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Patterning Activities in Google Slides

My students have always love engaging patterning activities using a wide variety of manipulatives. 

As we moved into digital learning, I needed a way of being able to help students access activities through an online activity.

It was Google Slides to the rescue!

These patterning activities have become my students favourite activities through this distance learning process. Our students find the movable pieces to be very engaging as I am able to cater activities to our classes interests!

They simply click and drag the images in the bottom right corner to make the patterns!

I have been assigning two slides, every other week for my students to participate in a digital patterning activity. This allows for students to not be overwhelmed and I can differentiate slides to different students based on their needs and their interests!

To make this easy for families, I duplicated the file in my drive and then deleted the slides that I am not wanting to assign to my students. Then share this file in Google Classroom as an assignment where each student has their own copy.

There are 30 different slides included in this patterning activity. There are 5 different patterns included in this digital assignment with 6 different slides with unique images for each one. Included are AB, AAB, ABB, ABA and ABC patterns.

We have had fantastic reviews from our parents. It has been a fun interactive game for their children and they have loved it!

Click on the image below to see the activities we have used so far.

Recycling Bin Labels for the Classroom

Do your children know where recycling items are supposed to go?

Many days I have had to sort the recycling myself prior to emptying it in the large school bins that go out to the road. Despite many hands on lessons to teach my students about proper recycling habits.

Many children do not understand the concepts of different types of materials, or simply don't care about it. This causes frustrations for our custodians and even our eco-team.

As a result, I created these visual recycling labels. I needed something that kids, or visiting adults to my classroom, could easily reference to know how to sort each item.

I simply printed them, laminated them and have posted them for kids to reference as an anchor chart. 

Having these clear labels has helped stop this confusion in my class. I no longer have to sort my recycling bins before it gets dumped into the big school bins anymore. This is a huge time saver for me at school!

As many different areas have different rules, I have created multiple printing options. Check them out by clicking on the images in this blog post if you're interested an anchor chart to help your kids learn to sort your classroom or schools recycling!

Printer Friendly End of the Year Awards

You are never too old to get an award and enjoy being appreciated.

This is exactly why I created these awards designed for students in junior, intermediate or senior grades. They have a simple, clean-cut design and cursive font that older students can relate to.

Printer friendly end of the year awards are perfect for teachers looking for a simplistic design on a budget!

Awards make kids feel special and ensures students know that we "get them" when we acknowledge their unique, amazing qualities that make each one of them special.

Click on the image below to check them out!

Character Trait End of the Year Awards

I love focusing on character traits throughout the school year. 

I firmly believe we need to build up children's character and help them understand that this is what makes them into human beings that bring out the best in others and in themselves.
Some years, I like to give out simple, generic awards that all kids can relate too. I particularly like this set for primary grades as the graphics are kid friendly and they can easily relate to the alphabet being relevant to their day to day lives!

This set offers 111 black and white character trait awards. My students enjoy coloring them and making each one uniquely theirs and I like it as it is printer friendly and cost effective when I have to print at home.

Awards make kids feel special and ensures students know that I "get them" when I acknowledge their unique, amazing traits.

Click on the image below to check them out if you're interested!

Editable End of the Year Awards

I love to let my students know that I recognize them for being a unique person. One of my favorite ways is by giving them awards.

Awards make kids feel special and ensures students know that I "get them" when I acknowledge their unique, amazing traits.
I'm in love with the kid theme version of these editable awards as there are 241 printable options! I promise, it is easy. All you need is PowerPoint or Google Slides. Everything is set up for you already. Simply fill in your names, the date and then press print!

You can even highlight the text to change the font if you want a fancier font to give to students!

Over the years I have had a lot of fun coming up with a variety of ways to acknowledge students. Many of the awards I have made were for specific students I have taught. I've even had many people email me to request additions to this file!

I love that I can add our names, choose the font and font size as well as add the date to each one. This means I can reuse it yearly!

Are you looking for different awards that are not included in this file? Don't worry! There are 15 slides that allow you to create your own!

If you would like to give these awards a try, check them out at my TpT store!

Remembrance Day Books

I have written about my favourite books that I have used over the years that I have found to be helpful when teaching children about Remembrance Day.

It is not an easy topic to teach, but it is very important to learn our history and how others have sacrificed for us and our country.

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A Poppy is to Remember

By: Heather Patterson & Ron Lightburn
This book explains the history behind the poppy. It uses simple wording and talks about past and present wars as well as peacekeeping missions that Canada has been and currently are involved in.

A Bear in War

By: Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat
Based upon true events, this book will soon be a Canadian classic. Told from the perspective of Teddy. Teddy is sent overseas by a daughter to her dad. who is a medic during World War I. The story is about the bears' journey through war and how it comes back alone to Canada. It is a great story to teach students about why we honour veterans for their service.

The Land of Many Colors

By: the Klonoth County YMCA Family Preschool
This book teaches children about conflict through people who are portrayed by different colors of the rainbow. Each color thinks their color is the best and there is a theme of teasing due to these differences. A war breaks out and one small voice makes big difference. Children learn that what they do matters and that they can make a difference.

What Does Peace Feel Like?

By: Vladimir Radunsky
This book was created as a compilation of many different children's idea of what peace means to them in relation to their five senses. Young children and older children will easily understand how everyone thinks differently and yet can relate to the same feeling.

This is a great writing prompt for any age.

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion

By: Jane Barclay
Learning about war can be difficult for young children. This book uses animals and child friendly language which children can relate to in order to explain the different aspects of war. Topics do not go in depth but allow conversations to be started and directed by the adults reading the story.

Peas on Earth

By: Todd H. Doodler
This book uses play on words that will entertain children and adults alike. Not only does it go into topics of peace, relationships, and friendship but it also discusses how we need to take care of the environment.

The Peace Book

By: Todd Parr
This is a basic introduction to peace and what it means to get along with others from all around the world.

Hero Mom

By: Melinda Hardin
This is a patriotic story about how a little American girl shares how her mom is a hero. She isn't a superhero, but she is amazing!

Hero Dad

By: Melinda Hardin
This is another patriotic story about how a little American boy shares how his dad is a hero! In kid-friendly language, it explains life in the military from a child's perspective.

I hope you find a helpful book looking at this collection of stories.

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Want some free learning materials for your class? If you order before Halloween, Canadian Veteran Affairs will send you resources for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students. They are guaranteed to arrive before November 11th if ordered on time. Click here to go straight to their website!

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