Category Archives : 6th Grade


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “POST-IT NOTES FREEBIE ~ Talking Back to Books!”

by Kennedy’s Korner

2nd – 6th Grade

 

 

Students love to use POST-IT notes!
Model while reading aloud and show them how to use these POST-IT note ideas ~ to “talk back to their books”.

I have my students keep these handy
Printables in their Reading Workshop binders to reference during Reading Workshop time. As they read, they use their favorite color POST-IT note to jot down their thinking. Then they keep their POST-IT’s on the organizer provided – and put it in their Reading Workshop binder with the title of the book listed.
We hope your students enjoy talking back to their books and making the most out of their Reading Workshop time.

Enjoy this FREEBIE and thank you for visiting our store ~
Kennedy’s Korner

 

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May Teacher Talk

It’s May and June is just around the bend. You’re probably counting the days till summer vacation. Be sure to stop by and see what these teachers are doing in their classrooms and gather some great tips and ideas.

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Walking the Red Carpet With Book of the Year Awards

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Are you looking for a fun but academic way to keep your students engaged in these last few weeks of the school year? This blog post is part one of a series that details one way to keep your kids talking about books. Plus, a unique freebie opportunity is offered!

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Where We’re From

By Retta London of  Rainbow City Learning

A tribute to my mother and all she taught me. A poetry form added to try in your own own classroom.

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End of the Year Growth Mindset Awards Activity

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

My teaching partner and I always faced the end of the school year with nostalgia, excitement, and a bit of sadness as our students leave our classrooms.  Kind of like parents whose children have flown the coop. We enjoyed giving out student awards, but instead of us choosing all of them, we decided to let the kids help us.

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Do You Have a Purpose?

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Students need a purpose for communicating and we need to provide meaningful interactions, not just “test” them on their knowledge.

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Five Simple Tools for End of the Year Success

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Survive the end-of-the-year frenzy in your classroom with five tips to help reduce the chaos and maintain learning.

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Make Math FUN this Summer!!!

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom

The weeks approaching summer vacation can be a great time to get some review in for the students as the year closes. These NO PREP activity worksheets can be great for end of the year review as well as keeping skills fresh over the summer. I think you will enjoy these summer themed riddles.

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One Million=One Thousand

By Reading Spotlight of Reading Spotlight

Find out how one million can actually equal one thousand!

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A Little Magic For Your Class. . .

By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas for Those who Love Teaching

Tips to make reading time magical with an altered fairy tale unit.

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Surviving the Last Weeks of School: 3 Activities to Keep Your Students Engaged

By Shametria Routt of The Routty Math Teacher

Managing student engagement and behaviors at the end of the school year can be a challenge for even our most experienced teachers. The more engaged students are in tasks that are both developmentally appropriate and challenging, the less off-task behavior they will display. With that in mind, I would like to share some of my favorite problem solving and critical thinking strategies I use to keep my students engaged during the last weeks of the school year.

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Complete Summer School Curriculum- EVERYTHING you need to teach English/LA at the middle level!

Complete ELA Summer School Bundle from Teach BeTween the Lines will provide you all of the lessons, materials, and activities to teach summer school- ZERO prep involved! From introduction activities and procedure slides (introduced using fun memes) to specific reading and writing strategies that have been the most beneficial to my struggling readers and writers. This unit is completely digital for use with Google Apps or Microsoft One Drive, and is also completely printable.

For many years, I too taught summer school. There are so many benefits to taking on this very important role, but I will admit that I was driven by the money! I also distinctly remember not wanting to spend all of my precious summer planning and crafting curriculum! That is why I created this unit bundle! Let my experiences do the work for you! What I have done is compile lessons from my curriculum that will most benefit the struggling reader and writer. I start summer school by teaching close reading strategies (which I call “talking to the text). Then I spend the remainder of summer school continuing to practice these strategies through every unit. The first few days of this unit bundle include detailed lesson plans to help you best support your students with these close reading strategies. Then, each added unit contains its own detailed lesson plans. A unit outline will support your planning of each of these lessons! This unit bundle will give you everything you need to teach summer school in a way that dramatically improves the reading and writing skills of your students!

See the preview for a visual of each of these units or click on the links below to view each product individually!

