Tag Archives : Grades 6-12

Getting Through Parents’ Night – Sharing is Caring Teacher Blogging Collaborative

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Do you ever find yourself losing sleep over parent night?

These seasoned educators from our Sharing is Caring Teacher Blogging Collaborative have some great tips for you.

Read what they have to say about the subject.


By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Make the most of your Back-to-School event. Organize your presentation, make sure you’ve given the essential information,

and make families feel comfortable and welcomed on your campus.


By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

A few tips to help you relax about your Parents’ Night presentation. You’ve got this!


By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I’d like to share what my partner and I have done to make parent night fun for everyone, including ourselves,

since neither of us likes to get up in front of an audience, other than our classroom, lol! 

Six Tips for Making Parent’s Night a Piece of Cake

By Marypat Mahoney of Just Add Students

Six tips to help you make the most out of Parent’s Night.


Please visit the blogs from our Sharing is Caring Teacher Blogging Collaborative, you’ll be happy you did.

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Labor Day -Spanish Word Search & Criss Cross Puzzle- BONUS:Las Profesiones



Great Lesson to celebrate Labor Day in your Classroom. This lesson was designed to practice cognates and to teach students about the celebration of Labor Day in May in most Latin American Countries. You will also have a Community Workers in Spanish Word Search.

1) Word Search= 24 sentences and words (For example)

2) 14 Labor Day Cross Word Puzzle with Spanish word bank full of cognates. Great dictionary practice for your students. Have them work in groups of two to figure out the answer. Homework pass for the winners.


3) Profesiones. This Word Search is a very good introduction to Professions full of cognates. Perfect cool homework assignment



*** Las Profesiones Thematic Unit- This full Professions in Spanish lesson can help introduce and practice the vocabulary related to community workers.


*** Las Profesiones-Spanish Professions- What they Do and Where they work?- This comprehensive unit combines vocabulary for professions, with verbs AR/ER/IR and locations. Great way to teach students how to write sentences.



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LANGUAGE ART LESSON- FLAG DAY- Word Search and Double Puzzle with Hidden Message

This exciting Flag Day Word Search & Double Puzzle is a great educational opportunity for the last Days of School. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. This word search will help you teach students about the significance of the stripes and colors of the American Flag. The American Flag is comprised of 13 stripes that symbolize the thirteen original English colonies. The fifty stars symbolize the fifty states.The stars are five pointed.




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1) Word Search= 27 words (For example)

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MISCELLANEOUS LESSON-SPANISH COLORS- Vocabulary & Word Search @ Colorea tu Helado Favorito

This Coloring Package is an amazing resource to practice spelling colors, and having fun doing the Coloring Activity. Great package for Elementary students and for fifth grades students who never had Spanish before. This lesson may be included in the “Moving Up” packages where fifth students can see how easy Spanish vocabulary can be, use a dictionary to complete the word bank, do the word search and complete the Ice Cream Coloring activity.


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It contains

1) 12 colors vocabulary/assessment worksheet with word bank

2) 12 Colors Word Search- Make it a game. Divide students in small groups and give stickers to winning groups or homework passes.
3) Ice Cream Coloring Activity -The top part of the ice cream is free so students can color their favorite ice cream and answer the question – What is your favorite Ice Cream?



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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHERS – “Three freebies to Swing you Into Summer”

by – Connie Casserly

Grades 7-12



Are you still in school?  Is your brain showing a Needs Charged light?  Need a fresh idea or three to swing you into summer vacation?


If you answered, “YES!” to any of these questions, check out the following three FREEBIES that will act as energy bars for your students during the remainder of the year.


1. Comprehension & Writing Activity – “Taking a Break”

takingabreakactivity_Page_1This free activity is great for an end of the year recap to assess Middle and High School students’ comprehension, understanding, and analytic skills of the material that they read, or for any time during the year prior to a vacation.

For this activity, students are going on a dream vacation. To keep them company on this trip, they ask three characters from books that they have read for school assignments that year to go on the trip with them. Who will they take? Why them? Where will they go? How will these people help them have a perfect trip? They are to answer these questions as they relate vacation plans.

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2. Comprehension and Writing Activity: Carry On!

CarryOnrev2014_Page_1Other than hairstyles, few physical adornments show more about people than the clothes they choose to wear and their accessories. This FREE Common Core and Bloom’s Taxonomy aligned activity not only focuses on the type of purse/attaché case/tote/ backpack, etc. that a character would choose, but also the items he/she would keep in it.

After brainstorming what type of accessory celebrities would choose, as well as what items they would put in it, Middle School and High School students will do the same for their teacher-assigned character.

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3. Comprehension – It’s Good to be Me…It’s Good to be You
ComprehensionItsGoodtobeMeItsGoodtobeYou_Page_1Here are two activities when teachers need a few go to lessons for exploring the elements of literature, in this case-Character.

These engaging activities will hook Middle School and High School students into reading and writing about the text that they are studying.The two activities will check off two of your, “Need to Do” boxes.

