# Monthly Archives: February 2019

## The Three Paragraph Essay

Product Description

This is a great way to teach students how to structure their essay properly.

The Three Paragraph Essay is a resource that is best used for novice essay writers. It is an excellent way to introduce the expository essay. The 2-page pdf document includes simple step-by-step instructions to teach students how to write an effective three paragraph essay.

I recommend using this material with students who are in grades 7-9. It is an efficient and simple way of learning how to write a proper introduction, a one paragraph development, and a conclusion that serves a purpose.

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Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Total Pages 2 pages

Teaching Duration N/A

## FREE MATH LESSON – “[FLASH FREEBIE] Problem Solving Mats”

Looking for a way to encourage your students to use different strategies when solving addition and subtraction equations? These problem solving mats are the answer!

This is a great tool to have when teaching small math groups. Simply print out the problem solving mats and easily use and reuse by putting them in clear wipe pockets. Your students can even use these in math centers when solving word problems, missing addend problems, and more!

6 DIFFERENT OPTIONS INCLUDED:

► Ten frame with “I Can” statements

► Double ten frame with “I Can” statements

► Space for a picture with “I Can” statements

► Ten frame without “I Can” statements

► Double ten frame without “I Can” statements

► Without number bond and without “I Can” statement

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## The Elevator Short Story Mini Unit

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“The Elevator” Short Story Mini-Unit is a one-stop-shop for teaching the short story. Other than photocopies, all of the work has been done for you.

This mini-unit is suitable for grades 7 through 10 and includes:

-a copy of the short story

-questions for comprehension

-a plot chart organizer

-activity to help students discover the author’s purpose for writing

-an instructional sheet on how to develop themes (with a practical example)

-an instructional sheet on how to develop a theme in paragraph form

-a graphic organizer to help students organize their paragraphs

-an example of a completed graphic organizer to plan the paragraph

-an example of a paragraph for “The Elevator.”

-a comprehensive answer key for all handouts

-a three-day lesson plan to accompany the story

You may also be interested in the following products:

Rain, Rain, Go Away Short Story Mini Unit

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages 16 pages

Teaching Duration N/A

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Sight Words”

by Isla Hearts Teaching

Sight Words: Sight Words (Pre-Primer) FREE SAMPLE!

Want fun PRINT AND GO Sight Words practice pages for your students without the hassle of cutting and pasting? Try this SIGHT WORDS FREEBIE!

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The skills on each sight words practice page are:
~ Color the sight word
~ Trace the sight word
~ Copy the sight word
~ Write the sight word
~ Underline the sight word in sentences
~ Locate the sight word amongst other words
~ Find the sight word in a grid

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## Female Firsts Crossword

Women’s History Crossword Puzzle
Inspiring! Motivating! Informative! Easy to Use!  This crossword puzzle, with answer key, matches the names of 32 modern female trailblazers with their notable accomplishments. The set is useful for homework, seatwork, and learning centers.  It is also helpful in inspiring female accomplishment, learning internet search, and in transferring spelling accurately

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## Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

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Superhero themed Parts of speech Grammar Circle Unit

One of the biggest challenges I had in my English classes was how to fit grammar in with everything else I had to teach. I would give students grammar pages, and then we would correct them together. It was tedious, and it took forever! What’s more is that students were not learning the way I wanted them to. They wouldn’t apply what they had learned from the grammar pages and activities.

I found a solution!

Grammar Circles. Grammar Circles are very similar to literature circles in the sense that students are teaching one another grammar. It is a fun and functional way to teach and Learn grammar. Although this may be done individually, it can also be completed as a group where students, through a specific process outlined in the package, teach one another grammar. They also correct the work together, so the teacher has very little to do other than to facilitate and supervise.

Once these circles have been implemented and students know who their group members are and what they are supposed to do, it is a great prep to leave a supply teacher.

The package includes:

1) A Student Packet – which contains the Literature Circle directions, the notes, and activities, and a “Mark Calculation” page to keep track of their marks. (27 pages)

Activities included focus on:

-nouns
-verbs
-prepositions
-conjunctions
-putting in all together
-correct use of pronouns
-who and whom
-that and which
-who’s and whose
-that and who
-pronoun case
-pronoun agreement
-active and passive voice
-verb tenses (present, past, future)
-verb uses (consistency in verb tenses)

2) A teacher Guide with easy to follow instructions on how to organize the Grammar Circles.

