Thursday, 27 October 2016

Bonfire Night: Flashcard Story

Bonfire Night is almost here, and a lot of us have already started planning some fun ideas for our classrooms ready to celebrate Bonfire Night.

One of the things we struggle with the most with our students is to show them and help them understand the meaning behind a celebrate i.e in this case - the Gunpowder Plot.

This is why I created a flashcard story..



A flashcard story is pretty much what you will imagine from the title. I have simplified the story/history into a short story, putting a couple of sentences on individual flashcards with a matching image to help students visualise the situation being discussed.

It also helps students stay more focused when there is less text involved and will keep them engaged. By simplifying the story/history it also means that the student(s) won't be overloaded with too much information - they're being told the main parts.



I would recommend laminating each of the individual pieces and putting together as a small book - either through binding or hole punching and using a keyring. That way, each of the pages will stay together and won't get lost.


This resource comes in two options for your preference; b/w and col option. 

To find out more about this resource, simply click here or any of the images above to be re-directed.

Nikki 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Halloween Cooking and Crafts

As you may know from following my blog, when we celebrate in class - we celebrate hard! We do themed weeks for holidays - the kids absolutely LOVE it!

Here is a quick look at some of the crafts and cooking that we have done this past week for Halloween!


One of our kiddos loves pacman, so we made pacman style ghosts. We used some glue to draw out the shop of the ghosts then used glitter over the glue and added some googly eyes.


This year we decided to do something a little bit different and we made these funky skulls. The kids loved looking at different designs of funky skulls.


We always like to include a bit of sensory so we use some cotton wool balls to make these fun, 3D ghosts. We attached some ribbon to the top of them to hang them up around the classroom to make it feel a bit spooky!


All the Frankenstein crafts we were looking at were just too complicated for our kiddos, but this one went down perfect. They were able to do a lot of it with just some verbal prompting and really enjoyed making these.


We do a lot of baking, but we decided to include some different types of treats too. These are cheese strings with some chocolate icing added on to make a ghost face.


We like to include some fruits too - so we made these spooky ghosts bananas. Simply cut bananas up and use some chocolate icing to make the ghost face.


And finally - please excuse the messy table, this was the best place for a photo to show you our scary grape monster cups! Simply use some bananas for eyes in the middle of all the grapes then draw on the outside of the cup the eyes and a spooky face!

Nikki 

Monday, 24 October 2016

Bonfire Night: Word to Picture Matching

The word to picture matching activities are a fantastic resource for the autism classroom, especially with non-verbal students although can also be used within Spec Ed or General Ed Classrooms to promote reading.

This specific word to picture matching activity is linked to the theme of Bonfire  Night / Guy Fawkes which is celebrated in the UK and many other countries on the 5th of November.


All the images and vocabulary included in this pack are linked to the theme of the Gunpowder plot and is a great way to encourage students to work on their Guy Fawkes vocabulary as well as their reading skills.



It will allow you to be able to monitor if your students are able to recognise and understand different words and link them to the appropriate, matching picture. Many students may learn to just read words but not understanding the meaning behind them, this will help to promote that.

This resource contains 3 different activities boards in total. 

The first page in the PDF is the instructions page to help you use these to their best potential.

Comes in colour/color or black and white option for your preference.

Check it out here or click the images above for more details.

Nikki 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Bonfire Night: Ten Frame Task Cards

Bonfire Night is just around the corner, and these ten frame task cards have proven to be a big hit with our kiddos. 


Students have to look at how many fireworks are in the ten frame then select the correct answer below. You can either have students circle the correct answer with a dry wipe pen or use a peg or similar object for them to use.

I'd highly recommend laminating each of the individual task cards so that they will be stronger, longer lasting and re-usable - meaning you can store them away and pull them out each year, ready made with little prep.



All main images are linked to the theme of the Gunpowder Plot for Bonfire Night and also come in b/w and col option for your preference. Check them out here or click the images above.

Nikki 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Halloween Comprehension

Halloween is just around the corner. We have been so busy in our class doing lots of fun and different Halloween activities as well as celebrating in different ways with the School. This week there's even a disco - our kids love the disco and playing all of the different games, it's going to be Halloween themed, the students are invited to fetch in their costumes which staff help them get into in the afternoon ready for the party/disc and there's even some very talented staff on hand ready to paint their faces and give them some glitter tattoos!

