Learning Lab

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This page is dedicated to all you Leaders of Littles out there. You know who you are: You're the teacher looking for just the right resource, the parent hoping to spark joy in their child, the grandparent wanting to share their love of learning, an aunt or uncle desiring to make memories with your nieces or nephews, a family friend giving parents the night off. Whoever you are, whatever led you here, welcome!  

Below lies a menu to all educational resources crafted or gathered by the Wolfe Stew chefs, who together share over twenty years of educational experience spanning Preschool to 6th grade in both homeschool and public-school settings. Can't find exactly what you're looking for? Won't you please consider submitting a "Made to Order QUIZine" form? Find it at the bottom.

Time to browse this educational menu!  Dive right in! Click the links below to transport you to the corresponding Learning Lab section.

  • Made to Order QUIZine Form - Submit a personalized educational resource request form.


  • Current Idea for EVERY Day Calendar


    Download your May 2024 Calendar here. Browse all calendars on our JOY for Today page.

    Preschool to First Grade

    Centers

    Who Will Win?
    Have your learners racing to the finish line with this editable center game.

    Book Based Activities

    The Big Five
    Learn about animals, weather, ordinal numbers, story details, and simple planning with these resources that complement The Big Five by Bella Makatini.

    Reading

    ABC Nature Walks (YouTube: Mr. Wolfe's Kinder Garden)
    Join Mr. Wolfe on the trail as he discovers things in nature and discusses the beginning letter of the featured find. A video is available for *almost* every letter along with a continuously expanding learning guide menu to support each video.
    Elkonin Boxes
    Perfect for segmenting, blending and phonemic spelling, use this stoplight color-coded, hands-on tool to help learners identify beginning, middle, and ending sounds.

    Writing

    Name Writing Practice
    Full of tried-and-true ideas for name formation practice, from writing to using manipulatives.

    Science

    Weather Activities
    A continuously updating pack of resources featuring weather activities for your little learners.
      Drink Water, Stay Healthy! (YouTube: Mr. Wolfe's Kinder Garden)
      The importance of drinking water with little learners in mind.

        Second to Third Grade

        Book Based Activities

        The Big Five
        Use The Big Five by Bella Makatini to practice identifying verbs and adjectives.  Then use them in writing animal clues.

        Fourth to Sixth Grade

        Math

        Multiplication Bull's Eye
        A game to practice estimating products.

        Columbus Conversions
        Metric conversions with Columbus.

        STEAM  Team

        Our STEAM Team is an original cast of characters created to help learners understand the need for STEAM skills in a post-apocalyptic environment.  Find the stories and related activities here.

        Silas the Scientist (YouTube: Mr. Wolfe's Kinder Garden
        Introduction, read aloud and review of the available corresponding activities. 
        Silas the Scientist: Vocabulary, Comprehension and Reading Activities
        Silas the Scientist: Distinguished Apothecary
        Compile a reading list to help Silas on his quest.
        Silas the Scientist: Bot Bedlam
        Reconstruct the sound of the robot as described in the story.
        Silas the Scientist: City Run
        Design, create, then run a Silas-inspired obstacle course.
        Silas the Scientist: Orphaned World Citizen
        In this social studies rich lesson, cadets create a list of vital community roles and complete their personal dossier detailing their contributions as an Orphaned World Citizen.
        Victoria the Technologist: Reading Comprehension Wolfe Pack
        Comprehension activities to complement the Victoria STEAM Team story. With this Wolfe Pack, we'll guide you through differentiated before, during, and after reading activities in multiple instructional styles.

        Science

        Animal Profile
        A template to help guide learners when researching a specific animal.

        Writing

        Connecting Art and Writing
        Find ways to link the two to really teach writing as an art form.  This blog reviews a few books that inspire this type of writing instruction as well as a Wolfe Stew crafted activity that directly links the two.  
        Lesson on Voice (YouTube: Mr. Wolfe's Kinder Garden)
        In this YouTube video, Mr. Wolfe describes the role of voice in writing, walks through his example and assigns a writing activity with multiple options for completion, to meet your learner's needs.

        Book Based Activities

        The Big Five
        Picture books are useful with older learners too.  Inspired by The Big Five by Bella Makatini, learners research animals, write their own version of The Big Five featuring varying geographical locations, and create art inspired by Jodi Abbot in this Wolfe Pack.


          Here lies a collection of all our vocabulary learning ideas.  We will continuously update this pack each time we cook up a new idea.  

          An organizer to aid reciprocal reading instruction: predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing. Instructional ideas included.

          Chicken Soup for the Soul day happens to fall in the month of NaNoWriMo.  Read about this opportunity to write with your learners!

          Read-a-Thon Activities
          Use some of these activities during your next read-a-thon.

          A template with a box to draw a picture and lines to write about it. Useful for any type of writing from narratives to reports. Helpful for encouraging reluctant writers to start with drawing a picture. Encourage good penmanship with triple-lined paper. The lines-only second page makes this printable a viable option for older learners too. 

          STEAM

          Our STEAM Team think sheet walks your learner through the STEAM design process.

          Centers

          Color Centers
          This colorful and versatile center is available in four varieties so you can individualize it to the tastes of your learners.  It really is more a platform for you to use however you require, however if you're looking for us to do the cooking, we're happy to do that too.  Wolfe Stew premade color centers cover the following skills: Color identification (PreK-1st); Parts of Speech (2nd & 3rd); and Poetic Devices (4th -6th)

          Classroom Management

          We've cleared off our "Idea for Every Day" calendar to make room for your awesome ideas. 
          Feedback Notes
          Seasonal notes send a positive note home with your learners. Just print off a stack and try to send a few home each day.
          Discussion Norms
          We cooked these up using both primary and secondary wording with three different stylistic options to keep discussions safe and on topic.

          Brain Breaks: Star Wars




          Like to make a suggestion yourself?  Please email us.  We'd love to attempt crafting something to suit your taste.

          1. *Disclaimer: Expecting perfect, astonishing or instant lessons, centers, think sheets, worksheets, or activities may increase your risk of resource-borne disillusionment.  
          2. *More Fine Print: We reserve the right to accept or deny any submission.  We will provide you with feedback if we deny your request.  All work created by Wolfe Stew belongs to Wolfe Stew.  We reserve all rights to it, and it will be copyrighted by Wolfe Stew.  Time sensitive requests are likely to be denied.  We prefer crafting quality QUIZine and believe that takes time.  

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