All free printable educational pages and resources for Pre-K through grade 6. Instant downloads in most cases.

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Climate Change for Children K-3 Free Presentation

This post has a climate change for children K-3 free discussion PDF because such resources are few and far between. I hope it will help teachers who will find the free download at the next link. It is a PDF for use with small or large groups.

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When we talk about the ozone layer in the sky, it is surely confusing to children who look way up and feel like the sky goes on and on forever. Especially to them, the distance must seem great and there is no obvious line in the sky.

Climate Change for Children K-3 Free Presentation

I thought such a discussion might begin with talking about the water cycle. Probably the class has done an experiment to show condensation. For sure children have noticed rainy days cause puddles to form.

Climate Change for Children K-3 Free Presentation

From this discussion, it could be pointed out that icebergs and glaciers are melting. Children might be aware if their parents watch the news or they have heard some other way. Hasn’t it seemed that climate change used to make the news every year or so, while this summer it is making a daily appearance? The actual explanation is more complicated as this article suggests. Land icebergs reflect sunlight, but when land icebergs melt the water is blue and doesn’t reflect, which means it absorbs heat from the sun. Children do not need to understand the finer details, though.

Climate Change for Children K-3 Free Presentation

It helps to show an image of possible sources of too much carbon dioxide, as well. The children can probably tell about when they saw a factory with smoke coming out of smokestacks. They have probably noticed some other such things, as well.

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It is important that the children do not feel they are at fault. Of course, they are not the people who did such things.

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They might be reassured to know animals also did not cause pollution.

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Of course, it is important to tell children how they might help the Earth. They have probably been told things like turn off lights when you leave a room, recycle, and so on. But now they might feel these things are especially important.

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We have friends who have scuba dived all over the world. They stopped about ten years ago after 25 years of such travel. They mentioned how much ocean life had deteriorated over that time period due to pollution. We are all being made aware of plastic trash in the ocean and what a problem it is to animals. The chemicals from the plastics harm ocean plants as well, and will for decades to come.

Now storms are different each time. We have worse storms, rain bombs, land cyclones, and so on. It seems we often have a hundred-year storm happening somewhere. If you listen to the news or read the newspaper, the amount of news about climate change has become overwhelming.

This PowerPoint is basically about recycling, and it shows what some grown-ups are doing to help. It has 35 slides. Another really important lesson for children is about reducing what we use. Stay tuned for more educational resources about reducing and reusing.  So often, lessons end at recycling, and there we are done. Not so! I hope this helps children understand why recycling is important and that teachers will find the download helpful.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

I took the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Minneapolis, MN, in August 2019

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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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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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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.

Then and Now Sorting Cards Free Printable

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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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2023-02-25T12:44:03-06:00By |Categories: Free, Literacy, Social Studies|Tags: , |

Books and Guest Posts by I-Reid 

I-Reid-logo-aboutI-Reid has written guest posts for the Wise Owl Factory blog and other blogs. This page has links to her books and writing.

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

Written by I. Reid, Gary 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 an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

 
 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mom? By I. Reid
 

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.

 
 
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Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Book Review by I. Reid

 
 
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See my book review of Bunnicula at this link. There is a free instant PDF download educational printable at the link as well.

 
 

Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities and information written by I. Reid

 
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Here is a link to my informational post for parents to help them understand the ratings for Japanese Manga books.

 
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Read about American farm horses and enjoy 3 freebies at that post, as well.

 
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My own review of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is towards the end of this post with a free literature unit supplement for teachers.

 
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I have traveled extensively, and have written a post with 8 top travel tips for you to consider.

 
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After my trip to Shanghai, I contributed to this presentation freebie as well.

 
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Experiments are fun, and this post tells about both the dancing dime as well as the dry ice experiments I described.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
Kingdom of Back book review by I-Reid
 
 

Critique of Two Books About the Champawat Tiger: Man-Eaters of Kumaon and No Beast So Fierce by I-Reid

 
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by I. Reid

 
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival 2022 informational blog post by I. Reid

 
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Blog posts by I. Reid include book reviews, science, history, and travel.

