About Carolyn Wilhelm

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author and sole owner of Books and Jams site and blog. She has a BS in Elementary Education, an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years. She writes for The New Book Review and Sharing with Writers and Readers.
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2019 Weaver Lake Conservation Association Fishing Clinic

At the 2019 Weaver Lake Conservation Association free Fishing Clinic for children Miss  Owl caught her first seven fish. She really enjoyed casting and even caught a 2000 pound tree during her land practice session. 2019 Weaver Lake Conservation Association Fishing Clinic

The volunteers had a nice set up for the children. First, volunteers showed the kids how to cast on dry land without a hook. The “ball” (bobber) would bounce showing where the string landed. This was a visual reinforcement. A tarp on the ground held several different fishing poles and the children could borrow one.

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Bait was free and included angleworms and mealworms. I learned so much about mealworms when I was teaching second grade and we had a FOSS science unit about them. Each has 13 segments. The volunteer may not have appreciated my informative talk about mealworms. Volunteers put the bait on the hooks which were used when fishing from the dock as opposed to casting on land. I was glad about that as I don’t much like worms but am happy to take fish off hooks.

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Miss Owl had a great time even though it was a super hot day. She felt sad when one fish swallowed the hook but the volunteer explained it might be food for turtles or other fish. It didn’t take long at all to catch her seven fish.

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We hope you will enjoy the video of her fishing adventure!

You might like to see Miss Owl’s Adventures
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You might also like to read about Miss Owl’s other adventures near Minneapolis, MN, on the Castleview Academy blog. The post shows what she did during the 2018 Maple Grove Days, also. 
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And another post about 5 more things to do near Minneapolis, too. Miss Owl likes to have adventures.

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Miss Owl has been enjoying Adventure Club this summer and went to a garage sale for kids. She spent two whole dollars! Garage-sales-help-children-learn-about-making-change-and-making-money-go-further

 
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This page has links to posts featuring our Miss Owl — her adventures, activities, free PDFs, and informational posts. We hope you enjoy it!

 
 
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Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

  
 
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Miss Owl’s trip included a visit to Disneyland in Paris

  
 
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Eidem Homestead Visit and Free 3-Part Farm Cards

   
 
Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See
 

Visiting Eastman Nature Center

  
 
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The Plaza Playground experience was pure joy for Miss Owl and us as we watched her jump and play. It is close by and is open 365 days a year. She loved the Kangaroo jumping floor the best.

 
 
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Books to help children through their grief over a loss of a pet.

 
 
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Fairy Garden Building

This post has a free flower theme printable complete with some vocabulary words and coloring pages for the children.

  
 
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Fairy Garden Building

This post has a free flower theme printable complete with some vocabulary words and coloring pages for the children.

  
 
Eastman Nature Center in the Three Rivers Park District recently held a fairy theme story time and activity class.
 

Eastman Nature Center in the Three Rivers Park District recently held a fairy theme storytime and activity class.

  

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Garage Sales Help Children Learn About Making Change

Garage sales help children learn about making change! I am an advocate of taking children to garage sales as there are few places in our lives where making change is used. Think about shopping with children and discussing the price of toys or other items they might want to buy. We tend to say, “That is about eight dollars.” We round off everything in our heads when in a store to have some idea of what the total will be at checkout. That helps adults as we already know how to make change. It isn’t very helpful for children just learning math and the value of coins. Real-life practice counting money is invaluable in math class, and as a teacher it was obvious to me that children who could count coins and make change were often ahead of classmates in math.

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The first and second-grade classes I taught used to have a 99 cent garage sale. Each child used 99 cents of coins (plastic coins from the math manipulative supplies) and brought items to donate for the sale. We made price tags in class for the items. The day was fun and helped children realize there is a point to all the skip and coin counting we did in class. No one could spend over 99 cents so there was no rounding to the nearest dollar. Good practice!

Miss Owl’s Adventure Club with Robbinsdale Schools had a similar garage sale yesterday. She had to wait for her name to be called to go to the garage sale to help limit the number of shoppers at one time. This was very cleverly set up with every item costing a quarter. No one could spend over two dollars! Miss Owl could, therefore, purchase eight items. Her friend had a dollar and could buy four things. Such fun!

