Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Quebec History Mystery 13 - Life in New France Around 1645

 Quebec History Mystery 13 

Life in New France Around 1645

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Another Quebec history mystery is here! In this unit, your learners will answer the question: What was life like in New France around 1645? They'll discover life at a trading post, what people grew and ate, how they traded and even how they found ways to entertain themselves.

Easy QR Code Research

As with all of the other History Mysteries, QR codes are used to make research super simple. In this unit, students will use 3 pages on the very helpful Learn QC website to read about daily life in New France around 1645. They'll then answer a set of questions to show what they learned.

Simple Worksheets

The worksheets included in these units are simple and made with this age group in mind. Some require a written answer, while others require multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank. If your learner has trouble writing, you could write for them or use a PDF software like Adobe to allow them to type their answers.

These worksheets are perfect for learning portfolios to show what your student has been learning at home or in class. They are short and to the point and cover the required progressions.

Quebec Progressions of Learning for History and Geography

Whether you're teaching in a classroom or homeschooling in Quebec, teaching the social studies progression is a legal requirement. That's why I have been sure to include the progressions that this unit covers so that you can be confident that you are covering the material properly. 

If you are using all of these units combined, you will cover all of the progressions of learning for cycle 2 elementary (grades 3 and 4) - 2 years of learning.

Bonus Project

This unit like some other includes a fun project idea that kids can complete to further their learning - or just add a little fun! Since they will be learning about food in New France, it could be fun to fill in this pretend menu. There are 2 versions - one kids can decorate on their own and one with premade decor.

Learners will use the knowledge they have of what people ate in New France at the time and new foods that were introduced to the colonists by indigenous nations. You could even turn it into a special family dinner night if you'd like! The dishes are pretty simple.

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You can download this free unit by clicking on the link below. All I ask is that when sharing this unit you share the link to this blog or my Quebec Homeschool helps blog, NOT the direct Google link. Thank you!

You may also share this printed resource for FREE as long as my website name remains on the bottom of the page. Let's make education accessible for all!

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Quebec History Mystery - Who Lived in new France 1645?

 Quebec History 

Who Lived in New France Around 1645?

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We're diving into another question about New France around 1645 in this Quebec History Mystery - our twelfth unit! This unit covers some of the progressions of learning for elementary cycle 2 in the province of Quebec. It can be used in homeschools, classrooms, or co-ops!

In this mystery kids will answer the question "Who lived in new France around 1645?"
They'll also earn their twelfth badge!

The Research
As always, research is made super simple with some QR codes (and their links on another page) that will show kids exactly where to find the information they need. In this unit as in many others, we are using the wonderful resource LEARN QC, which features short and simple texts kids can read to cover Quebec history.

After reading the short paragraphs they'll answer some questions.

The Worksheets
The worksheets are simple, to the point, and perfect to show what kids have learned and how they covered the Quebec history requirements. You can always add additional resources if you or your learners want to take a deeper dive into a certain period of history you're reading about, but these sheets cover the basics. They could also serve as a great introduction or review.

The Progressions of Learning in Quebec Education Program

Whether you're in a classroom or teaching your kids at home, it is a requirement in the province of Quebec to follow the social studies program as described in the Quebec Education Program. These short History Mysteries go over a few progressions each. You could use just a few or you could use them all. If you do choose to use all of the units (and future units coming in the next few weeks) you will have covered all of the progressions for social studies in elementary cycle 2.

Download the free unit below!

You can download this history unit by clicking on the link below. All I ask is that when sharing this resource you do not share the direct google link (this causes a lot of traffic and slows down things for everyone) but share this blog post or blog. You MAY share paper copies as well and distribute them for FREE as long as my website remains in the bottom right corner. Let's make education accessible for all!

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Quebec History New France Around 1645 - A Free History Mystery

 Quebec History New France Around 1645 

Quebec History Unit New France Around 1645 - A free printable history curriculum

It's time for another history mystery!

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In the last ten units we learned all about the Iroquoian societies that lived in Quebec before the Europeans came to colonize the land. In this next set of units we will be looking at the new society that these French settlers were building - New France!

Quebec History Unit New France Around 1645 - A free printable history curriculum

Like all of our other history mysteries, this unit is short and to the point. you can choose to spend as much or as little time on this topic as you'd like. You can just do the required reading and answer the questions together (which covers the progressions perfectly!) or you can take a deep dive and explore the topics in greater detail. It's up to you and your learners!

Quebec History Unit New France Around 1645 - A free printable history curriculum
The unit includes a few simple pages of questions (and sometimes activities) that you can do to show what your students have learned and prove that you have covered the progressions as per the Quebec Education Program.

Quebec History Unit New France Around 1645 - A free printable history curriculum

I have also included something new in this set of units that I hope will be helpful for all - a detailed list of the progressions that the unit covers. Although I do eventually plan to have the progressions all listed along with the units on my websites I will also be adding these pages to the new history units. This way, you have a checklist of sorts to use to show that you are covering all of the material you are required to in your homeschool or class.

