Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON - "Civil War Weapons and Battles Webquest (Great Lesson Plan)"

5th-12th Grade
By:  The History Wizard
Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
Civil War Weapons and Battles Webquest

Students will gain basic knowledge about the Civil War by completing an internet-based worksheet. The Civil War Weapon and Battles Webquest uses an amazing virtual museum website by Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The website allows students view historical artifacts and gives a basic overview of the conflict.

Click on 'Civil War' on the webpage
The webquest contains one hundred and ten questions and is a great way to introduce or review key facts and events related to the Civil War. An answer sheet is included for the teacher.

My students love examining and reading about the Civil War weapons, leaders, and battles from the website. I usually use this webquest as an introduction or review activity for my students and it takes most students at least two class periods to complete the webquest. Feel free to modify this activity if needed to fit the needs of your students.

This webquest is in the following lesson plan collections:
Civil War and Reconstruction Webquest Lesson Plan Collection
History Wizard’s Whole Year of American History Webquest and Internet Worksheet Collection
History Wizard’s One Year of World History, American History, and Geography Worksheets/Webquests

Individual Civil War Lesson Plans:

Civil War Webquests
Civil War Webquest: History Channel Website
Civil War Weapons and Battles Webquest: Great Lesson Plan
Civil War Presidents Webquest
Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Webquest
John Brown Webquest: Bleeding Kansas and Harpers Ferry
John Brown Worksheets and Webquest Collection
Civil War Webquest: New York City Draft Riots

Civil War PowerPoints
Civil War 3D PowerPoint: Petersburg Campaign
Civil War Strengths and Weaknesses of the North and South PowerPoint
Civil War: The Death of Stonewall Jackson PowerPoint

Civil War Mapping
Civil War Mapping Activity (1860 USA Map)

Primary Source Worksheets:
Civil War and Reconstruction Primary Sources Internet Worksheet Collection
The Assassination of Lincoln and the Death of Booth Worksheets
John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry Primary Source Internet Worksheets

Civil War Writing Activities:
Battles of the Civil War Writing Collection: Student Letters
Andersonville Letter: Civil War Letter Activity
Battle of Antietam: Civil War Letter Activity
Siege of Vicksburg: Civil War Letter Activity
Battle of Gettysburg: Civil War Letter Activity
Siege of Petersburg: Civil War Letter Activity
Civil War Research Paper

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Look Around Your School for Earth Day Treasure. Recycle. Reuse. Refurbish.

Contributed by Danielle Knight, Study All Knight

Around Earth Day we can't help but think about all the "stuff" we use in our lives on a daily basis that get thrown away. I especially do this at school. When it comes to teaching items, things can be expensive. A brand new teaching cart can run from $150-$400. And, if you prefer a cart with a bottom shelf, plastic, or maybe has a drawer, well then you are way out of any teacher's budget! 

One Teacher's Junk, Can be Another Teacher's Treasure!
In 2010: After several requests for a cart I was lucky to receive a dilapidated 35-ish year old full metal cart from the world languages department. I was fortunate though, there was not a cart in the building without an owner. This cart was an eye sore; it had scratches, rusted shelves and legs, lots of half-ripped stickers, questionable stains, and dented. But I didn't mind! It was all mine! I was ready to give it some TLC. So slowly, I began to use the cart for student's projects. But, then, it sat in my department office. Idle. Lonely, Cluttered. Collecting unwanted junk.

November, 2012: My co-teaching partners and I embarked on a journey, in a pilot program to teach with "secondary centers." All of a sudden we needed to be mobile with our folders, task cards, posters, index cards, markers, file crates, clip boards. Wall-ah! The cart was ready to rise to the occasion in the English department and house our centers and teaching materials.

Summer, 2013: Pinterest gave me inspiration, lots of hope, a dream. I saw lots of pins on how to refurbish old filing cabinets, old office chairs, stools, metal why not my cart? September, 2013: With the expertise of my physical education teacher husband (who has a summer painting business) we made a list of all the things I needed from Home Depot to complete the process: spray paint, blue tape, 4 bags, steel wool, and clear contact paper (optional) 

So here are the before and after pictures of our process in turning the cart into a viable and integral teaching center! ENJOY!
Here are some Earth Day teaching ideas for your classroom this week...
Grades 1-5. Once assembled your students will love that it will actually look like Earth! Lines up perfectly with numbered pages, dashed guidelines for cutting, and engaging pages with activities. 
  • Facts, history, and background about Earth Day
  • Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce 
  • Coloring and sorting activity
  • Puzzle & Writing Prompt pages
  • Acrostic Poetry page
  • Slogan and T-Shirt design page
Great for ELA, science, social studies, or health. CCSS Reading Informational Text, Writing, and Language. Recommended for grades 1-5. You know your students best. 
  • Display in your classroom on the wall...better yet, hang them in the hall in a showcase! 
  • Have the assessment due on April 22nd… which is Earth Day!
  • Earth Day is a great school holiday because all students will enjoy the celebration (there is no religious significance).
  • Earth Day is celebrated worldwide! 


SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON - "Greek Mythology Webquest for Kids"

Greek Mythology Webquest for Kids
4th-8th Grade
By:  The History Wizard

Students will gain basic knowledge about the Greek gods and goddesses by completing an internet-based worksheet. This website is great for students who might be studying World History, Literature, Mythology, Greek, or Latin. The Greek Mythology Webquest uses the following great website.

My students enjoy learning about the Greek gods and goddess using this website. This website is tame and is a G or PG version of Greek Mythology. I use this activity as a review or introduction activity and it takes at least one class period to complete. Feel free to modify this activity if needed to fit the needs of your students. The webquest covers 21 Greek gods and goddess and a teacher answer sheet is included. The following questions are covered are in the webquest for each god or goddess.

Greek Name:
Roman Name:
Who was he or she married to?
What is this god or goddess most well known for? 
List at least two special powers, abilities, or interesting details about this god or goddess: 

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FREE MATH LESSON - “Mix & Mingle: Lines & Angles”

by Misty Miller
4th - 7th Grade

Need a quick check on lines and angles? Mix & Mingle does just that. Your students get to move around the room finding matches to their cards. It's a great way to check your students' knowledge and review a concept.

Includes 33 cards - 11 with object names, 11 with objects (lines, ray, point, angles), 11 with definitions

Other Mix & Mingle Cards

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

FREE MATH LESSON - “Strategy for Math Fact Strugglers: Incremental Rehearsal (Grades 1 - 6)”

by Beyond Traditional Math
1st - 6th Grade

This is a routine that I have used to help students master math facts. I use this for students that are struggling below grade level expectations. I teach math fact strategies for the group of facts, and then I follow up with this strategy. If you feel like you cannot connect 1 to 1 with a student, I've had success with parent volunteers. If all else fails, you could also send this home with a parent in a plastic baggie. The document included is a simple instruction page, that is all that is included with this free resource.

By the end of:
Kindergarten - Sums and Differences to 5
1st Grade - Sums and Differences to 10
2nd Grade - Sums and Differences to 20
3rd Grade - Multiplication and Division within 100

This is a way to build on known facts to develop confidence and burn it into their memory. 

* Again: It is VERY important to teach math fact strategies first. This method is often used for students with learning difficulties.

* Adapted from Burns, M. K. (2005). The method attached decreases the number of facts used for younger learners.

Misc. Lesson – “Mothers Around the World”
By: TheBeezyTeacher
Grades: PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
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This is truly a beautiful book that makes an excellent Mother’s Day gift for a mother from a child who enjoys reading and who enjoys being read to. Every child wonders what the world is like beyond their own borders and provides a window into the lives of their fellow children. As young readers will discover, there are similarities in the way mothers do for their children all over the world. What is it like to be a mother in Africa? How do mothers and children around the world differ in their lives? Children will discover that life in other nations is often very much from their own. Hopefully it will inspire them to be better global citizens and to appreciate all moms of the world.

The point of this book is to make clear to a child that moms love them through all circumstances, that they can count with that love as long as they live because the bond of love between mother and child lasts forever.

Mothers of the World includes:
A color and black and white gift book
Toilet paper roll cultural dolls

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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FREE MATH LESSON - “Fraction Addition Poster (Common Core)”

by Scaffolded Math and Science
4th - 7th Grade

This poster demonstrates the new Common Core way of adding fractions - see ya LCD! "a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd" The "crisscross" method to add (and subtract) fractions is a lot less cumbersome than finding the lowest common denominator. Thanks Common Core! In this download you will receive the poster seen in the thumbnail as well as one without a border. On the 3rd page of the download is a set of directions to enlarge the file into a classroom-sized poster for free (sorry, Staples!) from any printer.

For a complete lesson with practice and answer key on adding and subtracting fractions:

More Fraction stuff from Scaffolded Math and Science

Thursday, April 17, 2014

FREE MATH LESSON - “Multiplying/Factoring Polynomials Match Game”

by Mrs E Teaches Math
8th - 11th Grade

This is a polynomial matching game that can be used as an end of lesson informal assessment or review.

These cards can be used as multiplying polynomials practice or as factoring practice.

The matching cards can be used as a basic matching game, old maid (by inserting a blank card), go fish, or memory.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Misc Lesson - "Nuts About Ten"

Misc Lesson - "Nuts About Ten"
By: TheBeezyTeacher
Grades: PreK, Kindergarten

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This product is great for teaching number sense and all the different ways a number can be represented – in this case the number 10.It includes activities centering around the number 10, writing the number, number word, understanding the ordinal order, tally marks, ten frames and much more! This is an extension to the free product High Five to Fire Prevention that focuses on the number 5.

FREE MATH LESSON - “Free Printable Playdough Number Mats 1-10”

by KTeacherTiff
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

These number mats are perfect for an independent work station. Students can make the numeral with playdough and fill in the ten frame with the appropriate number of dough balls. The number word is displayed at the top to support number word recognition.

