Category Archives : 8th Grade


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Creative Writing Lesson Plan – Speed Writing”

by Razzle Dazzle Learning

4th – 8th Grade

This FREE. STUDENT DIRECTED creative writing lesson plan increases fluency and is fun. It is a perfect beginning of the week activity to wake up the writing juices, or to use when there is extra time left and you have nothing to fill it with. Students really enjoy speed writing!

The Lesson Plan includes:

1. Instructions on how to use the lesson plan
2. The writing process steps for teaching the plan
3. An Idea Organizer that taps into the student’s personal bank of knowledge
4. A paragraph organizer that guides the students through writing the introduction, body, and conclusion
5. Two scoring guides (one includes the six traits of writing) so students know what the expectations are, how they will be evaluated, and allows them to grade their own papers before turning it in for the final teacher evaluation.
6. An art/drawing worksheet to go along with the lesson

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-CREATIVE-WRITING-LESSON-PLAN-Speed-Writing-531320

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May 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern


It’s May already, time sure flies.   Time to stop by and see what our teaching friends are doing during the school closures. This is the last link-up for this school year. We’ll see you again in August.

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Now That School’s Out. What Will We Do for the Summer?

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Summer is the time for fun, fun, fun! School is out no more hitting the books. The only problem is that much of what was learned during the school year is forgotten, “out of sight, out of mind.” Not so with these fun educational activities that will keep the children looking for more and not even realizing they’re learning.

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Tried & True Tools for Managing Distance Learning

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried & True Teaching Tools 

 I am SO thankful for the many teachers who know more than me and their willingness to share their expertise! There is no reason to reinvent the wheel! Here are some tried & true tools that have saved my time and sanity with distance learning!

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Slipping into Summer

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning  

 
Reflections on our “new normal” ways of teaching and learning.

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 Should You Red Shirt Your Kindergartner?

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight 

Will a delayed start to kindergarten improve a child’s success in school? Many kindergartners have not experienced a full school year due to the pandemic. This re-post might help some parents and teachers in reaching what might be a more difficult than usual decision this year.

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 Integrating Sustainable Development Goals into OurTeaching

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Integrating sustainable development goals into teaching

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Teaching Reading in the COVID19 Restructured Classroom

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn practical tips for teaching reading in our COVID 19 restructured classrooms.

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FREE MATH LESSON – “Math Vocabulary Graphic Organizer”

by Stephanie Blythe

Kindergarten – 8th Grade

This graphic organizer is a great way for students to record math vocabulary in a way that will help them understand and remember new words!

What’s included?
1. A full page graphic organizer – perfect for whole class or group work!
2. Sample – use as a model for students
3. Two different sized partial sheet graphic organizers – perfect for cutting and pasting in math journals OR stapling together to make a vocabulary booklet
4. Covers – one for each size to use if you want students to create vocabulary booklets

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Vocabulary-Graphic-Organzier-1567458

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Think – Pair – Share Instructional Strategy”

by Create ‘n Time

1st – 12th Grade

“Think- Pair – Share” is a great strategy for differentiating learning and keeping students on task, resulting in more effective student learning. This strategy is also a very effective classroom management tool –it keeps students involved and provides opportunities for teachers to check for understanding. Think-Pair-Share has many benefits to student learning–builds in wait-time; provides rehearsal for responses; enhances depth and breadth of thinking; increases level of participation; keeps students on-task; provides processing time called for in 10:2 Theory. It’s great to use with all ages, including adults! Look for my Think-Pair-Share record sheet to reinforce students about what to do–available on Teachers Pay Teachers.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Think-Pair-Share-Instructional-Strategy-47690

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Figurative Language Posters – 5 FREE”

by Laura Torres

5th – 8th Grade

Five 8 1/2 x 11 figurative language posters with cute illustrations to make the point. Metaphor, Simile, Alliteration, Personification and Oxymoron.

This is one-quarter of the posters you will find in the full 20 Figurative Language Poster pack in my store:
20 Figurative Language Posters

If you like these, try the 42-poster set found here:
42 Figurative Language Posters

You might also like these figurative language activities for hands-on fun!
Figurative Language Group Activity

Figurative Language Cooperative Matching Game

Here is the link to the shop of the artist who did the illustrations for these posters (my daughter!):
Image Boutique

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Figurative-Language-Posters-5-FREE-165456

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Rain, Rain, Go Away Short Story Mini-Unit

Product Description

The Rain Rain Go Away Mini Unit includes all materials to teach this short story. Students also get the opportunity to be creative and collaborate with others in the creative process. This unit is always a hit in my class.