Close Reading Strategies (Text Annotation to Support Reading Comprehension)Teach your students how to use close reading strategies to improve reading comprehension and written analysis. This gradual release method will encourage your
Summarizing Fiction Lesson, Guided and Collaborative Practice, and Assessment!Teach your students how to create a concise and objective summary of a fiction text with this simple, easy, step-by-step method. Students will be able to
Summarizing Nonfiction Lesson, Graphic Organizers, & 12 Differentiated TextsTeach your students how to create a concise summary of nonfiction texts that are free from personal judgements or opinions with this simple, easy, step-by-step
In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment, MLA 8th EditionThe MLA 8th edition lesson on incorporating textual evidence (quotations with parenthetical citations) will help your students learn: -How to create an in-text citation with and without an author’s name. -How to lead into or out of a quote with the student’s own words. -How to pepper a quote.
Plot/Literary Elements GAME!The plot/literary elements game activity fosters a shared writing experience for students in the creation of a fun, creative, and often hilarious story.
Compound Sentences with FANBOYS Lesson, Stations, Practice, & AssessmentTeach your students how to create compound sentences with FANBOYS conjunctions! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations using mentor
Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs Lesson, Practice, Games, and AssessmentTeach your students how to create compound sentences with semicolons, and compound sentences with semicolons and conjunctive adverbs! This Lesson will provide
Complete Tone and Mood in Literature Bundle + Connotation and DenotationTeach your students how to understand the complex topic of tone and mood in literature! 1. Lesson on Tone and Mood 2. Lesson on Connotation/Denotation 3. Tone
Short Story Unit Bundle – “Cemetery Path” with Tone and MoodThe ultimate short story bundle! “Cemetery Path” by Leonard Q. Ross is an excellent, scary, thrilling short story to engage your learners. This complete pack

PLUS:
-30 Page Reader’s Workshop/Independent Reading Book Log
-Introductions, a get-to-know you game, and classroom procedures memes!

Save nearly ten dollars with this unit bundle!

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FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “Butterfly Life Cycle Bulletin Board Set”

by Linda Kamp

Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 

 

This free butterfly life cycle bulletin board set is the perfect addition to your butterfly study. It includes header card, arrows and real pictures of the egg, larva, pupa and adult.

You might also enjoy these additional butterfly resources:
Butterfly Life Cycle Unit with Lessons, Labs and Foldable Butterfly Booklet
Butterfly Graphing the Life Cycle Activities
Butterfly Life Cycle Writing Craft

Happy teaching and thanks so much for visiting my store! Be sure to follow to receive email notification when I post new resources!

Linda Kamp

 

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HUGE BUNDLED SAVINGS!!!!

A year’s worth of assessments, homework, and activities for 5th grade. All the activities are standard based. There’s a huge variety to choose from allowing you to cater to your students’ needs…or use in different grades for review or advanced learners

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “S’Mores 1st Grade Dolch Card Game”

by Dana Designs

3rd – 6th Grade

 

 

FREEBIE ALERT!

If you’re sick of going through boring flashcards, this is a great resource that is quick to play and easy to learn. Students can practice Dolch sight words within the context of a card game. Because each card is labeled with the grade level, it is easy to switch cards from different levels in and out. In this file, you get a page with all the directions (as listed below) and four pages of playing cards that print 12 per page.

To Win: Be the player with the most s’mores at the end of the game.

To Play:
Shuffle cards and place in a single pile face down.
On each player’s turn, choose the top card and read the word. Keep the card.
Continue play until all cards are picked up.
All players see how many complete s’mores they have made (a complete s’more is one of each card: chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker, and fire).
The player with the highest number of complete s’mores wins.
In the event of a tie, the player with the highest number of words that begin with the letter t is the winner.

Other Ways to Play:
*The first card turned over is the wild card. Whatever type of card that is will be what players try to get the most of to win the game. (For example, if the first card is a marshmallow, then the player with the most marshmallows at the end of the deck wins).
*At the end of the deck, count the number of pairs of matching cards. Each pair counts as one point.
*Shuffle the deck and deal cards out (face down to each player). On each player’s turn, they flip their top card onto the pile and say the word. If the current word is the same card type as the one below it, the first person to say the word and slap the pile gets to take the cards. Continue play until one player has the entire deck. (Similar to playing Slap Jack).