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Looking over the items at the garage sale, she found many things for Christmas. She asked about some of them, and decided on a stick with jingle bells.

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Most of the children ignored the clothing (which seemed like a good deal to me). One student I talked to was happy with her jeans just her size. She was buying her own clothing at the school garage sale! She said she was 10 or 12 years old.

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Although she tried on the glasses, she decided this look was not for her and left the glasses for another lucky shopper.

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One younger girl showed me what she bought. It seems the earlier students were called to the shop, the better the pickings. Other children wanted their pictures taken but I didn’t have permission — so I told this girl I would just take a picture of one of her purchases.

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It is summer and the perfect opportunity for children to create their own garage sales, and also shop at them. I encourage families to take advantage of such opportunities for learning and fun. Garage sales also help with reducing and recycling to help with climate change.

The apparel industry — particularly the inexpensive, runway-to-retail segment known as fast fashion — is known to wreak havoc on the environment. “The clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, second only to the oil industry,” high-end retailer Eileen Fisher has famously said (and repeated, and written, and tweeted).

Second only to oil? Let’s recycle!

Miss Owl went to a free fishing clinic this summer too. Read more here!

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Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free

Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free

This post has a math measuring story with fraction work pages free! Have you seen the Wise Owl Factory story, Super Spoons to the Rescue?  It is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook or as a paperback. This is a math measuring story and also has fractions posters, activities, and work pages with answer keys. Find the free printable instant download in our free level members page.

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I wrote the story and made the work pages, and Teachers Clipart created all the artwork. She made the custom measuring spoons superheroes just for me, although she sells them in her store now. The spoons are ready to help neighbors bake cakes or measure other exact amounts, and they fly to the rescue when called.

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The book companion includes coloring and work pages. This part of the book is in the free eMember and Premium area, as well. They would be difficult to use from the eBook so I’ve provided them on this site.

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When a storm hits the town where the Spoons live, they help measure medicine at the hospital late into the night. They are always helping others.

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Included are flash card pages both in color and black and white for printing options.

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The next freebie is an instant download here.

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Sometimes we have to engage students to help them understand there are real-world applications for the math we are teaching.  My first graders enjoyed this story so I hope other students will like it as well.  It could be used at school or at home for summer practice.

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Teachers Clip Art product

Thank you so much for reading, Carolyn

Wise Owl Factory LLC Books

  

Books written by Carolyn Wilhelm for children have Lexile reading levels as well as free supporting teaching resources for teachers and homeschools.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

eBook for Kindle

Paperback

Free airplane, gotcha, or adoption day coloring cards PDF available, link at this post

500 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Written by Gary L. Wilhelm, Edited by Carolyn Wilhelm, Illustrator Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children

Frog Theme Day for the Sub Tub or Class – in our Premium Area

by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Oxana Cerra

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

eBook for Nook (Barnes and Noble)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

600 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota Book

by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm

Read more and the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

 

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Children’s Books by Carolyn Wilhelm and Family

Wise Owl Factory LLC Books

  

Books written by Carolyn Wilhelm for children have Lexile reading levels as well as free supporting teaching resources for teachers and homeschools.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

eBook for Kindle

Paperback

Free airplane, gotcha, or adoption day coloring cards PDF available, link at this post

500 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Written by Gary L. Wilhelm, Edited by Carolyn Wilhelm, Illustrator Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children

Frog Theme Day for the Sub Tub or Class – in our Premium Area

by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Oxana Cerra

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

eBook for Nook (Barnes and Noble)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

600 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota Book

by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm

Read more and the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

 
  

A coloring book with a story:

Chloe and the No Good, Very Sad, Deplorable Pandemic

As the months of the year pass, the pandemic gets old. For a while, school is at home, then there is hybrid school, then back to regular school, off and on again. It is a difficult time for an eight-year-old girl who happens to be Miss Owl. The Lexile level is about 600L.

Free PDFs with a similar topic are also included in the post.
This paperback coloring book is available on Amazon.

 
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Super Spoons to the Rescue: A Math Measuring Story by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Oxana Cerra
Lexile Level 560L This is a math story about the spoon superheroes who help people measure ingredients for things like chocolate cakes. When their town is hit by a tornado, they help dispense the exact amount of medicines needed. They fly to the rescue as requested. This book also has math worksheets and activity cards for math class.
Carolyn wrote this story to help parents provide some fraction readiness at home.

