Monday, February 19, 2018

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Super Sentences with Tommy”

by Kyp McLaren
Kindergarten - 4th Grade

These writing forms are similar to my Monster Sentence forms, except they feature "Tommy" the Super Hero. 
To help my students learn to expand sentences in writing we begin with a graphic organizer called Super Sentences. We begin by making a list of creatures. After making a list of creatures each child chooses one and then describes the creature in the describe box on the graphic organizer. They continue filling in the graphic organizer moving across the page to the right. After filling in the organizer I have them write their sentences or stories on the monster paper.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Teacher Talk's FEATURED AUTHORS: A Trifecta of Authors, Resources & Freebies! February 2018

This month's Teacher Talk Featured Authors are three amigas! Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern and Retta London of Rainbow City Learning, both organizers of TBOTEMC's monthly Teacher Talk blog link up and Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs, Teacher Talk's Featured Author Editor. They secretly wish they could've taught together but are separated by geography. Here they are, united in spirit

Read about this creative threesome, their products (shhhh...there's a secret sale going on!), and their freebies below. 

Hi, I'm Deann from Socrates Lantern. I taught SPED for many years and for most of that time I taught emotionally handicapped middle schoolers. My heart went out to them, mostly because of their tough and unfair homelives. Eventually, this took it's toll on me and burnout was inevitable. Since I have double certification, I can teach both SPED and Regular Ed. My dream job opened up when I was offered a 6th grade ELA/Social Studies position and got to co-teach with my best friend. Creating exciting lessons that would turn kids on to ancient history and make it come alive was my new challenge. I so loved seeing the excitement on their faces when they wrote and acted in plays, held debates, trials, and brought in mud bricks to school to make a class ziggurat. 

Now I'm retired and a full time teacherpreneur. I just had my new website built and am so excited to share my knowledge and products with everyone. I'll be starting an email series soon and would love to have you sign up. You'll receive entrance to my FREE resource gem library!

I'm Tracy from Wild Child Designs. My 24 year teaching career has been varied and fun. I've taught k-8 music, directed choirs, taught grades 2-6 and newcomers, and I've been a literacy coach. Currently I teach in a self-contained fifth grade classroom. Jon Muir taught us that all things in nature are connected. If you tease out one thread of a web, all organisms feel that vibration. I believe the nature of learning is like that, too. Deep down, we're all wild children. My passion is connecting core subjects and the arts into rigorous and fun projects. At my blog, Wild Child's Mossy Oak Musings, I write about project-based learning and math, reading and writing workshops. Currently, implementing Visible Thinking Routines and reading about creativity research make my little teacher heart beat faster. 

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Hi friends! It's Retta. Forever a teacher, I am enjoying retirement here in Michigan. My blog and TpT shop are both named for Rainbow City, the classroom I shared with m third, fourth, and fifth graders for many magical years.

During my classroom years, I loved really getting to know my kids as people and learners. I found that the empowerment of my students was the key to reaching and teaching them. Project-based learning and authentic assessment are my passions in the classroom. Out of the classroom now, I love volunteering in the schools and staying in touch with what's important to teachers and to kids. I enjoy sharing the lessons and units that made a difference for m own upper elementary students, as well as developing new ones that make a difference for yours! Grounded in research and kid-approved, resources from Rainbow City Learning offer creativity and fun, served with rigor and attention to learning standards.

As a Teacher Talk blogger, I get to peek into classrooms across the country and explore new ideas in education. Collaborating with other teachers is inspiring. I look forward to talking with more of you on social media sites!

Best-Seller Resources

Some of our best-selling resources are pretty perfect for April's Poetry Month. Even better, we've put them on sale this week,  just for you!

This resource is a gorgeous art project, poetry writing, descriptive language and biography poppy-licious project. I've used it to counteract the Standard Testing Blues. It kicks off our Poetry Month festivities. Click picture to view!

My Poetry Portfolio contains 11 of my favorite poetry forms with templates and examples to get your kids excited about creating poetry of their own. It's perfect for use as a 4-6 week unit, or use it at intervals throughout the year! Click the picture to view. 

Don't you just love the smell of spring in the air? When I think of spring, I think of poetry. What better way is there to teach this genre than to take a group of kids outside, have them lie under a tree and write a poem. This resource will inspire your students, just as it did mine!

Our Favorites

We know, we know. Teachers aren't supposed to have favorites, but we couldn't help ourselves. These faves are also on sale for this week!

I love Storybook STEAM because it is rigorous and fun. The mini-poster prompts invite students to think outside the box and to plan a project as an individual or a group. It uses classic tales and adds problem solving and critical thinking to the mix. Teachers say,  "Incredible resource!" Click picture to view!

Have you ever gone to sleep and dreamed about lesson plans? This resource is dream-created. Students learn about Piet Mondrian & plasticism, view Mondrian-inspired examples and explore the fractional amounts in each painting. Decimals and percentages make an appearance, too. Using fractional parameters, students create their own Mondrian-inspired artwork. Students love this and teachers say, "We used this PBL unit in math, and it's the kids' favorite project all year (and mine!)." Click the picture to view!

This is what you've been looking for because it's the end of the year, and you've run out of steam. You're ready for summer, but you want to reward your students with something meaningful and special. This is a unique resource offers awards with thought-provoking growth mindset statements from various philosophers, artists, scientists, historians, psychologists, writers, and more. There's an award to fit every student!

