Daily Archives: February 12, 2018

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. This month, we’re honored to have Daniel with us, as our  guest blogger.
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Navigating Life as a Single Dad
By Daniel of Dad Solo whose guest post can be found at Rainbow City Learning 

Single parents have a difficult job, and even in the best of circumstances, it can be a struggle. Moms have it tough, but so do dads.
I Dreaded my Third Period Class
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It was cold and blustery outside, one of those days that you just wanted to stay under the covers. But it was only hump day and I had a busy schedule, so I dragged myself out of bed, had my cup of coffee and a piece of toast, jumped into my car and was on my way. 

Is This Routine? Why Not?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz


Research tells us that routines are the heart of language and symbbol development. Routines are a sequence of actions or events that are repeated over and over again.

Add Projects to Your Bag of Tricks!
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans


Have you ever set a goal to cover everything you are required to teach during the school year?  Many teachers try to meet this goal each year and end up frustrated because we are short on time!  It is very difficult to get everything we are required to teach during the school year, take the cross-curricular approach!

Improving Class Cooperation
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight


Wishing and hoping, and thinking and praying, for a courteous and amenable class? Then give students a little nudge toward cooperation and affirmation of each other this month.

Amazon Alexa in Your Classroom
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Learn about using Amazon Alexa in your classroom.

Building Understanding, One Brick at a Time
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried & True Teaching Tools


Getting your hands muddy is a great way to learn! Social Studies is meaningful when students experience content learned.

How to Select Books for Your Classroom Book Clubs
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing


Read five essential tips for finding “just right” books for your classroom book clubs. The books you choose are crucial to running successful classroom book clubs.  
The Fine Motor Advantage
By Thia Triggs of Print Path


What does research tell us about the impact of fine motor skills on early academics?

Free: Poetry Through Song – Individual Lesson (Sound of Silence)



Poetry Through Song - Individual Lesson (Sound of Silence)


Product Description
This individual 2-day lesson teaches poetry through song lyrics

The lesson included in this mini bundle includes a lesson plan, student activity sheets, and a comprehensive answer key. Students will analyze the song “The Sound of Silence,” will learn the importance of allusions, will learn about theme development, and will compare both the original Simon and Garfunkle version to the Disturbed version, all while furthering the theme of the song.

Poetry should be fun, and it can be!

This lesson is a preview of my unit called “Poetry Through Song.” Check out the preview to the unit here:
Poetry Through Song Unit
You may also be interested in the following products: 
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit
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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “St. Patrick’s Day Grammar Worksheet, NO PREP, Middle and High School, FREEBIE”

by Julie Faulkner

8th – 12th Grade



It’s Your Lucky Day – A St. Patrick’s Day Freebie!!

This grammar worksheet is a sampling of my seasonal grammar worksheets that aren’t your typical grammar exercises with sentences about the holiday! They are grammar challenges that reflect the seasonally-inspired thematic concept of the page. I’ve also provided beautiful clip art to add layers and interest to the pages to grab your teens’ eyes! Plus, for those fast finishers, there’s plenty for them to color and style! Extension activities are also provided on several of the sheets, and the grammar notes are included as well. Each worksheet covers a different – and single – grammar skill.

Skill/Theme Included on this SAMPLE WORKSHEET:
It’s Your Lucky Day: Four Types of Sentences Structures

Suggested Uses:
Traditional grammar practice
Sub sheets
Literacy centers
Learning stations
Test Prep

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Looking for more festive grammar and language assignments?
Real World Christmas Grammar Fails Task Cards Set
Halloween Grammar Worksheets
Thanksgiving Grammar Worksheets
Christmas Grammar Worksheets
New Year and Winter Grammar Worksheets
Valentine’s Day Grammar Worksheets
Easter and Spring Grammar Worksheets
Halloween Grammar and Figurative Language Coloring Set
Patriotic and Veterans’ Day Coloring Set
Summer Coloring Set
Christmas Coloring Set
Back to School Coloring Set
Sports Set
St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Set
Valentine’s Day Coloring Set
Earth Day Coloring Set
New Year Coloring Set

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For more ideas and inspiration:
Faulkner’s Fast Five Blog
Julie’s Classroom Stories on Facebook
Teaching Tidbits Newsletter with Email-Only Freebies

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