Fall Learning Fun Round-up and Mega Giveaway

Fall Learning Fun Round-up and Mega Giveaway

fall-learning-round-up-smallThis post has links and printables for fall learning fun, as well as a linky party and a mega giveaway.  First, the learning!

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20 Fall Learning Activities for Preschoolers




Here are 20 toddler fall learning activities for preschoolers described in an informational blog post by Toddler Approved. The post shares learning activities centered around preschool concepts like learning about numbers, the alphabet, hands-on science, shapes, and color activities.

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apple unit ideas by the Measured Mom

Next, learning with a round up of fall apple theme ideas is fun with 40+ ideas from the Measured Mom. The Measured Mom always has nice educational child-centered activities and lots of free printables to share.  This post has ideas for an apple unit for K-2. It includes links to MANY free printables, DYI ideas, and even a linky party. These could all be used at home or at school.

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Wildflower Ramblings has a set of free leaf identification printable set of cards.  You could print these off on a smaller scale (at four per page), punch a hole in the corner, and put a ring binder on these to take with you for leaf hunting with your own little botanist. They would also be a nice set for homeschools or schools.

leaf by Thistle Girls Designs





Montessori-Inspired Autumn Leaf Unit

Living Montessori Today has a Montessori-inspired autumn leaf blog post with many wonderful ideas for children. This post has links to some amazing resources available online. There is a link to Deb’s Autumn Leaf Unit Study board on Pinterest which has even more links to resources of all types and for a wide range of ages. The ideas for children to do are so clearly laid out and demonstrated well in photos so they are easy to replicate at home or at school.

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The Jenny Evolution has fall sensory activities at your fingertips at this blog post. Each link goes to a post with complete information, such as the apple sewing craft. This craft has step by step information, a list of supplies needed, and photos to help understand the project.


Complete directions with step by step photos, supplies required, and tips on how to complete fall leaves using black glue art project are at this post by the Mess for Less blog.

leaf by Thistle Girl Designs

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Building a Bat House and Garden

Crystal’s Tiny Treasures has a post about building a bat house and garden, written beginning with her son’s desire to learn about echolocation. The family attended International Bat Night to learn about homes for bats and much more. They built a double chambered bat house, for one thing. Later, they turned bat detectors on and set them to 50 frequency. Learn more at her post.

bat by thistle girls designs

kid's activities blog 50 fall activities for family time

The Kid’s Activities Blog has a post with 50 autumn activities for family time.  This resource has ideas for everyone. For them, Autumn means a chance to go on fun family dates. Each Saturday morning they do an activity together as a family. Get some ideas for your family at this post.

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Autumn-Nature-Exploration-TableThe Imagination Tree blog post about their Autumn Exploration Table might inspire you to offer some hands-on learning for your children or students.  They found an abundance of leaves, conkers, acorns and seeds outside over the past few weeks, and put together a sensory and educational table.  Looks like so much fun, too.

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75 Halloween Craft Ideas for KidsThe Powerful Mothering blog has a post with 75 Halloween craft ideas for kids. Some of the links are Easy Halloween Craft Ideas which are perfect for your toddler and preschooler. I hope your family will find some enjoyable activities in this wonderful post with links and photos.

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Ghost bowling is a fun activity that children can help make and have fun using, too.  No Time For Flashcards has a post at this link with photos and information about how to make this game. Step by step information is provided.

ghost by Thistle Girl Designs



October freebies from Wise Owl Factory





Have you seen the Wise Owl Factory October and November freebies page?  Click on this link to find all the ALWAYS free resources.

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Now what you probably want to know! There will be four $500 CASH Cash Prizes. This will be an international giveaway, via PayPal only will be awarded. You need  a PayPal account to win.

