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Christmas Poems
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Christmas Poems

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A poem makes a lovely gift. Acrostic poems and shape poems. Color and black and white versions. The following words are included. Christmas Elves Christmas Trees Candy canes Santa Mrs Claus Gifts Gingerbreads Angels Baubles Shapes Candy canes, Christmas trees, baubles
Be a Dinosaur Detective - STEAM, Biomimimicy
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Be a Dinosaur Detective - STEAM, Biomimimicy

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Many children are fascinated by the magnificent dinosaurs. They are mysterious and exciting! So this dinosaur unit will surely be a hit with your students. These activities are a perfect way to think about what information is and how we get information. Palaeontologists do not always agree. A great way to get students excited about science. One biomimicry activity includes using plant-eating dinosaurs as inspiration for new ideas. Why not grow new teeth? The package contains: Introduction to the unit. What we know, What we think we know, What we want to know. 1. What do you know? What do you want to learn? 2. Ways to find out about dinosaurs 3. What if I found an egg 4. When is an egg a dinosaur egg? Make a tally 5. My Dinosaur Egg Gallery 6. Write a story about a paleontologist who finds a dinosaur egg. 7. Dinosaurs - have, are, can. Dinosaurs are cool because. . . 8. Dinosaurs - have, are, can, what if, how, when, where, Dinosaurs are cool because. . . 9. Draw me 10. How do we know dinosaurs existed? 11. Digging for bones 12. Tricky but cool words 13. Ask the Dinosaurs Sparkling Questions 14. What did they look like? 15. My Gallery of Dinosaurs 16. Put up a display at the Dino Museum 17. I am a dinosaur – perhaps! 18. What if you could solve a dino mystery? - Storywriting 19. What if I found a dino baby? - Storywriting 20. Dinosaur or not a dinosaur - What do you think? 21. Shape Poem 22. Carnivore, Herbivore What did Dinosaurs eat? 23. Haunting but beautiful cries! Write a song. Invent an Instrument. 24. Dinosaur bridge 25. Invent a robot, toy, or car. 26. What if you were a dentist? Inspired by plant-eaters 27. Reflection on the learning. 28. How to use biomimicry in the classroom
Be a Nature Pattern Detective
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Be a Nature Pattern Detective

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Fun and engaging activities to encourage children to look at patterns in nature with new eyes. This package contains 1. Describe the pattern 2. Draw the pattern 3. What if. . . 4. Look for interesting shapes 5. Imagination challenge 6. Why are patterns useful 7. Spores / make a spore print 8. A flower is beautiful because of its pattern 9. An animal is beautiful because of its pattern 10. Complete the patterns 11. Draw your own Pattern Inspired by Nature 12. Practical ideas - pattern mandala, golden ratio animal Product Format: • This download is a PDF and is formatted in US Letter size. If you would prefer an alternate sizing A4 or spelling (colour vs color etc.), please leave me a note in the ‘ask a question section of my store'. I would be delighted if you visited my blog for more inspiration. http://www.thinkdive.com/
STEM Be an Arctic and Antarctic Detective - Sparkling Fun and Facts
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STEM Be an Arctic and Antarctic Detective - Sparkling Fun and Facts

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A dive into the world of Arctic and Antarctic. Cool facts about these cold places. Tackle the most extreme places on Earth. How do animals and plants cope with such extreme cold conditions that are found there? Why is it so cold? And how cold is it? We love to observe animals with the goal of getting inspiration. This approach to learning can be seen in some of the activities where the students are asked to use nature as inspiration for new ideas and as a way to solve problems. This package contains: Introduction - What we know and what we want to know 1. An icy Adventure! What is the Arctic? What is the Antarctic? 2. What is underneath all the ice? Make a tally 3. Facts about the Arctic and Antarctic? 4. What animals live in the Arctic and Antarctic? 5. Will we ever meet? Polar Bears and Penguins 6. Ask the snow hare questions about the Arctic. 7. Ask the leopard seal questions about the Antarctic. 8. Brr - Temperature in the Arctic and the Antarctic 9. No trees! 10. Really, really cold! Why is it so cold in the Arctic and the Antarctic? 11. The Land of the Midnight Sun - pros, cons and interesting things 12. Story writing 13.What can you do to keep warm? 14. What can animals do to keep warm? 15. Footprints in the snow 16. Story writing - plan your story 17.Anti-freeze 18. Study an animal and invent something 19. Feel inspired by penguins actions 20.Some interesting things that I have learned 21. Ideas for crafts
Curious About Ice Age
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Curious About Ice Age