 
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DIY Map Skills Treasure Hunt and Free PDF

Map skills can be difficult for young children to grasp and suddenly they are in school faced with a map worksheet. Parents can help at home to create a foundation for map terminology and use it in very simple ways. Geography was one of the last units in my year-long KHT Montessori class (non-affiliate) that is soon ending. The way the geography manual lessons are prepared is nothing short of amazing, and I wish I had known those ideas when my children were young. Today I’m sharing one of my own similar ideas. The free printable will help create an indoor room and an outdoor map to begin explaining these skills to children. A four-year-old enjoyed this “treasure” hunt activity. DIY Map Skills Treasure Hunt and Free PDF

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Pre-K Flower PDF Coloring, Matching, Writing

Pre-K flower PDF. We have been working with flowers and plants this spring. It is refreshing to think about plants during the dormant-looking landscape at the end of the snowy Minnesota winter.

Here is the orchid in its new home. It is gorgeous and orchids add this elegant touch to any space! The person who received this plant was pleased with its beauty and realism. She is from a tropical location (Reunion Island) and is very familiar with orchids. It is difficult to maintain an orchid plant in cold Minnesota. She said the only way she could enjoy one year-round was if it was artificial. She also wanted one that really represented an orchid. White is her favorite color. She was amazed at the detail of the plant. We were all impressed. The packaging kept the petals from being squished and had clever little poles inside to provide appropriate space for the plant. It was all well done.

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Of course, we have been working with flowers already, so it was time for some activity pages and a color page.

Click on this link for the free download:

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We began by laminating and preparing the materials on trays with crayons, dry-erase markers, glue, or clothespins to complete the activity. Here one tray is being carried to the table for work. Picking out your own work is better than being told what to do first.

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Then the work began. Writing was first, as “ee” was added to theme words.

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Then petals were counted and clipped with glitter clothespins from the dollar store. Such fun!

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Coloring by letter allowed the crocus and daffodil flowers to look so nice.

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The cut-and-paste patterning page was fun as glue sticks are irresistible! This page could also be colored.

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The number maze page was laminated so it could be redone using dry-erase markers. Dry-erase markers wipe off so laminated pages may be reused. math-maze-laminated

We hope you like flowers as we do!

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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Penny Cleaning Science Experiment Using Kitchen Staples

This post is about a penny-cleaning science experiment using kitchen staples. Did you know things like ketchup, salt, vinegar, and lemon juice will clean and brighten pennies? If your pennies are all bright and shiny, you can keep them in water overnight to allow them to darken for this experiment. Warning, children might like to do this over and over! (more…)

2023-03-21T08:10:23-05:00By |Categories: For Parents, For Teachers, Free, Science|Tags: , , |

Eight Top Travel Tips for Any Trip by I. Reid

Travel Tips from a Very Experienced Traveler

Dear Reader,

Your author, I. Reid, has traveled extensively. Travel can be a rewarding experience, as long as one expects reality, not perfection.

Tip #1 – Research your destination

Travel-Tip-One-Research-DestinationResearching your destination allows you to be properly prepared and prioritize places to see or things to do.  Good sources are current travel guides from reputable publishers, official tourism websites, and people who have actually visited the site (and whom you trust).

The research includes the actual weather of your destination (for the time of your visit), operating hours, food choices, and prices of places you want to visit.  If you are a student, some tourist attractions offer student discounts.  Knowing prices and hours can help prevent disappointment or sticker shock.

Download any travel or destination related apps to your phone before you go.  You cannot count on free wi-fi.  If traveling overseas, FX rate calculators are quite useful.  Translation apps can also help, although if the alphabet is different, I also carry a small phrase book in case the app isn’t available.

Tip #2 – Plan ahead but allow for flexibility

travel-tip-two-plan-ahead-but-be-flexibleThe reality on a trip is this: you have a limited amount of time and likely have much more than you can realistically see.  By planning ahead you can maximize your sightseeing time.

Big cities can be surprisingly difficult to get around.  Downloading the city’s transit app and practicing using it before the trip can minimize stress.  Big cities can also have areas where it is very dangerous; it’s important to know where these places are to avoid them.

Prioritizing will also help to prevent you from going home disappointed because you didn’t get to a must-see attraction.  What is the most important?  What can be skipped if you are tired, the weather is bad, or you decide it costs too much?

Don’t plan for activities you wouldn’t enjoy.  For example, if you are afraid of heights, you may not enjoy ziplining, crossing the gorge to Neuschwanstein Castle, or climbing the 1,000 some steps of the Strasbourg Cathedral.  On the other hand, if you have an intense interest in castles, make visiting castles a priority and plan other events around it (and if you are visiting Germany, visit Southern Germany, not northern Germany).

travel-with-childrenIf you are traveling with children, plan quiet times during the day and anticipate random hunger or thirst.  Children need to rest when they are tired and eat when they are hungry; these are not things you can plan.  Also keep in mind that while you may enjoy a museum like the Louvre, a small child might find it incredibly boring.

