About Squarehead Teachers

Well, I’m a travel loving, cookie eating, bright color obsessed teacher who just can’t get enough of blogging or Photoshop. I’ve taught various grades from Kindergarten to Undergraduate courses in both in the United States and in China, teaching everything from dance and PE to English and math. I come from a family of educators, and believe that all teachers (public, private, charter and home school) are grossly under appreciated and deserve a little extra help. I started my Squarehead Teachers blog in August 2012 with the hope that I can be that extra little help that makes teachers feel a little more loved!

Halloween Coin Counting Practice

Happy Halloween!! Do you have your costume figured out yet? I don’t, but I’m working on it! Anyway, use the excitement for Halloween to sneak in some coin counting practice. Enjoy another freebie!

Click here to download the free PDF: Coin Counting Practice – Halloween Costumes
Click here to download the free PDF: Coin Counting Practice – Halloween Costumes – Answer Key

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Line Plot Practice Page

Line plot practice worksheet! Free! Hot off the press! I made this (and the other line plot practice pages yet I’ll be posting in the future) for a friend who teaches second grade. If your classroom is already be buzzing with Halloween excitement, good luck! 🙂

Click here to download the free PDF: Line Plot practice pages -Toy Cars
Click here to download the free answer key: Line Plot – Toy Cars Answer Key

More free math worksheets! Click here.

Fall Fractions – Beginning Fractions Practice

Want to add some fall fun to your math curriculum? Here’s a super self-explanatory beginning fractions worksheet for kids. Younger kids may need you to read the directions, but the basic idea is to color the numerator to depict the fraction. I’ve also uploaded an answer key. Happy fall!

Click here to download the PDFs:
Fall Fractions
Fall Fractions – Answer Key

Check out more of my fall freebies!

Skip Counting with Pictures

Check out this awesome idea for practicing skip counting or number sequencing. Put the picture together by putting the sequence in the right order. You can do this with any picture, but the ones we used were from a calendar. Here are the steps (steps 1 and 2 can be done in either order, but this is probably the best):

Step 1: Put numbers on the bottom of your picture. We put them on dot stickers first so we could easily tell which belonged to each set (example – yellow dots all belong to the same set). You could just write them on the bottom with a permanent marker if you wanted to be faster. Just make sure they’re easy to see against your picture.

Step 2: Laminate your picture. This step is sometimes so annoying, but it will definitely help your project will last longer!

 

Step 3: Cut your picture into strips, making sure there’s only one number on each strip.

Step 4: Enjoy! This makes a good “fast-finisher” activity, since it is still kind of fun. Depending on the size of your finished picture, you can store them in baggies or envelopes. I recommend writing the number of pieces on the outside of your container.

Here are some skip counting ones we made:

Then we got tricky and did a few with fractions. Here’s one of them:

 

Click here to check out some other number sequencing stuff:
Before, Between, After – Numbers Worksheet
Holiday Number Sequences Worksheet

Summary Graphic Organizer

Welcome back, teachers! How is it the 2019-2020 school year already?! Mind. Blown.

Anyway, here’s your first freebie of the year: a summarizing graphic organizer! This is often referred to as the “somebody wanted but so then” style of summarizing a story. Enjoy!

Click here to download the PDF: Summary graphic organizer PDF

Connor the Cutter – Character Building (Book Discussion Guide)

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I’ve been working on this for a while and I’m SUPER excited to share it with you!

I’ve discovered a new book series that is focused on character building. It’s called, Connor the Courageous Cutter.  So far, there are 3 books in the series, but I’m hoping they’ll make more!

The first book is called Saving Sarah. I’ve recently become friends with one of the authors. Here’s his summary of the book:

Join Connor the Courageous Cutter in his first adventure in beautiful Serendipity Sound. When Sarah the Schooner gets caught in a storm, panic riddles the sound. Who will heed the Harbor Master’s call and save her?

This book is just exploding with character building/morality topics! I just HAD to make a discussion guide for you. Here are some of the topics I found in the story:

  • courage (DUH!)
  • pride
  • acceptance of others/diversity
  • obeying the rules
  • what makes someone valuable

…and the list goes on (I even found ideas for a more inspirational discussion if you want!)

Click here to download the discussion guide: Connor the Courageous Cutter – Book 1 Discussion Guide

Grab a copy of the books for yourself by clicking the pictures below:

There’s also a free coloring page (CLICK HERE!) you can grab from the author’s website. I’ve also started following the Courageous Crew on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S.   If you’re wondering what a “cutter” is, here’s your answer: United States Coast Guard Cutter is the term used by the U.S. Coast Guard for its commissioned vessels that are longer than 65 feet and have a permanently assigned crew with accommodations aboard. For more kid-friendly info about the Coast Guard, check out this free downloadable coloring book I found a few months ago!

Best Vocab-Building Book: Fancy Nancy

I’m obsessed with kids books… especially picture books. I have heard about Fancy Nancy (by Jane O’Connor) for a few years now, but I recently “tested them out” and read through a few of them.

OH. MY. WORD.

They’re awesome! Not only are the illustrations adorable, but the voice in them is full of fun personality, AAAAAND she uses awesome vocabulary!  So, now my toddler has been going around calling purple “fuchsia” and cupcakes “delectable”. (Yeah, what kid under 3 has THAT kind of vocabulary?! Thank you, Fancy Nancy!) Here’s an example:

Most of the beginning reader books have a page of “fancy words” in them. My toddler insists on reading this page too (because it has a cute illustration?) so we get a vocab review at the end of the story and I don’t even have to ask for it! WIN WIN!

Click here to grab a copy for your classroom (and get started expanding your students’ vocabulary without even trying!):


(This is the one I took pictures of above!)


(This is the original Fancy Nancy book.)

Google Voice Typing Tool

Google has a tool that will turn your spoken dialogue into written text on Google tools. This can help ALL grade levels.
Ways to Use this Tool:
– ESL Students who can speak English (not write) can communicate in a written way
 – Anecdotal note-taking for behavior tracking
– Record student’s spoken explanations

How it Works:
Open a document in Google Docs.
Click the “Tools” button: Voice typing. …
When you’re ready to speak, click the microphone that pops up on the left side of the page. Speak clearly, at a normal volume and pace.
To end the voice typing, simply click on the red microphone again.
Here’s an article explaining more (and image source).