Anyway, today I'm going to share with you one of my most popular Halloween resources, my Halloween Comprehension Pack.


This comprehension pack contains 8 different comprehension worksheets with accompanying question sheets.

Each pair of worksheets is linked together by image and title. There is a short passage on one page and then 5 questions on another page for students to answer on what they have read in the first passage.

These worksheets are a great way to encourage students to slow down and pay closer attention to detail. The worksheets are all linked to the theme of Halloween and are fun and engaging for your students - I'm sure they're just going to love them!

These were a huge hit last Halloween, with many teachers getting in touch about how much their students loved these comprehension packs!

You can find out more information here on this resource and how you can use it in your classroom, ready to bring the Halloween feeling into your class.

If you really love my comprehension packs, you can find a huge year round growing bundle here.




Nikki 


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Bonfire Night: Fact Flip Book


Guy Fawkes (Bonfire Night) is a celebration that takes place every year on the 5th November in the UK - however, many other countries around the World also celebrate as well.


This fact flip book comes with 2 pages of reading passage for you to use for students if they are unsure of the facts, it comes in two difficulty levels depending on student's individual abilities.



This is an interactive book where students can cut, stick and colour/color the different pieces for each page. 



There are two options for the cover page; color/colour or black&white. 



Each page has two options for students to choose the answer from. They cut out the correct answers and stick them onto the page. 
Put it together and make a flip book!!



There are instructions included on the first page of the document 
There are also small instructions included on the bottom of each of the pages, as well as photos of the finished style on the last page for you to see it finished.



This resource works great in both British & American classrooms.

Check it out here or click the images below.

The following images show the fact flip book completed.






This is a great way to see if your students are able to pay close attention to detail for the reading passage included to be able to find the answers for the questions. At the end of the task they will also have a 'finished piece' where they are able to view their finished resource and be able to use it for any future activities and to reflect upon.

Nikki 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Halloween Symbol Support Cards

We all know how hard it can be when our non verbal students aren't able to communicate with us what it is they're trying to say, especially when it comes to seasonal events such as Halloween.

This is why, on my TpT, you will now find this great Halloween Symbol Support Cards Pack which is full of symbols all related to the theme of Halloween that will help your students to communicate with you what they want.


This download contains symbol support cards in the theme of Halloween. There are a total of 73 different symbol cards included.

Plus it comes in US and UK versions.

Symbol cards are a great way to support students with communication, especially great when working with Spec Ed, or Autism Students.

This comes in col only option and as a PDF document.

The symbol cards are in alphabetical order to make it easier for you to find which symbols you are looking for.


Plus, if there are any symbols that you are specifically wanted related to this theme that aren't included in the pack, you can just drop me a line and I'll get it added, if relevant, right away for you! Just click here to be re-directed to the page to find out more about this resource.

If you use symbol support cards regularly with your students, or wish to use them more often, then you can find my huge Symbol Support Cards Bundle which contains over 1100 individual symbols, plus it's a growing bundle, so more symbols will keep on getting added to it!

Symbol support cards are usually used with Special Needs students and students with Autism, they are a great way to enhance and expand student vocabulary and communication, or a pure source of students to communicate with.

Or, if you are looking to introduce the use of individual symbols to your classroom/child and like the look of these style of symbols, you can find out more here (aff link).

Nikki 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Halloween Write the Room

As Halloween approaches, the weather seems to get colder and wetter, students spend less time outside, which means more time inside - and we all know that this leads to some very frustrated and bored kiddos! Being cooped up all day can be hard and it usually means that your students just can't cope with anymore sitting down at a desk and working - so why not mix it up a bit, keep them learning while getting them moving!


This Halloween Write the Room activity is a great way for students to work on their vocabulary, spelling, writing, exploring skills and while keeping active by moving around the classroom.

This activity includes 20 different write the room flashcards. All images and vocabulary are linked to the theme of Halloween.

