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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON: PAINTING POETRY

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Painting Poetry

 

PAINTING POETRY: CHILDREN’S VOICES

April is National Poetry Month. We hope that you will take one minute out of your busy day to enjoy our Poetry Paintings and find out how we did it@

http://www.readingspotlight.com/painting-poetry-childrens-voices/


WOMEN’S HISTORY BIO-TEXTS: Comprehension and Spelling Practice

Bio-Texts

Women’s History

Fun!   Timely!   Effective!   Modern!   Easy to Use!

Improve students’ comprehension and spelling while they learn about women’s history.

Great for homework, seatwork, and learning centers.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/WOMENS-HISTORY-BIO-TEXTS-Comprehension-and-Spelling-Practice-3018855

These eight short biographies of famous women resemble cell phone texts. The students are provided the complete wording with blanks for most vowels that they then must supply.

This variation of the cloze technique, recognized as effective by reading authorities, requires students to analyze sentence structure and meaning as a way to improve comprehension.

Each story fits on one side of a single piece of paper. An Answer Key is provided for easy grading. Students enjoy the challenge of completing each story.

Set 1

  1. Fabiola Gianotti—Nuclear Physicist
  2. Maya Lin—Architect
  3. Georgia O’Keefe—Artist
  4. Sally Ride—Astronaut

Set 2

  1. Susan B. Anthony—Early Suffragette
  2. Elizabeth Blackwell—First US Female Doctor
  3. Sacajawea—Wilderness Guide
  4. Harriet Tubman—Darling Abolitionist

For Grades 3-8

Be sure to check other activities in our Reading Spotlight TpT Store:

  1. Holiday Menagerie
  2. Bargain Bundle: Vowel Families (Learn to Read Bingo)

 Thank you for considering this timely product.

 

 


FREE LESSON: LOVE IN MANY LANGUAGES

From our Reading Spotlight Blog @https:www.readingspotlight.com/blog/
Say “I love you” to a special someone in a different way!

Here is a list of ways to say “I love you”

in several different languages, and…

it’s so easy because phonetic pronunciations are included.

French: Je t’aime (Zhe tem)
German: Ich liebe dich (Eesh lee-bah deesh)
Italian: Ti amo (Tee ah mo)
Spanish: Te amo (Tay ah mo)
Swedish: Jag alskar dig (Yag el skah day)
Also, don’t forget to check out our Invisible Valentine (Yes, it really is INVISIBLE!)

Very Clever! Easy to make! Few requirements! FREE!

It is a great last minute Valentine activity.

Download now, and find out how to do it!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Invisible-Valentine-Updated-2949570

Most of all, enjoy the smiles!

Some information from: Susan Gordan, The Language Lab, NY


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS ACTIVITY: Invisible Valentine

Yes! It really IS invisible!

Very Clever! Simple! Easy to Make! Great Fun!

This invisible valentine can be used with ALL ages, as a science experiment, as an exercise in composition, even as simple practice with scissors.

All that is needed is white and colored paper, scissors, a stapler, and a pencil.

Clear directions for use with all ages are included.

Download now! Find out how to do it! It’s FREE!

Enjoy the smiles!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Invisible-Valentine-Updated-2949570

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FREE Language Arts Activity

 

The Super Bowl is almost here!

Be sure to save photos from newspapers and magazines for this timely and enjoyable reading comprehension activity.

It can be adapted to any level and any grade. Simple and easy to make and to use.

Clear instructions included.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/For-ALL-Sports-A-Learning-Center-Activity-2494511

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Are Your Kids Using Too Much Digital Media?

In a long, cold winter, there’s a whole lot of digital viewing going on! Probably too much!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently changed its digital media standards for children. (You can read about the new guidelines on my Reading Spotlight Blog (www.readingspotlight.com/blog/)

 

Do not underestimate the importance of human touch and interaction! Why not send home a gift of Reading Bingo Games for students to work on decoding words in short, enjoyable sessions with their parents and/or siblings?

 

A small cost for big rewards! Something different, something fun, something helpful for beginning/struggling readers in grades 1- 5, something short for tired and busy parents.

 

Kids will get some individual extra practice that you simply cannot provide in your busy classroom. Reinforce your lessons, or send home games with specific skills that need development for specific students. The ½ price TpT site license makes sending home copies easy.