3) The Answer Key – devised to allow students to correct their work and learn from one another.

Also included are free Superhero Themed Parts of Speech Posters to decorate your class.

For those who are from Ontario, Canada – this unit adheres to the Grade 9 English Curriculum (academic). The unit can be taught in any grade to learn parts of speech.

(51 pages total for this unit)

You may also be interested in:

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

Total Pages 51 pages

Teaching Duration N/A

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Letter Sounds RTI / Letter Sounds Activity / Alphabet Practice”

Letter Sounds RTI- This is a great RTI tool for students struggling with letter-sound relationships. It is 25 day (5 week) intervention letter sounds program. This can be done individually or in a group as large as 8. Each week focuses on 5 letters (week 5 includes 6). This is broken down into several components for each day for learning letter sounds!

Please look at the preview for an in-depth look at this packet. **The flashcards and the pre/post test have been changed to a more student friendly font (manuscript). Please use the Q & A if you have questions about this product!

Common Core Standard

ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a

Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant.

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## Seventh Grade Short Story Mini Unit

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Seventh Grade Short Story Mini Unit is a great way to start any literature unit. Suitable from grade seven to ten, this unit reviews literary elements and allows students to practice identifying all important elements.

The unit includes:

-A Copy of the short story

-a two-page literary element cheat sheet

-plot graph

-word wall

-Character trait explanation sheet

-Characterization activity

-Writing evaluation (or activity) with an evaluation sheet

-Comprehensive answer key for all activities.

18 pages total

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The Elevator Short Story Mini Unit

Intermediate Poetry Unit

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages 18 pages

Teaching Duration 3 days

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Long Vowels Word List FREEBIE”

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## Charles by Shirley Jackson Short Story Mini-Unit

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This short story mini-unit features Shirley Jackson’s short story “Charles.” Appropriate for grades 7 to 10, the lessons focus on the development of theme and paragraphs.

Included in the mini-unit is:

• A copy of the short story

• A prediction chart

• An anticipation guide

• Activity sheet (select important passages in the text for later theme and paragraph support)

• Author’s purpose activity sheet

• How to develop a theme sheet with an example

• A graphic organizer to help student plan their paragraph

• An answer key for all activities

• 3-day lesson plan for easy planning

16 pages total

All the prep work has been done for you.

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Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages 16 pages

Teaching Duration 3 days

## FREE MATH LESSON – “Free Superhero Multiplication Mystery Picture”

by Mrs Thompson’s Treasures

⭐ Your kids will love discovering the superhero mystery picture as they practice their multiplication facts!

⭐Solve the problems, then use the key to color in the boxes and create the picture!

❤️ Get the bundle ➔Multiplication Mystery Pictures Math Bundle

Lauren Thompson @ Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures

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## Rain, Rain, Go Away Short Story Mini Unit

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The Rain Rain Go Away Mini Unit includes all materials to teach this short story. Students also get the opportunity to be creative and collaborate with others in the creative process. This unit is always a hit in my class.

The resource includes:

-An anticipation guide

-A copy of the short story

-Questions for comprehension

-Plot graph activity

-Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

-A personal word wall to improve students’ vocabulary and understanding

-A comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

-An individual evaluation where the student must write an alternate ending to the story

-A group evaluation where students must work collaboratively to produce an alternate ending

24 pages total

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The Elevator Elevator Short Story Mini Unit

Intermediate Poetry Unit

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages 24 pages

Teaching Duration 1 Week

## FREE MATH LESSON – “Multiplication Tables and Tips BOOKMARK – Freebie”

by Teaching is a Work of Art

Multiplication at your fingertips!!! Help your students memorize multiplication tables (1-12) with this bookmark that not only shows the table but a multiplication strategy or tip for learning each of the multiplication tables.

All students, sooner or later, have to go through the process of memorizing the tables, this visual bookmark works great in that process both for reference and memorization purposes!

This is part of a bigger product. You can check out the full resource here: MULTIPLICATION TABLES AND TIPS POSTERS where you’ll find the posters to put up in your room and the teaching notes to teach each one of the strategies shown on the bookmark.

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## Free: Analyze This! A Step-by-Step Guide to Analysis

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Analyze This! is a step-by-step guide to analyzing literature

I created this bundle to help my students understand analysis and how to apply their newfound skills to write an effective essay.