It comes with 2 levels of difficulty to differentiate for your students individual learning needs. Students can either use flashcards 1-10 or 1-20, depending upon which you think is most suitable/relevant.

There are 2 different recording sheets to accommodate the 2 different levels. One uses 1-10 and one uses 1-20.

All flashcards are ready numbered. 

An answer key is also provided on the bottom two pages of the recording sheet PDF file.

Instructions are also included on first pages of each PDF document. This download includes two PDF documents - one for the flashcards and one for the recording sheets.

I would highly recommend laminating each of the individual flashcards so that they will be stronger, therefore longer lasting.

You can hide these flashcards anywhere you want to get the students active and moving about. Some example are:
♦ Around the classroom
♦ Outdoor play area
♦ In a tough tray
♦ In a sensory tub
etc.

This is a great way to keep students motivated and engaged while practising their vocabulary and spelling skills.

To find out more about this resource, simply check it out here or if you are a big fan of getting your students active while learning and want to grab a large, growing bundle of year round write the room activities, visit my great bundle here.

Nikki 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Guy Fawkes Resources

Guy Fawkes / Bonfire Night always provides us with some great learning opportunities for our kiddos, plus we all love watching the most beautiful firework displays that go off to celebrate Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes.

It is celebrated every year on the 5th November and is a way to remember / celebrate the Gunpowder Plot.

If you are struggling for different ways of how you can teach your students this year about Guy Fawkes / Bonfire Night, just check out the fab resources and crafts activities below that are sure to get your kiddos engaged and ready to learn while also having some seasonal fun in your classroom. 


Flashcard stories are a big hit on my TpT at the moment. I basically simplify the story down small with lots of great, eye-catching graphics with just the main details included, so as not to overload students. You can view it here.



Here is word to pic matching. This is a great resource for introducing vocabulary, working with non verbal students, enhancing student vocabulary, word recognition, vocabulary recap and speech therapy sessions. You can get more info on this resource here.



This is one of my most favourite activities. I have a serious obsession with flip books, so when a teacher friend asked me if I'd design her one for Guy Fawkes, I jumped right in! I wasn't sure how it would go down with the kiddos at first, so I put off sharing it with anyone until it was tested out in the classroom. Well, it turns out, the students loved it! They loved reading the facts from the reading passages included, working out the correct answers, colouring in the pictures, cutting and sticking, and even putting the whole flip book together! For more info, check it out here.

Nikki 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles

Finding activities that your students will love, find fun and engaging as well as providing learning opportunities can be a hard task. Especially when you want it to be on a specific theme or holiday - such as Halloween!

Our students struggle with their fine motor skills, so we're always thinking up fun, new ideas to help them work on this. One of the biggest hits with them is jigsaw puzzles.

Not only are they working on their fine motor skills, but they're also having the chance to create an end product - making them more motivated to complete the task, i.e a finished image.

The puzzles that I'm going to share with you today are Halloween themed and the pack contains 4 different levels of jigsaws, with each level containing 12 individual jigsaw puzzles - totalling 48 different jigsaws for your students to enjoy.

Plus they come in col or b/w option for your preference.


Now, these jigsaws are extra fun because you can either laminate all of the individual pieces then store them so that they can be pulled out year after year as fun puzzles or you can have students piece the puzzles together then stick them in their work books and colour/color them in as a reminder of their hard work.

All the images included in this pack are related to the theme of Halloween.

Do you like to use jigsaws in your class?

Nikki 


$150 TpT Giveaway!

Taking part in giveaways is so much fun, being able to connect with fellow bloggers and TpTers is always a bonus! This time I'm taking part in a HUGE giveaway that you just can't miss out on! I've had the great chance to work with 29 other bloggers/TpTers!

There are two different rafflecopters at the bottom of this post - and each one has two prizes - that's two different raffles that you have the chance of winning in!! The four prizes (in both rafflecopters) are - $50 gift card and $25 gift card, and $50 gift card and $25 gift card to TpT.







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Good luck!
Nikki 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Halloween Word to Picture Matching

If you follow me on TpT, or even on my social media sites, you'll probably realise just how much we use 'Word to Picture' matching activities with our students.

