Thursday, October 21, 2021

Free Halloween Printable Book and Writing Activity

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The Activities:

Print a copy of this free Halloween book (focusing on double consonant words) for your classroom library or Halloween center!  Then, have your students write about what their teacher should wear for a costume!

Getting Ready:

To print the free book (and have the pages in the right order), print on both sides and then fold and staple!  You can print it in color or black and white.  I use an Epson eco tank at home and I love that I can print everything in color for my classroom for an affordable price! I've used my eco tank for a few months and the ink is still super full-- it's saved me countless trips to the store to buy ink and LOTS of money!

Make it Fun:

For the writing prompt, simply print that one sided and let your students draw a picture of you dressed up in a Halloween costume before writing about it!  One thing I've seen that makes this activity so much fun is printing out your school staff photo so that your students can glue your face on the drawing area and truly make it look like YOU wearing the costume!

I also have this pack that is perfect for K-2nd grade!  It has six reading and writing activities to make October lots of fun.  Find it HERE on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Writing Tips:

You can put this free writing page in your writing center or do it as a whole class all together, but I always think giving students the opportunity to share what they have written is essential!  I know writing time can be time consuming, but protecting the last few minutes for students to do "share chair" or "author's chair" is HUGE!  My students always love putting things under a document camera or sitting in a teacher chair to show off their hard work to their classmates. 

If you're working on blends and want a fun Halloween activity for party day or to put out as a choice for literacy centers, check out my Halloween Color by Code Activity for Blends (it's just $2) or SAVE with my Color by Code BUNDLE!


Ready to download this freebie?  Simply click on the blue button below!

Then, check out the rest of our FREE Halloween themed kids activities!


Q-Tip Halloween Painting for Kids // M is for Monster

Haunted House Ghost Count // The Primary Parade

Creepy Creatures Stick Puppets // Teach Me Mommy

Ghost Shapes // Alleah Maree

Ten Little Witches Poem // Little Learning Corner

Halloween Feelings Activities // Fairy Poppins

Halloween Printable Book // The Simplified Classroom

Happy Teaching!  I would love if you left a comment with your plans for celebrating Halloween in the classroom or tagged me on Instagram (@ TheSimplifiedClassroom)

Find more ideas on my "October Activities" Pinterest board:

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Apple Compound Words Free Matching Game


Yesterday was the first full day of fall and it was lovely where I live!  Even though the school year seems to be taking a while to get off the ground and for routines to actually be routine, I'm definitely ready to start doing some fun fall activities with apples and pumpkins!

I love crafts, themed snacks, painting, etc. but now that I'm a reading teacher, I only have 30 minutes with each of my groups and we actually have to do literacy work most of the time... HAA!


This free activity helps students practice compound words, write sentences, and think about the meaning of words.  Simply print the freebie (I did on card stock), cut or have students cut the apple squares, and then students will match the compound words!

After that, there is a recording sheet to write the compound words and a sheet for a few sentences.

I'd recommend this activity for 1st-3rd graders depending on their abilities, but there are a lot of compound words to work on!  You can also modify this activity by using less pairs of the compound words.

Students can match these pairs individually or in small groups.  I always just let my students choose!  After matching and writing down all the compound words, there is a page for students to use the words in a sentence.  If you are short on time, you can extend that portion of the activity until the next day, or whenever you focus on writing.

Ready to download the freebie and check it out?  Simply click the blue button below!  If you have any issues, please reach out via email or social media!  I'm on most platforms as The Simplified Classroom and my email is TheSimplifiedClassroom at Gmail!

Happy Teaching!

Need more apple inspiration?  Check out these other free apple activities:


Apple Compound Words Free Matching Game // The Simplified Classroom

A is for Apple Build a Poem // Little Learning Corner

Apple Fine Motor Activities // Fairy Poppins

Apple Math Game // M is for Monster

Leave a comment if you have an idea for my next freebie!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Back to School Transportation Graph

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Back to school season is upon us!  If you teach littles like I do, you know how crazy end-of-the-day transportation can be those first couple of days!

To make things just a little easier, I always work in an activity on the first day to go over (AGAIN) how everyone is getting home that day.

Prepping this whole-group activity is fairly simple.  I pre-make an anchor chart with the modes of transportation on the bottom and numbers going up the side.

There are lots of options in my FREE download, but I kept it simple by just using the four that I knew my students needed!

Then, after gathering all my kiddos on our SitSpots, we talked about how being safe is one of our three school-wide rules.  I told my first graders that to help them stay safe, we were going to mark where each kid would go at the end of the day AND write it on their hand in a sharpie. (I also gave them a hand stamp on the other hand for being so patient as we went through each student.)  

As I called each kiddo up, we made some observations about the graph and I tried to throw in a few math terms.... I can't help myself... even on the first day!

That's it!  Just a simple way to practice carpet expectations and make sure to double check on everyone's transportation!

If you'd like to download this free resource, simply click the blue button above!!!  Then, check out these other Back to School Freebies below!

School Spin and Graph // Recipe for Teaching
Back to School Transportation Graph // The Simplified Classroom
Taco Bout a Great Class Book // Literacy with the Littlies
All About Me Writing Craft // Fairy Poppins

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rainbow Money Matching Game

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Spring is in the air (at least hopefully soon!!!) and if you are teaching money, this is the perfect freebie for you!  


This low-prep activity is super simple to get ready!  Simply print off the free download (linked on the blue button below).  Then, laminate the pages in Scotch Laminating Pouches and cut out the pieces.

To stay organized, keep all the pieces in a clear zippered pouch.

If you want to make this activity even more hands-on consider using real or pretend money along with it!  

Plus, my students love using pretend coins and whiteboards during "free choice math".

If your students are struggling to add the coin amounts, consider letting them use fine point dry erase markers on the pieces (only if you laminated them) so that they can label the value of each individual coin.  Students could also use whiteboards to add those values together.

There is so much power in letting kids work through things and persevere!  They can do it-- it might just take some time, but that is OK!

You might also want to visit my Pinterest board specifically about teaching money!  It's packed full of ideas and resources pertaining to teaching money and coins.

I also have a blog post for another FREE money matching game!  It's ice cream themed and pretty cute in my opinion.  :)

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Ready to download the FREE Rainbow Money Matching Game???

Just click on the blue button below!

Want some more rainbow activities?  Visit these other bloggers too!


Rainbow Color Words Playdough Mats // Literacy with the Littles

Teen Number Rainbow Clip Cards // Recipe for Teaching

Rainbow Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection

Rainbow Money Match // The Simplified Classroom

Rainbow ABC Sensory Bottle with Printable // The Letters of Literacy

Compound Words Matching Activity // Sara J. Creations

Editable Rainbow Secret Code Word Cards // Fun Learning for Kids

CVC Words Rainbow Match Up // The Primary Post

Roll a Rainbow // Teach Me Mommy

Rainbow Bear Sorting Mats // Fairy Poppins

Happy teaching!