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CVC Word Wheels

These are 13 fun CVC Whirly Word Wheels which help students to merge the beginning consonant sound to the VC ending in these one-syllable words for beginners who can identify letter sounds but need practice to merge the sounds together to form words. Each word wheel has colorful illustrations of words in the wheel and each wheel uses each of the vowels a,e,i,o and u as the middle sounds. The illustrations and colors chosen are varied to appeal to both boys and girls. Instructions for assembly are included!

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Charlotte's Web Teaching Novel Unit~ Common Core Standards

This is a custom written literature unit to be used with Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.

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 16-day unit but can be slowed down or sped up as needed for the individual student. It is written for the 3-5th 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, suggested spelling list, answer keys, and suggested curriculum connection activities.
  • The Common Core Standards Alignment for Grades 3-5.
  • Student Packet containing vocabulary activities, comprehension questions, and extension activities that correlate with the book.
  • An Assessment Packet that contains a vocabulary quiz, an end of the book test in both a short answer and multiple choice format, and an end of the book writing assessment.
  • An After the Book Activity Packet that can be used with this unit or any book. This packet is also sold separately titled Fun Book Report Activity Ideas~Book Report Alternatives.

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.

This unit is aligned with the Common Core Standards for Grades 3-5.

Place Value Super Pack

This is a math learning center designed to help students practice place value skills.  This includes comparing and ordering numbers from least to greatest, and greatest to least.  This also includes comparing numbers and using greater than, less than, and equal signs to make an equation.  Finally this center also covers written, standard, and expanded forms of a number.

The learning center includes:

1.  Teacher directions on how to run each activity.

2. Five pages of ice cream cone stacks, for a total of 20 stacks.  Each stack is labeled with a letter and includes three numbers that are to be compared and put in a list of least to greatest or greatest to least.  A recording sheet is included for students to show their work.

3.  Five pages of ice cream stacks, for a total of 20 sets of coordinating cones (3 cones in each set for a total of 60 cones).  Each of the cones in the set is labeled with the expanded, written, and standard forms of a number (for example:  354, three hundred fifty four, and 300 + 50 + 4).  Students must put the cones in matching sets, then record their information on the accompanying chart.  A practice worksheet for the three forms of a number is also included for practice at a later time.

4. Two greater than signs, two less than signs, and two equal signs.  Print off an extra set of the number ice cream cones and cut them apart.  Students will pick two cones, compare the numbers, then place the correct symbol (<, >, or =) in between the cones.  A recording sheet is also included.  ***For differentiated learning, encourage the students to use more than two numbers (ex:  54> 24>14) or use the numbers on the cones to create more complex equations (ex: 456 + 164 < 3,251).***

Print on cardstock and laminate for durability.

This center is for personal use only. Please do not redistribute. 

Superhero Reading Set: Sight Words and Word Families

Do your students love superheroes? If so, they're sure to enjoy practicing sight words and word families with this set. It comes with 2 activities. The first activity is a game where students read sight words and try to win by getting the most cards. The second activity has students sorting words by word family, returning superheroes to the cities where they belong. This is a "super" set for your literacy center or Daily 5 word work. 

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Telling Time Unit Plan

Through this unit, students will be able to understand how to tell time to the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour. They will demonstrate telling time and applying appropriate vocabulary to their daily activities at school, and at home. This unit is an integrated unit: the first two lessons are vocabulary lessons introducing the related vocabulary. The remaining three lessons are math lessons. At the end of the unit, students will be able to:
- Express the time at half hour to five minute intervals
- Convert time from analog to digital time
- Calculate elapsed time
- Understand time periods and time relationships

Students need to learn to tell the time as a part of daily life. This knowledge is important for being on time, understanding schedules and timetables, and being able to read both analog and digital clocks. Worksheets, home work, and a board game are included. - Nyla's Crafty Teaching.

Calendar Pack (Months, Weather, Labels, Book Logs and More)

This calendar pack is so huge it was a close call to make it all fit! Not even publishers offer you a cohesive pack like this with matching clipart and customizable pieces so you can use it year after year and change it meet your needs. Designed to create a continuous look between all of the pieces.


  • Months of the Year (Half Sheet)
  • Months of the Year (Weather Graph Headers)
  • Velcro Weather Graph and Icons
  • Weather Graph Book
  • Months of the Year Calendar List
  • Calendar Special Date Tags (Saxon compatible)
  • Calendar Special Date Tags (Poster Board compatible)
  • Organization Labels
  • Daily Student Folder Labels
  • Monthly Student Book Logs (Read/Record)
  • Monthly Student Book Logs (Read/Respond) with Common Core Standards-based questions
  • Monthly Writing Prompt/Sample Labels
  • 100 Days of School Tally Mark Ten Frames

Additional Files Zipped to Complete this Pack (Microsoft Word Documents or *PDF):

  • Customizable Daily Folder Labels
  • Customizable Monthly Student Calendars
  • Monthly Student Calendar Special Dates Clipart (104 pieces)
  • Customizable Weather Graph Book
  • Customizable Monthly Writing Prompt/Sample Labels
  • Calendar Toppers Months of the Year (11”x17”)*

Product Length: 159 Pages



Book Logs Help meet Common Core English/Language Arts Standards:

  • K.RF.1.a-1. Demonstrate how to hold a book with correct orientation.

