Category Archives : SOCIAL STUDIES LESSONS


FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “The Meaning of Duty: American Soldiers in War”

by Different Drummer Secondary Resources

9th – 12th Grade

 

 

Should all citizens be required to fight for their country? What does it mean to belong to a country that actively recruits for soldiers or forces them in the draft? What does this mean for the students in your class?

These questions are deep and require reflection. This activity is for high school students to think about what it might mean to be a soldier or called up to fight in the draft.

This can be used for any war or as a pre-war unit activity to get students thinking about what these soldiers endured and sacrificed for their country. I hope you and your students find it interesting and useful to start some poignant, respectful discussions about this topic.

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Sioux, Powhatan, & Pueblo Native American Foldable”

by 2crazyteachers

1st – 3rd Grade

 

 

Enjoy this freebie to help your students distinguish between the Sioux, Powhatan, and Pueblo Native Americans.

 

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “US President Brain Breaks”

by The Primary Techie

Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 

 

This is a fun way to review presidents and get your kids up and movin’ at the same time. Choose movements for your kids to do as they say the name of each president – jumping jacks, punch out, and chair kicks are just a few ideas you can use. There are two speeds to choose from. With “click to advance”, you will control the speed. This is a good one to use if you want to discuss the presidents or just go slowly. If you choose this “auto advance”, transitions happen automatically. This is fun when you are doing the moves with your kids. Just start it and join in the fun!

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Yellow Journalism and the Spanish-American War Project”

by Room 311

9th – 12th Grade

 

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This writing project is creative way to teach research skills to your high school U.S. history students as well as increase their knowledge of the Spanish-American War.

I used this project as a way to encourage research skills, creativity, and teamwork among the students in my class. While geared towards 11th and 12th grade history classes, this project could easily be adapted for 9th and 10th grade levels. This could also be used in homeschool curriculum. A rubric is included.
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The Industrial Revolution

American Expansionism Test

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Family Holiday Traditions”

by Caitlin Howald

1st – 4th Grade

 

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I sent this form home with students to complete with their families. We used this to discuss all families are different and have different traditions. I had students share their traditions with the class. They were very excited to do so!

Thanks to KG fonts (http://www.kimberlygeswein.com/) and Creative clips (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Krista-Wallden)

 

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “First Thanksgiving Lesson and Pop Up Book”

by Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

2nd – 4th Grade

 

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Have fun teaching your students about the first Thanksgiving between the Wampanoag Native Americans and the Pilgrims. Then allow your students to think about what they are grateful for this year. Finally, have your students create their own pop up books.

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October Teacher Talk 3

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s BOO-tober and time for October Teacher Talk. Getting ready for Halloween and other Autumn holidays, you don’t want to miss this issue of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators have to say for this month.

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Journals: From a Kid’s Point of View

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Part one of a blog series about journaling, as told by fourth graders!

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BOO-Tober Time for Sensory Poetry

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s BOOtober and the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing in your 5-8 grade students. Fall is the perfect season for this. Can’t you just hear the rustling of leaves under your feet, or the howling wind as the days begin to grow colder. How about biting into that first crisp red apple of the season. I just love Macouns, my tongue waters as I think about the tart sweetness of my favorite fruit.

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BOO! MEOW! EEK! WHHOO! HA-HA-HA!

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

The natural rhythm of songs and poetry enhances fluency, especially for beginning and struggling readings. Add fun with sound effects and then add even more fun by recording the results!

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Multiply the Fun

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Combine task cards with QR code and students BEG to practice multiplication!

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Make Math FUN this Halloween!

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom


Make Math FUN this Halloween with these engaging Math Riddles! Each problem corresponds to a letter that helps to solve the riddle at the bottom of the page. My students love these!

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3 Ways for AAC Users to Get their Game Face On

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

If you’re looking for some fun and spooky Halloween activities for speech-language therapy, here are some ideas for you, and a free resource, too.

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Halloween STEM Challenge: Ghosts in the Graveyard

By Kerry Tracy of Kerry Tracy

Keep your kids engaged this Halloween with spooky STEM challenges!

