Tuesday, May 31, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - Reading Comprehension Spinner - Fiction

by Hilary Lewis
2nd & 3rd Grade

Create your own comprehension spinner for your students to use during or after reading a story. These spinners are a fun, simple, and easy tool for kids to use and meet requirements from the new common core standards for telling about a story.

Just copy, mount on tag board, laminate, and attach a spinner and you are ready to roll! The spinner covers main characters, "what would you do if you were a main character?", setting, main idea, problem/solution, important details, and ending of the story. If you have any questions or would like me to modify the spinner for your class, please contact Hilary Lewis at hilary35@mac.com. Please be sure to put TPT in the subject line so that I know it isn't junk mail.   Thanks! 

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Monday, May 30, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - Author’s Purpose Practice Interactive Powerpoint

by PowerPoint Maniac
2nd - 7th Grade

This 26 slide interactive powerpoint takes the three parts of Author's purpose: to inform, to entertain, and to persuade and turns them into a fun interactive quiz. This is whiteboard ready! Students will love the 3D graphics and custom animations. This goes along great with my best selling Author's Purpose Power Point lesson!    (click on "product description" to see the links)   That can be found here! 

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - Reading & Retelling Bookmarks

by KindergartenWorks
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Give your students the tools to practice focusing on reading for comprehension with these bookmarks. Six different colored bookmarks are ready to print and use. Great for at-home reading or in-school practice.
Features these key questions/elements:
- What happened at the beginning of the story?
- Tell about the characters.
- Where does this story take place? What is the setting?
- Is there a problem? Is there a pattern?
- Did the problem get solved? When did the pattern change?
- What happened at the end of the story? How did the author wrap it up?
Using icons that are repeated in other KindergartenWorks products, these are beginning-reader friendly.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FREE MATH LESSON - Multiplication Facts X5 Worksheets

by Jan Lindley
2nd - 4th Grade

When students struggle to memorize multiplication facts, teachers often struggle to find practice activities that are specific to one set of facts. This packet of 9 activities focuses on X5 facts. There is a manipulative activity using picture cards, a concentration memory game, X5 tic tac toe, a practice page of one hundred X5 facts, a one-minute timing, and activities with arrays and multiples. This group of activities provides the explicit practice your students need to master X5 facts. It is one of a series of packets focused on specific multiplication families.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Misc. Lesson - Father’s Day Coupons - 3 Versions

by Victoria Leon
Pre-K - 6th Grade

This 66 page product has 36 coupons per set. Set #1 has space for the students to draw a picture for that particular coupon. Set #2 has the students trace over the dotted letters of each coupon. In Set #3, the students may practice cutting on a straight line, but they do not have to write on the actual coupon.
There are ten covers for Sets #1 & #3 and four covers for Set #2. Blank pages of the three sets are also provided so that students may create their own coupons.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

FREE MISC. LESSON - Preterite of AR Verbs

by spanishplans
7th - 12th Grade

4 page packet describing the difference between presente tense and past tense (preterite/preterito) for -AR verbs including the irregular -Car, -Gar, -Zar verbs.
Answers included for partial notes portion.   Completely free packet, ready to use.   Print, make copies, and use in your class today!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - How to Address a Prompt Using a 3-part Strategy

by Melissa Soeltz
6th - 12th Grade

This presentation addresses the proper way to attack a prompt or comprehension question, and then details the 3-part strategy for answering it. Contains a sample using the movie CARS to do as a class model. I am also selling a handout to accompany this presentation:

**Please note that I have no ownership rights to the Disney images here, but only use them to add interest**

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - FREE Book Order Form Literacy Center

by Sunny Days
2nd - 6th Grade

Capitalize on your student’s interest in the monthly book club order! Cut apart these cards, fold the direction tent, put out some extra copies of the book order and you have an instant high-interest center! Most activities focus on literacy skills, but there are a few math activities as well.
An answer sheet and center sign are also provided.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Misc. Lesson - "Test Prep Tournaments For Any Grade and Any Subject"

by Victoria Leon
1st - 12th Grade

Revised version now has 12 test prep tournaments. Students will have fun reviewing for your state's standardized tests, district tests, and classroom tests. The 72 pages include football, baseball, and tic-tac-toe game boards & specific directions for 12 tournaments.

