Friday, November 17, 2017

FREE Reasoning About Fractions Activity

Do your students need help understanding fractions? 

In the 1980s, A&W, an American restaurant chain, unveiled a new menu item-- a third of a pound burger meant to rival McDonald's popular Quarter Pounder. After creating an expensive marketing campaign and a fan-fare filled roll-out, the A&W third-pound burger failed. It was only after soliciting feedback from their focus groups that A&W executives began to understand why. The American public believed the third-pound burger to be smaller than McDonald's quarter pound burger. Misunderstanding the four in one-fourth to be larger than the three in one-third caused Americans to believe that A&W was cheating them out of their money by charging a price for the burger that did not equal the value. 

This story speaks volumes about how fractions are perceived by students and adults alike. It's important that our students learn to understand fractions in the same way that they understand numbers in other forms. 

This activity focuses on comparing fractions by reasoning about their sizes. Development of this skill begins with a conceptual model. When presented with a variety of visual fractions, students begin to understand that the more pieces the whole is partitioned into, the smaller the value of each piece. 

Click here or on the image above to grab a free copy of my “Reasoning About Fractions” activity. 

Want to know more? 
Head on over to The Routty Math Teacher website to read this week's blog post about making sense of fractions. Find it here!


FREE MISC. LESSON - “Free Christmas Note to students | Something I admire about you...”

by Sublime Dream Social Skills Resources
1st - 8th Grade

Please enjoy this free, editable Christmas / Holiday freebie! It can be a note to slip home on a winter work packet, or attached to a treat! Send them on winter break with a positive word in their hearts from someone important in their lives. 

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→ Stop, Think, then Go! A game to talk about Impulse control
→ My Daily Growth Mindset Journal Help your students develop their growth mindset
→ Let's Talk About Feelings dominoes game Dominoes with a twist
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

FREE MISC. LESSON - “FREE Teacher Christmas Present Gift Idea for Students”

by Wise Guys
Kindergarten - 5th Grade


Teacher Christmas Present Gift Idea for Students

Having trouble coming up with a gift for your students for the holiday season? These teacher created cards include a special note from the teacher, including a choice of a free book for the students to pick out from the next book order, or a homework ticket! We have used our bonus points from Scholastic to order the books. The kids love it! The homework ticket is just simply a pass on a daily assignment. This document includes three colorful cards on one sheet that you will be able to print off in color. 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's Hump Day Happy Hour & A Free Math Game

It's hump day happy hour at Wild Child Designs! Tune in here for a free easy peasy math low prep, you can use it tomorrow morning!

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Phonics Reading Passages for Fluency & Comprehension - Long Vowels”

by Ainsley Karl
1st - 3rd Grade

Long Vowel and Dipthong Reading Passages are perfect for practicing comprehension, fluency and phonics all at once. Each of the included pages focuses on one specific long vowel or diphthong. The silly stories will keep students engaged and the format will help them complete the activities independently for homework or during your reading block. 


These no-prep passages are the perfect addition to any reading program. This phonics skill practice can be used to address comprehension, fluency, cold reads and even assessments.

Students will read the story then answer 2 comprehension questions and highlight & write 3 of the words that fit the phonics pattern.

Both a free response and a multiple choice question format are given for this resource!

*download the preview for a free sample. This will help you assess if the reading level will work for your students!*


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Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 - 11/15/17

Every week I put together a list of 5 great products from members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative (TBOTEMC) with the requirement that each product must be less than $5.  With a variety of subjects and a wide range of grades, there just might be something that you can use, so continue to read below and see!

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By Reading Spotlight
ELA; Grades 5-12

Holiday Traditions English Grammar Stories are a unique way to improve grammar while learning historical and cultural information about some Christmas traditions, such as greeting cards, Santa Claus, the holiday tree, and more… Focusing on the most common grammatical errors in student writing, it is fun, effective, and easy to use, including answer keys and explanations for each correction.

By Susan Berkowitz
ELA/Speech Therapy; Grades 1-5

Practice expressive language skills by telling how things are the same and different with a fun game that students will “gobble” up. Comparing and contrasting critical features is an important language skill. There are 44 cards, a game board, and a spinner.

By Sally Hansen - Purposeful Plans
ELA; Grades 6-12

The 3 peer editing checklists are very detailed (for a 5, 7, & 9 paragraph essay) created for the progressing writer. Excellent for mixed or leveled classes to give students individualized instruction. Practical and easy to understand. Students will know what is expected of them and they will have opportunities to reflect on their work.

Thanksgiving Multiplication Math Riddles - $2.50
By Snyder Classroom
Math; Grades 3-5

Engage your students with these Thanksgiving themed multiplication math riddles worksheets! Students solve multiplication problems, each problem has a letter assigned to it and the letters help to solve the riddle. I love hearing my students giggle as they solve the riddle at the end of the worksheet. It is a great way to combine fun and learning! Make multiplication FUN!

By Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell
Math; Grades 2-4

This is a colorful set of 24 task cards to practice writing equations to go with multiplication arrays with Thanksgiving theme! Included is a recording sheet and answer key, too! This set is also a part of a Multiplication Task Card Array Bundle!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Free Printable Goody Bags in Six Patterns”

by Art Lesson Launchpad
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Grade

My color copier always seems to be out of some color! As a result the colors are often off. In case you have that trouble, too, I made these bags in black and white--easier to print.

I hope you enjoy them. I am planning to use them for all my small holiday gifts.

this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

November's Teacher Talk Featured Author...Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans!

It's TEACHER TALK'S Featured Author
November 2017
Sally Hansen

I am a United States military spouse and we have 2 children.  Currently, we are stationed overseas.  We have been traveling to the surrounding areas while learning new cultures. I have taught 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. I am very passionate about teaching and believe that every minute in the classroom counts!

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The name of my store is Purposeful Plans. I create and sell classroom management, social studies and writing resources. 

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Santa Write the Room”

by Ruth Edge
Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! The Santa image is from Innovative Teacher. Print in color or gray scale.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

November Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It's November Teacher Talk Time.....Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

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4 Ways to Balance Reading & Writing Instruction
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs
Is your language arts instruction balanced? What's good for reader's workshop is good for writer's workshop. This post outlines 4 ways to find that balance.
Raise Your Hand
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning
Inspired by the Girls Scout's new badge encouraging girls to speak up in class, this post offers some ways to encourage reluctant participants to raide their hand and speak up in your classroom.
Great Gifts for Children
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight
We all want to give our children their most desired gifts. Here are some inexpensive but worthwhile gifts that promote happy memories and rich relationships throughout their lives.
Whoa, The Behaviors!
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans
The students have become secure with you as their teacher. You're starting to see that they are comfortable with each other as well. This combination is something you want; however, it can bring out behaviors in students that are distracting to all that you have worked for!
3 Ways to Use Comic Strips as Writing Scaffolds
2livNlearn of 2livNlearn
Comic strips can be used a scaffold to make writing more accessible to learners, reduce intimidation, motivate students to share their thinking, and make writing fun!
Thanksgiving Traditions and Fun Classroom Resources
By Greg Litton of  Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers
Do you enjoy special Thanksgiving Traditions? Here you will find some fun facts and two great resources.
Bartering for Resources
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools
Teaching students about the relationship of region to natural resource, and the importance of bartering amongst Native American tribes. This is a simple and effective lesson! FREEBIE 
8 Essential Handwiting Readiness Skills
By Thia Triggs of Print Path
This 4-minute video demonstrates what skills are needed for young children before they are ready to learn to print. 
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