 

This is a win—win—win–situation for students, parents, and their teachers! There are many Bingo games at my TpT Store: Reading Spotlight. Just call me The Bingo Lady! The games are clear, simple, and easy to use. Here are just a few:

 

Reading Tutor Bargain Bundle:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bargain-Bingo-Bundle-Reading-Difficult-Clusters-Reading-Tutor-2108500

 

Learn to Read Bingo Bargain Bundle: Consonants, Blends, & Digraphs:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bargain-Bingo-Bundle-Consonants-Blends-Digraphs-Learn-to-Read-2108433

 

Learn to Read Bargain Sight Word Bundle:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bargain-Sight-Word-Bundle-Learn-to-Read-Bingo-2166517

 

 


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON — A New Year’s Resolution

Diet! Exercise! Save money! Spend more time with family!

As their parents are making New Year’s resolutions, you can help your students make resolutions to become better students and/or better readers.

EASY TO USE!   EFFECTIVE!   HELPFUL!

These three self-help tests are designed so that students can easily recognize their weaknesses in study skills or and/or reading. They include simple instructions and space for a resolution at the end of the test. The self-help tests can be used in ALL grades, but an easier version is provided for grades 1 and 2.

Always useful! Always FREE!

Study Habits Self-Help Test (Grades 3 & Up):https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Study-Habits-Self-Help-Test-Grades-3-Up-2036795

Reading Habits Self-Help Test (Grades 3 & Up):https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Habits-Self-Help-Test-Grades-3-Up-2036982

Reading Habits Self-Help Test (Grades 1-2): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Habits-Self-Help-Test-Grades-1-2-2036957

 

 

 


About Gifts…

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-1-25-30-pmAcross from me at a parent-teacher conference, she sat crying. This single mom was relating how she was unable to buy the most desired gift for her child—a pair of very expensive tennis shoes.

I tried to remind her about all the important things that parents can give to their children which do not cost money and are much more valuable. Later, I started thinking that those priceless gifts might be important reminders for other parents in our materialistic culture.

If you think it would be helpful, download this free parent handout from

My Reading Spotlight Store at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/About-Gifts-2193017.pdf

 


HOLIDAY TRADITIONS GRAMMAR

Timely! Fun! Informative!

Do your students wonder why we have candy canes, gingerbread cookies, pine wreaths, and Santa Claus during the holiday season? The Set– HOLIDAY TRADITIONS: ENGLISH GRAMMAR STORIES –is a great way to practice grammar skills while learning the origins of these holiday customs and many others.

Grades 3-8

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ENGLISH-GRAMMAR-STORIES-HOLIDAY-TRADITIONS-1588369

Each 20-30 sentence story focuses on the most common errors in homonyms, subject-verb agreement, apostrophe, capitalization, punctuation, irregular verbs and plurals. An Answer Key with explanations of corrections is included.


WHAT I LEARNED AT OPEN HOUSE

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FREE TIP: PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Britney was a quiet, cooperative student, but she never kept her focus for more than a minute or two. When I met her mother at Open House, I mentioned this fact, hoping that her other would help with Britney’s problem. Instead, her other looked around my well-decorated classroom and sighed…

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FREE LESSON- Boo! Eeek! Whhhoo! Ha-Ha-Ha!

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Reading poetry helps students improve fluency because the natural rhythm of most poems enhances ease of expression. Adding sound effects to group or individual Halloween readings incorporates pleasure into reading aloud, often a difficult task for beginning and struggling readers. Then throw in even more levity by…

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Be sure to check out my FREE Project Plan for another enjoyable Halloween activity…Halloween Candy Wrapper Stories.

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ENGLISH GRAMMAR SPORTS STORIES: THE STARS OF RIO

New! Effective! Motivating! Easy to Use!

Use the hype of the Summer Games as an enjoyable and exciting inspiration to practice grammar and spelling skills! These stories are so much better than boring, ordinary, grammar practice sentences. They focus on the most common grammatical and spelling errors, and each story includes an Answer Key PLUS an explanation for each correction. Paper medals to award are also added. See it @ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ENGLISH-GRAMMAR-SPORTS-STORIES-The-Stars-of-Rio-2753537
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WHAT I DID ON SUMMER VACATION

Ms Makinson Earth Drawing ScreenshotI relaxed for several days in an ashram in India. I scaled Mt. Everest in a dangerous ascent. I explored declining sea life on faded reefs and in the depths of the ocean. I also gazed at famous paintings and scultpures in the Vatican, and I spent an entire week in Africa. I visited with the inventors of the airplane, the Wright brothers. WOW! I did quite a lot! How did I do it?

Find out @ http://www.readingspotlight.com/what-i-did-on-summer-vacation/