Saturday, 29 September 2012

Teaching Remembrance Day

Young children are usually excited to participate in activities that involve celebrations or the holidays. But while your children may look forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day activities, you do not have to wait until the major holidays to add variety in your classroom.

Remembrance Day is observed in November (around the 11th), and this day commemorates members of the armed forces who have died in battle. Many students are unfamiliar with this day, but teaching Remembrance Day increases their awareness. If you're discussing World War I, World War II or other historical battles in history books, you can incorporate activities related to Remembrance Day.

At Pencil Street, we have plenty of resources available for teaching Remembrance Day.  These include fact sheets, worksheets, as well as classroom displays. And since many children have a parent or other relative in the armed forces, activities related to Remembrance Day are timely and appropriate.

Pencil Street Educational Resources

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Teaching resource of the day

The resource for today is 1007-185. This is a very popular arge wall display featuring pictures of children,  showing different emotions and keywords associated with those feelings. Teachers can decide which words to use dependant on the age range they are teaching.


Monday, 17 September 2012

Remembrance Day Teaching Resources

Many special days and events occur during the school year. But while most children are excited to celebrate popular holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, they might ignore special days with a historical background.Remembrance Day is observed the Sunday nearest Veteran's Day and it commemorates those who died in World War I and World War II. Teaching Remembrance Day may not be a required part of your curriculum, but you might incorporate this event to broaden the minds and hearts of your students.

Pencil Street offers several resources and tools for teaching Remembrance Day. You can download worksheets that include Remembrance Day facts, as well as information on the significance of war memorials. If you're teaching vocabulary, you can download vocabulary worksheets which include words associated with Remembrance Day.

Teaching Remembrance Day can provide your students with a better understanding on the two World Wars, and perhaps develop their interest in historical events.


Sunday, 16 September 2012

Harvest Festival Tools for the Classroom

Harvest Festival is the celebration of food grown on the land and it's not uncommon for schools to host activities around this time. Harvest Festival creates the perfect opportunity to educate young children on the different crops grown in their local area. Plenty of teaching resources are available for children, each designed to pique their curiosity and stimulate their appreciation for the foods around them.

If you're looking for unique activities for your classroom, you can download a variety of themed worksheets. Worksheets appropriate for Harvest Festival include those that picture fruits and vegetables. Younger children can identify the different types of foods on the sheet. This can stimulate a classroom discussion, wherein children relate their favorite fruits and vegetables. Harvest Festival word searchers are also appropriate during this time of the year, as well as Harvest Festival picture cards and vocabulary sheets.

To make the learning experience more fun, you can pass out harvest-themed bookmarks or play a Harvest Festival bingo game. With so many fun and entertaining options, your students will look forward to harvest time every year.