Monday, October 20, 2014

Math Lesson - "Math Activities 8th Grade - Proportions, Slope, y=mx+b - CCSS 8.EE.5,6"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 8 

This resource has five activities that will help your students learn concepts related to proportional relationships. They will discover the slope-intercept form of a line. Guided notes and examples will keep the students engaged. Preview this product to see if this will be a valuable resource for you. It will save you time as handouts are ready to be copied for the students. Detailed answer keys and teacher notes are included!

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Fall "Color-it Write It" Worksheet Packet

Grades 1-4

Classroom, Home School, Language Arts, Visual Arts

Art Action - Laurie Carpenter 


Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are so much fun! What a great season for kids. 

This Color It - Write It packet of 11 independent work sheets (original designs by an art teacher), will provide a quiet seat work experience for the primary student. These printables combine a coloring art experience with writing-language arts independent work.

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “La Saint-Patrick Colorie”

by Madame H
2nd - 9th Grade

This is a fun activity for beginning French students and the immersion classroom! Students must recognize the words for numbers 0-50 to complete the Saint Patrick's Day coloring page.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Read Aloud Lesson Plan: The Wretched Stone

The Wretched Stone

This is a great book for the reading comprehension strategy of inferring. It's another amazing book by Chris Van Allsburg. If you haven't read it, it's about a ship and it's crew.  The crew is a happy one, reading and playing instruments. Then it is out sailing and stops at an island.  It is s strange place with no animals or insects.  While there, they find a stone and bring it on the ship. This tone is bad news and changes the crew.  Stop reading now if you don't want the book spoiled.  OK so the men are now gathered around this stone and won't work or read or do anything.  The captain tries to talk to them to no avail.  After a time, the men turn into monkeys!  There is a storm and the stone goes dark.  The men return to normal.  

This book is a warning against the perils of too much television.  It never states that directly and there is a lot of inferring needed for this book.  If you're looking for an anchor chart for inferring and an easy lesson plan, here you go.  I created a read aloud lesson plan on my TPT store.  This great book teaches us to explore the evils of television with masterful storytelling. This lesson uses the gradual release model and offers stopping points throughout the story. There is also an anchor chart for inferring. My read aloud lesson plan is $1.

There's great vocabulary in this book, too.  Appropriate for 2nd-5th grades. Enjoy!

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Misc. Lesson - "Halloween Spider Clipart"

By: Elementary Creations
For all Subjects
These are a set of 16 colorful spiders that have 2, 4, 6, and 8 eyes to them.  I have included that BW set so you can include these spiders to any project or activity you are doing.  All the spiders are saved as png format and have a high resolution so they can be resized.  You can use my graphics for personal or commercial use.  I do ask that you give credit back to my TPT store.
Thank you!
Elementary Creations

Spiders! We see pretend ones in the store as Halloween decorations (some are pretty terrifying) or real ones outside in a web they have created.  For some reason, these creatures are always something that students want to learn about. How are spiders different than insects? What is an orb web? Are all spiders poisonous? How does the spider not get stuck in her own web? These are questions that students will ask because they are curious and inquisitive.

Did you know spiders are really useful animals and serve mankind well? They eat mosquitoes, grasshoppers, locusts and other insects that are harmful to man. A single spider may kill about two thousand insects in its lifetime. Even though you may be afraid of spiders, very few are dangerous. The black widow and the brown house (recluse) spider do have poisonous bites, but there are no other common house spiders known to be dangerous.

Spiders are not insects, and insects are not spiders. Spiders are arthropods because they have spinning glands used to create silken threads. Sometimes spiders are called arachnids because of their eight legs. Spiders and insects have different attributes. All insects have six legs, but all spiders have eight legs. An insect has a three-part body, but a spider has only two parts to its body. Insects have antennae or feelers, and spiders do not. Spiders can usually be found in basements, barns, garages, or attics. In warm weather, you can find them under rocks or logs, sitting on fences, or in the grass and flowers. There are about forty thousand different species of spiders.

Interested in learning more?  Check out a ten page short mini reading/science unit  about spiders. First, the students read a short passage about spiders. Then they answer several questions about the reading based on Bloom's Taxonomy, or they do an activity related to the reading passage. Activities include dictionary work, spider math problems, labeling the parts of a spider, and completing a spider web. This mini unit is appropriate for grades 3-5 and will take about five days to complete.

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “I Have Who Has Game Using Fry Words 1-50 FREE”

by Aunt Minty
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

This digital download is completely FREE!

The download contains the game I Have Who Has in a super hero theme using Fry word List words 1-50. 

Meets Common Core Standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3c

Download contains 15 pages with Fry words 1-50 cards.

Great for small group and literacy center use.

Great for ESL and ELL students.

Simply print the cards off on card stock, laminate, cut apart and play! If you don't have card stock print the cards off on regular printer paper and glue to construction paper before you laminate.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Math Lesson - "4th Grade Math - Multiply Fractions and Whole Numbers - CCSS 4.NF.4a,b,c"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 4     

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Students will discover how to multiply a whole number and a fraction. Different strategies are presented to teach the concept.

