April is National Poetry Month. Give your students a solid foundation in the ways a poet uses sound to enhance meaning with the activities in this lesson. The editable Power Point presentation provides definitions and examples of poetic devices such as alliteration, enjambment, onomatopoeia, free verse and many others. Fun-filled activities give students practice in recognizing the poetic devices presented and allows them to try their hands at writing poems using those devices. Included is a worksheet with answer key that could be used as a quiz instead. Have fun, Dianne.
This product includes art activities that will
allow students to have fun and appreciate one of the most popular subjects in
school. It includes templates for: a stain glass, a writing activity about art,
math activities, a portrait, and more! Templates
come with pictures of what finished products may look like. Templates may be
run off in any color or in white so the children can color before cutting. This
product would be great for a substitute subbing in the art room!
A word picture showing the magnificence of the
Grand Canyon can be as awe-inspiring as viewing this nature's wonder in person.
On the other hand, a mass of vague words will create a foggy and forgettable Kodak moment.
Writing that includes generalities instead of
be-Be-BEING Specific bugs me. That's why I created this activity based on bugs-
a cockroach- to be exact.
I copied the poem, "Roaches", by Peter
Wild, and replaced all of the specific nouns, strong adjectives and vivid
verbs with weak, bland words. I titled this variation of the poem,
Students are to rewrite the poem turning my
foggy word picture into a one as sensory-explosive as the original- and maybe even one that is more captivating. To
accomplish this, they must consider the following when creating their Mental
all general nouns with specific ones. Example: cardinal for bird. 2. Replace all vague verbs with vivid ones that
show emotion as well as action. Example: strutted for walked. 3. Appeal to the reader’s sense of sight, smell,
taste, touch and hearing. Example: crunch for chew. 4. See that some of the format used for the Bugs
version, such as putting words and phrases on separate lines emphasizes specific thoughts. They should do this, too. 5. Make every word count by removing any
unneeded words. Students should make their point in as few words as possible
but still keep their word picture sharp and focused. 6. Show the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How
completely, yet concisely.
Staple the final of drafts of the students’ original poems to
a bulletin board so they can analyze the focus and clarity of their peers' work.
When all of this work is finished, hand
out copies of Peter Wild’s poem.
This always inspires lively discussions of the “Best Word Picture”.
This activity encourages
students to get the bugs out of their writing by being specific and appealing
to readers' emotions instead of hiding their thoughts in the dark crevices of
This FREE center activity has students practicing their subtraction skills, writing numbers, and celebrating spring! It includes eight pages of subtraction problems with differences of less than ten. A sheet of directions and counters are also included.
This product addresses the following Common Core Standards for
kindergarten, first grade, and second grade math:
K.CC.A.3 Write numbers from 0 to 20.
K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, equations,etc.
K.OA.A.5 Fluently add and subtract within 5.
1.OA.C.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.
2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
I am so over winter! Although the calendar says that spring is here,
the weather here in the northeast does not seem to have received the
memo! I'm happy to finally share my spring packet with you!
This packet contains three no-prep activities, all with spring-related vocabulary.
1. Syllable War: compete by counting syllables (1-4 syllables) in a version of the classic card game
2. Flower Sounds: gather cards from other players to complete sets of flowerpots with matching initial sounds
3. Butterfly Sound Garden: get the butterflies to the garden by
segmenting words into sounds (1-4 phonemes)—try to avoid the bees!
I retired from 30+ years in the most honorable profession-Teaching. My career
started in a boys reform school where I taught reading to 13-18 year old court-sent
young men. After a break when my husband and I started our family-a daughter
and then a son- I taught in a variety of learning environments: a residential
facility for emotionally disturbed adolescents, a school for between-the-cracks
adolescents (not ED or LD but failing in school for a variety of reasons), and then
a middle school. For my last 19 classroom years, I taught high school: English
9, 11 or 12 (or a combination of these grades), Creative Writing 1-4 and
Journalism 1-4. While at this school, I sponsored the literary magazine and the
my mother’s suggestion to, “Share my creative teaching ideas,” I found Teachers
pay Teachers. I have been creating and selling my curriculum there since 2006. An educational publisher, Compass
Publishing, liked one of my products enough to ask me to turn it into a
complete teaching program, ergo, The
House of Comprehension was created and released in 2013. It was
featured in the Northern Virginia
Magazine in November of that same year.
teaching, I used my writing to show my students that my expectations and goals
for them were the same ones that I set for myself.
What do you like best about teaching?
absolutely best part of teaching is the students.
Could teens be irritating? Just ask my hair stylist,
Theresa, who has made my gray hair disappear for twenty years.
Could teens make me gnash my teeth at yet another
excuse for not having an assignment done? Just ask my dentist about my teeth grinding
Could teens make me wish that I had a magic spell to
freeze their eyes into permanent eye roll positions even though my optometrist
said this was not probable? Oh, many a time, even though I often made audacious
comments to precipitate the eye rolls. I did
have to grab their attention, after all.
importantly, they never failed to make
me laugh when I was so frustrated with the darts flung by the job and life that
I wanted to crawl under my desk. Their own quest for answers-about what we were
studying and life in general- forced me to question my own thoughts. They always challenged me to see life from
their side of the desk.
