Saturday, December 3, 2011

Margaret Nominates
Five Outstanding Freebies
December 3, 2011

     If you have been going through TpT’s Winter Holiday Teaching Tips and Freebies, you have already found a truck load of outstanding free downloads!  Here are five more to add to the collection—some seasonal, some not, but all outstanding.

 Winter Word Work—Sunny Days—Florida
This is a series of winter/seasonal vocabulary activities that would work well for those times when some students finish well before their classmates or when you have a few minutes to spare at the end of a class.  Suitable for 4th and 5th graders and some groups of older kids.

Addition Game—Vicky Leon—California
Vicky has created yet another fun math activity suitable for a variety of grade levels according to student needs.  In this set of 6 games, players draw number cards and strategize their placements on the game board to create the addition problem with the highest sum.  Loads of learning and fun in one place.

Christmas Writing Paper—Victoria Nicholson Razmilovic—Illinois
Fifteen pages of colorful holiday and winter writing paper for compositions, holiday letters to parents and friends, recipes, etc.  Tons of kid appeal.  A ready-to-go time saver.

Teaching Classroom Interviewing—James Charnock—Pennsylvania
How many times have you instructed students to interview each other for a particular lesson only to find that your young scholars know very little, if anything, about the process?  If you have given up on this technique, put it back in your teacher’s bag of tricks.  This free download is a well-organized and clearly presented lesson in the art and structure of interviewing.  Listed as appropriate for 6th-12th grade, I think it can be easily adapted to work with 4th and 5th graders as well.

Optical Illusions—Tonya Majors—Ohio
Featured in TpT’s 10 Free Downloads Newsletter last week, this series of optical illusions is both fascinating and sobering at the same time.  No matter how intelligent or logical, the human mind can be confused and fooled with no more than a clever design.  This file includes “Vanity” (sometimes titled “All Is Vanity”), an image you won’t forget once you see it.  Kids will love this one.  There are just too many classroom applications to mention.  An attenion-getter from beginning to end!

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