The tournaments may be used for any grade and any subject, but you need to supply the questions you want your students to study. Go to the Internet to access your state's released questions of past standardized tests. Use questions from test prep booklets or your classroom textbooks. Write your own questions to review the skills you want your students to learn.

Students may review spelling words, vocabulary definitions, and important events in social studies in whole class tournaments or at a learning center. Students may work in cooperative groups to solve computation problems or word problems.

These tournaments work! My students took the California Standards Test. When comparing my students' California Standards Test scores with me and how they had done the year before, one student went from Far Below Basic in second grade to Below Basic to Basic to Proficient with me in third grade and went up three levels. Three of my students went up two levels. Nine of my students went up one level. Three students stayed in their same level from second grade to third grade (one student was Proficient and stayed Proficient & two students were Advanced and stayed Advanced.) The final student in my class last year did not have a second grade test score, but scored Advanced in my class. I receive similar test scores each year.

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Monday, May 16, 2011


Two winners will be drawn next Sunday, May 22. Each winner will receive all 14 teaching resources that are listed below!

You can enter by completing any TWO of the items on the following list. Place one comment below this note for each entry (for example, “I now follow Sunny Days’ TpT store and Shelley Gray's FB page,” or “I already follow Rachel Lynette’s FB page and I am now following her TpT store," or "I already follow One Extra Degree's FB page and First Grade Brain's FB page.") Make sense? 

Here is how you can enter. Remember, you can enter up to 15 times (one entry for everyTWO items that you complete from this list):
  1. Write about this contest on your blog. Include a link to this page.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011


Win 14 teaching resources!   The directions will be posted tomorrow on "The Best of Teachers Pay Teachers."

Saturday, May 14, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - "Live & Learn" Life Lessons Class Activity Anytime or End of the Year

by Tracee Orman
1st - 12th Grade

Excellent inspirational, fun, and rewarding activity!
Several years ago I was inspired by a little book called "Live and Learn and Pass It On" by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. His idea was to have others jot down the lessons they have learned in life. He compiled all these lessons into a book, identifying each only with the person's age. 
I thought it would be neat to see what my students could come up with at the end of the year. It's been such a positive experience that I wanted to share it with other teachers. Each year I read examples from the past to my students (who always want to know "Who wrote that one!?") before they write their own. Year after year I get funny ones, sad ones, and some shocking ones, too. It's a great way to wrap up your semester, year, at any age or grade level!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FEATURED ARTICLE - The “WOW” Factor of Nature