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Pumpkin Themed Activities and Resources

By Alison Monk of the Literacy Garden

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin mania!! Yes, I am also quite a fan of everything PUMPKIN. I love the soothing taste of a Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea or the delightful aroma of pumpkin scented soaps and air fragrances. And don’t forget the pumpkin roll with the cream cheese filling!!! So, now that you are drooling with me, how about some pumpkin ideas for your home and classroom?

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Math Routines to Boost Student Achievement

By Shametria Routt of The Routty Math Teacher

Check out four classroom routines that will allow you to use your time both effectively and efficiently, increase critical thinking skills, and boost student achievement at the same time. This series highlights four of my favorite routines: starters, number talks, math talks, and daily problem solving. These routines are tried and true and through this series I share how I made them work for me and my students in my own classroom. 

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Positive Behavioral Supports for PreK Classrooms

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

As I began working on a new Visual Schedule project for PreK, I did a little digging into research-based practices to support positive behaviors in preschool classrooms. What did I find? 

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Setting Up Captivating Stations

By Mary Moore of Moore Resources

As I was considering how to do these and captivate interest, I decided to utilize my new ‘math stations idea’ and create ” Colorful Captivating Station Bags”. To create these great engaging station bags….read more at MMooreEducationalResources.com/blog

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Family Tree faces templates”

by Reading with Mrs D

Pre-Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

 

family-tree-faces-templates

 

This freebie I created for my first grade classroom has students picking faces for each member of their family and colouring/coloring them to match their hair, skin and eye colours/colors.

Student then print the family member names UNDER the faces and the family surname on the trunk.

ENJOY!

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “AINU (FREE, Language Series)”

by J MASON EMERSON

5th – 12th Grade

 

ainu

 

This is a free item so far, so just click and get it. Ainu is a language mostly spoken in northern Japan. Some word searches have been included. More free language items will be added later so be looking for them and tell other friends. Feel free to suggest what the eventual price should be.

 

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Ancient Maya Beauty Secrets”

by Skool Aid Products

6th – 9th Grade

 

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The ancient Maya were a complex and intriguing civilization. Even their beauty treatments set them apart from other civilizations. What did the ancient Maya consider beautiful and desirable, was it the same or similar to beauty standards in modern America? This presentation is geared towards getting students discussing and comparing the similarities and differences between us and the ancient Maya.

This 15 slide PowerPoint presentation has presenter’s notes included on 9 slides. Students compare and contrast Mayan beauty standards with their own and discuss the question “if pain and beauty really do go together.” Discussions and writing opportunities are built into the presentation. This entire presentation is a subsection of an in depth 230 slide thematic PowerPoint Unit presentation on Mesoamerican Civilization Thematic Unit PowerPoint Presentation with 157 slides of presenter’s notes. It covers the Olmec, Maya and the Aztec civilizations and is available for purchase on this site.
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15 slides
9 presenter’s notes
1 writing opportunity
1 type of graphic organizers
-Venn diagram
2 class discussions
Common Core Standards: RI 7.1, RH 6-8.4, RH 6-8.7, SL 7.1, SL 7.2, WHST 6-8.1, WHST 6-8.10

Duration:
1 class period

Other Meso-American civilization presentations available from Skool Aid Products:
Olmec Civilization PowerPoint Show

Mayan History PowerPoint Presentation

The Aztec Civilization PowerPoint Show

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Westward Expansion Review Game”

by Love Learning

4th – 6th Grade

 

Westward Expansion Review Game

 

This PowerPoint game reviews:

~The Transcontinental Railroad
~Great Plains
~Cowboys and Miners
~Conflict with Native Americans
~Various Westward Expansion vocabulary words

The game correlates with the following lessons:

Westward Expansion Student Study Guide

Conflict with Native Americans

Westward Expansion – Pioneer Life

The Transcontinental Railroad

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The Suffrage Movement
The Early 1900’s Unit
American Expansionism
World War I Unit
The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression Unit
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Civil Rights Movement
September 11 Attacks
Economics Unit

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “American Government, Election Day, and Presidents – FREEBIE! (sample)”

by Cultivating Lifetime Learners

1st – 6th Grade

 

American Government, Election Day, and Presidents

 

This Freebie is a fun and interactive learning experience to familiarize students with citizenship in the United States.

