Thursday, November 8, 2018

Educators' Domain Learning Packs

The Educators' Domain offers a collection of programming and planning resources for Educators.  Editable Learning Story pages for you to use in your end of year portfolio/learning stories.  Easy to use-you simply insert your own images and write your own stories.  Saving you time to focus on the learning that is happening and your future planning.

These are instant education downloads (ebooks).

You can read more about these ebooks at The Educators' Domain.


This massive offer includes all the Learning Story packs.
Full Set Offer
50+ Learning Story packs with Free Milestones

Australia Day (An Australian holiday)
Australian Animals with bonus short stories
Valentine's Day
Easter Pack
Father's Day
Grandparents Day
Halloween Fun
Super Christmas Bonus Pack

Celebrating Diversity
Cultural Diversity
Creative Art Experience
Environmental Experiences
Exploring Africa
Exploring the Jungle
Exploring Nature
Exploring the Ocean
Forming Friendships
Exploring the Weather
Health and Nutrition
My Family
My First Day
My Time Our Place Activities with Learning Stories
NAIDOC Week (An Australian holiday)
Our Pets
Sand Play Templates
Space Activity Pack

Find more resources at Educators' Domain.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fall Theme

It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill: They meet.
– Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Fall Leaves Fall! Book Activities
1.  Read Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall.
2.  Go outside.  Talk about the different kinds of leaves (what they look like, sizes, colors, photosynthesis, chlorophyll, etc.).
3.  Stomp on the leaves.
4.  Sing The Leaves on The Trees.
5.  Try to catch the falling leaves.
6.  Make a big pile of leaves and jump on them.
7.  Collect some leaves. Go back inside. 
8.  Art & Crafts

Do leaf  rubbings.  Do it in different colors like red, yellow, orange, brown, and green.  Cut them out to have for the song and the words of the song for each child.

Fall Picture
Collect leaves, twigs, rocks, pine needles, etc. Glue them onto a piece of paper.  Make animals, people, or other objects.  Draw or paint arms onto them.

Leaf Cookies
: Bake leaf cookies.  Frost and  then decorate them using sprinkles, etc.

Leaf Biscuits: Bake leaf biscuits.  Serve with jams, preserves, or jellies that are the same color as fall leaves (or use any flavor).


The Leaves on The Tree
Sung to: "The Wheels on The Bus"
Copyright © 2000, 2004 Barbara Pratt.  All rights reserved.

The leaves on the tree are falling down,
falling down, falling down.
The leaves on the tree are falling down,
Red, yellow, orange, and brown.

Note: Drop leaves from above your head as the color is mentioned in the song.

The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch,
crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch.
The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch.
All through the fall.

Note: Have the child/children pretend they are crunching leaves on the ground while singing this verse.

Other Music / Songs
Autumn Day #247: LDS Children's Songbook

Leaf Painting
Using a paint brush, brush paint onto various leaves (vein side up).  Place the paint side down of the leaf onto the paper.  Place a piece of wax paper over the leaves.  Roll a rolling pin or bottle across the leaves.  Remove wax paper and leaves.

Leaf Rubbing
Place your leaf (vein side up) under your piece of paper (tape it on for younger children) and take a crayon and rub your leaf. Do it in different colors like red, yellow, orange, brown, and green.

Leaf Art
Cut a leaf pattern (using the links on this page) out of thick paper or glue on a piece of cardboard. Design your leaf pattern by gluing cold cereal, noodles (colored or plain), oatmeal, or rice on it.

Feather Art
Take a small colored paper plate (or white if you like). Glue a lot of feathers on the plate. Make a hole using a hole puncher. In order to hang it, place a piece of yarn and tie it in a knot or a small piece of pipe cleaner and twist it together. Let the glue dry.

Crumbled Leaf Art
Collect some leaves. Let dry.  Brush some glue on paper and sprinkle the dried leaves on.

Fall Collage
Go on a walk. Collect leaves, flowers, twigs, etc.  Brush some glue on paper.  Place the items you collected onto the paper.  Let dry.

Fall Picture
Collect leaves, twigs, rocks, pine needles, etc. Glue them onto a piece of paper.  Make animals, people, or other objects.  Draw or paint arms onto them.

Leaf Math

Cut the number of a leaf pattern you would like.  For example, I cut 12 red maple leaves from Kids Domain (listed on this page).  Laminate.  Write various addition or subtraction problems on index cards. For example, 1+1= 1+2=,... Have the child use this as manipulatives to figure out the answer to the problems on the cards.  Make an activity sheet with the problems you have on the index cards. Have them write the answers by the problem.  You can have older children write the problems you have on the index cards onto a piece of paper and write the answer by each problem.

Acorn Math
Follow the above directions except use the acorn patterns located at for this activity.

