Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor Free Foldables

Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor Free Foldables

Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julia Anne GrassoI recently read and posted a free printable for the book Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso.  Then I kept thinking about the book and decided to make a free foldables (student interactive notebooks) printable, as well. The new freebie is on TpT at this link. Again, I do not sell books and I did purchase this book myself.

About the Book

Title: Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor |  Author:  Julie Anne Grasso |  Illustrators: David Blackwell & Samantha Yallope |  Publication Date: July 10, 2014 |  Publisher: Independent |  Pages: 75  |  Recommended Ages:  8 to 12

Summary: When his cousin Kat disappears from Enderby Manor, Frankie Dupont jumps on the scene, only to find bumbling Inspector Cluesome beat him to it. Cluesome thinks Kat simply wandered off. Frankie isn’t buying it.

He follows the evidence to a conniving concierge, a six fingered chef, a talking parrot, and a shifty dwarf. Quite frankly, none of them are making any sense until Frankie discovers Kat’s time is running out.

This is an exciting new illustrated mystery series. I’m looking forward to more books! The books are great for higher level thinking skills (HOTS), too.

Here is the link to the new foldables freebie:

Free Foldables: Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor

The next photo shows the foldables in use in a student notebook.


And, the book trailer is now available, too!

About the Author


Julie Anne Grasso

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to encourage and entertain them.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Danny and their little girl, Giselle.

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Previously, I posted this free printable for Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor is available right here, and on BuySellTeach. free printable for Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor Thank you for reading. Carolyn Wilhelm

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Back to School Means Paperwork

Back to School Means Paperwork


Technology has made teachers’ lives easier, but back to school means paperwork that must be filled out before the data is entered into the system.  I think we can all agree that at the beginning of each new semester or new year, teachers need a little time during each class period to work on paperwork in order to get up to speed.

Just letting students sit and be idle is never a good idea and busy work is a waste of our students’ minds, so teachers need activities that are fun and challenging to keep students engaged while teachers do the detail work that cannot be avoided.

I started each new year with an activity that took 4 days for students to complete and helped them get to know one another. It also helped me access their writing skill level, and learn more about them.

Getting-to-Know-You-Activities-for-the-First-Few-Days-of-School  You can find the activity here.

Here are two other activities that I used with my students. They enjoyed doing these, and at the same time they were using their higher order thinking skills and not just doing “busy work.”

Take a look at these products and see if they can help you, too.

FREE Reducing-Wordy-Sentences

One of the best ways to improve one’s writing is to cut extraneous words from essays, letters, emails, or manuscripts.

In fact, Twitter is a great place for people to learn to practice reducing long, convoluted, rambling sentences into 140 character tweets.

But even sentences short enough to be Tweets can be improved upon.

This free exercise allows students to practice reducing 10 sentences into shorter, more concise statements.

It works best if students work in pairs to figure out this word play puzzle.  Click Here

HOTS-Higher-Order-Thinking-Skills-Classification-ExerciseChallenge your students’ minds with this fun Higher Order Thinking Skills Classification Exercise. Students must classify a group of items according to their general category, consider which one of the items is different from the others in some subtle way, remove it, and then determine the specific category that remains. There are twenty sets of items to classify, and the answers are provided.  Click Here

We all know that back to school means paperwork. We cannot avoid it, and we must do it before our classes can run smoothly. Why not challenge your students with a few HOTS activities and to warm them up and prepare them for a successful school year?

Finally, here is the new Grades 6-12 ELA and Humanities FREE eBook from a group of high school teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers. I was happy to be included in the book.  Also, there are many tips and resources highlighted in this resource for you!
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See also the Charlene Tess author page on the new Wise Owl Factory website.

I hope you are off to a good start!

