Monday, December 10, 2018

December Teacher Talk






It's December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for the holiday festivities 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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Connect Kids to the Real World with PBL


What if you could connect your units of learning to current events without missing a beat with meeting the standards? Find a way to accomplish this here!

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Qi Gong and Emotional Well Being
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
This past summer, I developed a love of Qi Gong which is a mind-body-spiritual practice that enhances our mental and physical well being by integrating posture, movement, correct breathing, self-massage, sound, and deep focus



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Beware of Creating Sweeping Generalizations
Be careful not to say way more than you meant to say when comparing adjectives and adverbs.
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Recycle Drinking Straws Into Christmas CreationsBy Margo Gentile of Margo Gentile
Make a beautiful Christmas tree plaque using only drinking straws and paper! Teachers and students will enjoy making these and giving them as gifts. Learning happens incidentally-lots of math, "engineering", and language skills involved.
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An Ideal Gift
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight
It costs not a penny! It's so easy, and it fills everyone (teacher included) with genial feelings! Perfect at this time of year, or anytime! Give this gift to your students.
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Finding Success With a Challenging Class
By Marcy Howe of It's a Teacher Thing
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My Favorite Teaching Things
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching
My favorite things to use in my classroom.  Simple tools to make a teacher's life easier.  Pleasures perfect for teachers classroom gifts. 
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From a Wanna Be Organizer
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools
Okay, I admit it. . . I'm a wanna-be organizer. I'm envious of those classrooms (and homes!) that never have piles. Here are some tried & true tips for what has helped me (attempt to) tame the chaos.

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Please check out the tips from all the members in this link-up. You'll find 
some fab ideas.


December Teacher Talk






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

If you're interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here....The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
**************************************
Connect Kids to the Real World with PBL


What if you could connect your units of learning to current events without missing a beat with meeting the standards? Find a way to accomplish this here!

**************************************

Qi Gong and Emotional Well Being
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
This past summer, I developed a love of Qi Gong which is a mind-body-spiritual practice that enhances our mental and physical well being by integrating posture, movement, correct breathing, self-massage, sound, and deep focus



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Beware of Creating Sweeping Generalizations
Be careful not to say way more than you meant to say when comparing adjectives and adverbs.
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Recycle Drinking Straws Into Christmas CreationsBy Margo Gentile of Margo Gentile
Make a beautiful Christmas tree plaque using only drinking straws and paper! Teachers and students will enjoy making these and giving them as gifts. Learning happens incidentally-lots of math, "engineering", and language skills involved.
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An Ideal Gift
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight
It costs not a penny! It's so easy, and it fills everyone (teacher included) with genial feelings! Perfect at this time of year, or anytime! Give this gift to your students.
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Finding Success With a Challenging Class
By Marcy Howe of It's a Teacher Thing
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My Favorite Teaching Things
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching
My favorite things to use in my classroom.  Simple tools to make a teacher's life easier.  Pleasures perfect for teachers classroom gifts. 
**************************************

From a Wanna Be Organizer
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools
Okay, I admit it. . . I'm a wanna-be organizer. I'm envious of those classrooms (and homes!) that never have piles. Here are some tried & true tips for what has helped me (attempt to) tame the chaos.

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Please check out the tips from all the members in this link-up. You'll find 
some fab ideas.


FREE MISC. LESSON - “Snowman Craft Instructional Guide {FREEBIE}”

by Innovative Teacher
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Grade


This is an instructional guide that includes step by step instructions and samples of this easy to make Snowman Craft. Enjoy and Happy Holiday!
Snowman Craft Instructional Guide by Innovative Teacher is licensed and cannot be distributed/shared without the purchase of an additional license.




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Sunday, December 9, 2018

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Silly Santa Story Maps Freebie”

by A Series of 3rd Grade Events
2nd - 5th Grade


Add a little holiday fun to your reading block with these cute Christmas themed story maps! There are a total of 10 story maps, 2 of each kind. 

What's Included:
Cover Page
What’s Included Page
2 Character, Setting, Problem Solution Story Maps
2 Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Story Maps
2 Beginning, Middle, End Story Maps
2 Setting, Characters, Problem, Events, Solution Story Maps
2 Beginning (Characters, Setting, Problem), Middle (First, Next, Then), and End or Conclusion(Finally) Story Maps
Acknowledgements
Thank You





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Saturday, December 8, 2018

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Short a Partner Game”

by One Room Schoolhouse
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade


These are excellent games for your literacy workstation. The first is designed to be played in partners but could easily be played in a group of 3. Each student needs their own copy of the laminated game board and dry erase marker. The teacher will need to assemble the die beforehand. Students roll the die, if they can make a word using the letter they rolled, they write it on their board. Play passes to the next person. If the student is unable to make a word with the letter rolled, play passes to the next person. The player to complete their game board first is the winner. A student response sheet is also included. The second game is a partner game. Players roll a dice, read the word and cover the space with their token. The first player to use all tokens is the winner. (Complete directions included in the game.)

Common Core Standards:

RF.1.2. Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

RF.2.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.






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Friday, December 7, 2018

FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON - “Eastern Woodlands Native American Modified Research”

by Wise Guys
3rd - 8th Grade


Eastern Woodlands Native Americans Modified Research


This zipped file contains the following resources: a 1-page document that contains a student worksheet and a one page teacher answer key. 

The worksheet would be for a lower level student that would need to just understand the key vocabulary and key concepts regarding the Eastern Woodlands Native American group that is being studied. This is a great time saver and would benefit the lower students in your classroom when studying the different Native American groups.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gingerbread - Activities & Math

By Sparking Children’s Thinkibility

Grades Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd, Homeschool

Be inspired by Gingerbreads!

Gingerbread is the perfect theme for December and January.


This booklet contains a range of worksheets, some that require basic number skills, while others are a bit more complex. There are also som fun problem-solving activities involving gingerbreads.

Fun activities where the children are asked to make up their own math problems. Children often enjoy creating their own problems. This approach requires a deeper reflection upon numbers and basic arithmetic operations as compared to only providing an answer.

Gingerbread inspired multiplication and division cards. Students can make their own problems.

 Link to

Gingerbread - Activities & Math


1. Decorate the gingerbreads.
2,Draw a special gingerbread for a friend or family member.
3.The world’s largest gingerbread
4.What if you could make a gingerbread for a dog or cat?
6. Make a tally - which shape is most popular?
7. Add and give away gingerbreads
8. Building block
9. Make up your own problems
10. Multiplication and division cards.

Color and black and white versions.