Sunday, September 22, 2013

Johnny Appleseed

Fall  Finally!  Fall has arrived.  I'm ready for some cooler weather, colorful leaves, and of course some of Johnny Appleseed's apples.  I doubt the apples I'm eating are the descendants of one of the trees that John Chapman planted . . . but stranger things have happened.  

Learning about Johnny Appleseed is a great way to spark children's interests in plants, history, and economics!  In Virginia, it's not one of the famous Americans listed in the history Standards of Learning but it's an effective lead-in for learning about past and present as well as providing exposure to picture timelines which is one of the first grade standards.  Therefore, we usually spend a few days learning about this famous American folk hero.  I begin the unit by reading a few books about Johnny Appleseed.  We learn about his contributions to the young country of the United States.  Sometimes we watch a video about America's pioneers from Discovery Education or we'll go to a website that has age-appropriate content on Johnny Appleseed.  If you school has a subscription to BrainPop Jr., here is a link to a movie that might interest you:  Johnny Appleseed.

I made a few Johnny Appleseed resources and posted them at my Teachers Pay Teachers shop.  Here's a peek at them.  The first item is a printable booklet.  It has some basic facts about Johnny Appleseed.
The photo below shows what the front and back cover of the book look like.  It's important for children to continually increase their vocabulary through books they read so I created a little glossary on the back cover.
Click on the image shown below to see the booklet at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
I made a quiz about Johnny Appleseed as well.  The quiz is generic so that it can work with a variety of teaching resources about John Chapman.  The quiz is one of my FREE resources! 
The quiz is in multiple choice format.  Students will need to fill in the bubbles beside the correct answers.  The first five questions are the easiest.  I love to differentiate instruction and I especially love it when it can be done seamlessly!  Some students will stop the quiz after the first page.  That will be questions one through five.  Advanced students can continue to answer questions by completing the second page of the quiz.  The image shown below is from page two of the quiz.  The questions on page two require critical thinking skills and require additional background knowledge.
An answer key is included for your convenience.  If you'd like this quiz, click on the image shown below.
I converted the paper-copy quiz into a SMART Notebook file.  It's self-checking.  It can be used as a pre-test to the paper-copy quiz or it can be used to discuss the answers to the quiz.  It's also a FREE teaching resource!

Here's how it works.  Students can refer to their paper copy quiz as the answers are reviewed on the SMART board.
Call on a student to select A, B, or C from the answer choices shown.  Have the students touch the bubble for the choice he makes.
If the bubble-choice selected lights up as red, the answer is WRONG.  Try again.
If the bubble-choice selected lights up as green, the answer is CORRECT.

Are you ready to get the Johnny Appleseed SMART Board quiz?
Click on the image below to download the file.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

I'm Celebrating With a Free Calendar

I'm having a party today!  I've achieved a milestone.  But the milestone is not about a BIG number.  It's to honor a small number.  It's the number 1!  Today marks the one year anniversary of my store's inception at the Teachers pay Teachers website.  One year ago I signed up for the premium membership and uploaded my priced products.    It has been a learning adventure for me.  Along the way I've met some kind and helpful people on the TpT forum.  Thank you all!

I'm not celebrating the one-year birthday of my store with a grand giveaway or huge sale.  Instead, I thought I would just post a little freebie here for anyone that wants/needs calendar sheets for the months of the year.  I used graphics from Laura Strickland at My Cute Graphics.   Can you guess what the calendar theme is?  Let's go through the year and see:

Get a free printable calendar for the school year.
Never be without a monthly calendar.
This is a digital download. Save your calendar on your computer

Have a printable calendar on hand at the reach of your computer.
I'm choosing to celebrate my one year anniversary as a TpT seller by giving teachers this freebie.  My calendar sheets will take you through the school year.
Cute pictures the children can color.
These calendars are ink-friendly.  Your printer will be happy!
Happy, active, boys and girls represented on the calendar sheets.
You do know that this is free!
Teach and review calendar skills with your class.
I know some of us have school in session in July!

Are you ready to get your free calendar sheets now?

The calendar sheets begin with the month of September 2013 and go through August 2014.  Click the image below to download the calendar sheets.

Have a great week!

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