Free printable poetry writing prompts, poem patterns, poetry frames

April is National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo (an online poetry slam project). Poetry is one of the most satisfying creative writing forms. But writing poems can be daunting for beginners. That's why teaching poetry writing, is such a joy. I love helping students get past fears and unlock that inner poet. Poetry templates can help break the creative ice. Here are free printable poem patterns, poetry frames and writing prompts. Poem patterns are adjustable by age to provide more or less structure. For young emergent writers, a frame poem may resemble a fill-in-the-blank activity. For seasoned readers-writers, the template is just an idea springboard from which to launch poems. Reluctant or special needs students gain writing confidence.  Free printable poetry writing prompts, poem patterns, poetry frames

Earth Day activities, free earth science lessons, astronomy activities, solar system printables

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 and Arbor Day, on April 24. In fact, the entire month of April is devoted to Earth Month. Here are hands-on, interactive, student-directed earth science activities to make lessons come alive. Use free printable earth science booklets, games, word searches, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages, science crafts and printable dioramas and 3D models. Topics includes astronomy, solar system, earth's poles, sun, moon and magnetism.  Earth Day activities, free earth science, astronomy, solar system printables 

Easter Triduum printables: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil activities

Lent is the holiest season of the Catholic and Orthodox Christian church year. During Lent, we "follow" Jesus on His journey to Calvary. We practice prayer, fasting, giving things up and almsgiving. in imitation of Christ's suffering and in reparation for our sins. Lent counts down to Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and Holy Week. We follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) also called that Stations of the Cross. The last three days of Lent are called the Easter or paschal triduum. "Paschal" refers to the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. The Easter Triduum begins at sundown on Holy, or Maundy, Thursday and continues through Good Friday, Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday) and on to Easter Sunday.Easter Triduum printables: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil activities

 

Free printable geometry worksheets, free printable math games, math worksheets for Pi Day

Happy Pi Day! Pi is a Greek symbol that represents a math quantity of about 3.14 used to solve equations and find circle measurements. Pi Day celebrates geometry. Now geometry is a fascinating subject but gets a bad rap because it seems boring and complicated. So teach it in hands-on ways. Here are free printable math and geometry worksheets and lesson plans. Print interactive math games, flash cards, matching activities, diagrams and and activities.Geometry printables, free printable math games, math worksheets for Pi Day - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

 

Free printable felt board patterns, book stencils, story templates for preschool reading

  March in National Reading Month. To teach emergent readers, preschool educators use felt boards to illustrate books and tell stories. Here are free printable felt board patterns, stencils and felt board reading lesson templates from First Palette. First Palette has free printable stencils and templates of shapes, animals, nature, leaves and trees, flowers, numbers, letters, people, clothing, cars, transportation, food--any pattern you need for any preschool unit! Free printable felt board patterns, book stencils, story templates for reading

Free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages, crafts, worksheets, activities

Valentine's Day usually represents a party, candy and cards for children, So how about some free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages, cut and paste, games, lessons, puzzles and activities? Here are some websites to check out for free Valentine's Day printables. Use in school or homeschool. Tie in with your regular curriculum.  Free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages, crafts, worksheets, activities

Black History Month printables, worksheets, lesson plans, book activities - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the third Monday in January, Jan. 19 in 2015. Black History Month is observed in February, in the US. Schools usually offer special programming and lesson plans on issues and events that are significant to African Americans. Students explore biographies and contributions of famous black Americans. They read books written specifically about or by African Americans. Students of all backgrounds benefit from such activities. Here are free printable Black History Month worksheets and lesson plans  Black History Month printables, worksheets, lesson plans, book activities - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free printable 2015 calendars, online organizers, personal planners

It's a new year, 2015. How long does it take you to switch gears from the old year and remember the correct one? If it you're still writing 2014 on dates and forms, maybe you need a new calendar to help you recall? Or maybe you just need to get organized. Either way, you need a calendar. Here are free 2015 calendars to download and print online.Free printable 2015 calendars, online organizers, personal planners