I have some acorn math for sale at TeachersPayTeachers. Go to the below link to view them.
Acorn eBooks @ desertblossomlearning TeachersPayTeachers

Acorn Alphabet Game
Using a frozen 12 or 16 ounce juice container, place construction paper around it.  Tape the seam closed with clear plastic tape and the top with clear mailing tape.  You will need to have one for each container.  Make 26 acorns.  Print one page and then cut out 26 onto brown construction paper.  Write the lower case alphabet on one side and the upper case alphabet on the other side.  Laminate or place clear contact paper on them.  Have the child hunt for acorns scattered over the floor, put them in order, and say the alphabet.

Acorn Alphabet File Folder Game or Table Game
You can make separate acorns too.  Use 52 pattern acorns.  Write the lower case alphabet on 26 of them and then the uppercase alphabet on 26 more.  Follow the above directions.  Place one set in a file folder (or on a table or the floor).  Match the correct letter with other matching letter.

Leaf Links
Autumn Leaf Scrapbook Leaf Identification in Missouri
Autumn Leaves - Why do leaves change color in Fall? @ Science Made Simple Including word scrambles.
Why Leaves Change Color?

Crayon Leaf Prints @ Explorer
Preschool Fall Activity Theme for Teachers @ Preschool Rainbow
The Activity Idea Place: Leaf Activities
Tree Journal @ Education Center

Leaf Printables and Activity Sheets
Coloring Pages - Free Fall Leaf Pages for Kids to Color @
D-lite Collections @ Bry-Back Manor Different leaf activity sheets.  One includes: How Many Leaves (counting and writing numbers).
Kaweah Oaks Preserve Coloring Pages by Lee Wilson Valley Oak Leaves

Squirrel Theme
AFUNK: Squirrel Coloring Book
Bry-Back Manor: Help the Squirrels - Match the squirrels with the correct number of nuts (acorns)
Music: Hop, Old Squirrel @ MusicKit
KidsRCrafty: Squirrel Dot-to-dot (a-m)

Autumn and Fall Links

Autumn Celebration at The Holiday Zone
Arts and Crafts, Coloring Pages, Games, Language Activities, Poetry, Songs and Action Rhymes, and Recommended Books and Links October Themes
Activity Idea Place/ If you are looking for fall themes when it's not fall, just search their site for fall and it will give you various pages.
Bry-Back Manor: Fall Tic Tac Toe Game Acorns and Leaves.
CrayolaActivityBook: Nature Walk, Fall Coloring Pages
Free Printable Math Worksheets: Autumn Themed @ KidZone Grades 1-5 (These can be used for other grades too; depending on the child.)
Perpetual Preschool: Harvest
PreschoolFallActivity Theme @ Preschool Rainbow

Pratt's Educational Resources Website

I have decided to take my main educational website (Pratt's Educational Resources) down.  This blog will be my educational website now.  I will slowly :) add resources to this blog.  Thanks for understanding.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


I will be adding my themes from my old website to my blog.

Theme Index
Apple Theme
Fall Theme

Apple Theme

Find resources for apples, apple books, apple printables, preschool apple theme, apple theme unit, apple ebooks, apple thematic unit, apple activities, apple songs, apple crafts, and more.

Apple eBooks
Desert Blossom Learning @ Teachers Pay Teachers

Science and Social Studies
Discuss various apples. Where do different apples grow?  What color are they? How do they taste? ...

Red Delicious at Widipedia Apple Journal - Photo Gallery
Vermont Apples Click on "Apple Varieties" on the top menu. History of different apples
Michigan Apples
New England Apple Varieties

Ten Apples Up On Top!
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
Ten Apples Up on Top! Board Book by Dr. Seuss

Ten Apples Up On Top!  Have the children count the apples as you read the story.
Place a large apple tree and have a child(ren) place ten red apples numbered 1-10 on it (or you can use blank apples or apple stickers).  Have the children  count as you place the apples on the tree and after all the apples are on the tree.

Apple Craft
Use the apple pattern at Preschool Express: Apple Patterns.  Cut the apple out of red paper.  Cut a green leaf.  Cut a brown stem and glue onto the back of the apple.  Make finger prints using your favorite color of paint. Hole punch a hole and hang using yarn.

Apple Tree Craft
Take a 9-inch paper plate.  Make a brown trunk (with a larger bottom).  Glue it onto the back of the paper plate.  (For older children (or homeschooling), have the children tear some brown construction paper for the trunk and glue it on a white trunk.)  Fingerprint with red, green, and/or yellow paint (or glue pieces of paper) onto the paper plate.  (If desired, you can number ten of the painted or glued on apples.)

Apple Tree
Author unknown
Way up in the apple tree
Two red apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples
Mmmm - were they good!

