Immigration is a topic one could not avoid in the past few years, specially if you are living in the United States.

No matter what side of the political spectrum one is, it’s also a much-needed conversation.

Sadly enough, it’s also a conversation that too often leave kids out.

I just published an educational booklet on immigration to let our young people in on the discussion.

Immigrant Study Guide

Designed with Grades 4,5, and 6, in mind, the booklet falls in my “Real-Life” [link] series. It uses real-life video found on the Internet to enhance your presentation. You can either go to my webpages to play the video or play them directly from the providers by following the links.

This immigration package has been designed like a kid’s magazine so it’s colorful and catches the kid’s attention.

The booklet is entitled “Immigrants.” here are the main ready to go topics kids will discover:

The booklet, which is colorful and has been designed like a kid’s magazine, shows well in black and white. Included in this booklet are:

• The first article, “What is an immigrant?” covers topic like “Why Do People Immigrate?”, “The Immigration Process,” “What Challenges Do You Think Immigrants Face?” and then it will point the kids to their own thoughts and actions towards immigrants.

• In the second article, kids will discover “Who Are the Immigrants?” This article relates to students “Legal Immigrants,” “Illegal Immigrants,” “Illegal Immigrants Involved in Crime,” “Refugees” and “What is a DREAMer.” Of course this last article is more pertinent for USA citizens.

• The third article is two pages: “Five Ways to Make an Immigrant Feel Welcome,” which can also be printed and put up as a poster.

• The fourth article is another two pages: “Why Do People Oppose Immigration?”, which can as well be printed and put up as a poster.

• The booklet also includes an easy to follow lesson plan (two pages) for Grades 4,5, and 6.

Immigration Lesson Plan

• There are three worksheets for Grades 4,5, and 6.

Immigration Worksheet

• One answer key.

You can read my main article for this booklet on my website by following this link:

Members of my website can download the booklet for free until the end of May 2018.

Yep, it’s completely free for a limited time for those who are members of my website.

If you do not want to subscribe to my website, you can buy this 29-page booklet for the modest sum of $8.00 by clicking here [link].

The project was written and reviewed by seasoned educators.


Gratitude for elementary kids. Discussion booklet and worksheets

Gratitude is not something that came easy for me. I was raised in a typical middle-class suburb and my parents did too way too much for me. I took a lot of thing for granted.

I, too, like a lot of kids now days, had the wrong idea that possibly I was the center of the universe and the graceful action towards me were due.


Even though I had learned to say thank you.

Forward a few years, I left home and learned some valuable lessons.

I quickly came to realize into adulthood that most people were kind to me by choice.

Not that I was completely oblivious to it all, but after being subjected to difficult, sometimes dangerous, situations, I discover this deep feeling of true thankfulness and appreciation of what others had done for me.

You know that feeling, when you are humbled by the kindness of someone who did something for you with no expectations of anything in return or nothing to gain for them.

In fact, there is often a cost to those showing kindness to others. Could be their time, sacrificing their busy evening with a love one. It also can be a financial sacrifice to them to.

I finally grew up and learned what gratitude was about. Probably took me longer than most of you reading this blog post.

I used to tell my kids the old saying “No good action goes unpunished”. “But, You do them anyway.”

About two years ago I started this discussion booklet on Gratitude.

Article for kids on Gratitude

I chose a couple of video relating the Story of Word class violinist Philip Quint who inadvertently saw his cab driver take off with his multi million-dollar violin.

Tips for Taming Tattling and Techniques to Teach Telling

“I’m telling on you!” This is a frequent statement proclaimed by many children, aged four through nine. More often than not, a child declares this phrase when they are reporting an insignificant action they observe by a peer, friend, or sibling; rather than an integral surveillance of a potentially dangerous or damaging incident. Ensuring that your child understands the difference between tattling and telling is crucial to their social development, as well as physical and emotional well-being at home and in school.

The Difference Between Tattling and Telling

Tattling2 Before you can tame tattling and teach a child about telling, you need to understand the difference between the two actions.

Discussion Guide on "Rules and Relatives"

Kids often find themselves at odd with their relatives when it comes to rules.

When your kids go on an overnight at their aunt and uncle's, should the same rules apply as that at their home?

Rules and Relatives Booklet

That’s what kids must try to sort out in my latest “Get Unstuck!” short audio story.

I had lots of fun putting this together for my latest Problem-Solving package.

Of course, I have a fun page for kids on this web site about this story.

Some of my latest character education booklets were on heavier topic such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis and Safety at School.

This booklet is more about what your kid's thinking process is rather than his/her understanding of a world problem. What happens when an aunty goes against the rules the mother has established.

Elements of a Good Lesson Plan

Teacherwithbooks There are many approaches to lesson planning. Some spend hours researching and preparing for a lesson, while others spend minutes. Well-planned instruction starts with a solid lesson plan. Include these elements when planning to create a lesson that engages students!


Every lesson you create needs an objective statement. An objective is a simple statement that tells what students will know at the end of a lesson. The objective is an important element to your lesson. It clearly states a goal for students to learn. It is easy to think that this the hardest part of planning, but in reality it is not. The trick is to keep this statement simple. It is what students need to know at the end of the lesson. Just state what students will learn during instruction. An example of this is “Students will master addition and subtraction of whole numbers.” This statement clearly states a goal students will meet.

Look at me free Halloween Safety Booklet for kids six to twelve years old

I have published a Halloween safety booklet for kids.

It’s called “Nine safety tips for a Spooktacular Halloween”

If you were looking for Halloween safety activity sheets for elementary grades, you’ll be delighted.

Gossiping-Pulling the plug on put-downs, rumors, and trash talk

If you ask parents what they worried would harm their kids the most when their kids were growing up, they will most likely say, “drugs, bad friends, smoking, and booze.”

Few would answer, “gossiping.” Curious isn’t it? Considering that gossip has destroyed many people’s lives. Gossip has damaged marriages, decimated public figures, and ruined businesses. One day it could seriously damage your child’s life as well!

School Safety Roles Worksheets, Poster, PowerPoint and Infographic

From the time your kids walk out of the door in the morning until they arrive back at home, many people are working to keep them safe. I have just finished a new resource that highlights some of the roles kids encounter day to day while going to school in regards to their safety. It includes a poster, an infographic, a PowerPoint presentation and a few worksheets for the lower grades.

You can watch a short video and download the stuff here:

Reporting Bullying to an Adult


Bullying is a serious matter that parents need to know about and understand. According to statistics from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, 1 out of every three students (5.7 million children) is involved in some way with bullying.

This involvement can mean that students are the perpetrators, victims, or both. Bullying behaviors have increased in schools by 5% this year alone. An estimated 15 to 20% of those involved in bullying were the bullies, and 15 to 25% of those involved were the bullied. You must teach your child about bullying and teach your child ways to prevent bullying from happening.

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