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Ancient Greece: Minoan Frescoes”

by Skool Aid Products

5th – 8th Grade

 

MINOAN FRESCOES

 

Minoan Frescoes is an excerpt from my presentation of Ancient Greece: The Minoan and Mycenae Civilizations

The Minoan language has yet to be deciphered and the main source of information on them is from their frescoes and artifacts. These frescoes give students an unparalleled opportunity to experience being archaeologists. So I put together a series of Minoan frescoes paired with guiding questions to lead the students on a journey of historic discovery. How do their observations stand up to those of archaeologists and historians? Try the sample in your classroom, the complete Minoan presentation is 173 slides and handouts and explores in depth the entire archaeological discovery by Sir Arthur Evans and new information unearthed since then. Your students will love it, and be highly engaged in this style of learning.

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Topics:
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Contents:

10 slides
T Chart for predictions

Teaching time:
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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “French Gothic Cathedral Tour Project”

by Andy Runyan

7th – 12th Grade

 

French Gothic Cathderal Tour Project

 

This file is a MS Word document that outlines our French Gothic Cathedral Tour project in AP Art History. I have also used it in World History classes. Students are divided into groups and allowed to select a Gothic Cathedral.

We act as if we are going on a trip to France and each group has to convince the teacher that their building is the one to visit. Lots of fun and kids with an artistic side have a chance to create and show off their talents.

 

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Canada Themed No-Prep Printables for Literacy Review (and kids’ thoughts on Canada Day)

Blog Post - Fun, NoPrep Canada Literacy Activities and Canada Day conversations with the little people!

Hello my friends! Here in Ontario, we have one week left of classes. At the end of the school year, I like to take some time to discuss Canada Day with my students. For the age group I teach, their perceptions of Canada Days past can be quite entertaining:


That Fun Reading Teacher's student - funny quote on Fireworks #kids say the #darndest things! That Fun Reading Teacher's student's view of #Canada's beginning

Canada Day is clearly a memorable experience for even our youngest students, whether it be of fireworks, time with family or friends during the day. Whether we are retelling a story that we have read together, creating our own adventure, or discussing a personal experience, there is a logical sequence of events and words that match: first, then, finally (or whichever vocabulary you have decided to use!) (For a post about using the 3 part graphic organizer with young students, and a freebie, click here!)

Here is a fun Canada Day story that started orally with a reading buddy who helped sort out the three basic story parts before the pictures were drawn (and was duly thanked!)

Canada Read and Write and More - Graphic Organizer

These no-prep printables come from Canada Read and Write and More, the first set of what I have started to develop as a series. Here is the Canada themed and Canada Day writing paper:


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My students enjoy ‘fun worksheets’ every so often. The literacy skills practice pages that are included so far are pictured below:


Canada Read and Write and More - syllables Canada Read and Write and More - read and colour

3 Canada Print or Paste

Bonus Terry Fox and hockey colouring fact sheets for those early finishers!


Canada Day Read and Write and More - Terry Fox sample Canada Day Read and Write and More - hockey sample

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P.S. Here’s a little ‘Aha’ moment from a pre-Canada Day conversation in my classroom about 19 years ago…no figurative language in kindergarten!


That Fun Reading Teacher's #AhaMoment on why not to use figurative language with #kindergarten students

Related:


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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “The Holocaust: Who Was Responsible? (Grades 8, 9, 10)”

by Literary Sherri

8th – 12th Grade

 

The Holocaust Who Was Responsible

 

Who Was Responsible for the Holocaust?
Common Core Aligned

Description:
When discussing the Holocaust, some people ask, “Where was God?” Others ask, “Where was man?” Among other reasons, we study the Holocaust so that it won’t happen again. We grapple with the questions of what caused the Holocaust and who is responsible so that we can prevent such tragedies from recurring. We say evil triumphs when good men do nothing. This critical-thinking activity, meant to be completed at the end of a unit of study on the Holocaust, prompts students to determine whether or not the Holocaust happened because good men did nothing.

Students determine who was responsible for the Holocaust and to what extent they are guilty of crimes against humanity then create a circle graph (or pie chart) in which they assign the person(s) responsible the percentage of responsibility they should bear for the Holocaust. Although students do not have to use every category, all percentages must add up to 100%.

