Category Archives : FREE LESSONS


FREE Valentine’s Day Weight Logic Pack!

 

 

Want to bring a little Valentine’s Day fun to your classroom? 

Developing solid critical thinking and problem solving skills in the early grades is essential to support higher-level mathematics in the later ones. This pack provides three holiday-themed weight logic puzzles that are sure to engage your students’ strategic thinking and problem solving skills.
This holiday pack includes 3 sets of weight logic puzzles. Each set includes:
• a blackline master for student use
• a solution guideTo complete each puzzle, students use their strategic thinking skills to determine the value of each symbol based on the weight on each scale.
Click here or on the image above to grab a free copy of my “Valentine’s Day Weight Logic” pack. 
Want to know more? 

Head on over to The Routty Math Teacher website and check out my Solve It! Friday page where you can find a new task, similar to the one above, each week. You can even get free access to my library of nearly 100 problems. Find it here!

 

 
Enjoy!

FREE Operation Situations Chart

Want to teach your students to analyze word problems for meaning? 

The use of keywords focuses on looking at the words of math word problems in isolation and not in the context of the problem. Focusing on the word problem as a whole allows students to become better at solving math word problems.

Tina Cardone, author of “Nix the Tricks,” a guide to avoiding non-conceptually developmental short-cuts, suggests having students think about the words of the problem as a whole and focus on what is happening in the problem in context. Students can accomplish this by visualizing the situation and creating a mental picture of the actions that are taking place. Once they understand the actions, students can then connect them to symbols.
After students have had experience with a variety of problem situations, some patterns will begin to emerge as students begin to recognize recurring themes, such as joining, part-part-whole, separating, comparing, equal groups, sharing, and measuring– the operation situations.

Click here or on the image above to grab a free copy of my “Analyze Word Problems with Operation Situations” chart. 
Want to know more? 
Head on over to The Routty Math Teacher website to read more about the dangers of keywords, the power of the operation situations, and strategies for how to help students visualize a word problem. Find it here!
 
Enjoy!

January Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s 2018. Time sure flies. WE have some great ideas for you in our January edition of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.
 If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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Problem Students Got You Down? Begin the New Year Right, with These Discipline Tips

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Have you been struggling with Johnny or Sally since the beginning of the school year? Have you been racking your brain trying to come up with some creative ways to turn their unacceptable behavior around? Did you dread coming back to work in January? Well, I’ve been there and know exactly how you feel. If you said yes to any of these questions, I can give you a hand.
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Lessons Learned With Miss Brooke

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Musings on what I have learned from a long ago favorite teacher.

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The Mini-Lesson: A Natural Scaffold For Struggling Learners
By Tracy Willis of Mossy Oak Musings

Would you rather attend a doctor’s appointment or your own autopsy? Mini-lesson structure helps teachers avoid an academic autopsy with end-of-unit assessments. It’s scaffolded instruction at its best

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A How-To Guide on Writing Conferences
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

Just like when you scaffold and model the requirements for an essay in a mini-lesson, you do the same thing individually for each student through conferencing. Many students don’t need to hear the lessons you taught at the beginning of the school year. Conferencing will help you deliver differentiated instruction. Here are some tips of how you can implement writing conferences in your classroom.

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The Five Best Reasons You Should Be Using Book Clubs as Part of Your Classroom Reading Program

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Book Clubs can be an essential tool for boosting rigor and engagement in your upper elementary or middle school classroom. Learn five reasons why you should consider Book Clubs as a regular part of your reading program.
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What About Social Studies?
By Michelle Web of Teaching Ideas for Those who Love Teaching

Have Fun With Social Studies

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Mentor Sentences – Teach It So They Remember It
By Alison Monk of the Literacy Garden

Effectively teach grammar skills in the context of authentic literature through the use of mentor sentences.

