Daily Archives: May 19, 2017

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


One Million=One Thousand

By Reading Spotlight of Reading Spotlight

Find out how one million can actually equal one thousand!


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.


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.


Poetry Unit (for senior students)



Poetry Unit (for senior students)


Poetry Unit for Senior Students (Bundled)

Many teachers hate teaching poetry because they don’t know where to begin. This unit will make you and your students love poetry. This complete, no prep unit is a great way to start! This 2 and a half week unit includes a student guide, 12 detailed lesson plans, 2 multimedia presentations (no internet connection required), a detailed answer key with annotated poems, and an end of the unit evaluation with answer key.

Just print it and teach it.

This HUGE bundle includes individual lessons devised to teach students the importance of:

• Figurative language (its uses and effects)
• How to read poetry
• How to understand and apply symbolism and imagery
• The importance of rhythm
• The importance of tone and attitude in a poem
• Types of poetry
• How to analyse poetry
• How to appreciate poetry (even when you don’t understand it)

This unit’s focus is the analysis of poetry and teaches students how to make inferences, which is a skill they must learn for their other subjects as well.

Poems include authors such as: Emily Dickenson, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Thomas Gray, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Alfred Noyes, T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Frost, Pearl Jam, Langston Hughes, and Walt Whitman. The Unit includes 21 different poems.

The unit has been conceived to last 12 days – with 65 minute periods (although they are easy to modify).

The unit includes:

1 – The teacher guide (Contains 12 comprehensive lesson plans to teach the poems included in the unit. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO TEACH THIS UNIT HAS BEEN DONE FOR YOU. )

2 – The student package (Contains students’ notes , poems, and questions) (26 pages)

3 – The answer key includes annotated poems and answers to all student activities (saving you time).

4 – Included is a test with multiple choice questions as well as a development question. All answers are included. (Word format for easy changes)

5 – 2 PowerPoint presentations – one multimedia presentation to introduce the unit (17 slides) and the second to reinforce the use of imagery and symbolism (19 slides) – NO INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED

A total of 63 pages + 36 slides are included in this package.

This unit is complete, and does all of the thinking for you. All you need to do is to print out and photocopy the student package and you’re set.

Check out my other NO PREP poetry units:

Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students

Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

If individual lessons are what you are looking for, try these, which are part of this unit:

Poetry and Imagery – Langston Hughes

Tone in poetry – Robert Frost

Rhythm in Poetry

Poetry Lesson on Sonnets (Shakespeare and Browning)

Free Poetry Lesson: Analysing Poetry (NO PREP)

Lesson on Allegory and Symbolism Analysis in Poetry is ready to teach (NO PREP).

Total Pages
Answer Key
Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks

FREE MATH LESSON – “Monkey Business 100 Chart Puzzle”

by Math Coach’s Corner

Kindergarten – 1st Grade



Students practice place value and hundred chart patterns (1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less) as they color squares to reveal a surprise!

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