Saturday, March 31, 2018

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Les Oeufs Vert au Jambon - Green Eggs and Ham Exit Slip /Plenary”

by JoyceAnna D'Alessandro
5th - 12th Grade

After reading Les Oeufs Vert au Jambon, have your students tell you what they do or don't like with this exit slip.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Language Arts: The Top 3 Reading Prompts for beginning readers

Teaching reading - The top 3 reading prompts for emergent readers |
Are you teaching emergent readers the very basics of reading, and overwhelmed by the number of reading prompts to choose from?
The following top three prompts form the basis of what good readers naturally do.  The founder and creator of the Reading Recovery program, Marie Clay, studied the strategies proficient readers used.  To put it simply, her research showed that children have the most success reading when they use meaning as their primary source of information (ensuring the story made sense),  language structure (how the words sound together, ordered properly in the manner we would use them in speaking the language) and the 'visual information' (the 'looking' at the words, letters, punctuation, etc. part of reading). Clay makes the following points about prompts in the 2005 edition of Literacy Lessons: Part One:
A prompt is a call for action to do something within his [the child's] control. Prompts are not just talk. How you prompt depends upon where this child is at this point of this text, and what else needs to be integrated into his reading processing. The prompt should send the child in search of a response in his network of responses. Too much prompting interferes with the development of independent solving. (p.39)
Here is a brief summary of the three top reading prompts:

Top 3 reading prompts as interpreted by That Fun Reading Teacher |

Why three prompts?

These three prompts are the foundation of what good readers do. Good readers make sure that what they read makes sense, sounds right and looks right.  Other strategies fall under these, and do have their place. It can get complicated for kids to have to memorize a long list of strategies. My students have had most success when they know the top three prompts initially, then additional strategies (i.e. Chunky Monkey) for something that they truly need prompting for. Every child does not need to learn every prompt out there!

The three top prompts bookmarks - free!

I have just redesigned line art printable bookmarks with visual and contextual examples for each prompt, and a fourth bookmark summarizing all of the prompts together. 

What has been your experience with using reading prompts to teach emergent readers? 


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Looking for a different way to review math problems? 

The Rock 'n' Roll strategy encourages students to explore the different aspects of the problem-solving process when reviewing math problems. This is a great strategy for reviewing test questions or reviews that have multiple-choice answers. This strategy works best for reviewing a few problems, maybe the most missed ones from an assessment or review, but it’s very effective. 

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Simple Bright Chalk Frames”

by It's a Wicked Good Life
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Grade

This is a collection of simple brightly colored "chalk" drawn frames. All frames are in png format and are 300 dpi. They work really well on both white and dark backgrounds.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Lit-Tac-Toe: Differentiated Products for Fiction Texts”

by Lisa Pagano
2nd - 6th Grade

This is a differentiated contract that can be used with any fiction selection or novel. It incorporates leveled tasks that help students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of characterization and plot and provides them with an opportunity to creatively respond to literature. The products integrate Thinking Maps with literacy skills, as well. Activities can be teacher selected according to readiness level or students can have a choice. The first column houses the most basic activities, the middle column's activities are more complex, and the last column contains the most challenging activities.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018


by Omega English
4th - 8th Grade

This freebie can be used with any text. Simply Print and go. There is no prep needed. Student will use this worksheet to create an illustration of what they visualized during their reading session. 

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By Activities to Teach
ELA; Grades 4-8

This game is a fun and different way to practice learning and identifying atomic structure. Hands-on and engaging. Student play and learn at the same time as you encourage students to recognize or be able to find on the periodic table the correct element’s name and symbol along with atomic structure information for the atomic model shown on the card.  

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ELA; Grades 7-12

This isn't just an ordinary quiz!  The Romeo and Juliet Quote Quiz Pack is a complete learning experience to help students review important lines from the first two acts of the play.  The product includes a packet of quotes for which students prepare, an answer key for those items, a digital review game to reinforce important quotes, three versions of the quote quiz (for student choice and/or differentiation), and an answer key for the quiz variations. 

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Math; Grades 5-7

Engage your students with these fun math riddles worksheets that focus on finding percent of a number! Students solve problems, each problem has a letter assigned to it and the letters help to solve the riddle. I love hearing my students giggle as they solve the riddle at the end of the worksheet. It is a great way to combine fun and learning! Make Math FUN!

All About Frogs Nonfiction Unit - $4.50
By Spatial Projects
ELA/Science; Grades 1-3

Looking for fun and engaging springtime activities? This All About Frogs resource has everything you need for an interactive nonfiction unit in your classroom. It includes frog craft pattern, nonfiction unit booklet, lap book, frog life cycle worksheet, answer key, graphic organizers, and writing activities.

