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The "LittleHands-BusyMinds" Shop

Little Hands, Busy Minds is a family-run business created by longtime early childhood educator Jacqueline Lopez. Jacqueline compiled her years of experience into the Little Hands, Busy Minds book series, which are aligned with NAEYC standards and Connecticut’s Early Learning and Development standards. Our books are used in centers all over the United States and to date, in India, Korea, Peru and Iceland. Our books are also available for download as weekly and monthly thematic units.

Curriculum Areas Covered: Math, Science, Creative Arts, Language and Literacy, Social Studies, Physical Health and Development.

Our curriculum guides/units feature hands-on activities using inexpensive, easy-to-find materials that emphasize learning by doing and independence. Perfect for center-based and family/group daycare programs for toddlers and preschoolers.

Earth Day Alphabet Clip Cards

Practice letter recognition and matching capital and lowercase letters with this Earth Day themed clip card center activity. Students will clip the letter that matches the letter on the Earth card!

Activities include matching the capital letter to a matching capital letter, matching a lowercase letter to the matching lowercase letter and matching capital letters with the correct lowercase letters.

Autism Basic Concepts Color Matching write & wipe Special Education

Back To School/ School Supplies Color Matching write & wipe activity for students with autism and special needs.

10 Easy Prep pages- simply print & laminate. Your students can use dry erase markers.

Please note the word 'color' is the US spelling only

Adages and Proverbs

Price $5.00 Remember the old adage,"The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill."? In Adages and Proverbs, learners begin to understand time honored advice after reading and participating in lesson plan activities. Adages and Proverbs Learning Game Board sold separately.

Adages and Proverbs includes: 

lesson plans for 4-5 days and game time,
46 task cards,
game instructions,
and two awards cards

Your feedback is very much appreciated. Thank you.

Common Core State Standards

SL.5.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

SL.5.1.b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

SL.5.1.c Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

SL.5.1.d Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

L.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

L.5.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

L.5.5.b Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

RI.5.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

The "TiePlay Educational Resources LLC" is running a Giveaway!
1 lucky winner(s) will win!
Giveaway runs from 3/13 to 4/30
Reading On Word Sort Level 1 Part A
First Grade Math Equivalent Addition

This set contains math rings for equivalent addition problems. There are three different sets that focus on writing the equivalent addition problem. There are tradition addition problems as well as number bonds. Print, cut and laminate these cards then place them on rings for a portable math center or small group activity.

Set 1: These rings contain math problems on one side and a blank on the other. Students will write their own math problem to make both sides equal.
Set 2: These rings contain number bonds on both side. One side has a complete number bond and the other has a number bond with the sum already included. Students must write different addends to complete the problem to make the card true.
Set 3: These rings contain number problems and number bonds and students must fill in the right side in order for both problems to be equal.

Each set is available for sums up to 10 and up to 20.

String Instruments Trace and Color Pages

Pages Included: violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, guitar, lute, mandolin, banjo and zither.

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End of the Year Student Surveys and Reflections (Evaluations, Teacher Feedback)

This set includes 10 different student surveys and will provide you with tons of feedback regarding your teaching! Students will be asked about their likes, dislikes, and thoughts regarding 6 different school subjects, the classroom environment, their teacher, and even themselves!

Included in this set:
- Math survey
- Reading survey
- Science survey
- Social Studies survey
- Writing survey
- Art Projects survey
- Classroom Environment survey
- Teacher survey (2 pages)
- Student Self-Evaluation

This set can be used year after year to gain valuable insight into your own teaching. Just print and pass out! The variety of different surveys allows you to pick and choose which areas you would like to receive feedback on, and students will appreciate their opinions being considered in your future teachings.

I wish you and your class a very great end of the school year!

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this product.


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Thank you.

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The "Janet's Creative Resources" is running a SALE!
Sale on 79 products!
Runs from 3/31 to 4/3
All my items are 20% off.
A Gnome-tastic Mystery! ~ Writing Activity

A Gnome-tastic Mystery is a fun and engaging creative writing activity. The graphic organizers are scaffolded for all levels of writers, and the final draft templates are display-ready to show off the students' writing. I have included both a boy and a girl gnome writing template.

It includes:
1 Brainstorm Graphic Organizer
1 Sensory Details Graphic Organizer
1 Story Elements Graphic Organizer
4 Paragraph Graphic Organizers
1 Primary lined 3 pg template
1 Lined 3 pg template
1 Blank 3 pg template

Aligned to Common Core: W.1.3; W.2.3; W.3.3; W.4.3; W.5.3
Aligned to Texas TEKS: 1.12.A; 2.12.A; 3.12.A; 4.12.A; 5.12.A

I hope your students enjoy this fun writing activity!

Thank you,
Tales of a Teacher