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Who doesn’t have a pile of building blocks (LEGOs) laying around the house? If your students love a challenge, then check out this fun building block activity! Click here to download now. This activity would also qualify as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning. Kids of all ages would enjoy this fun challenge! Once you have printed your cards, grab your LEGOs and lets get started!

 

 

 

Below is a picture of a rainbow made out of all the colors of the rainbow. Now try to make your rainbow. Include as many of your favorite colors. Go outside and take a picture of your rainbow once its finished.

Make A Rainbow

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Next, is a picture of a bridge. Can you build a bridge? You can play so many different games with these building blocks challenge cards. Be Creative! If you would like to be able to reuse them every year in the classroom, we would recommend laminating each card.

 

 

 

Make A Bridge

lego_bridgeWant to make your own building block challenge cards? Become a member on abcteach.com and you can make your own customized worksheets, games, puzzles, word walls, vocabulary exercises and math tools! Each abctool has step-by-step instructions on how to get started. It is so easy! Plus, you have access to over 22,000 ClipArt images to add some extra flare to your lessons. Find out more information on how to make your own worksheets here!

 

 

Look how cute this yellow-block house is?! What color would your house be…Would it have a garden…Could you build a room inside the house…Where would your house be located? So many possibilities. Have fun!

Build A House

lego_house*Tip: Another fun idea when playing with groups is to try and guess what the student is making by keeping others from seeing the challenge card. Each student draws a card, and their peers need to guess what it is before the time runs out.

 

 

 

 

 

Make A Pattern

Something as simple as creating your own pattern can be challenging…Give it a try!

 

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Stack them tall, or lay them flat, each pattern is consistent and unique. See how many patterns you can make before you run out of all the blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

lego_pattern_2Have groups of two build a pattern together. Learning doesn’t always have to be boring. This activity brings imaginative thinking, group balance, and hands-on engagement. It is also a great addition to any classroom learning centers, daycares, homeschoolers, babysitters, and even parents! Download this FREE activity right now on abcteach.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by,

Laura Kemsley/Photos by Carol Welch

~abcteach team

Summer Ready!

June 28th, 2018

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Summer has begun! Most of us are out of school by now…Even if school is over, it doesn’t mean learning is too! Summer days can be long and busy. It’s a great time to get away and go to the beach, take a long road trip, ride bikes to get ice cream, and play outside!

We have some fun and exciting activities to try even when there is no school!

Vacation

Vacations are exciting! I love trying new food, visiting the beach, or stopping roadside to see a cool, new attraction. Road trips and flights can be long however…so here are a few games to bring on your next trip!

 

Rainy Days

Sometimes rainy days are good and sometimes their not. We need the rain to cool off those hot days and help all the plants grow and bloom! But other times, we have nothing else to do but stay inside. In this section, you will find at home folder games, hands-on experiments, fun crafts and other rainy-day activities.

 

Summer Camp

Summer camp is a great way to meet new friends and stay active during the summer. Plus, you get to learn some new things along the way.

 

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We hope you have a FUN SUMMER, and enjoy these printable activities. If you are looking for more summer worksheets click here for a link to our site.

 

Written by Laura Kemsley

~abcteach team

Easter Crafts

March 27th, 2018

Happy Easter!

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We have gathered some fun activities for your students to enjoy this Easter. Everything you need is available on abcteach.com! Become a member today and have access to thousands of printable worksheets, custom abctools worksheet generators, ClipArt, Interactive Whiteboard templates and so much more! New materials are added weekly and if you don’t see something you need, feel free to email support for content requests.

FREE Easter Activities

Hoppy’s Busy Day – This is an easy one-page reading comprehension about Hoppy’s busy day hiding eggs. Read the story, draw a picture to match the story and answer a few multiple choice questions. Great for early elementary students!

Dot-to-Dot Easter Chick (counting by 3’s) – Practice counting with this fun dot-to-dot worksheet. Counting by 3’s, up to 63 will create a cute baby chick hatching out of an egg. Color it in to complete.

Easter Egg Grid Coloring – Your elementary students will love this grid coloring activity! Follow the directions and color the grid to make a colorful Easter egg. Grid coloring is great for developing early map skills, as well as practice following directions.

These are all available NOW on abcteach! Click here to see all of the FREE Easter printables.

Bunny Paper Bag Puppet

This bunny paper bag puppet is so much fun to make! Just print, color, and cut out…glue to a paper lunch bag and you can make one for Easter. Available for abcteach members only!

