Aug 21, 2009

Writing Links for Elementary

The Writing Process

Fun Writing Games

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Poetry Game (Scholastic)

PowerPoint Presentation
Wise Guys (free download)

Heat, Light, and Energy










What is Sound?
Changing Sounds

Human Body


Language Arts






Water Cycle

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The water cycle is an exciting unit of study that can be explored at all ages. It is a foundational topic that should be mastered so that more scientific building blocks can be easily laid in the future. I though I would share our lapbook and some of the links where I found our material. Have fun!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is a tale about the Herdsmen kids, who are the meanest, orneriest kids in town. Their reputation precedes them when they begin to show up in Sunday School at the local church (only to eat the cake). This begins the tale of their involvement in the church Christmas play. 

This is really a hilarious story, that really took me back to all of those little snot nosed kids who drove me nuts! God can work in their lives too. This story covers the basics of the Christmas story. I used this story in my public school classroom years ago as a way to teach the Christmas story without actually teaching the Christmas story...if that makes any sense!  You can't help but see yourself, and a few of your scraggly kids in this story.

The Plan:
1. Buy the book (I used it as a read aloud to my 4th/5th graders)


2. Lapbook (Instructions below)
3. Resources (most resources are not free)


Our Lapbook...

For our lapbook, we photocopied a page from the literature unit (above) for our cover.  We used large size construction paper and folded it to meet in the middle.  The title is at the top in the blue.  This was actually a sample I did for myself, so it does not have all the info included. 

Inside our lapbook...

Sorry for the horrible pictures
In the middle section is a series of pages that flip. The sections are about the author, summary page, and pictures.  On the left side are characters- write the name of the character where you can see it. Raise the flap for a short description about that character. 
 On the right side are story elements- title, author, setting, conflict, point of view, etc.  Again, you raise each flap for details.

eThemes (list of sites)
Novel Study Unit ($12)
Teacher Vision- projects, test, and activities
Free mini unit (make sure its free)
Quiz Pack
Reading pack

Check out the movie! (affiliate)

Thanks for listening,

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Martin Luther King, Jr. 

MLK Lapbook

Pics of our Lapbook...

Teaching Bible to Elementary

Do you teach Bible as a core subject like Math and English? 

Bible class is a priority in our homeschool, whether we order a Bible curriculum or simply read out of our Bible or devotional book. We teach every subject from a Biblical perspective, and sometimes it's good to have some extra activities to reinforce the Biblical concepts.

It is so important to teach children God's Word at a young age. We memorize scripture and do daily lessons that will last a lifetime. Never underestimate a child's ability to memorize scripture and learn Bible are amazing. 

I follow a basic outline to develop DIY Bible lesson plans.

  1. Read Scripture (2-6 grades) or Watch a Bible story on YouTube (Preschool-1st grade).
  2. Review and go over difficult words and concepts.
  3. Create worksheet with questions (can do orally)- grades 2-6      Print color sheet (pre-school-1st grade)
  4. Play a game or do a craft to reinforce comprehension.

We use the King James Bible, which may seem hard to some, but our kids have no trouble with it. The KJV is a major literature masterpiece, and it really teaches reading comprehension, oral language, word building, and other reading concepts.

I love these thinline Bibles for my kids because they are compact and easier to handle (affiliate):

Here are some resources that have helped us through the years. 

Bible Stories

God's Book (reads more like an actual book)
Bible Story Guy (Love the graphics & Concepts)
Kid Explorers
Bible for Kids (Lots of stories to choose from. Available in different formats)

Bible Games
Adventure Bible (Love the graphics! Games & activities reinforce Bible concepts and keep kid's attention.)
Word Games (Use icons on left to choose games. Printable)
Noah's Animals (Matching game)
Bible Hangman (click begin to play)
Who Wants to be a Millionare? (Bible edition)
Pacman (difficult website setup: Scroll down to see pacman game; lots of other simple games to choose from)
Bible Basebal

Just for Mom

Bible PowerPoints
Bible History Maps

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Themes & Lapbooks

Lapbooks are a cool way of keeping life interesting for your homeschooler. We have done a few of them around here, and Jellyfish loves it. He loves learning something new and also the creative side of designing, glueing, and doing something HIS way for a change. Lapbooks help organize information in the child's mind and make it easier for the student to recall the information.  

 If you haven't tried one yet, please give it a chance. I have included some links and will continue to post more as we complete them. 

Flip Flap Books- a little different style than the traditional lapbook. They are a little simpler and faster to complete!
Homeschool Share- is a great site for finding themes and literature ideas!

These are some of the lapbooks we have done through the least that I've documented! 

Powerpoints for teachers


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