Monday, March 4, 2019

Female Firsts Crossword Puzzle

Inspiring! Motivating! Informative! Easy to Use!  This crossword puzzle, with Answer Key, matches the names of 32 modern female trailblazers with their notable accomplishments. The set is useful for homework, seatwork, and learning centers.  It is also helpful in inspiring female accomplishment, learning internet search, and in transferring spelling accurately.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

FREE MISC. LESSON - “My Support System: Brief Classroom Activity for MS & HS”

by Whimsy in School Counseling
6th - 12th Grade

Identifying (and utilizing!) support systems is a powerful thing, especially for scholars who have experienced abandonment and neglect. It is also crucial to thriving in high school
This brief activity helps scholars identify those individuals who help them do well in school. You might utilize this activity on its own, or as part of a conversation with a homeroom, individual student, or class.
Each brief #supportsystem worksheet is small enough to fit discretely inside of a locker, binder, or folder. This is intentional. Where might it be most powerful for your scholars?
Use to help identify support systems, build sense of community, and even as part of academic counseling for your most at-risk scholars.
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Friday, February 15, 2019

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Mystery Color by Number”

by Cognitive Cardio with Middle School Math Moments
3rd - 9th Grade

This is a simple coloring activity for fast finishers, for a fun day, or for sub days (also great for subs to have on hand!).
Students are given the coloring sheet and the coloring key (can be copied back to back) and then they color to find the "mystery word."
Great for a sub day, or a fun day!
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

We Teach So Hard...Episode 26... Finding the Bootstraps When Staff Morale is Low

 We've all been there. Whether it's at a state, community or building level, things happen that affect our morale. Sometimes, it's really hard to come to work. When we're down, it affects our whole learning community, including the students. How do you bounce back when everything or everyone around you is in the dumps? This episode is for YOU!

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Learning Intentions - chart titles”

by Ripper Reading Resources
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Grade

This is a simple freebie that includes headers that can be used as titles for learning intentions boards. Similar to WALT and WILF charts, teachers can either pre-prepare the learning intention for explicit teaching throughout a lesson (i.e. the intended outcome), or brainstorm "I can.." statements with the children to explain the intended outcomes of either a lesson or unit of study across different curriculum areas, or "We are learning to..." statements to make the learning intent transparent and explicit.

I made these for my students and thought others may find them useful too. I hope that you do!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Student Voice & A Love of Learning

I sent my neighborhood minions out to gather paying customers for our newly practiced theater production. We had worked all morning in the hot summer sun, and now, clothed in the splendor that was my mother's old bridesmaid gowns and cast-off Halloween costumes, we were ready to perform. The lawn chairs were set up, the sidewalk stage waited, our breezeway was our backstage area. 

You could watch the next award-winning Broadway production for a quarter. Another quarter would get you some Country Time Lemonade while you watched. Afterward, we would sign autographs on the red carpet, my mother's Christmas tablecloth that I had stolen from the bottom of the china cabinet.

Looking back, I think I always had a voice. Whether I was writing plays and directing, crafting poems for our small town newspaper, or mouthing off to my mom and then writing furiously in my diary about her unfairness, I had a voice. I have my childhood report cards to prove it... "Tracy needs to curb her talking."


As a teacher, one of the surest way to lead my students to love learning is to honor their voices, their thinking, their opinions, and their stories. When I make their voices the center of the learning opportunity, great things happen. 

Every year in March, my students and I hold an election. We review the major mentor texts that we read over the entire school year. We discuss them. We share our opinions about our favorites and our least favorites.  Then, we vote to elect our Book-of-the-Year for room 13. 

My students create a huge mind map about all ten of our mentor texts. They draw arrows to and from text titles to show connections they find between the texts. By doing this, my kiddos are remembering what we've read. They're reengaging with the books. They sit on the floor, surrounding the butcher paper, discussing characters and themes. They begin to find connections between the texts. This delights me, because many of the connections aren't intentional, and yet they can see common threads.

Afterward I ask students to choose one mentor text that they wanted to nominate for our Book-of-the-Year Award. Surprisingly, every book is chosen by at least one student.  They return to their seats to do a flash write about their choices. Because they are invested in sharing their opinions about something they care about, they write their literary essays with zest. They know they have to sell their book choice in order for it to win. 

