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Saturday, April 28, 2012

May Related Resources For Teachers-Tips-Guide

Teaching Tip: May Related Resources For Teachers

Events and celebrations recognized in May.

1. May is Get Caught Reading Month

2. May is Volcanoes Month

3. The first week of May is Pet Week

4. The first week of May is Drinking Water Week

5. The first week of May is National Teacher Week

6. May 5th - Cinco De Mayo

7. May 13th - Mother's Day

8. The third week of May is Graphing Week
9. May 20th - Weights and Measures Day

10. May 20th - Biographer's Day

11. May 28th - Last Day of School In 4 States

12. May 28th - Memorial Day 
Inspiring Teacher Quote"America's future walks through the doors of our schools each day." Mary Jean Le Tendre
Weekly Tips for Teachers Issue 616: April 30, 2012
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More May Resources:

How to Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

Pinterest Tips and Tricks

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Trees Poem by Joyce Kilmer


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Earth Day Poems-Badge-Pledge

Planet Earth

Taking care of planet Earth
Is what we like to do.
We won't pollute
We give a hoot.
Waste's a disgrace.
Keep litter in it's place.
Now - how about you?

Save The Earth
 Betty Miles
People everywhere
breathe the same air,
share the same seas,
live together on the land.
People everywhere
who learn, plan,
work, care,
save the earth.

Everyday is Earth Day 

Everyday is Earth Day,
If it's cold or wet or hot
Pitch in to save the planet
It's the only one we've got.


I'm proud to wear my Earth Day badge
I give the Earth a hand.
I pick up litter, care for trees,
Recycle what I can.
I'm an Earth Day helper
Each and every day.
I take care of Mother Earth
In oh, so many ways.

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Woodman, Spare That Tree by George P. Morris

Woodman, Spare That Tree

by George P. Morris

Woodman, spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough;
In youth it sheltered me,
And I'll protect it now.
'Twas my forefather's hand
That placed it near his cot;
There, woodman, let it stand;
Thy ax shall harm it not;

That old familiar tree,
Whose glory and renown
Are spread o'er land and sea--
And wouldst thou hack it down?
Woodman, forbear thy stroke!
Cut not its earth-bound ties;
Oh, spare that aged oak
Now towering to the skies.

When but an idle boy,
I sought its grateful shade;
In all their gushing joy,
Here, too, my sisters played.
My mother kissed me here;
My father pressed my hand--
Forgive this foolish tear,
But let that old oak stand!

My heart-strings round thee cling,
Close as thy bark, old friend!
Here shall the wild-bird sing,
And still thy branches bend.
Old tree! the storm still brave!
And, woodman, leave the spot;
While I've a hand to save,
Thy ax shall harm it not.

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Earth Day Celebration Crafts-Projects-Posters-Activities

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Animals, Arbor Day and Earth Day Lesson Ideas

Lesson Ideas for Animals, Arbor Day and Earth Day

1. Beach Erosion - This lesson calls attention to the smallest changes that can take place over time.
2. Planet For Sale! - You and your partner are realtors who are promoting a planet in our solar system.
3. North American Animals - This series focus on the magnificent creatures that are unique to North America.
4. Name the Animals - A lesson for little ones.
5. If You Were Any Animal - A quick fun one.
6. Duck Feet Addition - Students practice their addition skills in this activity.
7. Earth Day Creative Expression - Begin by focusing on the different things in nature.
8. Comparing Eggs - A great compare and contrast activity.
9. Animal Reading Activity - Peter Rabbit and Reddy Fox.
10. All About Pets Lesson and Worksheet Series - This wonderful series of lessons and reading comprehension worksheets helps students understand a great deal about the most common pets found in homes.
11. The Globe A Model of the Earth - Take a spin around the globe.

