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October TeacherTalk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 

It’s October Teacher Talk Time…..Well, the first month of school is over and it’s BOO-tober, time for Halloween fun, Columbus Day and beautiful fall weather.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
 
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Some tips for creating a safe and accepting bully free zone in your classroom.
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Interactive, Mentor & Read Aloud? Oh My! Choose Your Next Read Aloud
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Interactive read aloud? Mentor text? What are these and how do they elevate your reader’s workshop? This post explains how they “feed the beast” and take your reader’s workshop to the next level.
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Halloween Spooks

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

October is the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing in your students.
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Bring on FALL!
By Wendy McCarty of 1st Grade Fireworks

Bring on FALL! We are ready!
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Prefixes and Suffixes: Ready to Use Lesson Presentation
By John Dsouza of John Dsouza

A Lesson Presentation that presents Teaching Resources in Prefixes and Suffixes. This presentation presents perfect teaching resources that will help the teachers to walk into the classroom with ready to teach confidence as it covers all that a teacher and a student need for a vocabulary lesson on Prefixes and Suffixes.
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Make the Connection! Getting Parents and Speech Pathologists to Work 
Together.
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Make the Connection is my new book for bringing parents and professionals together as partners in working on teaching a nonverbal child to communicate.
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Be Lear Me. Fall is Great! Using Leaves in Science Investigations
By Vicki Rauch of Scipi

How do you save fall leaves so they can be mailed?
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One Student I Will Never Forget
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

I will always remember her– she was the only student I ever had who wept hysterically in my class. I learned a lesson about the fragile ego of students who fail, which I knew, but failed to fully comprehend.

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     “I Spy” Collage Project
By Margo Gentile of  Margot Gentile

What’s more fun than searching for pictures in an “I Spy” type of collage? Making one yourself and then “trying it out” on your friends! You’ll find complete directions and a student’s finished product here.
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All About Spelling: Independent Product Review
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

 

One of the things I was surprised to find out when I started reading handwriting research is that handwriting is the most significant obstacle to the quality and quantity of written language composition. Now I’m finally going to get to my point: guess what the second most significant obstacle to written language composition is? You got it, spelling.
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Tips on Using Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 

Learning to compare adjectives and adverbs is easy. Here are some tips to help you get it right every time.
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Simple Ways to Build Relationships With Your Students

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn easy ways to build relationships with your students and create a positive classroom environment.
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Questioning Strategies
By Lisa Robles of Lisa TeachR’s Classroom

Here is a quick explanation of the DoK levels of questioning
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March Teacher Talk 2018

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 
 
 
 
St. Patricks Day and so many more tried and true teaching ideas are here for you to check out this March.  Best yet,soon it will be spring and the end of the year will be here before you know it. 
 
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Digging Deeper for Role Models

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Suggestions for behavior management, using the examples set by famous women in history.

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It’s March….Let’s Go Fly a Kite
When I taught special needs kids, each month we would do something special for those who earned enough points. One of their favorite activities was to make and fly kites in March. Years later, I was mainstreamed to 6th grade and the children also loved  this activity.  After they flew their kites, they wrote two papers, one explaining how to make a kite and the other about their experience. Wanna do this with your class, here’s how…
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Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck Using a Classroom Economy System

A classroom economy system will help students take ownership in the classroom. It can also help with learning real-world financial literacy in a fun way. Setting up your classroom economy strategically will pay you dividends down the road.

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March Madness

Read about a Role Model Project as well as an easy way to provide extra practice in decoding skills.

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Texas Teachers- Do you know that the Science TEKS have changed?

 Texas Teachers- Science changes are here!
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No Curriculum? No Problem. How I Cover My Daily 2nd Grade Lesson

Tips for teaching your daily literacy instruction when you don’t have a reading curriculum.

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Integrating STEAM into Literacy Night

How I integrated some STEAM into Literacy Night.

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The Fine Motor Advantage: Nuts and Bolts

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Last time we talked about how children with good fine motor skills are most likely to succeed with academic challenges in K to 3rd grade. This time we will look at specific skills. 

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Finally Understanding Fractions

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

A glimpse into CGI math and how it gives students a deeper understanding of fractions. As students grasp relationships and strategies for solving fraction problems, they are able to apply this knowledge into traditional fraction problem solving.