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New Year, New Goals
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

 New Goals Happy New Year! The new year is always a great time to reflect back, set goals, and start fresh. Repurpose those NYE decorations for some fun health goal setting with your students!
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Is Your Child Afraid of Going to the Doctor?
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

If your young child is fearful of going to the doctor, there are many things you can do to help them feel calmer and to prepare them for their next visit.
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Sit back, relax and check out all the great advice  you’ll find on these blog posts from our seasoned educators.


Free Guide: Developing Themes in Literature

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Developing Themes in Literature

 

Product Description
This handout has been created to help both teachers and students learn how to develop themes in literature properly. This can be such an abstract concept for some students. Hopefully, this FREE handout will demystify theme development.

This handout includes step by step instructions on how to develop a theme in paragraph form.

I hope you enjoy it!

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

New Year’s Resolution

 

Help your students help themselves! While friends and family are devising New Year’s resolutions, this FREE Study Habits Self-Help Test assists students in making a resolution to improve study habits. It can be used as a group exercise or individually. Also available FREE in the Reading Spotlight Store are Self-Help Tests to improve reading habits; two are available, one for Grades 1-2, and one for Grades 3 & Up.

 

 

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FREE: The Juice Metaphor – helping students write better essays

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The Juice Metaphor - helping students write better essays

 

 

Product Description
The Juice Metaphor is a little visual that I use in my class to help students understand the parts of the essay. They often think that writing more will get them a better grade. Of course, this is not necessarily true.

This is a great visual in the classroom.

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Assessment Tool for Creating a Board Game

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Creating a board Game Assessment Tool

 

Product Description
Assess your students’ knowledge of literature with this fun and creative evaluation. Not only will your students learn by creating a game, but other will learn as well by playing it.

This is a self-evaluation (and teacher assessment) rubric to guide students and teachers in the evaluation process.)

This rubric was created to help students understand exactly what is expected of them for this evaluation. It is also an excellent tool to assess students’ progress and final product.

This self-assessment rubric is part of the bundle as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their own success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer-evaluations.

It’s teaching made easy!

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO OPEN THE ZIP FILE, PLEASE

E-MAIL ME at teachwithpassion101@gmail.com Be sure to include your e-mail address and buyer’s name. I will send you an attachment directly to your e-mail address.

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters

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Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

 

Product Description
FREE Super Hero themed Parts of Speech Posters are a great visual way to teach students to remember the nature of words. This is a great addition to any language arts class.

You may also be interested in:
Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO OPEN THE PDF FILE, PLEASE
E-MAIL ME at teachwithpassion101@gmail.com . Be sure to include your e-mail address and buyer’s name. I will send you an attachment directly to your e-mail address.

Wishing you the best at Teachers Pay Teachers,

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
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December Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and New Years, or just looking for some great ideas. You don’t want to miss what these creative educators are doing this month.

 If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.

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The Quiltmaker’s Gift: Anticipation, Generosity, Reading Lesson Ideas & A Freebie!By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

In this post, I use a picture book, “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” to unpack our thinking about protagonists, antagonists, theme, conflict and persuasive talk and writing. This includes an idea for a motivating Generosity Challenge, too.
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Holiday Musings
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

For some of us, this is a joyful time, but there are many who are alone, and unhappy.  Some have no money to buy gifts and others are out in the cold with no homes.  It breaks my heart realizing that some people feel alienated from their families which can lead to depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Our kiddos aren’t immune, they see what’s going on and may not know how to deal.  
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The Great Homework Debate Comes Home
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

 

Thoughts on the place homework has in real life. What makes homework authentic and a part of lifelong learning?
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Hour of Code is coming: My top 5 web sites/apps!
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

My top five programs/apps for coding!