  • K.RF.1.a-2. Distinguish pictures from words by pointing when prompted.

  • K.RF.1.a-3. Locate on a printed page where to start reading with multiple lines of text.

  • K.RF.1.a-4. Demonstrate that the left page of a book is read before the right page of a book.

  • K.RF.1.a-5. Track text with a finger on a printed page from left to right.

  • K.RF.1.a-6. Track text with finger from one line of the printed page to the next line on the same printed page (return sweep).

  • K.RF.1.b-2. Locate a letter on a printed page within text.

  • K.RF.1.c-1. Isolate words within printed text.

  • K.RF.3.c. Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do).

  • K.RI.1.a. With prompting and support, answer simple questions about key details (individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information) in a text.
  • K.RI.2.a. With prompting and support, identify the main topic in a text.

  • K.RI.3.a. With prompting and support, describe differences between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

  • K.RI.3.b. With prompting and support, describe similarities between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

  • K.RI.5.c. Identify the title page of a book.

  • K.RI.6.a. With prompting and support, locate the name of the author.

  • K.RI.6.c. With prompting and support, locate the name of the illustrator.

  • K.RI.7.a. Recognize that illustrations (pictures, drawings, charts, captions) depict a person, place, thing, or idea that is in the text.

  • K.RI.8.a. With prompting and support, identify the primary subject or topic in an informational text.

  • K.RI.8.b. With prompting and support, identify key points (individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information) in informational text. 
  • K.RL.2.a. With prompting and support, identify orally one key detail (characters, setting, major events) of familiar stories.

  • K.RL.2.b. With prompting and support, identify orally two or more key details (characters, setting, major events) of familiar stories.

  • K.RL.2.c. With prompting and support, sequence identified key details (characters, setting, major events) of familiar stories.

  • K.RL.2.d. With prompting and support, recognize the beginning, middle, and end of familiar stories.

  • K.RL.2.e. With prompting and support, retell orally the beginning, middle, and end of familiar stories.

  • K.RL.2.f. With prompting and support, retell orally the beginning, middle, and end of familiar stories including two or more key details (characters, setting, and major events).

  • K.RL.3.b. With prompting and support, identify characters in a story.

  • K.RL.3.d. With prompting and support, identify setting(s) in a story.

  • K.RL.4.d. With prompting and support, ask about unknown words (new vocabulary) in a story.

  • K.RL.5.b. Recognize poems by the features (stanza, format, rhyme).

  • K.RL.6.a. With prompting and support, locate the name of the author.

  • K.RL.6.b. With prompting and support, define the role of the author in telling the story.

  • K.RL.6.c. With prompting and support, locate the name of the illustrator.

  • K.RL.6.d. With prompting and support, define the role of the illustrator in telling the story.

  • K.RL.9.b. With prompting and support, contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

  • K.SL.1.f. Speak to and respond to an adult in complete sentences.

  • K.SL.3. Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

  • K.SL.6.a. Understand what feelings are (e.g., happy, sad, angry, scared, anxious, excited, nervous, mad).


"I Can" Posters (Kindergarten Skills)

Even though kindergarten is today's new first grade, we still have important, basic things that have to be covered! Here is a freebie to help encourage your kinders to practice the basics and be edified once they master those skills!

For best results, blow these up onto 11x17 paper, hang on your door or another prominent place and allow your kinders to "sign" their names once they've mastered the appropriate skill. They love to get the positive recognition and then can be go-to helpers if someone else needs a bit more practice. Gotta love having some expert shoe-tiers. Can I get an "amen" from any other K teachers?!

Dolch Sight Word Matching Game(s): Cards to Send Home

Sets of Dolch sight words to send home!

I sent the first set of these home this year and I'm amazed at how many sight words my students already recognize!  Was it the game I sent home or another factor?  I'm not sure, but I'll be sure to send the other sets home, too!

In this product, the Dolch sight words (pre-k to 3rd) are printed for students to play the "Matching Game." There are 14 pages of words that come WITH OR WITHOUT CLIPART. Two copies of each page are sent home with the student to make each game. One or more sheet sets can be sent home at a time to help students gain additional sight word practice. Brief directions for parents are included at the top of each page. 

While the games come ready to send home, they can also be used as literacy center or word work activities.  The cards can also be  laminated and sent home in Ziploc bags as practice games to be returned.  

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Noun Sorting Center

This activity a class favorite! It teaches the student to classify nouns. It can be used as a center or in whole group. The student identifies the noun cards as person, place, thing or animal, places them on the correct mat; then records their answers on the noun response sheet.

p.1 Cover page
p.2 Directions
p.3-6 Noun category pages
p.7-10 Noun cards
p.11 Response sheet
p.12 Thank you