The bundle includes:
– A page with suggestions on how to use the bundle
– Two pages explaining the difference between analysis and literary analysis
– One page on how to create an effective outline (what content should be included)
– An exercise using the “Ant and the Grasshopper” fable to help students analyze elements of plot, characterization, symbolism, theme, and setting.
– An answer sheet with detailed information
– Instructions on how to use the above information to focus a topic and write a thesis statement
– An outline activity – students need to complete an outline using a given thesis statement
– An answer key (with a possible outline) to help student compare their outline with this one.
The bundle includes 13 pages and two to three days worth of lessons.
This is a practical and simple way to guide students through the analytical process.

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Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
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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
Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation
Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

Total Pages 10 pages

Teaching Duration 3 days

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “My Topic Sentence Song”

by Mercedes Merrell

My Topic Sentence Song is sung to the tune of “Bingo” and it’s a fun and catchy way for students to remember to include a topic sentence when they write. This song is also great fun during ELD!

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## Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)

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This Lord of the Flies Unit has everything required to teach this unit. All of the thinking and preparation has been done for you.

Everything you need to teach The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is found in this unit.

• Includes journal prompts to further students’ understanding and to understand thematic development in the novel further.

• PowerPoint presentation with historical context and background information

• (Optional) PowerPoint presentation about the origins of evil furthering understanding of Golding’s themes

• Guess Who? Game to help students trace character development in a fun and practical way

• Student workbook with all of the photocopies, student activities, comprehension and thematic questions, etc… (Photocopy the booklet once and you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the unit.)

• The Answer Key for all student work.

• Includes comprehensive chapter notes to help with reviewing chapters previously read and allowing students to take notes concerning important information.

All tests have two versions – which is nice when you teach more than one group at a time.

• Test on the first seven chapters (2 different versions – both in a Word document for easy modifications. Answer keys provided for both evaluations.)

• Final evaluation includes two different options. Option 1: 2 different unit test versions (two different tests – answer keys for both are included), Option 2: an Essay with all materials included (evaluation grid, outline package, etc.…)

• 17 complete and detailed lesson plans to guide and orient your students. Journal prompts with ideas to further discussion, step by step instructions… This makes for super easy planning.

• A Jeopardy Game (on PowerPoint) to review the novel and to prepare for the final evaluation

The unit includes 103 pages and 76 slides.

Guide to lessons’ focus points:

Lesson 1: Introduction to the background and historical context

Lesson 3: Introduction to the symbolism in the novel

Lesson 4: Characterization

Lesson 5: Writing exercise (paragraph and argument development)

Lesson 7: Civilization vs. Savagery (Includes cyberbullying and dangers of social media, etc.…) Practical applications of the novel.

Lesson 8: Review analysis skills

Lesson 9: Test on chapters 1-7 (Choice of multiple-choice questions or development questions)

Lesson 11: Thematic Meaning activity

Lesson 12: Characterization (character development)

Lesson 13: Literary conflicts in the novel

Lesson 14: Symbolism

Themes: 15: Themes

Lesson 16: Novel review and Jeopardy game

Lesson 17: Evaluation (Choice of two unit tests or an essay)

You’ll never have to worry about what you will be teaching on any given day, and the unit is modifiable for your convenience.

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Poetry Through Song Unit

Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)

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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

Total Pages 103 pages and 76 slides

Teaching Duration 1 month

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “⭐FREE⭐Second Grade Treasures Vocabulary Practice Packet FREE”

by Irene Hines

FREE Second Grade Treasures Vocabulary Practice Sample Packet {Based On Common Core Standards}

Includes Activities From The Stories:

David’s New Friend
Meet Rosina
Mr. Tabby And Putter Pour The Tea

Use them for extra practice, independent activities, morning work, informal assessments or with literacy groups.

This FREE 17 page packet includes:

~Selection vocabulary and definition match on T-chart

~Applying vocabulary knowledge into original sentence writing

~Memory Game based upon selection vocabulary and Treasures glossary definitions. Print the Memory Game on card stock, laminate, and it makes a terrific learning center.

