Daily Archives: September 4, 2015

Labor Day -Spanish Word Search & Criss Cross Puzzle- BONUS:Las Profesiones



Great Lesson to celebrate Labor Day in your Classroom. This lesson was designed to practice cognates and to teach students about the celebration of Labor Day in May in most Latin American Countries. You will also have a Community Workers in Spanish Word Search.

1) Word Search= 24 sentences and words (For example)

2) 14 Labor Day Cross Word Puzzle with Spanish word bank full of cognates. Great dictionary practice for your students. Have them work in groups of two to figure out the answer. Homework pass for the winners.


3) Profesiones. This Word Search is a very good introduction to Professions full of cognates. Perfect cool homework assignment



*** Las Profesiones Thematic Unit- This full Professions in Spanish lesson can help introduce and practice the vocabulary related to community workers.


*** Las Profesiones-Spanish Professions- What they Do and Where they work?- This comprehensive unit combines vocabulary for professions, with verbs AR/ER/IR and locations. Great way to teach students how to write sentences.



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Free Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompts

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Writing prompts are so nice to have handy!  Kiddos who need a little help coming up with ideas will really benefit. This little freebie includes the following prompts:

*The Squirrel I Saw

*My Teacher Dressed Up on Halloween

*On the Bus Today

*It was so Funny!

*How to Ride a Bike

*I Learned About Thanksgiving

These are great for writing centers and journals.  Prompts include pictures to help get your students’ creative juices flowing!  Each monthly packet in my store will include 45+ prompts–plenty to keep your kiddos writing all month long.  Click link below to download.

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How to Get and Keep Parents on Your Side

By Deann Marin of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs


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I have observed many colleagues who are uncomfortable letting their hair down, so to speak, causing them to seem aloof and unapproachable. They feel as if they are above their students and parents. It shows in the way they deal with them. They will never admit that they’ve made a mistake, and if a child points something out to them, they become defensive, angry. and mean.  When this occurs, the kids and parents feel alienated  and you will have an uphill battle for the rest of the year.

One of the main things that I realized, after years of teaching is that parents need you to care about their child, they want you to make their learning experience interesting, challenging and fun. The best way to do this is to make sure their little one knows that you are there to listen, and support them with positive reinforcement and encouragement. It’s also important that they realize you are human, you  make mistakes, and you can laugh at yourself. Once you’ve established a good rapport with the kids, and they like you, the parents will like you as well. They will do just about anything for you and you will be able to maintain the optimal environment for learning.

When you meet parents, greet them with a sincere smile and make small talk. Express how much you enjoy working with the children, it is important to be upbeat, even if you have something negative to say. Begin with a positive comment about Johnny, especially if he is having issues, tell the parent in a supportive manner, For instance, suppose Johnny is talkative, he shouts out answers, talks to friends when you’re teaching a lesson, and is constantly fooling around. You know the type. You should NEVER begin with the negatives. If you begin the discussion of Johnny’s behavior on a negative note, you will turn the parents off and you will lose their support and quite possibly turn Johnny off to learning. End by saying something complimentary.

For example: “Hi  Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Johnny is such a good kid, he’s respectful, finishes his work, he has loads of friends, a good sense of humor and I really enjoy teaching him. As you know, he is all boy and full of energy. He can be a bit talkative and sometimes disruptive because he shouts out answers without raising his hand. I’ve talked about this with him, but he is still a having a tough time. Perhaps you could speak with him when you get a chance. I know that he will improve in this area with a bit of help from all of us.”

Follow up by making yourself easily available with emails, phone calls, letters home to keep everyone informed of progress made or further difficulties. Remember that parents are sensitive where their child is concerned. So tread as lightly as you can. Be diplomatic and choose your words well.

Of course, as we all know, there are some students and parents who are an added challenge. We have to try harder and have almost limitless patience. Tact is the word here.  If Elizabeth’s mom is defensive and becomes confrontational, it is up to you to diffuse this anger. Speak calmly,  DON’T raise your voice, REMEMBER, you are a  professional.

I have had parents come in, very upset about a grade, or thinking that I was unfair, or that I hurt their child’s feelings. If something akin to this occurs, break the ice by saying something that lets them know you hear their complaint and are prepared to work with them in correcting it.

You could say:

“I am so sorry that Elizabeth believes I don’t like her, not my intention at all. As a matter of fact I like her a great deal, especially her jokes, she keeps me laughing. She received a low grade on her  test because”…Give your reasons for the negative grade. Make sure the parent understands your reasoning and reassure them that you are here for their child and want to see them succeed in this class.

The parent is satisfied, I’m feeling better about what has occurred and we’ve strengthened our relationship. As you can see, a bit of understanding, empathy and kindness goes a long way.2015-06-06

I’ve come up with a Growing Behavior Modification Bundle that has everything you need to help produce positive behavior and communicate effectively with parents.





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Poetry Workshop with Interactive Notebooks for Grades 5-8

By Deann Marin at The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs

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I’ve been noticing that many teachers like using interactive notebooks with their classes. So I’ve done some research and decided to make one of my own. This type of activity utilizes all learning styles, visual, auditory and kinesthetic. It allows children to cut, paste, write, see and listen. Better yet, it keeps them engaged because they are doing things with their hands as well as listening and seeing.

I’ve come up with an interactive-poetry notebook bundle. There are 100 pages of various types of fold-able templates that can be added to their notebooks.  If you would like to make a regular booklet or have the class write poems to put on the bulletin board, color and black and white templates are also included. As a highlight of this poetry workshop, the class may pick their favorite poem and get it published in the anthology called  Celebration of Young Poets- Creative Communication, Inc.


A Preview of What’s Inside

Teacher’s Complete Lesson Plans…………………4-13

Poetry Writing Workshop, Student Handouts……14-20

Parts of Speech, & Sensory Cards, ………………………21-33

Free Verse Poems Interactive Notebook &

Worksheets   …………………………………………..34-40

Sensory Interactive Notebook Poems &


Acrostic Interactive Notebook Poems &


Limericks & Riddles Interactive Notebook……….57-68

Cinquain Interactive Notebook……………………..69-74

Diamante Interactive Notebook…………………….75-84

Haiku Interactive Notebook…………………………85-91

Shape Poem Interactive Notebook………………….92-98

Grading Rubric……………………………………….  99

Contact Information…………………………………. 100


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I really enjoyed making this poetry bundle, it was a work of love.

I hope you like it. I’m very open to comments and suggestions that you may have so don’t hesitate to make a comment.

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