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Free Back to School eBooks for 2014-2015

Free Back to School eBooks for 2014-2015

Welcome back teachers! Several groups of Teachers Pay Teachers sellers have been working on free Back to School eBooks for 2014-2015 year.  These eBooks are at different links on TpT, and cover K-12 as well as several subject areas. I’m happy to be on page 28 of the K-2 book, which is available for free download on Deanna Jump’s TpT site at this link. Should I say I can die complete, I have something on Deanna Jump’s page? K-2 Back-to-School-Free-ebook-from-TPT-Authors K-2-free-back-to-school-eBook However, there are more Back to School eBooks, available for free downloads at the following links.  Free Grades 3-5 ELA Back to School eBook, including Special Education Grades-3-5-English-Language-Arts-Back-to-School-E-Book-2014-2015 gr-3-5-ELA-special-ed-free-back-to-school-ebookGrades 3-5 FREE Math Back to School eBook Math-and-Science-FREE-Back-to-School-eBook-for-Grades-3-5-2014-2015

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Free Back to School Math eBook for Grades 6-12 Math-Back-to-School-eBook-for-Grades-6-12free-back-to-school-math-grades-6-12Back to School ELA & Humanities ebook for Grades 6-12

ELA-Back-to-School-Free-eBook-Grades-6-12free-ela-and-hummanities-back-to-school-grades-6-12Back to School Social Studies eBook for Grades 6-12


Good luck and happy teaching in 2014-15!!


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Free Printable Welcome Back Banner

Free Printable Welcome Back Banner

Today I have a free printable welcome back banner for teachers.  Teacher’s Clipart created the art on a Power Point for this banner. This is a link to her brand new product on TpT.

Previously, I posted a free math fun banner, and there are step by step instructions for printing and assembling a banner with photos at that post. free welcome back banner printable Here is a photo of the print-out of the pages prior to assembling this banner.  The trick is in the overlapping of the pages for a readable sign, and using a paper cutter for even edges. welcome-back-banner free welcome-back-banner-printable Thanks to Teacher’s Clip art!  Bulletin-Board-Banners-Clasroom-display-titles-EDITABLE-Polka-dots teachers-clipart-store-on-TpT Thank you for reading, Carolyn Wilhelm

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Owl Class Theme and Owl Books

Owl Class Theme and Owl Books

This owl class theme includes an alphabet, numbers 1-30, a birthday display, editable newsletters, editable student awards, editable desk name plates, editable schedule signs, and more.  It is over 230 pages in length, low-priced, and is available on Teachers Pay Teachers.  This is the preview file which will open right here. See also the photos, below. See also freebies at the end of this post.  editable-owl-class-theme Editable name plates for student desks are included. editable-8-one-half-X-11-desk-Toppers Editable items include name tags, newsletters, birthday and achievement awards, and the schedule cards. editable items included in owl class theme Alphabet letter size teaching posters are included. alphabet for owl theme classroom Numbers 1-30 with their representations are included, too. numbers with number representation for 1-30 Numbers through 120 are included with odd/even color representation, and counting by 3′s with color representation. owl class numbers to 120 with different colors are included
Now for some freebies!  First, here is a free sequencing page for Good Night, Owl. Free-for-Good-Night-Owl-book Next, here is a free animal group names printable. Did you know a group of owls is called a parliament of owls? animal-group-names-freebie Click on these words for a FREE OWL SMART Board lesson with graphing PDF included (nonfiction) photo Click on these words for free owls Power Point lesson and graphing PDF pages for students


And, last, here is a free printable worksheet and answer key for WHITE OWL, BARN OWL.


Finally, here are some well-loved owl stories for primary grades, and some links to online resources for using these books.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

OWLS by Gail Gibbons (nonfiction), OWL MOON by Jane Yolen (multigenre), and OWL AT HOME by Arnold Lobel (beginning reader, animal fiction) See list of links to many resources, below. Here are three wonderful books to read to children, and many young children will be able to read OWL AT HOME as it is a beginning reader.

