Sunday, March 31, 2019


Making Inferences - Task Cards
Making Inferences
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Inferencing can be a tricky skill for students to grasp. 
Students need to learn how to use the context clues
within the text to help them make inferences.  This 
product consists of 16 inferencing task cards that can
be used in a variety of ways.  One way to use these
inferencing task cards is to place them around your
room while students move through each task card 
where they will read the text and record their 
inferences and text evidence on the answer sheet.

This resource includes:
*16 inferencing task cards in color and black and white
*recording sheet for students
*answer keys

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FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “FREE Dental Health Sorting Activity”

by Teaching is a Work of Art
Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

This is a cut-and-paste dental health sorting activity (black and white)

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

The circus is back in town and it's gentle giants are here to help with fact families! Try this freebie and see how teaching fact families doesn't have to be a 3-ring circus! Simple as Act I and you're done! Get this freebie here:

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Free "To Kill a Mockingbird" Introduction Guided KWL Activity”

by Tracee Orman
8th - 12th Grade

FREE - To Kill a Mockingbird Introduction Guided KWL Anticipatory Activity 

Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for speaking and listening, reading, and writing.

This is a great introduction to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. This activity is fun for the students and gets them interested in the book right away. They will be anxious to read it to learn the answers the the questions they come up with themselves.

I provide a passage I wrote that the teacher reads and the students write the questions they want answered based on the reading passage. The passage is a nice tease, leading them into the book, but leaving lots of question marks. 

Students share their questions, then as they read the novel they will find the answers to their own questions. An excellent learning tool that is on-going throughout the novel.

This is included in my To Kill a Mockingbird Teaching Unit.

Created by Tracee Orman:
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Once your students read individual CVC and short vowel words (single syllable), it's time to put the words into sentences, right? This high interest resource offers sentence building cut and paste, unscrambling sentences, and writing simple sentences with the use of a CVC/short vowel word bank. These sentences do not stray from the CVC or short vowel content- all words follow the CVC  or short vowel patterns. The only sight words you will find are THE and A.
Another bonus included are short vowel posters and word lists. You can preview this resource by downloading some sample pages in the FREEBIE.
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Fact Family Family Fun: Fact Family Flip It!

What has three numbers, three symbols, and can bond a family together?  A fact family--when played with in the card game Fact Family Flip It! that is.

If you teach math in the third, fourth, fifth, or even sixth grades--or if you are a parent of a child in one of these grades--you've heard yourself say, "Please learn your math facts."  Actually, if you're like me, you've heard yourself beg, plead, and whine those words more than you care to remember.  I probably sound something like this:  "Pleeeeeeeeeez, pleez, please learn your math facts, sweetie, puh-leeeeezzzz."  But wait--there's more:  I grew even more frustrated and desperate as I realized that my students could finally remember basic multiplication facts, like 9 x 6 = 54, let's say, but (BUT), they had no idea that 54 DIVIDED by 6 was 9 or 54 DIVIDED by 9 was 6.  AND they thought of 6 x 9 as being completely separate and REMOTE from its sister, 9 x 6.  Ugh.

Top all of that frustration off with being expected to help fourth graders conquer standard algorithm long division, and you've got the makings of a teacher meltdown.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and I desperately needed a solution to the problem of kids not knowing and worse--not wanting to know their multiplication and division fact families.  Watching a set of children play War, I wondered how I could bring that level of intensity and engagement to a game involving targeted fact families.  Fact Family Flip It! was born.

Fact Family Flip It is easy to print, cut, store, and play.  Have fun with or without the included gameboard.

In Fact Family Flip It!, players vie to beat their competitors to fact recognition and card acquisition, and the game can get wild.  And loud.  And fun.  The more I played this game with my students and my tutoring charges, the more they wanted to play.  And the more they played, the more proficient they became with multiplication and division fact families.  An added benefit was that whining and stonewalling was replaced with excitement and BONDING over the game.  

Fact Family Flip It! is created in sets of--you guessed it--fact families.  Isolating the facts as students learn them is helpful, so I made sets of 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 12's, sold both separately and in bundles.  As kiddos master sets, they earn stickers and bracelets from the Fact Family Flip It! Celebration Kit (included with the bundles), and game sets can be combined for review.

Fact Family Flip It! is available in separate sets or in bundles.

One big benefit of this game is that kids don't get tired of it.  Instead, they're motivated to earn more points by weaning themselves off of the provided fact sheets or multiplication charts.  Can you imagine how much easier it would be for fourth graders to learn that bugaboo standard algorithm long division IF they actually knew their basic multiplication and division facts, instead of having to refer to a chart almost every step of the way?

This is my favorite part:  A huge added bonus benefit of Fact Family Flip It! is that instead of a child practicing math facts alone at a computer, they are engaged with other children and adults.  This game could be played at Family Game Night for an entire year, and I don't think kids would be weary of it!  In fact, I believe the competitive nature of the game lends itself extremely well to family bonding--over something that otherwise makes teachers whine, parents nag, and children cry.

So, what has three numbers, three symbols and the power to bring families together?  Fact families in Fact Family Flip It!, of course.

