Allie the Alligator

For this weeks's Family Friday, we have a fun arts and crafts activity with Allie the Alligator! In Allie the Alligator, children will learn all about alligator facts. Children will then make their own Allie the Alligator and see how strong her jaws can be. Read our step-by-step guide on how to play this interactive activity with your child at home!

What you need:

  • 20 mini marshmallows
  • 2 sheets of green construction paper
  • 1 sheet of red construction paper
  • ½ sheet of white writing paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black marker or crayon

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Let’s Make Slime!

For this week's Family Friday, we will do a science activity. Using the Physical Science and Engineering Series, students will build their science skills. Students will then have a lab of their own - making slime! Read our step-by-step guide on how you can play this interactive activity with your students at home!

What you need:

  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Clear Elmer’s Glue
  • Food Color
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp. Saline Solution
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl

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Transform the Summer Slide into the Summer Climb

Summer is right around the corner and we are so proud to have contributed to student achievement this school year. Did you know that Footsteps2Brilliance can also be part of your strategy to combat the "Summer Slide?" Whether you are organizing summer school, or creating take-home packets for your parents, or even planning a school-wide reading challenge, we have resources to help you make summer a time to climb. Here are a few strategies to help students soar this summer:

  1. Use the 4 weeks of intensive reading lessons in  Summer ClimbTM for your summer school
  2. Send home Reading Race progress charts and set a class, school, or district-wide reading challenge
  3. Announce a lofty reading goal and prepare to celebrate success

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May Day Basket Fun

From our Teaching Tips, enjoy an engaging hands-on May Day activity with 2D and 3D shapes. As May Day is quickly approaching, learn more about the holiday by reading Holidays Around the World K-O (Level 2, Holidays Around the World eBook series, Footsteps2Brilliance School App).

Extend your fun by creating May Day baskets filled with spheres, cones, cylinders, circles, triangles, and more... And best of all, after completing your May Day basket you can deliver it to a friend in the traditional May Day fashion.

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Inkblot Art as an Early Literacy Extension

From our Teaching Tips, here's a brilliant hands-on exploration of symmetry, shapes and design to extend learning after you read Penny the Penguin or Penny la pingüino (Level 2, Alphabet Animals eBook series, Footsteps2Brilliance School app). We think you'll love how this activity gives hands-on experience creating symmetry and shapes. And best of all, it's easy to prepare, and you will have all of the materials right on hand!

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