Friday, April 13, 2012

Fabulous Friday Freebies

Warm weather, green grass, and sunny skies all add up to one thing: spring fever! I have experienced that this time of year can be very hard for students staying inside the classroom and working when they would rather be outside and enjoying the nice weather. This makes is especially tricky to help them stay focused on their assignments and appropriate behavior in the classroom.

This week's Fabulous Friday Freebies is focused on helping you keep even the fast finishers and down moments in your classroom filled with activities.

Here are some fast finisher drawing sheets. I love the suggestion of laminating these and having students use dry erase markers so they can be used over and over again. I will definitely be doing that in the future!

Blank face templates are also a great resource. You can use these for art, to practice symmetry, or have students create characters and write a dialogue two or more people!

Play Boggle with students using this fun and free template. This game would be great for a small group of students or even a last few minutes of class activity on an overhead projector.

Discovery School's Puzzlemaker is a great resource for teachers. I have used it to make word searches, cross word puzzles and more. I like that you can customize it and the puzzles can be made as a text document so you can copy and paste it into word. I make the word searches more challenging by leaving out the words and putting clues at the bottom of the word search instead. 

I hope these freebies will help keep your students focused on the classroom and keep the spring fever at bay!

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