Monday, April 14, 2014

SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON - "Cold War Primary Source Worksheet: The Russians Discover a Spy Tunnel in Berlin"

By:  History Wizard
5th-12th Grade


This worksheet allows students to use a primary source document to learn about spying during the Cold War.

This activity is very easy to use. All you have to do is print off the primary source from the following website for classroom use or direct students to the website to answer the worksheet questions:
Click here to view the website.

The primary source document is labeled (The Russians Discover a Spy Tunnel in Berlin, 1956)

Students read the document and answer the questions on the worksheet. The worksheet includes 10 questions and has an answer sheet for the teacher. The worksheet can be used to generate classroom discussion or be used as homework. Feel free to modify this assignment as needed for your classes.
Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 Minutes

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Alphabet & Counting to 20 Literacy Math Center FREEBIE-CCSS”

by Linda Post The Teachers Post
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade 

Alphabet & Counting Literacy Center Activities FREEBIE –Matching Upper and Lower Case Letters and Counting to 20 and Award Certificates

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1d Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

14 Page Download - 4 Ways to Play -School graphics with the lower case letters of the alphabet match up to other back to school graphics with the upper case letters. Numbers 1-20 to arrange in order as well. Optional recording sheets for students to write the alphabet and the numbers. 6 Different Award Certificates at various levels.

Page 1-2 – these directions and seller Info
Pages 3-5 - School graphics with lower case letters and numbers 1-10
Pages 6-8 – School graphics with upper case letters and numbers 11-20
Pages 9-11 – Optional recording sheets
Pages 12-14 – 6 Different Award Certificates at Different Levels

Cut the sheets on the paper cutter into 12 square cards each. 

Ways to Use:

1. Match the upper case letters to the lower case letters.
2. Arrange the lower case letters in alphabetical order.
3. Arrange the upper case letters in alphabetical order.
4. Arrange the cards in order for numbers 
5. 1-10 or 1-20.
6. Print the upper and lower case letters.
7. Print the numerals 1-20.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Misc. Lesson - "Number Art"

Misc. Lesson – “Number Art!”
By: TheBeezyTeacher
Grades: PreK, Kindergarten, 1st

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Before moving on to learning other math concepts, a crucial math skill is to recognize and understand number relationships. Developing a deep understanding of numbers is the basis in which all other math skills can be applied. While you’re running guided reading groups, young student’s attention span is short and will need to be creating and doing hands on activities. So why not cut, color, and glue large numbers? At the same time they are reinforcing number words, ten frames, tally marks and domino relationships. I use these pages as independent practice during the time that I need to run guided reading and math groups. It also makes a great math center as well as seatwork for early finishers or homework. This packet is designed to engage our youngest learners in hands on math art work that requires others skills such as fine motor skills. It will work for Pre-K and K as well as other early primary grades where students need remediation. I have also included some examples of how you can vary the number art!

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Scipi Featured in the TpT Newsletter!

The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative's member, Scipi, was featured in the TpT Newsletter on April 13, 2014.  Try Scipi's lesson, Trash to Treasure - FREE Activities & Lessons Using Recycled Items.

This FREE Trash to Treasure handout is an eight page booklet that features clever ideas, fun and engaging mini-lessons in addition to cute and easy to construct crafts made from recycled or common, everyday items. In this resource, discover how to take old, discarded materials and make them into new, useful, inexpensive products or tools for your classroom.

Learn many out-of-the-ordinary ways to use milk lids for math. Did you know two plastic beverage lids can be made into card holders for kindergartners or for those whose hands are disabled? Discover how to use butter tubs to create a fun indoor recess game that practices math skills. How about practicing math facts using egg cartons?

Because these numerous activities vary in difficulty and complexity, they are appropriate for most classrooms, and the visual and/or kinesthetic learners will love them. 

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “10 Sensational Story Starters for 5th and 6th Grade Students”

by Tracy Wasem
5th - 6th Grade 

Students will revel in the creative, detailed writing prompts. Bone chilling to laugh out loud humorous, the starters are springboards for success. Students will be carried to the future, transported to the past and improve their writing skills in the present.

The provided 10 story starters are an excerpt from 101 Sensational Story Starters for 5th and 6th Grade Students by Tracy Wasem.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


by Kennedy’s Korner
1st - 5th Grade

Easter Basket FREEBIE ~ Includes directions for the teacher and a letter to send home to parents. 

Have fun making this easy EASTER BASKET! 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Our Environment Earth Day Activities FREE”

by Ruth S.
3rd - 6th Grade

Design a hybrid car! Play an Environmental Match Game! Draw or paste pictures on a Recycle, Reduce, Reuse poster! Research animals and add the information to the animal cards!

These are FUN, educational and ready to print activities that cover a wide range of environmental issues! 

This packet also includes great environmental and animals websites for kids and many teacher suggestions.

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