Monday, October 18, 2021

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Questions and Answer Key”

by The English Teacher's Pet
7th - 12th Grade

"Can't relive the past? Why, of course you can!"--Jay Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a testament to 1920s live for today, reckless attitude. It also has withstood the test of literary time with its unforgettable characters: Nick Carraway, Daisy and Tom Buchanan, and the "Great" Jay Gatsby. Included in this FREE 4 page document is 15 Chapter One questions and an answer key for your perusal.

Ready to print and pass out with your Gatsby novels today!


If you like this product, you may also like:

The Great Gatsby PowerPoint Game.

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary and Key.

The Great Gatsby Chapter and Lecture Notes PowerPoint.


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Sunday, October 17, 2021

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Free A Thanksgiving Vocabulary Word Search and Key Worksheet No Prep”

by Tieplay Educational Resources LLC
4th - 6th Grade

Free A Thanksgiving Vocabulary Word Search allows your students to find key words specific to Thanksgiving holiday and with little to no prep. Melinda H. commented, "Fun, fun, fun!". This word search is targeted for elementary school students with the words Squanto, platter, pilgrim, colonist, wishbone, turkey cranberries, yams, Plymouth Rock gratitude, Wampanoag, native, celebrate, settlers, cornucopia and maize.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

FREE MATH LESSON - “Balance the Scale: Equations Within 5 for Google Slides - Distance Learning”

by Keep Your Chin Up
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

This is a great activity for students to practice fluency of addition and subtraction equations within 5. Students will drag and drop the 2 equivalent equations to the scale. (You can even differentiate this activity by putting one of the equations on one side of the scale so students have to find the equivalent equation.)

This is a digital assignment that should be used with Google Slides. Watch this video tutorial to see how to add and assign this resource to your Google Classroom. I also have aBoom cards version of this activity.


  • 12 slides of balancing the scale within 5
  • Optional recording sheet
  • Answer key

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Friday, October 15, 2021

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Thanksgiving STEAM Free Sample”

by Rainbow City Learning
3rd - 6th Grade

Project Based Learning - STEM - STEAM

Perfect for displaying on a bulletin board or portable display board, these posters and mini-posters will inspire your students to think outside the box as they use prompts based on the first Thanksgiving to develop new creations. The mini-posters will also be a great addition to your sub binder for the whole class to use as writing/drawing prompts with no extra materials needed.

Two project prompts will give you and your students a sampling of the project ideas in the larger resource. Thanksgiving STEAM

The mini journal is a convenient place for students to keep track of their ideas and plans and to include in their interactive notebooks for Social Studies or Science when they are done. It’s simple on purpose. One page keeps the design process right in the hands of students so they can refer to it as they work. The rest of the journal is set up for simple notes and sketches as they work. Just print front to back and fold!

Be sure to download my free Maker Space Guide to Getting Started for suggestions on items to fill your STEAM boxes with as you set up this station.

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Storybook STEAM: Growing BundleMaker Space Start-Up KIt

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Thursday, October 14, 2021


by One Room Schoolhouse
Kindergarten - 5th Grade

This is the time of the year when the kids begin to think about all the things they don't have. To help them realize how much they do have, help the students to create an I'm Thankful or Look how blessed we are wall or bulletin board. Have the students focus on what they do have or what they can do to help others. Students can write a one word answer or a few sentences to explain what they have. You can also see how many I'm thankful cards the students can create. Set a goal, and see if your class can reach 50, 100, or more things to celebrate that they have. They may need to be reminded that the best things in life are free!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

FREE MISC. LESSON - “I Am Thankful: A Fall Craft Freebie”

by Love Learning
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

This activity makes a great Thanksgiving or fall craft for your students or your own kids.


→ Print the image on cardstock
→ Use fingerpaint, water color paint, or an ink pad to create leaves with a child's fingerprints
→ Write what you are thankful for around the leaves

Additional Resources:

→ Create a Math Turkey {First Grade}
→ Create a Math Turkey {Fifth Grade}
→ Color By Number Mystery Picture {Be Thankful Always}


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Pumpkin Glyph with Questions to Gather and Interpret Data - $3.00

by Scipi
1st - 3rd grades
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables

This pumpkin glyph for fall or Halloween is an excellent activity for reading and following directions, and requires problem solving, communication, and data organization. The students color or put different items on a pumpkin based on information about themselves. Students are to finish the pumpkin glyph using the seven listed categories

by History at Home
K - 3rd grades
Homeschool Curricula, Activities

Thanksgiving History! - In this 33 page bundle your students will learn about Pilgrims, Puritans, and Separatists; William Bradford and the Mayflower Compact; Native American tribes; and The Pilgrims and Thanksgiving Day through text, vocabulary words, pictures, crafts, maps, games, and even recipes! Perfect for homeschool and great for enrichment!