The insights, sensitivity, compassion, and empathy students bring to your post-activity discussion will amaze you and make you feel secure in the capabilities of the next generation!

I have used this activity with huge success with eighth graders following our unit on“The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Night” by Elie Wiesel. Reminders that their work will be posted and should reflect their personal pride and respect for the topic at hand have always resulted in a thoughtful, meaningful display.

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-Integration of math
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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “We the People Kid Created Class Book FREEBIE”

by Hilary Lewis-Rockin’ Teacher Materials

1st – 3rd Grade

 

We the People Kid Created Class Book

 

I use books and a video to introduce the Preamble to the Constitution to my students. This is a book that kids can work on together to create illustrations for your own class book. I sometimes create 2 class books so that everyone can make their own individual page. You can use the blank pages to have the kids draw pictures and/or write sentences that tell what America means to them.

You can use this in a variety of ways. The books I use are for younger children. However, there are many other books and videos available that could be used with older children.

I hope you this packet helps you teach your students about The Preamble to the Constitution of our United States of America.

Thanks!
Hilary
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Speech Evaluation with drop down boxes

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Speech Evaluation with drop down boxes

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Automated Comment Generator for SPEECHES

This document has been created to help teachers evaluate students during the speech evaluation. It is created in a Microsoft Word document so that you can easily modify it to suit your particular classroom needs. (You also have the option to copy and paste the entire page, or certain elements.) The document is completely modifiable, even the comments. The “grunt work” has been done for you.

This quickens the evaluation process and will help the teacher to write down information more quickly. This particular document has been embedded with drop down boxes with comments on: elements of persuasion and argumentation, communication, the quality of information, the quality of sources, and the quality of visual aids.

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May Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s May, only a short time till you can kick back and take a break. To help get you there, we have have so many things to share with you in this edition of May Teacher Talk. There are posts about engaging your classes till the end of the year, end of the year memories, summer stem activities, number writing instruction, reading comprehension ideas, iPad Apps for learning, advice for teacherpreneurs and so much more.  So sit back, relax and take a look at our posts.

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A Portfolio to Remember

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Ways to pull together a show-stopping portfolio collection for every student at the end of the year.
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Tips for Engaging Your Students Through the End of the Year

The end of the school year is just around the corner. You’re looking forward to summer vacation and so are your students, but you still have at least 6 or more weeks left, so what do you do to keep those children tuned in to learning.

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 Are You Getting Overwhelmed the last few months of School?

By Mary Moore of Moore Resources

Don’t Stress the Last Few Months of School! It is so hard NOT to get overwhelmed, especially the last month or so of school! Read below on some tips and resources I always try to remember….at MMooreEducationalResources.com

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Can You Make 200 of Them?

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

It takes 200 opportunities per day for an augmentative communication user to learn how to use the AAC system. We need to provide those opportunities within the context of daily activities & routines. Here are some suggestions on how to do that.

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Summer STEM Olympics

By Kerry Tracy of Kerry Tracy

Teachers, does the end of the year find you struggling to provide meaningful, enjoyable lessons? Never fear, Summer STEM Challenge Olympics are here! (Includes modifications for grade 2 – 8.)

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Wacky days in May and activities to go with them!

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Get some stress out from testing! Do some fun activities with special days in May and some wacky ones!

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Comprehension is as Easy as ABC

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

A tried and true teaching tool to ensure student engagement and comprehension while reading!

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iPad Apps for Kids- a 6-Part Blog Series

By Shametria Routty of the Routty Math Teacher

iPad and tablet use in the classroom has gained much popularity over the last few years and they’re being used nationwide as engaging learning tools for students. “iPad Apps for Kids” is a 6-part blog series featuring cool math iPad apps that can be used for intervention, tutoring, and summer practice tools for all students, inside or outside of the classroom setting. While all of the apps are free, you may have to make a purchase for a nominal fee to take full advantage of the app’s features; however, the free aspects are very useful and engaging just the same. 

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What I Have Learned on TPT-Part 2

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Read some of my top discoveries on my teacher-author journey.

