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Free Minions Math Printables

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What makes you happy? Minions? Freebies? Well, how about Minion Freebies?

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These free math activities on Educents offers 22 printable pages of math activities for Minion fans. It covers addition, subtraction, measurement, money, and more!

Minion Math Centers Freebie

  • Minion Addition (to 12)
  • Minion Subtraction (to 12)
  • Minions Making Ten
  • Minion Measurement
  • Minion Money Match
  • Missing Minion Numbers
  • Minion Number Cards

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If you’re looking for more ways to make math learning fun, check this out:

Early Math Musical DVDs

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This DVD set from Rock ‘N’ Learn is a fun way to boost math skills for the early grades. Like the Minions, these DVDs have fun characters your little ones will love to get to know! Math facts are easy to learn with fun music and exciting animation. Learn all about counting coins and bills and practice making change. Kids will learn to tell time to the hour, half hour, and minute using traditional analog clocks. Includes Addition & Subtraction Rap DVD, Money & Making Change DVD, and the Telling Time DVD.

I hope this math freebie made by Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans makes you happy. Download the Free Minion Math Centers, then go ahead and do a little dance! 🙂

Free Homeschool Daily Journal Pages

Free Printable Daily Homeschool Journal

Having children journal their learning activities every day in your homeschool provides a rewarding opportunity to reinforce what they learned every day, practice handwriting skills and set goals.

This free printable daily homeschool journal is especially designed to help children think about what they learned each day and ask questions.  Download your free printable daily homeschool journal by clicking on the image below.

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Fire and Rescue Book

FREE Disney Fire & Rescue Activity Book

Fire and Rescue Book

If your little ones are a fan of Disney’s Cars and Disney’s Planes, they are going to love this free educational activity book!

Smoky the Bear, National Parks, and the heroes from Disney’s PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE have teamed up to help your kids have fun with fire safety this summer. Download the Educational Activity Guide below and feel free to share with your family, friends and readers.  

Click the image below to download your FREE Disney PLANES: FIRE & RESUE educational activity book!

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“Like” Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyPlanes

 

“Follow” Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyPictures

 

Visit the website: www.disney.com/Planes

 

Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE flies into theatres everywhere on July 18th!

 

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Free Dinosaurs Unit Study

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Ready, set, learn! This short dinosaur unit study gets you up close and personal with the world of dinosaurs. Mix and match the resources provided here to capture your child’s interest and share the basics about these prehistoric animals!

Online Reading About Dinosaurs

Zoom Dinosaurs: Use this online textbook to learn everything from the definition of dinosaur and extinction to dinosaur anatomy and classification.

Facts About Dinosaurs: Get the facts about T. rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and more!

Debunking Dinosaur Myths: How much do you really know about dinosaurs? Read some commonly spread myths about these prehistoric creatures to get the skinny.

BBC Nature–Dinosaurs: Explore various facts about dinosaurs and get news about the latest discoveries.

 

Books About Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Big and Small by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld: Read about various types of dinosaurs and their sizes.

Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki: What’s a fossil? This book explains it all and provides colorful illustrations to help keep children interested

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1) by Mary Pope Osborne: This book combines fantasy with facts as Jack and Annie travel back through time to see the dinosaurs.

 

Dinosaur Activities

Fossil Cast Project: Make your own fossil at home.

Draw T. rex: Learn how scientists figure out what dinosaurs looked like, and then draw T. rex!

Make a Paper Mache Dinosaur: Craft your own dinosaur out of paper mache.

 

Dinosaur Videos

The Age of the Dinosaurs Begins: Watch this video about early dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs 101: Watch this National Geographic video for insight into what we know about dinosaurs and what we still have to learn.

Stegosaurus v Allosaurus: What happens when Stegosaurus and Allosaurus square off? Watch this video to find out.

 

Free Dinosaur Printables:

Dinosaur Word Search: Practice dinosaur-related vocabulary and word search skills.

Dinosaur Flashcards: These printable flashcards provide facts about dinosaurs. Print and learn!