As you say this fingerplay, have the children place their hands above them (connecting their fingers together) to form a apple tree.
Show 2 fingers and smile.
Shake the tree.
Drop two rolled up red socks (parent/teacher at first and then have each child take turns).
Rub tummy (stomach).

Way Up High (In The Apple Tree) is on "Toddler Trio" or as a separate CD called "Silly Favorites".  The above fingerplay is a little different.  It also has other verses on the CD.
Click here to view the MP3 of Way Up High In The Apple Tree and other apple songs.

Ten Little Apples Book
Make an apple tree shaped book.
On the cover and the first page, write, "Ten (10) Little Apples".  On the left hand side of the book, number each page through the number "10".  Have the child paint the correct number of apples on each page.  (For older children, you can have them tear and glue the correct number of pieces of red construction paper onto the page.) In the inside, glue the words on the opposite side of the cover.

Ten Little Apples Song and Flannel Board Activity
Trace around a small round object using a pencil (or use a circle pattern).  Cut out ten apples using red (or green or yellow) felt.  Make a tree trunk using brown felt and the a large green piece (for the leaves) using green felt.
  Have the children place them on the flannel board as this song is sung or you can purchase some more detailed apples with the below apple flannel board stories / felt board stories.
Ten Little Apples
Copyright © 2000 Barbara Pratt.  All rights reserved.
Tune of: "Ten Little Indian Boys"

One little, two little, three little apples.
Four little, five little, six little apples.
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples.
Ten little apples on the tree.

Ten little, nine little, eight little apples.
Seven little, six little, five little apples.
Four little, three little, two little apples.
One little apple on the tree.

Ten Little Apple Seeds Book
Make an apple book called, "Ten (10) Little Apple Seeds".  On the cover and the first page, write, "10 Little Apple Seeds".  On the left hand side of the book, number each page through the number "10".  Have the child paint the correct number of seeds on each page.  (For older children, you can have them glue pieces of brown yarn or apple seeds.) In the inside, glue the words on the opposite side of the cover. 

Ten Little Apple Seeds
Copyright © 2000 Barbara Pratt.  All rights reserved.

Tune of: "Ten Little Indian Boys"
One little, two little, three little apple seeds.
Four little, five little, six little apple seeds.
Seven little, eight little, nine little apple seeds.
Ten little apple seeds there are.
Ten little, nine little, eight little apple seeds.
Seven little, six little, five little apple seeds.
Four little, three little, two little apples seeds.
One little apple seed.

Apple Math Activities and Apple Math Books
Apple Graphing
Have each child bring in his/her favorite type of apple.  On a large piece of paper, graph the type (or color) each child likes. Have the children count each type (or color) of apple.

Apple Toss
Roll up different colors of socks (red, green, and/or yellow).  Have the child toss the sock apples into a basket or box.  Have the child count as he/she throws it into the basket or box.  After the child is done throwing the socks, have he/she count how many landed into the basket or box.

Apple Number Game (File Folder)
1.   Trace 22 apple shape from a cookie cutter or an apple pattern onto paper, construction paper, or a blank index card.
2.   Cut them out.
3.   If you don't use red paper, use a red crayon to color the apple cards.  Color the stems brown.  On one set, make seeds using a brown crayon or colored pencil.
4.   Write the numbers (0, 1, 2,  ...) on one set of apples and draw the number of seeds on another set of apples.  (For the number "0", just leave it blank.)
5.   Laminate the cards and file folder (at least put some clear laminate paper where the tape will be placed).
6.   Place 6 pieces of double sided tape in the inside part of a file folder and 5 pieces of tape on the other side.
(If you want, you can make another file folder game (or more) for 11-20, 21-30, etc.)
7.   Place the cards in ascending order on the pieces of tape.
8.   Write the name of the game (and picture of an apple) on the flap.  (You can write the directions on the front of the file folder.)
9.   Tape an index card (you might need to cut it some) onto the right side of the opened folder (on the bottom right hand side).  Place the cards inside there.  
Another option: Hole punch two holes in the back of a small sealable bag.  Place a piece of yarn through it.  Tie off on the back of the file folder.  Place the apple cards into the bag on the right side of the opened folder (on the bottom right hand side).
10. Have the child match the correct card with the other card.

For older children, you can make another set of cards and write the number words on the apples.  Have the child match either the number (0, 1, 2, ...) or the number of seeds.


* I like using double sided tape because you can take them off and have the child put the numbers in the correct order on a table or floor.

Story Math: @ Bry-Back Manor Put __ apples on the tree.
5 Red Apples Felt Board Story @ Preschool Printables

Apple Crafts
Apple Stamping
Cut the apple across.  Dry off with a paper towel.  Take a paint brush and paint on the apple. Stamp your apple onto a piece of paper.  Let dry.

