Monday, December 11, 2017

December Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It's December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and New Years, or just looking for some great ideas. You don't want to miss what these creative educators are doing this month.

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The Quiltmaker's Gift: Anticipation, Generosity, Reading Lesson Ideas & A Freebie!
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs
In this post, I use a picture book, "The Quiltmaker's Gift" to unpack our thinking about protagonists, antagonists, theme, conflict and persuasive talk and writing. This includes an idea for a motivating Generosity Challenge, too.
Holiday Musings
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
For some of us, this is a joyful time, but there are many who are alone, and unhappy.  Some have no money to buy gifts and others are out in the cold with no homes.  It breaks my heart realizing that some people feel alienated from their families which can lead to depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Our kiddos aren’t immune, they see what’s going on and may not know how to deal.  
The Great Homework Debate Comes Home
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning
Thoughts on the place homework has in real life. What makes homework authentic and a part of lifelong learning?
Hour of Code is coming: My top 5 web sites/apps!
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR's Classroom
My top five programs/apps for coding!
Identifying Learning Disabilities in English Learners
By Rebecca Olsen of 2livNearn
Distinguishing between the second language acquisition process and a learning disability can be tough, even for seasoned professionals. But it’s not impossible to tease apart the two in order to make appropriate educational decisions for students. Click to find out more!  
How Many Ways Can I Use This Toy?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz
If you're gearing up for holiday gift giving, here are some tips for ways to build language through play.
Wiggly Kids: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Thinking & Remembering! 
By Thia Triggs of Print Path
Researchers have found evidence for the use of movement tools, but there are some children with whom these tools have the opposite effect.
Geology Rocks!
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools
Teaching Next Generation Science Standards is easy with the help of theater arts! Students explore the various aspects of earth science while reading, speaking, singing, and dancing about the concepts!
Bring History To Life With Informational Texts
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching
Tips on how to use more informational texts with your students.

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Polar Express (Reading and Writing) Graphic Organizers”

by Mrs VanMeter
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Climb aboard the Polar Express with these ready-to-use graphic organizers. Each graphic organizer is in kid-friendly fonts and is also printer-friendly with all black and white pages. There are two versions of each organizer. One with lines and one without. Thank you for choosing this product.


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

PARCC Prep Grades 3-5

By: Third Grade Triumph
Grades: 3-5

It's that time of year! Getting ready for the PARCC or any state assessment can be a challenge, especially for teachers. We may not have access to rigorous materials to help prepare our students to answer these types of questions. Exposure is key, allowing students to see the rigorous questions and allowing them to think through them really helps improve confidence and reduce testing anxiety. I have created a resource that can be used in grades 3-5. The questions are aligned to the Common Core and are rigorous, multi-step questions. You can use them as Do Nows, small group work, homework, assessments, etc...

4th Grade PARCC Prep Click Here! 

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Third Grade PARCC Prep Click Here!

Engagement Made Easy!

By: Third Grade Triumph
Grades: All Grade Levels K-12

I have a game that will make your students engaged while learning or reviewing content. The game is egg roulette as seen on the Jimmy Fallon show. I just make it academic. The game is simple and can be played with real eggs or if you cannot use real eggs, they're is a game called Egged On that you can order from Amazon for $12.

The game can be used with any content and any grade level! That's the beauty of it. All you need to do is create the questions to suit your class and the content you are teaching or reviewing. The kids will be engaged from the moment you start and they will beg you to keep playing! The link is below!


by Mrs Ps Specialties
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Here are two cute color by code sheets perfect for practicing sight words and celebrating the holidays.

This is part of Krista Wallden's Operation E.L.F project. She is spearheading the selfless challenge. Read more about it here:

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter Holidays Social Skills

by Kathy Babineau
Grades 1-6

The holiday season is always a test of social skills for all of us. This set is appropriate for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa and addresses family meals and parties, gift giving and more. It is also a time when we need to be polite, socially appropriate and friendly with family and friends. This set includes social language task cards that target solving common problems, sticking to the topic when talking with others and some fun cards that challenge students to act things out while focusing on facial expressions and body language for common winter holiday activities. 

To use, simply print out the cards, cut them apart and laminate them if you wish.
Set contains: 18 “pretend” cards (to act out), 18 problem solving cards, and 12 “talk about it” cards

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Happy Holidays!!