Last, being flexible will also help to keep from being stressed or disappointed.  If the weather is terrible outside in Washington D.C. is it perhaps better to go to the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum today rather than tomorrow as originally planned?  Is it more important to feel more rested for the next day or go to an attraction you feel so-so about?

Tip #3 – Pack reasonably

Travel-Tip-Three-Pack-ReasonablyYour author tries to pack as lightly as possible (insight gained from traveling over 100,000 air miles).  However, this does not mean you should not pack things that will be reasonably needed or used.

Some tips to pack reasonably include clothes you can wear more than once, clothes that coordinate for mixing and matching, and clothes you can handwash, and appropriate for the locale.

For example, if you are going to Arizona, aside from monsoon season, you can generally leave the umbrella and rain gear at home.  However, in London (or Seattle) rain gear is an absolute necessity.

Appropriate attire can also vary.  It’s important to know what the typical attire is to avoid standing out too much.  For example, if an American is going overseas, it might be a good time to leave the local football team t-shirts and white sneakers at home.

What you can probably leave at home are items for remote what-ifs.  If you are not likely to swim, don’t bring a swimsuit.  If you are going to Disney (not attending a wedding) and not likely to eat at the Victoria and Albert restaurant, you can leave the dress suits and dresses at home.

Tip #4 – Bring necessities

Travel-Tip-Four-Bring-NecessitiesWhile your author has just advocated not packing for remote what-ifs, if something is essential, bring it with you.  That includes the favorite blankie or toy for children.  You cannot assume everything available to you at home will be findable at your location, especially if you are going on a remote trip like a safari to Kenya or hiking at Macchu Picchu.

Some recommended staples include: sunscreen (in some countries you can only buy these at pharmacies), Tylenol (it’s available by prescription only in Europe), and other over-the-counter medicines such as digestive relief and allergy relief.  Note: Aspirin is widely available in Europe but sometimes it’s a tablet meant to be dissolved in water.

If you have food concerns, bring snacks in case you can’t find the food you can (or will) eat.  Your author is allergic to shellfish and fish so while traveling in oceanic locales, peanut butter and granola bars are a necessity.

If you are traveling to Disney World, bring a reusable water bottle with you.  Disney has water stations at which you can refill your water bottle.  Otherwise, expect to budget a good chunk of money for water.  Florida is quite warm most of the year and walking (or squealing in joy when you see your favorite character) makes you thirsty.

Tip #5 – Bring a digital camera

Travel-Tip-FIve-Digital-Camera-Plus-PhoneWhile this may seem like a ridiculous recommendation, if you take a lot of photos or videos, make the effort to bring a small digital camera with you in addition to your smartphone.

This is the reality: taking photos and videos with your smartphone drains its battery.  Do not expect to find a recharging station in short notice and it’s not smart to not have a phone to call police or emergency services in an emergency.

Also, make sure you have enough memory cards.  At tourist traps, they are outrageously expensive and may be sub-par quality.

The following 3 tips are for those traveling overseas, particularly Americans.

Tip #6 – If traveling overseas, register with your embassy


Travel-Tip-Six-Register-with-the-EmbassySadly the world is a scary place and unexpected events both man-made and natural disasters can strike at any time. 
Registering with the embassy helps them know to account for you in case of a major catastrophe.  Also if you suddenly go incommunicado (hopefully just your phone running out of battery) and your family needs to contact the State Department because they think you are MIA, registering gives the embassy or consulate a starting place.

Americans can register online at the Department of State Travel website.

If you have a smartphone, download the Smart Traveler app.  If you are traveling for business, some businesses will pay for a security service and the associated app.  If this is offered, take advantage.

Tip #7 – Buy an international data plan

Travel-Tip-Seven-Buy-An-International-Data-PlanIf you have a smartphone, bring it with even if you keep it off most of the time.  You never know when you might need it in an emergency.  Also, it is worth buying a reasonably priced data plan.  This will allow you to text people or to use apps that require data such as local transport maps, train timetables, or translation apps.

You can purchase an international data plan by going to the carrier store, changing your services online, or calling customer service.  Most smartphones allow you to track how much data you have used.

