Fun Activities With Recycled Newspapers

Fun Activities With Recycled Newspapers

This post has fun activities with recycled newspapers to help keep children busy some day while waiting to open presents during the holiday season.  The activities are inexpensive, and children enjoy them. With old newspapers, tape, string, and scissors the children can be entertained.

Fun Activities With Recycled NewspapersFirst, the Möbius strip is a continuous one sided band.  If an ant starts walking on one, the ant will end up where it started.  What is fun is that when cut down the middle (like the median on a highway) it will open in to two interlocked circles.  Children like to try different numbers of twists to see if this always happens or not. Here is a tray prepared with a Möbius strip and also one cut in the middle showing what happens. For the very young, draw a line down the middle of the “road” to support the cutting efforts.

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When a different number of twists are made to the Möbius strip before taping closed, different results occur.  Usually the circles are interlocked.  Children like the trial and error approach and trying this again and again. (I do realize this changes the intent of the math.)

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By rolling up a few newspaper pages, tying with a string, and cutting thin strips at one end, a tree is prepared and ready to grow.  Next, reach in the end with the fringe, and pull carefully on the part of the newspaper not cut.  The tree will grow right before the children’s eyes.  If tape is used when the paper is first rolled up, the growing is more limited. Steve Spangler science has more detailed information about this project. With his project, a cardboard tube is also used, which is good if this is being done with just a few children.

make newspaper trees that "grow"

Next, a single sheet of newspaper may be folded in to a square.  Fold one corner over keeping the edges straight, and crease.  Cut off the excess inch or so on the one side.  Now you have a square.  Any origami folding may be used, such a a hat. This is a link to a page with origami instructions.

newspaper-for-origamiNewspapers may be used for gift wrapping practice for children, also, and it won’t ruin any nice gift wrap.  When they have learned a little and practiced, this post at Living Montessori Now could be used to help them further their skills:

Montessori-Inspired Kids’ Gift Wrapping Activities

Here is a grocery bag is full of prepared Möbius strips for a classroom.  Children do think these activities are fun.  My students would remember doing these activities as a favorite at the end of the school year.

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Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 

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Free Grade 2 Word Wall Printable

Free Grade 2 Word Wall Printable

This post has a free grade 2 word wall printable.  This PDF opens right here.  It is intended to accompany writing workshop or class writing time.  Students all know they aren’t supposed to constantly ask, “How do you spell _______?” yet some just can’t help asking.  Part of the solution is to provide an A to Z list of frequently used words with some space for adding more.  I used something similar to this format, and just wrote the requested words in the same column as those for a letter, on the right side of the column.

Click on these words or the printable below to download your copy, right here.

free grade 2 word wall printable

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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Free Printable Where is Reunion Island

Free Printable Where is Reunion Island

Most children are aware of where the island of Madagascar is thanks to recent movies. However, where in the world is Reunion Island which is right near Madagascar?  Do you know? Many can probably easily find Madagascar on a globe or world map.  This mini-lesson will help extend their knowledge to another “nearby” (at least to our eye looking at a map) island, Reunion Island, or La Réunion. With a fabulous landscape, volcanoes, adventure sports, and cultural activities, it is also very interesting.  Tourism is a major business there, and at the official tourism site there are 360 degree sea and sky views with breathtaking views. I am only linking to this one page.  So, here is my free printable.  Classes may need a very short filler during the busy month of December, or something for the fast finishers in class.  This is just a mini-lesson and it is free.

free printable where is Reunion Island differences-between-Reunion-Island-and-Madagascar-Island

Madagascar has more wildlife and exclusive creatures.  Reunion has more city areas, as well as astounding natural beauty.

Thanks for reading,

Carolyn Wilhelm

 

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Free 2014 Winter Holiday eBooks Now Available on TpT

Free 2014 Winter Holiday eBooks Now Available on TpT

The free 2014 Winter Holiday eBooks are now available on Teachers Pay Teachers  Each year the winter holiday eBooks have been a popular way to see the new holiday and subject area freebies by groups of sellers and by grade levels.

Below are the links to the eBooks which can be downloaded for free on TpT.  Teachers Pay Teachers has generously sponsored these books.

First, here is the free Pre-K and K 2014 Winter Holidays eBook, linking to holiday freebies. The book was compiled by Krissy Miner of Mrs. Miner’s Monkey Business.  Wise Owl Factory is on almost the last page in this eBook.

Free 2014 Winter Holiday eBooks Now Available on TpT

The grades 1-2 2014 Winter Holidays Tips and Freebies eBook is now available, also. This book was compiled by Hilary Lewis, that Rockin’ Teacher!

Free 2014 Winter Holiday eBooks Now Available on TpT

Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom compiled the grades 3-5 eBook again this year.  Here is the 2014 Winter Holiday Tips and Freebies:  Grades 3-5 Edition.

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This next one is for grades 6-12 and is for English and Language Arts.  You will probably recognize some familiar names from this blog such as Charlene Tess in this product. This book was compiled by Julie Faulkner of Made by Julie Faulkner fame.

2014 Winter Holidays Tips and Freebies eBook: Grades 6-12 ELA/SS Edition

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Let’s not leave out the math and science eBook! Addie Williams of Addie Education Teacher Talk compiled this grades 6-12 product.

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Thank you for reading!

Carolyn Wilhelm

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