Kathy Babineau 

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Sight Word Activities Freebies”

by Libra Creation
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Dolch Sight Word Activities Freebies

These freebies include:
* 4 Free pages Dolch Pre Primer
* 3 Free pages Dolch Primer
* 3 Free pages Dolch First Grade

Here are the individual products:)
Sight Word Activities Pre Primer
Sight Word Activities Primer
Sight Word Activities First Grade

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Friday, December 8, 2017

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Shoebox Giving Lapbook”

by Kathy Hutto
1st - 5th Grade

Each year during the month of November, our family prepares to put together a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child. I thought it would be fun to learn a little bit about the history of OCC and collect some information in a lapbook as we put our shoeboxes together this year.

This resource includes all the information and lapbook components for the following topics:

History of Operation Christmas Child
What will I put in my box?
What countries receive boxes? (includes cards with color flags)
I followed my box. It went to…
Writing a letter for my box (includes printable activity sheet and blank stationary)
Operation Christmas Child Mission Statement

Please note: I am not affiliated with Operation Christmas Child. I just created this lapbook to go along with your shoebox giving.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

FREE MATH LESSON - “Free Animal Nativity Graphing Printable”

by Charlotte's Clips
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Free Animal Nativity Graphing Printable from Charlotte's Clips. In this activity young children will count each of the animals at the Nativity scene and graph the results. 

Here is a quick math center activity. It can be a no prep activity that combines the Christmas theme and math skills.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Following Directions All Year Intermediate Grade Level

by Kathy Babineau
Grades 3-8

This product is designed for use with children in grades 3-8, but may be fun and appropriate for other age groups as well depending on skill level and how it is modified. For some students, it is helpful to break the directions down into manageable steps and preview vocabulary and concept terms. For more advanced students, you may choose to link directions together to challenge them. 

There are 50 different Following directions activities in this kit. Themes were chosen so that this kit could be used as a weekly activity throughout the school year. 

To use, simply make enough photocopies of the “coloring pages” as you need for your class or group. (I have done these activities with entire classrooms, in small groups and with individual students.) Only one copy of each of the “directions” pages is necessary, as these are designed to be read aloud by the teacher/speech language pathologist. Distribute the “coloring pages” to your students, and then instruct them to take out pencils and crayons and to listen to your directions carefully. I often encourage my students to ask for clarification or repetition as needed. Then, read the directions, one at time, and challenge your students to follow your directions carefully as they color and add detail to their papers.

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FREE MATH LESSON - “A Sweet Sleigh Ride”

by Realistic Teacher
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

This printable math story worksheet focuses on base ten numbers and ordering numbers from greatest to least.

A cute addition this holiday season!

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Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 - 12/6/17

Every week I put together a list of 5 great products from members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative (TBOTEMC) with the requirement that each product must be less than $5.  With a variety of subjects and a wide range of grades, there just might be something that you can use, so continue to read below and see!

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By Knowledge Box Central
ELA/Math; Grades PreK-3

Ready to have some fun during the Christmas holidays? Your student will enjoy patterning, graphing, creative writing, creating a one-of-a -kind bookmark even learning new Christmas songs. Also includes holiday mazes, crossword puzzles word searches and more. Designed for Pre-K through about 3rd grade.

By Susan Berkowitz
Speech Therapy; Not Grade-Level Specific
Easily differentiate your lessons for this book in a class, or target language goals in speech therapy. Activities include describing, building vocabulary, sequencing story elements, and working with words.

By A Teacher's Teacher
ELA; Grades 7-12


This Shakespeare Log assignment is perfect for any play by the Bard that you happen to assign. Even better, it works for both in-class and out-of-class reading assignments, so it can be used to fit any of your needs. The only real requirement is that it should be used with one of Shakespeare’s wonderful tragedies, comedies, or histories. (Of course, if you edit it for another purpose, that is fine, too!)  Students are given 7 prompts from which to choose, allowing for students to be more engaged through choice and ushering a wide variety of topics for class or small-group discussion.

Math; Grades K-1


These whimsical tropical themed addition activities are a refreshing alternative to traditional colder climate Christmas themed materials.  This resource is great for classrooms in Australia, New Zealand, and other locations in the southern hemisphere. These materials work well for beach themed classrooms everywhere and for classrooms in warmer climates in the southern United States or Hawaii.

By Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell
Math; Grades 2-6

Your students will LOVE practicing those multiplication facts with these fun, colorful Christmas themed multiplication BUMP games! I've included the direction sheet, too! You could laminate these or put them in sheet protectors for EASY use! Enjoy!  These activities would work for third graders, high achieving second graders or fourth graders who could use some review!  

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