Daily Archives: August 25, 2019

Great stories for the transition back to school: K-2!

Tried and true stories for the transition back to school: K-2

Looking for some tried, tested and true picture books to help K-2 students through the back to school transition? Read about others who have been there, felt the anxiety and managed it! Here are the the stories I return to year after year! Between familiar characters, upbeat rhymes or their  comfort factor, they make a great mix.

To read more about these stories, and for the link to a free supplement to accompany The Kissing Hand, please click here!

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Frankenstein Unit (No prep)

Product Description

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.

Take a look at the preview for more information.

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)

-pre-reading activity

-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

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


– 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)


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

Documents are downloaded as PDF files (except for evaluations)

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It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
125 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 month

FREE MATH LESSON – “(Not your ordinary…) Geometric Shape Bingo”

by Amy Bratsos

2nd – 5th Grade

I am very excited to share the revised version of my Geometric Shapes Bingo! The concepts and vocabulary remain the same, but the game and clue cards are redesigned using Powerpoint, giving the product a more attractive, kid-friendly “face lift”!!
This is NOT your ordinary Bingo game! This set includes 10 different reproducible Bingo cards with the traditional format of 24 squares and a “free space” in the middle. Each of the squares has a word or a picture of a different polygon, including such shapes as squares, rectangles, circles, trapezoids, rhombuses, right triangles, scalene triangles, isosceles triangles, obtuse triangles, pentagons, hexagons, and octagons, There are 70 clue cards that the teacher reads and the students choose a corresponding square to cover- here is where the CHALLENGE begins! More than half of the clues can be answered correctly with more than one shape, so not only does the student have to be able to identify and classify shapes, s/he has to think strategically in order to cover the shape that increases the chances of filling an entire horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row. For example, the clue “this shape always has at least one right angle” could describe a right triangle, a square, or a rectangle, In addition to definitions using geometry vocabulary,the clues offer a variety of opportunities for higher level thinking. Knowledge of calculating perimeter and area, as well as familiarity with angle measurement are necessary to answer several of the clues.

The Common Core Standards challenge teachers to provide many opportunities for identifying, classifying, comparing, and problem solving using shapes, and this Bingo game is a good resource to use as a fun opportunity for students to practice these skills. I was very excited to stretch my own mathematical thinking as I created this game, and am enthusiastically working on other engaging and challenging lessons and activities to help our students gain a deep understanding of geometry.
This set includes
-10 colored reproducible game cards (because each clue has many possible answers, more than one student having a duplicate card isn’t a problem)
– Instructions for the traditional game, as well as several variations of the game to provide differentiation for a variety of skill and grade levels
-70 reproducible clues 

The colored game cards produce a nice grayscale copy, but if you prefer blackline masters I would be happy to provide you with those free of charge.

Thank you for your interest in this game- I hope your students enjoy it and you see measurable growth in their ability to describe, identify,and classify shapes! If this product fits the instructional needs of your students, you may want to take a look at the many K-5 products in a variety of subject areas at my store:
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Critical Thinking with Geometric Shapes
Winter Stories-Locating Text Evidence
Winter Sentence Building and Parts of SpeechFraction Problem Solving-The Hat Store

Geometric Shape Bingo by Amy Bratsos is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


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