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Almost October? Time for Some Freebies!


Can it really be almost October already? October just happens to be one of my favorite months! And it just so happens I have lots of freebies for you!

Almost October? Time for some freebies: Here are 5 different freebies with an October theme, including brain breaks, task cards, counting, phonics, and informational text!

Brain Breaks are an important part of the day! Here are 12 with an October theme. Click the image for this freebie!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/October-Brain-Breaks-4865527?utm_source=october%20freebies%20post&utm_campaign=Oct%20brain%20breaks

October is Fire Safety month! I've found these "Fire Safety What Ifs" can really get the children talking about some fire problem solving! Click the image to download these!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fire-Safety-What-ifs-159688?utm_source=October%20freebie%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=fire%20what%20ifs


And of course, it's football season! Be sure to click the image for a football themed game that practices numbers through 1,000! Football Freebie Counting to 1,000.
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Counting-to-1000-Football-Freebie-199093?utm_source=october%20freebie%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=football%20freebie


Isn't Halloween one of the biggest holidays of the year? Here's one more freebie to keep your students interested in classwork during the Halloween Days!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Literacy-and-Math-Freebie-163331?utm_source=October%20Freebies%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Halloween%20No%20Prep%20Freebie

Even if you can't celebrate Halloween, you can certainly celebrate bats! Click the image to download this freebie: Bats Informational Mini-book
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bats-Informational-Text-Mini-book-2092614?utm_source=October%20Freebies%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Bats%20mini%20book


Isn't October fantastic? I love this time of year!

If you love these freebies, you'll love this October Bundle!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/October-Second-Grade-Activities-Bundle-4865543?utm_source=october%20freebies%20post&utm_campaign=Oct%20budle



Almost October? Time for some freebies: Here are 5 different freebies with an October theme, including brain breaks, task cards, counting, phonics, and informational text!

7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day

Looking for some ways to celebrate Columbus Day in your classroom?  Here are a few of my favorites:

7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.


Disclaimer: We've learned that Columbus wasn't always a great man. Feel free to have discussions about that in your classroom. These ideas and resources simply give the facts about what happened back then. This doesn't mean I approve of the way he treated people.


7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.

1. Work with Maps and Globes - Columbus Day is such a great opportunity to get the children acquainted with the globe. I think it's important that children can identify where they live on the globe. Our location is easy for the children to find. I have the children locate Cape Cod along the east coast of North America. We're not far north of that, and it's easy to locate. (I tell them to look for a flexed arm... they love to flex their own arms!) I usually use the globe to show how Columbus got from Italy to Spain, to San Salvador, and how he was actually trying to get to the East Indies, and "accidentally bumped into America". They get such a kick out of that!



2. Books -  Speaking of the Columbus story, if you haven't seen the book, Encounter by Jane Yolen, you really need to check it out!  It's the story of the arrival of Columbus from a young native's point of view. The illustrations are beautiful, and it really makes the "other side" of the story quite clear.  Click the image to go to Amazon for more information about this amazing book!





3.Videos - This Youtube video gives a little information about Christopher Columbus. As in all videos, please view ahead of time to make sure this is something you want to share with your students. There are many videos on this topic, many are quite harsh.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christopher-Columbus-Informational-Text-for-Visualization-and-Illustration-159469?utm_source=Columbus%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=Columbus%20for%20illustration

4. Illustrate the story
Illustrating is a great way for children to deepen their understanding. I wrote this summary of the basic Columbus story for my students to illustrate. Click the image or click here: Columbus for Visualization and Illustration

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christopher-Columbus-Common-Sense-for-Active-Learners-3398400?utm_source=Columbus%20Blog%20post&utm_campaign=Columbus%20for%20active%20learners


5.  Common Sense Fun - Here are a couple of resources that will get the kids thinking. Click the images to see more! Christopher Columbus: Common Sense for Active Learners: 

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christopher-Columbus-Common-Sense-Thinking-BOOM-Cards-3402471?utm_source=Columbus%20blog%20post&utm_campaign=Boom%20Columbus

 
These are electronic task cards from BOOM Learning! The kids are going to love these! Christopher Columbus Common Sense Thinking BOOM Cards
7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.


6.  Guided imagery - I like to do lots of guided imagery activities with my students. I'll tell the story, while the students go through the movements. I tell about the men saying goodbye to their families and getting on the ships, the long ride on the ship (including the bland food, storms at sea, and lack of clean water) finally sighting land, and getting off the ship, thinking they were in India. The kids love this, and brain research shows involving movement and gestures helps the memory!


7.  One more idea - Looking for one more way to celebrate Columbus Day? Take the day off!


7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.

 

Playing Math Games to Strengthen Important Skills


I find games to be a great way to learn and develop skills.

Brain research tells us that adding the element of fun helps to connect the memory. Isn't that a great reason to play learning games?

Playing Math Games to Strengthen Important Skills: This post tells why it's important to play math games, and has some suggestions on how to teach them and what to play!
I like to teach a game during small group instruction time, so I can watch the children play and make sure they are focused on the learning goal. I'll have them play a couple of times with guidance before I let them  play on their own.

After a game has been introduced and practiced, it will be available as a choice during math stations or centers.  There are times when certain children are assigned a particular game as well.

It's a good idea to allow the children to play games below their level, as these are important skills that should be mastered in order to perform the higher skills with ease. Just because the skills are easy for the child doesn't mean they don't have value! In fact, if the game isn't somewhat easy, it won't be fun for the children. Also, if the game isn't somewhat easy, the children will be more likely to make mistakes, which won't help them master the skills. I've learned "practice makes permanent," and we don't want to make incorrect skills permanent, do we? If you've ever had to unlearn a bad habit, you'll know just what I mean!


I have a series of BINGO games that I designed to go along with second grade skills. They all have a sports theme, which is a big draw for the kids. I find once they learn the format of a particular game, it takes less time to teach a similar game, meaning more time practicing each skill!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Adding-3-Addends-Golf-Themed-BINGO-Game-Freebie-277171?utm_source=60b&utm_campaign=Par%203%20freebie

You can find this freebie here: Par 3 Adding 3 Addends Freebie

You can find the full set with 9 game boards here: Par 3 Adding 3 Addends


As mentioned above, once the students know the format and how the game works, they can play similar games to strengthen similar skills. It just so happens that I have several math games that follow this same format with different sports themes that can be found here:
Sports Themed Bingo Math Games

Still looking for more math games to strengthen their skills?

Here are plenty more Math games, including several freebies! Math Games Category
 
Games are a great way to build skills AND have fun!  Enjoy!
Playing Math Games to Strengthen Important Skills: This post tells why it's important to play math games, and has some suggestions on how to teach them and what to play!

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