Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back to School – “Teaching Lifesavers-Twelve Classroom Management Forms”

By Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

Knowing that behavior issues can be stymied with good classroom management, over the years, I created, revised these forms multiple times in an effort to help me organize and manage my classroom.

My main objective was to create a safe and exciting learning environment. In order to accomplish this goal, I knew that I had to thwart disruptive student behavior before it even began, and to ward off encounters of the negative kind with administrators.

I offer these  12 Teaching Lifesavers to you all who are still leading classrooms.
Teaching Lifesavers-Twelve Classroom Management Forms

Note: If your school district has forms that they require teachers to use that coincide with various policies, use them, of course. If they don’t, download this packet, “Get thee to the copy room, and in a few minutes you will be ready for whatever left hooks the year might toss your way.

As Summer rolls down the hill toward Fall and the Opening Day for the 2-14-2015 school year, I will be posting many Free and Priced Back to School items for you to add to your repertoires.

Except for the Lesson Launch examples, teachers of all subject areas can use these forms. Teachers for grade levels 4-5 can adapt the Lesson Launch idea to fit their students’ needs.

Welcome Back, Teachers!

Happy Teaching,

Teach it Write
Building Powerful Academic Homes

FREE MATH LESSON - “Simplifying Algebraic Expressions Task Card Activity (SCOOT!)”

by Math on the Move
7th - 8th Grade

Get your students moving! Great activity for Scoot!
Place the 30 task cards around the room. Students move from problem to problem, copying the expressions and simplifying them. 
Expressions include exponents and distributive property.
This is a great activity for differentiated instruction, or to check for student understanding! 
Answer Key included!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to School Sketch Book

Class room activity- Social interaction, visual arts, language arts

Laurie's lesson for...BACK TO SCHOOL SKETCHBOOK

Grades 1-6 (developmental drawings)

by Art Action - Laurie Carpenter

This is a detailed lesson plan with printable pages, that provides the elementary student with a classroom  drawing experience that relates to the world around him, his daily experiences, and his interests.

Motivational procedures are included with the printed pages that provide items for quiet seat work activities that can be utilized and added to ALL YEAR LONG, but it works well to introduce it as a BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITY.

The lesson also provides the challenge of creating his personal book and enjoying personal involvement in the "picture story".

This project can be adapted to all grade and ability levels, and can even be repeated year after year.

The lesson is not only a visual arts experience, but also provides experience with literature, printing, and writing skills.  Social interaction is involved as the children share their books and experiences.
The created book is a valued assessment tool, as it will illustrate the student's growth and development throughout the year.




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Framing Questions with Depth and Complexity

Gifted Conference 2014: 
Depth and Complexity
Lisa Robles

     So in June, I had to opportunity to attend the Gifted Conference at USC.  I'm sure you're all familiar with the icons.

        I wanted to learn more about how to use these in my classroom.  I do not teach the gifted cluster but I believe all kids have talents and it's up to us to give them the tools they need to access them.
       In the beginning, I was worried it would be another program, just another thing to try to add to my day (which is already too short).  But I've come to the understanding that it's more of a way to frame my lessons.  It's a way to help my students go deep with the material, which is what I'm always striving for. My friend, who had subbed for me, once stated that my kids are earning PHD's in my class.  Good!  I want them to feel smart and challenged.
     So let's talk about the icons:
The icons associated with depth are:
  • Language of the discipline
  • Big idea
  • Essential details
  • Rules
  • Patterns
  • Trends
  • Unanswered questions
  • Ethics
The icons associated with complexity are:
  • Change over time
  • Multiple points of view
  • Across the disciplines
       Sandra Kaplan said in her keynote that the purpose of depth and complexity is to provide key words that provide entrance to inquiry.
Some examples from my Alice in Wonderland close reading unit:
Language of the Discipline:
  • In what ways do the language games at Tea show the inconsistencies of Wonderland?
  • What do they mean by "Saying what you mean is not the same, they tell her, as meaning what you say."
Big Ideas:
  • The Cheshire Cat explains to Alice that madness is the chief resident of Wonderland.  Do you agree?  Why or Why Not?
  • How does the White Rabbit behave to those above him in
    society? How does he behave towards those below him? 
Multiple Point of View and Change over time
  • How does Alice's view of Wonderland change over time?  Support your thinking with text evidence.

