Back to School Freebies - Ice Breaker cards, Number Match, Write the Room, and STEM

Hello Friends,

It's back to school time and I thought that I would share a few freebies that might be useful for your Back to School set up.

I use this resource EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Using these Yes and No question cards are such a fun icebreaker to use for those first few days of school.

There are 32 cards that can be used for an ice breaker game or discussion partners. Here are a few samples of the questions.

These cards can be hung up in the classroom for a large group game. When a question is asked, children simple go to the "Yes" or "No" card sorting themselves into two groups.

This is a Math game that I created a few years ago. It's an easy Apple Matching game.

 I love Write the Room! I use it every week and my kiddos love searching the room for words. This resource is a free sample of my EDITABLE Write the Room resources.

My kids really enjoy doing STEM activities. The problem that I have always had is trying to fit it in into my very busy day. This resource is a free sample of my (Mostly) One Hour STEM activities for little kids. In this freebie, kids learn about the scientific method through bubble exploration and they SHOULD be finished in an hour.

So,  that's it for now. I hope that you can find something in these free resources that will help make the beginning of school easier!

Until next time!

(Mostly) One Hour STEM Lessons for Kindergarten.... and a free sample resource

Hello Friends,
It has been awhile since I last posted here. There are several reasons. One of the biggest ones is that I have been working on revisions of a science pack that I created two years ago. It has taken a LONG, long time to get it to the point that I wanted it to be. It has been deactivated for about a year. Since I am still a classroom kindergarten teacher, everything that I create and sell in my TPT store is tested by my students and me. Well..... after trying out my old "ABC Science" packet last year, it did not work well and simply was not the quality resource that I try to keep in my store. The original resource was based on every letter of the alphabet. I HAD thought that this would work out great; combining my ELA lessons with a science lesson. But, what I found was that this made the whole process MORE complicated. Because the letters that we were working on at the time did not necessarily line up with the science lessons that were based on those letters, the flow of my lesson planning was choppy. I also wanted  for each lesson to last an hour or LESS. With all the ELA, Math, and social/emotional learning that goes on in my kindergarten classroom, my time for teaching STEM is limited, which is why I wanted to keep the activities to under an hour. STEM activities that did not "break the bank" when gathering supplies for them was another priority.  So, after many, many months, I finally reactivated my old "ABC Science" and re-named it to  (MOSTLY) ONE HOUR STEM LESSONS for Kindergarten. I am fairly certain that the activities would work for first grade and possibly pre-K or second grade. BUT...All the activities included have been tested in a kindergarten classroom. It is named MOSTLY One hour because as with all things, sometimes an activity will take longer than anticipated. Plus, some activities might involve starting in the morning, letting them sit, and completing them in the afternoon. Each section has more than one activity included, too, which means that if you want your student to do each activity, it will take longer than an hour. I will often do one of the activities on one day and re-visit the other ones on subsequent days.


Each packet includes THREE sections and each section includes teacher read aloud pages, activities appropriate for STEM learning, a supply list, and student recording sheets. The sections are written in such a way that you can pick and choose which activity that you wish to do with your students. Here is a quick look at ONE HOUR STEM LESSONS - Sink and Float, Ducks, and Fish.

The teacher read-aloud pages in Float & Sink, Ducks, and Fish begin by walking kids through the process of asking a question, making a hypothesis, and then doing an experiment. The vocabulary word in this packet is DENSITY. (Please note: Not all packets begin this way. Some begin with background information for the teacher to share. All sections encourage kids to think and apply what they know to a problem.)

 A few STEM concepts are repeated throughout packets. For example, the word DENSITY is reinforced in Sink/Float and Ducks. The concept of everything being made up of particles (or molecules) is found in Sink/Float and Heat.

 After introducing the concept with the teacher read-aloud pages, students begin their experiment. All sections have student pages (not blacklines)  to encourage children to ask questions and form a hypothesis. I import these student directions upon my interactive whiteboard. After the experiment, a student recording sheet is included in every section.

 I have a free sample lesson in my TPT store.  It is a much shortened example of what is included in a each packet, but it should give you an idea of how they work. The I CAN BE A SCIENTIST recording sheet is generic and can be used for many STEM activities. The recording sheet has 2 writing levels to aid in your differentiation.

I CAN BE SCIENTIST uses bubble exploration to practice the steps in the scientific method.

Posters with simple explanations for the scientific method are included in the FREE SAMPLE,

A supply list is added to the beginning of each section.

Teacher directions and examples for the experiment steps are included at the beginning of each section.

The entire bundle can be found by clicking on the image below. You will also find the individual packets on this page.

 PLEASE NOTE: If you purchased the ABC Science bundle, the revisions are available for you to download. Unfortunately, if you purchased ABC Science A-M or ABC Science N-Z, those resources have been discontinued. The changes that I made are so extensive that they could not be split into two parts.  I sincerely apologize for being unable to offer an upgrade to these older products.  

Until next time!


Ocean Writing and Crayon Resist Art for Kindergarten

Hello Friends,

I am doing a bit of teacher bragging in this post.

Teaching writing has ALWAYS been a challenge for me. Especially at the beginning of the year when many of my kinders have not mastered all their letter sounds. So, I start with teaching my kiddos to write a story with their drawing. I use a lot of directed drawing and step by step drawing techniques. My kids have always caught on to using this type of learning and it is such an amazing way to start learning to write a story.

As the year progresses, my kids become exposed to proper sentence composition - adding capital letters at the beginning and a punctuation mark at the end. We discuss adding details to our sentences to make them interesting. By May, I expect each one of my students to write at least 3 sentences that make sense, have spaces between words, a capital letter at the beginning, and a punctuation mark at the end. Of course, some of my littles write more than 3 sentences, but the minimum requirement is three.

So..... here comes my brag. Our last unit was the Ocean. My students created a crayon resist picture of the ocean during one of their centers. The next day they wrote about their picture. Oh my goodness.... I am so proud of them. This project made my teacher heart flutter! If you would like the template for writing, you can click HERE.  (Remember... if you get a message asking me to share this document with you, try to download away from your school network. Many schools will not let their teachers download from a site that is not included in their network.) 

Here are a few examples of their work:
The drawings that they created were done by looking at step by step drawing books or simply drawn from their own amazing minds. I did not give them templates or tracers.

 Until next time!