Download more versions of this game to mix and match cards!

S’More Dolch Word Bundle (Grades 1-3)

S’More 3rd Grade Dolch Words

S’More 2nd Grade Dolch Words

S’More 1st Grade Dolch Words

S’More R-Controlled Vowel Words

S’More Long E Words

S’More Silent E Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Book vs. Movie”

by Rachel Lynette

3rd – 9th Grade

 

 

Book vs. Movie Printables: FREE

Use these two printables after you have read the book and then seen the movie version. Great for comparing and contrasting and thinking critically about how the movie was made.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Rachel Lynette

 

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Free Classroom Rules Poster and Instructions

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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
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
30 minutes

Spelling Flip Book 6

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spelling-Flip-Book-3019606

 

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The Spelling Flip Book is designed to help young learners become familiar with spelling rules and to incorporate them into their work.

Students can color and personalize their flip books to enhance the spelling learning experience.

I always like encouraging my students to use their flip books as reference sheets when they are working to promote good spelling habits. The goal is that eventually, by using the flip book when working, the student will begin to remember common errors made in the past and correct them. I have had much success with this strategy in my classes.

I’ve also included a color copy and an answer key – a total of 18 pages.

It’s teaching made easy!


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Mrs. D’s Doodles 2 – 11 Doodle Frames – 11 Doodle Borders”

by Mrs Ds Corner

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

 

 

Drawn freehand, this pack includes 11 non-transparent, black line doodle frames.

These frames may be used personally or commercially. If using commercially, please give credit to Mrs. D’s Corner.

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Opinion Piece Bundle

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How to write an effective Opinion Piece Bundle includes:

-notes for students (What is an opinion piece? How do we write an opinion piece?…)
-work process sheets to help students organize their ideas
-an example of an effective opinion piece (an effective tool for teaching)
-a student self-evaluation and teacher evaluation

Total Pages
6
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE MISC. LESSON – “FREE! Digital Paper Collection: Retro Circles and Squares”

by KB Konnected

Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

 

 

Includes 8 papers
300 dpi, png files
Commercial use welcome. See TOU in product for details.

 

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Free Group Work Comment Sheet with Drop Down Boxes

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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
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE MISC. LESSON – “Autism Awareness Printable to Celebrate Your Students’ Strengths!”

by Sublime Dream Social Skills Resources

Pre-Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 

 

Looking for a Fun way to promote Autism Awareness? Use this printable to help your students and their families to celebrate their strengths as a child with Autism, by sharing them with others!

There are 3 styles to choose from, and they come in B&W as well as in color for your convenience and choice!

I hope you enjoy these as a part of you Autism Awareness Day!

You may like these related resources:
I Can Be A Superhero! Social Situations task cards
Making Faces Worksheets for identifying and managing emotions
Emotion Match-Up Match facial expressions to phrases
Stop, Think, then Go! A game to talk about impulse control
My Daily Growth Mindset Journal Develop a growth mindset
Let’s Talk About Feelings dominoes game A fun way to talk about feelings and work on empathy
Editable Reward Coupons / Electronic Time Management Manage ipad time
Facial Expressions Bingo Game Identify facial expressions while playing bingo
Be a Flexible Thinker! Practice Flexible thinking!
Student Information Sheets At-a-glace info for students
Going to a Funeral or Memorial A social story
What Can We Talk About? Practice picking appropriate topics for conversation
Grumpy Young Man An Old Maid style game to practice familiarize with facial expressions
I Have Who Has? Emotions edition An emotion version of the popular I have, who has? game
Going to the Dentist Social Story A booklet about what to expect + worksheets.
Editable Spring Break Social Skills Challenge A bingo challenge to send home over spring break to help keep skills sharp!
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Free Group and Skit Evaluation Rubric

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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

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2
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Literature English Language Arts Sampler Freebie”

by James Whitaker

5th – 12th Grade

 

 

I am a 9th year teacher and literacy coach from Brooklyn, New York. I have taught all major subjects and specialize in English Language Arts for all Grades 3 to 12. My products are mostly ELA based, but I plan on creating Math and Social Studies items in the near future.