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Identifying Learning Disabilities in English Learners
By Rebecca Olsen of 2livNearn

Distinguishing between the second language acquisition process and a learning disability can be tough, even for seasoned professionals. But it’s not impossible to tease apart the two in order to make appropriate educational decisions for students. Click to find out more!  
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How Many Ways Can I Use This Toy?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

If you’re gearing up for holiday gift giving, here are some tips for ways to build language through play.
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Wiggly Kids: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Thinking & Remembering!
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

 

Researchers have found evidence for the use of movement tools, but there are some children with whom these tools have the opposite effect.
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Geology Rocks!
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Teaching Next Generation Science Standards is easy with the help of theater arts! Students explore the various aspects of earth science while reading, speaking, singing, and dancing about the concepts!
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Bring History To Life With Informational Texts
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

Tips on how to use more informational texts with your students.

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Don’t foget to click on the linkies and read all the posts




Free Group Work Comment Sheet with Drop Down Boxes

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Group Work Comment Sheet with Drop Down Boxes

 

Product Description

Please note that this document does not work with a Mac computer. 

FREE – Automated Comment Generator for GROUP WORK

Save yourself time with this FREE group work comment generator

Automated comment generator for students’ group work and presentations.

This document has been devised to help the teacher evaluate students’ group work (such as skits, presentations….). In order to submit detailed and constructive feedback to students, I have devised this document with drop down boxes to evaluate students presentations quickly. When possible, I am on the computer while students are presenting, which makes writing feedback much more efficient.

You may also enjoy:
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Speech Evaluation with drop down boxes

I hope you enjoy this freebie.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
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Free Essay Writing Pack

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The Outline - Free Essay Writing Pack

 

Product Description

The Outline package has been devised as a resource to help guide students develop their essay writing skills. Seeing as the outline is the skeleton of a student’s essay, this document has been devised to help students organize their ideas within the essay format.

The document is created using a Word format for ease of use and modification.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
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FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

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FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE Reasoning About Fractions Activity

Do your students need help understanding fractions? 
In the 1980s, A&W, an American restaurant chain, unveiled a new menu item– a third of a pound burger meant to rival McDonald’s popular Quarter Pounder. After creating an expensive marketing campaign and a fan-fare filled roll-out, the A&W third-pound burger failed. It was only after soliciting feedback from their focus groups that A&W executives began to understand why. The American public believed the third-pound burger to be smaller than McDonald’s quarter pound burger. Misunderstanding the four in one-fourth to be larger than the three in one-third caused Americans to believe that A&W was cheating them out of their money by charging a price for the burger that did not equal the value. 

This story speaks volumes about how fractions are perceived by students and adults alike. It’s important that our students learn to understand fractions in the same way that they understand numbers in other forms. 



This activity focuses on comparing fractions by reasoning about their sizes. Development of this skill begins with a conceptual model. When presented with a variety of visual fractions, students begin to understand that the more pieces the whole is partitioned into, the smaller the value of each piece. 
Click here or on the image above to grab a free copy of my “Reasoning About Fractions” activity. 
Want to know more? 
Head on over to The Routty Math Teacher website to read this week’s blog post about making sense of fractions. Find it here!
 
Enjoy!

Free Developing Themes in Literature

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Developing Themes in Literature

 

Product Description

This handout has been created to help both teachers and students learn how to develop themes in literature properly. This can be such an abstract concept for some students. Hopefully, this FREE handout will demystify theme development.

This handout includes step by step instructions on how to develop a theme in paragraph form.

I hope you enjoy it!

It’s teaching made easy!


November Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern






It’s November Teacher Talk Time…..Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

 If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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4 Ways to Balance Reading & Writing Instruction

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

 

Is your language arts instruction balanced? What’s good for reader’s workshop is good for writer’s workshop. This post outlines 4 ways to find that balance.
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Raise Your Hand
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

 

Inspired by the Girls Scout’s new badge encouraging girls to speak up in class, this post offers some ways to encourage reluctant participants to raide their hand and speak up in your classroom.
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Great Gifts for Children

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

We all want to give our children their most desired gifts. Here are some inexpensive but worthwhile gifts that promote happy memories and rich relationships throughout their lives.