Last, But Not Least...FREEBIES!

We love our students and our resources, but we love teachers, too. These are our favorite freebies...because we love you!

Looking to settle your ELA classes down as they come into the room? Do you want to reinforce concepts taught in class? These FREE 5 Minute English Warm-ups that come with complete lesson plans, as well as worksheets and a writing prompt will be your new best friend!

This product sample, Raise Your Hand Poster with friendly Dot Dudes will encourage your students to find their own special voices and the confidence to speak out.

Small-group instruction is a powerful teaching tool. It's also a challenging tool to implement. This freebie will help you plan and organize your small group teaching. Click picture to download!

Before we say, "Adios, amigos," we hope you'll visit with us again. You can find us lurking at Starbucks, face-timing in the pedicure chair, and hatching plans to take over the world... or, you could just check out our social media links below. 

Deann of Socrates Lantern

Tracy of Wild Child Designs

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Animal Tracks Book Activity”

by Loreen Leedy
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

This free packet has animal tracks and several baby animals to draw, color, and/or label from Step by Step, my new nonfiction picture book for PreK to 1st graders. In the book readers see a set of tracks, guess what animal may have made them, then turn the page to find out. Great extention activities for baby animal units, habitats, and other nature themes. 

This packet includes:
sea turtle hatchling
rabbit kitten
penguin chick
armadillo pup
alligator hatchling
ostrich chick
elephant calf

Additional animals are featured in the book; more facts about the animals are in the back matter. The publication date for Step by Step is May, 2018. The realistic illustrations and simple text makes it a great read-aloud and useful for very young readers. Please request it from your librarian. A board book is also available without back matter. Published by Holiday House.

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Loreen Leedy
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

FREE MATH LESSON - “FREE Math Problem Solving Assessment Pack”

by Laura Candler
2nd - 6th Grade

The 22-page Problem Solving Assessment Pack includes two tests, a pretest and a posttest, designed to help you assess your students' math problem-solving abilities. The pretest data will enable you to determine where to begin with your problem-solving instruction; the posttest data will help you track their progress later. A unique feature of this test is that it requires students to draw pictures to show how they are solving the problems. You'll be amazed at what you can learn from those pictures! Administering this test will also help you differentiate instruction after you analyze the results. This freebie has just been updated with a new cover and new clipart, but the math problems and answer keys are the same.

** If you like this freebie, please rate it and leave a comment. Thanks so much! **


Need the Metric System Version?
I also have a version of this freebie that uses metric measurement. Download a PDF of that freebie here: Problem Solving Assessments - International Version

More Problem Solving Resources!
If you like this freebie, check out my Daily Math Puzzler books. The Daily Math Puzzlers Combo includes all four ebooks listed below and is designed for a single classroom. Each items is also sold separately. You can preview each one from the pages below. Buying all four together as a combo will save you over $10 and will make it easy to differentiate for varying levels of instruction. 
Daily Math Puzzlers Level A
Daily Math Puzzlers Level B
Daily Math Puzzlers Level C
Daily Math Puzzlers Level D

--->Daily Math Puzzlers Combo

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Friday, February 16, 2018

FREE MATH LESSON - “Snowman Multiplication”

by Pitner's Potpourri
2nd - 4th Grade

Students draw a card and set a timer for five minutes. If the correct answer is given, they keep the card. If it's incorrect, they put the card back in the pile. If a snowman card is drawn, all the cards are put back in the pile. The winner has the most cards when the timer goes off or all of the cards are out of the pile.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

FREE MATH LESSON - “Lucky Leprechaun Snatch Game”

by One Room Schoolhouse
1st - 4th Grade

This is a simple snatch game that students can play in pairs to practice addition or multiplication. This is a perfect addition to your math workstations.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 - 2/14/18

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!

In addition, if you're a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) that would like to join the Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 team, click here to get more information about joining TBOTEMC.  Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, as I'd be happy to help in any way possible.

Don't forget, too, to visit all of the WW5U5 Stores during the TpT Site-Wide Sale on February 14th and 15th for great deals!

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

This bundle includes three great text sets that will challenge your students to provide textual evidence in their responses. The first set uses two presidential speeches (one by President Kennedy and one by President Obama) and has students compare the purposes of each speech. The second set is an informational prompt dealing with climate change, while the third text set asks students to pull from works by Poe and Fitzgerald to analysis how literary devices affect mood.

By 180 Days of Reading
Reading; Grades K-2

This is a great way to practice fluency with your beginning readers! The stories will help your readers learn phonics and grow to be stronger in their abilities!

By Sally Hansen - Purposeful Plans
Classroom Management; Grades 1-12

Rewards for your students! Coupons are a great way to encourage positive behaviors in the classroom. There are 20 black and white tickets on individual pages and an editable template.

Speech Therapy / Vocabulary; Grades K-4

Vocabulary games help students practice words and word relationships in a format that adds a little fun. Try this matching game for Categories, Adjectives, Adverbs, Synonyms, and Antonyms by simply cutting the popsicles in half, placing the specific group of popsicles up-side-down on the desk, and having students take turns looking for a match.

By All About STEM
ELA / Problem Solving; Grades 1-5

This Storytime STEM pack brings the joy of reading and the creativity of STEM together. These challenges are NGSS aligned and can be adapted to fit any classroom K-6. This STEM pack incorporates the following stories: The Cat in the Hat, 21 Elephants and Still Standing, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs.

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