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July 18, 2009 - Senior NC Teaching Fellows Conference Workshop Notes and Resources

Seasonal Activities

Below is a list of compiled websites where you will find many gems.

Jessica Meacham
Great site with tons of printables. Graphing, “Roll a…” activities, math tub labels and activities, guided reading lesson plans and templates, literacy center signs and labels, mini office downloads, alphabet work, writing mini-lessons, forms, and more.

Beth Newingham
Book basket labels available to download, along with information on how to organize and level your classroom library. Interesting information about classroom economy. Lots of neat project and celebration ideas.
Awesome early childhood site. Pattern block mats, pattern cards, numeral cards, dot cards, sorting mats, playdough ideas and recipes, cooking recipes, art recipes, science ideas, and more!

Student Printable Dictionaries

Lindsay Whyte
Class blog (second graders) and teacher downloads. Back to school activities, class job labels, 100th day activities, Postcard Exchange, and more.

Christina Bainbridge
Calendar routine files: tooth tally chart, weather graph, piggy bank, and thermometer; Snazzy Snacks, Word Wall cheer cards, vocabulary book, and more. Very creative holiday projects such as Christmas Around the World scrapbook, passports, and tangram trees.
Reading Bingo grids, book report forms, Homeworkopoly, I Have, Who Has template, and other files.

Variety of Resources
Resources listed alphabetically and then broken down into student, teacher, parent lists. Back to school poems and songs, warm-ups, icebreakers;

Sparkle Box

Lots of printables for literacy, numeracy, etc. Nonstandard measurement picture cards, sorting cards, 2D and 3D Bingo, symmetrical pictures, Word Wall Words on “bricks”, signs and labels.
Section for new teachers with tips and helpful links, monthly page with journal calendar, literature connections, craft ideas, and holiday activities.
Site with lots of literacy station ideas including printables and other useful websites. Pocket chart story element cards, handwriting sheets, 3, 4, 5, and 6 word sentence centers, antonym, synonym, and compound word cards, ending sound mats, contraction puzzles, digraph matching pictures, lots of themes and units, as well as math ideas, too.
Free file folder games for different ages! Matching and sequencing, alphabet, counting, place value, science, phonics, and health activities.
Resources for working with ELL students.
Many topics organized by elementary, middle, and high school. Includes many free online games for students.

Dr. Jean
Activity of the Month, songs and poems, cheers, and more.

Kindergarten Site
Where are We? Door poster, labels, Boo Boo Basket label, blending, calendar routine descriptions, days of the week and months of the year printables, CVC mats, center ideas, first days of school forms, picture cards, and predictable charts.

More Kindergarten Ideas
Center ideas, songs, and more. Great thematic resources. Many ideas for using inexpensive materials in art and science.

Literacy Centers

First and Second Grade Literacy Centers
Directions for centers including alphabetizing center, sticker stories, top ten list, etc.

Carl’s Corner
Tons and tons of printables! Word family and sight word activities, center signs and ideas, alphabet activities, readers, songs, themes, poetry, and more.

Mandy Gregory
Prefix and suffix, homophones, plural nouns, apostrophes, kinds of sentences, fact and opinion, and other literacy centers. Lots of good games for second and third grade.

Joanne Griffin
Neat activities for “First Day in First Grade,…..Fifth Day in Fifth Grade, …” Literature circles, August work stations, Smart Boxes, Readers’ Theater, January work stations, listening center activities, guided reading information, poetry, and task cards. More than just literacy centers. Site includes math stations, thematic projects, and great writing ideas.

Freida Lewis
Guess the Covered Word Powerpoints, sight word activities, making words, writing prompts, and webquests.

Teresa Wilson
Writing activities such as: The ABCs of me, At the Circus Stories, and Stir Up a Spooky Story. Literacy activities such as: Read, Think, and Sort, Scoop ‘n Spell, and Synonyms for Sale.
Reading centers for K-1, 2-3, 4-5. Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency centers.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Literacy Ideas (and fourth)
Ideas for great literacy stations.

Literacy Centers
book basket labels, retelling pieces for flannelboard, class book ideas, kindergarten center ideas.

Kathy Bumgardner
Retell printables-bookmarks, mini charts, thinking clouds, and more.

Mrs. Vensko
Task cards for literacy stations: poetry, grammar, listening, computer, word work, and others. Also, information on how she uses Daily 5.

Ms. Jensen
Literary posters and station ideas.
Includes center ideas and printables for the following centers: reading, word work, writing, vocabulary, listening, language arts, computers, poetry, and literature circles. Also includes general management and organization information.

Book Reports


Several different curriculum links. Check out the CGI word problems.

Ms. Powell &
Many organization ideas and math games.

Number Tubs
Number family work with partner puzzles, games, tile math, dominoes, flashcards, card mats, and slider cards.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Interactive activities with base ten blocks, counters, pattern blocks, etc.

Lesson plans and featured interactive activities.

Math Wire
Searchable by math topic or seasonally-includes best practice ideas and resources

Math Fact Cafe
free math printables

Fuel the Brain
Interactive math games, daily word problems (called Brain Boosters), seasonal math activities, and more. Click Contact Us to get in touch with me!