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I hope you are ready to dive into the fascinating times on Earth when ice sheets and glacier ice expanded to cover large areas of land. There have been several ice ages when the ice on the polar caps expanded due to an overall lowering of the Earth’s temperatures. This booklet helps students to explore what the Earth looked during the latest ice age. This package contains: Introduction - What we know and what we want to know Two posters Ice Age and Ice Age Animals, color and black and white versions What I know about the Ice Age Ways to find out about the Ice Age What is a Ice Age? Facts about the Ice Age Why does the ice age happen? Ask the Ice Age Hunter questions about the Ice Age. Ice Age Hunter vs Me What if you could travel back in time? Compare and Contrast – Glacial and Interglacial Tricky but cool words My Gallery of Ice Age Animals - Mammoth My Gallery of Ice Age Animals Fossil Frenzy What if I found a bone? Story writing prompt How do we know mammoths existed? Digging for bones Ice age animal or not an ice age animal - What do you think? Ice Age Art – What did they look like? Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth Story writing planning - Ice Age Mystery Write and Ice Age Mystery What if story writing prompt Shape poem Mind mapping Some interesting things that I have learned Cave art example I would be delighted if you visited my blog for more inspiration. https://thinkdivecom.wordpress.com/ https://thinkdivebiomimicry.com/
Be a Curious Climate Change Detective - Explore Cool Questions & Hot Answers
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Be a Curious Climate Change Detective - Explore Cool Questions & Hot Answers

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Ready to tackle one of the most debated and difficult situation that face the earth – climate change. There are lots of things to explore when thinking about climate change. As the earth gets warmer and warmer the causes, mechanisms, or impacts of climate change on our planet is something that is important to discuss with young children. It is also crucial to explore solutions and ideas that can help us build a better future. The package contains: 1. What do you know? What do you want to learn? 2. What is the difference between weather and climate? 3. Ask the Penguin questions about climate change 4. Main Reasons people cause the climate to become warmer 5. What is Global Climate? 6. Imagine that you are a polar bear. . . a coral fish. . .sitting on the moon watching the Earth 7 .Why is the climate changing? 8. Greenhouse effect 9. Greenhouse Gases – What is good? What is the problem? 10. A little extra warming 11. It matters what we do. Work with nature! 12. My action plan 13. Spread the message about climate change 14. Visions of the future. A bright and sunny vision! A little darker vision! 15. Reflection on the learning 16. Question cards - How can I help?
STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Architecture and Design
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STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Architecture and Design

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Building and making things capture children’s imagination. How can you use a lotus flower to make a cosy reading nook? Why would you want to build a floating city? And how can an ant be used to build a huge garbage machine? Students learn to explore dreams and use these dreams to solve problems. Biomimicry is an exciting way to inspire young children to be creative, curious and to observe the world. By combining these two topics, projects that use a problem solving approach have been designed. The projects are intended to inspire a playful and creative approach towards architecture and design. Children come to understand how animals and plants can be used as a platform upon which ideas and inventions can be developed. 1. Introduction to biomimicry and using prior knowledge 2. Smart cities 3. Floating city 4. Reading or relaxing nook 5. Describe a honeycomb 6. Skyscrapers 6. Draw a house plan 7. Acrostic poem 8. Imagination challenge snails 9. Design a house inspired by shells and snails 10. Futuristic car 11. Story writing - futuristic car 12. Dinosaur bridge 13. Garbage machine 14. Cool rainproof house 15. Song about ants 16. Build a tree house 17. Green living house 18. How to use biomimicry in the classroom 19. Links and book tips. 20. Two posters
STEM - Be a Bee Detective - Life Cycle, Biomimicry, Inspiration for Ideas
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STEM - Be a Bee Detective - Life Cycle, Biomimicry, Inspiration for Ideas

