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February Teacher Talk

Valentine Day, President’s Day, Black History Month, Kindness Week and so many teacher tried and true ideas are here for you this February. So pull up a chair sip some hot chocolate and savor some Valentine goodies will reading our englightening blog posts.

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Light up the World with Kindness

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Did you know that there is a Random Acts of Kindness Week? It runs from February 12 through the 18th. Actually, this is the first I’ve heard of it, but what a groovy  way for all of us to unite by being kind to each other.

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Make Math FUN this Valentine’s Day!

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom

Valentine’s Day can be a fun time of year! It can a busy time and also little distracting. I have often found myself looking for fun yet engaging activities for my students to use while still sticking with my curriculum. I have made these math riddles to combine fun and learning for this time of year.

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AAC 101: Who Should Use AAC and Why?

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Anyone who does not have speech or whose speech is not sufficient to meet their needs should be considered for an AAC system.

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6 Ways To Help young Children Enjoy Non-Preferred Tasks

By Thia Triggs of Print Path


Whether you are a parent, teacher, or therapist, do you know children who would benefit from play experiences and practice performing tasks that do not come easily?

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The Broken-Winged Bird: Musings on Poetry and Complex Text

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Wade into the deep end and use poetry in your reader’s workshop. This post lays out several strategies to deepen your students’ reading comprehension when using poetry. Explore compare/contrast, figurative language, character theory, and metaphorical thinking with Wild Child Designs.

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Use Your Literature Text to Teach History

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Sometimes I find exactly what I need in the most unlikely place. My literature anthology recently proved to be the perfect vehicle for teaching historical context, and the lesson went better than I could have imagined!

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Be sure to read the posts from the rest of the teachers in this month’s post link up.


Speech Evaluation with drop down boxes

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Speech Evaluation with drop down boxes

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

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.

Please see the preview for a better idea of how this product can help you to assess your students.It’s teaching made easy!


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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This is part of February Teacher Talk. Don’t forget to read what the rest of these educators  have to say….


Is Independence Day More than Just Fireworks?

Sharing is Caring Elite Teacher Blogging Cooperative*** Activities for the 4th of July***sharing is caring

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Is Independence Day more than just fireworks? Read what these educators have to say about it.

 

American Flag for July 4th

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Freedom in the Classroom

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Teaching kids about freedom and keeping it simple.

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Foster Freedom in Writer’s Workshop

By Marypat Mahoney of Just Add Students

Giving students choice on what they write about and the mode in

which it’s written puts the power back into students’ hands.

Not only that, but in the real world — our students will be

writing letters of complaint, business proposals, notes of condolence,

emails to explain or convince, blog posts to explain opinions…

the list goes on. So, how do we do that? 

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Stars & Stripes

By Deann Marin, of Socrates Lantern

When I think about July 4th, I think about our American Flag and what it represents.

I asked my class what this day means to them. A young boy stated, “It’s when you get to see fireworks.

This is one of the responses I expected, so I asked why do we have fireworks?

He just shrugged his shoulders. Another student responded and said,

“To celebrate our Independence from England.” Great answer I told him.

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Celebrating the 4th With Kids?

By Mary Carr of Carrberry Creations

Celebrating the 4th with kids and want to keep them busy?

Learn how to have kids make a little notebook craft for 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day from Carrberry Creations!



KINGS AND QUEENS – READING PASSAGES AND BINGO!

Grades 4-6 and Homeschool

Sarah Peterson

Hands on History

KINGS, QUEENS AND THE FEUDAL SYSTEM

READING PASSAGES AND BINGO

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BINGO is a fun way to review new concepts and vocabulary words. The words in this BINGO set relate to the topics of  Kings, Queens and the Feudal System, and makes the perfect review for the eight  pages of informational text that are included in this product. The passages can also be used for CLOSE READING, using any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

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This product includes:

8 One-Page Passages of Informational Text (LEXILE  850-950)

36 Unique Bingo Cards (18 pages with two cards per sheet)

The Caller’s Tracking Sheet

24 Calling Cards Containing Words and Clues

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Informational Text

There are eight pages of informational text about the topic: Kings, Queens and the Feudal System. The passages cover the following topics:

  • The Feudal System
  • Becoming King; Becoming Queen
  • The Coronation
  • Qualities and Abilities of Royalty
  • Famous Medieval Kings
    • William the Conqueror
    • Richard I
    • King John
  • Famous Medieval Queens
    • Matilda of Flanders
    • Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Other Classes of the Feudal System

 

Words that are included:

King, Queen, Pope, Feudal System, Regent, Nobles, Consort, Serf, Peasant, Magna Carta, King John, Crusades, Matilda of Flanders, Clergy, Skilled Laborers, William the Conqueror, Taxes, Fief, Duchy, Loyalty and Service, Long Live the King!,  Coronation, Charter, Eleanor of Aquitaine

 

Although all cards contain the same 24 words, the order on each card is unique.  Each student will find every word on their card.  Of course, this means “blackout” is not a good option – although my students sometimes insisted on playing all the way through and singing out “BINGO” in unison at the end!