There are three activities in the resource.

1. Write a fraction as a product of a whole number and a unit fraction. Multiply a whole number and a fraction.

2. Multiply a whole number and a mixed number.

3. Solve application problems involving multiplication of fractions and whole numbers.

There are guided examples and notes on the three activities. Each activity also includes independent practice.

Teacher notes and detailed answer keys are included.

FREE MATH LESSON - “Project Based Learning: Test Grading & Data Fractions, Decimals, Percents”

by Performing in Fifth Grade
5th - 6th Grade

This is a great collaboration activity where groups of 3 students create a test to give to two other groups of students. Each student ends up taking two tests, and they are returned to the original group. The original group grades, then converts to decimals and percent. This PBL also hits data collection, representing data in a graph, and much more!

Common Core Standards:
5.NBT.A.3: Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.
5.G.A.2: Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
6.NS.C.9: Convert between expressions for positive rational numbers, including fractions, decimals, and percents.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Math Lesson - "4th Grade Math Add and Subtract Fractions and Mixed Numbers (4.NF.3a,b,c,d)"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 4     

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This resource includes the following topics.

1. Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators 
2. Introduction to Mixed Numbers 
3. Changing Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions 
4. Changing Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers 
5. Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers with Like Denominators 
6. Word Problems – Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Three of the activities may be used to introduce new concepts of adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Students are engaged as they shade in visual models and complete the missing parts of steps to solve problems. Different strategies are presented for students to use to add and subtract mixed numbers. 

Independent practice is included in each activity.

Detailed teacher notes and answer keys are included.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Math Lesson - "8th Grade Math - Functions (2) - Construct, Interpret, Describe - CCSS 8.F.4-5"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 8     

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This product will save you time as the guided notes and examples are ready for you to copy and give your students. These activities were created as teacher led lessons in which students stay engaged as they complete the notes and examples in the activities listed below. Independent practice is included in each activity. 

Included in this resource:

1. Construct a function to model a linear relationship given in different representations by finding the rate of change and initial value. 10 student pages

2. Interpret the rate of change (slope) and initial value (y-intercept) of functions in different representations according to the situation the function models. 8 student pages

3. Analyze and construct qualitative graphs by describing where the function is increasing, decreasing, linear or nonlinear. Compare different parts of the graph to tell which part has the greatest rate of change. 7 student pages

4. Many Guided Examples

5. Detailed Answer Keys

6. Lots of Independent Practice

Halloween Drawing - Worksheets and original Poems

by Art Action - Laurie Carpenter

Grades 2-5

Classroom and Home School/ Art/ Language Arts

Kids love to read a poem and then draw a picture. This fun Halloween project does just that, AND, gives the elementary teacher MANY printables for quiet seat work projects for her students. The student motivation comes from original poetry written for this lesson.
Download includes: PDF lesson plans, printable worksheets, original poems.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weaving Sculpture - Now revised With Simplified Options and Holiday Embellishments

by Art Action - Laurie Carpenter

Classroom, Home School, Visual Arts , Math

Grades 2-6

PROJECT OVERVIEW-PURPOSE: To provide the elementary student with a 2-dimensional basic weaving experience, followed by a " new twist " on this, when student experiments to creatively change the flat weaving into a paper sculpture.

OPTION #1: A detailed lesson plan requiring the student to use both art and math skills, as they create the entire project from scratch and on their own. (for the older student)

THEN IN OPTION #2: The lesson is simplified into an "easy-art" project using templates and patterns.

BOTH OPTIONS: Can be turned into a holiday project when seasonal embellishments are added. Students may use the templates provided, or create their own original ideas.

* A fun activity that does not require an art room... can be easily accomplished in the classroom or home school.

Lesson Plan for 3 projects
Printed student hand-out
Detailed step-by-step instructions and photos
Templates for simplified version
Motivational procedure
Bulletin Board ideas

Monday, October 13, 2014

Math Lesson - "4th Grade Math - Equivalent Fractions - Compare Fractions - 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 4                                                         Click here to preview.


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1st Activity – Equivalent Fractions (6 student pages)
This activity begins with a review of numerator, denominator, unit fraction and representing a fraction with an area model.
Guided notes and examples begin with shading figures and using a number line to determine equivalent fractions. Then, by examining sets of equivalent fractions students discover how to get equivalent fractions by multiplying the numerator and denominator by the same number. Students stay engaged as they must fill in missing parts of definitions and examples. The last page of the activity is independent practice and may be used in class or as an outside assignment.

2nd Activity – Compare Fractions (7 student pages)
The activity begins comparing fractions with models. Then fractions are compared with the same numerator or the same denominator which is a third grade standard. 
The main focus is on students changing both fractions to equivalent fractions with the same denominator in order to compare them.
Two word problems are presented with various methods of finding the solutions. 
The last page is independent practice which may be used in class or as an outside assignment. 

3rd Activity – Application Problems (3 student pages)

Detailed teacher notes and answer keys are included.

4th Grade Math - Equivalent Fractions - Compare Fractions - 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2