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “FREE Landforms Dictionary (or Coloring Book)”

by Miss Martin

2nd – 4th Grade

 

Landforms Dictionary

 

FREE Landforms Dictionary (or Coloring Book)

This versatile set can be used as either a student Landforms dictionary or as a Landforms Coloring Book – it is your choice!

I have included a cover for each, so you can use it how it suits you best.

Your students will love putting together this Landforms Dictionary and using it as a resource during their Landforms Unit!

The landforms included in this set are:
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April Teacher Talk

It’s April, only a few more months to go till the end of the school year. We have have so many things to share with you in this edition of April Teacher Talk. So sit back, relax and take a look at our posts.

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April is Poetry Month

 I just love teaching poetry and spring is the perfect time. For me, inspiration comes from being outside, perhaps walking on the beach inhaling the salty ocean air, or just walking through the woods with my husband and beautiful husky who is no longer with us. Oh and April is Poetry month.

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Make a Splash in April

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Step by step instructions for an art project to motivate students for “April is Poetry Month”.

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Scientific Method: Neglect & Regrets

Are your students mere collectors of data, or do they analyze & interpret data? This blog relates an epiphany I had that changed my science-teaching game for good!  

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Autism & Learning to Use a Public Restroom: Tips for Parents and Teachers 

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Learning to use the bathroom in public places or at school can be a struggle for children on the spectrum. Read this post for tips on how to make the process of using new bathrooms fun, interesting, and successful!

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More Core in Shared Reading for AAC Users

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

This post is about using core words and more descriptive teaching rather than referential teaching. Not only does this encourage higher level thinking skills, it means AAC users can more easily participate in comprehension activities.

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Don’t Let the Pencil Craze Get to You!

Mary Moore of Moore Resources

Are pencils driving you crazy? Students not having a pencil? Losing them? Breaking the tip? The pencil craze got to me too! It doesn’t need to! During my student teaching we had cups with pencils at each group that we sharpened every morning and ensured there were plenty in each cup, which was great! That was in first grade. Over the years, I became use to about 2-3 students per class not having a pencil, therefore, I always purchased a box or two at a time and handed pencils out to those students. This year was a little different for me and the pencil craze got me! So many lost pencils, broken pencil tips, or students just didn’t have a pencil. I felt pencil cross eyed! A solution must be found!!! After much thought I came up with my “Pencil Station”!

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Nothing Like Non-Fiction

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Using non-fiction will renew the love of learning in your classroom! Immersing students in reading & writing workshop: use non-fiction to teach note-taking, text features and formats!

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Calculator Challenges

By Shametria Routt of The Routty Math Teacher

Calculators are wonderful tools for the classroom and can provide valuable learning opportunities for our students. In fact, in the Common Core State Standards for Math, Mathematical Practice Standard 5 requires that students use “tools strategically.” To support this goal, this series includes 4 calculator-based activities that can be used to challenge your students in the mathematics classroom.

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EdTech Tips: Google My Maps

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Ways to use Google My maps in the classroom!

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8 Highly Effective Practices for Teaching Printing

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Don’t have time to take to a class? Improve the effectiveness of your handwriting instruction with these easy to follow research-based tips!

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What I Have Learned on TPT-Part One

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Advice from one teacher’s journey to becoming a teacher-entrepreneur on TPT. This four-part blog series includes strategies for finding help and feeling success.

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Georgia, Poppies & Poetry

By Tracy Wills of Wild Child Designs

This post outlines how to use sentence stems and visible thinking routines to respond to Georgia O’Keefe’s art. It includes some great picture book recommendations as well!

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Geography Vocabulary PowerPoint”

by Skool Aid Products

6th – 9th Grade

 

Geography Vocabulary Powerpoint

 

Geography Vocabulary is a colorful 44 slide power point covering land and water terms. It is geared towards middle schoolers and introduces them to the academic vocabulary used in their textbooks. It is aligned to the common core standards and each slide introduces 1 term, the definition, synonyms, and up to 3 pictures or illustrations of the term. This presentation has been successfully used with over 300 6th graders with a high level of receptivity and retention.

