December 31, 2016

Community People Word Wall Freebie!

Community People Word Wall Freebie!

Happy New Year from Fun To Teach!

Kinder to 2nd grade

This word wall contains words and pictures related to Community People.
This freebie is the word wall portion from our
Community People Kindergarten Kit complete packet.  I am offering this for free so you can sample some of my work! 

This word wall contains 12 words and pictures related to Community People. The pictures are perfect for both the basic education classroom, ESL, speech and autism/ESE classroom.

Community People Word Wall pages includes:·      Community People Word Wall cards,
·      alphabet headers
·      activities

Use these to teach
CommunityPeople vocabulary, during reading centers, use in wall charts or posted on the wall. You can even cut off the word and have the student match the word to the picture.

You will find many uses for these versatile words and pictures.  These word cards are great for a theme wall, flashcards to send home or use as a matching game.  Spice-up your
Community People with this great word wall packet.

Words included in this packet are:
Bus driver
Flight attendant
Garbage collector
Police officer
Taxi driver
Train engineer

Happy Teaching! Lori

December 7, 2016

🔵🔵Video Time! Idioms

Hello everyone,
 Vimeo has some fun videos 👀 and I found some great idiom videos to show my high school kids.  I wanted to share this one...I think they did a great job.

💭A great lesson would include the students having to write down the idioms as they appear in the video and then having them do a survey throughout the school to try and find out their meanings.

I would love to hear your ideas of lessons you would use with this video! 

Idioms from Oh My! on Vimeo.

Happy Teaching♥️!

Idioms from Oh My! on Vimeo.

December 4, 2016

ESL/ ELD Tidbit Time

Hi everyone,
Here is the first ESL ELD Tidbit Time.  Sit back and enjoy a very quick little morsel of delicious infomation about second language learning and learners!
Bon Appetit!

Happy Teaching!


November 18, 2016

Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey

Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey - Guided Reading/lesson plan/Unit
Hello everyone!

Are you looking for an engaging book study to celebrate this time of year?  Well here it is!

This Thanksgiving literature unit for Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley consists of 10 pages. It can be used during the Thanksgiving holiday season for Guided Reading or a book or unit study. 

The printable black lines in this Thanksgiving book study focus on before, during and after reading activities to engage students and deepen reading comprehension and vocabulary. 

There are printables to guide students through prediction, vocabulary, glossary work, alphabetizing, setting, characters, beginning, middle and end of story, connecting story to personal experiences, graphic organizers for comparing and contrasting, reflection and interpretation. 


 Click over to the Fun To Teach store and grab your download of this great product!

Great printables to excite and interest your students while reading this great Thanksgiving book!


Happy Teaching! 


November 2, 2016

🔵🔵Video Time! The Third Wheel

Hello everyone,

Aren't idioms fun!Check out this fun video and then read on to make your own interactive idiom bulletin board!

The Third Wheel from Melissa Kumaresan on Vimeo.

This is a picture of an interactive idiom board  for the whole school to participate in.

Idiom Bulletin Board - Step by Step Instructions

This easy, fun and creative bulletin board makes you look like a pro as you develop student vocabulary and language skills. This bulletin board works great in a classroom or hallway for the whole school to be involved with. I wanted a way to involve my school in language development and used this idea. Follow these quick steps and you will be on your way!


4-5 idioms and simple definitions
Computer/word processor
Images to represent the idioms and the definitions
Construction paper
Scissors/paper cutter

Step 1:

Decorate the Bulletin Board with colored Butcher paper of your choice as a background. Use a contrasting borders that complements the color you chose.

Step 2:

Choose a theme for the idioms you will use. Some popular themes include:
Bees, horses, weather, dogs, tired.

Step 3:

Choose 4 idioms. Take care in choosing the idioms. Idioms for intermediate language level students should be idioms that give a hint to the meaning. An example of this is "it's raining cats and dogs". The word "raining" is a clue to the meaning. Early advanced language learners can work with idioms such as, "you're pulling my leg" which doesn't give the learner any clues to the meaning. Choose which language level you want the students to work with.

Step 4:

Collect 1 picture per idiom that displays what the words say and another picture that shows what the idiom means. Use your own classroom images for this or do a quick Google search for "idiom images".

Step 5:

Type up and print the idioms. Glue the typed idioms and the images onto colored construction paper. Cut to size.

Step 6:

Place the 4 idiom images that display what the words "say" at regular intervals across the top of the bulletin board.

Place the text under each picture.

At the bottom of the bulletin board place the image of what the idioms "mean" in random order.