Learn how to dial internationally.  You will need the + to dial a country code.  This is typically accessed by holding down the 0 button.  The country code for the US is 001.  Os (zeros) in country codes and city codes are typically dropped when dialed internationally.

Last, learn the emergency services #s.  It’s not always 911.  110 and 119 are common in Europe.  Some countries have different emergency #s for police, fire, and ambulance.

Tip #8 – Learn a few phrases
Tip-Eight-Learn-A-Few-Phrases-of-the-LanguageIt pays to take the pains to learn a few basic phrases in the language of the country you are visiting.  I recommend: please, thank you, excuse me, help, police, and bathroom.

Part of this is common sense: you are more likely to get help if you actually need it.  More importantly, most locals are quite delighted if you’ve shown some effort to learn about your destination.  They typically respond in a friendlier manner and you can never have too many friends.

Happy traveling!

Yours Sincerely,

I. Reid

I. Reid.
Eight Top Travel Tips for Any Trip by I. Reid

You might also like other guest posts by i-Reid at this link.

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

Written by I. Reid, Gary 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 an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

 
 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mom? By I. Reid
 

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.

 
 
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Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Book Review by I. Reid

 
 
freebie-homonyms-cards-to-accompany-Bunnicula
 

See my book review of Bunnicula at this link. There is a free instant PDF download educational printable at the link as well.

 
 

Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities and information written by I. Reid

 
Chinese-zodiac-free-printable-activities-I-Reid
 
 

Here is a link to my informational post for parents to help them understand the ratings for Japanese Manga books.

 
manga-for-kids-japanese-graphic-novels-informational-blog-post-by-i-Reid
 
  
Q-and-A-howls-moving-castle-book-and-movie-free-instant-PDF-download
 
 

Read about American farm horses and enjoy 3 freebies at that post, as well.

 
American-Farm-Horses-info-post-by-I-Reid.jpg
 
 

My own review of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is towards the end of this post with a free literature unit supplement for teachers.

 
Geographical-plus-cultural-information-book-reivew-for-Single-Shard
 
 

I have traveled extensively, and have written a post with 8 top travel tips for you to consider.

 
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After my trip to Shanghai, I contributed to this presentation freebie as well.

 
Shanghai-PowerPoint-Presentation-and-resource-blog-post-and-freebie
 
 

Experiments are fun, and this post tells about both the dancing dime as well as the dry ice experiments I described.

 
Dancing-Dime-experiment-information-by-I-Reid
 
 

I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
shells-3-part-cards-freebie-PDF-printable-Montessori-inspired
 
 

I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
Kingdom of Back book review by I-Reid
 
 

Critique of Two Books About the Champawat Tiger: Man-Eaters of Kumaon and No Beast So Fierce by I-Reid

 
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by I. Reid

 
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival 2022 informational blog post by I. Reid

 
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Blog posts by I. Reid include book reviews, science, history, and travel.

 
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Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast Free Printable

This Korean Cinderella post is for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the theme for the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.

Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast Free Printable

Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast

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The Korean folk story for children, Korean Cinderella by Edward B. Adams, is quite different from the American version. Dozens of countries have their own version of this story, and they are very interesting to compare and contrast. I’m assuming you know the American version. At this link is an online Cinderella book, and either read or listen may be selected. The Korean version (online YouTube story read aloud at this link) may surprise you. We have had and loved our book for many years as my daughter is adopted from South Korea. Her hanbok (dress) is in the photo with the book covers, above.

free-printable-for-comparing-Korean-and-American-versions-Cinderella-in-useIn the Korean story, Pear Blossom has only one step-sister and no fairy godmother. However, a black cow helps her weed the field one day when she is only given a wooden hoe with which to work, and it breaks. Stepmother is mad the work was done and still won’t give her supper, though. Then Pear Blossom has to carry water in a jug, but the jug is broken. A toad helps plug the hole in the jug. When there is rice to hull, birds come and help. There is also a magic weaving maid from beyond the Milky Way who weaves the 40 yards of cloth that must be finished in a day. So along the way, there is magic, but very different from the American version. She has to walk to her uncle’s house as there is no castle or coach in this version. She does lose a red shoe, not a glass slipper, and then you can imagine the rest as it has a similar ending.

The printable has cards to help students compare and contrast the two stories. They are so different there are no exact parallels but a great discussion is sure to take place. Korea’s Favorite Tales and Lyrics includes the Cinderella story, but in much greater detail with more events, tension, and surprises for the reader.


The next video shows some of the cards in the printable.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
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