Monday, February 28, 2022

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Italian Descriptive Sentences SAMPLE Puzzle”

by Italian Island by JoyceAnna D'Alessandro
8th - 12th Grade

This product is a free sample of my Descrizione personale Puzzle & Flashcards PDF. My Descrizione Personale Practice puzzle and Flashcards allows your students to do practice adjective agreement, the verb to have, and the verb to be in various present-tense conjugations.

This sample includes a mini-puzzle which is 1 page of 6 puzzle pieces that fit together to form a hexagon and a solution page.

The Paid File includes solution page, 3 pages of puzzle pieces(24 pieces) that fit together to form a hexagon and 4 pages of flash card pages in PDF format. The puzzle portion can be assigned for completion for homework since the pieces are not arranged with the answers on printouts. I use this activity during learning stations on the extended period day of class rotation.Get the paid file here.

Check out the my other practice puzzles in my shop, here.

Want to learn more about teaching with comprehensible input in Italian? Teaching with comprehensible input has revolutionized my classroom, bringing forth positive changes in me and my students. In my podcast, Input comprensibile spiegato in italiano! Comprehensible input explained in Italian, you can hear me discuss Comprehensible Input theory and strategies.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

FREE MATH LESSON - “Magic Math: Subtracting with 0 Boom Cards”

by Mrs Magee
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

This deck of Boom Cards is the perfect compliment to my resource - Magic Math Addition & Subtraction Timed Tests & Activities for Math Fact Fluency.

This Boom Card deck corresponds to the 1st subtraction level in my Magic Math program - subtracting with 0. The deck contains 20 digital task cards.

You can preview this resource HERE on Boom Learning..

You can buy the Magic Math Boom Card Bundle with 31 decks/levels of math fact practice here.

Purposeful, paperless practice! These Boom Cards™ decks provides students with engaging, digital math fact practice.

What is Boom Learning℠ and what are Boom Cards™?
Boom Cards™ play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers, tablets, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android tables and phones, and Kindle-Fire tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available on the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Kindle Fire store.

Boom Cards:
Are digital and interactive task cards
Are self-checking
Are super fun (like a game to the students)
Require NO printing, laminating, or assembling in any way
Can be used over and over
Are great paperless practice option for your classroom or homeschool students
Can be purchased on TPT or through the Boom Store on the Boom Learning website

Not sure your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first OR Open the preview of this product to see a sample!

How do I play my Boom Cards?
After you purchase this product, you will download a PDF that will contain a link to your purchased cards on Boom Learning. To redeem your Boom Cards, you will create an account for Bloom Learning. The account that accompanies your purchase allows you to play the Boom Cards on interactive white boards and with individual students using Fast Play. Fast Play does not save student progress reports.

BUT- With your Teachers Pay Teachers purchase, users new to Boom Learning get a three-month free trial of student progress reporting for up to 150 students. Your trial includes the ability to make up to 5 free DIY decks. You may upgrade or cancel at any time. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available. Not sure if your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. If you do not subscribe at the end of your trial, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress. If you do not subscribe we will delete your student records 3 months after the expiration of the trial to protect student privacy. If you wish to continue tracking student progress, you will need to purchase a (SUPER affordable!) paid account.

Boom Learning℠ and Boom Cards™ are the trademarks of Bloom Learning, Inc. Used with permission.

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “FREE SAMPLE Differentiated Word Lists EDITABLE | Portable Word Wall”

by Mrs Beattie's Classroom
2nd - 4th Grade

Creating word lists for your weekly spelling groups taking too much time? Easily differentiate your word work and spelling activities for an entire year and save space on your word wall with this EDITABLE set of over 330 differentiated word lists!

⭐ This is a SAMPLE. Grab my complete best-selling Differentiated Word List resource, containing over 330 lists, here!

The differentiated word lists are perfect for:

✔ 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade classrooms
✔ teachers who want to differentiate with ease
✔ teachers who don't want to prep word work lists every week
✔ anyone who wants to save time
✔ use as a word wall resource by spelling pattern

✔ use as an individualized student collection

✔ use as differentiated lists attached directly to student notebooks

Included in the complete fully-editable resource are:
☝ Differentiated Word Lists:
• 61 spelling patterns commonly taught in the primary grades.
• Each includes three lists with ten words each, giving you 183 word lists in total
• Four-page tracking sheet
✌ Themed Word Lists:
• 36 different themes
• Each includes at least two lists per theme, that is 149 word lists in total

❤️ Since regional differences can result in slightly different pronunciations, this resource is editable, making it also perfect for UK and Australian teachers, or for anyone who cares to have more customized lists for their classroom!

❤️ For more information on how these can be used, take a look at my How to Differentiate Word Work and Engage Your Students Blog Post.

⭐ These lists are the PERFECT companion to my Word Work Centers and Spelling Activities for Big Kids!


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★ Personal Student Dictionary with Dolch & Fry Word Lists Plus Extras

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Friday, February 25, 2022

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Healthy Kids Classroom Posters”

by Kathy Babineau
Pre-Kindergarten - 4th Grade

This set of 7 posters is designed to encourage and remind students of healthy habits in the classroom.