     So to wrap up, use the ideas of depth and complexity to help your students go deeper with their thinking.

The White Rabbit and I LRThe White Rabbit and I at Disneyland!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teaching Your Students How to Write Complete Sentences: Your Guide To Success!

In all of our years as elementary classroom teachers, we have never had so many students not be able to know about or write a complete sentence. After constantly reminding students what is a complete sentence, we decided to make an interactive slide show that will engage and entertain your students while teaching them the basics of a complete sentence.

Included in the activity is:
-time for students to use think-pair-share to answer questions about sentences

-examples of "caveman" talk vs. complete sentences

-a game show where students can earn points for correct answers

-a complete sentence check card for students to tape to folders or notebooks

-a poster using the word SENTENCE as an acronym that you can display in your classroom

And so much more. There are 28 pages included!

Let's get our students back to writing in complete sentences! Click here to get this now!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Back To School Puff Portrait Craftivity

Back to School, Classroom Activity, Language arts, Visual arts

 by ART ACTION - Laurie Carpenter

 Grades 2-5

PDF lesson plan
Patterns for face (optional use)
Step by step photos
Printable facial layout
BB ideas
Follow-up game

PROJECT OVERVIEW-PURPOSE: This is  so much fun!!!
Just the name "Puff Portraits" gets the kids thinking! Lesson plan will provide
a fun and creative "back to school" activity as the students create their own self-portrait, and the follow-up activities help the children get to know their new classmates.
The project will also create an awareness of the placement of facial features and 3-dimension, while reinforcing basic cutting and gluing skills through a fun craftivity. PATTERNS are provided if teacher elects to simplify the lesson, as written, thus,  providing 2 different approaches.

Follow-up activities help to bring the children together as a class - also, a great lesson throughout the school year.




Monday, July 14, 2014

THREE $100 Giveaway Winners of TpT Gift Certificates!

The winner of the FIRST $100 TpT Gift Certificate is Crockett's Classroom!

The winner of the SECOND $100 TpT Gift Certificate is Ann Stalcup!

The winner of the THIRD $100 TpT Gift Certificate is Jennifer Severns!

Follow The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs so that you will know when we will be having another giveaway!


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First Day of School Activity

First Day of School Activity

By Lisa Robles

TPT Store: LisaTeachR

     One of the most important things you can do in your classroom is build rapport with your students.  Getting to know them on a personal level helps build trust.  Believe me, this helps bring discipline issues way down all year.

     I do this quick activity on the first day to give me some information about each student.  Because it asks about their favorite author and book, it sets the stage for a school year with a deep connection to literature! It also makes a neat bulletin board.  Best of all, it's free! 

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Comprehension & Writing Activity - "Taking a Break"

By Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

Comprehension & Writing Activity - "Taking a Break"

This 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. Teachers might also choose to use this comprehension, critical thinking, and writing activity any time during the year when students dream of 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? These are the questions they will address as they relate their vacation plans.

This Middle and High School Language Arts Lesson Plan offers students another opportunity to show their understanding of character.

When a vacation is not on the school schedule, ask students to imagine a dream vacation and to invite fictional travel companions.

Happy Teaching,

Teach it Write
Building Powerful Academic Homes

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wonder- Close Reading Unit

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Blog post by Lisa Robles
TPT store: LisaTeachR
Grade levels: 4-7

         Have you ever thought about ways to get your students to empathize with each other?  I found Wonder.  It's a great book about differences, bullying and acceptance.  I created this unit to examine the book using close reading techniques.  The Common Core demands that students examine text, annotate, question and think. I love using literature to get students to think and question.  It's all about going deep.  Get to know August and his circle of family and friends.  Another great thing about this book is that it is told from different perspectives at different points of the story.  Nice way to introduce POV.  I hope you love this book as much as I do.