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Five Ways to Support Struggling Readers During Book Clubs

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Running classroom Book Clubs can be rewarding and challenging.  One of the biggest hurdles to creating a successful Book Club meeting is the struggle some students face when just simply reading. Learn five ways to support your struggling readers during book clubs.

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 Make sure you stop by and read the informative posts submitted by all of these awesome educators.
 


Free Contract for Rewriting an Evaluation – Self-Evaluation

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Contract for Rewriting an Evaluation - Self-Evaluation

 

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Contract for rewriting evaluations:

If your experiences are like mine, you often have students asking to redo work or to be given extra credit assignments. Personally, I believe in giving my students every opportunity to succeed. However, the sad reality is that students often decide to rely on our good and gracious nature and choose only to work after the fact. Meaning that students choose to “slack off” and retake the work later. In order to avoid this problem, I have created a self-evaluation sheet that students must complete (in detail) in order to have the opportunity to redo an evaluation. And, based on the students’ answers, the teacher can choose to allow a retake or not.
In addition, I often make students complete this sheet when first receiving a corrected evaluation (even when no retake is possible). It allows students to look at their work critically. In reality, a student who cannot identify his strengths and weaknesses won’t be able to successfully retake their evaluation or to do better on the next one.

It’s been a super useful tool for me. I have senior students who all expect to have 90% averages, which isn’t realistic. This helps me with both students, parents, and administration.

It’s teaching made easy!


Free Contract for Rewriting an Evaluation – Self-Evaluation

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Contract-for-Rewriting-an-Evaluation-Self-Evaluation-1199098

 

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Contract for rewriting evaluations:

If your experiences are like mine, you often have students asking to redo work or to be given extra credit assignments. Personally, I believe in giving my students every opportunity to succeed. However, the sad reality is that students often decide to rely on our good and gracious nature and choose only to work after the fact. Meaning that students choose to “slack off” and retake the work later. In order to avoid this problem, I have created a self-evaluation sheet that students must complete (in detail) in order to have the opportunity to redo an evaluation. And, based on the students’ answers, the teacher can choose to allow a retake or not.
In addition, I often make students complete this sheet when first receiving a corrected evaluation (even when no retake is possible). It allows students to look at their work critically. In reality, a student who cannot identify his strengths and weaknesses won’t be able to successfully retake their evaluation or to do better on the next one.

It’s been a super useful tool for me. I have senior students who all expect to have 90% averages, which isn’t realistic. This helps me with both students, parents, and administration.

It’s teaching made easy!


Polar Bears, Grizzly Bears, Sun bears – Biomimicry for Young Children

By Sparking Children’s Thinkibility

Grades Kindergarten – 5th Biology, Visual Arts, Critical Thinking

Bears are extraordinary animals. Some bears climb trees others make a wide range of interesting noises.

Do you find walking around in the city boring?

Use the noisy sloth bear as your inspiration and invent singing pavements.
Spectacled bears peel back bark on trees and eat the layer under the bark.
Can you design a log peeling robo?

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  1. Why Teach Biomimicry
  2. Getting Started Guide
  3. How to Observe and Collect Information about the rainforest
  4. Bears Are Can Have
  5. Polar bears are fascinating because. . .
  6. What if I was a polar bear? Invent something fluffy and warm inspired by the fur.
  7. Feet like a polar bear. Use pictures as inspiration to invent something.
  8. Invent a robo using polar bear as our inspiration.
  9. What do grizzly bears eat?
  10. Make a menu inspired by grizzly bears. Invent a glow that selects food. . .
  11. Great at digging – design a gardening/farming tool or machine inspired by grizzly bears.
  12. Sleeping grizzly bears. Invent a sleeping bag.
  13. Giant Pandas are great because. . .
  14. Glove or toy inspired by giant pandas.
  15. Long Tongue – Sun Bears
  16. Spectacled bear – Log peeling robo, Cool sunglasses
  17. Sloth bear – Singing pavement
  18. How to use biomimicry in the classroom – inspiration and ideas
  19. Links to videos and information
  20. Poster

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Link to STEM Biomimicry for Young Children – Bears

Link to free poster STEM Fabulous Observations to Inspire New Ideas – Bears

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SCIENCE LESSON – Plant Bundle

By:  The Owl Teacher

Grades 2-5

I love to teach science.  There is something about all the hands-on, exploring activities that just gets me excited.  Our kids are no different.  So when it comes to plants, the thought was – “how can I make this hands on, besides just planting a plant!”

