September 28, 2021

Will US Schools Have Temperature Checks When They Reopen?

As school administrators discuss school reopening plans, what do you think they have in mind for temperature checks of students? Schools in other countries, like China and Vietnam, have already reopened schools, and pictures such as these show how the students submit to having their temperature taken before they can enter the school each morning. Lining up for temperature checks each morning seems to be something that most students wouldn’t mind doing, but some parents could easily see this as an invasion of privacy and find a way …

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Learning Activities About Germs, Viruses and Washing Your Hands

These are crazy times right now. In future years, we may look back on 2020 as the year of the Coronavirus Pandemic, or it might just be passed off as a bad virus or flu. Either way, it is still a time to learn about what is a virus, how germs are spread, and how washing your hands can help keep you from getting sick. Germs are tiny organisms that can only be seen through a microscope.  Did you know our bodies are always full of germs?  They …

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How Education Could Change When Schools Start Up Again

When the Coronavirus pandemic forced our schools to close, educators had to quickly seek methods for remote learning. But as we look forward to the reopening of schools, for most not until the fall, it gives us some time to look at how education could change when schools start up again. Not only will schools need to continue to deal with the virus, but there is also an opportunity to re-think how teachers teach and students learn. Teaching options: Social distancing will most likely need to continue to …

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American Revolution Activity Packet

It’s Springtime – and here in New England, it is when the American Revolution is celebrated.  Especially here in Lexington where, on Patriots Day each year, the historic Battle of Lexington is re-enacted.  I got up early a few years ago to go see it.  And when I say early, I mean 4:30 am.  The battle starts at 6:00, and you have to get there early to get a good view.  The Battle Green in Lexington is not very big, and there are so many people that attend …

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A Grace-Filled Classroom Blog Re-launch!

Hey everyone – check out my friend Laura’s blog re-launch!  She’s having a celebration with lots of daily giveaways from Saturday, March 19 – Wednesday, March 23. I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.  She’s lined up some great giveaways, from Erin Condren, Kendra Scott, Amazon, and Teachers Pay Teachers product bundles.  My Spring Activity Packet 2-5 is included in the 3rd grade bundle, so enter to win!Here’s the link to Laura’s blog re-launch: A Grace-Filled Classroom Cheers!Kriss

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St. Patrick’s Day Activity Worksheets

It’s springtime again … and that means the first spring holiday is almost here – St. Patrick’s Day!   I had fun putting together my St. Patrick’s Day Activity Packet.  I started with a little geography about Ireland – and also the Irish flag.  Then there’s a history sheet about St. Patrick, who he was and what he did.  I actually created two versions, one that talks more about the religion aspects of his life and one that is more non-religious.  Next is a worksheet about the shamrock – …

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Daylight Saving Time Activity Packet

Hey, it’s that time of year again (already!).  We’re about to change our clocks again for Daylight Saving Time.  What’s the best way to teach students about why we change the clocks?  Check out my new Activity Packet … I have some reading worksheets that explain why we have Daylight Saving Time and the history behind Daylight Savings, both with Close Read response worksheets and a Paired Text worksheet.The packets also has some drawing and coloring activities, fill in the blanks, and some other fun writing activities, like …

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KP Classroom in the TpT Newsletter!

Wow – so exciting!  My Leap Year product made the Teachers Pay Teachers newsletter!When I made the Leap Day / Leap Year product, I knew there weren’t many available like it, and so when it began to sell, I looked at how to submit it as a sponsored resource in the TpT Newsletter.  Julie had her Habitats product in the newsletter last year.  And I read on the forum that if you believed in your product, and that it was different and seasonal, that you should keep submitting …

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Leap Day / Leap Year Activity Packet

     Mrs. Robinson is a 2nd grade teacher.  She has a student named Jack who has only had two birthdays.  How can that be?      Jack’s birthday is February 29.  But wait, doesn’t February have 28 days?  Yes it does, but Jack was born in 2008 and February had 29 days because it was a Leap Year.  What is a leap year?      Every four years, a day is added to the calendar. It happens in a Leap Year. So every four years there is a year with …

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New Printer: Canon MG7700 PIXMA

Subheading: We now hate HP Printers!OK.  I was ready to heave the HP Pinter out the 2nd floor window.  Seriously.  This was our 2nd HP Printer.  The last one had print head problems.  But the reviews on the 8600, when it came out, said those issues had been resolved.  So we bought it.  Partly because we were already familiar with the HP brand and already had the HP printer apps, etc.  Also, HP has this Ink Cartridge delivery system that Julie wanted to have … only to find …

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