Kindle eBook

Paperback

 
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The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children

Lexile Level 750 The Frogs Buy a New House is an economics story for children who are moving, have moved, or know someone who is moving. The Frog family includes the parents Felix and Flora, and their little tadpole, Fred. The story begins: “The Frog family had always lived in the pond far out in the country. They had purchased their one-gallon watery home space when prices were low because the pond was low. Recent rains had raised the pond level and also the prices of the house. It was time to cash in on the gallon of equity they had earned.”

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. ReidGary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is known as Carousel City. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

Learn more about Faulkton at this post on the Gary L. Wilhelm author site.

 
  
Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian In the Vietnam War by Gary Wilhelm
 

Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian in the Vietnam War by Gary Wilhelm

This story of a civilian technology engineer working with the Marines in DaNang, Vietnam, in 1968 and 1969 was written by Gary Wilhelm, Carolyn’s husband. Wilhelm arrived in a blue suit and tie from a military chartered plane and finally found his back way to the USA for a company that resisted ending his work term and allowing him to come home.

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The position was working with the computer technology of the time and the US Marine Corp. No one else from his company who had previously gone to Vietnam was available to tell him what he could expect. No one was there to meet his plane!

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The memories include the night sky being alive with planes circling the base, listening to a bamboo band play American military songs, learning first-hand how difficult holidays are in a war zone, where as a civilian he was not allowed to carry a weapon. His volunteer position as a substitute English teacher for the South Vietnamese was protected by Marines with shotguns and side-arms.

Life Learning: This is a story of adaptation, survival and the life perspective war can bring. Gary’s blog, The Frugal Engineer.

Paperback

eBook for Kindle

 
  
Teacher Guide Free Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian In the Vietnam War by Gary Wilhelm
 

Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian in the Vietnam War by Gary Wilhelm

This story of a civilian technology engineer working with the Marines in DaNang, Vietnam, in 1968 and 1969 was written by Gary Wilhelm, Carolyn’s husband. Wilhelm arrived in a blue suit and tie from a military chartered plane and finally found his back way to the USA for a company that resisted ending his work term and allowing him to come home.

A Civilian Working in a War Zone

The position was working with the computer technology of the time and the US Marine Corp. No one else from his company who had previously gone to Vietnam was available to tell him what he could expect. No one was there to meet his plane!

Working with the Marines

The memories include the night sky being alive with planes circling the base, listening to a bamboo band play American military songs, learning first-hand how difficult holidays are in a war zone, where as a civilian he was not allowed to carry a weapon. His volunteer position as a substitute English teacher for the South Vietnamese was protected by Marines with shotguns and side-arms.

Life Learning: This is a story of adaptation, survival and the life perspective war can bring. Gary’s blog, The Frugal Engineer.

Paperback

eBook for Kindle

 

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A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book

What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain mother is the same in any family. Mom helps check under the bed for monsters, reads books, and watches movies with the girl. She does the same things every mother does. Visually, the images show a white mother and an Asian daughter. The main author, I-Reid, has previously written blog posts for this blog, and now she has written her first children’s picture book.

Every Mother’s Day, I-Ried has given owl-themed gifts to Carolyn. Last Mother’s Day, however, she gave a story. Upon consideration, it seemed like a possible children’s picture book, and so we contacted Pieter Els, our illustrator. He created the clever art for the text, and the book is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. There is a Kindle version, a Nook version, as well as a paperback. The story is short and sweet.

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While this book is for any family, this illustrates the bond between an adoptive mother and daughter is not dependent upon genetics.

Pieter Els brought the words to life, such as this illustration of the daughter working in the kitchen. Yes, I-Reid really used to do that. No, the food usually wasn’t edible. Approximation is the key to learning, though, and eventually, children learn.

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And the images of both mother and daughter help show a mother’s love is universal. We read so many books! I-Reid earned a star for every 10 books read in kindergarten and she had 120 stars that were ironed on her reading T-shirt. Then, we read together, and when I-Reid was ill or tired, Carolyn continued to read to her through elementary school. With her love of reading and writing, she became an accountant. Go figure!