~ If you want to save money, you might be interested in these “A Treasure Of A Bundle” Packets. These activities work well with the Second Grade Treasures Series. Here are the direct links:

A Treasure Of A Bundle #1 : Five Activity Book Units For 2nd Grade

A Treasure Of A Bundle #2 : Five Activity Book Units For 2nd Grade

A Treasure Of A Bundle #3 : Five Activity Book Units For 2nd Grade

A Treasure Of A Bundle #4 : Five Activity Book Units For 2nd Grade

A Treasure Of A Bundle #5 : Five Activity Book Units For 2nd Grade

A Treasure Of A Bundle #6 : Five Activity Book Units For 2nd Grade

~ If you want to pick out specific stories, you might be interested in these “A Treasure Of A Unit” Packets instead. These activities work well with the Second Grade Treasures Series. Here are the direct links:

David’s New Friends

Mr. Putter And Tabby Pour The Tea

Family Farm: Then And Now

Meet Rosina

My Name Is Yoon

Babu’s Song

Doña Flor

A Tall Tale

One Grain Of Rice

African-American Inventors

The Alvin Ailey Kids : Dancing As A Team

Abuelo And The Three Bears

Music Of The Stone Age

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Stirring Up Memories

Head, Body, Legs: A Story From Liberia

Officer Buckle And Gloria

A Trip To The Emergency Room

A Harbor Seal Pup Grows Up

Mice And Beans

The Tiny Seed

The Ugly Vegetables

Meet The Super Croc

Farfallina And Marcel

Nutik, The Wolf Pup

Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale

Splish! Splash! Animal Baths

A Way To Help Planet Earth

Super Storms

Pushing Up The Sky

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## Poetry Unit (for senior students)

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Poetry Unit for Senior Students (Bundled)

I love poetry! I love reading it, I love teaching it, and I love the discussions I can have with my students because of it. May students (and some teachers) dislike poetry because they think it’s too difficult. I once had a student tell me that poetry was like a “code” that needed to be unlocked. Cringe!! Some poems are meant to be analyzed. Some poems and meant to sound beautiful, and some poems are meant to be simple and enjoyed for what they are. This unit has a little of all of those things.

Students love this poetry unit. It is a complete unit with no prep required on the teacher’s part. This 2 and a half week unit includes a student guide, 12 detailed lesson plans, two multimedia presentations (no internet connection required), a complete answer key with annotated poems (this is a teacher favorite!) , and an end of the unit evaluation with answer key.

Just print it and teach it. It really is that easy.

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

• Figurative language (its uses and effects)
• 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 analyze 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, Margaret Atwood, and Walt Whitman. The Unit includes 21 different poems.

The unit has been conceived to last 15 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) (28 pages)

3 – The answer key includes annotated poems and answers to all student activities, as well as an example of paragraph developing a theme in poetry (saving you time).

4 – Included is a test with multiple choice questions as well as one 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 68 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.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Poetry Through Song Unit

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 Intermediate Students

Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages 68 pages

Teaching Duration 3 Weeks

## FREE MISC. LESSON – “Put On Your Teacher Pants”

by Rainbow City Learning

Just a little teacher humor for a snowy day. Put on your teacher pants. Get out there and teach, girl!

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So what happens when students can’t access the grade-level text in your class? With the extreme diversity of students in any given classroom this is a given. If you have not jumped on the “Close Reading” Bandwagon it is not too late! Even though education goes through trends like the fashion industry, close reading is here to stay. It is not just for the English-Language Arts teacher either. Social studies, science, and math are using this technique too. With the increased rigor that is expected in the CCSS and the new science standards it is impossible for teachers not to utilize this valuable tool. So how do you do it? There are tons of resources available for all content areas and levels of educators; however, I like to keep it simple. Regardless of what grade level the students are at I like to tell them that if they are going to underline or highlight something that they must make an annotation in the margins.

#### Why are they highlighting it?

I model on a simple piece of text and give them examples that they can easily relate to. We all know that students love to highlight 3/4 of the text and then they get to the end and can’t tell you one thing that the text was about. That is because they are so busy highlighting everything in pretty colors that they fail to retain anything that they are reading. Another way to circumvent this is to chunk the text for them. I always have students number the paragraphs of the text so it is easy to reference back to when answering text-dependent questions. Close reading is not something that should be done with a really long piece of text. It fails to become effective after 3-4 pages. It becomes really effective when used with 1-2 pages of text. The next step I have students do is write a one-sentence summary after each paragraph. This helps develop their synthesizing and analysis skills. For students that are at the lower grade levels, or for students that need differentiation I give them sentence frames to summarize.