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Whoa, The Behaviors!
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

 

The students have become secure with you as their teacher. You’re starting to see that they are comfortable with each other as well. This combination is something you want; however, it can bring out behaviors in students that are distracting to all that you have worked for!
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3 Ways to Use Comic Strips as Writing Scaffolds

2livNlearn of 2livNlearn

 

Comic strips can be used a scaffold to make writing more accessible to learners, reduce intimidation, motivate students to share their thinking, and make writing fun!

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Thanksgiving Traditions and Fun Classroom Resources
By Greg Litton of  Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers

 

Do you enjoy special Thanksgiving Traditions? Here you will find some fun facts and two great resources.
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Bartering for Resources
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

 

Teaching students about the relationship of region to natural resource, and the importance of bartering amongst Native American tribes. This is a simple and effective lesson! FREEBIE
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8 Essential Handwiting Readiness Skills
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

 

This 4-minute video demonstrates what skills are needed for young children before they are ready to learn to print.
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Be sure to stop by all of the posts in our link up for Turkey Month



Free Lesson: Introduction to poetry

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Introduction to poetry - Free lesson

 

Product Description

Use this free lesson to introduce poetry to your English students from grades 9 to 12. This is the first lesson from my Intermediate Poetry unit, which uses art to help students how to understand and analyze poetry.

The document includes:
-a comprehensive lesson plan
-student notes
-an answer key

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
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Free Classroom Rules Poster and Instructions

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Classroom Rules Poster and Instructions

 

Product Description
Free Classroom Rules Poster and Instructions

It sounds very idealistic to say this, but it’s true. From personal experience, I assure you that simplifying your rules will simplify your life.

At the beginning of the school year, when it’s time to introduce the class rules I show students this poster and read the three words. Then, using the Socratic method of questioning I go through the rules one by one and discuss the implications of those rules (which is the reason you don’t need many.)

Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
30 minutes

Free Frankenstein Activity 1

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Frankenstein Activity

 

Product Description

Who is the real monster in Frankenstein?

This activity has been designed to help students to understand the creature’s character. Is he a friend, or is he an enemy? Is he solely responsible for his misery?

This activity helps to develop students’ argumentation skills in a fun and meaningful way.

This free activity is part of a larger unit:
Frankenstein Unit (No prep)

I hope you enjoy it.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
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Free Boneyard Numbers Game

Looking for a fun game involving dominoes and the order of operations? 
Have you ever used dominoes in your classroom? Dominoes are one of those versatile tools
that have many purposes. Dominoes are generally not a standard math tool, but
they are great to have laying around. If you don’t have any in your classroom,
you can pick-up a cheap set at the dollar store.
The activity I am sharing with you today is called “Boneyard Numbers.” The basic idea is
that students turn over two dominoes and use the quantities on the dominoes to create
a number sentence that targets one of the uncovered quantities on the game
board.
 
The best thing about this activity is that it can be adapted to meet the needs of all
students! Whether a student just adds everything together or goes out on a limb
and tries to use all of the operations, the activity can meet his or her
ability level. “Boneyard Numbers” makes a great station and fast finisher
activity.
 
Click here or on the image above to grab a free copy of my “Boneyard Numbers” game.
 
Read more about using math tools to develop computational fluency skills here.
 
Enjoy!

FREE Thesis Writing Activity

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FREE Thesis Writing Activity

 

Product Description

Thesis writing is often an abstract concept for students and it is one of the most important things to know when writing an essay. 

This FREE activity will help students to correct problematic thesis statements, while learning how to compose their own.

There are lessons for two periods prepared for you : 

1) Attempting to write a thesis statement based on the following topic: Do we have the right to play God when it comes to human life?

2) Group activity where students must identify the weaknesses in 5 thesis statements and rewrite them to make them better.

Included:

– A comprehensive lesson plan (two days)
– The Student Activity Sheet
– Comprehensive Answer Sheet

5 pages total

You may also be interested in the following resources:

Step-by-Step Thesis Writing Poster

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

Teaching The Essay Package

Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
2 days

FREE Coupon Reward/Incentive Tickets/Coupons for Classroom Management

Free rewards for your students! Coupons are a great way to encourage positive behaviors in the classroom. 20 black and white tickets on individual pages and an editable template are in a separate package.

