Monday, 15 September 2014

Apple Bottle Cap Prints, Resources and Videos

Apple Bottle Cap Prints, Resources and Videos Clever Classroom blog

You may know by now that I love bottle cap activities for literacy and also for art and craft. 

This bottle cap apple print art is so easy to create.

Once you have collected a few green and red bottle caps by asking your students to bring them in, you can get started. 

Here's how to implement the apple prints. 

Apple Bottle Cap Prints and more via Clever Classroom's blog

Bottle cap apple prints fall art and craft from Clever Classroom

Bottle cap apple prints fall art and craft from Clever Classroom

Bottle cap apple prints fall art and craft from Clever Classroom

Bottle cap apple prints fall art and craft from Clever Classroom

Bottle cap apple prints fall art and craft from Clever Classroom

Bottle cap apple prints fall art and craft from Clever Classroom



Here are a few other apple ideas.

Paper Plate Apple Life Cycle

Paper Plate Apple Life Cycle

You can find more paper plate life cycles e.g. pumpkin, frog, sunflower, plant, ant, butterfly, watermelon, salmon and sea turtle here.


Johnny Appleseed Opinion Writing Printables for First and Second Grade

Johnny Appleseed Opinion Writing Printables for First and Second Grade

Johnny Appleseed Opinion Writing Printables for First and Second Grade

Are you able to use YouTube in your classroom?

I have a playlist full of apple videos. If you want a read aloud, songs, finger plays, apple life cycle or other apple themed videos, click on the image below.


I have linked up with the very talented and sweet Erica over at Erica's Ed-Ventures. She has an amazing post on how she explores apples with her class. Click here to read more. 

Apple videos on YouTube

You may also like to watch these apple videos via our playlist on YouTube. I'm always adding new videos to my play lists so be sure to pop back and see what's new from time to time. 

If you like them , you can add them to your playlist too. 





Thanks for dropping by, I hope these apple ideas help you and your students this autumn.




Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Class ATTENTION Grabbers Freebie and Secret Sight Words


Students not listening? Repeating instructions? Fidgety children? 

If your students need focusing then our list of attention grabbers from our Facebook fans might just do the trick! 

There might just be some new ideas that you haven't used before! Click on the image to download your free file. 

Download them here, print them out and have them near your class meeting area.  If you have any attention grabbers that you use, please tell us about them in the comments below.

FREE Class Attention Grabbers


This past weekend I was lucky enough to meet up with my dear blogging friend, Brooke Beynon from Teachable Moments who I have been chatting with on line for over two years!  Talk about a small world, she lives a stone throw from my father-in-law's house!




Brooke has been such a strong support for me in the past two years. She is always there to listen and help, no matter how big the problem. I am so happy to be able to call her one of my best friends. 

Brooke is very talented, not only is she a top Aussie blogger, she also makes amazing teaching resources. 

Her Secret Sight Words file is absolutely AMAZING! 
It's simple, fun, easy to set up, addictive and purposeful. 

Students are learning multiple skills all at the same time! 
Students will revise beginning sounds and sight words.


Secret Sight Words



Secret Sight Words


Your students just need to say the name of the object (picture) then find the matching magnetic letter/word tile etc and place it on the card. They keep on going until the word is complete.


Secret Sight Words


Students then record the words they made on a recording sheets.


Grab it here

Secret Sight Words

For more resources from Brooke, see her store on TpT here




Monday, 8 September 2014

Free Fall Picture Prompts

Fall Writing Resources

Free Fall Picture Prompts


Fall or autumn? 

How do you refer to that sensational time of year when the hot weather melts away and makes room for cooler nights, fresh mornings and the breeze that brings the fall weather?


I have included some of my photographs for you to use in your classroom during your fall writing sessions.

I love autumn and the way that trees change. Can you see the duck in this picture? 


Writing prompts could include:

The grey duck is...
Once upon a time in a small stream there lived a duck family ... 
Ducks are...
The stream changes color as ....
He peeked over the thick grass and saw ...

Free Fall Picture Prompts
The photo above was taken last year at the Botanical Gardens in Hobart, Tasmania. 


Writing prompts could include:

The big old tree sat ....
The wiggly tree began to ...
Behind the tree ...
Under the tree there lived a ...
As the wind blew the tree ...

Free Fall Picture Prompts


Writing prompts could include:

As the tree rests over autumn and winter it looses its ...
Colors grow and colors fade ....
The thin yellow leaves change .....

Free Fall Picture Prompts


Writing prompts could include:

As the sun fades so do the leaves in ....
Brown leaves, brown leaves ...
I see green and ...
The tree changes ....
Free Fall Picture Prompts


Writing ideas!

Have you ever looked at a tree from the ground? 
Have students lie on the ground. You can ask them what they see and describe it. Listen to the sounds they hear or notice the smells coming from the tree or nearby. 

Children could lean on clipboards and draw what they see from the ground looking up!

Have them pretend that they are an animal up in the tree and the tree is their home. Whichever perspective, you take have them write about it when they get back to the classroom. 

Free Fall Picture Prompts


Writing prompts could include:

The wind blew, the tree shook and the leaves ...
High up in the tree ......
Henry the rabbit awoke from a dream to find himself looking up at the big old tree. He ...

Free Fall Picture Prompts



Writing prompts could include:

The old trees .....
I saw three ....
Autumn came and the trees ....

Free Fall Picture Prompts


Here are some fall themed photos. Grab the free writing prompts further down the page. 

Free Fall Picture Prompts

Free Fall Picture Prompts

You might also like our popular writing units.

Johnny Appleseed Opinion Writing Printables for First and Second Grade

Informational Writing Pumpkin Themed First and Second Grade Common Core

Fall Writing Worksheets {about Fall, Word Work and Reading Response}

Fall and Halloween Units Combo for First and Second Grade

Making and Writing Fall Sentences for Kindergarten {vocab cards & sentence work}





Free Fall Picture Prompts



Sunday, 7 September 2014

Initials Artwork

Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog

Are you looking for a fun but easy to set up art activity?

This initial artwork is a great back to school idea or in fact, any time of the year. 

It's so fun and also easy to complete and there are a few variations with the mediums that you can use. 


Each child will need:

~ art paper, 

~ a black crayon (the thicker, the better), 

~ 6 x different colored paints and 

~ paintbrushes (for each color).

Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


Procedure: 

1. Each child writes the initials of their name in large print touching the top and bottom (Pre-K and K students will need guidance) and reach as far across as they can. 
Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


2. Turn the page to the left and write the initials again. 
Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


3. Turn the page to the left and write the initials again. 
Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


4. Turn the page to the left and write the initials again. 
Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


5. Color in the shapes using different colored paint. Start with one color at a time and fill in the several shapes and repeat this process with all colors until all of the shapes are filled with paint. 

Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


Initials Artwork via Clever Classroom's blog



That's it! 

Initials Artwork



You could also use pencils or crayons to complete the artwork.

Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


Initials artwork using pastel colored crayons.
Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


You might like to use the artwork to cover student books!

Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog


Initials Artwork: Clever Classroom blog

Can you guess the initials used in the artwork above? 


For more art ideas, see our Pinterest board: Art & Craft Ideas

Art & Craft Pinterest board Clever Classroom


Click here (or on our blog button below) to follow our blog to receive updates of our new blog posts, resources, ideas and giveaways. 

Clever Classroom's Blog Button