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Paul Revere Jeopardy”

by Deena Wilcox

1st – 5th Grade

 

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his is a Jeopardy game PowerPoint that reviews Paul Revere. It can be used to review facts about Paul Revere. Answers are included.

 

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “You Decide: Loyalist, Neutral, or Revolutionary”

by Smart Apple

6th – 8th Grade

 

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Great for teaching the American Revolution. Three short biographies for students to read and decided if the person may be for the revolution, supporting the British, or not sure. Students are asked to defend their choices and there may be varied opinions in the classroom. Students can work alone or in groups.

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February Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern



Welcome to our February Teacher Talk.  All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like wish you a Happy Valentines Day.  We have so many fab things this month from  proof-reading ideas, to ELA to math activities, to celebrating Black History Month and President’s Day, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators.

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The Proof is in the Pudding, Proof-Reading That Is!

As a veteran English and Social Studies teacher, I’d like to share some effective proof-reading tips that I’ve used to help students improve their writing skills, and to make my life a bit easier.


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Love is All We Need

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Just a little inspiration for building confidence and acceptance in your learning community.

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IMWAYR: Funny Bones

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Have you read Funny Bones? Winner of multiple awards and a great informational addition to your Dia de Los Muertos collection!

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Valentine’s Day STEM Olympics

By Kerry Tracy of Kerry Tracy

Blog post outlines 5 infatuating Valentine’s Day-themed STEM challenges that can be modified for use with grades 2-8. Help Cupid get some target practice, build a tower of love, design the perfect candy container, find the “heaviest” heart, and have a flower frenzy!

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 Cooperative Learning – Bring Core Subjects Together for Student Learning!

By M. Moore of Moore Resources

 Cooperative Learning – Bring Core Subjects Together for Student Learning!

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What Word Does This Say: B-L-E-N-D?

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

This is part of a series of posts about phonological awareness and the different steps and skills to teach. This post is about blending sounds and syllables to hear the word.

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Teaching Self-Regulation Skills to Elementary Age Children

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Finally! A systematic method to teach self-regulation skills to children with sensory, emotional, and behavioral needs. Color coded task cards give students managed choices to learn specific skills that meet their sensory needs and also calm them down, so that they can perform their academic classroom tasks.

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My Funny Valentine: Love Letters by Arnold Adoff

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

A review and glimpse into “Love Letters” poetry by Arnold Adoff. This post also includes a teaching idea for its use in the classroom.

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Robots + Math & Science = Total Engagement

By Megan Bodmann of Adventures Teaching 4th

Get your students engaged in learning by introducing robots into your classroom. They are not only a ton of fun, but you can easily utilize them in your math and science lessons. Find out how easy it is to do!

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Playground Problem = Real Life

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

The Playground Problem is a real-life math challenge! It keep students engaged and practicing their area and perimeter skills in a meaningful way.

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Understanding Fractions: A 6-Part Series

By Shametria Routt of The Routty Math Teacher

Fractions– a single word that deflates the confidence of our most competent students and adults alike. In this series, I share some of the essential fraction understandings that I have developed over the years, including the many math tools you can use to reinforce these essential skills. With that in mind, each of the six posts highlights a fraction tool and activity that can be used to address a specific Common Core Math Standard (with a few printable freebies too). 

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Leveled Math Assessments

By Tammy Roose of Tarheel State Teacher

Do your math assessments encourage a growth mindset? Create an entry point for students who are not yet meeting the standards? Allow above average learners to show they know more than just what’s expected for their grade-level? Find out 7 reasons why I’m committed to leveled math assessments this year! 

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The Proof is in the Pudding-Proof-reading That Is!


By Deann Marin of  Socrates Lantern

As a veteran English and Social Studies teacher, I’d like to share some effective proof-reading tips that I’ve used to help students improve their writing skills, and to make my life a bit easier.

 

This is simple but a tough one for the kids to remember. When writing a rough draft they should skip a line between sentences. This will leave room for proof-reading comments. We are programmed to finish writing one line and just going to the next, so students will really need to remember this.  I’ve often told them to use a marker or pen and put a dot at the beginning of each line that they should write on. This helps a great deal. Eventually they will get it and it will become second nature.  Also, letting them know that as  part of their final grade, they get credit for skipping lines on their rough draft.

