Sunday, September 29, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Halloween Spooky Tales Writing”

by Growing Smart Readers
3rd - 5th Grade


Make narrative writing fun and S-P-OO-K-Y! 

How many of your students love to read and write Halloween stories? 
Most kids love to read scary stories (as long as they're not too scary)!
Here's a chance for them to write their own with a little scaffolding.
The scaffold is that they have a good start or context to begin writing.

This writing activity is geared for grades 3 through 5, (although 6th graders may also enjoy this!) for those who either need a jumpstart in writing a spooky tale, or who desire a challenge. The nature of this activity allows students with varying writing abilities to complete it with success. 

This could be turned into a week's worth of writing lessons if you choose to have students pick a starter per day. The same planner / writing frame and stationery papers can be used again for new stories.

Easy writing process--and easy independent work for class, substitute lesson plan, or homework.

Here is the writing process:
*First, kids choose a spooky tale starter from five story starters. 
*Then, they fill in a spooky tale planner/map with pre-writing prompts to scaffold narrative writing. 
*Alternatively, they can use the prompt cards with the story starters on them, which can also work well for literacy centers. (Some kids also just need a single prompt in front of them, to help chunk the task into a smaller one!)
*Finally, they write on either of the two stationery pages provided. 

These Halloween spooky tale starters allow for differentiation in your classroom. 

This is an opportunity for collaborative writing, buddy writing or independent writing. Every year my students enjoy the spirit of the season with this simple, success-building activity. The prewriting page will help accommodate and scaffold hesitant intermediate grade students. This writing resource can be tailored by you to incorporate in a differentiated classroom. This is simple and flexible enough to make adjustments for individual needs.

*This resource is aligned with CCSS for Narrative Writing.

You'll be surprised at how much your students will enjoy these Halloween scary story starters.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Magical Musical ‘Rules for Commas’ Posters”

by  Lifelong Learner -  Yvette’s Corner
4th - 9th Grade

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You could laminate and hang up as a point of reference. Actually, I would post them near a writing center. 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Scientific Method - Power Point - Students' Notes”

by Maggie’s Files
6th - 9th Grade

Finally, Scientific Method - Power Points - Students' Notes!

This 8 page handout provides formative assessments, diagrams, and charts that allow students to follow along with the Free Scientific Method steps PowerPoint. An amazing way to keep students engaged and participating during the PowerPoint presentation. 

Check my free product "The Steps of the Scientific Method Power Point."

Scientific Method Power Point

TERMS AND CONCEPTS COVERED: Variables, Research, Questions, Scientific Inquiry, Steps of the Scientific Method, Graphs and more!!
Great value.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Kind or Unkind Mini Stories to Sort”

by Jan Gervais
1st - 4th Grade

This freebie includes 6 mini-stories that will get students thinking and talking about what kind and unkind behaviors look like. I wrote these stories last year to address some "friendship problems" that had started to pop up in my classroom. I think you will find them quite relevant! This product would be perfect for back-to-school, or for anytime when the expectation for kindness needs to be reinforced. 

This item is part of my Emergency Substitute Plans for 2nd Grade.

Monday, September 23, 2013

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Editable Name Labels {33 individual pictures - ideal for non/emergent readers}”

by OkinawanGirl
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade


This is a classroom tested printable aimed at early learners. Non/emergent readers can begin to identify their names by first associating them with the individual pictures (e.g. a car).

Each label contains a text box which you can edit to suit your own font and color preferences for each of your students' names. 


This download contains 33 pictures labels with an editable text box (3 per A4 page). 

Labels are arranged in powerpoint slides and can be reordered (by copy/pasting or dragging) to suit your own preferences. 

Suggested Use

These labels are ideal for:

- trays
- cloakroom pegs 
- tables
- chairs 
- anything you wish to be labelled with your students names!

Top Tip

Please note that if you wish to print these labels smaller (e.g. for cloakroom pegs that are close together) you do not have to resize each label - you can simply go to "print" and then click to adjust the number of slides per page. Simple and effective.

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If you like this product, you may also be interested in my Where Are We? door display printable with editable text boxes allowing you to change the font and color.


I am fairly new to Teachers Pay Teachers and would therefore really appreciate your feedback as it would help me create products that best suit your needs. 


This download is a zipped file containing a PowerPoint presentation with editable text boxes. 


If you have any questions please let me know and I'll be happy to help you! 

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Classroom Signs and Labels Freebie”

by Schoolhouse Treasures
Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade

This is a collection of classroom signs and labels that you will want for your classroom. The set includes the following signs:
Teacher Helper
Birthday with cakes for labeling student birthdays.
What's For Lunch?- to be displayed with the lunch menu.
Fire Exit (1 bw version) (1 colored version) 
Class Library 
Team/Group Signs - 10 pages (1 set of 5 b&w; 1 set of 5 colored)
Writing Supplies 
Class Perfect Attendance

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Back to School Parent’s Guide”

by The Teacher Next Door
Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade

This Parent's Guide is a great tool to give to parents at Back To School Night. It organizes important classroom information and serves as a handy reference guide.  I love it because it also serves as a talking point tool for my Back To School speech.