You may also be interest in these classroom management products:

Superhero Classroom Money with Math Facts on the Back Side

Superhero Class Jobs with Headers and Descriptions (Editable)

Superhero Classroom Economy (Editable) BUNDLE

Classroom Money with Math Facts on the Back Side with Editable Portions

Class Jobs with Headers and Descriptions – Mini-Polka Dot (Editable)

Classroom Economy (Editable) BUNDLE

Coupon Reward Tickets

Behavior Management (Editable) Monthly Trackers

Mini-Polka Dot Behavior Management (Editable) Chart

Behavior Management Bundle

Superhero Theme Behavior Management (Editable) Monthly Trackers

Superhero Theme Behavior Management (Editable) Chart

Superhero Theme Behavior Management (Editable) BUNDLE

Individual Student Behavior Tracker (Editable) for Classroom Management

Editable Open House Invitations

Editable Back to School Night/Open House/Meet The Teacher PowerPoint Slideshow

Happy Teaching!

Sally

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FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Inspirational-Bookmarks-and-Posters-3323549

 

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!


A Masked Task

Motivate creative writing

The table was set for dinner. Plastic dishes, spoons and cups were attached to the tablecloth that covered a large box. Holes had been cut out of the sides for his face and arms…

Read about an unexpected discovery to motivate creative writing with extraordinary results on the Reading Spotlight Blog.


Free Number Sense Tiling Task

Looking for a number sense building, critical thinking activity? 
With the challenges of today’s math curriculum, we do not always have time for a consistent focus on critical thinking. Using tiling tasks in the classroom is one strategy that can offer you an opportunity to increase the critical thinking skills of your students. These tasks involve using number tiles, a set of numbered tiles 0-9, to complete a set of problems. Each tile belongs to one space and only one space. Students use their reasoning skills to complete the task cards. Tiling task cards also make great menu activities or fast finisher challenges.
 
Click here or on the image above to grab a free copy of my “Number Sense Tiling Task” and a free set of tiles.
Read more about using math starters, like tiling tasks, in the classroom here
Enjoy!

October Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
It’s October Teacher Talk Time…..Well, the first month of school is over and it’s BOO-tober, time for Halloween fun, Columbus Day and beautiful fall weather.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
 
If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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How to Talk to Parents and Keep them on Your Side

One of the main things I realized, after years of teaching, is that parents need you to care about their child, they want you to make their learning experience interesting, challenging and fun. The best way to do this is to make sure their little one knows that you are there to listen, and support them with positive reinforcement and encouragement
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 Changing the Face of Failure
 
Facing project failures in class and changing course with a growth mindset

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Project-Based Learning: Three Things to Remember When You Count Like an Egyptian

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Project-based learning is beneficial for so many reasons, but the reason that I love it so much is that it allows students to discover new passions that the curriculum doesn’t necessarily introduce.Project-based learning, however, is only as successful as the teacher’s pedagogy. Keep reading to hear me out!


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Math IS Fun and Games
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Keeping students engaged and working independently is challenging! Math games and task cards help Math Workshop to run smoothly. Be sure to download your FREEBIE!

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Is Your Classroom NGSS Ready?

By Kari Hammerschmitt of Anchors and ABC’s

There are many questions to consider as you plan for a successful year of science learning. What initial steps will you take with NGSS? 

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Get More From Your Writing Workshop
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

 

At the beginning of the school year, most students can easily write a couple of paragraphs about their summer vacation, a previous accomplishment, or what they hope to accomplish this school year. This is a piece of cake for the students! Then the real writing assignments begins. Many teachers ask themselves, “Where do I start?”
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Cooperative Learning Doesn’t Have to Be Hell
By Rebecca Olsen of 2LivNLearn

Want to know how to implement effective cooperative learning strategies in your classroom? Frustrated trying to manage your students’ behaviors? Cooperative learning doesn’t have to be hell with these expert tips and tricks. 
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What can I do about Halloween at School?
By Greg Litton of Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers

Does your school celebrate Halloween? Do you do alternative activities? 