Dinosaur Printables: Print a range of dinosaur-themed worksheets. You don’t need a membership to print the samples.

 

Do you have a suggestion on how to make your Dinosaur theme unit fun and active?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Free Learning Guide for DisneyNature’s Bears

This free learning guide for DisneyNature’s Bears comes with so many activities and printables, you can easily turn this into a mini theme unit!  Designed for grades 2-6, this 23 page activity book is yours for the taking.  Just click the image below!

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In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!  Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

For more information about Disneynature, like them on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow them on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.

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Free Writing Journal Prompts

Free Writing Journal Prompts

Free_Writing_Journal_PromptsKeeping a writing journal is a fun, easy way to add some creativity, free thinking and problem solving skills to your homeschool routine.

Simply print out some free writing paper (or use your own paper), read the prompts with your child(ren) and let them freely write about that day’s topic.  When they have completed the assignment, let them read their writing to you and then file it into a binder.

Some of the journal prompts lend themselves quite nicely to drawing as well.  If you have the time and your child is inspired, we encourage you to allow them the extra creative freedom to illustrate his or her journal entry too.

At the end of your school year, children will have fun reading through their previous journal entries and you’ll be able to see their writing progress.

We recommend reading the finished entries together, but not correcting or grading them.  This should be fun activity!

All of these writing prompts can be adapted for younger or older students.  Where it is a good fit, we have included  Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced journal assignments.

We’ll be adding more writing journal prompt through the year.  Be sure to book mark this page and check back often!

Name that Kid!

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When you were born, you were given a name.  It might not sound very special to you because it’s the only name you’ve ever known, but it is special because it was chosen by somebody that loves you.

Did you know that every name also has a meaning?  You can look up the meaning of the name you were given here.  What does it mean?

What if you could give yourself a new name?  What would it be?  What does it mean?

Beginner: Write about your new name and why you chose it.

Intermediate: Write about your new name, what it means and why you chose it.

Advanced: Write about the name you have now and why you were given that name.  Then, write about your new name and why you chose it.

Goody, Goody Gumdrops

gumdropsHave you ever heard the term “Goody, goody gumdrops!”?  It’s usually used to express excitement or delight.  We don’t know, for certain, when this phrase came about, but the first known publication appeared in a comic strip by Carl Ed in 1936.

Do you have a favorite expression you like to use when you’re excited?  What is it?

Beginner: Make up a new expression of excitement or delight.

Intermediate & Advanced: Make up a new expression of excitement or delight and write why you chose those words.

Random Acts of Kindness

437_3031147A “Random Act of Kindness” is when someone does something nice for another person, for no apparent reason at all.  Simply for the sake of doing something nice.

Have you ever done something nice for someone without expecting anything in return?  Have you ever experienced a Random Act of Kindness?

Beginner: In your journal, write about a time someone did something nice for you just to do something nice.

Intermediate: Write about a time you were the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness and also write about a time you did something nice for someone else.

Advanced: In addition to writing about a time you benefited from a Random Act of Kindness and a time you did a kindness, write about something you could do today that would be considered a Random Act of Kindness.

Bonus: Why not plan to do a few Random Acts of Kindness and shower those around you with surprise and delight?!?

Once Upon A Time

859_4304181You’ve probably heard a lot of stories that began with the words, “Once upon a time.”  It’s likely most of these were fairy tales.  Some favorite fairy tales are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Jack & the Beanstalk.

The dictionary says that a fairy tale is “a children’s story about magical beings and lands.”  But, have you ever noticed that fairy tales have a lot more in common that just being about magical beings and lands?

Almost every fairy tale has at least one good character, one “evil” character, a problem to overcome and a happy ending. More importantly, fairy tales have a moral, or teaches an important lesson.

In your journal, write your very own fairy tale complete with a hero (good character), villain (evil character), happy ending and moral.

Tip: You may want to allow 2-3 days for the completion of this writing journal entry.

Bonus: Try illustrating your story too!