Step 7:

Staple a piece of yarn under the text of each idiom long enough to reach to the image that shows the true meaning of the idiom. Tie a loop in the end of the piece of yarn so children can attach the yarn to the correct meaning.

Step 8:

Stick a pushpin into the bulletin board above the random images that shows the true meaning.

You now have an interactive bulletin board where students can match up the idiom to the image of its meaning by attaching the looped yarn to the push pin above the image of the true idiom meaning! Watch your students have fun and learn about idioms!

Happy Teaching!

Article Source: [] Idiom Bulletin Board - Step by Step Instructions. By []Lori Wolfe

Happy Teaching!

October 5, 2016

🔵🔵 Video Time! Brain Breaks!

Hello everyone,

This short video from the Teaching Channel💜  shows a classroom teacher giving a brain break to her students.  

These breaks let kids move as they transition to a new subject or activity!  Great idea!

What types of transition moves do you use with your students?

Pop in a comment and let us know!

🌺 Happy Teaching!

September 15, 2016

Measurement Sort

Hello everyone!
Looking 👀 for some fun and engaging ways to enhance measurement vocabulary around centimeters and inches?  I just added this little unit to Fun To Teach's  TPT store
 This mini-unit has everything you need to enhance measurement vocabulary in your student. 🐾
We have included black lines for a variety of measurement sorts that build math vocabulary and increase measurement understanding. In addition, our measurement activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your students learn through hands-on experiences. 👋🏾  This unit is ready to work for you!

This 13-page measurement sort contains reproducible black lines! Teaching!

September 7, 2016

128 Words to Use Instead of Very

Hi everyone,
This is fun!
I printed it out this morning for my classroom!
Check it out.

128 Words to Use Instead of Very: Friends don't let friends use 'very.' #DontUseVery

Happy Teaching!Lori

August 22, 2016

☀️Much more on Learning Centers Made Simple!☀️

Hello everyone!

This is part 3 of using centers in your classroom…

Have you wanted to try centers in your classroom, but weren’t sure where to start?  Have you tried centers and not been successful?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about  centers.

Welcome to a center-based classroom!
Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing students in small groups working cooperatively. One group sits at a center with the teacher for guided reading instruction. Another group of children work at a theme center sequencing the life cycle of an insect. At the next center, students work together restructuring a story with sentence strips. The teacher signals for attention; the students quiet for directions. Students clean up their centers and rotate to the next center, going right to work.  Centers can be done simply with the helpful hints we give you here. Read on and
make centers a reality in your classroom!
By providing a center-based environment in your classroom, you will be able to give your attention to small groups of children during “guided reading.” Research shows that this small-group instruction is one of the primary components that leads to strong readers. Centers also allow you to teach to all the student levels that are in your classroom. Your choice to run centers in your classroom will also teach your students how to work cooperatively in small groups. Learning centers allow you to teach “responsibility” as students work independently, practicing and
reviewing skills and concepts at each center. 
Q: How does a center-based classroom look?
A: Many teachers use tables and desks against the walls in
their classroom. You can use student desks as a center, too.
During center time, the desks will be empty and small groups of children will be sitting at centers throughout the room. The teacher at guided reading will have her/his back to the wall in order to see all centers at a glance from where she/he sits.


Q: How many adults do I need to run centers in my classroom?

A: Just you! When you teach the routines and procedures of

your centers well, your students will learn how to work without supervision during center time.

Q: How long is center time?
A: That depends on you and on how many centers you have
each day. If you have five groups of students rotating through five centers and spending 15 minutes at each center, then you will need 1 hour and 15 minutes for center time. Six groups of children rotating through six centers will need an hour and a half. Remember to add a little extra time for the rotation of
groups when determining the time you will allot for centers.
Q: When it is time to change centers, how do I get my studentsattention?
A: Ringing a bell or calling out “freeze” or “give me five” are great ways to call your students to attention. Teach your students to “freeze” when the signal is given and to listen for instructions.

Happy Teaching,

For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here! 

 Click Here!

August 20, 2016

☀️More Learning Centers Made Simple!☀️

Hi everyone,

Let's continue on our discussion on running a center based classroom.  Let's take a look at the answers to some common questions teachers have as they get started!

