Daily Archives: March 22, 2021

Teacher Talk March 2021

 Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern 





Welcome to our March Teacher Talk.  All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like wish you a happy and prosperous spring.  We have so many fab tips this month from Math, ELA and reading ideas, to High interest learning and our featured author for the month, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators.

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Coffea for Mental Health (Restlessness)



Can you imagine coffee to be an alternative medicine that supports and improves mental health? 

Greet Students with the Arts
Suggestions for a kinder, more gentle way to welcome students back to class this Spring.
Let’s Hear it for the Women!
Although March is designated as Women’s History Month, we obviously learn about women who have made a difference throughout the year. This was a quick and easy group assignment: Women’s History posters.
5 Renewable Energy Sources: The Pros and Cons Simplified
Do you want to learn more about renewable energy sources? Read about the pros and cons in a simplified way!
The Gift: Cancelled By Culture

I learned that cultures are complicated, but they do have profound effects.. My small touch cannot alter very much, but, hopefully, being able to read will open doors for them when they do knock.

How to Make Earth Day Relevant in the Classroom

Learn 6 easy ideas to increase the relevance of Earth Day.

3 Tips on Using Blog Posts Correctly

Learn to use apostrophes correctly. Never use an apostrophe to make a noun plural.

Attitude Really IS Everything: Encouraging Students to Own Their Attitudes
Attitude really is everything – instill this in students!
Picture Books for Growth Mindset
Growth mindset is HUGE in my class and here are some of my favorites with a few tips on how to use them in your classroom.
Photos into Cartoons
My current post is about turning photos into cartoons and using it in my blog and my Jamboard lessons when I return to work from spring break vacation.

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Comment Bank


Do you run out of meaningful criticism for your students’ high school papers and work?

I created this comment bank because I had the same problem. After a little while, you don’t know what to write on a student’s test.

The Comment Bank has been constructed to save the Language Arts teacher time when offering constructive and helpful comments on students’ evaluations. Marking papers in any Language Arts class is always a lengthy process. Increasingly, teachers are being asked to write more detailed comments to highlight students’ strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes we run out of ideas. Being the vigilant teachers we are, and wanting to help our students achieve their potential is and will always be one of our priorities. To this end, when marking students’ papers, writing down everything we want to say to them about their papers would be a very lengthy process. I have decided to share my personal comment bank with you.

The bank comments on the following areas:



❒The next step





The package contains 7 pages of comments, which are divided by levels of accomplishment A, B, C and D. (levels 100 to 50)

Included in this package are over 120 comments for students. You can get inspiration from these pages to handwrite your comments, or you can do what I do and copy/paste your comments into a word document, print, and staple the comment to the students’ evaluations. This is a real time saver. Parents, students, and school administration LOVE this method of feedback. And, this way, it takes much less time to be much more efficient. I hope you enjoy it!

You may also be interested in the following products:

ELA Report Card Comments

Group Work Assessment Tool

Rubrics: Self-Evaluation Bundle

Creating a Board Game Assessment Tool

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration

FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “Evaporation in the Water Cycle {Hands-on at Home} | Distance Learning”

by The Science Penguin
3rd – 5th Grade

I’ve adapted some of my favorite simple investigations so you can can provide opportunities for students to EXPLORE during distance learning. It’s HANDS-ON AT HOME!


Evaporation (Water Cycle)


Do shadows affect the rate of evaporation?


4th and 5th: You can use this as an Explore activity. Follow up with Slides & Notes or the Digital Interactive Science Notebook then elaborate with Digital Inquiry.

3rd: Follow up with Digital Vocabulary then elaborate with Digital Inquiry Jr.

In Your Free Download

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Teacher Directions
  • Materials List
  • Google Slides Student Sheet
  • Sample of Completed Assignment

See all Distance Learning from The Science Penguin!


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