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There are lots of things to be excited about when looking at the life-cycle of bee. And many students love to think about the different stages. In this booklet students are also asked to observe animals with the goal of getting inspiration for new ideas. Hopefully, these activities will make the learning fun and engaging. This package contains: 1. Cards 2. Can you identify the different stages? 3. What is the connection between a larva and a bee? 4. What do larvae and bees eat? 5. Fun Facts 6. Metamorphosis Poem 7. Bee words - make your own dictionary 8. Ask the larva Sparkling Questions about pupae and bees 9. Larave are. . . 10. Bees are. . . 11. Life cycle 12. Paln a bee stroy 13. Story writing - 2 prompts - quuen bees, workers and drones 14. Bears do love honey - design a trap 15. Beewax and Flowers 16. How to throw the perfect honey party 17. Can you name the body parts? 18. Whne is a bee a bee? - bee, wasp or bumblebees 19.Waggle dance 20. Bee's knees - biomimicry 21. Bee's eyes - biomimicry 22. Hexagons - biomimicry 23. Assessment - reflection upon learning
STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Rainforest
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STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Rainforest

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The rainforest is home to the most stunning and fascinating plants and animals. Biomimicry is an exciting way to inspire young children to be creative, curious and to observe the world. The projects are intended to inspire a playful and creative approach towards problem solving. Children come to understand how animals and plants can be used as a platform upon which ideas and inventions can be developed. Biomimicry bridges the boundaries traditionally found in education and provides young children with an opportunity to mix art, literature and science with an innovative approach. This topic also provides an opportunity to bring the learning outdoors – observing, listening and smelling are vital factors to build a foundation upon which ideas inspired by nature can be explored. 1. Why Teach Biomimicry 2. Getting Started Guide 3.How to Observe and Collect Information about the rainforest 4. Acrostic Parrot Poem 5. Things I love about Parrots. 6. Parrot Shape Poem 7. Red feathers 8. Clothes that never fade - Advert for Bunny Hats 9. Parrot Robo 10. Things I love about Toucans 11. Describe a Toucan 12.The beak of Toucan 13. The radiator - Toucan's beak 14. Cassowaries - helmet 15. Make up words - Cassowaries 16. Design word challenge - Cassowary 17. Slow Loris - insect repellent and energy bar 18. Loris mask and smell communication 19. Draw leaf insects - Make a "Where's the Leaf Insect?" book 20. Imagination challenge - Leaf Insect 21. Buttress roots - Architecture 22. Tall trees support each other - Design skyscrapers 23. Brazil nuts - I can open anything 24. Calla Lily's flower - Explore spiral shapes 25. Lobster Claws - Insect catching machine 26. Write a rainforest discovery story 27. Observation cards 28. How to use biomimicry in the classroom - inspiration and ideas 29. Links to videos and information 30. Two posters
STEM - Take Care of the Earth
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STEM - Take Care of the Earth

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Composting, Water Saving Champion, Eco-Fairy., Earth Day school. Grow your Own Furniture. Fun and Engaging activities that help children to think about ways to reuse, reduce waste, recycle and take care of our Earth. Love and Awe are great motivators for change and that is the main focus in these activities. This package can be used for Earth Day but also throughout the year. The package contains: • Love Earth - Things I Love about Mother Earth • What is fantastic about Trees? • Hearts in nature – cut out and glue from magazines • Who do we share Earth with? What is important when sharing? • Seeing the world from different perspectives • Asking questions about Earth and looking for answers • Story Writing – alien landing on Earth. • I am in awe of. . . • How to become a Water Savings Champion? • The value of things. How to measure? • Earth poem • Earth day poem • Earth day every day – What can we do every day of the week? • Greenilicious Eco Words - dictionary where you can invent your own words and make a drawing. • Sparkling Eco dictionaries – make your own. Explain words and make a drawing. • Composting life cycle • Where does your food come from? • My breakfast, lunch and dinner log • Write a song, rap or poem that celebrates these great animals that help with composting. • Earth Day School • Earth Day in the City. • Shape poem • Take Care of the Earth t-shirt! How to recycle • Doodling t-shirt • A tree planting day adventure – Story writing and planning • Cool ways to persuade someone to reduce, reuse, and recycle. • The 3 R’s - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - small poster • The 3 R’s - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – things you can do • Things you can recycle • What if I could recycle • Invent a recycle machine or robot • What if there was No Waste – What do different characters think? • No waste - explore the concept • Eco-fairy – What could the fairy do? • Eco-fairy - story writing • Vision of the future – bright and less bright. • Design Challenges! Eco-friendly toy, grow your own furniture. • Save the Earth from. . . cards • What if . . . cards • 3 posters – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle • 2 posters one black and white - 6 Great ideas to take care of the Earth.
Kindness & Christmas - Spread Christmas Spirit Wherever You Go
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Kindness & Christmas - Spread Christmas Spirit Wherever You Go