OWLS by Gail Gibbons

OWLS by Gail Gibbons

OWLS by Gail Gibbons, as always, provides a nonfiction read aloud full of true facts.  Many children actually like nonfiction more than fiction, so be sure to try books by Gail Gibbons for these children. OWL MOON is the story of a father and daughter who walk in the night to go owling with flashlights.  The moon is bright and the setting is actually winter.  The illustrations are from the point of view of the owl.  Says the girl, “I was a shadow as we walked home.”  Children may want to try owling sometime, and spring is a good time before all the bugs are out in full force.

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

OWL AT HOME has five stories about the antics of OWL:  The Guest, Strange Bumps, Tear-Water Tea, Upstairs and Downstairs, and Owl and the Moon.  These stories are fun to read, short, and the vocabulary is intended for beginning readers.  Owl investigates bumps in the night, runs upstairs and downstairs and finds he cannot be in two places at once, and befriends the moon in some of these stories.  It is easy to see why children find the stories amusing. FREE Teaching Resources PDF page for Gail Gibbons for a year-long curriculum with her books (amazing!) Jane Yolen official site list of teaching resources (not all are free, and some are free if you send for them) FREE Owl Moon by Jane Yolen Lesson on Scholastic Discussion Questions for Doing Philosophy Using Literature (scroll down to find OWL AT HOME) Below is a few seconds of a close up of an owl’s head: Happy Owling, Carolyn

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Free 3 Part Veggie Matching Cards

Free 3 Part Veggie Matching Cards

This post has a free 3-part vegetable matching card printable.  What inspired this printable is that we are participating in a CSA this summer, and are getting a weekly assortment of vegetables and herbs.  Last week, this was the produce.  I still haven’t quite figured out a recipe for lovage, but we found it very interesting.  The CSA is through Good Nature Farm which is in northern Minnesota.  They share weekly recipes, also. There are photos of people working on the farm on their Facebook page. Prior to this experience, my husband thought he knew what vegetables were! Every week has new surprises and learning.  I highly recommend trying this type of program with children for a rich learning experience. learning-about-veggies-through-a-csa Here is the free printable today: free-veggie-3-part-cards The first part of the printable is for the younger set and has cartoon type pictures, many of which are from Teacher’s Clipart store.  I appreciate that the clip art may be used in free resources.  This set has color and black and white printing options.  The second part of the printable is for “older” children, and has more variety in the pictures.  I was able to find several photos on Wikipedia, so I was able to make the PDF.  Each Wikipedia picture is linked to its source if you are interested in further information.  I included foldable pockets for interactive student notebooks or just organizing the materials.  free-veggie-3-part-cards-information1 Thank you for reading, Carolyn Wilhelm, signature

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Visiting an Art Gallery with Children and Free Printable Questions to Ask

Visiting an Art Gallery with Children and Free Printable Questions to Ask

This summer, I am volunteering at the Johnson Heritage Post art gallery in Grand Marais, MN.  Art galleries are enjoyable for all ages and this one is no exception.  Sometimes, to include children in such an experience, parents need a few suggestions.  The free printable in this post has GENERIC questions parents could ask at any art gallery.  It is easy to engage children by asking questions they are able to answer.  It doesn’t matter if they (or you) know a thing about the gallery or the artist!  Just start by looking. Children have to be reminded not to touch items and to walk slowly.  Remind them that voice levels should be rather low, like at the library. The visit can be a special experience.

The very young child could be asked about the colors and shapes in the pictures.  Older children could be asked if they see primary, secondary, or complementary colors.  The art docents at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts  always ask the visiting children to describe what they see in the picture.  Children have amazing answers! Visiting an Art Gallery with Children and Free Printable Questions to Ask The Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery’s west wing is dedicated to the original artwork of Anna C. Johnson, mother of the donor of the Gallery, Lloyd K. Johnson.  Because the building is a replica of a log cabin, children could also be asked what they notice about the structure itself.  Many art galleries are housed in unique buildings, and similar questions could be asked in other locations. JHP-also-a-log-cabin-replica-small As the JHP was once a log cabin, the wiring was added later.  Children and adults like to notice the unique places of the plug-ins. unique wiring at the JHP Another feature that may interest some children is the special lighting in art galleries.  If you have a child interested in such things, that child could count all the lights.  JHP goes through an amazing amount of light bulbs each year! Johnson-Heritage-Post-Art-Gallery-display Some parents who walked through the building pushed a child in a stroller, which was a good idea for a toddler. Other parents visited to inspire their daughter, who was going home to work on her painting, another excellent idea. Here is a free printable set of generic questions that may be asked in any art gallery. free-how-to-share-an-art-gallery-with-childrenThank you for reading! Carolyn Wilhelm