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Math; Grades 2-4

This is a FREEBIE SAMPLE of "3rd Grade Daily Math Morning Work/Homework, COMPLETE Bundle!" The FREEBIE SAMPLE includes 3 sheets with answer keys!"   If you like what you see, this bundle is a complete 180 days of math to last all year long!  Here's the link to the COMPLETE BUNDLEJust print and use!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

FREE MISC. LESSON - “FREE Circle Borders / Accents-Set 3-Commercial Use-Colour and Black-White”

by Marcelle's KG Zone
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Grade

This package consists of 25 colour images and 6 Black and white high resolution 300dpi CIRCLE BORDER CLIP ART you can use on your resources. THESE WORK GREAT AS A LOGO BORDER OR TO ACCENT RESOURCES.




Credit Note: The fonts used on the cover page are from KB3Teach under commercial license

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Thank you for looking
Happy Teaching :)

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Monday, March 26, 2018

FREE LESSONS and PRICED LESSONS By The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative

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Boosting Reading Fluency with Easter Rhythm and Rhyme!

Easter Rhythm and Rhyme
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Easter is a great time to shake off those winter blahs and breathe new life into reading with kids, especially those who have fallen into the monotony, robotic reading trap! Here are five fun ways to use rhythm and rhyme to liven things up! 

1. Go back to familiar reading and do a Phrasing and Fluency Blitz! When I taught Reading Recovery, there were times that a student would plateau at a a level for more than a week. We would be advised to take two or three lessons for a phrasing and fluency blitz - rereading some familiar, easier books to rebuild confidence, model and practice phrasing and pick up the pace.  Sometimes, decreasing the reading level was in order. Many of our students' favorites were readers that rhymed, had a lively rhythm and made us both laugh! While some children naturally read words like he said, said the girl, here it is,  look at the, can see the, went to the, in phrases; and read quickly enough and with proper intonation and expression to understand (and demonstrate understanding of) what they are reading, many need a lot of encouragement, modeling and direction instruction to read fluently, with phrasing and expression. 

2. Use poetry, music and movement! Consider the Hokey-Pokey song. The last five words / two phrases: that's what / it's all about - everyone comes together in unison at that point in the song. I would argue that it's because it simply makes sense, and it sounds right! Some phrases just work. So why waste it? Years ago I used  The Bunny Hop Easter Song and Movement Activity in Kindergarten poetry books as a music and movement activity. It works particularly well if modeled and echoed first before showing earliest readers the text:

This freebie also has a black and white version included with it - ideal for poetry folders!

Bunny ear construction is off the charts in the craft center when this song is in season - be ye warned! Everyone wants to be the bossy bunny who gets to say, "Stop!"

3. Seize teachable moments to model and emphasize the natural rhythm of language
As I was saying - certain phrases just belong together.  To add to the list from #1, all about the seems to be another such phrase, these days anyway. When Meghan Trainor was singing I'm All About the Bass every time I turned on the radio in 2014,  there was no getting it out of my head.

This Fun, Fluency Reader version practically wrote itself as I drove in to school listening to Trainor's voice, over and over again... My students knew the tune instantly. I modeled the first read to them, and we practiced a few phrases in isolation before we all enjoyed singing it fluently from beginning to end (over, and over and over again.)


There is a twist on a familiar Fairy Tale in this book that the kids find hilarious (but humor and laughter are topics for other days...).

Limitation of liability: It's all about the Eggs is not recommended for those who are prone to getting songs stuck in their head or with one last nerve.

4. Get silly. Get rhyming books!

Here are just a few Easter-themed picture books that rhyme. I'm on the hunt for more!

5. Encourage oral language beyond one word.

Encourage kids to speak in sentences and phrases by:

  •  asking open-ended questions yourself that can not be easily answered with only one word
  •  restating what they said in an expanded, phrased sentence with appropriate intonation (with the understanding that you're ensuring you heard them correctly)

When hunting for an Easter Egg, asking 'Where is the blue Easter egg?' may elicit a pointed finger and reply of 'there' from a student.

The adult can follow with "Oh, yes, it's under the chair'. (Consider the fun and expanded conversation that follows if the adult's answer is incorrect!)

What are some of your favorite phrasing and fluency boosters?
Happy Easter everyone!

The Bunny hop FREE! | That Fun Reading Teacher


Easter writing activities from Read and Write and More Spring $

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