 Questions and Answers!
Q: What is a center?
A: A center is a physical area in a classroom set aside for a specific
learning purpose. The center has appropriate materials and supplies
so students can work individually or in cooperative groups.
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Q: How many students should I put in each group?
A: We recommend three to four students in each group at each center.
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Q: How long do students spend at each center?
A: Twenty to thirty minutes at each center is an adequate amount of time for students to complete most center activities.
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Q: How do students know where to go when it is time to rotate centers?
A: By teaching and practicing the routines and procedures you want followed at center time, your students will know what you want them to do. We suggest you follow a clockwise rotation pattern to rotate students through centers.
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Q: How do I group my students for centers?
A: To teach to the varied levels in all classrooms, we suggest you group your students by reading abilities. By grouping students this way, you can meet the instructional needs of all your students in language arts. Learning centers will allow you to teach to your low, medium, and high ability groups and move everyone forward.

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For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

Check our next post for more insights to running centers in your classroom!

Happy Teaching,

For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

August 18, 2016

☀️Learning Centers Made Simple!☀️

Hello everyone!

Have you wanted to try learning centers in your classroom, but weren’t sure where to start?  🌋

Have you tried centers and not been successful?  

If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about math and literacy centers.

Let's start with the basics! 🅱 

What does a center-based classroom look like? 

A well-run center-based classroom will have small groups of children working independently at all of the centers, the teacher leading a small group at the guided reading center and perhaps a parent facilitating another center.  The children will be engaged in the activities, well trained about the procedures, and involved in their own learning.

What's the rationale?
Learning centers facilitate growth and learning!

💭 Learning centers provide an opportunity for small-group

reading instruction.

💭  Learning centers enhance student learning.

💭  Learning centers teach students responsibility.

💭  Learning centers allow you to teach to a variety of

learning styles.

💭  Learning centers offer a wider variety of activities for

students to learn from.

💭  Learning centers allow students to work at their own level

while reviewing and practicing skills.

💭  Learning centers promote cooperative learning

 Stay tuned for the next post and the answers to some common questions about Learning Centers.
Happy Teaching😊,

For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

July 27, 2016

♥️ Past Tense Verb Bundle! ♥️

Hello everyone💜.  

I have been asked many times to bundle my past tense verb games and I finally did!  Now you can get all 3 past tense verb games and the ‘Regular Past Tense Verb Song’ in one great package.  So get ready for some fun and click here to hop on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store! ☑️

We know that children learn best through play and this  English Past Tense Verb bundle reinforces the past participle, regular, and irregular past tense with 3 exciting grammar games and an entertaining song with an upbeat catchy tune.  👉🏾I have also included visuals, game cards and activities you can use quickly and easily.  Your students will be singing and playing their way to a higher English level.

This bundle contains 184 pages of exciting academic past tense verb review.  I have included all 3 of my past tense verb games and the regular past tense verb song packet.  It is a bundle of educational activities that will entice students of all ages and increase academic vocabulary, strengthen grammar and build a strong English foundation with games and songs!

This fun and fabulous Past Tense Verb bundle includes:

Irregular Past Tense Verb Game

 • 3 Sounds of “ed” Past Tense Verb Game

•Past Participle Verb Game

•Regular Past Tense Verb Song

So what are you waiting for  
Jump on over to Teachers Pay Teachers (click here) and check out this super past tense verb bundle that needs to be in your toolbox today!

I hope your summer is going well!

Happy Teaching!
Lori Wolfe

June 1, 2016

End of the year special...just for you!

Hello everyone!

Summer is almost here, yahoo!
Before you close up your classroom for the year, check out this end of the year deal from Fun To Teach!
Click here for this great deal! now on Amazon you can download our Multiplication 5 minute timed test package with all factors 0-12 for just 99¢.  


That's right!  Only .99¢


Click here for this great deal!  

Hurry, this price won't last long (Usually $4.00).  Please leave a review!

Happy Teaching!

April 22, 2016

Friday Freebie! by 8 - Multiplication Math Games and Lesson Plans

Check out this 26-page package freebie that focuses on multiplying by 8. Teaching elementary students to multiply is quick and effective when students practice their multiplication facts with these fun and engaging reproducible multiplication games, lesson plans and activities.

This package includes 5 Math Games:
*Multiplying by 8
*Match It Up!
*Multiplication Bingo
*Flash Card Bingo

*Homework Black lines
*Timed Tests
*Score Graphs

Each multiplication game includes game boards, cards, practice sheets, a 5 minute-timed test and graph for efficient assessment.

Also included are 5 black lines, which can be used to differentiate your instruction, as seat work or sent home as homework. Flash cards also come in this packet.

These games are effective ways to reach and teach your English language learners and at risk students. Differentiate your elementary instruction with this great 26-page multiplication game and activities.

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