 

This product is great for a large group, class or co-op.!  It can be played in the traditional way where the instructor randomly chooses one of the cards and calls out the word.  Or, to play as a review game, the instructor can read the clue that appears on the card below the BINGO word.

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Make History Come Alive!

I am so excited to share this week’s topic-

Make History Come Alive!

This was so fun to put together! This is a collection of blogs from talented educators all about their ideas to spice up History lessons! Follow this link for more detailed information about each lesson! Several of the ideas are completely FREE! This is definitely time well spent!

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Make History Come Alive!
Enjoy,
~Nikki
“Sharing is Caring Elite Teacher Blogging Cooperative”


MEDIEVAL CAREERS READING PASSAGES AND ACTIVITIES

 

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Medieval Careers in Medieval Times Volume 2

This BUNDLED product consists of seven individual Medieval Careers in Medieval Times  Lesson Plans including:: Alchemists; Architects and Engineers; Embroiderers and Census-Takers (William the Conqueror, Bayeux Tapestry and Domesday Book); Scribes and the Magna Carta; Monks, Nuns, and Almoners; Pilgrims and the Canterbury Tales; and Explorers and the Age of Exploration.

Medieval Careers: Alchemist

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This product contains 6 one-page reading passages covering Medieval Alchemists, the philosopher’s stone, panacea, Roger Bacon, Nicholas Flamel, and symbolism.  Activities, review game, worksheet and teacher’s key are all included.   This product is also perfect for substitute teacher’s enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops!  The reading passages are great for close reading with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

Reading Passages:

6 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

  • Alchemy During the Middle Ages
  • When, Where, Why, What, How, and Who of Alchemy
  • Roger Bacon and Nicholas Flamel
  • Religious Reasons for Symbolism in Alchemy
  • Alchemists Use of Symbolism
  • Success or Cheating?

 Activities

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Complete the Job Application

  • Be an Alchemist: Try Some Experiments:
  • Instructions for Dirty Penny Experiments
  • Instructions for Rusting Iron Experiment
  • Instructions for Vinegar and Baking Soda
  • Read an Alchemists Passage and Teachers Key
  • Writing Prompt
  • Play Review Game True/False
  • Alchemists Worksheet and Teachers Key
  • Suggested Books and Movies

 

Medieval Careers: Architects and Engineers

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This product contains 7 one-page reading passages covering topics including architects and engineers, castles, cathedrals, siege engines, and peasant huts in the Middle Ages. Activities, review game, worksheet and teacher’s key are all included.   This product is perfect for substitute teachers, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops!  The reading passages are great for close reading with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

Reading Passages:

7 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

  • Who Were the Medieval Builders?
  • Castles and Palaces; Cathedrals and Churches
  • Romanesque and Gothic Styles
  • The Grotesques and Gargoyles
  • Medieval Engineers
  • Battering Ram and Siege Tower
  • Peasant Huts

 Activities:

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Job Application

  • Architects, Craftsmen and Engineers Worksheet
  • Review Game: Bingo Words and Clues
  • Stained Glass Craft Idea
  • Medieval Architecture Memory Instructions and Pieces
  • Castle Coloring Page
  • Contest: Use a Simple Catapult
  • Create Your Own Catapult

Medieval Careers:  Embroiderers and Census Takers

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William the Conqueror and the Bayeux Tapestry

This product contains 7 one-page reading passages covering the jobs of Medieval monks, nuns and almoners, religion in the Middle Ages, and monastic herbalist.    Activities, review game, worksheet and teacher’s key are all included.   This product is also perfect for substitute teachers, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops!  The reading passages are great for close reading with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

Reading Passages:

7 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

  • Tapestry and Embroidery in the Middle Ages; England in the Middle Ages
  • Embroidery in the Middle Ages
  • Everyone Wants to Be King!
  • William the Conqueror King of England; The Bayeux Tapestry
  • Speculation About the Tapestry
  • The Domesday Book – A Census-Taker
  • The Domesday Book: Problems and Purpose

Activities:

This product includes the following classroom activities:

  • Job Application
  • Coloring Page William the Conqueror
  • How Big is the Bayeux Tapestry Activity
  • Domesday Activity Conduct a Census!
  • Worksheet Bayeux Tapestry Review and Teachers Key
  • Review Game Bingo Words and Clues
  • Try Finger Weaving!
  • Create a Paper Tapestry
  • Suggested Books

Medieval Careers:  Scribes, Illuminators and the Magna Carta

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This product contains 5 one-page reading passages covering  the jobs of Medieval Scribes and illuminators, the Magna Carta, supplies for the job, books in the Middle Ages.   Activities, review game,  worksheet and teacher’s key are all included.   This product is also perfect for substitute teachers, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops!  The reading passages are great for close reading with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

Reading Passages:

5 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

  • Books in the Middle Ages
  • Supplies Pen and Ink
  • The Job of Copying and Illuminating
  • Illumination; Who Could Be a Scribe?
  • The Magna Carta

Activities:

This product includes the following classroom activities:

  • Job Application!
  • Make a Quill Pen!
  • Make Your Own Berry Ink!
  • Review Game: Bingo Words and Clues
  • Write Your Own Great Charter
  • Illuminate a Letter
  • Be a Scribe! Copy a Portion of The Magna Carta
  • Review Worksheet and Teachers Key
  • Suggested Books

Medieval Careers:  Monks, Nuns and Almoners

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This product contains 5 one-page reading passages covering the jobs of Medieval monks, nuns and almoners, religion in the Middle Ages, and monastic herbalist.    Activities, review game, worksheet and teacher’s key are all included.   This product is also perfect for substitute teachers, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops!  The reading passages are great for close reading with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

Reading Passages:

5 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

  • Religion in the Middle Ages
  • Monks and Nuns
  • A Day in the Life of a Monk
  • Life of a Nun; The Job of Almoner
  • Gregorian Chants; Precentor; Monastic Herbalist

 Activities:

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Job Application

  • Coloring Page Medieval Priest
  • Listen to Medieval Monastery Chants
  • Writing Activity: Respond to the Prompt
  • Be a Monastic Herbalist!
  • Be an Herbalist: Make your Own Tea!
  • Review Worksheet and Teachers Key
  • Prepare Lunches for the Homeless
  • Play Review Game: Bingo Words and Clues
  • Suggested Books

 

Medieval Careers:  Pilgrims and the Canterbury Tales

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This product contains 5 one-page reading passages covering the Pilgrims during the Middle Ages, Canterbury Cathedral, Geoffrey Chaucer, and the Canterbury Tales.   Activities, review game, worksheet and teacher’s key are all included.   This product is also perfect for substitute teachers, enrichment learning, homeschool orco-ops!  The reading passages are great for close reading with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

Reading Passages:

5 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

  • What is a Pilgrim?
  • A Pilgrims Travels; Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The Canterbury Cathedral
  • The Unfinished Canterbury Tales
  • The Canterbury Tales Surviving History

 Activities:

This product includes the following classroom activities:

  • Job Application
  • Translate English to English!
  • Read the Pardoners Tale
  • Write a Tale for Your Pilgrimage!
  • Go On a Pilgrimage; Share Your Story!
  • Coloring Page Medieval Pilgrimage
  • Seek and Find Activity Sheet
  • Review Game: Bingo Words and Clues
  • Complete Pilgrims and the Canterbury Tales Worksheet
  • Suggested Books

 

Medieval Careers:  Explorers and the Age of Discovery

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This product contains 7 one-page reading passages covering Explorers and the Age of Discovery, life on the ship, Marco Polo, Prince Henry the Navigator, and Christopher Columbus.  Activities, review game, worksheet and teacher’s key are all included.   This product is also perfect for substitute teachers, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops!  The reading passages are great for close reading with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

Reading Passages:

7 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

  • The Age of Discovery
  • 15th Century Ships
  • Life on the Ship
  • Sights, Smells, and Tastes
  • Marco Polo
  • Prince Henry the Navigator
  • Christopher Columbus

 Activities:

This product includes the following classroom activities:

  • Job Application
  • The Voyage of Christopher Columbus
  • Map Work Where Have You Journeyed?
  • Make Ship Biscuits: Eat Like an Explorer!
  • Review Worksheet and Teachers Key
  • Review Game True/False
  • Interactive History Adventure
  • Simon Says: Learn to Read a Compass
  • Map Your Room
  • Celebrate the Renaissance! Ideas
  • Medieval Times Faire Ideas
  • Coloring Page Medieval Explorers

 

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