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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON: Independent Reading Packet

Now is the perfect time for independent reading! Make the best of this bad situation of forced distance learning by initiating a program that will actually be of great benefit to all students. This FREE packet includes ideas for parents and teachers to motivate and document student reading of books that they choose to read. Kids don’t get enough independent practice today to reinforce skills being taught.  The set includes links to posts with Book Lists and research about motivating independent reading. Not grade specific.


Story Grid: Let’s All Write a Story! Perfect for Home Schooling!  This FREE story grid makes it easy to create characters, settings, and plots for stories and plays. Soap opera and sit-com writers use it to produce ideas. End complaints that kids don’t know what to write about. Even completing the grid is fun! 

Story Grid

Little Love Letters (Adjectives & Valentines)

Little Love Letters

Encourage friendship and community in your classes while improving vocabulary at the same time—so much better than those common, perfunctory, pre-printed Valentines! The set includes a Matching Exercise (with KEY) for improving knowledge of adjectives that explore character traits. They are then used as prompts for the blank, individual Valentines that are included. Ideas to make this process easy for busy teachers are also included.

LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON–Making Inferences with Life Mottos

Life Mottos for  Making Inferences

Unique! Effective! Easy to Use! The four lessons in making inferences contain well-known adages that are derived from centuries of human experiences. When matching these truisms to their underlying meanings, students practice making inferences from what they read, a difficult inferential comprehension skill for some.

FREE PARENT FLYER–Great Gifts for Children

Great Gifts for Kids

The most valuable gifts for children don’t cost a penny. This free, one page flyer is a good reminder to parents in our materialistic society about gifts that promote happy memories and richer relationships.

LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON- Holiday Traditions Grammar Stories

Holiday Traditions Grammar Stories

Timely fun!  Grades 4-8 enjoy discovering the origins of holiday traditions while practicing grammar skills at the same time. This set focuses on most common student grammatical errors, and Answer Keys include explanations for every correction. Perfect for homework, seatwork, or learning centers at this time of year! Grammar practice can be both enjoyable and interesting!

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON–Root Words Crossword Puzzle

Improve and enlarge vocabulary! Effective, enjoyable, and easy to use.Students can boost word power while having fun as they complete three different crossword puzzles. They learn new words while grasping the influence of Latin and Greek roots in English. A bonus page of Rather Questions helps to imprint the roots with more new vocabulary from these roots. Beneficial and engaging! Vocabulary improvement does not have to be boring! Words;

Collective Nouns Crossword Puzzle

A different way to improve vocabulary and grammar!

Effective and easy to use, this Collective Nouns Crossword Puzzle includes almost 50 plurals that name animal groups.

Great for homework, seatwork, and/or learning centers.

Improving vocabulary and grammar does not have to be boring!

Halloween Candy Wrapper Stories

A new use for candy wrappers

Save those candy wrappers for a really fun writing project! These directions for Halloween Candy Wrapper Stories are clear, simple, and FREE. They make the project easier for teachers and for students, and also impressive for Open House!   Grades 3-8

Best Sight Word Kit A

The Only Sight Words Kids Need to Know–FREE for September! Includes Bingo!

Best Sight Word Kit, including Bingo

Throw away all other sight word sets, including Dolch!  These are most important, high frequency, irregular sight words beginning or troubled readers need to know.   Don’t overload the memory capacity of beginning or struggling readers. When these irregular sight words are mastered, you will be pleasantly surprised as student fluency and comprehension improve quickly. Because I believe so strongly in these words, Kit A is free for September. Usually $4.99

Reading Tutor Packets

Perfect for summer tutoring! Effective! Easy to Use! No Prep! This Bargain Bundle, designed by a 30-year reading specialist, will help you improve the word recognition skills of beginning or struggling readers. Includes tests, worksheets, games, and instructions for use, as well as information about readability levels, comprehension, independent reading, lesson design and more! Levels 1, 2, or 3.

Reading Games: Vowel Bingo

Great class activity for the last days of the school year! Students have fun while reviewing short or long vowels. Each set includes 24 classroom-tested cards and simple instructions for easy use by busy teachers. Enjoyable and effective practice! Several other Bingo games are also available individually in the Reading Spotlight Store.

Main Idea Game

Are you looking for some crazzzzzy fun for the whole class at the end of the school year—something that is simple, effective, and easy to use? This category game is an enjoyable and helpful way to get students thinking in broad terms about main idea and supporting details. It helps to ingrain the metacognitive structure of an important reading strategy, and it is also useful in improving verbal communication skills. 112 categories and complete instructions for easy classroom use are included. Enjoy the learning and the smiles!

Word Search Puzzles

Fun! Motivating! Effective! Easy to Use!

Perfect end of school year activity for busy teachers!

Reading Spotlight’s Word Search Bargain Bundles provide practice in scores of phonic clusters in a different and enjoyable way. Since our brains remember in patterns, these sets help to imprint the words for more automatic recognition later. 

Each Word Search includes an easy to use Answer Key. Puzzles are also available individually.

Grammar Review: History of Sports

Perfect review for the end of the school year! Grade 6-12 students can review important grammar skills while reading interesting stories about how some popular sports developed. The set contains 10 stories with Answer Keys + an explanation for every correction.  A short writing prompt, a corrected version in paragraph form, and instructions for team play are also included.