Always write rough drafts with a pencil if not using a computer. At the top of their paper, the student should write each area that will be proof-read.  This depends on what you are teaching at the time. After proof-reading has been finished,each student must initial the part that they corrected.

Proof-reading is a group effort.  So I have the class get into their collaborative groups of 4.  I will direct them and let them know exactly what to do.  Each child will have a specific thing to look for, depending on the lesson. If you’re using sensory words, descriptive adjectives, topic and detail sentences, capitals and end punctuation,  figurative language etc. they will proofread accordingly. It is really up to the individual teacher.  All corrections should be written in pen or different colored pencils. Here are some examples:

  1. One child will make sure that the paper makes sense. They will read it and add corrections on the blank lines.
  2. Another child  will look for colorful words such as adjectives, sensory words.
  3. Someone else will circle spelling errors with red.
  4. The fourth child will fix punctuation and grammar.  They might underline grammar mistakes, or circle them with a blue pencil.

Each child in the group starts with someone else’s paper. I give them a certain amount of time to read and correct it, 10-15 minutes or so. After 15 minutes have passed, they give the paper to the next person in their group, and they do their specific job. This continues until all the corrections have been completed. They must remember to initial the part that they corrected see tip #2.

Once the proof-reading has been finished, I let the class know that they will be reading each other’s paper to them to hear how it sounds.  It’s easier to pick up mistakes when you hear it out loud, rather than reading it to yourself. This can get noisy, so they should use inside voices.

  1. When child A reads child B’s paper, child  B has to listen, and vica versa. You do this for all papers in each group. If errors are picked up, they can be worked on, corrected and read aloud again.

As an extra incentive, tell your kids  that if a paper that they corrected has no mistakes, they will get extra points towards the final grade on their own paper. This will get the class to take this exercise seriously.

  1. John, Sarah, Sally and Andrew are in group A. John fixed spelling errors on the papers in his group.  No one has spelling mistakes, so  I  would give him 4 extra points, 1 point for each paper that has been proof- read.  Do this for everyone in the group. Use your own discretion.

When the final drafts are collected, they should include pre-writing, and rough drafts with comments and corrections. I let the them know that if they’ve followed directions and handed everything in as  instructed, they will get credit for it.

I hope this post has been helpful for you. Would love to hear feedback.

Thanks for stopping by.

Deann

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Culture Gallery Walk for Sociology and History”

by Leah Cleary

9th – 12th Grade

 

culture gallery walk

 

I use this in sociology, but it’s great for world history, as well. Assign students a culture to research. They will create a poster or trifold and bring in artifacts and food samples from that culture. On presentation day, instead of standing up and sharing with the class,, students will set up displays around the classroom. Students will use the note handout to record information as they walk around the classroom, sampling the food and discovering information about different cultures.

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FREE LESSON – “Social Studies Causation Cards”

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What Are Causation Cards?

Causation cards are a fun, interactive way to review vocabulary and concepts that students need to learn. In addition, this engaging activity helps improve fluency and listening skills.


How Does Causation Cards Work?

The method is similar to the “I have… who has…” cards, where each student has to listen carefully to other students to know when it is their turn. However, causation cards do not contain a repeated language (like “I have… who has…”). Instead it will state an action that a student must perform and a statement they must say. The action can be something simple from jumping in the air to drawing on the board. The statement can be a definition of a term or related concept.


Why Are Causation Cards Important?
This activity is a great resource for practicing those all important speaking and listening skills while building fluency. This resource is a great way to improve student’s reading accuracy, prosody, and fluency rate.

How Do You Use Them In The Classroom?

Have the class read through the set of cards multiple times giving each student a different card each time or read to each other by taking turns. 

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Thanksgiving Around the World FREEBIE”

by Wise Little Owls

Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

 

thanksgiving around the world

 

Other countries have Thanksgiving too! Included is one country that celebrates giving thanks. Great way to learn about other cultures and holidays they celebrate! Differentiated written activities included! Perfect for PreK-2nd grade!

The country comes with:

Information Sheet
3 Differentiated Retelling Sheets
Find and Color the Country
Activity or Craft

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