Find the close reading unit on Wonder here!
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Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers Conference

It is the morning after the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference and I am sooo glad I made the trip to Las Vegas.  Amy did an amazing job of thinking about the little details to make the first TpT Conference such a memorable day. I learned so much from the conference presenters!
The highlight of the conference was to finally meet all of the TpT sellers in person.  TpT's Seller's Forum is a special place. You really get to know about everyone's life.  You know who will be having a new baby, who is planning to change schools, and who has reached a new TpT milestone.  It was great to finally meet the actual person after seeing their TpT logos on the Seller's Forum all of these years.
I was able to meet Paul and thank him for all of his support he has given me throughout the years with all of my crazy ideas.  I was also able to meet John, Amy, David, Nicole, Shama, and Risa.  Deanna Jump is truly as sweet as everyone has said. 
At the end of the night, Rachel Lynette (who is soon to be TpT's second millionaire) presented Paul with a collage of the logos of many of the TpT sellers. It is amazing to see how many teachers' lives have been changed because of TpT.  More importantly, it shows just how many students' lives have been changed because of all of the exceptional lessons found at TpT.
Congratulations to Crockett's Classroom, the winner of the FIRST $100 giveaway of TpT gift certificates.  The SECOND $100 giveaway ends today at 11:00 P.M. Pacific Time and the THIRD $100 giveaway ends on Tuesday, July 15th at 11:00 P.M. Pacific Time.  Go to http://www.thebestofteacherentrepreneurs.net/2014/06/three-100-giveaways-of-tpt-gift.html for directions on how to enter the SECOND and THIRD $100 giveaways of TpT gift certificates.
The first TpT Conference was truly a special day.  I will definitely be at the second TpT Conference!
Wishing you the best,

THREE $100 Giveaway Winners of TpT Gift Certificates!

The winner of the FIRST $100 TpT Gift Certificate is Crockett's Classroom!

The winner of the SECOND $100 TpT Gift Certificate is Ann Stalcup!

The winner of the THIRD $100 TpT Gift Certificate is Jennifer Severns!

Follow The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs so that you will know when we will be having another giveaway!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Back To School Happy Book...year long project

by Art Action - Laurie Carpenter

Grades 1 -4

Classroom "Easy-art", Language Arts, Home School, Visual Arts


Download includes:
PDF lesson plan


This project provides the young child with a "feel good" positive experience. Children will think about and discuss with each other "things that make them happy". It is a great "back to school activity", as the children will learn about each other and interact during their "happiness discussion."

Students will create a self-portrait cover for their My Happy Book, create a few "what makes me happy" beginning pages, and then continue to add pages during the school year, as other happy moments take place in their lives. This project provides an independent, quiet, seat work activity for children, and provides the teacher with an activity to be used, as needed, throughout the year.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

FREE MATH LESSON - “Monkey in the Middle Number Sequencing Activity / Printable Pre-K - 1st”

by JWDesigns
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

This was one of the early items in my store, and that people have really enjoyed. I recently updated it for 2014. It is a cute set of free printables. It is a number sequencing activity for Pre-k, Kindergarten,1st grade (review) and homeschoolers. It is CCSS aligned and will reinforce counting and number sense development, while practicing number order. The worksheets are tiered, so you can first work with the numbers 1-10, and then move up to numbers 11-19 when your students are ready. The object of the activity is to look at a set of numbers, with number(s) missing, determine what the missing number(s) should be and write it where the monkey graphic is... hence why I called it Monkey in the Middle. I hope your students have fun with these worksheets. 

I like to create clip art, as well as teaching products. This freebie is a good example of both, as I designed both the monkey graphics, and the printable activities. I hope it will give you an idea of my work and you'll be back to see some of my other paid and free products.

