Freebies from me! =)

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!
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Here's a 100 chart for the 100th day of school or just to practice numerals to 100.  20k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:15 PM Jo Nase
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This is the letter and rubric I sent home for the 100th Day of School project. I left blanks for dates so that you can customize it for yourself. Good for K-1, maybe 2 as well.  110k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:02 PM Jo Nase
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The activity sheet that goes with The Elements of Matter PowerPoint; 5th grade level  64k v. 1 May 25, 2011, 6:19 PM Jo Nase
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Print these graphic organizers for your students to write facts on about the different types of animals. For grades K-2.  131k v. 2 May 31, 2011, 5:37 PM Jo Nase
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This is a project letter and rubrics for the end of an animal unit.  214k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:12 PM Jo Nase
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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.  171k v. 2 May 31, 2011, 5:37 PM Jo Nase
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Here is a blank story starter form. 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.  27k v. 4 Jul 6, 2011, 7:59 PM Jo Nase
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Book Report Form for grades K-2  40k v. 1 May 29, 2011, 12:33 PM Jo Nase
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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.   697k v. 2 Jan 17, 2012, 10:15 AM Jo Nase
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A cute form for "interviewing" characters from a story; for grades K-2  32k v. 2 May 25, 2011, 6:20 PM Jo Nase
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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.  82k v. 1 Jun 12, 2011, 9:39 AM Jo Nase
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Use these sheets to help your students practice writing contractions and compound words.   40k v. 2 Apr 4, 2012, 10:53 PM Jo Nase
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I used these worksheets for morning work for my first graders.  15k v. 1 Jul 8, 2011, 8:48 PM Jo Nase
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This is a letter I would send home with my first graders at the end of the year giving parents some ideas of activities to do with their child over the summer.   68k v. 2 Apr 4, 2012, 11:21 PM Jo Nase
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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.    356k v. 2 May 9, 2012, 8:04 PM Jo Nase
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A form for creating fact families; for 1st and 2nd grade  40k v. 2 May 25, 2011, 6:20 PM Jo Nase
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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.  127k v. 1 Jul 6, 2011, 8:00 PM Jo Nase
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I had my students sign their name on this page and I would send it home with the ill student's make up work to help them feel better.   30k v. 1 Jul 8, 2011, 8:50 PM Jo Nase
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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.) =)   39k v. 2 Apr 4, 2012, 10:25 PM Jo Nase
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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.  351k v. 1 Jul 8, 2011, 8:51 PM Jo Nase
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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.  121k v. 3 Jul 6, 2011, 7:52 PM Jo Nase
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At the beginning of the school year I sent home this interest inventory so that I could find out a little bit more about my students.   18k v. 1 Jun 12, 2011, 9:33 AM Jo Nase
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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.  100k v. 4 Jul 6, 2011, 7:52 PM Jo Nase
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I had each student complete this rubric for their own dictionary page at the end of the Landform Dictionary project. (See Landforms Dictionary pages)  22k v. 2 Jul 6, 2011, 7:32 PM Jo Nase
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I completed a rubric for each student's dictionary page at the end of the Landforms Dictionary project (see Landforms Dictionary pages).  21k v. 1 Jul 6, 2011, 7:33 PM Jo Nase
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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.   101k v. 2 Apr 4, 2012, 10:34 PM Jo Nase
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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.  65k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:22 PM Jo Nase
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I used this chart at the end of lessons to help me determine how engaged students were as well as to give students a chance to have their voice heard about what they learned.  148k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:14 PM Jo Nase
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This is a little book I created to use when studying about magnets. Good for K-2.  82k v. 1 Jul 8, 2011, 7:32 PM Jo Nase
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A fun Language Arts page; have students make words from 2 letters, 3 letters, etc. For grades K-2  93k v. 1 May 29, 2011, 12:38 PM Jo Nase
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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.   116k v. 2 Apr 4, 2012, 11:01 PM Jo Nase
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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."   103k v. 1 Jun 2, 2011, 3:27 PM Jo Nase
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I used these graphs and picture drawing pages when I taught a nutrition unit. The graphs I used with fruit snacks. Could be used with K-2, maybe 3.  181k v. 1 Jul 8, 2011, 8:57 PM Jo Nase
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Here is a parent volunteer sign I put out each year during Orientation to recruit parent volunteers for the year.  50k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:41 PM Jo Nase
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Have students draw their favorite part of a story and then write a sentence about it. For grades K-2  39k v. 1 May 29, 2011, 12:37 PM Jo Nase
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Use with The Planets PowerPoint.  88k v. 1 Jun 20, 2011, 8:35 PM Jo Nase
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Here's a little book I created to go along with a Producers/Consumers/Goods and Services unit. Good to use with grade 1 and 2.  78k v. 1 Jul 8, 2011, 7:33 PM Jo Nase
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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.  71k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:39 PM Jo Nase
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This is a rubric I created for Language Arts/Grammar assignments. This would be for more than just a worksheet-type assignment.  82k v. 1 Jul 6, 2011, 7:23 PM Jo Nase
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This is a rubric I created for assessing a child's participation in reading and their reading ability. It is certainly not 100% perfect, but it did give me a good idea of where my students were.  91k v. 1 Jul 6, 2011, 7:25 PM Jo Nase
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This is a short program I compiled for the first grade classes at my school to perform. It includes songs that I learned as a child as well as songs I picked up in my teaching career.  73k v. 1 Jul 6, 2011, 7:14 PM Jo Nase
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As students learn 10 Dolch words they got to color and decorate a Smart Cookie. This page was kept in their homework binder. Use the Smart Cookies page with the Complete Sight Word List.  183k v. 1 Jun 12, 2011, 9:41 AM Jo Nase
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Here's a letter I would send home asking for a weekly snack for our class to enjoy.  88k v. 1 Jun 8, 2011, 8:21 PM Jo Nase
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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.  123k v. 1 Jun 8, 2011, 8:16 PM Jo Nase
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I sent home this letter with the special student of the week. Each day they got to do something special.  60k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:17 PM Jo Nase
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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.  126k v. 1 Jun 12, 2011, 9:35 AM Jo Nase
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A PowerPoint about matter and a basic introduction to elements; a written activity called "Adopt an Element" accompanies this lesson which is on a fifth grade level  1127k v. 1 May 25, 2011, 6:18 PM Jo Nase
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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.  698k v. 1 Jun 20, 2011, 8:34 PM Jo Nase
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I had my first graders do this on their first day of school in my class. I then put their picture in their portfolio for safe keeping and bring it out on the last day of school.  13k v. 1 Jul 12, 2011, 3:19 PM Jo Nase
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This file includes a Tic-Tac-Toe board and a rubric for grading the board. This is for a Reading/Language Arts lesson for grades 1 and 2.  90k v. 1 May 31, 2011, 5:36 PM Jo Nase
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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.  181k v. 1 Jul 6, 2011, 7:53 PM Jo Nase
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