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Nutrition: Lunch Box Packing & Healthy Snacks

This is a great time of year to be thinking about healthy eating for the whole family. I’ve used these two tools – the lunch box packing list and the healthy snack ideas list – to help teach my kids about nutrition and encourage them to make good choices in the moment. I hang these printed reminders on the fridge so the kids see them every time they are looking for food.

I offer these two printed checklists for free on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I’ve found that nutrition is a tricky and constantly changing target for all of us in my household. Picky eating, combined with busy schedules, combined with constantly changing nutrition science, makes it hard for all of us to eat healthily. As a result, we have learned to talk about nutrition often at our house to help our kids navigate this complex topic.

A few tips for anyone tackling this:

  • Be patient – it is a long process for kids to internalize all the different aspects of what makes some foods healthier than others. Even as an adult I’m still learning!
  • Most foods have a place somewhere in our diet. The primary goal should be wide variety, and appropriate portions for different kinds of foods.
  • Food is very personal. The Trip Clip’s lunch box checklist maker and healthy snacks list are both fully customizable so you can edit them to target exactly what’s most needed at your house for your kids.

I’ve also written blog posts about how I used both the lunch box checklist and the healthy snack ideas list with my kids that talk about how to get the most of of these tools!

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Halloween Coloring Book: 19 half-sheet pages

This coloring book is 10 printed pages with 19 half-sheet pictures to color. Teachers and parents can use it for Halloween parties, writing prompts, kids who finish work early, or any time you want to offer some holiday-themed fun!

You can purchase it ready to print at Teachers Pay Teachers, or you can buy the Coloring Activity at The Trip Clip to pick and choose from hundreds of different coloring images to create your custom coloring book.

This also works great with a kid-sized clipboard. Just staple the pages together at the top and tuck it in for some easy unplugged entertainment wherever you go with your kids. The attached pen comes with 4 colors, or you can bring along a set of crays or colored pencils.

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5th Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 5th grade.

  • 36 weeks of 5th grade spelling words, 20 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to write the words. The traceable spelling words are a great way to help kids practicing writing the words and be sure to spell them correctly.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 20 words, giving the kids more exposure to the words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The puzzles are 20×20, just right for this number of words.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 4 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (72 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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4th Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 4th grade.

  • 36 weeks of 4th grade spelling words, 20 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to trace the words. The traceable spelling words are a great way to help kids practicing writing the words and be sure to spell them correctly.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 20 words, giving the kids more exposure to the words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The puzzles are 20×20, just right for this number of words.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 4 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (72 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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3rd Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 3rd grade.

  • 36 weeks of 3rd grade spelling words, 16 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to trace the words. The traceable spelling words help ensure kids are writing the words correctly. There is also enough room for the kids to write each word a second time on their own.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 16 words, giving the kids more exposure to the 16 words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The 15×15 puzzles are just the right difficult for 3rd grade students so they will be successful without getting frustrated.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 4 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (72 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

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Halloween Activity Pages: Coloring, Crossword, Word Search, and Cryptograms

This Halloween-themed activity book lets kids practice hand-eye coordination, handwriting, spelling, and problem solving. There are 3 coloring pages, a crossword puzzle with picture clues, and 2 word search puzzles and 2 cryptogram riddles, both at two difficulty levels.

You can print them for free, or edit them to make them harder or easier, or simply make more! Happy Halloween!

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2nd Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 2nd grade.

  • 36 weeks of 2nd grade spelling words, 16 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to trace the words. The traceable spelling words are 3/4 of an inch tall, perfect handwriting practice for young writers. There is also enough room for the kids to write each word a second time on their own.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 16 words, giving the kids more exposure to the 16 words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The puzzles are small 11×11 puzzles so they’re not too hard and kids will be successful without getting frustrated.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 5 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (90 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

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Walk To School Bingo: Mobile or Printed

International Walk or Bike To School Day is Oct 6, 2021. International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. You can learn more here.

Walking to school helps kids concentrate during the day, it reduces traffic, it’s great exercise, and it helps the environment!

This year is a great year to give this a try at your house, especially as many families are trying to avoid crowded school buses while Covid is still circulating. If you’re worried about the bus, or you’re finding the school car drop-off is crowded and slow, try walking instead! Your kids may find they really like the walk to school once they’ve tried it.

To encourage them, try this Walk To School Bingo Board and see how many items they can check off on their way to school. This year for the first time, the bingo game is mobile! If you’re on a mobile device right now, you can try it here.

If you prefer the pen and paper route, you can also print the Walk To School Bingo board for free. It works great with a small, memo-sized clipboard.

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1st Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

I have started creating and publishing some pre-made packets on specific topics. This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 1st grade. The packet includes:

  • 36 weeks of 1st grade spelling words, 8 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to trace the words. The traceable spelling words are each 3/4 of an inch tall, perfect handwriting practice for new writers. There is also enough room for the kids to write each word a second time on their own.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 8 words, giving the kids more exposure to the 8 words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The puzzles are small 9×9 puzzles so they’re not too hard and kids will be successful without getting frustrated.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 3 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (54 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

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Chores Bingo

Chores Bingo is a great way to mix things up and make chores more fun. Unlike daily assigned chores, this bingo board lets kids try — and learn! — different jobs. It works surprisingly well for spreading the work load and keeping it interesting.

You can try this for free by printing it or using the interactive version from any mobile device: https://thetripclip.com/free-printable.php?printable=bingo-chores

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