I am very experienced at creating unique graphic organizers that will help you teach the Elements of Literature with confidence and ease. All lessons, templates, and organizers are Common Core based!

Here is a random sampling of my work. You can use my materials for a variety of purposes. Please feel free to ask any questions and I appreciated positive feedback on my products. My materials are one of kind and you will find no other seller on TpT with such rigorous, appealing, and practical materials for ELA.

Please feel free to ask any questions—
I will definitely respond to all inquiries in a timely fashion.

Please, check out my other products and resources at my teacher store:

SophistThoughts™

Hopefully my products will help strengthen your lessons, help your students learn, and make your life easier. Thank you and enjoy!

—J.D. Whitaker

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Copyright © 2012 James D. Whitaker, SophistThoughts™
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Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Not for public display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Complete ELA Summer School Bundle

Complete ELA Summer School Bundle will provide you all of the lessons, materials, and activities to teach summer school- ZERO prep involved! From introduction activities and procedure slides (introduced using fun memes) to specific reading and writing strategies that have been the most beneficial to my struggling readers and writers.

 

For many years, I too taught summer school. There are so many benefits to taking on this very important role, but I will admit that I was driven by the money! I also distinctly remember not wanting to spend all of my precious summer planning and crafting curriculum! That is why I created this unit bundle! Let my experiences do the work for you! What I have done is compile lessons from my curriculum that will most benefit the struggling reader and writer. I start summer school by teaching close reading strategies (which I call “talking to the text). Then I spend the remainder of summer school continuing to practice these strategies through every unit. The first few days of this unit bundle include detailed lesson plans to help you best support your students with these close reading strategies. Then, each added unit contains its own detailed lesson plans. A unit outline will support your planning of each of these lessons! This unit bundle will give you everything you need to teach summer school in a way that dramatically improves the reading and writing skills of your students!

See the preview for a visual of each of these units or click on the links below to view each product individually!
Close Reading Strategies (Text Annotation to Support Reading Comprehension)

Teach your students how to use close reading strategies to improve reading comprehension and written analysis. This gradual release method will encourage your…
Summarizing Fiction Lesson, Guided and Collaborative Practice, and Assessment!

Teach your students how to create a concise and objective summary of a fiction text with this simple, easy, step-by-step method. Students will be able to…
Summarizing Nonfiction Lesson, Graphic Organizers, & 12 Differentiated Texts

Teach your students how to create a concise summary of nonfiction texts that are free from personal judgements or opinions with this simple, easy, step-by-step…
In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment, MLA 8th Edition

The MLA 8th edition lesson on incorporating textual evidence (quotations with parenthetical citations) will help your students learn: -How to create an in-text citation with and without an author’s name. -How to lead into or out of a quote with the student’s own words. -How to pepper a quote…
Plot/Literary Elements GAME!

The plot/literary elements game activity fosters a shared writing experience for students in the creation of a fun, creative, and often hilarious story…
Compound Sentences with FANBOYS Lesson, Stations, Practice, & Assessment

Teach your students how to create compound sentences with FANBOYS conjunctions! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations using mentor…
Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs Lesson, Practice, Games, and Assessment

Teach your students how to create compound sentences with semicolons, and compound sentences with semicolons and conjunctive adverbs! This Lesson will provide…
Complete Tone and Mood in Literature Bundle + Connotation and Denotation

Teach your students how to understand the complex topic of tone and mood in literature! 1. Lesson on Tone and Mood 2. Lesson on Connotation/Denotation 3. Tone…
Short Story Unit Bundle – “Cemetery Path” with Tone and Mood

The ultimate short story bundle! “Cemetery Path” by Leonard Q. Ross is an excellent, scary, thrilling short story to engage your learners. This complete pack…
PLUS:
-30 Page Reader’s Workshop/Independent Reading Book Log
-Introductions, a get-to-know you game, and classroom procedures memes!

 

Save nearly ten dollars with this unit bundle!

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Knowledge in the News: Using a Newspaper to Teach Language Arts”

by Mrs Schlachter

3rd – 6th Grade

 

 

Newspapers are a great resource to use to teach important Language Arts topics in a new and exciting way! This bundle includes 5 lessons using a newspaper as the source: Summarizing, Skimming, Theme, Persuasion, and Opinions. Ask your colleagues, librarian, or local newspaper distributor for extra copies of a recent newspaper and you’re on your way!