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You can download this freebie under the image below. Just please be sure to share the link to this blog when sharing this resource, not to the google drive. You MAY share unlimited paper copies of this resource as well, as long as my website remains in the corner. Thank you!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Free Fractions Math Kit to Teach the Fraction Basics

 Free Fractions Math Unit 

Teach identifying fractions through lessons, visuals, worksheets, and more!

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Learnign to identify and understand fractions are important parts of the elementary math curriculum pretty much everywhere in the world. Fractions are such a huge part of our everyday lives from measuring out ingredients to figuring out sale prices. Learning to solve more complex fraction problems all starts with kids having great fraction sense.

One of the best ways to begin building this math skill is to start with basic partitioning and shapes (see my free partitioning unit here!) and then move onto full fractions of shapes. Once kids understand how things are divided equally (shapes, groups, etc) they can begin to understand that a fraction is just a way to show that division using numbers.

Teaching Fraction Basics and Vocabulary
As most of us know, learning about fractions starts with learning what an equal part is and how a fraction is written. In this unit, you'll find plenty of helpful guides to get kids to see this concept as well as learn the proper vocabulary to use when speaking about fractions. 

Your learner(s) will learn about numerators, denominators (and what they MEAN), how to write a fraction, fraction wording (one-fifth, five-eighths, etc), and how to identify fractions.

Practice, practice, and more Fraction Practice Sheets!
Practicing writing, identifying and reading fractions will help your learners become fraction experts! So I have made sure to include PLENTY of practice pages that you can use. There are sheets for shading fractions, writing fractions, partitioning, and fraction words.

Hands-on Manipulatives and Activities
We all know that kids learn best through doing rather than always just seeing, so I have also included plenty of options for activities and games that you can use during learning time. There are cards, fraction strips, some recording sheets and more included to help you out!

Video Suggestions, Online Games
I've made sure to include some kid-friendly teaching videos that you can use in this unit. Whether you use them as your main lesson, a teaching aid for yourself, or just as an extra review, they are all short and to the point - and made for kids!

There are also links to tons of online games that you can check out and use to have your learner practicing fractions all year long for review. This is definitely always a hit with my own kids!

Download the Free Unit Below...
You can download the free unit by clicking on the link below. All I ask is that when sharing this unit you share the link to this blog - not the google link. You may also share paper copies for free as long as my website name remains on the page.

Enjoy learning!

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Missing Subtraction Parts Free Math Unit - Subtrahends and Minuends

Subtraction with Missing Minuends or Subtrahends 
A Free Teaching Unit
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Last week I released a unit on teaching addition with missing addends - and today I am giving you the same thing, except with strategies for subtraction equations with missing parts!

This is an important skill for kids to learn, definitely by third grade (but is usually taught in first and second grade). It will be useful when they encounter higher math problems with missing parts or facts in problem-solving. It's really not a difficult concept to teach either - although your learners may need to spend more or less time on it depending on their learning style. 

I make these units to teach my own youngest daughter who does not always do very well with the traditional math textbooks - these units are short, to the point, and have plenty of colouring opportunities (which she loves - and they help her absorb information better!) Of course, even if your learner does not learn in the same way, you can use these units to quickly cover concepts that you feel might be missing from their math skills or curricula.

Explanation Posters and Teaching Aids
I always try to include some sort of teaching aids in most of my units. These are meant to be read out loud to kids, but you could also use them to teach yourself teaching methods and then teach your kids in your own way. For example, if you have a learner who learns best through hands-on activities, you could read through how to teach solving a subtraction equation with a missing subtrahend, then teach them using counters or toys or even online math manipulative simulator.

Just as in my addition unit, I included a sheet to teach using these methods with problem-solving as well! 

Practice, practice and more practice sheets!
We all know that practice in math concepts is SO important so I included a few worksheets for each strategy, including problem-solving. I also included some blank worksheets that could be printed out and written in, or edited in Adobe or a PDF editor to write in your own equations or problems. 

If you're teaching in a classroom, you could write some problems on the board or projector for kids to copy down. If you're homeschooling, you could write down the problems for your kiddo to solve or have them write them in a pdf editor themselves. There are many ways to use these sheets to get in plenty of practice!

Problem Solving
As I mentioned above, I include problem-solving in this unit to show kids how to apply the strategies they've learned to problem-solving, or real-world situations. Sometimes it is difficult for kids to take a math skill and apply it to a word problem, so it is super important to help them practice this.

I have also included two problem-solving situations for them to practice with, as well as blank worksheets you could fill in on your own - or even have your learners create their own problems for YOU or their classmates to solve!

 To download this free unit, just click on the link below. It will bring you to a google drive page where you can download or print it out (just please be sure to not leave the drive link open as this can slow down downloads for others - thank you!)