Not only will they engage students in their character exploration of the people they meet in their reading, but they will also allow your charges to reveal their own personalities and thoughts.

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Bonus:  Hand out  this FREEBIE – Summer Comprehension, Thinking & Writing Activities: A Summer Bucket List – to your students and their parents at the end of the year. Students will be so engaged in the activity (-ies) of their choice, that they won’t even realize that they are keeping their comprehension, computing, higher lever thinking and writing skills strong.

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Make these final days, Teach It Now Days with these activities.

Have a restful and relaxing summer.




A Task Card Basket Blooming with Activities and a TpT Sale


A Task Card Basket Blooming with Activities and a TpT Sale

by Connie Casserly

Grades 6-12



In May, lesson plan continuity endures a major blow due to standardized  testing, although teachers still want and need to teach and students still need to add to their learning homes.

These three sets of Task Cards will alleviate teachers’ frustration and stress while reviving students’ motivation, concentration and attention and creating strong foundations of learning.

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Reading Comprehension – Literature Task Cards

With this set of Elements of Literature Task Cards, Middle School and High School students will reinforce, review and develop their understanding of a text any time that they need to work on expanding their comprehension/higher thinking skills and /or writing aptitudes.

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Vocabulary – FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS! Task Cards

FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS! is an 11-page Task Card vocabulary study with 32 individual, pairs, small group and whole class activities. These activities engage students’ curiosity, and this inquisitiveness sparks learning because they are motivated  to own the words and not borrow them for a test.

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Grammar – PUNCTUATION RULES! Task Cards & Activities

Between Tweets, Facebook status updates, Pinning,Texting and various other sites limiting characters, students are forgetting how to properly punctuate their longer writing pieces. PUNCTUATION RULES! Task Cards & Activities, enable Middle School and High School students to improve their Language and Writing knowledge and skills.

This 20-page packet includes Teacher Notes, punctuation rules, task cards and answer keys.

Preview and download it from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grammar-PUNCTUATION-RULES-Task-Cards-Activities-1820840 ($6.00)*


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Enjoy a Teach It Now Day-Every Day.


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Trio of Writing Freebies”

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Trio of Writing Freebies”


by Constance D. Casserly

Grades 6-12



With this Trio of Writing Freebies, teachers will just say, “YES!” to reinforcing proper paragraph format, to luring in readers with magnetizing hooks and to reinforcing powerful word choices.


 Language Arts Comprehension Check: Ten Sentence Format

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This Ten Sentence Format is perfect for clarifying and reinforcing the parts of an essay, for using as an announced or unannounced quiz when teachers of students grades 6-12 wish to check reading and writing comprehension and for general writing practice or warm-ups.

This writing format reviews and reinforces the basic structure of a paragraph: Introduction (Hook, overview, Thesis statement), Body (Main Idea, supporting details), and Conclusion (Concluding statement – thelast thought). I call this final sentence a kicker, as the last statement should end with a bang and not a whimper (thank you T.S. Eliot for this phrase).

Once students master this concept, they can easily be shown how the Main Idea paragraphs can be expanded with details and developed into more paragraphs so they can create a complete essay.

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Writing (All Types) Activity: Reel in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks



Readers are more apt to keep reading if the writer grabs their attention. Students are more apt to write with vivid verbs and specific nouns and adjectives that will snag their readers’ attention when we teachers entice them by baiting our lesson plan hooks with a multitude of opportunities for them to own their writing.

When we do this, our students will become emotionally involved with their writing and will understand that the lead sentences act as a fishing hook, and every word that forms them is the bait. They will learn that the hook has one main purpose: luring readers to the writer’s world.

Not only will they hook their readers, but they will also capture the interest of the people who rate their standardized test writing responses. Most importantly, though, they will embrace writing because they are Writing Right.

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Writing – “Just Say, ‘NO!’ to Dull Writing”



This year-long activity was always one of my core Middle and High School lesson plans. On the first day of school, I  handed it out to my students right after we reviewed the syllabus and classroom rules and expectations.

I explained to my charges that they were required to refer to it for any writing-graded or non-graded – throughout the year. Also,  I made a poster of it to hang in the classroom and I taped a copy of the list to each desk for continual writing reinforcement.

Olga, a former student who is now a senior in college, asked me to send it to her because she was tutoring at a Virginia university’s writing center. She said, “I have to do a presentation on making writing concise and precise. Would you send me a copy of your taboo words list please? It has been – and will continue to be – the best advice on writing well that I’ve found.”

When this Taboo Words and Phrases List impacts your students’ thinking and writing, it will become a lifelong tool for them,  just as it has been for Olga.

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Give yourselves the gift of time and relax, knowing that this triple play of lessons lessons will review and reinforce the effective writing that you have been teaching them all year. If you are asked, “Are your students ready for the  standardized tests?” you can smile and say, “They are ready to hit home runs”.


Enjoy a Teach IT Now Day, every day,