Free printable Catholic O Antiphons prayers, crafts count down to Christmas

dvent, a penitential season in Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches, begins four weeks before Christmas. During that time, the faithful pray, give alms, fast and perform acts of sacrifice. It's a lesser Lent. Starting Dec. 17, says Benet Vision, the church counts down the last week till the Octave of Christmas, praying the Magnificat or O Antiphons (names for Jesus) litany. Here are  Printable Catholic Advent O Antiphons prayers, crafts count down to Christmas

Free printable World War I lesson plans for Veterans Day, Armistice Day

Veterans Day is also Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of World War One, November 11, 1918. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in Europe says First World War Centenary. It lists Veterans Day 2014 events beginning November 10, to honor that centennial. Armistice Day is also called Remembrance Day. Here are free printable WWI lesson plans to help kids remember this epic epoch in history. There are lessons on America in conflict in World War II, Vietnam, Korea and Persian Gulf, too.Free printable World War I lesson plans for Veterans Day, Armistice Day

Free printable pagan and Wicca sabbat crafts for Samhain

Much is known about religious and national holidays. But the least known holidays--and ironically some of the oldest--are pagan or Wiccan. Here are free printable Wicca crafts, coloring pages and resources for pagan holidays (sabbats).Free printable pagan and Wicca sabbat holiday crafts 

Free Crafts and Printables from Martha Stewart

 I maintain several highly-performing niche blog, the most popular ones involving printable crafts for children. Internet searchers are always seeking freebies and crafts. Click this link for loads of free printable holiday themed crafts. Look for free printable crafts for fall holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Diwali, All Saints Day, Halloween, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's Day, Epiphany. Perfect for lesson plans.Free Crafts and Printables from Martha Stewart 

Day of the Dead Lesson Plans and Printable Activities to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve, originated as a pagan celebration preceding the Catholic church's observance of All Saints Day (a holy day honoring canonized saints) on November 1. It is followed by All Souls Day on November 2 which remembers the beloved dead.   Day of the Dead Lesson Plans and Printable Activities to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Free Printable Marco Polo, Kublai Khan, Silk Road Lesson Plans

 Marco Polo is probably the most curious and exciting of world travelers. He set out on a world quest in an age when travel within a small radius alone was perilous. The medieval Polo expedition went far beyond Europe to the Mongol Empire (where we get the term Mongolian) to meet the fabled mongol leader Kublai Khan (son of Genghis Khan).


Another unusual feature is that Marco Polo mission seemed to be motivated not by a desire to dominate, exploit or convert, but to experience another culture. Note that in this, probably the most common photo of Polo, he is shown wearing traditional Tartar dress. Tartars were considered pagan, barbaric infidels.At the time, Christian Crusaders were at war Seljuk Turks--a group similar to the Tartars (at least in western minds).  Polo, a Christian, seems happy enough to assimilate with the "enemy."



He was a merchant, so of course interested in commerce. He brought back exotic spices, jade, silk and strange beasts (elephants) to the western world. His travels ushered in the Silk Road and Spice Road trade systems. Polo wrote about his travels in "Il Milione" or "The Travels of Marco Polo." Netflix is airing an original mini-series based on "Il  Milione" late in 2014. Here are free printable lesson plans on Marco Polo, Kublai Khan and the Mongol Empire Free Printable Marco Polo, Kublai Khan, Silk Road Lesson Plans 

Free Printable Leaf and Tree Identification Charts for Science Lesson Plans

One of my favorite fall lesson plans is to assign students to make a leaf and tree identification booklet. Here are free printable leaf and tree identification charts, cards and games to help you plan your nature science study. Have students collect (fallen) leaves and press them or make leaf rubbings. Students should identify and label leaves. Use free printable leaf and tree identification charts to help. identification activities.Free Printable Leaf and Tree Identification Charts, Lesson Plans and Activities 

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