 

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Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

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Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Adaptable Short Story Chart

This short story chart is perfectly adapted to all fiction (short stories, novels, plays….)

The document includes an explanation page as well as pages for students to complete.

It is excellent way to have students identify the different parts of plot.

It includes the following elements:
-narration
-Plot (initial situation, climax…)
-Setting
-Characterization
-Memorable quotes
-Themes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
3
Answer Key
Does Not Apply
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Mother’s Day Free”

by StudentSavvy

Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 

 

Mother’s Day Free Resource!

To My “Charming” Mother Activity!

In this resource, students design a custom charm bracelet for their moms! A creative writing and illustrating activity!

This resource is a sample page from

Mother’s Day Power Pack
and
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April Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s April and so many groovy things are happening this month, Easter, Passover, spring vacation and so much more. Be sure to stop by and see what these teachers are doing in their classrooms and gather some great tips and ideas.

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If You Love Jelly Beans

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Can’t you just smell spring in the air? Daffodils beginning to bloom, Lilac trees starting to flower, and Lilies of the Valley popping up. I just love the aroma. Not only is my birthday in April but it brings us Passover, Easter, and one that you may never have heard of, can you guess? If you said Jelly Bean Day, you’d be right. It’s April 22nd.

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Plan a Portfolio Party

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Plan a celebration for your young writers as they bloom in the Spring!

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April Math FUN!

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom

Make Math FUN this Spring! These spring math riddles are great for reviewing previous topics or practicing current skills. These riddles can be helpful in your classroom at this busy time of year. (And sneak a little fun into the classroom) I have made these math riddles to combine fun and learning for this time of year.

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How Many Ways are Words Related?

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Individuals who use AAC need to learn to take a conscious path to the words they need. If they want an apple, they need to think about how to navigate to categories -> to food -> to fruit -> to apple. SLPs can help them learn how to do this.

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6 Tips to Support English Language Learners in Your Classroom

By Kathy Simpson of Sunshine and Lollipops

Do you have English Language Learners in your classroom? If you do…you will want to take a look at this post and discover 6 easy and fun tips to support your ELL students. I am sure you will LOVE #1!

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Apollo 13: The Ultimate STEM Challenges

By Kerry Tracy of Kerry Tracy

The Apollo 13 mission shows how seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome with scientific reasoning and problem solving. Specifically, the carbon dioxide filter fix shows why STEM Challenges are so much more than just “fun.”

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The Magic of a Circle

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Using only a circle, students fold and learn a multitude of geometric terms. This is a fantastic way to teach geometry and for students to experience more than just shapes!

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Increase Engagement and Maintain Rigor-Hands-on Fun in the Upper Grade and Middle School Classroom

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Maintaining student motivation is important during any time of year, but it’s even more crucial when they return from a break. I save several of my “great” activities for those Mondays after a week off.

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Poppies & Pantoums: Poetry Comes Alive with Georgia O’Keefe

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

4th and 5th grade students explore the life of Georgia O’Keefe via a biography and her fabulous artwork. We look closely at the natural world using photographs and author Pantoum poems, a cool poetic form from Malaysia. We recuperate from our testing angst with a poppy craft.

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Painting Poetry: Children’s Voices

By Virginia Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

We hope that you will take one minute out of your busy day to enjoy a slideshow of our paintings of poems. We hope that you enjoy seeing them as much as we enjoyed painting them!

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “WRITING – Descriptive Writing Activities”

by The Teacher down the Hall

3rd – 6th Grade

 

 

Young writers can often narrate a story through a sequence of events or persuade their reader with reasons, but most of their writing lacks the descriptions that make their written words come to life in a reader’s mind. This product includes two 30-40 minute activities that will help your students practice bringing their characters or settings to life! Enjoy!

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Free: Creating a board Game Assessment Tool

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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!


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.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Colorful Circle Numbers 1-30 and Letters”

by Kacie Travis

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

 

 

These colored number circles and letters are helpful in classroom management. I use them to number my desks and classroom materials. It is a helpful tool so students always know which number they have. The uses are endless!

