Thursday, November 29, 2012

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Six Million People: An Enrichment Activity for The Diary of Anne Frank”

by Tonya Davis
6th - 8th Grade

Everyone knows that 6,000,000 is a big number, but exactly how big is it? With this activity, students will get to incorporate basic math into a language arts lesson in which they get a clearer understanding of just how many people, like Anne Frank, were killed during the Holocaust. This activity involves taking a closer look at a smaller classification group to understand the big picture. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

FREE MISC. LESSON - “15 Minute Timer”

by Stacy  Pearson
Kindergarten - 12th Grade

This powerpoint is for any classroom, any grade. The powerpoint is a timer set to change slides every minute. If you want the students to work for only 10 minutes, set the timer to 10 minutes and click start. The PowerPoint counts down every minute until the 10 minutes is up. No one has to ask you, how many minutes are left.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Tools of Good Readers (Reading Strategies)”

by Lori Smith
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Based on Dr. Jean's song, "The Tools of Good Readers," This poster helps students to remember basic reading strategies:

1. Look at the pictures.
2. Sound out the letters.
3. Go back and read it again.
4. Do you see a smaller chunk that you can read?

The song is a rap that students will love, and can be found on Dr. Jean's "Totally Reading" CD or for download at her site, .

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Friday, November 23, 2012

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Static Electricity Lab”

by Tara L
6th - 9th Grade

This is a middle school static lab. It consists of an explanation, with diagrams, of static electricity and then five stations of activities for students to explore static electricity. It also has summary questions for them to answer to process and assess their knowledge.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Vocabulary Cheat Sheet”

by Mary Rosenberg
2nd - 4th Grade

This is a student hand-out with definitions and examples for the following vocabulary terms:
homonyms (multiple meaning words)
multiple meaning words (homonyms)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Spanish PowerPoint Activity: Introduction to Colors”

by Linguicon Project
3rd - 12th Grade

This is a PowerPoint presentation converted to an on-line format that virtually any computer can view simply through a browser, so you must be connected to the Internet.

You are downloading an .html file that automatically loads the presentation from the Internet.

On Mac and PC, you can make the presentation full screen with no browser border by pressing the letter "F". On iPad, you may simply have to maximize the window the old-fashioned way.

This is a really fun way to introduce and review colors, as well as introduce or review adjective agreement. You'll even work in some numbers and letters, too!

SLIDE 1 Introduces the basic colors of Spanish in the masculine singular form... the word appears up so the students can say it, then it fills with the color ("rojo" fills with red, "gris" fills with gray, etc.)

The fun really starts when the words show up filled with the *wrong* color (the word "rojo" is filled green, then yellow, then eventually red). Students love to respond respond saying, "está mal", "no está bien", "no es correcto", "¡eso no es rojo, es verde!"

SLIDES 2 and 3 show various arrays of numbers filled with different colors, and the students say what color each number is: "el 2 es verde", "el 9 y el 3 son grises". This gently leads students from singular adjectives to plural adjectives.

At the end of SLIDE 3, the numbers 0 through 9 switch one by one to the letters A through J. As the number changes to a letter, the color may have to change ("El cero es rojo. La 'A' es roja").

SLIDES 4 through 8 show an array of 2 numbers and two letters. They fill with the same color alone or in pairs, and the students have to make a full sentence, and have to switch from masculine to feminine and singular to plural randomly and on the fly.

Like most of my presentations, you can easily decide to do any slides you would like to suit your needs. You may very well come back to this presentation as a warm-up, or students can do it for a 15- or 20-minute activity on a day when you have a substitute.

- it can be given as presentation to the entire class by you
- a great 3- or 4- person activity for class if students have their own laptops or iPads
- it is fantastic if you need a last-minute substitute lesson plan, and a few trustworthy kids can divide up the job of leading the class through the presentation.

Thank you so much!
¡Muchas gracias a todos!

Steven Getz
Linguicon Project

Saturday, November 17, 2012

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell Author’s Purpose”

by Rebecca Wrenn
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

This is one activity included in my unit focused on There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell. Use this printable to teach author's purpose. If you like this activity please take a look at the whole unit.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Thanksgiving Unit”

by Learning Foundations
Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten

Unit includes songs, fingerplays, science, math, art, bulletin board ideas, dramatic play enhancements, book list, home/school connections, literacy, cooking, sensory, facts, stories, outdoor ideas, flannel board pieces, games, fiels trip ideas, outdoor activities, poems, Spanish, and teacher-made game ideas on Thanksgiving theme. Over 50 pages!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

FREE MATH LESSON - “Pumpkin Ten Frame Match-Up”

by Laurie Taylor
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

I created this matching activity to help my students to practice their subitzing. They need to match the number to it's correct ten frame. This activity is a great activity to add to your centers, or small groups, and as an assessment.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Middle School Reading List”

by The Teacher’s Lounge
5th - 8th Grade

This FREE Middle School reading list consists of seven books or short stories with a description of each. It was developed for students with reading skills from 5th - 9th grade. Links to a variety of lesson plans, study guides, tests and power points are included in the list and are available by typing "The Teacher's Lounge" in the search box at

Saturday, November 10, 2012

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Thanksgiving Challenge! Free Scavenger Hunt Type Activity”

by Rachel Lynette
3rd - 6th Grade

Here is a fun little activity for you to use in class or to send home with your students for the long weekend. This activity is a blend of creative and critical thinking, research, and even a little math. Answer key included.

Happy Teaching!

Rachel Lynette

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Thanksgiving Turkey Drawing and Writing Packet”

by KinderKay
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Students follow step by step directions for drawing a turkey. Following directions to create a project is a wonderful way to practice sequencing!

After completing the turkey, students write about their turkey. There are 3 levels of writing activities and paper included as well as word wall words to aid in spelling. I have also included turkey story starter ideas for Levels 2 and 3.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Thanksgiving Emergent Reader - I Am Thankful”

by D Conway
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Kindergarten and first grade students can strengthen their beginning reading and writing skills as they enjoy this cute emergent reader. This book contains a repetitive text pattern, focuses on sight words, and is a great way to promote early reading success.
Three versions are included in this download:
A.  An emergent reader mini-book to print and fold. Great for guided reading.
B.  An emergent reader with one sight word on each page left out for students to write themselves. Great for use in a literacy station.
C.  A larger version in which the students can copy the text. 

All three versions include the cover and 8 pages.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Turkey Table Toppers”

by Stacy Johnson
Kindergarten - 1st Grade

This activity was such fun for my first graders! They took them home to put on the Thanksgiving table where they were going to sit. This product includes tracers and directions.

For more Thanksgiving projects and Math centers, check out my Math and Literacy Thanksgiving Fun Unit.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

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by Mrs Ds Corner
Kindergarten - 4th Grade

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Friday, November 2, 2012

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Denotation and Connotation Activity”

by Always Learning
5th - 7th Grade

The Common Core requires a realignment of a reading program as well as additional skills and strategies to better comprehend text.  Activities that teach denotation and connotation will enable students to gain access to author’s techniques, which will in turn improve their reading as well as their writing.  

This mini-lesson and activity defines the two and provides a large group of words for small groups or partners to sort into Neutral, Positive, or Negative groups.  This activity can be done on chart paper or easily adapted to Interwrite boards.  

Please leave your feedback.  I hope it helps you in your classroom!

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