This Parent Guide is a Word Document, so you're able to customize it to fit your own classroom's needs.The five page handout can then be copied back to back and folded to create a mini-booklet for your student's parents.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Mystery Periodic Table”

by Texas Science Gal
8th - 11th Grade

This is a worksheet that encompasses much of what is learned in middle school and high school about the periodic table including energy levels, the different families and groups, along with other specific traits of different elements. 

Instead of the traditional symbols of the periodic table, they are replaced with arbitrary letters and must fill in a blank periodic table with those new letters based on a list of traits. This is an end of the unit worksheet that requires a lot of thought processing from the students and will get conversations going about the periodic table to figure out which element goes where. 

This is great for your gifted students as an extension or as an end of the unit assessment for students to work on together.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Free Spelling Activities With Choice Board”

by CreativetotheCore
2nd - 5th Grade

Writing your spelling words 10 times each can be a little redundant to say the least. Why not take advantage of this freebie and keep your students engaged in meaningful spelling practice that is fun? This choice board is easy to use. It can be used as classroom practice, homework practice, or independent work time.

This set contains one spelling choice board with nine spelling activities to choose from and 5 activity sheets that go along with the Choice Board. 

Use over and over again with your weekly spelling words.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FREE MISC. LESSON - "Choose (Your) Own Activity Time Classroom Management"

by OCBeachTeacher
4th - 9th Grade

Would you like a positive classroom management tool that is fun, quick, and easy? Choose (Your) Activity Time rewards students for taking responsibility for themselves and their classmates. Based on Fred Jones’ Preferred Activity Time, this classroom management tool encourages students to bring class supplies, to stay on-task, and to contribute to a positive classroom climate. Once they earn their C.A.T., students select educational games and other fun activities to enjoy!

I’ve successfully used this strategy in all of my classes from grades 6 to 11 over the past 15 years. This freebie includes an explanation of how C.A.T. works, a poster to display in the classroom, and notes on how you can manage various situations.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

FREE MISC. LESSON - “‘ART ACTION’ Color Creation #1 Rainbows”

by ART ACTION - Laurie Carpenter
2nd - 4th Grade

The children will discover the magic of mixing colors as they create the rainbow. In the project, the students learn the three primary colors and have the experience of mixing them to create the secondary colors. They will also share in the discovery and beauty of a rainbow. The project can be adapted to several grade levels based on their development and prior knowledge.

Friday, September 13, 2013

FREE MATH LESSON - “Become a Math Lawyer - Defend Your Answer Poster - Labels”

by Pamela Kranz
3rd - 8th Grade

Become a Math Lawyer, Defend Your Answer! This poster/label set reminds students that solving a problem is more than just writing down an answer. It gives them several checkpoints to consider, including, "Does your answer make sense?"   I frequently pair up students to "defend" their answers. It's a great way to have them recheck their work before turning it in. It also encourages math conversation. The labels make good reminders when attached to their math journals or notebooks.

This set includes the Math Lawyer poster, as well as a template for labels that fits Avery Labels 5168, 3 1/2 X 5".

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Clock Partners Packet”

by Tanya Rae Designs
Kindergarten - 12th Grade

Use Clock Partners to quickly and easily pair students for partnered activities. This is an excellent way to avoid students always partnering with the same person, or partnering with someone they might not work well with. When you need your class to work in partners, just call out the time spot that is appropriate, "Get with your six o'clock partners."

This packet gives you many choices to print different sizes of blank Clock Partner charts. For example, you might want to use the smaller ones on students' desks, or the large one to put in students' folders or binders. 

Included in this packet:

Page 1 - Introduction to Clock Partners: What are Clock Partners? Directions on how to successfully set them up and use them in your classroom, and other tips.

Page 2 - An example of a filled out Clock Partner chart.

Page 3 - Set of 6 small, blank Clock Partner charts (cut out and attach to students' desk for easy access).

Page 4 - Set of 2 medium, blank Clock Partner charts (can cut out and attach to students' desks for easy access).

Page 5 - One large Clock Partner chart to be placed in a student's binder or folder.

Page 6 - Blank class chart to keep track of all clock partners.

Here's to a great, successful school year!
~Tanja Rae Designs

Monday, September 9, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Free Pinterest End of Lesson Activity For Any Subject! Formative Assessment”

by Presto Plans
6th - 10th Grade

This resource allows you to use something modern and current that the students love to your advantage. After any lesson, have students use this free worksheet to apply their understanding by making connections. 

The download includes a ready-to-print worksheet that asks students to make text-to-text, self, and world connections. A student sample response is also included to show students what a strong answer looks like. 

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