#### Emojis-Why not?

Teachers all have a different view on doodling and making pictures on packets. I say…”Why NOT?” Some students that are not going to be good at summarizing or analyzing the text might be successful by using Emojis to help them annotate the text. Students that struggle with reading might increase their comprehension if they highlighted or underlined the text and added an emoji in the margins to help them remember what is important. For example, using a lightbulb for a main idea in a paragraph will allow those students that love to draw and doodle a constructive outlet when they are closely reading a text. If it is a detail that excites them then have them put a smily emoji. Students love Emojis! Have them funnel their creative abilities into their close reading techniques. This will help those students remain engaged while allowing them to use their skills in a constructive way. It may also help decrease the amount of doodling that takes place on your tables and/or desks!

To ensure that you are meeting all levels of learners in your classroom, including those at the highest level, have students create their own system of annotating text! This allows them to develop a system that make sense to them and keep them challenged and engaged. The bonus part of this strategy is that sometimes they come up with a system that can be used by other classmates. Students never cease to amaze me their ability to create concepts that never occur to me. It has to do with their developing minds! I have had students explain the most complex details to another students in a simple way that helps them understand. Their method of communicating the concept never occurred to me but it works more effectively than the method I was using. This is also the miracle of teaching!

#### In Summary

In my opinion, there is not a “right” or “wrong” way to do close reading. Don’t get caught up in the idea of right and wrong. I tell my students that it is a personalize experience that needs to make sense to them. As long as they are reading the text more than once, and reading it for a different purpose that forces them to dig deeper into the text it is fine. You might be surprise on the creative ways that the students come up with to deeply interact with the text. I often find myself taking away different bits of information that did not occur to me during the first read. Rereading is a gift that needs to be shared with your students. They deserve to understand text on a deeper level in order to enjoy it! Remember that the work that you do is priceless and you are appreciated! Don’t forgot to leave your comments! I enjoy reading them!

## Frankenstein Unit (No prep)

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FRANKENSTEIN UNIT – Complete with no prep for you.

This unit is created using the 1831 edition of the novel.

This unit has been created with the teacher in mind. The material is geared toward senior students with a focus on the construction of arguments. It also teaches the importance of historical context as well as literary allusions in the development of themes.

I am a strong believer that when students work with a specific purpose in mind, they become better learners. That’s why my units contain only quality and worth-while activities. You will find no busy work here. Every lesson focuses on teaching students analytical and essay writing skills.

All of the thinking and planning are done for you. The lesson plans are detailed and comprehensive. The student guide is visually appealing, and so the teacher put efforts where they need to be. The answer key is complete and detailed. All you need to do is to purchase this unit and photocopy it.

The unit includes:

1) The Teacher Package

-contains 23 detailed lessons (60-90 minute lessons)

-leading discussion questions and skill-building activities (with detailed instructions for the teacher)

-important chapter notes on analysis

-the teacher package helps the teacher stay on task and stay organized because the planning has been done for you.

2) The Student Package (19 pages)

-study guide questions (*improved with more thinking questions for students)

-a fact sheet regarding the Prometheus myth

-Activity on the use of nature in romantic literature

-an activity based on the symbols in the novel

-several activities that teach argument development

-Activity on theme development

-an activity on characterization to bring about themes

3) A comprehensive answer key (32 pages)

-detailed answers to ALL student activities and work

-an annotated copy of the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and activity answer key.

4) Also included:

-a PowerPoint introducing the novel’s historical context and the author

-class posters with key elements in the novel

-a copy of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

5) Various evaluations are also included: ALL EVALUATIONS ARE IN WORD DOCUMENTS to MODIFY FOR CLASSROOM NEEDS.

– Test on letters 1-4 and chapters 1-10 (choice between multiple choice OR development questions)

-Test on chapters 11-18 (choice between multiple choice OR development questions)

-Unit evaluation (Choice between an essay (several different versions), a debate, a unit test – all work process is included)

ANSWER KEYS AND EVALUATION GRIDS ARE INCLUDED FOR ALL EVALUATIONS.

*As a bonus, I have included two automatic comment generators for Word documents (with drop-down boxes.)

