Sunday, September 30, 2018

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Halloween Word Building Challenge”

by Amy Biddison - Teaching in Blue Jeans
2nd - 5th Grade

Halloween Word Challenge
Use this fun Halloween Word Challenge to engage your students in working with sounds and words. Students will use the scrambled letters from two common Halloween words to create as many other words as they can. The second goal is to decode the scrambled letters to figure out the challenge words. 

This is a great activity to do whole class, individually or as a word work center. Make a game out of it by challenging students to create as many words as they can that other students do not have. When done, call out the words and if someone else has the word everyone must cross it off. The student with the most unique words wins!

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - "Halloween Glyph Freebie"

by Kathy Babineau
Grades K-4

Happy Halloween!

Have you ever tried a glyph?  Glyphs are great for "if then" types of directions, creative thinking and following directions.  

Here's a fun and easy glyph for your little ghosts and goblins to try. The directions may be read aloud by the teacher or read and completed independently by students. 

Glyphs are fun to display in the classroom when completed:)

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What is it You're Missing? Beefing Up Language for Your Nonverbal Students!

Where do most AAC users get stuck?  At requesting.  Which is a shame, because with limited communication and language skills they miss out on so much interpersonal interaction, fun in participation, and just plain getting what they really need - which is rarely a handful of M&Ms.

So why is it we focus on basic requesting and forget about all the other things we do with language?  For some, it's a belief that this is all their students can do.  For others, it's not knowing how to move beyond "I want__."

What's wrong with this picture? Well, for one thing, we forget to presume competence.  And that doesn't mean that we presume each student can write the next Gettysburg Address, but it does mean we presume that each student, with appropriate support, can achieve more than their current skills might indicate.

And for another, we seem to forget everything we ever learned about language development when faced with students who can't speak, and who may have a whole bundle of related disorders that make communicating difficult.

But even the most physically disabled individuals can communicate.  Even the most language disordered or socially disordered or motorically challenged or........ you get the picture.

So, as you embark on this year's journey with your students who do not speak and who use pictures or text to communicate, please dredge up your memories of Brown's Stages of language development and get those kids moving on up!

In an attempt to offer resources for building language skills - including syntax and morphology - I am continuing my AAC Users Maximize Morphology series with More Possessives.  It’s in the works now and should be available shortly.

I am also continuing my newly developed themes for AAC (and for any students with limited expressive language skills).  FallWinter, and Summer are completed and in my TpT store.  I’m taking a quick break from seasonal words and working now on fire safety.

Let me also take this chance to remind you that last year I uploaded a free planning guide for AAC intervention. If you don’t already have it, you can download it here.

Another project for me is updating many of my AAC resources with clip art more suitable for older students.  I have just updated the 10 Weeks to 40 Core Words resource, which has been a big hit, with teen clip art.

So, where to begin this new school year with new - or not so new - AAC users?  I always say, “Start at the beginning. Use Aided Input.”  This holds true for brand new AAC users, as well as those who have been using AAC for a while.  As long as your AAC user does not have age appropriate language skills, you should continue to model more complex language.

Looking for a role play activity for your older AAC users?  How about a game of Jail Break?  This is the older version of my Barn Break activity from 10 Weeks to 40 Core Words.  You can download it here
Have fun, and have a great year of communicating!

FREE MATH LESSON - “Happy Halloween Math”

by Animal Crackers and Apple Juice
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

This freebie is a great way to reinforce or perhaps introduce counting and sets to your students. It is colorful and bright and adorable.

Halloween, counting,sets numbers, Math, pumpkins, candy corn, math worksheets, cut and paste

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Friday, September 28, 2018

We Teach So Hard...Episode 9: The Lies Teachers Believe Series, Lie #2 - Nice Girls Don't Speak Up

  Girl! Shut your mouth! Ever have anyone tell you that? Nice girls don't talk politics. Nice girls don't stand up when they're being abused by employers. Nice girls don't speak up when it's wrong for kids. Seriously? Speaking up doesn't mean you're a "B----!" Come laugh, cry, and examine why women teachers believe those lies about "nice girls."

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Fall Into Fall: Multiple Meaning Words Literacy Center”

by Curriculum Craze
1st - 3rd Grade

Fall Into Fall is a literacy center designed to provide practice with multi-meaning words. It includes an easy-to-read student directions card and 12 word cards. 