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Think dive into the world of Christmas Kindness! The package contains: 1. Question cards and Kindness vouchers 2.Things I Love about Christmas 3. Things other people and animal love about Christmas 4.Things some people may lack during Christmas 5, Things some animals may lack during Christmas 6. What is kindness? Make a list of Acts of Kindness 7.Make a list of Kindness Words and Create your own Kindness Words. 8. Where in your body do you feel kindness? 9. How can you Spread Christmas Kindness wherever you go? 10 How can you randomly spread Christmas kindness? 11. Can you write Heart-Shaped Poems? 12. Design a machine that spreads kindness. 13. What if a Christmas kindness machine breaks? How could you repair it? 14. How can you do kind things every day? 15, How can you Dream Big about the Festive Season? 16. How can you spread your Big Dreams about the Festive Season? 17. Design a Big Christmas Kindness Machine 18. Acrostic Poem 19. What if. . . make kindness snow 20. What if. . . 21, Design a flying machine that can spread Christmas Spirit. 22. How would you design a Spread Christmas Kindness and Love board game?
Curious About Living, Non-living and Never Lived
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Curious About Living, Non-living and Never Lived

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I hope you are ready to tackle one of greatest mysteries - life. The principal focus of science teaching during the early years is to enable students to look closely at the world around them. The world is made of both living and non-living things. This booklet helps students to explore the important differences between the two. It also challenges their thinking about life. This package contains: Introduction - What we know and what we want to know Three posters Living, Non-Living Never Lived - color as well as black and white versions. All about living things All about non-living things All about never lived Living! - How do you know? Non- Living! How do you know Never Lived! How do you know? Ask the snow hare questions about what living things need. Ask the leopard seal questions about non-living things. Ask the robot questions about things that have never lived Facts about living and non-living Wise as an owl Compare and Contrast Three things that living things share Three things that non-living things share Living things need and can Create a Mind Map Non-living things Create a Mind Map Scavenger Hunt Living things Scavenger Hunt Non-living things Think Dive Discuss and ponder over the questions. Think Dive Imagine and Invent
What an Exciting Year! Memory Write Up FREEBIE
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What an Exciting Year! Memory Write Up FREEBIE

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An End of the Year Memory Freebie! 1. Memories - What were the best events? What did I learn? 2. Memories - What was fun? 3. Memories - Favorite books 4. Goals I still have/ 5. Letter to a Future student 6. Summer Bucket List Color as well as black and white versions of each page.
Creative Thinking - Random Alien Inspiration
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Creative Thinking - Random Alien Inspiration

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Have some fun while you give the creative muscles some workout! In this booklet, the term alien word is used to introduce the idea with random input. The “alien” words are not entirely “random” but selected to make it a bit easier for a child to extract words to help them get new ideas. Nevertheless, this task requires some creative thinking. There is a myth that ideas just “come to a person”. Of course, sometimes ideas just come easy but sometimes it is important to step out of the box and look at a problem from a new perspective. One technique that can be used it to use random input to help a child generate new ideas. This booklet contains: 1. Pages with problem prompts, 2. Pages with "random" words to help solve the problems 3. Pages where the child can fill in with their own problems.
STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Caterpillars and Butterflies
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STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Caterpillars and Butterflies

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Biomimicry is an exciting way to inspire young children to be creative, curious and to observe the world. The projects are intended to inspire a playful and creative approach towards problem solving. Children come to understand how animals and plants can be used as a platform upon which ideas and inventions can be developed. Biomimicry bridges the boundaries traditionally found in education and provides young children with an opportunity to mix art, literature and science with an innovative approach. This topic also provides an opportunity to bring the learning outdoors – observing, listening and smelling are vital factors to build a foundation upon which ideas inspired by nature can be explored. Package contains two posters 1. Why Teach Biomimicry 2. Getting Started Guide 3.How to Observe and Collect Information about Caterpillars 4. Describe a Caterpillar 5. Make a list of things that caterpillars can do. 6. Things I Love about Caterpillars 7. Caterpillar shape poem 8. Make a drawing or model of an interesting body part 9. Use "random" words to invent and design things 10. Imagination design challenge 11. Design challenge 12. Word Caterpillar 13.Design word challenge 14. Fake eyes 15. What if you could measure a crooked line? 16. Design task - saddleback caterpillar 17. Observe and collect Information about Butterflies 18. Describe a butterfly 19. Make a list of things that butterflies can do. 20. I am in awe of butterflies 21. Draw butterfly wings 22. Use "random" word as inspiration 23. Imagination design challenge 24. Design challenge 25.Word butterfly 26. Design word challenge 27. Make an ID card or ID badge 28. Months - Design a robot that can fly in the dark or a solar panel that can capture as much light as possible 29. Observation cards 30. How to use biomimicry in the classroom - inspiration and ideas 31. Links to videos and information 32. Two posters
STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Cones
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STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Cones