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We hope you will like our book! You can read more about it on the New Book Review blog.

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You may also like another book with I-Ried the auntie, in Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story.

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Thank you for reading! I-Reid and Carolyn

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care
 

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care

Beginning with a story about a mother who had been adopted from the Orphan Train and continuing on through the years, this anthology is a collection of stories, poems, and letters about the experiences of fifteen authors. Read the blog post here. See also the book on Amazon.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story
 

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book to help young children learn about multi-race family adoptions. Carolyn and her husband adopted a girl from South Korea many years ago.

 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book – What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child.

 
Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free
 

Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free – This is a math measuring story and also has fractions posters, activities, and work pages with answer keys. Find the free printable instant download in our free level members page.

 
Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades
 

Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades – Download the free student pack at this link. 

 
Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story
 

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his grandpa was young like him. His mother takes the child to Grandpa’s house so he can ask some questions about life long ago.

 

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Mice Theme Prepositional Phrases Product and Free Sample

Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Product and Free Sample

Do you teach prepositional phrases? Grade 1 standards include teaching such phrases. This printable PDF is included in our password-protected area. Learn the updated password by signing up for our newsletter. There are prepositional phrases letter-sized teaching posters, word cards, a center, and writing frames.  This lesson uses licensed art and a condition of use is that I do not give the product away for free.  Thanks for understanding. There are two free printable pages in the preview, below. CCSS L.K.1e and L.1.1i

Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Center, Phrase Cards, and Writing Frame
111 Page PDF, for K-2

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This illustrated, color PDF includes large prepositional phrase cards for students to dramatize.Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Center and Writing Frame PDFThe PDF has a game with cards and directions in both black and white as well as in color.
Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Center and Writing Frame PDFPocket chart cards will help with literacy and the writing frame pages.Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Center and Writing Frame PDF There is even more in this product which may be viewed by mice-prepositions-demo

Table of Contents
Black and White Pages
Pages 5-14 Large signs using prepositions
Page 15 Game in black and white
Page 16 Student game mats to collect game cards
Page 17 Game Directions
Pages 18-20 Game Cards
Pages 46-50 Directions, sorting cards and recording page for a center or station
Pages 54-64 Writing Frame
Color Pages
Page 21 Cover for pages in color
Page 22 Directions for using prepositions signs
Pages 23– 36 Color signs for having the class read or pantomime the prepositional phrases
Pages 37–44 Game cover, directions, game board, game cards
Pages 45, 51-53 Center and recording page
Page 65—-further directions
Pages 66-80 POCKET CHART CARDS for teacher use
Pages 81-90 Simple handwriting pages
Page 91 Simple gameboard

This lesson works well with INSIDE MOUSE, OUTSIDE MOUSE by Lindsay Barrett George, and many other children’s books.

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Then and Now Sorting Cards Free Printable

Then and now sorting cards make a nice social studies center activity around Thanksgiving or when your class may study pioneers. We used to take the second graders to Cahill School and had a letter-writing unit. The children would write to relatives and ask questions about their school days. Amazingly, many grandparents had attended one-room schoolhouses which heightened interest in “olden days” for discussion before the field trip.

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Here is a picture showing the sorting cards in use in a tray.

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Here is a picture showing the sorting cards included in the printable.

Then and Now Sorting Cards Free Printable

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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Frog Theme Day for the Sub Tub or Class

Frog theme day plans can be an ace in the hole for that time when a substitute is needed on an emergency basis. Be ready with a full day of print and go activities and place in a tub for a sub in the event you ever need to just call and simply tell the substitute where the materials are located. Of course, a seating chart, maybe name tags, a copy of class procedures, and the class schedule should also be printed. Those kinds of items may already be in the substitute folder, maybe even in the office. This is a 97 page PDF with literacy, writing, math science, and social studies. There are options in the math and writing pages to help provide differentiation. The teacher would indicate which students should work on which pages. It is available on a password protected page on this blog. Get the password by signing up for our newsletter. The password changes each month.

Just Print and Go

For reading, there is a readers’ theater play with 14 student parts. The scripts would need to be printed and stapled. Perhaps the cast name tags would also be printed as an option. Have two students practice each part so that at the first reading half the class has a turn to perform, and then the rest at the second reading.  readers' theater play with 14 student partsHave you heard the frogs are moving from the fishbowl all the way to the pond? A growing family needs more room. This economic and social studies story matches the reading play.