This giveaway will run from Friday September 19 – Wednesday 15 October (4 weeks)

Win one of FOUR $500 cash prizes directly in your paypal account! This giveaway is open internationally. You must be 18+ years old to enter. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Please see detailed terms and conditions below the giveaway for more info.
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Fall Linky Party

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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Ch-Sh-Th-Wh Interactive Student Notebook Foldables and Teaching Materials

Ch-Sh-Th-Wh Interactive Student Notebook Foldables and Teaching Materials

My newest product is for teaching four digraphs and is named: Ch-Sh-Th-Wh Interactive Student Notebook Foldables and Teaching Materials.  It includes 187 pages with student interactive foldables, read the room with alphabetizing, teaching materials such as pocket chart cards, letter sized teaching posters, and more. So far I have it on Teachers Pay Teachers.  In the preview PDF file, there is one freebie page for the initial digraph sh. This page is available for free in the preview for the new product on TpT. The product is 50% off right now, too.

Scroll down to see also a new graphing and word word freebie.

free page in preview for digraph product

This product was made with art from Artistic Educational Clip Art, as you can see by the cover if you are aware of this clip art store on TpT.

Ch-Sh-Th-Wh Interactive Student Notebook Foldables and Teaching MaterialsAnother product recently made with this clip art is FREE and available now on TpT, also. It has 8 free pages and includes:

Free Graphing and Word Activities Grade 2 Castle Fantasy Theme
*no-prep black and white graphing page
*no-prep different graphing page in color
(put in plastic sleeve and dry makers for reuse)
*very low prep read the room
*very low prep skip counting by 3’s puzzle
*word flip book construction instructions with photos
*word work printable pages in color and in black and white
*alphabetical order word puzzle
*word cards in color and in black and white

Free Graphing and Word Activities Grade 2 Castle Fantasy ThemeThank you for reading,

Carolyn Wilhelm



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Skillful Scarecrow Activities and Free Roll-a-Scarecrow Page

Skillful Scarecrow Activities and Free Roll-a-Scarecrow Page

This post is about my Skillful Scarecrow Activities Product, and includes a free Roll-a-Scarecrow printable page near the end of the post.  SKILLFUL SCARECROW does not have a holiday theme. I made it with just fall clip art so it could be used anytime in the fall. Writing, math, and reading centers, and a printable game are all included. 78 pages of fall fun! Although I’m sad to see the leaves turning color already, the colors will be beautiful and many nice weather days are still ahead. centers and writing frames skillful scarecrow cover Here is a picture of pages in the SK center and optional game. Recording pages are included. demo-skillful-scarecrows-May-2014b Centers and Writing Frames: Skillful Scarecrow PDF, 78 pages
Skillful Scarecrows
Scarecrow Theme
Table of Contents
Pages 5–16 Math Center counting and skip counting up to 120, and corresponding recording pages
Pages 17–28 SK Word Center, word mats, recording page
Pages 29-55 Writing Frames and Rubrics, 3 different story starters, differentiated writing paper
Pages 56-63 Scarecrow and Crow Game, sc and cr words,
or use game board with the additional number patterns
Pages 64-66 Fall Class Decor
Pages 67-78 Graphing and activities demo-skillful-scarecrows   This is a picture of pages in the writing activities and the math center.  The writing center has different covers with titles that are story prompts.  It includes a word bank.demo-skillful-scarecrows-4 demo-skillful-scarecrows-May-2014d roll-a-scare-crow-cover Roll-a-Scarecrow has NO PREP graphing and printable work with 3 addends. To reuse the graphing page, just place them in a plastic sleeve and provide dry markers for the children.  Activities printed in color as so appealing, but the cost for classroom sets would be prohibitive. Most of this section has black and white printing. roll-a-scare-crow-demo FREE sample roll-a-scarecrow page here, odd numbers, 3 addends, one page, OPENS HERE 3 addends,free,scarecrow,odd numbersThank you for reading, Carolyn Wilhelm, signature

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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.

WEBSITE     Goodreads      Facebook



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!
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

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

free-gr-3-5-math back-to-school-e-book

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: http://youtu.be/xwUVwyxV3yI 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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