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With much thought, I was able to create my plant unit with lots of engaging and hands-on activities for students as they explore the life cycle of a plant, the characteristics of plants, their structures and functions, and much more!  We even discuss photosynthesis a bit.

In my plant bundle you will find my complete plant unit, plant task cards, my plant craftivity (where students create a plant in a pot with the various parts of a plant written on leaves.  They then define the characteristics of each part.) and my causation cards.  If you aren’t familiar with causation cards, you can read about them (and download a freebie to check them out) here.

You can get all four of these products in one place for a much cheaper price!  To check it out, head here to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Happy Teaching!

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FREE SCIENCE LESSON – Layers of the Earth!

By:  The Owl Teacher

Grades 2-5

An earth science unit would never be complete without first discussing the three layers of the earth!  Most students know a thing or two about these layers.  They know the center is the core and it’s hot!  They know the crust is where the land is.  But why not see just how much they know?

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If you head over to this page on my blog (found here) you will find this cute cut and paste freebie for your students!  They read each strip, then cut it out, and glue it under the correct column!  How fun is that?  Isn’t it nice to have a different activity related to the layers of the earth that is FREE!?!

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SCIENCE LESSON – Physical and Chemical Changes

By:  The Owl Teacher

Grades 3-6

When I taught fifth grade, I just loved the physical and chemical changes unit!  It was so much fun and really engaged my students.  So I have put it together for you!

This unit was so engaging because it is just packed full of hands-on experiments where students really dig into the properties of matter and determine what makes a physical change and what makes a chemical change.

For instance, we melt styrofoam cups:

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We also created slime:

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We explored the various properties of matter!  We looked closely at the three states – solid, liquid, and gas!

 We talked about a variety of scenerios where students had to determine if something was a physical or chemical change!

Included in this engaging resource are practice sheets and review sheets, answer keys, lesson plans, experimental labs, and much more!  You’ll even find some interactive notebook pieces such as this:

Chemical and physical changes

This valuable resource can be found at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Click here to go to this product and read more about it!

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SCIENCE LESSON – “Force and Motion”

By:  The Owl Teacher

Grades 2-5 Science

There are lots of science activities on the web, but how many of them come with complete lesson plans that will walk you through teaching Force and Motion step-by-step?  I get it.  Some teachers feel a bit “iffy” when it comes to teaching science.  You don’t have to be with all my science units!  I write them out detailed with step-by-step directions for the new teacher all the way to the veteran teacher!

Force and Motion Science Unit

This unit is a fun and engaging way to get your students HOOKED on science and have a passion for learning!  This force and motion science unit explores force and motion concepts such as push and pull, gravity, friction, and much more – complete with practice sheets to reinforce the concepts and hands-on experiments!

You can read all about the fun my class had with this unit here at my blog!

You can check out the preview to the unit here at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!

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Force and Motion Task Cards

Force and Motion Causation Cards

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FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “Plants!”

By:  The Owl Teacher

Grades 2-5

Plants!   Plants!  Plants! 

Who doesn’t love teaching about plants!?! 

Plant FREEBIE Pollination Flowers This FREE, hands-on, engaging lesson is for you

to help your students understand plants and how pollination works!

You can download it for free here.

It’s straight from my Complete Plant Science Unit (found here).

This science unit is full of engaging science lessons, activities,

and experiments just like this freebie!

plants, science, hands-on, experimentsI also offer a plant bundle, complete with task cards, my famous causation cards, and a really neat plant craftivity!  You can read more about that here.

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Reptiles Scavenger Hunt!

 

Slide1I started making these scavenger hunts to support science in my classroom. However, what I found was that these hunts are a great way to also support reading.  Students read to find information about reptiles and then answer questions.  It works great a supplement to your science curriculum.

 

Reptile Scavenger Hunt

 

Here is a picture of the task cards. There are 20 total task cards.  Hang them up around the room and it lets kids get moving while they answering questions. Trust me they will love this activity, my students beg for them.

 

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Here is a picture of what the question pages look like.  One thing that I will be doing next year to extend my higher kids, is to have them write their own questions.  The lower learners can still participate with the already made questions.

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This is my first science scavenger hunt, but I’m working on more this summer.  If you have a topic you would like a scavenger hunt for leave a comment for this post with your email and topic.

 

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Sara Oberheide

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