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In this activity, students learn how to make observations using their sense of touch. The teacher provides several objects for students to touch and hold, and they sort the objects according to whether they feel rough or smooth.

In this activity, students learn how to make observations using their sense of touch. The teacher provides several objects for students to touch and hold, and they sort the objects according to whether they feel rough or smooth.

In this activity, the teacher sets up an "Observation Station" for students to learn about shapes. By playing and exploring with blocks, students learn about things like gravity, balance, and flat and curved objects.

In this activity, the teacher sets up an "Observation Station" for students to learn about shapes. By playing and exploring with blocks, students learn about things like gravity, balance, and flat and curved objects.

The teacher reviews all five senses before focusing on the sense of smell for this lesson. Students smell different scents and decide whether they think the smell is good or bad. They graph their observations and then share their results with others.

The teacher reviews all five senses before focusing on the sense of smell for this lesson. Students smell different scents and decide whether they think the smell is good or bad. They graph their observations and then share their results with others.

The teacher uses celery and food coloring as an experiment to introduce the Scientific Method. Each step of the Scientific Method is taught during this experiment.

The teacher uses celery and food coloring as an experiment to introduce the Scientific Method. Each step of the Scientific Method is taught during this experiment.

In this lesson, the teacher uses watercolor paint to teach students about observing colors with their sense of sight. They also observe colors in their classroom and outdoors.

In this lesson, the teacher uses watercolor paint to teach students about observing colors with their sense of sight. They also observe colors in their classroom and outdoors.

This activity teaches students how to make scientific observations with their sense of hearing. The teacher places objects in small boxes that will make different sounds when the box is shaken. The students listen and try to figure out what is in the box.

This activity teaches students how to make scientific observations with their sense of hearing. The teacher places objects in small boxes that will make different sounds when the box is shaken. The students listen and try to figure out what is in the box.

In this activity, the teacher sets up an "Observation Station" for students to play, explore and discover the properties of water. They also learn vocabulary such as "float" and "sink."

In this activity, the teacher sets up an "Observation Station" for students to play, explore and discover the properties of water. They also learn vocabulary such as "float" and "sink.

Sight Word Parking Lot is a great way to make learning more fun for children

Can do with letters/numbers/colors Sight word parking lot game -- call out a word & they "park" in that place! *PRESCHOOL* Change the sight words to colors/numbers/letters!

Word Reading practice for Kindergarten students taking the End of Year TPRI assessment in Texas - A fun way for children to practice reading words with short vowels. There is one mat that focuses on each of the 5 short vowel sounds. There are also two additional mats for mixed practice. Color coding on each mat helps cards stay organized. One page equals one new literacy activity. This is an instant independent literacy center activity.

Word Reading Practice Picture to Word Matching Mats Short Vowels Phonics

Word Reading practice for Kindergarten students taking the End of Year TPRI assessment in Texas - A fun way for children to practice reading words with short vowels. There is one mat that focuses on each of the 5 short vowel sounds. There are also two additional mats for mixed practice. Color coding on each mat helps cards stay organized. One page equals one new literacy activity. This is an instant independent literacy center activity.

Name Puzzle - great for teaching kids how to spell their name. Many of my 2nd graders don't know how to spell their last names.

Name Puzzles. Do each kid's name in a different color and keep 5 or 6 names in an envelope. (This would be good for kids learning the names of the other kids in their reading group). Can also add a picture to it. OR can use for weekly spelling words

Great for fine motor control! Trace the shapes with beans or small manipulatives to make designs.

Great for fine motor control! Trace the shapes with beans or small manipulatives to make designs. Could also have them glue down birdseed in patterns for Kindergarten.

Encourage Fine Motor & Scissor Skills with this simple Dot & Cut Activity from http://www.powerfulmothering.com

Dot & Cut (Fine Motor & Scissor Skills)

Encourage Fine Motor & Scissor Skills with this simple Dot & Cut. This pin lists activities which promote scissor skills as well as strengthening intrinsic hand muscles.

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Red yellow and green pompoms on a tree outline. Pick the apples using a clothespin. Great strength building to help develop a pincer grip. Good strength building for improving pencil grip.

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Weplay Wavy Tactile Path - Green

Weplay Wavy Tactile Path in Green

The Weplay® Wavy Tactile Path - Green is designed so that the patterns and width of the boards offer tactile sensory intensity for the human body, while creating the