Mostly free resources for Pre-K through second grade.

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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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.

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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

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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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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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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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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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Early American Farm Horses and 3 Freebies

Early American farm horses are fun for children to learn about and enjoy. Early American farms are more easily understood by children through the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series. Comparing and contrasting farming in Farmer Boy to the stories about Laura and her sisters shows differences in farms and even the horses. This post has 3 free resources, so continue reading. The Clydesdale is one of the horses that worked on early American farms. I immediately thought of Farmer Boy and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as the families relied heavily on horses. This post will review Clydesdale and other horses, as well. Clydesdale Horses-3-part-cards-information

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Shanghai Free Power Point and Google Slides

Shanghai Free Power Point and Google Slides

Shanghai? Recently Gnorman traveled to Shanghai for business and was kind enough to take selfies and photos for me. Actually, my daughter was so kind as to take him with her and snap a few photos. Gnorman the Gnome travels with I-Reid sometimes. He enjoyed his flight and had plenty of room to stretch out. He was able to take a few photos of Shanghai’s famous sites, and is kindly allowing me to use them in a free presentation Shanghai-a-to-z (and China) A to Z. To include every letter in the entire alphabet, it was necessary to include a few photos of other famous places in China. A version of this presentation is also available in Google Slides.  Google Slides are free and online only. At the link, it will ask if you want to make a copy of the slideshow and say yes to get a copy on your Google Drive. (more…)

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Soccer Theme Activities Free PDF

This post has a free instant download for a free soccer theme chatterbox and number roll activities printable.  There is one chatterbox which has two pages of directions, as well as two number roll activities. Just add dice! One of the number roll activities includes addition.  A make-your-own-game is included for children who like to make paper games, which has a paper playing field. It is soccer fever time, after all.

Soccer Theme Activities Free PDF

Download your PDF file at the link below.

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Soccer Theme Chatterbox and Roll the Number Activities

This fun printable includes:

1. Chatterbox activity with two pages of directions on how to fold the paper.

Soccer Theme Activities Free PDF

2. Roll the dice activities (this page has the students roll two number cubes and add to get the sums indicated.

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3. Roll the number cube. This page only requires one number cube.

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4. Buttons to represent players to create your own game.

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5. Playing field for creating your own game.

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Thank you for reading.  May your favorite team always win!

Carolyn

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