This idea came around a little while back when we realised that one of our non verbal students just loved to read yet couldn't talk to tell us that they understood the words that they see or the names of different objects.

The word to picture matching activities allowed us to see if the student(s) were able to recognise the objects/words that they see and understand them - being able to match the word to the object.

Today I'm going to share with you the Halloween version that we use.


This Halloween pack is full of so many different words/images related to the theme of Halloween, even some that your students may not often come across, which is a great way for you to help expand their knowledge of Halloween and the different items associated with it.

It's quite simple, each activity comes in 2 pages - one page is images in 6 boxes, and the other page is words in 6 boxes. Cut out the individual boxes from one page, laminate both the still full page and the individual boxes you've cut out and then cut them out again. Then use as a matching game - students match the words to the images.


Kids love to get into the spirit of celebrating different holidays, so this Halloween make sure you link fun, Halloween resources to learning too! 

You can check out this resource here or by clicking on any of the images in this blog post, or find all of the great Halloween resources available on my TpT by clicking here.

Nikki 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Halloween Candy Corn Game

Halloween is just around the corner and what could be more exciting than incorporating a game into your classroom that is a lot of fun for students to play as well as being educational and linked to the theme of Halloween?


This Candy Corn Initial Letter Game is a great way to keep the spirit of Halloween going in your class as well as keeping your students engaged and happy to learn.

Simply put together the three pieces of the puzzle to make a full candy corn - students have to match upper case, lower case and an image to complete the candy corn.


Here's what the individual candy corns will look like when the pieces are put together. You can either keep them like this and have students stick them into their work books or you can laminate them so that they will be stronger and longer lasting for you to use for many years to come as a quick Halloween game.

Just click the images to be re-directed to where you can get this great resource or click here.

Happy Halloween! 
Nikki 


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Halloween Word Puzzles

Halloween is just around the corner, and these word puzzles are a great way to bring some Halloween learning into your classroom. These word puzzles are a great way for students to work on their spelling skills, plus they're linked to the theme of Halloween, making them seasonal and fun!


This pack contains 17 different Halloween puzzles, meaning it provides your students with 17 different opportunities to work on their spelling. 

Simply cut out the puzzles into strips and mix them up, then your students have to match them into the correct order to spell the word and create the Halloween image.

In this blog post I'm going to show you how we complete these activities. First of all I (staff) cut the image up into strips (following the lines) and then mix it up so that it's left like below. We do one puzzle at a time so as not to overload the student, but if you feel your students are of a higher ability to complete numerous at once, go for it!


Now, the student has to try and piece together what the image is and how to spell it, ordering the different pieces to form the word/image.



Once the puzzle is completed, you can then encourage your students to colour it in.


With the puzzle finished you can either laminate the pieces for your students to use as a jigsaw in the future or you can stick them into one of their work books.

If you want to check out these Halloween Word Puzzles or find out more about them just click here.

Nikki 


Monday, 10 October 2016

Harvest

In our School, and Schools that I went to as a child, we have always celebrated 'Harvest' by putting together food and boxes to give to the homeless in the area.

Each year in our School, the students and staff all bring in tins of food that can be donated to the homeless and all the classes have mini competitions to design there own 'Harvest Box' to donate to the homeless shelters.

Our class are very competitive - as in, we pretty much always win !! We have some super creative staff, and some very talented students!

Our kiddos absolutely LOVE superheroes, so this year just felt right to base it on superheroes. Our students are also very sensory, they love to get stuck in and get messy, so we put together superheroes + getting messy to make = superhero handprints - and some footprints - because some of our kiddos, just love to take it that little bit further and get their feet out too! LOL :) 

Each of the students made at least one superhero character for the box and they had so much fun. Our students don't really understand the whole idea of Harvest, who we are giving the food to and why, but at least by involving them in the creating process, it means that they're getting involved in Harvest celebrations.

Here is our finished box:







We think it looks pretty great! You can find some of the individual images of our superheroes before we cut them out below:






Although they can be a bit time consuming to make, and paint on the students hands then transfer to paper and add on the extra details, they were so worth it - the students had a blast doing all the different superheroes and the end result was definitely worth it :)

Nikki 
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