Saturday, November 30, 2013

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Synonym Dominoes - Winter Theme”

by The Elementary Professor
1st - 3rd Grade

This game is a great way for students to practice synonyms within a winter unit, or just because it is a great season!

This game could be used in the classroom itself for practice, or you could send home just the cards and student directions for extra practice.

The game set includes:
-domino pieces
-student directions for play
-directions for teacher with extra organizational tips and word-pair list to show which words match 
-instructions to create organized, long lasting game sets

Friday, November 29, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Ring-In Brainy Holiday”

by Ellen Weber
6th - 12th Grade

RING-IN BRAINY HOLIDAY is a free 19-page kit for middle, secondary and college levels. It works especially well in any discipline which fosters creative thinking, problem-solving, brain based tasks, clear communication, innovation, authentic outcomes, team skills, evidence based learning, or language improvement. 

Brain based tasks here include 11 gift-giving tips to boost brainpower over any holiday, and earn extra points in class. 

Rather than grow exhausted by expectations not met, it puts learners in the driver’s seat of making unique holiday choices. 

Learners will experience how priceless holiday returns come free – but can gain points for evidence of learning!

Learners will give all or several of the 11 gifts during their holiday preparation. They'll gain more than the mental zip folded into this kit.They will also earn 1 point for each priceless gift given.

Learners will leap at new opportunities to gain mental zip and lasting takeaways – all for free. Points gained to boost their grades with raise motivation to take advantage of significant learning opportunities during their time away from class. They will also return to class primed to move forward – by sharing their experiences and presenting evidence of their gift-giving-results. 

Since brains reorganize with action, learners will jumpstart your gift- gala by using newly discovered neuro facts to ramp up free fun festivities to grace their holiday.

First, they will open presents of intuitive IQ to ensure they wrap and give their most confident, courageous, and ready-to-roll gifts. Then they will give gifts like the 11 listed in this kit - to launch mental fitness for genius takeaways.

The kit provides prompts to relate evidence of each gift given, through pictures, sketches, narratives, or video of the event. For each gift that shows evidence of being given, students will earn one point toward their assignment. 11 points are possible from this student-led task, and these points can be factored into overall grades as teachers and students see as fair. 

They might also earn badges made from the point badges included in the kit. 

Expect students to go after 11 points and collect priceless gift-giving stories that will increase their learning and leading skills in your class when they return. 

Let me know how I can support your own brainy holiday learning and leading - at 

Ellen Weber (PhD) - Mita International Brain Center

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Santa Countdown Chain”

by Deana Thelen
Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Enjoy this freebie! Let your students count down the days until Christmas with this original poem and Santa picture. Kids make a chain using a pattern and attach it to the poem. This product was made by Deana Thelen from It is appropriate for K, 1st, 2nd, and homeschoolers.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Christmas Riddles PowerPoint”

by Classroom in the Middle
3rd - 8th Grade

Christmas Riddles is a free interactive PowerPoint presentation in a bright red and green holiday style.  Students flip the bars to see one clue at a time, guess the holiday item, and move the Christmas tree to determine if their guess is correct.  Eight free riddles equals one fun activity – perfect for that last fidgety day before the winter holiday!  

Download Christmas Riddles for free in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Classroom in the Middle.

Monday, November 25, 2013


by KD Creations
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Rudolph and friends invite you to play some reindeer games! This holiday freebie includes a reindeer art project and two language arts center or small group activities. In the first center students use letter cards to build CVC words and record the words they create. In the second center students read and sort real and nonsense words. 

Happy Holidays to you and your students!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Dear Santa Friendly Letter Christmas Writing Sheet”

by My Kinder Garden
Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

FREEBIE! Here is an adorable Dear Santa Christmas friendly letter writing sheet. This can be used as a cute way to display writing in your room or on your bulletin board or just as a fun sheet to use at writing time. 

The awesome frame clipart is by: Rocky Creek Studio
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Noun and Verb Sort ~ Help Santa Find His Bags Centers FREEBIE”

by Teaching Second Grade
1st - 3rd Grade

This is a fun way for your students to practice sorting nouns and verbs.

I use this in my literacy centers.

Friday, November 22, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “The Legend of the Poinsettia A Story Comprehension Packet”

by Zoom Zoom Classroom
1st - 3rd Grade

You will need a copy of the book titled, The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola to fully use this packet.

This packet is aligned with the Common Core Standards listed below. The standards are also included in the packet with links directly to the Common Core website.

First Grade:
CCSS.ELE-Literacy.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. 