NOTE: This item is part of a series of Kindergarten math centers and games that are aligned with Common Core. Part is also included in my Fun Galore with Common Core! Kindergarten Math Bundle.

If you are interested in the rest of the Kindergarten Math series, just click the link: Kindergarten Math Series! 

Thank you for your interest and please remember to come back and give a rating!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL FREE DESIGN COLLAGE: Cut Paper Exercise and Group Bulletin Board

by Art Action - Laurie Carpenter

Grades 1-6 adaptable

Patterns, photos, and lesson plan included



Let's all work together to create a Back to School Group Bulletin Board. And in the process, we will get to know our new classmates.
Patterns and printed direction sheet are included in the lesson plan.

To provide the elementary student with a successful design and cutting experience. Children will learn new vocabulary words, visual arts skills, and will be required to follow specific directions - thus making the lesson a great back to school activity to get the kids back in the groove!

Project will provide a positive feeling of acceptance for EACH child, as EVERY student's work will be part of the final group bulletin board..



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tissue Printing, Etc...Bundled Lesson Plan with Four Projects

Classroom/Visual Arts/Science working together

by Art  Action - Laurie Carpenter 

Grades 1-6 (easily adapted)

PROJECT OVERVIEW-PURPOSE: To provide the elementary student
with a unique printing experience. In Step #1, it is almost like a scientific experiment as they watch the color transfer from one paper to another. This process is so much fun to do!

The exciting and somewhat messy first step is then followed by group discussion, research, and interaction, AND THE EXCITEMENT OF DISCOVERY!

*When the project is dry, 3 QUIET independent seat work options are presented
to the children, to be completed as 3 additional projects in the days that follow, in the classroom or art room.

Co-ordination of art room with classroom, as the three follow-up  projects can be used
as classroom seat work.

If you like this project, please visit my store to see more Art Action elementary projects for your classroom, home school, or art room

or take a look at my Pinterest boards...

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “FREE Seasons Cut & Paste”

by KB3Teach
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Students identify objects, holidays, weather and activities by season; cut and paste graphics into appropriate seasons box.

- Sorting Worksheet: (Cut & Paste) Includes rainbow, ice cream, robin, leaves, hat, scarf, pumpkin, skating, beach, cornucopia, snowman, sailing, flowers

- Graphic Organizer: (5 Senses) Students pick a season and *DRAW* what they like to feel, hear, smell, taste, and see during that season.

- B&W version (added 2/7/14)

- "My Favorite Season" picture frame (added 5/8/14)

For additional worksheets, differentiated and extended activities, click the "Complete File" link below.


COMPLETE FILE HERE: (Seasons Sort: Science Centers

1) Please note: This file is NOT solely weather-related; it includes holidays, celebrations and seasonal activities specific to certain geographical locations. Use teacher discretion when teaching.

2) For those students who find it difficult to sort 4 seasons at a time, the complete "Seasons" file contains differentiated worksheets with "two seasons" organizers (winter/summer and spring/fall).


Friday, June 27, 2014

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Social Skills Lesson: Birthday Party”

by Speech Paths
2nd - 5th Grade

This is an activity to help children understand appropriate social interactions at a birthday party. A cartoon scenario is presented that depicts children at a party. A short story orients students to the overall situation. Four sections follow, including: facial expressions and gestures, perspective taking, supporting friends, and respecting others. Students are guided to "put themselves in the shoes" of characters and fill in the thoughts bubbles of each. The black and white cartoon can then be individually colored.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON - “Wild, Wild West Careers: Frontiersman; Davy Crockett and the Alamo”

by Sarah Peterson
3rd - 6th Grade

Wild, Wild West Careers: Frontiersman
Davy Crockett; The Alamo

This lesson is one in a series of 14 lessons on Wild, Wild West Careers. Each of the lessons covers the careers and information about the era as it relates to the career. The series will cover the United States during the 1800s, including events that contributed to Western Expansion. Each lesson can also be used individually. 

