September 28, 2021

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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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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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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Ancient Greece – History and Activity Packet

Continuing my trek through the ancient civilizations, my next stop is Ancient Greece.  I had also traveled to Greece during my European trip back in college.  From the island of Corfu to the Acropolis in Athens, it was also a great time – especially Athens!  Seeing the Parthenon and other temples on the Acropolis was a thrill.In researching the Greeks for a teaching packet, I started with a little bit of their history and basic vocabulary, followed by Greek Stories.  The Greeks were great writers, with legends, myths …

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Ancient Egypt History, Literacy and Math Activies

When I was in middle school, I loved studying the Egyptians as part of the Ancient Civilizations unit.  It is hard to believe their culture remained untouched for thousands of years!  I mean, the USA has only been a country for a little over 200 years, and we think the colonial Americans were a long, long time ago.Then, when I was in architecture school, I studied the art and architecture of the Egyptians and was fascinated by their pyramids and temples.  So much so that when I had …

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Space, the Solar System and Planets Activity Packet

Space, the Final Frontier …No, no – this will not be a Star Trek blog post.  Instead, I’d like to tell you about a fun activity packet about Space that I just finished!  Here’s the cover: I put this cover together using some clip art from a couple of my KP Clipart Space sets – Space Backgrounds and Space Buddies.  Then, throughout the activity packet, I also used clip art from my KP Clipart Space Planets and Rockets set and Solar System and Planets set.  I also had …

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Pirate Activity Packet

Arrrrr matey!  Who doesn’t love pirates?  Well, except for all of the plundering they did back in the day … but now, looking back in history, they seem to have some sort of romanticized reputation.  Children now see pirates as these funny characters full of adventure – which makes pirate-themed teaching materials so great for learning.For this activity packet, I started by assembling all of the clipart I wanted to use.  Some of it were bits and pieces I had collected in preparation for my own set of …

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Scrappy Buddies

Having spent a lot of time drawing my Friends characters, I decided I needed a change – not only to make some younger-looking kids, but also as a creative challenge to myself.  I’ll be the first to admit my OCD-tendencies, but this clipart journey has already got me believing I can do things I didn’t know I had in me.  All along I told Julie that I don’t really do “cute”, but with so many products now behind me, and me feeling more confident in my abilities, I …

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Turning Heads …

You never know what’s gonna come next.  Yeah, I’ve got a list a mile long of clipart to be drawn, but as I’ve started the new Buddies series I’m coming up with some new ideas of clipart I haven’t seen in other sets.  I saw this idea in a reference image, and decided this would be my next set.Certainly, the views from the front and back were easiest to draw, and the profile views (1/2 turn right and 1/2 turn left) were fairly easy.  But the 1/4 and …

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