The resource includes:

-An anticipation guide

-A copy of the short story

-Questions for comprehension

-Plot graph activity

-Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

-A personal word wall to improve students’ vocabulary and understanding

-A comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

-An individual evaluation where the student must write an alternate ending to the story

-A group evaluation where students must work collaboratively to produce an alternate ending

24 pages total

It’s teaching made easy!

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Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

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Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 Week


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Art Reward Bucks for the Classroom”

by Lesson Lady

4th – 12th Grade

The Lesson Lady presents Art Bucks! Art Bucks are dollars you can use in your classroom to reward positive behavior and attitudes. I have used these in my room and they have worked as great motivators! Art Bucks are a wonderful classroom management tool.

Included is a page of Art Bucks you can use in your classroom, a page with suggestions on free prizes students can pay for with their bucks, and a description of how to use Art Bucks. You do not have to spend money to use Art Bucks in your classroom!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Art-Reward-Bucks-for-the-Classroom-158121

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Seventh Grade Short Story Mini Unit

Product Description

Seventh Grade Short Story Mini-Unit is a great way to start any literature unit. Suitable from grade seven to ten, this unit reviews literary elements and allows students to practice identifying all important elements.

The unit includes:

-A copy of the short story

-An anticipation reading guide

-a two-page literary element cheat sheet

-plot graph

-word wall

-Character trait explanation sheet

-Characterization activity

-Writing evaluation (or activity) with an evaluation sheet

-A comprehensive answer key for all activities.

18 pages total

It’s teaching made easy!

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Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 days


Figurative Language and Poetic Devices Jeopardy Game

Product Description

Are you looking for a new way of introducing poetic devices in your class? This PowerPoint document is a great way to review poetic terms or to help students learn them.

I play this game from grade 9 to grade 12 and all of the students love them.

Directions on how to play the game are also included.

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Much Ado About Nothing Complete Unit

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Lord of the Flies Unit – No Prep Required

Hamlet Complete No Prep Unit

Romeo and Juliet – No Prep Unit

Death of a Salesman – No Prep Unit

Frankenstein No Prep Unit

Wuthering Heights Student Workbook

Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


ELA Literature Study Unit – Use with ANY Work of Literature

Product Description

ELA Literature Study Unit – Use with ANY Work of Literature

This bundle has everything needed to teach any work of literature, to start literature circles, or as an alternative to independent book reports. It also teaches literacy skills which are essential for students to add meaning to content.

Now comes with a fill in the blank PDF for students who prefer using the computer

There are 24 pages in the unit guide that include:

-Anticipation guide

-Prediction chart

-Plot Chart

– Plot chart (graphic organizer)

-List of character traits and a STEAL chart for characterization

-Characterization graphic organizer

-STEAL characterization graphic organizer

-Character traits graphic organizer

-Conflict activity

-Personal word wall

-Important passages (quotes) activity sheet

-Questions for Comprehension (generic- before, during, and after reading)

-Event map

-Chapter summary pages

-Making inferences activity sheet

-Activity on author’s purpose

-Themes and how to develop them

-How to develop themes in paragraph form (using PEEL)

-Paragraph graphic organizer (using PEEL)

-How to answer a test question in paragraph form (using PEEL)

Included are 2 evaluations with rubrics:

1) Writing a journal as one of the characters in the story (focus on characterization)

2) Writing a newspaper article on an event from the story (focus on plot and cause and event)

Characterization poster for the classroom is also included in two different formats (legal size paper required)

It’s teaching made easy!


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Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)

Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

Death of a Salesman (No prep required)

Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)

Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)

Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Finding a Path in Formative Assessment with Pictures”

by Mrs. Patton

Kindergarten – 12th Grade

In this FREE packet, you will find a compilation of 14 roadway photos to use for formative assessment. At different points in a particular lesson or unit, you can have your students rate their own knowledge in relation to the 3-4 pictures that you choose. This is applicable to any grade level K-Adults as it is a teaching tool that can be used with any topic.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Finding-a-Path-in-Formative-Assessment-with-Pictures-190656

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Spelling Flip Book

Product Description

The Spelling Flip Book is designed to help young learners become familiar with spelling rules and to incorporate them into their work.