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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

Total Pages 125 pages

Teaching Duration 1 month

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Froggy Daily 5, I – Charts and CAFE Poster Set (unofficial adaptation)”

by Kyp McLaren

Use these posters to facilitate The Daily 5 in your classroom! This set of Daily 5 Posters, I Charts and Cafe Posters compliments my “Froggy Organizational Binder” Set.
I have included the following posters in this packet:
Listen to Reading and I Chart
Read to Self and I Chart
Read to Someone and I Chart
Work on Writing and I Chart
Word Work and I Chart
Work with Teacher
4 CAFE Posters

Thanks,
Kyp (teacheskids2.blogspot.com)

Please note: This file an “unofficial adaptation of the Daily 5 by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser”. It is not endorsed by the 2 Sisters. To access official resources, check out http://www.thedailycafe.com/

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## We Teach So Hard….Episode 27 Teacher Fashion Throughout the Years

Do you remember floaty long dresses, appliqued with apple patches? Did you own teacher necklaces made from wooden blocks? How about your shoes? Did you wear “teacher shoes?” If you need a good laugh, this episode is FOR YOU! Join us as we talk trash about our teacher fashion sense throughout the years. We promise you won’t be sorry you listened!

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## Poetry: A Lesson on Imagery – Langston Hughes

Product Description

This is a lesson on poetry and imagery

This mini bundle includes the poems of Langston Hughes and has a focus on the importance of imagery. More specifically, the lesson is based on two poems: A Dream Deferred and Mother to Son.

This lesson is part of a larger poetry bundle:

This lesson will take two full periods.

The mini bundle includes:

– a detailed lesson plan for the teacher
– student notes (the poems) and activity
– an annotated copy of the poems as well as a comprehensive answer key.
-an activity on PowerPoint to teach students about imagery

The entire unit contains six pages+ 19 PowerPoint slides

I hope you enjoy your purchase!

Total Pages 8 pages

Teaching Duration 2 hours

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Short Vowel Word Puzzles-Cut and Practice”

by Love2TeachKiz

Students can color and cut apart the two separate short vowel word puzzles. Encourage small group practice or individual.

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## The Yellow Wallpaper Mini-Unit

Product Description

The Yellow Wallpaper Mini-Unit” is perfect for teaching students to analyze literature in a meaningful way. All of the prep work and thinking has been done for you. This truly is a print-and-go resource. The mini-unit includes 5 lesson plans, an interactive PowerPoint presentation to introduce the story’s historical context, student activities, as well as a detailed answer key. The mini-unit also includes a creative writing piece which allows students to play around with voice and situate themselves within the context of the times.

This lesson is suitable for grades 9 to 12.

60 pages and 19 slides total in this unit.

See below for further details.

The PowerPoint is an interactive presentation with information about the author, the context of the time, notes on feminist literature and its history, information about Weir Mitchell and the rest cure, experts form François Poullain de la Barre’s “The Woman as Good as the Man, and an excerpt from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Émile, or On Education” to help students understand women’s frustrations and the want for change.

The Lesson Plans contain 5 comprehensive lessons, which fully explore this work’s mastery and teaches students to think critically by annotating the work. The lesson plans include journal topics, class discussions, and exit tickets, as well as learning goals for each lesson for students to fully grasp the importance of this work.

The student Activities include an activity on symbolism, an activity on theme, a tutorial on how to develop themes in paragraph form (this is an important skill for ELA students), an example of a developed theme, and a paragraph organizer.

Two copies of the short story are included – a copy of the short story with space for students to annotate the work and an annotated copy for the teacher or for differentiated learning as the case may be. (Provided in Word as well as PDF format to allow you to add your own annotations.)

Two evaluations are also included: (All evaluations are available Word and PDF format to suit students’ needs.)

· One evaluation is a creative writing assignment where students assume the voice of a man during the 1890’s responding to Mary Wollstonecraft’s views on women’s rights.

· Also included is an analysis evaluation where students must develop one of the themes from the work. (A sample answer is provided with rubric)

A comprehensive answer key is provided for all work.

Please see the preview for a more visual explanation.

Total Pages 60 pages and 19 slides

Teaching Duration 1 Week

## FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “4th Grade Science TEKS Planning Guide: Natural Resources”

by The Science Penguin

4th Grade Science TEKS Planning Guide: Natural Resources

Who is this for?

4th grade Texas teachers using the streamlined science TEKS and Science Penguin resources

What is it?