Leap Year

773_3930255The calendar we use every day is based on how long it takes for the Earth to rotate on it’s axis and how long it takes to travel around the sun.  Every time the Earth makes a complete trip around the sun it marks a year on our calendar.

You may know that we have 365 days in our calendar year.  Knowing that 1 year on our calendar is how long it takes for Earth to travel around the sun, you would think that it takes the Earth 365 to make that long trip.  Well, not exactly.  It actually takes the Earth 365 and 1/4 days.  We can’t really add a 1/4 day to our calendar, though.

Instead, every 4 years, we add an extra day.  This day is called “Leap Day” and is the last day of February.  The next Leap Day will be February 29, 2016.

Think of that!  An entire extra day!  What would you do if you found yourself with an extra day in the calendar year?  Would you relax?  Have a party?  Get caught up (or ahead) on your school work?

In your journal, write about what you would do with that extra day.

Put Me in the Zoo!

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Zoos have been around for over 3,000 years.  There is archeological evidence of zoos in ancient Egypt!  To this day, there are over 750,000 animals in U. S. zoos that people go to visit every day.

Have you been to the zoo?  What was your favorite animal to visit?  What were they doing?

In your journal, imagine that zoos were opposite of what they really are.  Write about a zoo where animals come to see the people.

I Scream, You Scream!

605_4382997Almost every loves ice cream and seems like it’s always been around.  While it hasn’t always been around, it was invented a very long time ago.  One of the earliest references to ice cream way by the Roman Emperor, Nero (A. D. 37-68).

When Nero had ice cream made, they used ice and fruit.  The ice cream we know, today, is much different, usually made with cream, sugar and other ingredients to make our favorite flavors.  Some people like simple flavors like vanilla, strawberry or chocolate but there are some super-crazy flavors too, like Honey Jalapeño Pickle!

In your writing journal, create your own ice cream flavor.  Describe what your ice cream looks like, it’s ingredients and what it tastes like.

Bonus: Try making your own ice cream in a bag.

It’s A Holiday!

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Do you know that there really is a “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day?”  It’s true!  According to Holiday Insights, “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day” happens on March 26.

If you could make up your own holiday, what would you celebrate?  In your writing journal, describe your holiday.  What is it about?  Do you prepare special foods?  Is there a special song or dance?  Have fun – it’s your day to celebrate whatever you want!

 

 

I Want to Be a Millionaire

436_3129818Have you ever met a millionaire?  Maybe you have and you didn’t even know it.  Anyone can be a millionaire (even you!), but it takes hard work and not giving up.  Unless you win the lottery, of course, but your chances of winning aren’t very good (1 in 175.2 million, to be exact).  Imagine you’ve worked hard, made smart decisions and you now find you’ve earned and saved a million dollars!

What would you do if you had a million dollars?  Would you have a party?  Give some to charity?  Buy a big house for your family?  In your writing journal, tell us what your life would be like if you had a million dollars.

Bonus: If you haven’t read it yet, The Toothpaste Millionaire is a really great book about an 8th grade boy who works hard and makes a million dollars.

 

 He Said What?!?!

0520027Do you have a pet or know someone that does?  How can you tell what your dog (or cat, or bird, or hamster–or whatever pet you have) wants?  Dog primarily communicate by barking and with body language.  You can get a pretty good idea what he wants by the kind of bark he’s using.

Your dog might use a sharp, high-pitched bark when he wants your attention to play or he might use a low, rumbling growl to tell others “stay away!”  You can read the top ten ways dogs communicate in this article at Yahoo.

What if your dog (or other pet) could actually talk using human words?  What would he say to you and to other dogs?

Beginner: In your journal, write a few things your pet would say to you.

Intermediate & Advanced: In your writing journal, write about a day in the life of your talking pet!

Bonus: For fun, watch “Look Who’s Talking Now,” [PG-13] a movie about talking pets! 

 

Don’t forget to check back often, we’re going to keep adding fun new writing journal prompts!

Download your free beginner & intermediate writing paper here.

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