Tuesday, November 12, 2019

FREE MATH LESSON - “Christmas Themed Story Problems Word Problems”

by Reading and Writing Redhead
1st - 3rd Grade


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Monday, November 11, 2019

LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON: Making Inferences With Life Mottos

Students in grades 4-8 can learn to make inferences by matching these altruisms to their meanings.


Unique! Effective! Easy to Use! These four lessons in making inferences contain well-known adages that are derived from centuries of human experiences. Students in grades 4-8 can practice making inferences by matching the altruisms to their meanings. Answer Keys included.

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Christmas Nativity Following Directions Freebie”

by Kathy Babineau
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade


Merry Christmas!
The Christmas Nativity Following Directions activity is fun and easy. Simply print and copy enough Nativity scenes for each of your students. Read the directions aloud to your students as they listen carefully to color in the scene as you have instructed. These following directions activities are great for listening skills and vocabulary.
Kathy Babineau, MS, CCC-SLP
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Reindeer's Feelings: Free Posters”

by A Teachable Year
Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade


Looking for bright, uplifting posters to decorate your classroom with the purpose of encouraging your students to learn new words?
These posters are perfect for any grade classroom! 
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Saturday, November 9, 2019

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Fact and Opinion with Kandinsky”

by One Room Schoolhouse
2nd - 5th Grade


This is an arts integrated lesson using Kandinsky's paintings to teach fact and opinion. It is designed to be projected on a screen for the class to see. The lesson begins with an explanation of fact and opinion with student practice identifying the two. Then the students learn some background about Kandinsky. There are several paintings for the students to view. The lesson ends with the students creating their own painting using a random fact and opinion they were given.





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Writing doesn't have to be boring!

By Teach To Tell
Grades 3-7

One of the most challenging tasks of teaching students to write a particular genre is instilling a passion for it. A majority of students find writing tedious, time-consuming, and just plain old boring.

Teachers too often dread marking work of these 'reluctant' writers. We often go on about drilling students on the different stages of the writing process, adhering to the structure of the required genre, and stressing on the importance of using figurative language devices in a piece of writing, but how often do we actually painstakingly  model each phase or each device that intricately makes up the coherent whole?

When I started designing my units on the Narrative, Opinion, and Non-fiction (Biography) genre, I envisioned the entire process from start to finish, and being an avid advocate of interpreting the abstract, set about designing lessons accordingly. I designed from a student writer's perspective, how would I begin? where would I start? And so I decided to write mentor texts and have most of my lessons revolve around them.

elements of a plot narrative writing
openers and sizzling starts

comparative writing
 ethos pathos logos

This also involved lessons that featured the use of Cornell-style guided notes that students wrote as they viewed PowerPoint presentations. This mode of lesson delivery, I found was effective because it resulted in students being alert and actively engaged as they followed along while I presented the writing lesson.

elements of a plot

I also found that anchor charts displayed in the classroom to be an invaluable point of reference for students as they wrote and these were displayed for the genre in question we were focussing on.

writing to persuade
writing to convince


exposition orientation
rising action and external internal conflict


time line in a biography
factual information in a biography


Moreover the combination of interactive notebook templates and plain old-fashioned sheets also sought to motivate the most reluctant of writers.

writing hook opinion thesis
writing  plot problem characters

opinion writing techniques
 persuasive writing

I also found that focus on one writing skill at a time was extremely beneficial for all students to really get comfortable with the writing process and polish their writing technique at the same time.

Below are the snapshots of a lesson we did solely on sizzling starts in a narrative. Students learned all the different interesting ways to start and not stick to the boring opener of 'one day...' or 'once upon a time..' for that matter.

openers introduction
 narrative

Needless to say the integration with QR codes made writing all the more fun!

openers introduction
 openers introduction

And finally to assess the application of writing skills taught during the year, I like to give my students a writing prompt to write on via a flipbook. This is work in progress and students love seeing how the parts of a flipbook get completed  - besides it makes a very eye-catching bulletin board display too.


                  factual account

fictional account narrative


persuasive techniques flipbook


Students know better than to submit their finished pieces to me as is - they self-edit and peer-edit to see where they can improve using the checklists below depending upon the genre under study.

text structure introduction body conclusion
 text structure introduction body conclusion

audience text structure dialogue


But for me, the art of teaching writing has still not been mastered - it still remains a very abstract subject, one that still requires much trial and error, much creation and much shaping of teaching techniques. Nevertheless, if you would like to be a part of this teaching and learning curve, then sample the creations while they are in the making and provide constructive feedback. The bundle below is a growing one - that means purchase now and you will get all lifetime updates for free. Now how good is that? Together we can make writing for ALL our students not mundane, monotonous and boring - but liberating and fun!

writing to narrate persuade convince

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Friday, November 8, 2019

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Christmas Poetry Frames”

by Curriculum Craze
Kindergarten - 1st Grade


4 poetry frames to help young writers.

Contents:
Gift
Santa
North Pole
Stocking





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Thursday, November 7, 2019

FREE MISC. LESSON - “3 Holiday Frames!”

by Blair Turner
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Grade


Here are 3 free holiday frames for you to use in your personal or commercial materials!

This free set includes a candy cane frame, a gift bow frame, and a poinsettia frame.

If you use these in commercial products, please make sure to read my terms of use, located within the zip file.

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Blair

© Blair Turner 2012





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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON - “Muslim Empires Webquest”

by Leah Cleary
7th - 10th Grade


Introduce three major Muslim Empires--the Ottomans, the Safavids, and the Mughals--with this editable webquest. Use the short editable PowerPoint as a visual when reviewing the answers with students.
The web quest includes urls and QR Codes along with an answer key.
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Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 - 11/6/19

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By A Teacher's Teacher
ELA; Grades 8-11



The Taming of the Shrew project set provides ten different project options to go along with Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Choices allow for student strengths to be recognized, including artistic, writing, acting, and music elements. In addition, thought was given to make sure that there are project options that can be done individually, with a partner, or as a member of a small group. This flexibility and wide range of different types of projects means that there is something for every student in your class!



By History At Home
U.S. History; Grades 6-12


Great for homeschooling, or a unit study on Martin Luther King, Jr., this resource includes background history explaining events leading up to the March on Washington, information on the march itself, the complete text of "I Have a Dream," and a link to watch the speech. It also includes 10 in-depth analysis questions, 5 writing prompts, and suggested activities that give different learners options to explore the speech in more detail.


By Kamp Kindergarten
Math, Seasonal; Grades K-1

These Tropical Christmas Add the Room activities are a whimsical alternative to traditional colder climate Christmas themed materials. This packet has 5 sets of Add the Room equation cards with matching recording pages. The graphics include coconut trees and palm trees decorated for Christmas, a surfboard, beach balls, a snowman made of sand, Santa in Hawaiian print shirts, a reindeer in sunglasses, a flamingo wearing a Santa hat, and a flamingo wearing a wreath. This resource is also great for classrooms in Australia, New Zealand, and other locations in the southern hemisphere.


Italian, Thanksgiving; Grades 9-11


Your Italian students will be able to write a guided essay about their Thanksgiving Holiday. They will answer nine questions in paragraph form using given vocabulary. Includes directions and vocabulary. What a great way to incorporate the seasonal experience here within your Italian classroom!


By Mickey's Place
Math; Grades PreK-2


Turkey Subtraction Math Facts provides a Fun Math Activity in which students will subtract the fact on the feather and place the turkey feather on the turkey mat that matches the answer. Students can work in centers, with a friend, or at their seats to create their turkey subtraction friends.   


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