Let's Improve Our Math Facts! This package contains Study Sheets and Drills Sheets for facts involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our self-checking fold-back sheets can be laminated; they are self-checking for individual use and can also be used for home study of basic facts. Focusing on a specific operation, drills can be given daily until expected speed and accuracy level is attained. Drill sheets can be cut into strips when focusing on a specific group, e.g. facts of 8. You can also send drill sheets home for study and practice. Students can graph their individual results while they are striving to improve their own speed and score. With all of the information contained in this unit and hard work, your students will all become a "Math Whiz"!
Get to know your students and build up their self-esteem this back-to-school season. The ideas and activities in this unit are designed to encourage creativity. Encourage your students to share what they did over the summer. What are some interesting things about your students that make them special? Incorporate students activities with groups, such as a time capsule or time line. Finish off each month with a Mission Impossible activity as a special day treat.
Discover the fascinating world of Owls! Getting to know owls is an interesting challenge and a great topic to develop research skills. Brainstorm with your students and record the facts and ideas they think they know about owls. As your unit develops, refer to the initial brainstorming charts to see how accurate your knowledge was. Some of the different owls you will be researching include the Barn Owl, the Great Horned Owl, the Snowy Owl, the Screech Owl, the Elf Owl, and the Barred Owl. You will also research the different parts of an owl. The activities in this unit focus on the following skills: creative writing, brainstorming, word study, phonics, research and art. These activities can be completed individually or in a small group. Have fun with your students discovering all the different species of owls and their similarities and differences!
A fun unit for beginning readers that combines colour words and an autumn vocabulary. Take a walk around your schoolyard, neighbourhood, or a nearby park. Watch for birds, squirrels, butterflies and insects. Observe weeds, wildflowers and trees. Focus on the changes that are occurring – cooler weather, changing colours, caterpillars turning into butterflies, etc. If possible, collect leaves, seeds, insects, etc., for further examination in the classroom. You can than have the students use the information they collected throughout this unit either during the poetry or brainstorming section, etc. Activities that are included in this resource are: brainstorming, creative language, reading, phonics, art, sequencing, visual discrimination, mathematics, and printing.
Canadian Mosaic is a collection of activities designed to give students the opportunity to explore Canadian content through a variety of subject areas: Music, Mapping, Research, Crafts, Collecting, Brainstorming, Literature, Writing, and Inventing. Set up a permanent Canada Centre where students can work and readily obtain materials they need to complete the activities. Materials that can be included in the centre are atlases, blank maps of Canada, music books with Canadian songs, postcards, photos of Canadian landmarks, cities, famous Canadians, etc. Set aside a specified time in your schedule for some type of Canadian study. You could read some Canadian literature, have a Canada trivia game, a quiz, etc. Have a red and white day where all of the students wear red and white. Activities can be individualized and used for project assignments while others lend themselves to small group activity or a class lesson. Explore! Have Fun! Be a Creative Canadian!
Investigate the World of Owls! Start this unit with a chart to find out what students know about owls. This can be used as a comparison at the completion of the unit when they discuss what they have learned. A "hands-on" beginning is always enjoyable. You could also include films about owls. There are several films about Kay McKeever and her sanctuary for injured owls. The films about her were produced by the National Film Board and are called, "Lady and the Owl", and "Cricket, Tiglett and Friends". Information sheets, illustrations and follow-up activities are included for the following owls: Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl, Snowy Owl, Great Gray Owl, Saw-Whet Owl, and the Great Horned Owl. Students may wish to research other owls along with the ones from this unit. This unit can also be successfully correlated with the novel "Owls in the Family" by Farley Mowat. Activities focus on the following skills: research, language, and art.
Introduce your students to the fascinating world of Spiders! Information cards are included to make spider booklets for beginner readers. 1. Fisher Spider; 2. Tarantula; 3. Trapdoor Spider; 4. Crab Spider; 5. Wolf Spider; 6. Jumping Spider; 7. Spiderlings. Learn all about spiders: the special features of a spider’s body, egg sacs, their different homes and locations, what spiders eat, how they eat and catch their prey, and also learn what animals eat spiders. Survey your class to determine their individual feelings about spiders. Record the results on class graphs. On completion of the unit, see if their feelings and attitudes have changed. Fun-to-do activities are included to promote skills in: visual discrimination, mathematics, reading, research, and creativity. Incorporate a spider centre into your Halloween theme.
Introduce your students to the world of arachnids, the most fascinating of nature's small creatures. Information sheets are included for characteristics of spiders, spinning webs, eggs and spiderlings, food, and enemies. Different species of spiders researched in this unit are Trapdoor, Fisher, Wolf, Jumping, Crab, Tarantula and Black Widow. Brainstorm in small groups or with the whole class to create charts on "Things We Know About Spiders" and "Things We'd Like to Find Out About Spiders". As the unit continues and the students learn more, they can add or change any information on the charts. Take a walk around the school yard and neighbourhood to etch and record on an observation chart the types of spiders and webs found. Follow up activities focus on these skills: research, creativity, and word knowledge.
Enjoy the autumn season and Thanksgiving with your class! Autumn is the perfect time for corn, turkey and Thanksgiving! The ideas and activities included in this unit are designed to encourage creativity, oral discussions, mathematics, language and to develop research skills. Create a resource centre in your classroom and include books that include information on Fall, Turkeys, etc. Read "The First Canadian Thanksgiving", "The First American Thanksgiving", and the "Thanksgiving Today" with the students and than have discussions on the different Thanksgiving customs. You may also have the student discuss the customs practised by their families. Another big tradition for Thanksgiving is "Corn", whether it is with your meal or as a decoration on your table or door. Try to have cornstalks available for your class to observe and identify the parts of the plant. Included in the unit are matching sequences, a booklet on corn, etc.
Take your class for an imaginary stroll along the beach and discover the magical world of shells. Start this unit with a chart for students to fill in as they learn about Shells. Give the students a chance to predict some facts about shells. Use the "Observing Shells" task cards. Which shells belong to the same group? Let the students classify the shells, feel their textures and try to identify some shells. A detailed teacher guide includes suggestions for the teacher and tips of how to set up the activities. Included in this unit are informational cards on mollusks and shells; reading cards and task cards; and activities that focus on observation, research, word study, and art.