nouns, with an Election Day theme. Click the image for the link.


Here's a freebie version of the same activity:

Veteran's Day is November 11th! 

Here's a fun activity to help the children understand what a Veteran really is! This will spark some great conversations! Click the image for the link!


Once they figure out what Veterans are, they can write thank you notes to Veterans using this freebie! Click the image for the link.

Since Election Day and Veterans Day are both Patriotic holidays, enjoy these Patriotic Brain Breaks! Click the image for the link to this freebie!

Of course, everyone's favorite November holiday is Thanksgiving! Check out these Printables!

Here's a math game to practice +9s!


And guess what... there's a freebie version!

Just one more: The Thanksgiving Story: an informational text for children to illustrate. This has a primary level recount of the Pilgrims from all those years ago. The children can visualize the story, then draw their images. Click the image for the link!



Five Reasons NOT to Reward Students

Five Reasons NOT to Reward Students - Rewarding students MAY do more harm than good. Here are some reasons.
Many teachers love to reward their students for doing a good job on their classwork. 
I have mixed feelings about this, and here are some reason why.
Rewards can make behavior and work habits worse in the long run. Simple rewards can certainly motivate children to work harder, but once the reward is gone, the motivation stops. Behaviors and work habits go downhill fast once the children have been rewarded. "Why should I read if I'm not earning a prize?"

Rewards cost money. Teachers don't have a lot of money. 

Rewards give the wrong impression. Good behavior is what's expected. Giving rewards makes good behavior an extra effort worth of a prize. It's almost like turning good behavior into a job, with a paycheck as the prize. 

Rewards lead to entitlement. Children develop a sense of entitlement for simply doing what is expected. Unfortunately, this leads to adults who feel entitled simply for showing up at work. 
Learning is its own reward. Students need to be developing a sense of pride in what they do. That is the true reward! Feeling good about working hard for something is a wonderful feeling! Taking pride in a project done well, or a successful test is a prize within itself. 

Despite all these reasons, I won't say that rewards should never be used. There are some children that need that extra motivation in order to be successful. Some children have behavioral challenges or educational challenges that make school very hard. In these cases, rewards should be used carefully.



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