Students can color and personalize their flip books to enhance the spelling learning experience.

I always like encouraging my students to use their flip books as reference sheets when they are working to promote good spelling habits. The goal is that eventually, by using the flipbook when working, the student will begin to remember common errors made in the past and correct them. I have had much success with this strategy in my classes.

I’ve also included a color copy and an answer key – a total of 18 pages.


You may also be interested in the following products:

Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)

Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

Death of a Salesman (No prep required)

Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)

Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)

Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free: Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters

Product Description

FREE Super Hero themed Parts of Speech Posters are a great visual way to teach students to remember the nature of words. This is a great addition to any language arts class.

You may also be interested in:

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Teacher Review Game – Baseball Blitz”

by Andy Runyan

5th – 12th Grade

Baseball Blitz is a PowerPoint Review Game that can be used for any discipline across multiple grade levels. Teachers divide the students into groups and they play the game based on correct answers during the review.

Cheap and easy, Baseball Blitz comes with a “Room Setup” slide, a list of materials needed and teacher instructions. The only additional purchase necessary is a Nerf gun and suction darts. Achieve unheard of student interaction with this engaging and fun review game. Guaranteed, students will anticipate the day before the test when Baseball Blitz is used for review!

Creator: Andy Runyan

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teacher-Review-Game-Baseball-Blitz-481908

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Opinion Letter with the Novel Holes

Product Description

The Opinion Letter with the Novel Holes

Appropriate for grades 7 to 9, students learn how to recognize and write a supported opinion using Louis Sachar’s novel “Holes.”

The bundle includes:

-An activity sheet on “What is a Supported Opinion?” (with answer key)

-Instructions on how to write an effective opinion letter

-The evaluation which contains the instruction sheet and list of topics (that were selected for students of different needs. Students who are high achieving might select one of the more complex topics, while a student who struggles can choose a more obvious one.)

-An evaluation grid is included along with evaluation expectations

-All writing process directions and sheets are included (Pre-Writing or Brainstorming sheet and a Paragraph Organizer)

-Also included is an example of the writing process from beginning to end to help students fully understand what the task entails. (Pre-Writing sheet, Paragraph Organizer and the final draft, which includes format expectations.)

It really is teaching made easy! Print it and go!

Ten pages in PDF format are included.

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Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
4 days


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Free Tonal Viewfinder”

by Art Lesson Launchpad

6th – 12th Grade

Print the Tonal Viewfinder on white card stock for a sturdy drawing and painting tool. The tonal viewfinder helps students perceive and understand tonal relationships. View a tonal area through the viewfinder. Compare the object’s tone with the mid-tone gray of the viewfinder.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Tonal-Viewfinder-328811

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FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Peter the Great of Russia Jigsaw”

by The World History Emporium

7th – 12th Grade

This is a jigsaw project over Peter the Great. I split my classes up into several groups and had them answer two questions a piece. I then had them teach each group in front of the class about the two questions they answered. The kids really liked this project and they enjoyed teaching their classmates. I would recommend this project to anyone covering the Age of Absolutism!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Peter-the-Great-of-Russia-Jigsaw-454142

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Charles by Shirley Jackson Short Story Mini-Unit

Product Description

This short story mini-unit features Shirley Jackson’s short story “Charles.” Appropriate for grades 7 to 10, the lessons focus on the development of theme and paragraphs.

Included in the mini-unit is:

• A copy of the short story

• A prediction chart

• An anticipation guide

• Activity sheet (select important passages in the text for later theme and paragraph support)

• Author’s purpose activity sheet

• How to develop a theme sheet with an example

• A graphic organizer to help student plan their paragraph

• An answer key for all activities

• 3-day lesson plan for easy planning

16 pages total

All the prep work has been done for you.

It’s teaching made easy!

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Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
3 days


Rubrics: Self Evaluation and teacher assessment rubrics

Product Description

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their own success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer evaluations.

Included within this document are over 20 different self-evaluation grids.