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Cones have spirals and they open and close depending upon the level of moisture. Why not use cones as inspiration for bold new designs of houses or cities? Biomimicry is an exciting way to inspire young children to be creative, curious and to observe the world. The projects are intended to inspire a playful and creative approach towards problem solving. Children come to understand how animals and plants can be used as a platform upon which ideas and inventions can be developed. Biomimicry bridges the boundaries traditionally found in education and provides young children with an opportunity to mix art, literature and science with an innovative approach. This topic also provides an opportunity to bring the learning outdoors – observing, listening and smelling are vital factors to build a foundation upon which ideas inspired by nature can be explored. 1. Why teach biomimicry 2. Getting Started Guide 3.Things I love about cones 4. Acrostic poem 5. Describe a cone 6. Fibonacci numbers 7. Design challenge - Fibonacci numbers 8. Design a city - - Fibonacci numbers 9. Scales open and close 10. Story writing -planning 11. Write a story about innovation 12. How to use biomimicry in the classroom - inspiration and ideas
Creative Thinking - Random Alien Inspiration 2
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Creative Thinking - Random Alien Inspiration 2

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Have some fun while you give the creative muscles some workout! In this booklet, the term alien word is used to introduce the idea with random input. The “alien” words are not entirely “random” but selected to make it a bit easier for a child to extract words to help them get new ideas. Nevertheless, this task requires some creative thinking. There is a myth that ideas just “come to a person”. Of course, sometimes ideas just come easy but sometimes it is important to step out of the box and look at a problem from a new perspective. One technique that can be used it to use random input to help a child generate new ideas. In this booklet, children roll a dice to select a "random word" and they also look for ways to improve upon the original idea. Positive and negative aspects with the ide are explored. This booklet contains: 1. Pages with problem prompts and random words, 2. Pages where the child can fill in with their own problems.
STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Frogs
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STEM - Biomimicry for Young Children - Frogs

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Use tadpoles, tree frogs or big toads as inspiration for design or problem solving. Biomimicry is an exciting way to inspire young children to be creative, curious and to observe the world. The projects are intended to inspire a playful and creative approach towards problem solving. Children come to understand how animals and plants can be used as a platform upon which ideas and inventions can be developed. Biomimicry bridges the boundaries traditionally found in education and provides young children with an opportunity to mix art, literature and science with an innovative approach. This topic also provides an opportunity to bring the learning outdoors – observing, listening and smelling are vital factors to build a foundation upon which ideas inspired by nature can be explored. 1. Why Teach Biomimicry 2. Getting Started Guide 3.How to Observe and Collect Information about frogs 4. Describe a frog 5. Frog poem. 6. Things I Love about frogs 7. Things I Love about toads 8. Frog shape poem 9. Foam nesting frogs - eggs 10.Tadpoles with sucker lips 11. Make a drawing of interesting body part 12. Tree frogs with sticky pads 13. Frogs good swimmers- frog robo 14. "Flying" frogs 15. Imagination challenge - shape shifting frogs 16. What if you could measure a crooked line? 17. Use "random" word as inspiration 18 .Word frog 19. Design word challenge 20. Design challenge hard and soft things 21. Frog vs Insect 22.Jump like a frog 23. Colorful frogs 24. Discover a new frog or toad 25. How to make a loud sound 26. Tiny frogs 27. Planning story writing - tiny frogs 28. Story writing - tiny frogs 29. Observation cards 30. How to use biomimicry in the classroom - inspiration and ideas 31. Links to videos and information 32. Two posters
St. Patrick's Day Freebie - Math
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St. Patrick's Day Freebie - Math

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Spot hats, leprechauns and clovers. Fun activities where the children are asked to make up their own math problems. Children often enjoy creating their own problems. This approach requires a deeper reflection upon numbers and basic arithmetic operations as compared to only providing an answer.