What advice would you give to someone who may want to become a
seller at Teachers Pay Teachers?
borrow Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It!” Selling the lessons that you create and
that you so believe make you the kind of teacher to turn your students into
life-long learners is very rewarding. The positive comments justify your teaching
efforts, and the not-so-positive feedback challenges you to push yourself to
find your academic best. Both fortify
you in as you walk the walk and talk the talk of Teaching- the most honorable
What have you done or hope to do with your TpT earnings?
earnings allow my husband and me to take extra trips, to spoil our grandchildren
– but within our children’s guidelines… most of the time, and to have a more
What do you like best about being a member of The Best of
Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative?
passion for teachers and teaching still burns so strong, I love the chance to
share my materials. Best of all, though, are the lessons that I read about on
this site. They are so exciting, so engaging and so inspiring, that I have
found myself wistful, at times, about my teaching years. The students of the
teachers who post on TBOTE are very, very fortunate to spend a year-or more,
depending on the grade level- with these talented curriculum creators and classroom
leaders. I am honored to be included with them.
A short lesson on writing concluding sentences using color-coded paragraph strategies. I used this in my intervention class of 7th grade students but it could be used as a whole class lesson. The lesson includes guided practice and independent practice. An optional printable student response sheet is included, to be used as a formative assessment either as an exit ticket or entrance task following the lesson.
This Easter activity will be great for students to use during the month of April. This product allows students to sort nouns and verbs and was created using the Easter theme. I have included both a copy of this product in color and in black and white. Click on the link below to view this item in my TpT store. Happy Easter!
The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative's member, Danielle Knight, was featured in the TpT Newsletter on March 23, 2014. Try Danielle's lesson, Solar System: Planet Shaped Flip Flap Books Bundle.
Solar System Planet Shaped Flip Flap Books Bundle
Once assembled your students will love that they will actually look like each planet! All ten are in this product, priced to ensure the TpT buyer saves money.
The flip flap books are proportional to each in size. Lines up perfectly with numbered pages, dashed guidelines for cutting, and engaging pages with activities.
requires 8.5 by 11 paper Includes:
A cover page if you want your students to compile their flip flap books into a collection. Just print, color, label, and fasten.
The Sun 3 pages Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about the sun Coloring activity (cover) Short answer questions, multiple choice
Mercury 7 page flip flap book (use all 7 or pick pages you want to eliminate) Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about Mercury Coloring activity Writing Prompt Multiple choice questions Words to know for Solar System Unit
Venus 6 page flip flap book (use all 6 or pick pages you want to eliminate) Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about Venus Coloring activity Writing Prompt about living on Venus Short Answer Questions Words to know for Solar System and Venus
Earth and the Moon total of 16 pages in both flip flap books (use all or pick pages you want to eliminate from the bottom) Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about Earth and the Moon Coloring activities (cover, travel brochure, moon phases) Writing prompts about living on Earth and traveling to Earth Short Answer Questions and multiple choice Words to know for Solar System, Earth, and the Moon Phases
Mars 7 pages (use all or pick pages you want to eliminate from the bottom) Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about Mars Coloring activities (cover and thermometer) Writing prompts about going to school on Mars Short Answer Questions A blank page with lines for you to add your own prompt, words to know, or information
Jupiter 5 pages (use all or pick pages you want to eliminate from the bottom) Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about Jupiter Coloring activities (cover, Jupiter, and thermometer) Short Answer Questions and gravity math problem Jupiter terms to know
Saturn 7 pages (use all or pick pages you want to eliminate from the bottom) Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about Saturn Coloring activities (cover, Saturn Rings) Writing prompt about Saturn Short answer questions, true or false, multiple choice, and a math problem Saturn terms to know
Uranus 5 pages (use all or pick pages you want to eliminate from the bottom) Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about Uranus Coloring activities (cover) Short answer questions and multiple choice Uranus Moon Facts
Neptune 5 pages (use all or pick pages you want to eliminate from the bottom) Dotted lines to cut along that will guide you Facts and background about Neptune and dwarf planets (Pluto) Coloring activities (cover, King Neptune, and mini picture Neptune’s dark spot) Short answer questions, multiple choice, and writing prompt
Great for ELA or science. CCSS Reading Informational Text, Writing, and Language. Recommended for grades 3-5. You know your students best.
For Differentiated Instruction: Give students alternative ways of exploring and expressing key ideas. --allow students to work independently or collaboratively. As the teacher...YOU choose! --Gives credit for artistic/creative expression, written responses, and effort. --Great for a choice or alternative assignment
With Early Finishers --Many students develop more positive on-task behavior by attempting an assignment of their choice.
Display in your classroom on the wall...better yet, hang them in the hall in a showcase.