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Gingerbread Adventures Balanced Literacy Unit

Take your students on an adventure to remember by making gingerbread men and having them come alive. Your students will be taken on a reading and writing adventure that will have them learning, problem solving and connecting to the well-loved classic story. You'll be amazed at what a little magic can do for your readers and writers. This is by far my favorite memory each year!

Make this a simple process with everything you need to pull it together here in this unit. Balanced Literacy components are all found including activities and resources, parent letters, cooperating teacher letters, emergent readers, retelling props, technology integration and more! Lots of photos to help you along the way!


  • Sample Planning Calendar (for Two-Week Theme)
  • Poem (Shared Reading)
  • Poem Interactive Cards/Identifier Cards (Shared Reading)
  • Books (Read Aloud)
  • Dissecting Favorite Versions (Map)
  • Class Book (Independent Reading & Writing)
  • Sequencing/Retelling Props (Read Aloud)
  • Emergent Readers (Independent Reading)
  • Themed File-Folder Word Wall
  • Shared Writing (List of Ideas)
  • Interactive Writing I (Recipe)
  • Interactive Writing II (Class Letter)
  • Independent Writing Piece (Lost Poster)
  • Letters to Parents for Supplies/Replies
  • Checklist for Organizing Supplies
  • Letter to Cooperating Teachers/Reminder
  • Great Snapshot Ideas
  • Technology Integration
  • Bulletin Board Ideas
  • Wrapping It Up
  • Room Parent Letters

Product Length: 70 Pages

Word Family Sentence Puzzles

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These puzzles cover the following 23 word families: -ad, -ag, -am, -an, -ap, -at, -ed, -en, -et, -id, -ig, -ill, -in, -ip, -it, -og, -op, -ot, -ub, -ug, -um, -un and -ut. They also contain more than 50 Dolch sight words from the pre-primer, primer, and first lists. There are 23 pages in black-and-white and color versions for a total of 46 pages! Use these for guided reading, in your literacy center, as a large group activity or in a pocket chart. 

Common Core Standards for Kindergarten that are addressed include:

RF.K.1.Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.

F.K.2.Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1(This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.

RF.K.3.Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).

F.K.4.Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.

L.K.2.Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
Recognize and name end punctuation.

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2D & 3D Shape Geometry Pack (Grades 3 to 6)

This is a geometry combo of my 2D and 3D Shape products!
It includes my 2D Shapes, Lines and Squiggles Activity Pack, my 3D Shape Memory Card Game, my 3D Shape Dominoes Game and the All You Need to Know about 3D Shapes Activity Book. Altogether, these files have card games, puzzles, charts, activities, sorting games, graphic organizers, cutting and folding activities and tutorials.


The file format is one zipped file containing four of the PDF files. This is a $12.00 value.


Hank Zipzer: Niagara Falls or Does It? Teaching Novel Unit

This is a custom written literature unit to be used with Hank Zipzer: Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

This unit is designed to be used with some student/instructor interaction. It can also be revised as an independent study for the student. It is written as a 9-day unit but can be slowed down or sped up as needed for the individual student. It is written for the 3rd-5th grade reading level.

It would work great in a one-on-one setting for home school or for a teacher to use as a resource in the classroom for a small group or entire class. The unit is designed so that you can start teaching immediately with little to no preparation on your part. Great time saver!

This unit contains:

  • Teacher Packet containing detailed daily lesson plans, an answer key, and suggested curriculum connection activities.
  • Student Packet containing vocabulary activities, comprehension questions, and extension activities that correlate with the book.
  • An after the book activity packet that can be used with any book.

I wrote and developed this unit myself. I am a certified teacher in Nebraska. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In addition to my Masters I have taken graduate courses on teaching of the Gifted and Talented. I have successfully used these activities in the classroom setting many times.

Fall Tree Addition

Students will sort addition problems based on the sum.  I used Velco and a file folder to create assemble the game. Students could also use glue for one time use.

How to play:

Students will pick 2 sorting cards, place them on tree page. (Use all the leaves and different color sorting cards to make more difficult.)

•Find and attach leaves to the correct trees.

•Option for self check: on the back of each leave but a symbol for each difference. Students can look on the back to find out if they are correction.

•Students can record their answers on the recording sheet.

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Thanksgiving Native American Writing and Craft

This 13 page activity includes reading suggestions, a writing activity and a darling craft for boys and girls. Your students will love this!

Christmas Coloring Cards


These Christmas Coloring Cards are very easy to make – just print and let your students cut and fill out the coupon for their loved ones.

There are three main styles which are each in color and in black and white with a hint of color. The cute design of the first two styes are great for younger children to create. The third card is talored for older children.  Each card has a matching coupon (which is optional). This coupon can be for a big hug, singing a Christmas carol, giving a Christmas cookie or anything that’s a loving gesture!

There's also a secret bonus inside!


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Welcome to Nyla’s Crafty Teaching! 


I heart to teach using hands-on manipulatives, so I’m always creating stuff for my students.  I’m a bit of a craftster as well.  I started creating the resources I use in the classroom within the first year that I started teaching, back then, I had a Grade 1 class.  Since then I have taught at all of the other grade levels in the primary school system.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education and three young ones to keep me busy at home.

Making centers is now my hobby.  I'm addicted and my students couldn't be happier! Teaching allows be to get wild and creative with my ideas. And I'm really happy to do any thing that allows me to be creative.  It feels 'right', like its what I was born to do!  Sometimes I get so caught up in what I'm doing that I completely loose track of time! So I guess I need to keep a timer on me! My students don't mind though, sometims we cut into the recess time or lunch time.  And I always appreciate their help with the gluing and sticking.

I created my blog recently, Nyla's Crafty Teaching, to share my classroom with the world.  I like to blog about my teaching, my class and new ideas that I think are workable for any teacher.  I've got lots of great freebies there too! To keep up to date with my special giveaways, new products, freebies and sales, feel free to visit me at: My Teaching Blog, My Facebook Page or My Twitter Page!

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