If you want to share this unit, please feel free to send people to this blog post or my math freebies page too! You may also distribute copies of the printed material for FREE as long as my website address remains on the pages. Please do not share the direct google drive link as this causes it to stop working. Thank you!!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Free Math Unit Missing Addends

Free Math Unit Missing Addends 

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Solving addition equations with missing addends is an important skill for kids to have in their math toolbox. Having this skill down for math tests or progress reports is important, but it's even more important for real-life situations. 

In this unit, learners will cover how to use counting up or subtraction to solve addition equations with missing addends. It's a unit focused on second-grade skills, but I've included worksheets that older kids can use too.

Pre-Knowledge Posters

Before starting this unit, kids should know how to add and subtract, and cont within 100. It is also very helpful if they know how to regroup in addition and subtraction problems - but it is not necessary. With most of the unit younger kids could use the counting-up strategy. Another helpful skill to have is for kids to understand the commutative property of addition - that is, they should know that 5 + 3 and 3 + 5 will both give the same sum.

Just to help with these concepts to remind kids if they need it, I have included some posters that go over these concepts.

How to Solve Addition Equations with Missing Addends

For younger kids who might be at a grade k-2 level, you may want to start by teaching them the counting-up strategy. In this strategy, kids will solve the addition equations by counting up from the addend they know to the sum. Even if your kids are older, teaching them this strategy is a great way to begin teaching this concept because it is showing them that they are finding the difference between the two numbers - which leads into the second strategy of subtraction.

The subtraction method teaches learners to solve missing addends equations using the opposite operation of addition. For example, if we want to find out the missing addend in the equation 5 + ? = 12, we could figure out the difference between 12 and 5 and get out answer. 12 - 5 = 7, so we know that the missing addend is 7. 5 + 7 = 12.

Missing Addend Worksheets

I have included a few options for worksheets in this unit. First, there is a worksheet for kids to practice the counting-up method with. The rest of the worksheets use subtraction method and include mainly 2-digit numbers. You'll also find some extra worksheets with 3 and 4 digit numbers that older kids could use to practice these strategies, as well as a blank worksheet.

 Problem-Solving with Missing Addends

One of the most important things to show kids in math is how it can be applied to real life. I this unit, I included two very simple problem solving questions that they can use their new strategies to solve. Counting up or subtraction could be used for both of these problems, as the highest number is 34.

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You can download this unit by clicking on the link below. I really hope this helps you and your learners in your homeschool or classroom!

**I LOVE making these freebie units! All I ask is that when sharing this unit you share the link to this blog, not the google drive link. If you are sharing a paper copy that is fine, but please be sure that my website address remains on the page. Thank you!**

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Free Math Unit Partitioning Shapes and Early Fractions

 Free Math Shape Partitioning and Fraction Kit

I have another wonderful math kit for you this week - a perfect release before my free fractions kit comes out soon!

This unit is all about partitioning shapes, an important first step in teaching kids about fractions. It's a quick unit, but a full one. It includes simple explanations, task cards and a hands-on activity, worksheets, and even 3 problem-solving questions for your kids to solve!

Take a look...

The first part of this unit will review the basics of plane figures (2D shapes). It includes a simple poster that shows different types of basic shapes and explains what sides and vertices are. 

The unit then dived into using basic shapes to build other shapes with some fun task cards and shape pieces. You could, of course, use your own pattern blocks, but if you do not have any on hand your kiddos can use and color the included ones. They may even like to glue them into a math journal or make more pictures with them afterward. 

The reason for teaching this concept is so that children can see how a shape is built and how it can be divided into different shapes. This will help them partition shapes now and understand fractions better later on in their learning journey.

After this, learners will explore the basics of dividing a shape into equal parts, halves and fourths. They'll get their first look at what a written fraction could look like and what a drawing looks like. When teaching this unit, do not focus too much on the written fraction (eg 1/2 or 1/4), but instead focus on what it means to divide something into equal halves or equal fourths/parts.

To reinforce these concepts I have included a few different worksheets.
  • Partition the shapes into halves
  • Partition the shapes into fourths
  • Colour in the fraction of the shape (eg two fourths)
  • 3 problem-solving questions
I really love these types of problem-solving questions because they give kids a chance to show their understanding. They are asked to not only write an answer but also to draw their answer to prove their thinking. This is not only a great math skill but a way for you to assess if they lack understanding in any area of the unit.

Of course, just as in my other math kits I have also included helpful links to videos that explain these concepts to kids as well as online practice games so that they can practice them anytime!

I really hope that you and your kids enjoy this one and that it helps you in your homeschool or classroom! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 

**If you would like to share printed copies of this unit, please feel free to do so as long as my website address remains on the pages. If you would like to share the digital copy, please send them over to my blog - I really appreciate every visit!**

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