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Here is what you need to get started:

 

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We would love to see what you make this Easter. Please share a photo using any of our worksheets on Instagram using hashtag #abcteach and be sure to follow us online @abcteach.llc

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Want more Easter Activities? Here is a link to all of our Easter-themed activities on abcteach.com

Our Easter Sale is going on now until April 3rd. Join today for 50% OFF all membership subscription plans. Use promo code: SPRING18

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Have A Hoppy Easter!

Written by Laura Kemsley

~abcteach team

Lapbook Instructions

March 16th, 2018

Check out this fun way to learn and research a topic. Topics can be about anything. Students can organize their lapbooks in a variety of ways. You can add pages and pockets.

Creating a Lapbook

In the Teaching Extras section on abcteach, you will find a variety of lapbooks to introduce to your students.

Lapbook Activity Packs – These packs are ready to use, just download your choice. abcteach offers many different theme units. Here are few examples for FREE!

Life Cycles

Pumpkins

On the Farm

The Solar System

Lapbooks: Activity Pack (members only)*

Lapbook Templates – These can be used to customize projects. Download and print any of our pre-made pockets, titles, labels, clipart, and more.

Lapbook Templates (members only)*

FREE Lapbook Downloads

Here is an example Lapbook:

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In order to create a lapbook, you will need a folder. You can find instructions about how to fold a lapbook here. Choose which theme you would like to create. Download, print and color to make it your own. Then, cut and paste the templates, images, pockets, etc… to the folder board to make this awesome hands-on activity. Great for all ages!

Here is a photo of a completed Halloween-Themed lapbook. 

Become a member today to have access to thousands of activities for kids of all ages! As an abcteach you will be able to use our custom ClipArt images commercially…for more information or if you have any questions, feel free to contact support@abcteach.com

 

Written by Sandy Kemsley

~abcteach team

 

Happy New Year!

December 27th, 2017

 

The New Year is fast approaching. We at abcteach would like to wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to 2018! This year abcteach will be celebrating its 18th anniversary online. We would like to thank you for your support and suggestions throughout the years.

We have some fun materials for the New Year! Here are a few documents to welcome the New Year with your students. Check these out:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. 2018 Calendars
  3. Snow
  4. Penguins
  5. Ice Hockey

 

To help celebrate the New Year, we are having a SALE! 40% OFF all membership subscriptions. If you are a NEW abcteach user, click on the image below to purchase now! If you are a renewing abcteach member click here. Deal expires on 1/2/18, so act fast!

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Happy Holidays!

~abcteach team

First Day Jitters

August 30th, 2017

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Some of you may have started school already, and others will start this week! Either way, the first day of school can be tough for everyone. Here are some great tips to help you get through the first day, first week, or entire year of school. Don’t let it scare you, there are a lot of fun and exciting things about going back-to-school!

Tip #1

Go To Bed Early! Make sure to get plenty of beauty rest the night before the big day. That includes the parents too! Sometimes the first day can make going to sleep hard. You have all these thoughts running through your head about everything. What should I wear? Is my teacher nice? Will my friends be there? Where will I sit? All the questions can keep you wide awake…so go to bed early and make sure you are prepared the night before. Its always a good idea to eat a healthy breakfast before going to school. And parents should pack a lunch the night before just so you aren’t in a rush and late for school on the first day!

Tip #2

Be A Cheerleader! You’re kids are going to have a long school-year ahead. So give them an extra boost to keep their spirits strong. Write notes or funny jokes in their lunch to let them know you are thinking of them. Be involved with their homework, and encourage them to ask questions and try their BEST! Take them out for ice cream or their favorite place to eat when the first day of school is over to celebrate and hear about how it went! Share your own back-to-school experiences that will make them feel more comfortable. Make sure you stay calm and supportive throughout the day. They will appreciate your optimism.

Tip #3

Come Prepared! It’s very important to be prepared for the long day ahead! Make sure you have everything ready the night before. Pick out a nice outfit, because when you look good, you feel good! Leave your backpack by the front door, so you won’t forget it on the way to the bus! Usually, you have an ‘open house’ to come to the school before it starts. This is a great time to find your locker, meet the teacher, and see your classroom! It also helps you feel more prepared for when the first day starts. Don’t worry, everyone is going through it together; you are not alone. Be confident, and take a deep breath!

Tip #4

Stay Organized! Try to keep your home organized and clean. Back to school can be chaotic at times. It is always nice to come home to a friendly, stress-free environment. Your kids need their own space, and having a daily routine helps! Keep a checklist of chores or a to-do list for before and after school hours. Here is a colorful, printable checklist that goes through a daily morning routine. Keep a calendar close by to remember important dates, work schedules, and after-school events. Have a list of rules for at home and at school.

