Thursday, October 23, 2014

Read Aloud Lesson Plan: Each Kindness

Each Kindness

    This read aloud lesson focuses on the reading comprehension strategy of inferring for the book Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodsen. This great book teaches us to explore the idea of kindness and lost opportunities. This lesson uses the gradual release model and offers stopping points throughout the story. There is also an anchor chart for inferring. This book discusses kindness, bullying and lost opportunities.

     I love the message "Each kindness makes the world a little better."  This book is about a young girl named Maya who is new to the school.  Maya is obviously poor.  She smiles at Chloe, the narrator, who turns away.  Throughout the book, Maya makes overtures to no avail.  One day, the teacher gives a lesson on kindness and Chloe realizes what's she's done.  However, she can't 
make it up to Maya as she's moved away.
     My students did not like this ending.  However, I think it's great. Sometimes, you can't just make it up.  There are lost opportunities and regrets in life.
     It's $1 on TeachersPayTeachers.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Math Game - "Math Board Game 7th Grade - Expressions and Equations (7.EE)"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 7 

This board game is fun for the students while they sharpen their skills and deepen their understanding of expressions and equations. They will draw a card and they must correctly answer the question in order to move along the game board. One person will be designated as the Answer Checker. The rules of the game are explained in the Preview.

This product includes the following.
1. Game Board
2. 45 Game Cards
3. Game Pieces
4. Answer Key

The 45 game cards will allow this game to be used for multiple class periods. 

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Let your students review and practice solving problems and answering questions on expressions and equations by playing a game. They will stay engaged and be enthusiastic! 



Doing Math the Routty Way: Engaging Activities from A to Z (Day 20)

Use Bulletin Boards to Promote Challenge- Read about how to transform your classroom or hallway bulletin boards into learning centers that can be used during math stations, as math menu work, or as a fast finisher challenge. I've shared some bulletin board ideas, as well as, a board in action. 

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Test Prep: Practice Filling in Those Bubbles!”

by Lisa Goodell
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

This document will help teach students to only mark one answer choice per item, and how to correctly bubble in the circle (to not go outside the lines and to fill in the whole circle). The practice test can be taken alone or be read aloud. 

The test questions are not hard and are not supposed to mimic the exact layout or wording of your state’s test. There are two pages of English Language Arts and two pages of Math. Each item has 3 answer choices. 

I created this for use with the students in my special education class who do not typically take tests where they have to bubble in their answers. As a result, I marked K-2 for grade levels, but the questions are more at the kinder level.

Page 2: Introductory Page and Answer Key 
Page 3: Test Prep Handout
Page 4-7 Practice Test #1
Page 8 Thanks and Credits

Have a great day and thanks for looking! 
-Lisa Goodell,

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Math Lesson - "Math Activities 8th Grade - Proportions, Slope, y=mx+b - CCSS 8.EE.5,6"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 8 

This resource has five activities that will help your students learn concepts related to proportional relationships. They will discover the slope-intercept form of a line. Guided notes and examples will keep the students engaged. Preview this product to see if this will be a valuable resource for you. It will save you time as handouts are ready to be copied for the students. Detailed answer keys and teacher notes are included!

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Fall "Color-it Write It" Worksheet Packet

Grades 1-4

Classroom, Home School, Language Arts, Visual Arts

Art Action - Laurie Carpenter 


Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are so much fun! What a great season for kids. 

This Color It - Write It packet of 11 independent work sheets (original designs by an art teacher), will provide a quiet seat work experience for the primary student. These printables combine a coloring art experience with writing-language arts independent work.

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “La Saint-Patrick Colorie”

by Madame H
2nd - 9th Grade

This is a fun activity for beginning French students and the immersion classroom! Students must recognize the words for numbers 0-50 to complete the Saint Patrick's Day coloring page.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Read Aloud Lesson Plan: The Wretched Stone

The Wretched Stone

This is a great book for the reading comprehension strategy of inferring. It's another amazing book by Chris Van Allsburg. If you haven't read it, it's about a ship and it's crew.  The crew is a happy one, reading and playing instruments. Then it is out sailing and stops at an island.  It is s strange place with no animals or insects.  While there, they find a stone and bring it on the ship. This tone is bad news and changes the crew.  Stop reading now if you don't want the book spoiled.  OK so the men are now gathered around this stone and won't work or read or do anything.  The captain tries to talk to them to no avail.  After a time, the men turn into monkeys!  There is a storm and the stone goes dark.  The men return to normal.  

This book is a warning against the perils of too much television.  It never states that directly and there is a lot of inferring needed for this book.  If you're looking for an anchor chart for inferring and an easy lesson plan, here you go.  I created a read aloud lesson plan on my TPT store.  This great book teaches us to explore the evils of television with masterful storytelling. This lesson uses the gradual release model and offers stopping points throughout the story. There is also an anchor chart for inferring. My read aloud lesson plan is $1.

There's great vocabulary in this book, too.  Appropriate for 2nd-5th grades. Enjoy!

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Assessments, Apples, and Literacy...