We study bias in text and discuss how authors use words in certain ways to convince or rile up their readers around a product or cause. My students use these techniques while writing about their book nominations.

After drafting, revising and editing, they practice their nomination speeches at school and home. Finally the red carpet day has arrived. They come to school dressed in their best red carpet attire. Students who don't want to wear their finery to school have photo booth props that they've made. They use these instead. I lay out the plastic red tablecloth I bought at the local dollar store. Each student holds their nominated book, struts down the carpet and stands in front of a podium to give his or her persuasive speech (literary essay) to the class. Afterward we vote, and the winner is declared. My students LOVE this, even my hard-to-motivate student who struggled to finish any writing assignment the entire year. 

When we honor our students' voices, great things happen...every time.

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw, and build and play, and dance and live as only you can.
                                            -Neil Gaiman 

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Be sure to visit these fabulous educators below! There are a wealth of ideas here that are sure to ignite a love of learning in your kiddos!

Spark a Love of Learning with Games  | The Owl Teacher       

Spark a Love of Social Studies  | Tried and True Teaching Tools     

5 Ways to Ignite a Love of Math Problem Solving | Think Grow Giggle          

Valuing Student Voice to Create a Love of Learning | Wild Child’s Mossy Oak Musings

FREE MISC. LESSON - “St. Patrick's Day Freebie”

by Penley's Pointe
Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

This packet is my St. Patrick's Day freebie! This packet includes fun and engaging St. Patrick's Day activities for your students. Use them as substitute packets, literacy centers, or fun homework assignments.

It includes:
-St. Patrick's Day color by sight word
-St. Patrick's Day math morning work sheet
-St. Patrick's Day mystery sentence sheet
-St. Patrick's Day reading comprehension sheet
-St. Patrick's Day ABC order sheet
-If I were a leprechaun writing prompt

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On My Way to First Grade Summer Adventures Kindergarten Review
On My Way to Second Grade Summer Adventures First Grade Review
Summer Color by Addition and Subtraction

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Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 - 2/13/19

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 Under One Roof
ESL/ELL & Classroom Management; Not Grade Specific

These VIPKID reward activities can be used with any online teaching platform. It includes 8 full color, reusable animal themed backgrounds. Each background also has a set of colored squares to cover the animals on the backgrounds. Use the colored squares to cover up the animals in the picture. When your student earns a reward they can uncover a new animal. Use the phrase “What do you see?” to reinforce speaking skills and let the student learn the animal names.

By A Teacher's Teacher
ELA/Writing; Grades 7-12

This text set uses portions of President Kennedy's famous speech declaring the U.S. would go to the moon and President Obama's speech, more than 50 years later, on the topic of further space exploration. Students are given the task to compare the purpose of the two speeches to one another. This assignment will strengthen your students experience with the idea of using the text to support their writing from short pieces, as most end-of-course or end-of-year assessments require.  Modeled after AIR Testing, which is used in numerous states across the country, it would also fit well into a PARCC simulation. The text set, itself, is 4 pages long.

By Teaching's a Joy
Math; Grades 5-7

5.3K teaches children to add and subtract positive rational numbers fluently. This kit provides tons of practice (enough for several sessions, probably) adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and decimals, sometimes in the same word problem or algorithm.  Included are 34 problems which can all be added and/or subtracted (so 68 problems total), Pow! game cards, ideas for instruction of the TEK, ideas for differentiation, answer keys, etc.

{FLASH DOLLAR DEAL} Valentine's Day Acrostic Poems - $1.00
By Sally Hansen - Purposeful Plans
Valentine's Day, Poetry; Grades PreK-6

There are 13 Valentine's Day Acrostic Poems to choose from!  Included in this Resource are brainstorming webs!  In addition, there are back and white pictures ready for primary grades, complete with 13 acrostic poems on lined paper.  For the upper elementary grades, there are black and white pictures with 13 acrostic poems on lined paper, as well.  To leave room for other creative uses, there is a full page of lined paper for back side, too.  What a deal!

By Margo Gentile
Valentine's Day; Grades K-3

Mix and match these differentiated activities for Valentine themed centers. Task cards-2 find & seek collages, 8 deductive reasoning puzzles, answer sheets and more question cards. Fun & challenging for K-3.

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