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A Masked Task
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Sptlight

The table was set for dinner. Plastic dishes, spoons, and cups were attached to the tablecloth that covered a large box. Read on to discover, as I did, a unique and motivating format to inspire creative writing for all ages.

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Keep The CreativityBy Michelle Webb of 

Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

 Keep the creativity alive in your classroom.

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Save Those Candy Wrappers!

Candy Wrapper Stories

HALLOWEEN FREEBEE!

Fun! Motivating! Easy to do! Clear and simple directions to facilitate student creative writing with candy wrappers within the text of the stories. Check out Halloween Candy Wrapper Stories in the Reading Spotlight Store.


Free “Rock and Roll Math Problems” Assessment Strategy Tool

 

Looking for an engaging strategy to use when reviewing multiple-choice math problems? 
“Rock and Roll Math Problems” provides engagement while students are completing multiple-choice math problems. This assessment tool encourages student groups to explore various parts of the problem-solving process.
Here’s how it works:
1. Pair students and assign them to be Partner A or Partner B.
2. Provide each pair with a number cube (die).
3. Provide each pair with a concept-based word problem or multiple-choice item.
4. Partner A rolls the number cube and then uses the Rock and Roll activity page to determine which task to complete.
5. Partner B completes the activity indicated on the number cube using the word problem or multiple-choice item.
6. If Partner A does not understand Partner B’s response, Partner A should ask clarifying questions until the response is understood.
7. Pairs should continue alternating rolls until all of the tasks have been completed or for the allotted amount of time.
8. As a class, have pairs discuss their responses to each of the tasks. Be sure to highlight any responses which reveal essential understandings or new strategies.
9. Begin the process again with a new problem if available. (Note: Sometimes, one well-developed question is more effective than several basic ones. Be sure to choose a task that will give you the most bang for your buck.)
Grab your copy here!
Enjoy!

Free Essay Writing Pack: The Outline

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Outline-Free-Essay-Writing-Pack-696881

 

The Outline - Free Essay Writing Pack

 

Product Description

The Outline package has been devised as a resource to help guide students develop their essay writing skills. Seeing as the outline is the skeleton of a student’s essay, this document has been devised to help students organize their ideas within the essay format.

The document is created using a Word format for ease of use and modification.

It’s teaching made easy!

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Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Group and Skit Evaluation Rubric

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Group-and-Skit-Evaluation-Rubric-699937

 

Group and Skit Evaluation Rubric

 

Product Description

Group work is always tricky to evaluate because there is so much going on. In addition, as educators, we are required to give detailed feedback on students’ performances.

I created this FREE document to make the teacher’s job easier, and to allow students to be responsible for their success as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer evaluations.

This self-evaluation grid will help students as well as teachers to assess students’ group work. When students use this grid to assess their work, there are no surprises when they receive their final mark. This grid, in particular, allows the students to become organized and responsible for their individual parts.

These self-evaluation grids are also very helpful to teachers:
 Helps the teacher justify the final mark;
 Helps to identify students’ weaknesses and strengths;
 Helps parents and students better understand the task required;
 Helps teachers create rubrics for the final evaluation.

Because of formatting issues, this package was created in a PDF document, but I can easily email you a Word file to be easily modified and changed according to the individual teacher’s needs.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Frankenstein Activity

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Frankenstein-Activity-1110383

 

Frankenstein Activity

 

Product Description

Who is the real monster in Frankenstein?

This activity has been designed to help students to understand the creature’s character. Is he a friend, or is he an enemy? Is he solely responsible for his misery?

This activity helps to develop students’ argumentation skills in a fun and meaningful way.

This free activity is part of a larger unit:
Frankenstein Unit (No prep)

I hope you enjoy it.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A