by Amy Brown
This past week in my biology class was spent on a unit on classification and taxonomy.  This is one of my favorite topics to teach because the diversity of life on Earth is so incredible and amazing.  Just now, I am sitting at my kitchen table looking out over our large back yard.  The evidence of adaptation to our current environment astounds me.  I am making a list to share with my students on Monday:
1.   A hummingbird is at my feeder.  (Yes, in the deep south, we already have hummingbirds back from the winter.)  Its beak is perfectly adapted to extract the nectar from any flower.
2.   The bees are very active this morning, buzzing in and out of every flower in sight.  Flowering plants take advantage of the bee, and cover its body with pollen every time it lands on a flower.  What a perfect way to deliver a sperm cell to an egg cell of a flower a block away.
3.   The birds are singing like crazy this morning!  What a perfect way to find a mate and establish behavioral barriers between the species.
4.   I can see beetles who are perfectly camouflaged to blend in with their surroundings.
5.  The fruiting bodies of mushrooms are poking up from the ground to take advantage of the deluge of rain we have had this week.  Water will spread their spores to great distances.
6.  A great blue heron is wading at the edge of our shallow pond.  Its body is perfectly adapted for wading and grabbing up the small fishes it sees.
It is an amazing time of the year to be a science teacher.  Nature is packed full of examples that we can share with our students.  I certainly hope that my students come away from this unit with the same "awe" as I have when considering how natural selection has brought us to this point in Earth's history.  Every organism in our sight is adapted to this particular environment.  All we have to do is to look carefully at our surroundings and we will see a multitude of examples of adaptation.
My challenge to you is this:  When Spring hits your particular area of this beautiful earth, take a class period and go outside with your students.  Give them a magnifying glass.  Have them make a list of the living organisms they see, and have them describe how they are adapted to the environment.  Yes, some of them will be "off task" and some of them will misbehave, but some of them will get hooked on nature for life!   I teach high school students, and I am stunned each year at how few of them have ever planted a seed, taken a walk through the woods, hung a bird feeder at their home, thrown "helicopter" seeds into the air and watched them spin, watched a spider spin a web, the list could go on and on!
These children will be responsible for making decisions about our planet in just a short number of years. We better get them excited about nature.  We better make sure they understand how their actions impact our planet. Our students are the future caretakers of this beautiful planet and there is not an "app" for that.  I hope that when they are adults we have taught them enough about science and nature that they can make informed decisions about how to take care of it.
I hope that you will visit my blog and become a follower.  My blog is called "Science Stuff" and can be reached here:  http://sciencestuffbyamy.blogspot.com/.   
You can also visit my TeachersPayTeachers.com store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Science-Stuff
My blog has links to quite a few FREE products that can be fun activities for both middle and high school science students.  I hope to see you there!
Amy Brown is the author of the blog called “Science Stuff”.  Amy has 27 years of teaching experience in high school biology, chemistry, and AP biology.  Her blog is about ways to make your class more engaging and exciting for the students.  You can find her blog at:  http://sciencestuffbyamy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

FREE MISC. LESSON - Test Taking Tips: A Recipe for Success!

by Teachers Unleashed
2nd - 12th Grade

This free product is an animated 22-slide presentation which will help to give your students testing taking skills to prepare them for their upcoming state standards test! With host chef Lemeril Spagasi, students are sure to learn a new tip or trick to help relieve their test taking anxiety! Use this presentation to boost your students' confidence and make test taking seem fun! 

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Monday, May 9, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - Would You Rather Questions for Kids!

by Rachel Lynette
2nd - 9th Grade

Use the 20 “Would You Rather Questions” in class discussions, class polls, or as a journal prompt.   
  • Would you rather be the best player on a team that always loses or be the worst player on a team that always wins?
  • Would you rather be banned from all computer use for a year or not be allowed to eat any desserts or sweets for a year?
  • Would you rather be able to fly or be able to turn invisible?

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - Use of Lab Equipment and Data Analysis Skills

by Science Stuff
6th - 12th Grade

This lab covers the proper use of basic pieces of lab equipment and the data analysis skills of tabling and graphing.
This lab can be used with any type of science class that does lab work and with students in grades 6 through 12.   Use this free product to insure that your students will learn or review how to use basic pieces of lab equipment: a graduated cylinder, Bunsen burner, meter stick, thermometer, and quadruple beam balance. Students will work with this equipment and answer basic questions.
Basic data analysis skills are also included. Students will construct a data table, line graph, bar graph, and circle graph.
Your download will consist of 17 pages: a 7 page lab handout, 4 page student worksheet, 5 page answer key, and 1 page teacher preparation sheet. The lab handouts include: Title, Introduction, Purpose, Materials, Procedure, and Questions.
The pages are set up so that you can choose to have your students write their own lab reports or you can use the enclosed student data worksheets.
Your download will include two versions of this lab: a pdf file and a Word document. 
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - Literacy Worksheets For Any Book

by tchrBrowne 
1st - 5th Grade

These four literacy worksheets may be used with any picture book.  
  1. Word Detectives - Draw and color four things you saw or heard about in the story.  Label each picture.
  2. Fact or Nonfiction - What are four things that make the story real or not real?
  3. Unique Yet Similar - Choose two characters from the story and compare and contrast them in a Venn diagram.
  4. Dare to Compare - Compare two stories by the title, setting, main characters, story’s problem, solution to the problem, how the main character felt at the end, and genre.
Terri Browne

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