Hello!  I am very excited to be writing my first post to The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs blog.  I am coming up on my two year anniversary as a member of Teachers Pay Teachers having been both a seller and a buyer.  I have served in grades 4th through 8th as both a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach.  You can check out my store at  I also maintain a website at with various links, resources, and a more detailed bio.

To give you a little taste of what I sell, I have featured some of my more popular products below.  I encourage you to take a look and download my freebies to gauge the quality of my work.  You may also notice that I have accompanying tracking sheets that correlate to the kindergarten assessments at my store.  I am very excited to be part of this collaborative group and blog and I look forward to collaborating with you and venturing into the many opportunities The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs has to offer.  More posts to follow!


Misc. Lesson - "Halloween Spider Clipart"

By: Elementary Creations
For all Subjects
These are a set of 16 colorful spiders that have 2, 4, 6, and 8 eyes to them.  I have included that BW set so you can include these spiders to any project or activity you are doing.  All the spiders are saved as png format and have a high resolution so they can be resized.  You can use my graphics for personal or commercial use.  I do ask that you give credit back to my TPT store.
Thank you!
Elementary Creations

Spiders! We see pretend ones in the store as Halloween decorations (some are pretty terrifying) or real ones outside in a web they have created.  For some reason, these creatures are always something that students want to learn about. How are spiders different than insects? What is an orb web? Are all spiders poisonous? How does the spider not get stuck in her own web? These are questions that students will ask because they are curious and inquisitive.

Did you know spiders are really useful animals and serve mankind well? They eat mosquitoes, grasshoppers, locusts and other insects that are harmful to man. A single spider may kill about two thousand insects in its lifetime. Even though you may be afraid of spiders, very few are dangerous. The black widow and the brown house (recluse) spider do have poisonous bites, but there are no other common house spiders known to be dangerous.

Spiders are not insects, and insects are not spiders. Spiders are arthropods because they have spinning glands used to create silken threads. Sometimes spiders are called arachnids because of their eight legs. Spiders and insects have different attributes. All insects have six legs, but all spiders have eight legs. An insect has a three-part body, but a spider has only two parts to its body. Insects have antennae or feelers, and spiders do not. Spiders can usually be found in basements, barns, garages, or attics. In warm weather, you can find them under rocks or logs, sitting on fences, or in the grass and flowers. There are about forty thousand different species of spiders.

Interested in learning more?  Check out a ten page short mini reading/science unit  about spiders. First, the students read a short passage about spiders. Then they answer several questions about the reading based on Bloom's Taxonomy, or they do an activity related to the reading passage. Activities include dictionary work, spider math problems, labeling the parts of a spider, and completing a spider web. This mini unit is appropriate for grades 3-5 and will take about five days to complete.

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “I Have Who Has Game Using Fry Words 1-50 FREE”

by Aunt Minty
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

This digital download is completely FREE!

The download contains the game I Have Who Has in a super hero theme using Fry word List words 1-50. 

Meets Common Core Standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3c

Download contains 15 pages with Fry words 1-50 cards.

Great for small group and literacy center use.

Great for ESL and ELL students.

Simply print the cards off on card stock, laminate, cut apart and play! If you don't have card stock print the cards off on regular printer paper and glue to construction paper before you laminate.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Math Lesson - "4th Grade Math - Multiply Fractions and Whole Numbers - CCSS 4.NF.4a,b,c"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 4     

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Students will discover how to multiply a whole number and a fraction. Different strategies are presented to teach the concept.

There are three activities in the resource.

1. Write a fraction as a product of a whole number and a unit fraction. Multiply a whole number and a fraction.

2. Multiply a whole number and a mixed number.

3. Solve application problems involving multiplication of fractions and whole numbers.

There are guided examples and notes on the three activities. Each activity also includes independent practice.

Teacher notes and detailed answer keys are included.

FREE MATH LESSON - “Project Based Learning: Test Grading & Data Fractions, Decimals, Percents”

by Performing in Fifth Grade
5th - 6th Grade

This is a great collaboration activity where groups of 3 students create a test to give to two other groups of students. Each student ends up taking two tests, and they are returned to the original group. The original group grades, then converts to decimals and percent. This PBL also hits data collection, representing data in a graph, and much more!

Common Core Standards:
5.NBT.A.3: Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.
5.G.A.2: Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
6.NS.C.9: Convert between expressions for positive rational numbers, including fractions, decimals, and percents.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Math Lesson - "4th Grade Math Add and Subtract Fractions and Mixed Numbers (4.NF.3a,b,c,d)"

by Hilda Ratliff

Grade 4     

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This resource includes the following topics.

1. Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators 
2. Introduction to Mixed Numbers 
3. Changing Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions 
4. Changing Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers 
5. Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers with Like Denominators 
6. Word Problems – Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Three of the activities may be used to introduce new concepts of adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Students are engaged as they shade in visual models and complete the missing parts of steps to solve problems. Different strategies are presented for students to use to add and subtract mixed numbers. 

Independent practice is included in each activity.

Detailed teacher notes and answer keys are included.