Earth Day Script

Earth Day Script

FREE! Inspiring! Easy to Use! No memorization! Designed to be read over a school’s PA system, these statements contain good ideas for kids to appreciate and improve the environment. Easily adapted to different reading abilities, the script provides a boost of confidence for beginning or struggling readers, too.

Women’s History Bio-Texts

Fun! Effective! Timely! Modern! Easy to Use!

Improve comprehension and spelling while learning about Women’s History!

Great for homework, seat work, and learning centers!

These eight short biographies of high-achieving women resemble cell phone texts. The students are provided the complete wording with blanks for most of the vowels that they then must supply.

This variation of the cloze technique, accepted by reading authorities as an effective strategy, requires students to recognize sentence structure and meaning as a way of improving comprehension. Spelling practice with vowels is an added feature!

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

All SPORTS Reading Comprehension Activity

Enjoyable comprehension devlelopment

The big game is coming! Save those photos! 

Use the hype of the Super Bowl to make this motivating and effective learning center activity. Easy and inexpensive to produce. Adaptable to all levels and all sports. Clear and simple directions included.

Valentines and Adjectives


Encourage friendship and community in your classes while improving vocabulary at the same time—so much better than those common, perfunctory, pre-printed Valentines! The set includes a Matching Exercise (with KEY) for improving knowledge of adjectives that explore character traits. They are then used as prompts for the blank, individual Valentines that are included. Ideas to make this process easy for busy teachers have also been added.

Invisible Valentine

Classroom Magic!

Classroom Magic!  Yes, the heart on this valentine card really IS invisible! Very Clever! Simple! Easy to Make! Great Fun! A perfect lesson in following directions–this Invisible Valentine can be used with ALL ages–as a science experiment or as an exercise in composition of a valentine to someone special. Only white and colored paper, scissors, a stapler, and a pencil are required. Clear directions for use with all ages are included, as well as a wording format to be copied, if desired. Find out how to do it. It’s FREE! Enjoy the smiles!

Homophone Crossword Puzzles

Did you know that research proves that homophone misuse is the most common cause of spelling errors, even in adults?  Textbooks do not provide nearly enough practice to approach proficiency. This set of Homophone Crossword Puzzles makes homonym exercises more enjoyable than the standard fare, and students get extra practice in very important spelling and grammar skills. Easy to check for busy teachers, they include all Answer Keys. Great as homework, seatwork, or in learning centers!

Holiday Traditions


Grammar Stories: Holiday

Timely fun!  Grades 4-8  enjoy discovering how popular holiday traditions developed while practicing grammar skills at the same time. Holiday Traditions Grammar Stories focus on the most common student grammatical errors, and complete Answer Keys include explanations for every correction. Perfect for homework, seatwork, or learning centers at this time of year! Grammar practice CAN be both enjoyable and informative!


Save Those Halloween Candy Wrappers!

Candy Wrappers add fun wot creative writing project.These FREE instructions for a really fun composition project are adaptable to many grades (2-8). Students use the wrappers in composing creative stories to hang around your classroom. Impressive! Clear, helpful hints will make this a good experience for busy teachers, too! Some titles might be: BABY RUTH Lost in New YORK, Matt & Mindy (M&M) Soar Through the MILKY WAY, Never SNICKER at NERDS, MIKE & IKE in a SOUR PATCH of Vegetables.

Everyone will enjoy both the writing and the reading of the stories!


Misspelled Words Crossword Puzzle



Perfect for September! Eliminate most common spelling errors from start, and help your students enjoy it at the same time. This research-based crossword puzzle includes 90 words that are often misspelled, even by adults. Great for homework, seatwork, and learning centers.

Word Search Puzzles: Vowels

Review Blues? Phonics practice does not have to be boring!

Help your students review vowels in a unique format. Improve the fluency, reading rate, and spelling skills of all readers. 9 different Word Search Puzzles are included in this Bargain Bundle: 3 Puzzles for Silent e, 3 Puzzles for Regular Double Vowels, 3 Puzzles for R-Controlled Vowels. Perfect for homework, seatwork, and learning centers! The extra practice this set provides helps to imprint the words for more automatic recognition later. Besides, it’s really fun!

There are many other Phonics Word Search Puzzles in the Reading Spotlight Store.



Self-Help Study Skills Test

Mindfulness, anyone? Help your students help themselves!This FREE two-page Study Habits Self-Help Test is perfect for the beginning of the school year. Designed to demonstrate the actions that are important to good study skills, it encourages students to evaluate their own habits and choose one or two to improve upon. This has been proven by research to be more effective than parent or teacher imposed rules. Be sure to check out the many FREE Self Help Tests for different grade levels in the Reading Spotlight Store

History of Sports Grammar Stories

The perfect way to start the new school year!

Assess the grammar skills of your new classes while providing an interesting and effective way for them to review grammar rules. You can evaluate individual and/or class strengths and weaknesses while the students enjoy learning about the history of 10 popular worldwide sports. History of Sports Grammar Stories uses Reading Spotlight’s familiar format but includes two new charts for class evaluations.


First Day of School–An Audience Participation Play


First Day of School—An Audience Participation Play—Free! Fun! Effective! Simple Parts! No Memorization! Easy to Use! This script about the first day of school is a great way to focus attention on the skill of listening to the teacher and to each other—a skill that needs to be emphasized, especially at the beginning of the school year. The script is one in a Set of Four Audience Participation Plays that is available in the Reading Spotlight Store.   Enjoy the fun!