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Two writing sets of prompts are provided. One set has more support with illustrated words for emergent writers. There are student and teacher rubrics.

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Another set of writing prompts is for more independent writers.

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The lifecycle of the frog is presented through an interactive student notebook activity. There is also a bridge building activity using only a single piece of paper and a few crayons for weight.

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There are phonics bump games for the “fr” sound.

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The math pages include some bump games for 3-addends as well as worksheets at different levels.

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Download a free sample pack at this blog post link.

frog-fun-day-sample-pack-pagesYou might also like the paperback or eBook version of The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children. It is available on Amazon. Lexile Level 750

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Thank you for reading, Carolyn

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book to help young children learn about multi-race family adoptions. By looking at the celebration through the eyes of the youngest family member, the “gotcha day” party helps him understand his aunt was adopted from South Korea. The family gets ready, starts out driving, has a flat tire, and makes it in time. They ring the doorbell and auntie answers.

The now auntie arrived as a baby to the Minneapolis airport — to be placed into the waiting arms of the adoptive mother, Carolyn (who writes the Wise Owl Factory blog and lessons). The “twist” in the story is that the adopted person is an adult, not the child in the story.Alex Asks About Auntie's Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Adoption Day

Over 30 years ago, I (Carolyn Wilhelm) and my husband adopted our darling daughter from South Korea. She was 10 months old. We welcomed her home with a party. The cake decorator made an error spelling her name and wrote, “Besty.” She has been the best! The misspelling is a family joke, of course.welcome-home-cake-for-auntie-airplane-day

Auntie-Airplane-Day-in-the-bookAuntie Airplane Day had this photo taken when she was at the St. Patrick’s Day parade a few years ago. She was born in South Korea, therefore has lived in Asia. We lived in the Netherlands when she was 3 and 4, so she has also lived in Europe. She lived in North America also, twice (before and after we lived in NL). By the age of 3, therefore, she had lived on three continents. She still gets around being proficient in German and knowing some Japanese, and has traveled using those languages. She is the expert behind some of the posts, printables, and freebies on this site such as Shanghai A to Z.  She also helped with the presentations about Japan, as well as other posts. She sets me straight on German words and important cultural knowledge I should probably already understand.

This year’s party included the new storybooks.

Alex Asks About Auntie's Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

The storybook was written by Carolyn Wilhelm, and illustrated by Pieter Els of Surfer Kids clip art and Surfer Kiddies. Although Carolyn and Pieter live almost 9000 thousands miles apart, they have become online friends and teamed up to self-publish this book together.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson posted a short review of this book on MyShelf.com.

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There are three versions of the book.

There is a paperback version available on Amazon.

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A plain eBook for Kindle Paperwhite or iPad is available. This is the non-interactive version of the eBook.

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The interactive version is for Kindle Fire and Android devices only.

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The interactive edition was made with the Amazon Kindle Create textbook creator, so each page has an icon to press which makes an interactive appear (an illustrated word, a sound, or a video). It is not a game or app. Textbook, you know, I’m a teacher. The sound icon when pressed has a sound recording, and the play button must also be pressed. It is not instantly interactive. One sound is a baby crying, one is a baby cooing. The videos work the same way: press the icon first, then press the play button. My husband tries to answer the door each time I play the doorbell sound, be forewarned.

Castleview Academy says it best and has described the different versions, and also has some videos of her adorable children reading the book on her blog post about the book.

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Midwest Book Review, MBR Bookwatch, May 2019

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story
Carolyn Wilhelm, author
Pieter Els, illustrator
Wise Owl Factory
9780999776612 thewiseowlfactory.com $9.75 31 pages

“Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day” is an Easy Reader story about an Anglo-American family’s celebration of the Adoption Day or Airplane Day of a boy’s adopted aunt who was born in Korea. Alex is excited and curious about the celebration of Airplane Day on his ride to the party. The problem of a flat tire is cheerfully solved by his parents with the aid and assistance of his grandfather who comes when called. Alex asks many questions about the Airplane Day celebration. Finally, they arrive at his Aunt Betsy’s home to see a sign announcing Happy Airplane Day!