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “5 Crossword Puzzles/ A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix”

by Virtually Real
5th - 8th Grade

This set contains one PDF with five crossword puzzles based on words and phrases introduced in the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix.
An answer key is included as well as a word list.
The puzzles are not easy or in some cases strictly accurate or fair. Some prompts consist of direct definitions or synonyms while others are absurdly lengthy and non-literal references that would be useless without understanding the incident or quote in context.
So the puzzles work best for students who understand this absurdity from the beginning, and work in groups to discuss and "solve."
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Earth Day Save Our Species:Birds-A Reading, Writing, Craft Resource

I'm a bird lover, and if you live in New England, bird lovers like myself really appreciate the return of many different birds in the spring. If you don't take much notice of birds, you should! They are fascinating and beautiful creatures. Their colors, antics, and songs bring much joy to our days (and nights!). However, we shouldn't take their presence for granted. I've lived through times when American eagles were nearly extinct and north eastern bluebird populations drastically decreased (in the Northeast). We were able to regain the status of these birds to no longer being threatened, thank goodness! Still, there is a problem for other bird species who have made the "threatened " or "endangered" lists.  In keeping with the 2019  Earth Day theme, Protect Our Species, I put together this resource to educate and bring awareness  to the "bird situation". Hopefully, this will motivate your students to become advocates of the flora and fauna of this earth. Informational and creative!

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Reading Bookmark-I'm An All-Star Reader”

by Love2TeachKiz
Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Your students will love these awesome bookmarks. Reading is worth celebrating!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

We Teach So Hard...Episode 32 Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Sunshine is Yellow & National Poetry Month is COOL!

April is National Poetry Month and we at We Teach So Hard have collectively decided that it is one of our favorite months! Poetry can rock your readers and writers workshops. It doesn't have to be intimidating, and we show you how. This podcast is filled with fabulous ideas for incorporating poetry in your classroom. Be sure to check out our blog posts too! They are overflowing with FREE poetry ideas this week, just for you! From free verse to formulaic patterns, from reading strategies to writing tools, we've got you covered!

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READ DRAW WRITE Jelly Bean Shish-Ka-Bob Multiplication

FREEBIE...Your students needn't be Picassos to do this! Yes, there's some drawing involved to create equal groups, but the requirements are super simplistic. If they can draw basic shapes such as triangles and ovals (carrots, eggs, jelly beans, etc.), they can draw the pictures asked for. This is a really great way to introduce the class to multiplication and/or clarify the concept for those that are having some difficulty with it. All with an Easter theme. Master multiplication with the Easter Bunny's help! This freebie will give you a few samples taken from a larger product.
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Word and Number Fact Shape Writing for Spring FREEBIE

Get those creative juices flowing with a little shape writing for spring. I originally used these as brainstorm listers or graphic organizers for text/content that could be applied to writing pieces. Speaking of which, they can still be used for this purpose, especially since poetry month (April) will be here soon. However, whenever we did shape writing, the result was so pretty and unique
that I often used it as an activity on its own. (with no further purpose) I think your students will enjoy shape writing and you will be surprised how much it sparks their imaginations!
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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Kindness Journal”

by Rainbow City Learning
3rd - 5th Grade

Here is a free resource to help as you build your classroom community with a focus on being kind to each other.
A kindness journal is a wonderful way to focus on the positive in our lives at any time of the year. Noticing the ways in which we experience kindnesses offered by others and contemplating the ways we can choose to be kind is a joyful and validating exercise.
This resource contains two softly colored student lined and unlined journal pages and ten simple prompts. Plain white lined and unlined pages are also included, along with a front cover.

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Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 - 3/27/19

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 Scipi - Science and Math
Math; Grades 4-8

This five page handout targets identifying fractional parts as well as recognizing fractions in lowest terms using words. If each fractional part is correctly identified, when the students write the letters on the lines provided, a new word is created. Each set of new words becomes a message about the month of March.

By Under One Roof
Reading/Science; Grades 1-4

This is a science lesson plan on the concept of density. It is also includes 2 no prep literacy activities to go along with the story "A Bad Case of Stripes" by David Shannon. Reading an science in one? What a great idea!

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

This text set uses an excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" alongside a portion from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to provide students with a chance to demonstrate their literary analysis abilities. Background knowledge of either text is not necessary, and this assignment will strengthen your students experience with the idea of using the text to support their writing from short pieces, as most end-of-course or end-of-year assessments require. Modeled after AIR Testing, which is used in numerous states across the country, it would also fit well into a PARCC simulation. The text set itself is 3 pages long.

Character Education; Grades K-5

Growth Mindset Posters will inspire and encourage good thoughts about learning and citizenship! 15 bright and colorful posters to display in your classroom! More to be added and you will receive FREE updates when MrsQuimbyReads add more posters. These are full of artistic flair so they will be eye-catching in your classroom, and they are easy to download and print. 

Easter Puzzles - $3.00
By Urbino12
Vocabulary/Easter; Grades 3-7

Happy Easter! This resource has five Easter themed puzzles including a find the eggs maze, a word search with secret message, two double cross puzzles with pics and words to unscramble, Easter creatures - animals seen this time of year, the Easter meal and a fallen phrase puzzle with an Easter proverb. Answer keys included.  

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Kinder Color Game Board and Color Cards”

by Fun To Teach
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Get ready to have fun practicing colors with this great colorful game board and color cards. This 2 page kindergarten packet includes a gameboard and color cards for endless fun and color name practice. 

This kinder unit will definitely get your students motivated to learn through hands on activities that are so much FUN! 

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