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15 August 2016

Skip Counting!

Skip Counting, General

Skip Counting Charts

My six year old is working on skip counting now and I wanted to have something for her to use to help her with her math problems.

I wanted to try to reinforce the concept that when you are skip counting, you are really counting sets and it's a quicker way to count. So, instead of just writing the skip counting patterns as I have done in charts before, I used pictures to represent the sets.

Skip Counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 10s Poster

If you'd like to download and use this chart, click the link below:

Skip Counting by 2s

TJ Skip Counting by 2s Practice Pack
A super oldie TJ offering that I dug up...
It imcludes counting, sequencing and writing practice

Skip Counting Online Practice/Games

Also, please stop by my Skip Counting Pinterest Board for great activities and resources:

12 August 2016

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

A primary source is a source of information that was created at the time under study

A secondary source is a source of info that was created later by someone who did not experience firsthand or participate in events at the time under study.

Primary/Secondary Source Graphical Organizers

This is one I made for my son:
Included in this printable is a list of types of sources that students can use to fill out the graphic organizer. 


Set of 4 Primary/Secondary Resources worksheets with Answer key - These are nice because they give specific examples of sources and students must determine if they are primary or secondary. From

11 August 2016

Square Roots & Perfect Squares

A perfect square is the product of a whole number multiplied by itself
A square root of a number is a value that, when multiplied by itself, gives that number.

This page is a collection of resources that I have compiled (and in some cases made) to help teach my kids about square roots and perfect squares.


Online Games/Practice


  • Homeschool - ready made square root worksheets and a worksheet generator, Generates answer keys as well.
  • - Square roots of perfect squares worksheets; ready made, set of 10 worksheets available, with answer keys.
  • - perfect square and non perfect square worksheets with answer keys.

Flashcards/Reference Charts

Square Root/Perfect Square Skill Cards/Flashcards

I created this set of flashcards which also includes skill/concept cards so that my kids could not only practice the square root/perfect square facts but also to make sure that they understood the basic concepts behind square roots and perfect squares
Square Root/Perfect Square Flashcards
Download-free (PDF)

For younger students, I have a Perfect Square/Square Root Activity Pack that not only includes the flashcards and progress chart, but also two matching activities.
Perfect Square/Square Root Activity Pack

You can purchase this pack at my my TpT store:
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Here is an example of some notebooking we did on the subject.

1) Frayer Models for Perfect Squares and Square Roots - I love Frayer models because they can really allow you to take a more in-depth look at vocabulary words and make vocabulary notes more organized.

2) Perfect square/square root visualization
I love this idea that I found on Pinterest. It can help your student visually understand what is going on with perfect squares and square roots; it connects the two concepts wonderfully, in my opinion:

Here is is our version of it:

You can download my templates for these three notebooking pages here. The pages also include space for students to write the first 20 perfect squares and the square roots for the first 20 perfect squares.

For more resources on perfect squares and square roots, please stop by my 
Square Root/Perfect Squares Pinterest board:

19 July 2016

Art Prompts

If you don't have a structured art program but still want to get a little "arty," or just want a quick activity for the kids to do, consider giving them art prompts.

I've collected several art prompts resources on my Pinterest board,  including 30 day challenges.

Follow TJ HOMESCHOOLING's board Art-Drawing Prompts on Pinterest.

Some ideas for using prompts:

  • Number the prompts and have your kids draw a number each day from a jar and have them draw the corresponding prompt.
  • Put the prompt ideas on a calendar and have your child look on the art calendar for that day and draw that prompt.
  • Have your child keep an art journal and respond to the journal prompts in a sketchbook. Have them date each entry. Kids love to look back at their old drawings and see how old they were when they drew them.

If you want to get a little more creative with drawing, the Artful Parent has some neat drawing ideas such as "Simon Says Draw" or "Follow the Leader Drawing." These are fun ideas that you can join in on with your kids.

12 February 2016

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics Vocabulary -cut and paste activity.
Lithospheric Plates Map Activity - label the seven major plates on a map
Types of Plate Boundaries - chart to fill in
Lithospheric Plate Questions worksheet - could use the questions in a foldable perhaps

Plate Tectonics Boundaries Foldable

Earth's Layers Foldable
 Includes template and instructions.

Glencoe Plate Tectonics Activities
Worksheets graphic organizers, hands on activities
available at a second link:

Second Grade 1 week lesson plan for Plate Tectonics

Rubric for a plate tectonics boundaries foldable
Outlines what to include on a plate tectonics boundary foldable

Interactives - Dynamic Earth
Nice one page interactive resource to help understand the concept of plate tectonics.

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Layers of the Atmosphere Noteable

Student labels the layers of the atmosphere, then looks up clip art to paste into each layer's rectangle that shows what types of objects/phenomenon can be found in that layer (TJ made)

My noteable is based upon a chart found here which includes the clip art (but the clip art was different sizes.)  The only reason I did not use the chart at the above link was because it was extremely color intensive (for printing) and I wanted to bullet the main points for easier review.

The Five Senses

My first grader is learning about the five senses in science and I wanted to include a notebooking page for the topic in her science notebook. I found this cute cut and paste sorting activity online.
Below is a picture of my first grader's completed work using the printable.

(which is actually part of a printable game)

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