Daily Archives: February 11, 2019

Teacher Talk’s Featured Author – Sally Hansen-Purposeful Plans!

Tell us about yourself.

I am a United States military spouse and we have 2 children.  Currently, we are stationed overseas.  We have been traveling to the surrounding areas while learning new cultures. I have taught 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. I am very passionate about teaching and believe that every minute in the classroom counts!

What is the name of your Teachers Pay Teachers store?
Purposeful Plans

What types of products do you sell at Teachers Pay Teachers?
Classroom Management, Social Studies, and Writing

What is your favorite free product from your TpT store?
Editable Picture Day Reminder Bracelets FREEBIE


What is your best-selling product from your TpT store?
Editable City, State, Country, & Continent Travel Brochure


What is your favorite product from your TpT store?
Step-by-Step Opinion Writing Guide – Growing Resource


What do you like best about The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative and/or Teacher Talk?
I like how everyone works together to help promote each other’s products.  It’s a community of educators supporting each other!

TpT Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sally-Hansen-Purposeful-Plans
Blog: http://purposefulplans.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/purposefulplans/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachwithPurposefulPlans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/purposefulplan5
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/purposefulplans/
Email Address: purposefulplans@gmail.com

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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 Field Trips and ELA and reading ideas, to celebrating Black History Month and President’s Day, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators. If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs
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 Adding more to the air than love this February.

Ya Gotta Love Field Trips or Not!
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I was inspired to write this blog post after listening to my 3 podcast buddies tell about their Field Trip Follies: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, on our podcast, We Teach So Hard. I, too have stories to tell. So pull up a chair, sip some wine and read on… 

Black History Month Celebration
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

 Showcase your students’ learning with a black history month celebration. Show your students learning creatively, inviting parents along the way. 

Design a Monster: A Makerspace Activity
By Laura Cripe of Under One Roof 

 Makerspace activities are all the rage these days. Learn how my kids used our makerspace to design and create their own Halloween monster. This is the perfect activity for elementary students who are too excited about Halloween to do any kind of regular school work.

How to Choose Between Eager of Anxious
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 Be sure to say what you mean when choosing between “eager” and “anxious.”

 Writing with Colors
 I’ve found that using colors when writing on the whiteboard can be helpful in multiple ways. Colors can be used to create associations in the minds of learners, and the more you repeat the same method of color usage, the more those associations will strengthen in the learners’ minds. Using these associations, students are quicker to find mistakes or identify what they’re supposed to do.
Is Dyslexia a Gift?
 Can dyslexia be considered a gift? Read this post before you decide.
Put Your Heads Together to Brainstorm
Brainstorming can be an intimidating and daunting task for many students.  It’s hard for young writers to come up with ideas for a topic without having a lot of life experience.  It is necessary to brainstorm WITH your students in the beginning, then gradually hand over the responsibility to students once you have taught them strategies and skills to use.
Valentine Tabletop Decoration Gift for the Family
 Your older elementary(gr.4+) can make this beautiful Valentine tabletop decoration gift for their family. Part construction/part craft, the kids will enjoy making this project. It even lights up.  
Differentiation in the Classroom
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Differentiating in your classroom can be a lot easier than you may think. Learn five easy ways to differentiate in your 4th through 8th grade classroom and help all students succeed.

By Lisa Robles of LisateachR’s Classroom

  Here’s your go-to for some Valentine’s help!!

3 Questions to Get You Through Teacher Evaluation Season
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs 

 It’s that time of year…You’re going to be observed and evaluated. What will you teach? Sometimes, it feels like a dog and pony show. These 3 questions will help you authentically reflect on your growth.


 Tried & True Bookmaking: Pop-Up Book

 By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Here’s an oldie but a goodie: the pop-up book. Kids (and adults) never get tired of making these because there are so many options for creativity.

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Thesis Writing Poster

Product Description

As any English teacher can tell you, the thesis statement is the most important part of the essay. It defines the arguments and orients the reader. Unfortunately, many students have difficulty with the thesis statement. This is why I have created the “7 Steps to Writing an Effective Thesis Statement” poster.

The poster is a step by step guide on how to write the thesis starting with selecting a topic the student understands and walks them through the process until the end.

I am making the poster available in different formats for facility of use in the classroom:

– The first format measures 70 cm (27.6 inches) (easy printing) PDF

– The second format measure 97 cm (38.2) – information can be more easily read from further away (easy printing) PDF

– One smaller poster PDF

– An image format JPEG

You may also be interested in the following resources:

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

Teaching The Essay Package

Total Pages 4 different formats of posters

Answer Key N/A

Teaching Duration N/A

FREE MATH LESSON – “Free Downloads St. Patrick’s Day Math Game! Early Finishers and Centers”

by Alferi

3rd – 5th Grade

Free Mouse’s Multiplication and Division Game

Theme: St. Patrick’s Day

Purpose: to review multiplication and division facts

Players move around the coins to the pot of gold finish. One player will have to be Mouse to check answers.

36 lucky shamrock cards with 2 facts on each card.

This game is both fun and engaging! Great for math centers and early finishers.

I also provided a task card recording sheet if you would like your students to review without using the game. 

The title of the game is Mouse’s St. Patrick’s Day Game. I chose this name in case you would like to change things up a bit. You could have your students use addition and subtraction flash cards. They could also make their own cards using more difficult problems , spelling words, or vocabulary words. Students can draw a shamrock on each card they make for the game to represent the lucky shamrock. The same directions can be used with a few minor changes. The game can be used for any type of review. 

I hope your students enjoy this freebie!
All clipart is from Mycutegraphics.com
Thanks for downloading and feedback is always appreciated!

Kimberly Sullivan


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