Here are some free items that I have created and used in my classroom. Some I have used as the Instructional Technology teacher, and some are from when I taught first grade. Hope you find something you can use! =) Please remember to keep my name on anything you download as a professional courtesy. Thank you!
Use this book about animals at the end of an animal unit. Have students use the "Words to Remember" to complete the sentences in each book. Students can also illustrate the book and then read it to family and friends. For grades K-2.
I always started every year talking about how much we would learn together in class and I mention a story about brain wrinkles. When I was in second grade I had a teacher who told us that every time we learn something new we get a new wrinkle in our brains so by the end of our school year, our brains would be as wrinkly as an elephant's skin. That always stuck with me. To help students visualize their brain wrinkles, I have them draw on a "brain" how many wrinkles they think they will get in our year together. I put this sheet in their portfolio that they received back at the end of the year. It's a great little keepsake.
When I taught first grade, we used the Dolch list to teach sight words. 10 words per week were sent home for students to study. We did special activities and centers in class to learn the sight words and a sight word test was given on Friday. This is the complete list that I would put in my students homework binder so that they would always have access to the words. If they already knew some of the words, they could work ahead on other words.
This is a story starter I use at the end of the year. I left the grade blank so that you can customize it for your kiddos. Once students fill in each rectangle they then copy their story onto handwriting paper following the #s on the story starter for a perfectly ordered story.
This is a story starter I use for Father's Day. If your students don't have a father, they can write it about their grandfather, uncle, or even family friend. Once students fill in each rectangle they then copy their story onto handwriting paper following the #s on the story starter for a perfectly ordered story.
Instead of having an Easter Egg Hunt, I had a Grammar Egg Hunt each Spring. I would get some plastic eggs, write different nouns, verbs, and adjectives on each egg with a Sharpie (one word per egg), and then put little slips of paper inside telling the correct part of speech along with a piece of candy. Students would hunt for the eggs in our room, or if it was a pretty day, outside. Then they had to put the words on this sheet under the correct designation. They cracked the eggs to see if they were correct. If they got it correct, they got to keep the candy inside the egg (I always gave plenty of chances..new eggs...to correct any incorrect answers so everyone always got to keep all their candy.) =)
I used these reviews for the end of the year to get ready for testing or after testing to keep the learning going. I divided my class into groups and everyone had a job. They had to write their names next to the job they had. Good for grades 1 and 2.
This is another story starter I used for Presidents Day because not all students want to be the President. Once students fill in each rectangle they then copy their story onto handwriting paper following the #s on the story starter for a perfectly ordered story.
This is a story starter I used for Presidents Day. Once students fill in each rectangle they then copy their story onto handwriting paper following the #s on the story starter for a perfectly ordered story.
These are dictionary pages I created for a Social Studies landform project. Each child was assigned a different landform to research. They had to either draw a picture of the landform or find a picture to glue to the dictionary page. They also had to define the landform and give 3 real-life examples. When all of the pages were turned in, we put the pages in alphabetical order and created a Landform Dictionary to put in our classroom library.
Here's an idea for a Spring center...Grammar Eggs. I used plastic eggs to created this center. I wrote different nouns, verbs, and adjectives with a Sharpie on the outside of the eggs (one word per egg). On the inside, I put a little slip of paper with the correct designation for the word on the outside, either noun, verb, or adjective. Students would pick an egg, write the words on their answer sheet and then crack them to see if they were correct.
This is a story starter I use for Mother's Day. If your students don't have a mother, they can write it about their grandmother, aunt, or even family friend. Once students fill in each rectangle they then copy their story onto handwriting paper following the #s on the story starter for a perfectly ordered story.
Here are some great independent worksheets all about NOUNS for 1st and 2nd graders. My first graders had no trouble completing these. Those who needed a little extra help paired up with a "Study Buddy."
This is a project I had my first graders do at the end of our Producers and Consumers Unit. Also included is the rubric I used to grade the project with. I gave students a week to complete the project.
Here is an example of a Spelling Contract I used with my first graders. Students were allowed to choose what they wanted to complete for the week. I differintiated by giving different words to students. Students who needed more of a challenge received harder words; students who had difficulty with Spelling received a word family Spelling List. I also varied how many activities they had to complete based on their abilities. On Thursday, I would collect their contracts and grade them with a rubric. The rubric allowed me to give one grade for the entire contract so I didn't have to necessarily grade even single activity. I would make corrections where needed, but I did not put a grade on each one.
I am a sticker giver. I LOVE stickers and kids do, too. I made this sticker card to give students a place to keep all of their stickers they earned. It becomes kind of like a collection after awhile and the students loved to compare their stickers with their friends stickers. It also kept the stickers from being stuck on furniture.
This is a PowerPoint designed to introduce the planets of the solar system. Each slide has a picture of one of the planets along with a few facts about the planet. Students can view the PowerPoint on their own or as a class and complete the Planet Scavenger Hunt sheet as they go through the presentation. A fun song and some space games are also included in the presentation.
This is a story starter I used for our transportation unit. It was a good way to review what we had learned as well as incorporating some Language Arts skills. Once students fill in each rectangle they then copy their story onto handwriting paper following the #s on the story starter for a perfectly ordered story.