Daily Archives: January 21, 2023

Teacher Talk – January 2023

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Getting Kids to Write

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning


What I’ve learned from authors on where ideas for writing come from, and how to share those ideas with your students.


A Visit from Annie

By Gini Musmannoof Reading Spotlight


Annie came to visit our classroom every year, often in January. The students recognized her immediately, but they were always surprised by her odd attire. Perhaps your class, too, would like a dramatic visit from Annie Adjective to liven up the drab, January routine. Check out this post for ideas and a free lesson.


Valentine’s Day Letters Are Special

By Charlene Tess of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense


Valentine’s Day letters are a great way for students to say thank you to people in their lives and to practice their writing skills. 


5 Easy Ways to Support Struggling Writers

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing


Learn 5 easy ways to support struggling writers that will benefit all students and not overwhelm the teacher.


How to Use Google Classroom to Streamline Your Teaching

By Dr. Crystal Brown of Teaching to Change the World


Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage their classes, assign and collect work, grade assignments, and communicate with students all in one place. Read how you can use Google Classroom as a teacher.


Calm Down Center Ideas and Purpose

By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas for Those Who Love Teaching


Why you need a calm-down center in your classroom and how to create one.


5 Writing Activities for Reluctant Writers!

By Marianna Monheim of Creatively Comprehensive


Writing was my favorite subject in school, but as a teacher I quickly learned that many of my students did not feel the same way! It took a lot of trial and error, but over the years I did find some tried and true methods to help my friends love (and if not love, then at least tolerate) writing.

Literature Circles for Senior Students


Introducing Literary Circles for Senior Students – the ultimate resource for an engaging and organized literature study experience. This comprehensive document guide includes everything students and teachers need to participate effectively in literature circles.

I created this resource because I found many other literary circle resources too childish for my older students.  I created this for my senior-level high school students (although it can easily be used in grades 9 and 10 as well.)  The feedback I received from students was impressive.  They were engaged in learning and completed their work because their peers counted on them.  They also enjoyed working with others and learning in a different format than usual.

The guide includes detailed descriptions of session procedures and group roles, making it easy for students to understand their responsibilities and participation expectations. Additionally, the guide includes a working document for each session, bookmarks and links to navigate the lengthy document quickly, and clear success criteria and expectations for the unit.

An easy organization grid is also provided to assign roles at the beginning of the unit, and a group evaluation rubric and tracking chart are included to track student’s progress throughout the unit. The resource also includes a definition of roles and templates for the work in each session, making it easy for the teacher to prepare and share the Literature Circles Document Guide with each group.

In short, this resource is designed to make literature circles easy to navigate and organize, with clear instructions, resources and tools for students to help them engage more deeply with the literature they are reading.

The resource is completely modifiable to suit individual teacher and classroom needs.


❒ A document for students’ work

❒ An evaluation grid

❒ A tracking guide to facilitate the evaluation process

❒A Google Form survey to facilitate the group selection

❒ Teacher instructions on how to create and organize successful literature circles

This document is created in Google Docs and is modifiable.  

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Brave New World Student Notebook

Death of a Salesman No Prep Unit

Frankenstein Bundle

Hamlet Bundle

Lord of the Flies No Prep Unit

Poetry No Prep Unit

Wuthering Heights Student Workbook

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Total Pages
26 pages, 3 Google Docs, 1 Google Forms
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 month

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Valentine’s Day Sight Word Hidden Picture Freebie”

by Penley’s Pointe Educational Resources
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Students will love enjoy reviewing their sight words this Valentine’s Day with this sight word hidden picture. Students will use the key at the bottom of the page to color the sight words the correct color to reveal the Valentine’s Day Hidden Picture-a Valentine cupcake!

Perfect for centers, morning work, a fun homework assignment, or a fun sheet to add to your sub tub!

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If you like these worksheets, you may be interested in my other Valentine’s Day Packets:

Valentine Addition/Subtraction Color by Code
Valentine’s Day Freebie
Valentine Reading Comprehension and Activity Packet

Emergency Sub Plans:

Emergency Sub Plans-Kindergarten Emergency Sub Mega Bundle
Emergency Sub Plans-Kindergarten Zoo Day
Emergency Sub Plans-Kindergarten Beach Day
Emergency Sub Plans-Kindergarten Farm Day
Emergency Sub Plans-Kindergarten Scarecrow Packet
Emergency Sub Plans-Kindergarten Snowman Packet
Emergency Sub Plans-Kindergarten A Trip Into Space
Emergency Sub Plans-Kindergarten A Trip On The North Pole Express!
First Grade Emergency Sub Plans Mega Bundle
Emergency Sub Plans-First Grade Beach Day
Emergency Sub Plans-First Grade Farm Day
Emergency Sub Plans-First Grade Scarecrow Packet
Emergency Sub Plans-First Grade Snowman Packet
Emergency Sub Plans-Second Grade Farm Day
Emergency Sub Plans-Second Grade Zoo Day
Emergency Sub Plans-Second Grade Scarecrow

Winter Products:

Martin Luther King Jr. Activity Packet
Black History Month Reading Comprehension
President’s Day Write the Room
Winter Write the RoomWinter Color By Two Digit Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping
Winter Color by Addition and Subtraction Activity Packet
Winter Reading Comprehension Differentiated Packet
Hibernation, Migration and Adaptation Unit
Hibernation, Migration, and Adaptation Writing Activities
Winter Hundreds Chart Hidden Picture Packet
Snowman Telling Time Packet
Winter Color By Two Digit Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping
Winter Games Hidden Pictures Packet
Winter Games Activity Packet
Arctic Animals Emergent Reader Packet
Winter ABC Order Packet
Winter Emergent Readers
Winter Ordinal Math Packet
Winter Reading Journal
A Winter Wonderland of Freebies
Winter Kindness Freebie
Groundhog’s Day Color by Addition and Subtraction Packet
Groundhog’s Day Flip Books and Sight Word Practice
Groundhog’s Day Number Practice Printables

More products you may be interested in:

Write and Count to 100
CVC Word Family No Prep Packet
Ice Cream CVCE Word Family Match Packet
All About Nouns Activities
All About Nouns Cut and Sort Freebie
First Grade Superhero Sight Word Packet

Seasonal products you many be interested in:

St. Patrick’s Day Reading Comprehension
St. Patrick’s Day Addition and Subtraction Color by Number
St. Patrick’s Day 100’s Chart Hidden Pictures
Spring Color By Addtion and Subtraction
Spring Reading Comprehension and Sequencing Stories
Spring Hundreds Chart Hidden Picture Mega Pack
Easter No Prep Religious Printables
Earth Day Activity Packet
Earth Day Color by Addition and Subtraction with Numbers
Memorial Day Reading Comprehension and Activity Packet
Mother’s Day Kindergarten Activity Packet
On My Way to First Grade Summer Adventures Kindergarten Review
On My Way to Second Grade Summer Adventures First Grade Review
Summer Color by Addition and Subtraction

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