Chasing Vermeer Novel Study - Distant Learning - $3.00

Bringin' on Books
3rd - 8th grades
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Literature Circles

This product includes both Print and Digital novel study activities for Chasing Vermeer. Reading skills such as characterization, understanding setting and vocabulary are included. Reading strategies such as visualizing, sequencing and inferring are emphasized. 

Irregular Past Tense Verbs Crossword Puzzles - $1.49

By Reading Spotlight
4th - 8th grades
Worksheets, Fun Stuff, English

Grammar practice in irregular past tense of verbs can actually be fun with a crossword puzzle. These two puzzles include 100 irregular past tense verbs in English. Help students improve not only grammar, but also spelling and writing, with the extra practice these puzzles provide.

Comparing and Contrasting Two Short Stories - 3.75

By Charlene Tess
8th - 12th grades
Handouts, Minilessons, Printables

This best-selling 8-page unit is a lesson on how to compare and contrast two short stories and write a comparison/contrast composition. These are skills that will help students appreciate the stories they read and learn to write a composition that will help them in future English classes.

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๐Ÿ‘€Learning and Literacy Centers๐Ÿ’ƒ

Hello everyone! 

Welcome to a center-based classroom!

Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing students in small groups working cooperatively. One group sits at a center with the teacher for guided reading instruction. Another group of children works at a thematic center sequencing the life cycle of an insect. At the next center, students work together restructuring a story with sentence strips. The teacher signals for attention; the students are quiet for directions. Students clean up their centers and rotate to the next center, going right to work.  Centers can be done simply with the helpful hints we give you here. Read on and
make centers a reality in your classroom!

How is your school year starting off?  Are things running smoothly?  How are your literacy or math centers and stations working out?  Let's talk about centers!

Let's start with the basics! ๐Ÿ…ฑ

What does a center-based classroom look like?

A well-run center-based classroom will have small groups of children working independently at all of the centers, the teacher leading a small group at the guided reading center, and perhaps a parent facilitating another center.  The children will be engaged in the activities, well trained about the procedures, and involved in their own learning.

What's the rationale?

Learning centers facilitate growth and learning!
๐Ÿ’ญ Learning centers provide an opportunity for small-group
reading instruction.
๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers enhance student learning.
๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers teach students responsibility.
๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers allow you to teach to a variety of
learning styles.
๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers offer a wider variety of activities for
students to learn from.
๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers allow students to work at their own level
while reviewing and practicing skills.
๐Ÿ’ญ  Learning centers promote cooperative learning

What is a center?

A center is a physical area in a classroom set aside for a specific
learning purpose. The center has appropriate materials and supplies so students can work individually or in cooperative groups.

How many students should I put in each group?

We recommend three to four students in each group at each center.

How long do students spend at each center?

Twenty to thirty minutes at each center is an adequate amount of time for students to complete most center activities.

How do students know where to go when it is time to rotate centers?

By teaching and practicing the routines and procedures you want to be followed at center time, your students will know what you want them to do. We suggest you follow a clockwise rotation pattern to rotate students through centers.

How do I group my students for centers?

To teach to the varied levels in all classrooms, we suggest you group your students by reading abilities. By grouping students this way, you can meet the instructional needs of all your students in language arts. Learning centers will allow you to teach to your low, medium, and high ability groups and move everyone forward.

How does a center-based classroom look?

Many teachers use tables and desks against the walls in
their classrooms. You can use student desks as a center, too.
During center time, the desks will be empty and small groups of children will be sitting at centers throughout the room. The teacher at guided reading will have her/his back to the wall in order to see all centers at a glance from where she/he sits.

How many adults do I need to run centers in my classroom?

 Just you! When you teach the routines and procedures of
your centers well, your students will learn how to work without supervision during center time.

How long is center time?

That depends on you and on how many centers you have
each day. If you have five groups of students rotating through five centers and spending 15 minutes at each center, then you will need 1 hour and 15 minutes for center time. Six groups of children rotating through six centers will need an hour and a half. Remember to add a little extra time for the rotation of
groups when determining the time you will allot for centers.

When it is time to change centers, how do I get my students’ attention?

Ringing a bell or calling out “freeze” or “give me five” are great ways to call your students to attention. Teach your students to “freeze” when the signal is given and to listen for instructions.

By providing a center-based environment in your classroom, you will be able to give your attention to small groups of children during “guided reading.” Research shows that this small-group instruction is one of the primary components that leads to strong readers.  Centers are perfect for differentiation and making sure you are reaching and teaching your
English learners
. Centers also allow you to teach to all the student levels that are in your classroom. Your choice to run centers in your classroom will also teach your students how to work cooperatively in small groups. Learning centers allow you to teach “responsibility” as students work independently, practicing and
reviewing skills and concepts at each center. 
Happy Teaching,

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