Apple Game
Apple Number Game
Take a cookie cutter or Preschool Express: Apple Patterns (reduce them some so you can get a lot on one page) and trace or copy 20 of them.  Color them red and the stem brown.  Number 10 of them, "1, 2, ... 10.  The other 10, draw 1 apple seed, 2 apple seeds, ... 10 apple seeds on them.  Laminate or place clear contact paper on them.  Have the child place them in order.  If they are older and/or understand the concept of matching the number with the number of seeds, have them do that too.
Note: You can make this a file folder game.

Apple Song
The Worm Went Through the Apple
Copyright © 2002 Barbara Pratt.  All rights reserved. Tune of: "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"
Have one child or adult be a worm and the other be an apple.  Have the worm go through the apple (between the legs).
The worm went  through the apple, the worm went through the apple.
The worm went through the apple, to see what he could see.
And all that he could see, and all that he could see
Was the other side of the apple, the other side of the apple
The other side of the apple, was all that he could see.

Other Songs
Autumn Day #247: LDS Church Music: Children's Songbook.

Hands-on Apple Activities & Apple Games
Apple Lacing
Use a small apple pattern (or make your own). Print it on red, green, or yellow construction paper.  Cut it out.  Laminate or place clear contact paper on it.  Hole punch some holes in it (like the worm is going through the edge of the apple).
Note:  Make a smaller one for beginner lacers or preschoolers.  

Connect the Dots: Apple Dot-to-dot (a-s)

Place in your "Aa" book.

Apple Books
Apple Picking Time by Michele B. Slawson Apples by Gail Gibbons Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro Johnny Appleseed by Steve Kellogg Johnny Appleseed: My Story (Step-Into-Into-Reading, Step 3 by David L. Harrison Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Spanish Apple Books
 La Huerta de Manzanas / The Apple Orchard (Una Visita a / A Visit to... series by Patricia J. Murphy Las Manzana del Sr. Peabody (Spanish Edition) by Madonna Vamos a Recoger Manzanas y Calabazas (Picking Apples and Pumpkins) by Amy Hutchings

Apple Cooking & Snacks
Make apple sauce.

Apple Boats
Cut an apple into fourths.  Cut out the cores.  Place a wooden toothpick in one side of the apple and then a large marshmallow on it.
Apple Smiles
Peel and core an apple.
Cut it into slices.
Place some caramel, melted chocolate chips, or peanut butter on it.
Have the children decorate it using raisins, chocolate chips, gum drops, etc. to make a happy apple.

Apple Volcanoes
Peanut butter/other type of nut butter, or caramel
Raisins, chocolate chips or other type of chip

Cut off the top of the apple. Using spoon, scoop out core of apple.  Fill the apple with butter/other type of nut butter, or caramel and top with raisins, chocolate chips or other type of chip.
If you want to eat this later, brush the apple edges with lemon juice to prevent browning and wrap in foil.

Apple Crisp, Canned Fruit Pies: Apple Pie, Apple Spice Cake & Applesauce Spice Cake, Cocoa Apple Cake, or Fruit Cookies

Apple Connect the Dots / Dot-to-Dots
Apple Dot-to-dot (a-s)

Coloring Pages  
Mom's Network Alphabet Coloring Pages: A (with a picture of an apple)

Apple Math
Dot-to-Dot: Basket of Apples by 5's 5-100 @ Kids Crafty

Apple Activities, Books, Games, Printables, and Recipes Apple Theme Unit Including shape books, coloring pages, worksheets, songs, and more.
Activity Idea Place: Apples Alphabet Soup: Apple Activities Johnny Appleseed, Art, Recipes, Songs and Fingerplays, Books, Story, Games (What is it?, Apple Relay, Printable Johnny Appleseed Crossword, Online Johnny Appleseed Crossword, and Apple Word Search), and Worksheets (Award, Lined Paper, Shape Writing Paper, and Book Cover)  
Apple Activities Apple Calendar Pieces Apple Theme @ Step by Step Apple Unit Books, recipes, and other ideas  
Apples and More Recipes  
Apple Pie Order at Education World  
Bry-Back Manor Activity Sheets Apple Baskets, Apple Patterns, Apple Seed Counting Book, Apple (tree) Dot To Dot, and Collect The Apples Game   
CanTeach: Apple Songs and Poems Search for Apples  
Michigan Apple Educational Kit Everything you need for an apple unit  
Mrs. Alphabet: Apple Poems, Songs, and Stories; also includes recipes and more Personal Educational Press - Ten Apples on Top! by Theo. LeSieg This site has flashcards, word lists, bingo, study sheet, quiz, match across, and word scramble. You need to use the pull down menu on the top to find the resources.  
Preschool Education: Apple Songs, Fingerplays, and Poems

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