Second Grade:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures and determine their central message, lesson or moral. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Third Grade:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

It includes a listening comprehension quiz for students to take after listening to the read aloud. The comprehension quiz can be taken as a whole class activity or could be used in a work station with a copy of the quiz and book for the students to refer to directly to find the answers to the questions. The quiz is multiple choice. Students are required to fill in the appropriate bubble. 

There is a paper craft activity with patterns and photo directions for making poinsettias.

It includes worksheets for students to create a pictorial representation of the characters and a "before" and "after" page.

Additionally, a "Building Words" activity for students to generate words using the letters from the word, "Poinsettia" is included. A differentiated learner worksheet is also part of the Building Words activity.

The National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers are acknowledged as the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards, and no claims to the contrary are made.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “What is Hiding in the Christmas Box? CVC Word Search”

by KinderKay
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Your students will love searching the room for these colorful Christmas CVC word cards! Written on each card is a CVC word and peeking from each box is a clue to what the word says. Students record the word that they find under the correct picture and color the box. 

Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Expository Free Lesson Plan - Writing a Descriptive Paragraph”

by Judith M Darling - Razzle Dazzle
6th - 8th Grade


This expository writing lesson is student directed because it guides the students through the process of writing a descriptive paragraph, up to and including grading their own final paper before turning it in for teacher evaluation. The lesson includes:

1. How to begin teaching paragraphing
2. How to present the lesson
3. How to grade the final paper
4. Instruction on writing paragraphs
5. The parts and types of paragraphs
6. A paragraph guide for writing the paragraph
7. An example of what a good descriptive paragraph looks like
8. Two scoring rubrics for assessing a paragraph

"Love the Daily Dazzle materials! I have used them for years now and there is nothing better for language arts. This year I purchased the writing materials, Creative Writing, Expository Writing, and The book on How to Really Teach Writing and they are just amazing. I will not teach without them!" -- Jackie Knupp Johnson, Alaska State Teacher of the Year, 2010

Monday, November 18, 2013

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Science Car Talk Conversation Starters for Parents and Kids”

by UtahRoots
6th - 8th Grade

One of the challenges of teaching is fostering the communication between parents and kids. Teachers know that students who are exposed to more conversation learn more academic vocabulary, develop skills of persuasive argument, improve oral communication, and do better in school. But a teacher’s opportunities to engage in individual conversations with a student are limited. We hope for and try to encourage those conversations between parents and kids. But sometimes, when parents ask their children, “How was school today?” the answer will be “OK”. Even parents who prompt with “What did you do in school today?” will often hear “Nothing.” And that’s where the conversation ends.

As a parent myself, I spent a lot of time in the car with my kids. I found myself searching for ways to have good meaningful conversations with them. I was a science teacher so it’s probably obvious what topics I started with. But what I found was that we might start with science, but we ended up on much deeper topics. 

In “Science Car Talk” I have tried to give you a start on encouraging those kinds of conversations. Each of the 30 conversation starter cards begins with a science topic, but asks a question that will open a door to meaningful dialogue. 

Teachers may want to use them to help parents make a connection to a topic currently being studied in science class. Teachers could also use them for bell work or as a discussion starter or writing prompt. I hope that however you use them, they’ll be a rewarding and effective way for an adult to start a conversation with children they care about. 

There are 7-8 cards (30 total) on each of these topics:

Earth/Space - Color Coded Red
Biology - Color Coded Green
General Science (e.g. scientists, scientific method) - Color Coded Blue
Technology/Engineering - Color Coded Purple

Saturday, November 16, 2013

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Holiday Homework - Activities to Continue Learning During the Holidays”

by Lucky to Be in First by Molly Lynch
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Worried your kids will "lose" some of the skills they've learned over the long Holiday Break? 

Keep your kiddos learning during the break with Holiday Homework! This resources is filled with 13 suggested activities families can do together to keep learning throughout the holidays! 

Simply print a copy for each child and send home at the start of the break. A colored and black & white version is included. 

Happy Holidays! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Fall/Thanksgiving Word Sort”

by Sparkles Smiles and Successful Students
Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Looking for a great way to review short and long vowel sounds? Check out this Thanksgiving and fall word sort. 

This includes 40 words to sort along with the headings!

This would be great for a whole group lesson, small group sort, or as a center.

Monday, November 11, 2013

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Fall Follower Freebie”

by Stephanie McConnell
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

In honor of TpT's 100K followers, I created this freebie for Fall.

Take a minute and check out my store and rate my products.

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