Tip #5

Health & Safety! Make sure to drink your Orange Juice/Milk! Getting the appropriate daily vitamins, and staying healthy is important for going back to school. There are so many allergies and germs floating around at school, it’s important to stay hydrated and healthy. You don’t want to bring any food to school that other students might be allergic to, so stay informed about your classroom health regulations! Also, make sure your child arrives safely to school. Know what time the bus arrives, or carpool with a friend! Have emergency lunch money, in case your child forgets to pack one. Make sure your child knows your contact information in case they need to get a hold of you at school. Leaving your cell or work number in their locker is always a good idea…just in case! Everyone needs to be healthy in order to have an active mind and strong bones. Take care of yourself!

 

We hope these five tips have helped prepare you for back-to-school. Everyone will be nervous, but try to have a good day, and remember to SMILE and DO YOUR BEST!!

 

Written by, Laura Kemsley

-abcteach team

abcteach welcomes you back to school!

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The first week of school is a good time for students to get to know each other. Learning games played in groups can help facilitate this naturally. We created a fun game that students can play together, in groups, or in a learning center.

Fun Word Game with Letter Tiles

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You will need a game board, set of letter tiles, and a tally chart. Let’s get started!

HOW TO PLAY

  1. Have students divide into groups. (2-3 in a group)
  2. Each group will need two matching game boards.
  3. Students take turns making words using the tiles.
  4. Each tile is worth 1 point.
  5. On the tally chart each group adds a tally for each letter.
  6. Play until no more new letters can be made.
  7. Continue playing until you can’t make any new words.

 

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*NOTE: Each card has five tiles. For puzzles with more than 5 letters, just tape two boards together.

 

We hope you can find something to make this first week back at school easy. Let us know what you have planned for the first day of school in the comments below. Good luck this school year and stay tuned for more hands-on activities.

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Sandy Kemsley

abcteach team

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It is time to go back to school! Everyone feels differently about starting their first day in a new grade, school, or classroom. The first day can be exciting and nerve-wracking! So to break the ice, we have included a few awesome activities to start the year off right.

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All About ME

Getting to know your students is very important. Every student is different, and the first day of school can be tough. We are all trying to get to know one another, and ourselves too!

Getting to Know You

Desk Tag: All About Me

Contact Forms – This 5 page packet contains parent forms to be completed at the beginning of the school year. Includes contact information, transportation information, volunteer and conference sign up sheets and a child information sheet. Remember to send these home with your students on the first day!

“Who Am I?” Cards  – Members Only* Have each student fill out a card. Collect the cards; and when there is a free moment in class, pull out a card and call out the clues. See if your students can guess who the mystery classmate is!

Getting to Know You Grid – Members Only* Interview your classmates to complete the grid. Great getting-to-know you activity for the first day of school.

Getting to Know You, Selfie Picture – Members Only* This cell phone-themed art and writing activity allows students to introduce themselves by drawing a “selfie” picture and writing a brief text message.

All About Me Puzzle Piece – Members Only* A fun “all about me” activity for students to introduce themselves, then come together as a class to create a puzzle.

Back-to-School Puzzles

These are some fun, easy printable worksheets that you can do anytime.

Word Search: Back to School – Fun, pencil-shaped word search with 17 school-themed vocabulary words to find! Great for the first day of school.

Word Search: Back to School – Computer-shaped word search. Find all 20 hidden back-to-school vocabulary words in this challenging word puzzle.

Word Search: September – Members Only* Find all 10 vocabulary words in this September word search. With words such as; learn, teacher, fall, friends, books, etc…

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Back-to-School Reading

Comprehension: When Does School Start? – Simple reading comprehension about when school starts in several different countries, with questions following.

Social Skills: Classroom and School Rules – Read, respond, and recall worksheet about the different kind of rules in school, at home, and around the community. Includes picture and statement worksheets, teaching how to recognize appropriate behaviors and rules.

First Day Jitters – Members Only* This 7 page unit, enhances Julie Danneberg’s witty story about first day nerves. Pages are filled with elementary comprehension questions, word search, word unscramble, story sequence, acrostic and much more!

First Day of School, A Rebus Story – Members Only* A Rebus story about the first day of school. Includes matching picture to word activity, and fill in the blank vocabulary exercise. Great for primary or early readers.