These self-evaluation grids are also very helpful to teachers:

 Helps the teacher justify the final mark;

Helps the teacher create meaningful evaluation grids;

 Helps to identify students’ weaknesses and strengths;

 Helps parents and students better understand the task required;

 Helps teachers create rubrics for the final evaluation.

This package was created in a Word document in order to be easily modified and changed according to the individual teacher’s needs.

This self-evaluation package contains self-evaluation grids for:

 Newspaper article

 Short story writing (intermediate and senior)

 Essay writing (various different types)

 Essay evaluation rubrics (for teacher –with and without sources)

 Independent study unit

 Research paper

 Skits

 Board game

 Group work

 Opinion piece

 Editorial

 Friendly letter

 Debate

 Movie review

 Journals

 Scrapbook

 Seminar

 Speech

 Riddle writing

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Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students

Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
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FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “What is Science Cubing Activity – Distance Learning”

by Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy

3rd – 10th Grade

What exactly IS science? Are unicorns scientific? What about narwhals? What does science look like to your students? Whether you’re just starting the year or you’re already at the home stretch, discussing scientific principles is important in any science classroom. This FREE resource is the perfect way to grab students’ attention and maintain their interest throughout the year.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS 1-2 DAY LESSON:

  • ​EDITABLE Guiding PowerPoint 
  • NON-EDITABLE PDF cubing template

STUDENTS WILL:

  • Answer questions listed on the cubes individually or groups
  • Complete the cube by writing or illustrating answers to the questions on the cube​
  • Assemble the cube and display it

SEE HOW THIS LESSON ALIGNS WITH THE NGSS, TEKS or GSE

Because we have created many of our own graphics or have purchased licenses to other graphics with permission, we cannot offer our resources in editable format unless otherwise stated.

TERMS OF USE (TOU):
All rights reserved by GETTING NERDY®️. 
• This product is to be used by the original purchaser only
• Intended for classroom and personal use only
• Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. 
• This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view
Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license.

What is Science? Cubing Scienstructable​ © 2012 to present GETTING NERDY®️ All Rights Reserved 

www.gettingnerdyscience.com

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-is-Science-Cubing-Activity-Distance-Learning-1124558

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How to write a paragraph

Product Description

The Paragraph package is an easy to use document that will help students learn how to write effectively using the proper form.

The document includes a detailed description of the different types of paragraphs as well as how to effectively write the paragraph (with sentence by sentence instructions).

It’s teaching made easy!

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Frankenstein No Prep Unit

Wuthering Heights Student Workbook

Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Critical Thinking Rubric for Writing & Projects – Suitable for All Subject Areas”

by Set Course with Mrs Rutters

6th – 9th Grade

Critical Thinking Rubric for Writing & Projects – Suitable for All Subject Areas

This product contains:
1. Full page Critical Thinking Rubric (original and embellished versions)
2. Lined generic response page with rubric
3. Open prompt page with rubric
4. “Critical Thinking: What Does Success Look Like?” display chart (original & embellished versions)

6 Usable Pages (+1 page – Suggestions for Use)

This rubric provides a clear explanation to students about how to create responses to show their critical thinking. The rubric is formatted generally so you can use it with a variety of prompts and projects. Students should be thinking critically in all subjects, but providing clear guidelines and assessing those standards can be incredibly difficult. This rubric is designed to provide a consistent set of expectations that can be referred to with any subject or with any project.

This rubric can be used in any subject area (Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, STEM, Humanities, Art, Music, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, etc.) for any activity where students are expected to create something to show their critical thinking and understanding (reports, essays, multimedia presentations, slideshows, videos, skits, speeches, brochures, advertisements, games, picture books, magazine articles, posters, etc.).

There is great flexibility in how you use the rubric to generate grades. It can be a useful formative assignment tool to provide feedback to students about how to improve their responses. It can be used with summative assessments to evaluate student understanding.

The categories for the rubric are:
* Does not meet minimum requirements (students are then required to redo the assignment with scaffolding or re-teaching as needed)
* Satisfactory
* Exceeds Expectations
* Advanced

Common Core Anchor Standards in Writing:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1 – Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

You may also be interested in these writing pages that provide an appropriate format for expository and argumentative writing:
Writing Pages (create your own magazine, newspaper, webpage) – Good for any writing task

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Critical-Thinking-Rubric-for-Writing-Projects-Suitable-for-All-Subject-Areas-3115480

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April 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 It’s April already, the school year is almost over.  We hope you are all healthy and safe during this unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic and that you’ve been able to find resources and ideas for online learning with your students. Stop by our blog linky and see what great tips and advice are there just for you.

