# Pam Cannon

## Four Conservation Projects for 2nd Graders and Teachers

What conservation projects for 2nd graders will excite them? What about making a wildlife habitat in the schoolyard, or taking air pollution samples. There are more inspiring projects for your students to explore and enjoy.

What is capacity? Help your students understand this concept by taking part in an interactive capacity activity. It will demonstrate how to use containers to measure capacity, find out how much is too much, and link to well known books.

## Five Interactive Data and Graphing Activities Elementary Students Will Enjoy

Graphing is a problem solving tool. In these interactive data and graphing activities students will work their way from the simple to the more complex. Picture books also present a place to collect data to analyze through graphs.

## Fun Activities to Teach Even and Odd Numbers in Grades K through 2

In this article you will find fun activities to teach even and odd numbers. Students will discover patterns to help them recognize odds and evens, play games and use gummy worms on a pizza!

## Storytelling With Hand Puppets and Books

Take some Velcro, felt, a glove and some imagination, and story telling, hand puppets and books will make a powerful combination to develop language and literacy skills. Read on for tips and tricks to make and match hand puppets to books and stories.

## Puppetry in Teaching: Ways for Using Puppetry as a Teaching Tool

Using puppetry in teaching makes for one of the most enjoyable forms of learning for students of all ages. From simple sock puppets to the more sophisticated marionettes; discover why puppetry as a teaching tool is important in language development and communication skills.

## Eight Preschool Activities to Teach Listening Skills

Listening skills are the foundation of all learning. These activities will help students to become active listeners by taking part in verbal directions, playing games, retelling stories in sequence and musical interludes.

## Lessons for Preschoolers: Patterns and Equations

Preschool children need to be actively engaged in math. Creative preschool activities can provide hands-on learning. What fun to match the numbers on the plastic cars and park them in the correct garage? Read on for other suggestions too!

## Preschool Shapes-Stars! Teaching Stars through Art, Books and More Activities

In preschool shapes – stars is one of the most appealing to young children. Sing a song, make “star paint,” and hold a Star Party. Students will have fun and learn too in this star studded environment.

## Activities for Teaching Diamond & Triangle Shapes to Preschoolers

Young children love to experiment with shapes and patterns. They can learn to tessellate, make sponge prints, look for shapes in the environment. What fun to make an alliterative story with Trevor Triangle or Desmond Diamond, or create shaped glasses to wear

## A Busybody Nora Literature Unit for the Classroom

Nora is a little girl who lives in a huge apartment building, and through her efforts she helps build community spirit. Students will examine vocabulary and make comparisons between their living conditions and Nora’s lifestyle with this Busybody Nora literature unit.

## Preschool Teaching: The Letter “A” – At Least Eight Ways!

Preschoolers are usually enthusiastic about the letters of the alphabet. You can build on this enthusiasm by presenting an array of different activities to provide an “Amazing A” day. They can eat, cook, cut and paste, trace and read with these activities based on the letter “A”.

## Introduce the Letter “U” to Preschoolers

Learning the letters of the alphabet is a prerequisite to reading. Young children will love these fun activities to help them identify the letter “U”, connect it to the beginning sound of words, and write it in upper case and lower case form.

## Fun Sequencing Activities for “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”

“If You Give a Pig a Pancake” provides another fun filled opportunity for students to learn more about sequencing. This skill is important in comprehension, giving and receiving instructions, retelling a story and story writing. What fun you and your students will have with a pig and a pancake!

## Fabulous “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” Teaching Ideas

Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond have created a whole series of “If You Give a ……” and children love them. These teaching ideas will provide suggestions for vocabulary activities, exploration of the structure of the story and opportunities for students to create their own stories.

“Snowballs” is another of Lois Ehlert’s delightful books. It lends itself to reading aloud to young children and provides opportunities to encourage them to sing and dance. Each illustration is a small “work of art” and children will enjoy examining the materials in each one.

## Elementary School Valentine Activities: Books Plus 5 Games For February 14

Try these interactive Valentine activities to capitalize on the natural enthusiasm for this day, and to implement language and number skills. Have your students play a number game and learn a little history.

## Exploring Maps in 2nd Grade: Geography Activities to Learn About Maps

The concept of mapping is difficult for most students. Follow these steps from easy to complex and encourage to inspire and encourage your 2nd graders to explore maps on their own.

## If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Extension Activities

The much loved story of “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” is the first of a series by Laura Joffe Numeroff. It is an ideal book to encourage students to research the world of mice. Extension activities include reading and writing skills, vocabulary recognition, and art and craft projects.