  • Be a Healthy Hero
  • Wear Your Mask
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Stay 6 feet away
  • Keep Your Hands Away from Your Face
  • Tell Your Teacher if You Are not Feeling Well

You may choose to display these posters on a bulletin board, a door, or anywhere that is helpful to your kids. Please leave feedback and let me know how you used these! Stay safe and well.


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Thursday, February 24, 2022

How to Teach Semantic Gradients

What is a Semantic Gradient?

Finding ways for our students to connect with vocabulary on a deeper level is one of the most important things we do as ESL teachers. After all, just being able to read a word doesn’t really help our students if they don’t know what the word means.

We want them to recognize the word and be able to apply the word. 

One of the things in the English language that makes this so challenging is that we have multiple synonyms for each word that we use. That is why strategies like Semantic Gradients are so important. 

Semantic Gradients are a map of sorts showing the progression between two opposite words.

For example, words like soggy and dry may go on each of our gradient line. Students would then order wet, soaked and damp in between to show a progression. But how do we know how to teach semantic gradients? 

What are the steps for this strategy?

Step One: Finding the Words 

The first step of how to teach semantic gradients is knowing how to choose the right words. You need to think of polar opposites. I go back to the example of soggy and dry. These words have very different meanings. These words are the anchors of your line. The rest of the words on the line should be synonyms to one of your anchor words. Depending on the size of your line and the level of your students you can choose anywhere from 3-5 synonyms for each of the anchor words.

Step Two: Give the Words Meaning 

This is an added step that I think is so important in an ESL classroom. Visuals are everything to our students as they progress in their understanding of vocabulary. When using a semantic gradient I like to provide a picture that they can associate with each word. So, in sticking with our example, I would show a person in completely dry clothes and a person who is soaked through, possibly from standing in the rain for too long without an umbrella. I like to talk through scenarios with my students about the words when possible as well so that they can make a real life connection. 

Step Three: Arrange the Words 

 In knowing how to teach semantic gradients, this is the easiest step. The students need to put the words in order between the two opposite anchor words. Once the line is complete there should be a progression from one end to the other. So in our example, the person would go from soaked to dry by becoming soaked, wet and then damp. There are so many different charts that you can use for organizing the words and making your own isn’t difficult. But I like to use this black line gradient chart in my room for simplicity. 

Step Four: Have Students Discuss 

Discussion is the only thing that truly lets us know if our students “get it”. So this step in teaching semantic gradients is the most important in my opinion. Once my students feel confident in their line, we take some time to discuss as a class why they chose the order they did. Sometimes changes happen and sometimes they stick with their original choices. 

To Sum It Up 

enhancing Vocabulary Semantic gradients are an incredibly effective visual tool for teaching our ESL students the various synonyms of common words. There are so many ways to say the same thing so being able to differentiate the levels of words enhances vocabulary which improves both reading comprehension and writing. 

Understanding how to teach semantic gradients is not a difficult task, this is a relatively simple strategy that is easy to implement. It has quickly become one of my favorites in my own classroom.

If you are ready to try using Semantic Gradients in your classroom you might be interested in our resource for TEACHING VOCABULARY WITH SEMANTIC GRADIENTS.




FREE MATH LESSON - “Capture the Gold Dice Game”

by KinderKay
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Students try to see who can capture the most gold by tossing 2 dice or using number cards to find the sum. Level 1 uses 2 dice and Level 2 uses addition cards.

I can use a variety of strategies to solve addition problems.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Wednesday Weekly 5 under $5 - 2/23/2022



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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Il Carnevale di Venezia - Una Lettura Culturale - $4.00

by Urbino12
10th - 12th grades
Italian, Cultural activities

Students will read a cultural reading about Carnevale traditions in Venice, Italy. They will then answer twelve questions about the informational text. This resource can easily be taught as a Distance Learning activity individually or in a classroom together as a class.

by Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell
1st - 3rd grades
Worksheets, Printables, Math Centers

Are you looking for an easy-to-use resource to help your students practice addition and subtraction within 24 with fun winter jokes? Maybe you need both printable and digital options to reach all your students. These 12 worksheets are perfect for practicing these math skills.

Draw and Write March (Writing and Directed Drawing Center) - $3.75

by Smart 2 Heart Creations
2nd - 5th grades
Worksheets, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas

Draw and Write March is perfect for your Classroom Writing Center or for Directed Writing Activity. This set includes FIVE complete Writing Prompts with Directed Drawing Worksheets for your students to work on.

Two Different Math Crossword Puzzles About Pi and Circles - $2.75

by Scipi
6th - 8th grades
Math, Geometry, Holidays/Seasonal

This resource includes two different math crossword puzzles about Pi Day and features 20 words that have to do with pi or circles. One crossword includes a word bank which makes it easier to solve while the more challenging one does not.  Even though the same vocabulary is used for each crossword, each grid is laid out differently. Answers keys for both puzzles are included.

Subject Verb Agreement Grammar Worksheets for Distance Learning - $4.00

By Charlene Tess
9th - 12th grades
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas

Learning to make subjects and verbs agree in number is an important writing skill. This exercise helps students determine the subject and the verb and make them agree.

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