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April Activities Just for You

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 Turning my thoughts to sunny days and warmer weather!!! Can’t you just smell spring in the air? Daffodils beginning to bloom, Lilac trees starting to flower, and Lilies of the Valley popping up. A vaccine for Covid-19 hopefully soon.

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Tried & True Tips for Distance Learning

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools 

 It’s been five weeks since we’ve been quarantined and it has taken me this long to even try to organize my thoughts (& life!) Well, still working on the life part. . . How are you all doing? Despite teaching 30+ years, I feel like a brand-new teacher again, attempting to get a handle on “distance learning”, “remote learning”, whatever you want to call it: learning without physically being with my students! Here are 5 tips to help ease the transition to distance learning.

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Lemonade 2020

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

 This Coronavirus pandemic is extremely serious and stressful, but independent reading can be part of a useful solution to children learning at home. Now is a good time to hook kids on reading because they can choose their own books according to their own interests. At the same time, they can practice previously taught reading skills and improve in many ways.

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 “My Side of the Mountain” – Making Falcon Hoods

By Vicki Rauch of Scipi 

 Each year, my husband reads the book “My Side of the Mountain” to his science students. As a culminating activity, the students make falcon hoods since Sam has a peregrine falcon for hunting. Take a look at some of the falcon hoods his 6th grade students made in my latest blog post.

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 Ideas to Keep You Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Victoria Leone of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs 

Use these simple, yet practical, ideas to help safeguard your family during the Coronavirus pandemic. Be sure to read the comments section for other great ideas and videos shared by our readers.

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By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 Teachers are helping other teachers during the COVID-19 Crisis

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 Writing During This Historic Time: My Pandemic Journal

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

 Everyone should be writing during this historic time. Where is your pandemic journal?

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 How I’m Surviving a New Teaching Reality

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing 

 During this crazy teaching time, I’ve survived in part thanks to these incredible tutorials.

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Novel Study Final Project for Any Novel”

by Common Core English With Ease

3rd – 10th Grade

Use this week-long final project packet at the end of any novel study or unit. The easy to follow guide is perfect for a student-led project in middle or high school.

ENJOY NO PREP NOVEL STUDIES: LESSON PLANS & HANDOUTS

Children of Blood and Bone

Shiloh

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Giver

HEART OF DARKNESS

Great Gatsby

Catcher in the Rye

A Wrinkle in Time

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Tupac & Dfoster

Among the Hidden

Bluish

Rumble Fish

Tears of a Tiger

Raisin in the Sun

Discovering Wes Moore

Of Mice and Men

Autobiography of My Dead Brother

Poe Park

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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ELA Report Card Comments

Product Description

The end of a school year or semester is always a challenge for English Language Arts teachers. Between the marking, end of the year activities, and packing up your class for the following year, creating individual and meaningful comments on students’ report cards can be challenging.

I say, take back your weekends! I am sharing my mid and end of year report card ELA comments with you. There are over 70 comments for you to use and personalize your ELA report cards.

There are comments on:

-supporting an opinion

-argument development

-speeches

-theme development

-theme development while using historical context for analysis purposes

-supporting arguments in essay form

-Reading strategies

-reading comprehension

-Group work and literature circles

-novel study

There are also a slew of next step comments as well.

Each section is divided by levels 1,2, 3, and 4 where you can select the appropriate comment to accompany the mark the student received.

It’s teaching made easy!


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Short Story Bundle Unit Plan

Bundle Description

The Short Story Bundle is 4 short story mini-units for the price of one. See the preview for more details.

Seventh Grade Short Story Mini Unit is a great way to start any literature unit. Suitable from grade seven to ten, this unit reviews literary elements and allows students to practice identifying all important elements.

The unit includes:

-A Copy of the short story

-An anticipation reading guide

-a two-page literary element cheat sheet

-plot graph

-word wall

-Character trait explanation sheet

-Characterization activity

-Writing evaluation (or activity) with evaluation sheet

-Comprehensive answer key for all activities.