This is a three-week schedule of activities to teach students about soil and natural resources (Unit 5). The majority of the activities themselves can be found in the 4th Grade Science Bundle {Texas Edition} or on my personal website.

This is my planning guide based on 5 days a week with 45 minute classes. Every campus, teacher, class, and student is different, so trust your professional judgment when planning for your students.

Resource Bundle

Are you interested in a special Growing Bundle with the resources you need for the 4th grade science TEKS? Click to see the 4th Grade Science Bundle!

More Lesson Planning Guides for 4th Grade In Progress

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## FREE MISC. LESSON – “St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Page Freebie”

by Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas

FREE Coloring Page for some St. Patrick’s Day Color for Fun in your classroom!
This resource is from my St. Patrick’s Day Fun! Color For Fun Printable Coloring Pages packet.

Want a larger Spring Bundle? Click here for Color for Fun Spring Four Pack

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© 2015, Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas

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Product Description

The unit is appropriate for grades 9 through 12.

Take a look at the unit preview for more visual details. The unit includes:

A total of 100 pages in PDF and 12 PowerPoint slides are included in this unit.

Act and Scene Guide (Includes the characters found in the scene and the approximate reading time.)

Teacher Guide (lesson plans) – 16 easy to follow lessons, learning objectives, reading schedule, with included reading prompts, journal entries, and exit tickets (or closing activities.)

Students Activities include:

❒ Act 1 Comprehension questions

❒ Act 2 Comprehension questions

❒ Act 3 Comprehension questions

❒ Acts 4-5 Comprehension questions

❒ Who’s who in Act 1

❒ Literary Devices (Act 1)

❒ Characterization Activity

❒ Subplot Activity

❒ The Plan (conflict)

❒ Dogberry’s Malapropisms

❒ Activity on Symbolism

❒ Activity on Theme

Comprehensive Answer Key for ALL activities.

Evaluations include:

❒ Quiz on Acts 1 and 2 (With answer key and rubric)

❒ Beatrice vs. Benedick (oral presentation skits)- rubric is included

❒ Fake News – newspaper article (writing activity) – with rubric

❒ unit test – with answer key and rubric

❒ Song analysis Activity for theme review (optional evaluation or activity) – with rubric

Optional bonus activities are also included

❒ A love letter activity (Optional evaluation – rubric included)

❒ A Dear Abby activity

❒ Behind the Mask – an anti-bullying campaign (can be used as an evaluation – rubric included)

To further student learning, a Guess Who? For Much Ado game is included. This is a fun way to learn about the characters in the play. And, as the play progresses, students’ questioning must change to keep track of character growth. (30 slides)

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Death of a Salesman – No Prep Unit

Frankenstein No Prep Unit

Total Pages 98 Pages and 30 Slides

Teaching Duration 1 month

## FREE MATH LESSON – “St. Patrick’s Day Math Freebie: Multiplication Fact Families for Grades 3 & 4”

by Chrysti’s Class

Delight your students with these fun St. Patrick’s Day math activities. There are 4 green 4 leaf clovers to a page with 4 pages. The same fact family pages also come in black and white for you printing needs. Great for centers, whole class work, or fast finishers.

Directions and Ideas for this Product

Color 4- leaf clover

1. Laminate and have kids write each fact family equation on each leaf with dry erase markers.

2. Teacher writes the equations on each of the clover sections. Cut out. Students put the stem and leaves together like a puzzle.

3. Do the same as above, but students quietly wander the classroom to find the 5 pieces that go together. Great movement break.

4. Use as a bulletin board display.

5. Students play a matching game. Cut out all the 5 pieces. Students turn over a stem and then take turns turning over a leaf until they find the 4 leaves that match their stem. The game continues with students turning over a 2nd stem to again find the 4 matches.

Black and White 4 – leaf clover

1. Use the same ideas as above. Students can color the clover leaves and stem.

2. Use as a worksheet where student write each equation in a leaf to match the 3 numbers in the stem. Print out double sided and staple.

CCSS Aligned
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NBT.A.3 CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.B.5
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.C.7 CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.B.4

Hope your students enjoy this freebie.

Come back and visit my store (Chrysti’s Class) for some other great math games and unit projects.

Here’s another St Patrick’s Day Math Game for grades 4-5

St Patrick’s Day Math Word Problem Task Card Review: Shamrock Bakery Game

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