Weekly Tips for Teachers 
Issue 613: April 9, 2012
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Friday, April 6, 2012

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Classroom Planning Calendar

April, 2012 TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar

1, Sunday -15, Sunday
Opening of Baseball Season (dates vary by team)
TeachersFirst's Resources for Baseball Season 
1, Sunday -30, Monday
National Poetry Month
TeachersFirst Editors' Choice Resources for Poetry Month
1, Sunday -30, Monday
Autism Awareness Month
TeachersFirst Resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's 
8, Sunday
TeachersFirst's Resources for Easter 

22, Sunday
Earth Day
Earth Day: TeachersFirst Editors' Choices 
23, Monday -29, Sunday
TV Turn-Off Week
Family activities: TeachersFirst's Editors' Choices for Special Occasions 
26, Thursday
Take Your Child to Work Day
TeachersFirst's Take Your Child to Work Day Resources 

More April Resources-Activities-Plans-Units-Crafts:

TeachersFirst: Poetry Read-alouds

 TeachersFirst: Poetry Read-alouds


April is National Poetry Month. With so many fabulous poetry books available why not give poetry read-alouds center stage this month? Included below are books and activities to get you started for lower, middle, and upper elementary grades.

To extend your poetry work even further, TeachersFirst has already reviewed over fifty sites that are top picks by our editors and assembled them for you in one place. Use some of the suggested sites and activities to infuse poetry into whatever subject(s) you teach in April! Even scientists can be poets.

For lower elementary students

For middle elementary students

For upper elementary students


April Newletter Teaching Tips-Activities-Ideas

Welcome: April is Poetry Month

1. The Earth is Wet: Celebrate the Seasons with Poetry

The Earth is Wet
The earth is wet.
The sky is gray.
It looks like it
Will rain all day.
–Karla Kuskin

Whether the Weather
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.
See Songs and Rhymes for a Rainy Day,
A Nellie Edge Read and Sing Big Book™ in our Online Bookstore.
Yes, it rains in Oregon, and once again, we are hoping our inevitable April showers will bring May flowers! Consider greeting your children at the door with a small poem reflecting the weather or the changing seasons.

April is Poetry Month!

Weave poetry into your ongoing science adventures. Here is our expanding collection for your Poetry "I Can Read" Notebook:
When children memorize, recite, and perform the words of carefully selected poetry, they develop English language fluency with the most exquisite language we speak; they practice high-frequency words and phonics in an authentic context; and, most importantly, they develop a love for the sounds of language.
  • Community is served when children learn things “by heart.”
  • Owning wonderful words enlivens the art of speaking and writing.
What words do you carry in the corners of your mind from your own childhood? Let's help our children paint words in their own memories that will last a lifetime!

2. Oviparous and Metamorphosis: Voracious Vocabulary

I am continually delighted when master kindergarten teachers integrate powerful vocabulary into the life of their classroom.
Wise teachers build voracious vocabulary learning habits systematically, mindfully, and playfully throughout the curriculum. Their classrooms are talking classrooms. In those classrooms, rich vocabulary is introduced through authentic learning experiences and often reinforced with poetry and song—and the children in those classrooms become natural collectors of wonderful new words. SAT Vocabulary in kindergarten? Why not! Common Core Standards validates the need for rigorous vocabulary instruction.

"The Metamorphosis" Song

by Diane Bonica

I Love My New Toys

Tune: Alouette

(Used with permission.)
Metamorphosis, meta, meta, morphosis.
Metamorphosis, it’s a word for change.
If you are a caterpillar, you’ll become a butterfly.
Caterpillar, butterfly! Caterpillar, butterfly!
Metamorphosis, meta, meta, morphosis.
Metamorphosis, it’s a word for change.
(See entire song)
I Love My New Toys

"Oviparous Song"

by Diane Bonica

Tune: Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song

(Used with permission.)
There's a word that we have heard and YOU should learn it too!
Oviparous! Oviparous! They lay eggs for you!
Oviparous…egg layers! Oviparous…egg layers!
It is a word and we have heard it’s true, true, true!
So come along and join this song for all egg layers too.
Oviparous! Oviparous! They lay eggs for YOU!

3. Earth Day and April Science Connections

earth day
April 22 is date of the annual Earth Day. To celebrate Earth Day, Sharon Mattioli wrote this song, which became an illustrated class Big Book for shared learning around this important theme.

"I Love the Earth"

Tune: Eency Weency Spider

I love the Earth and everything that lives.
I love the flowers and beauty each one gives.
I love the animals and the fish at sea.
For I am a part of Mother Earth,
And it's a part of me.
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