18 pages total

“The Elevator” Short Story Mini-Unit is a one-stop-shop for teaching the short story. Other than photocopies, all of the work has been done for you.

This mini-unit is suitable for grades 7 through 10 and includes:

-a copy of the short story

-questions for comprehension

-a plot chart organizer

-activity to help students discover the author’s purpose for writing

-an instructional sheet on how to develop themes (with a practical example)

-an instructional sheet on how to develop a theme in paragraph form

-a graphic organizer to help students organize their paragraphs

-an example of a completed graphic organizer to plan the paragraph

-an example of a paragraph for “The Elevator.”

-a comprehensive answer key for all handouts

-a three-day lesson plan to accompany the story

This short story mini-unit features Shirley Jackson’s short story “Charles.” Appropriate for grades 7 to 10, the lessons focus on the development of theme and paragraphs.

Included in the mini-unit is:

• A copy of the short story

• A prediction chart

• An anticipation guide

• Activity sheet (select important passages in the text for theme and paragraph support)

• Author’s purpose activity sheet

• How to develop a theme sheet with an example

• A graphic organizer to help students plan their paragraph

• An answer key for all activities

• 3-day lesson plan for easy planning

16 pages total

The Rain Rain Go Away Mini Unit includes all materials to teach this short story. Students also get the opportunity to be creative and collaborate with others in the creative process. This unit is always a hit in my class.

The resource includes:

-An anticipation guide

-A copy of the short story

-Questions for comprehension

-Plot graph activity

-Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

-A personal word wall to improve students’ vocabulary and understanding

-A comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

-An individual evaluation where the student must write an alternate ending to the story

-A group evaluation where students must work collaboratively to produce an alternate ending

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Individual Short Story Mini-Units:

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The Elevator Short Story Mini-Unit

Product Description

“The Elevator” Short Story Mini-Unit is a one-stop-shop for teaching the short story. Other than photocopies, all of the work has been done for you.

This mini-unit is suitable for grades 7 through 10 and includes:

-a copy of the short story

-questions for comprehension

-a plot chart organizer

-activity to help students discover the author’s purpose for writing

-an instructional sheet on how to develop themes (with a practical example)

-an instructional sheet on how to develop a theme in paragraph form

-a graphic organizer to help students organize their paragraphs

-an example of a completed graphic organizer to plan the paragraph

-an example of a paragraph for “The Elevator.”

-a comprehensive answer key for all handouts

-a three-day lesson plan to accompany the story

It’s teaching made easy!

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Spelling Flip Book

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The Spelling Flip Book is designed to help young learners become familiar with spelling rules and to incorporate them into their work.

Students can color and personalize their flip books to enhance the spelling learning experience.

I always like encouraging my students to use their flip books as reference sheets when they are working to promote good spelling habits. The goal is that eventually, by using the flipbook when working, the student will begin to remember common errors made in the past and correct them. I have had much success with this strategy in my classes.

I’ve also included a color copy and an answer key – a total of 18 pages.


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English Grammar Cheat Sheet

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This “Cheat Sheet” was designed to help students while writing in English. This at a glance 2 page sheet is colorful and has an easy to find layout to help students remember certain important things while they write.

I allow my students to use this in class when writing a test. This is not a grammar lesson, but it will remind students about the grammar they’ve learned in the past.

Some of the reminders included:

– parts of speech

– transitional words

– quotation marks (how and when to use them)

– basic sentence structure

– spelling tips (plurals of nouns and IE rule)

– puncutaion rules (apostrophe, colon, semicolon

The other side of the page has comma rules:

– with coordinate conjunctions

-with introductory elements

– with other elements (dates, parenthetical expression, nouns in a direct address)

– with adjectives

-with appositives

It also contains tips on things to avoid, such as writing a paragraph shorter than 4 sentences. And, it contains a list of things to do, such as make sure that your paragraphs contain at least 2 pieces of evidence.

It’s teaching made easy!

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Steampunk Elements Commercial Use Freebie”

by Digi Scrap Cafe

6th – 12th Grade

Steampunk Elements Commercial Use Freebie contains 2 sample custom png elements for commercial use

1 Astrology Wheel
1 Virgo Wheel

Just a sample of what you can create with my Astrology Wheel Template kit.

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