Story Sequence: First Day of School Surprise! – Members Only* A first day of school story. Read the story, then number the events as they occur in the story. Write the story again in your own handwriting and draw a picture to go with the text.

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Back-to-School Writing

Writing Paper: School Days – Fill in the space with daily notes, homework assignments, or reminders. Ask your students to write a story about their first day of school, or draw a picture! Blank piece of paper with an apple illustration in the corner.

Classroom Olympics: Subject Goals – All the “Classroom Olympics” goal pages and the gold, silver, and bronze medals to go with the unit; all one easy download. Perfect year to correlate the 2016 Summer Olympics into your class!

Writing Prompt: My First Day of First Grade – Members Only* This is a writing activity for the first day of first grade.

Writing Prompt: Back to School Feelings – Members Only* Writing activity asking students to write about how they feel at the start of a new school year.

Portfolio: My Subject Goals (elem) – Members Only* This 14 page packet contains a portfolio cover, goal setting sheets, dividers, and reflection sheets. Perfect as an introduction to portfolio management and goal setting.

 

All of these activities are great for kindergarten to upper elementary grade levels. We hope you can find something to make this first week back at school a piece of cake. Let us know what you have planned for the first day of school in the comments below. Good luck this school year!

 

Thank you,

 

Laura Kemsley

Content Developer, abcteach team

Halloween Classroom Activities

October 4th, 2016

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Halloween is right around the corner, and it is time to get the season started early. With the cool crisp air, falling leaves, and trips to the pumpkin patch happening this month, we wanted to share some awesome Halloween-themed activities for the classroom or at home.

 

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These worksheets are easy to download and print whenever you need something now. In this category you will find Halloween activity mats, candy corn counting, pumpkin matching, a ghost-shaped word search and much more. There will be a mixture of both FREE and member files.

Halloween Activity Mat – *Members Only. This activity mat includes a word scramble, maze, crossword puzzle, tic-tac-toe and dot-to-dot ghost games. Perfect for kids on the go! Try using abcWorkshop on a computer or tablet if you don’t want to print.

Ghost-Shaped Word Search (hard) – Find all of the 24 hidden Halloween vocabulary words in this tricky word search. Includes word bank and answer sheet.

Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe Board Games – *Members Only. Two fun, tic-tac-toe boards and game cards. Color and laminate for longer use.

Ten Frames: Candy Corn Counting – *Members Only. 11 page booklet using ten frames to count. Students can use real candy corns to complete the ten frames! Includes tracing numbers and addition problems.

Dominoes: Halloween Theme – *Members Only. Play any ‘double six’ domino game with these Halloween word dominoes, from CAULDRON to TREAT BAG.

 

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Who doesn’t love pumpkins? In this section you will find everything you need to decorate your classroom and get your students in the Halloween spirit! Pumpkin bulletin board trims, Jack o’ Lantern ClipArt, border papers, signs and October calendars.

Bulletin Board Trim: Pumpkin Theme Set – *Members Only. 24 pages. A pumpkin themed bulletin board set that includes a straight border, pumpkin design letter sets that spell pumpkin, an A-Z letter set, plus a set of six graphics with jack-o-lantern faces.

Shapebook: Pumpkin Patch – Created with abctools, this FREE pumpkin-shaped writing prompt is perfect to write about the trip to the pumpkin patch! (“At the pumpkin patch, I saw….”). Print, color, and cut out to make a booklet.

Pumpkin Life Cycle – Make a FREE pumpkin life cycle booklet. Print, color and cut out each page to complete the book. Great for learning about life cycles!

Pumpkin Theme Unit: Math and Literacy – *Members Only. 10 page pumpkin theme unit that includes writing a story and poem, tally chart, addition, labeling, definitions, etc..

Desk Tags: Pumpkin Themed – *Members Only. Have student’s write their name in the lines and add to their desk to celebrate Fall/Halloween.

October Calendar – *Members Only. Fill in the dates with this cute, scarecrow calendar.

Pumpkin Border Paper – *Members Only. Primary lined border paper with Jack 0′ Lanterns in the surrounding border. Use for handwriting practice, stories, poems, etc…

 

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Coloring Page: Halloween Ghost – FREE, Halloween coloring page. An illustration of a child in a sheet, carrying a trick-or-treat bag, with “BOO!” overhead.

Coloring Page: Halloween Bat – Color, cut out, and hang from a string, or tape to the walls/windows. Great for Halloween!

Sewing Card: Jack o’ Lantern – *Members Only. Print on cardstock or tagboard. Punch out the holes and using yarn and plastic yarn needle, sew around the pumpkin. Great for little hands and early elementary ages.