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No Prep Graphing and Read the Room through the Year

No Prep Graphing and Read the Room Through the Year

no prep graphing and read/write the room through the year for grades 1 and 2No Prep Graphing and Read the Room Through the Year is a new print and go pack for grades 1 and 2, and has nine different themes which will take care of nine weeks of math graphing centers and read the room.  It is 210 pages, and all the art is by Artistic Educational Clip Art. This pack is not based on holidays. The different themes include:  back to school, school supplies, fall, cold weather, clothing, animals, hearts, insects, and warm weather graphing.  Each section of this pack includes read the room activities for a week, also.  There is a suggested 5 day plan.  Of course, teachers are welcome to use the materials as best fits their classes. The preview PDF will open right here.

At this post on Crystal’s Tiny Treasures, you can see this printable in use and learn how one homeschool mother used this printable to correspond with a biodiversity summer school in her local area. There are photos of the product in use at her lovely blog post, as well.  She had her children “read the fence” instead of read the room to include the outdoors.


Each section includes: a counting page to graph in color, the answer key, a student graphing page for objects or dry erase marker in color, a paper cube or spinner for independent graphing, a black and white counting to graph page, the answer key, a student recording page for several of the activities, a black and white spinner or cube, and read and write the room print and go pages. Below is an example of the pages in one section. demo-graphing-info-photo-1  This product is also being sold by Artistic Educational Tools as she made all the art for the entire pack! See also her Artistic Educational Clip Art store.

Of course, I also have a new freebie for a positive mind set for the new school year. free growth and fixed mindset letter size posters for teacher use for the start of the school yearThank you for reading, Carolyn Wilhelm

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Free Printable for Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor

Free Printable for Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor
Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julia Anne Grasso

Julie Anne Grasso has a new book out entitled Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor.  Of course, I made a new free printable for this mystery for grades three and up.  I recommend this for any mystery unit and gifted education classes as the clues are so clever and higher level thinking skills are required for children to understand the plot and story resolution.  A wonderful discussion would be possible with the interesting clues and plot twists.

I have a new web page for Julie Grasso’s books with all my freebies for them. Did you know one of her other books, Escape from The Forbidden Planet is free for five days, right now on Amazon? You can get that book and the printable both free now.

The free printable for Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor is available here, and on BuySellTeach.

free printable for Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor Frankie Dupont wears a fedora hat, like all good detectives everywhere! Students find hats so interesting, so included in the printable is a page about hats as several different kinds are mentioned in the story.

free-hats-page-is-included-in-Frankie-Dupont-free-printableThis is the table of contents so you know what is included in the printable. Don’t forget to buy the book! The printable has a few pages that will be useful without the actual book, such as the hats page.

Pages 5-8 Character traits and answer keys

Page 9 Garden object creative writing

Page 10 For additional story pages or original stories

Page 12 The disappearing cars mystery writing

Page 13 For additional story pages or original stories

Pages 14-15 Venn diagram compare and contrast Frankie and Clueless

Pages 16-17 Venn diagram to compare and contrast the Enderby Manor in different dimensions

Pages 18-19 Name the hats

Pages 20-21 Amusing Alliteration

Pages 22-23 Thinking questions to discuss

Page 24 Gnome sweet gnome coloring page

Page 25 Word bank for puzzle pages

Pages 26-27 Word find and answer key

Pages 28-29 Crossword puzzle and answer key

Thank you for reading,

Carolyn Wilhelm

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