Copyright © 2012 Amy Grout
All rights reserved by author.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. 
Not for public display.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Following Directions 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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Curious About Living, Non-living and Never Lived

By Sparking Children’s Thinkibility
Grades1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool

Learning how to classify things into living, non-living and never lived is part of primary science.
Most educational material is rather straightforward.

Children are told that trees are living things. Bees and people are also living things. Apples in the fruitbowls are dead, but they were once just like the leaves on the ground part of a living tree. Anything plastic, metal or stone has never been alive.

Wood that has been separated from a tree is dead because it has been removed from the source  of nurients. But wood on the tree is alive. A chair made of wood is non-living.

This booklet also challenge the students' thinking.

What if we build a growing chair?
What if we build a growing robot?
What if not all living things need water?
Water has been regarded as essential for life, but it seems like we should not assume that all living things need water. This is important when we serach for life on other planets.

 This package contains:
Introduction - What we know and what we want to know
Three posters Living, Non-Living Never Lived - color as well as black and white versions.
1. All about living things
2. All about non-living things
3. All about never lived
4. Living! - How do you know?
5. Non- Living! How do you know
6. Never Lived! How do you know?
7. Ask the snow hare questions about what living things need.
8. Ask the leopard seal questions about non-living things.
9. Ask the robot questions about things that have never lived
10. Facts about living and non-living
11. Wise as an owl
12. Compare and Contrast
13. Three things that living things share
14. Three things that non-living things share
15. Living things need and can Create a Mind Map
16. Non-living things Create a Mind Map
17. Scavenger Hunt Living things
18. Scavenger Hunt Non-living things
19. Think Dive Discuss and ponder over the questions.
20. Think Dive Imagine and Invent

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Beginning, Middle, and End Graphic Organizer”

by Innovative Teacher
1st - 6th Grade

This is a great graphic organizer that will help your students plan out the Beginning, Middle, and End of a story. Included are 6 different versions, three lined and three unlined. Use the lined graphic organizers for your older students to write and plan their beginning, middle and end. Or use the unlined versions to allow your younger students opportunities to draw the beginning, middle, and end of their stories. I've also noticed that the color coded organizers are very helpful for visual learners.
Beginning, Middle, and End Graphic Organizer by Melissa Craig is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

FREE MATH LESSON - “Halloween Classroom Survey and Graphing Activity - Free”

by Lindsay Perro
6th - 8th Grade

About this resource : 
This short Halloween activity has students conduct a survey of their classmates and use the data to create a bar graph and circle graph. 

Available in the following bundle(s): 
Thanksgiving, Fall and Halloween Math Activities for Middle School
6th Grade Math Curriculum Resources Mega Bundle

Terms of Use
© Lindsay Perro. Please note - this resource is for use by one teacher only. Additional teachers must purchase their own license. If you are a coach, principal or district interested in purchasing several licenses, please contact me for a district-wide quote.

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Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 - 9/26/18

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 Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell
Math; Grades 1-6

These adorable Place Value Caterpillars will help your students remember the order of Place Value! Differentiated in three levels! This set includes: 1) 3 types of place value caterpillars to use as bookmarks or to tape on student desks as a reference, 2) Directions to make a large place value caterpillar to display in class on a board, or wall or above the alphabet in the classroom, and 3) Colored and black and white versions of three different place value caterpillars. One to the millions place, one to the billions place and one to the billions including decimal places. These could be used in student interactive math notebooks or study/reference sheets.

Autumn Poetry - $3.00
By Urbino12
ELL & ENL; Grades K-7

Have your beginning ENL students write a beautiful autumn poem! Includes a guided writing model with suggested vocabulary to write a simple five line (Cinquain) poem in English. Five different autumn themed writing templates -five in color and one in black and white

By Scipi - Science and Math
Math; Grades 5-9

Bug Mania provides motivation for the learner to practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication using positive and negative numbers. Two games are included in this resource. One is for addition and subtraction; the second is for multiplication. Complete instructions with a sample illustration of how to keep score for each game is included. The second game may involve subtraction with renaming and addition with regrouping based on the numbers that are used.

ABC Order Short Vowel Word Families - $4.50
By Mickey's Place
ELA; Grades K-3

Students will sort trains into alphabetical order. The words used are from short vowel word families. There are combinations for three, four, five, and six word sorts for a total of 32 different sorts for learning this skill. Trains are coded for easy self checking.

By Simone's Math Resources
Math; Grades 5-6

This activity gets students out of their seats. Students get to work at their own pace and think it's a game. They are highly motivated to complete a question since they can self check and get immediate feedback. Can be used whole group or in a center.

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