In the early part of the 1800s, land west of the Mississippi River was complete wilderness. This land consisted of rivers, mountains, forests and prairies and was occupied by Native Americans and wild animals. The frontier was the name given to the wild and unfamiliar land that lay west of civilized America. A frontiersman was a man who hunted, trapped, and traded on the frontier. Many lived isolated lives, traversing the land, following rivers, and climbing mountains in search of beavers, raccoons, and bears - any animal whose fur could be sold. 

Discussion: The Frontier, Frontiersmen and Pioneers
Activity: Job Application: Frontiersman
Discussion: Davy Crockett – Frontiersman
Activity: Black Bear Safety
Discussion: Texas Independence from Mexico
Activity: Texas Declaration of Independence Group Activity
Primary Source Document: Texas Declaration of Independence
Discussion: The Alamo
Activity: Review Worksheet
Teacher’s Key for Review Worksheet
Review Game: Bingo
Sugar Cube Alamo Instructions, Patterns and Images
Frontiersman Coloring Page 
Suggested Books and Movies

All previous and future Wild, Wild West Careers will have the same basic format. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Class Pattern Book - I Went Walking”

by Kindergarten is Grrreat
Kindergarten - 1st Grade 

A great template to use to create a class book for your library. Read the story "I Went Walking" during class. Take your students on a walk outdoors and see what they see during their walk. Students then write about it and illustrate it. 

Packet Includes:
Title Page for Class Book
Student Page to make copies of
Footprints to use in the pictures

This is also a good activity to leave for a sub!

Enjoy :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - "Tripping Through Time"

Tripping Through Time

By Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - "Tripping Through Time"
In this 4-page Free activity, Tripping Through Time, students use their thinking and writing skills to reveal their understanding of the character, conflict and other elements of literature in the piece that they are studying through narrative writing. 

As the character of their choice from the reading, they are transported to a totally unfamiliar time and geographic area. After researching this different time and place, the students will write a personal narrative comparing and contrasting both societies. Their responses must reveal the point of view of the character that they chose to personify, not their own.

The students’ completed writing will show their comprehension of the reading, of the material that they gathered in their research, and they will strengthen their higher level thinking skills.

Happy Teaching,

Teach it Write
Building Powerful Academic Homes

LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - "Reeling in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks"

By - Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

"Reeling in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks"
Students must learn to reel in readers with alluring hooks that grab the readers' interest.  In this FREEBIE activity,  Reel in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks, teachers prepare mini-lessons on creating this most important writing element.

In my blog: http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com/2013/03/writing-right-reeling-in-readers.html  I detail ideas for how, when and why teachers should offer mini-lessons on writing alluring hooks. Types of Hooks and Choosing the Right Words - both with explanations and examples - are two of the topics that I address.

Reeling in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks"
Five Types of Hooks
·         Anecdote
·         Description of person, place or object
·         Example
·         Stance on an issue
·         Startling fact or statement
·         Question

Choosing the Right Words
·         Strong concrete nouns and adjectives: help create clear mental pictures. They destroy
haziness, erase questions, and incite emotional responses. The use of sensory imagery
(sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing) lures readers. Every sentence should contain at
least one sensory imagery appeal.
·         Vivid verbs: Verbs are the backbone of writing. Without vivid verbs, writers’ words will
collapse. Verbs MUST combine the subject’s action plus his/her emotion while performing
this action.

Reeling in Readers With Magnetizing Hooks"
Mini-Lesson Ideas
A. Warm-ups – Three lesson ideas
B. Write Now Moments – Two lesson ideas

This activity is an engaging way to lure students into wanting to write and to keep them writing. Download this FREE product from http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Activity-Writing-Reel-in-Readers-With-Magnetizing-Hooks-623112

Isn't it time for a Write Now Moment in your classroom? 

Happy Teaching,

Teach it Write
Building Powerful Academic Homes