Included are letters A – Z and numbers 1 – 30 in five vibrant and fun colors! Enjoy!

 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Spring Birds Realistic Clip Art”

by UtahRoots

2nd – 9th Grade

 

 

This set of free realistic clip art Birds is offered as an introduction to the larger set Realistic Clip Art Birds of the United States which can be seen HERE

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Summarizing Fiction Made EASY!

Teach your students how to create a concise and objective summary of a fiction text with this simple, easy, step-by-step method. Students will be able to effectively condense a complete summary into three sentences. Students will be able to identify the protagonist, the character motivation, the conflict, rising action, and the resolution in these three sentences! This step-by-step method will make this process easy for your students.

Included:
Lesson and complete lesson plan

– Two fun and engaging guided practices and partner collaboration practices

– Differentiated assessment options. Four short stories will allow your students to read through an appropriately leveled text as they work to create their concise and objective summary!

– Graphic organizers to support students as they draft

 

 

 

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
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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@

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Sadlier-Oxford Level E Unit 1 Activity”

by Different Drummer Secondary Resources

6th – 12th Grade

 

 

This is one of my favorite vocabulary activities to do with students. It asks them to re-write the part of speech, definition, synonyms and antonyms for two words within the unit and then create a sentence using BOTH words. The purpose of this activity is to encourage students to find the connections between words and how they relate to one another. Teachers can assess their processing, how they use words in a sentence, their grammar and punctuation all in one exercise.

 

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FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “The Perfect Planet Close Reading Passage, Text-Dependent Questions & More {FREE}”

by Kristine Nannini

3rd – 6th Grade

 

 

The Perfect Planet Close Reading Passage, Text-Dependent Questions & More

This is a FREE sample of my Close Reading Resources! Try out this sample, and if you like it, check out all of my other Close Reading resources by clicking the links below.

Close Reading Bundle

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Fall and Halloween Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More

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Presidents Day Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More

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I created this resource to help students read complex texts independently and for a specific purpose. I’ve researched several strategies for close reading and have developed a process that will make your teaching more effective, and help your students develop skills to read for deeper meaning.

This resource contains everything you will need to implement close reading in your classroom! I’ve included THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE PASSAGE for you to easily differentiate in your classroom! There are also text-dependent questions and a writing prompt for your students to cite evidence from the text.

In addition, with all of the cross-curricular themes included in the passages, you can also use this pack during science, to study planets, space, and more!

Included in this resource:

One Leveled Passage:
Included in this resource is one planet-themed reading passages. The passage contains text features that your students must analyze. There are three levels of the passage so you can easily differentiate with your students. The levels are based on word count and Lexile levels which can be found in the top left corner of each passage.

The Perfect Planet – Lexile: 960L
The Perfect Planet – Lexile: 780L
The Perfect Planet – Lexile: 660L

Understanding the Standards Teacher Guide
This printable helps teachers understand the purpose of each reading, and how each reading ties into specific Common Core Anchor Standards. I’ve outlined what each student should focus on, and the learning targets for each reading.

Printable Implementation Guide
This printable gives step-by-step instructions for implementing close reading in your classroom. It can be used as your own personal reference and/or can be handed out to students prior to the first read. I’ve also included this printable with a spring theme.

Printable Annotation Guides (Mark Up the Text)
These printable annotation guides help students quickly annotate or mark up the text using symbols. I’ve included two different levels of this resource.

Printable Close Reader Poster
This poster is a visual reminder to help students understand their role as a close reader.

Text-Dependent Questions and Writing Prompts
The passage includes text-dependent questions for each of the three themes or categories in the Common Core Anchor Standards (Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas). The passage also includes one writing prompt that is to be completed after the third read. This writing prompt requires students to synthesize or make connections by combining their thinking and knowledge with evidence from the text. Answer keys are included.

Graphic Organizers
In addition to the text-dependent questions, I’ve also included the following graphic organizers:
•Key Ideas and Details Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)
•Main Idea Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)
•Vocabulary Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)

Standards Addressed:
RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.4, RI.5, RI.6, RI.7, RI.8, RI.9, RI.10

Perfect for grades 3 through 6!

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Thank you, and enjoy!
Copyright© 2015 Kristine Nannini
All rights reserved by author.
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Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.

 

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