Alex notices that his Aunt Betsy does not look like the rest of his Anglo family. Her skin color is different, and her eyes are slanted. When he asks, his grandpa explains: “Today is Auntie’s airplane day as it is her adoption day. This was the date years ago when she arrived from South Korea on an airplane. So we have an airplane theme party each year to celebrate the day. (p.21)” There is more information about how Auntie Betsy was born at home in South Korea, then put in a box and left at the police station. After that, she stayed with 10 different foster mothers before she was adopted and brought to her new family in Minnesota on an airplane. Alex is curious about Airplane Day and his Auntie Betsy, and he is happy to understand why the family celebrates Airplane Day with her.

“Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day” is based on a true adoption story about the author and her adopted daughter. A picture of Carolyn with her new Korean daughter is included at the end of the book. Easy to read, “Alex Asks About Airplane Day” is a wise, gentle story to explain to curious children how some families become multi-racial through adoption. cheery, bright-colored illustrations complement the simple narrative to make this Adoption Day Story accessible and appealing to young readers.

Pieter Els is the illustrator. He sells clip art on Teachers Pay Teachers as well as his own site, Surfer Kiddies. Pieter has designed much of the art on this blog. He has also been a technical help to me. He is all-around talented in art, graphic design, and technology. I highly recommend his work.

Another review is available on the New Book Review site by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, as well.

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I try to have some sort of free download for most of my blog posts. For this post, I made some free adoption day cards you may download, print, color, and give to people. There is a lack of such cards available in stores. In recent years I have noticed more awareness for this kind of commercial card. I hope this will help some people celebrate adoptions and celebrations.

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Thank you for reading. Carolyn

You might also like the story of the daughter when she was younger, A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? 

Thank you for reading. I-Reid and Carolyn

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care
 

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care

Beginning with a story about a mother who had been adopted from the Orphan Train and continuing on through the years, this anthology is a collection of stories, poems, and letters about the experiences of fifteen authors. Read the blog post here. See also the book on Amazon.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story
 

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book to help young children learn about multi-race family adoptions. Carolyn and her husband adopted a girl from South Korea many years ago.

 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book – What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child.

 
Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free
 

Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free – This is a math measuring story and also has fractions posters, activities, and work pages with answer keys. Find the free printable instant download in our free level members page.

 
Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades
 

Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades – Download the free student pack at this link. 

 
Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story
 

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his grandpa was young like him. His mother takes the child to Grandpa’s house so he can ask some questions about life long ago.

 

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How to Assemble a Sling Bookshelf for Kids

How to Assemble a Sling Bookshelf for Kids

How to Assemble a Sling Bookshelf for KidsThis is an informational step by step blog post with photos of how we assembled our sling bookshelf for children. I do not mean children should assemble this, I mean the product is for adults to make a children’s bookshelf. We bought the product ourselves and are not affiliates and do not earn money for the sale of the product. 

When I was teaching grades one and two, all the teachers had their own drills. We made trips to Target to get bookshelves and were always on the lookout for good shelves we could use at school. During those years, I wasn’t aware of sling bookshelves, and the ones I first knew about were expensive. These do not require a drill or very much time to assemble, and I want to share how easy these are to assemble. They are ready for use in only a short time! Nice!

First, set up one side of the bookshelf by leaning it against something. Push all the dowels in the tubular slots before assembly. At least, we started this way as it seemed to be best.

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Fasten one dowel to the top inside and right side of the product. This will be an anchor for the rest of the assembly.

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Next, continue down on one side only attaching each dowel with the Allen wrench. assemble-a-hanging-bookshelf-for-childrens-books (6)

The outside will look like this when the dowels are attached after using the Allen wrench.

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At this point the sling bookshelf will have the dowels attached only on one side, but this worked for us.

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The left or second side to assemble is next. Beginning at the top with the first dowel, use the Allen wrench to fasten it to the wood. Tighten as needed.

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When finished, the fabric will bunch a little which just offers some give when the books are placed in position.

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Our finished sling bookshelf with books ready for the children!

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Thank you for reading!

Carolyn & Gary

2023-02-25T12:45:03-06:00By |Categories: For Parents, For Teachers|Tags: , , |
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