Paper Bag Puppets: Halloween Theme Set – *Members Only. Ghost, pumpkin and witch all in one easy download. Print, color and cut out! Attach to paper bags and have a Halloween-themed puppet show.

Frankenstein Treat Container – *Members Only. This fun little container can be created by children and then filled with treats. This gives kids something to carry their treats in and use as decoration! Made with a yogurt container! (3rd grade and up)

Halloween Lapbook – *Members Only. A five page set of color illustrated templates for a lapbook on Halloween, with templates for pockets, flaps, booklet, matchbooks, flash cards, and more. Here are a few colored photos of the finished product!

 

If you would like to have access to all of these documents, and thousands more become a member today! Right now we are currently offering a fall promotion to celebrate the season! Use code: fall25 for $10 OFF a one-year membership. The membership starts the day you purchase and ends a year from that day. No subscriptions! One payment of $29.99 for thousands of worksheets, games, interactives, and customized worksheet generators.

 

 

 

 

Written by, Laura Kemsley

abcteach team

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On August 5th, the games will begin! The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Athletes from all over the world will come together to compete in over 300 events such as; swimming, rugby, and golf!

This is the first time Rio will host the Olympic Games. It has taken years to prepare for an event like this…and to help make this years event a learning experience, here are some fun, Olympic-inspired worksheets to help get you started!

 

 

 

Math

Tally the number of medals won by each country as you follow the Olympic Games, and then create a set of bar graphs to display your collected data. Real-world application of an important math skill.

Math: Olympic Medals – Tally & Bar Graphs *Members Only

“There are 46 Athletic Events. If 24 of those events are for men, how many of the events are for women?” These math word problems all have “Summer Olympics” as the theme.

Math: Word Problems: Summer Olympics

Social Studies

Two maps of Rio are included in this file with ten questions and a writing prompt that will help students explore Rio and the Olympic venues on an imaginary trip to the Summer Olympic Games.

Map Skills: Rio de Janeiro Hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics (upper elem/middle) *Members Only

Two maps of Rio are included in this file with seven questions that will help students explore Rio and the Olympic venues on an imaginary trip to the Summer Olympic Games.

Map Skills: Take a Trip to Rio (elem) *Members Only

A reading comprehension that describes some of the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio; has follow-up multiple choice questions regarding the reading.

Reading Comprehension: Summer Olympics – Opening Ceremony

Reading & Writing

A reading comprehension on the history and symbolism of the Olympic rings. Complete with comprehension questions, and design your own Olympic emblem.

Comprehension: The Olympic Rings (elem) * Members Only

Make your own ‘Did You Know?’ Olympic note cards with colorful rings, and room to write fun facts.

Did You Know? – Olympics

Easy reading comprehension about the 2016 Summer Olympics with 3 short response questions.

Color and Read: 2016 Summer Olympic Games (prim)

A set of “Classroom Olympics” goal pages in each subject.  Printable gold, silver, and bronze medals to go with the unit; all one easy download. Students must complete each page of their individual goals.

Classroom Olympics: Set of Goals

One page biography on Olympic Gold Medal swimmer, Michael Phelps, with multiple choice and short response questions.

Biography: Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer (Grades 3 & 4) *Members Only

Instructions for individual or group work. Fun, summer Olympics report packet includes a sports survey, map of events, design your own uniform, and other creative ideas. Great for all ages!

Research Report: 2016 Summer Olympics (primary) *Members Only

Fun Stuff

Find all of the Olympic-themed vocabulary words in these brand new word searches!

Word Search: 2016 Summer Olympics

Word Search: 2016 Summer Olympics – Sports

Simple and fun, Olympic Medal tic-tac-toe game board.

Learning Center: Summer Olympics – Tic-Tac-Toe

Print out these colorful Olympic Rings desk tags to use in the classroom.

Desk Tags: Olympic Rings (3-primary lines)

Desk Tags: Olympic Rings (single line)

Print and color these worksheets to display throughout the classroom or home.

Coloring Page: Olympic Flame

Coloring Page: Summer Olympics – Athletics

Coloring Page: Summer Olympics Medals *Members Only

Coloring Book: Summer Olympics Theme *Members Only

We hope you are enjoying your summer so far! Be sure to check out abcteach for updates, new materials added daily, as well as current promotions! And don’t forget to sign up for our FREE newsletter to stay up to date on teaching resources.

 

Written by, Laura Kemsley

abcteach team

 

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