Friday, June 5, 2020

FREE MATH LESSON - “Multiplication Madness: Square Puzzles for Basic Fact Practice (9's Times Table)”

by Chalkboard Creations
3rd - 5th Grade

***Note: This resource is perfect for creating Distance Learning opportunities for your students. #DistanceLearningTpT

This is a fun and simple game puzzle. Simply print and cut out the pieces. Students will have to use their basic fact knowledge of the nines multiplication tables to put the puzzle back together again. This fun game can be played over and over again and would be great for early finishers or for a math center!
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

FREE ELA: Distance Learning Figurative Language Frenzy WITH 10 ideas!!!

Distance Learning Figurative Language Frenzy

Who likes figurative language? Everybody does! (That's hyperbole.) The great thing about it is you can say something is something it's not and get away with it (using a metaphor)! When you're at a loss for words, just use "like" or "as" to try to explain what you mean (with a simile). You can make words out of sounds like a teacher's favorite "shhhhhh" (that's onomatopoeia). Plus, listen to just about any song and you'll hear figurative language because that's how awesome it is!

1. Let's Start By Defining Some Common Ones 
·        personification: attributing human traits and qualities to something not human, such as an animal. I don’t think Disney could exist without this!
·       similea comparison that uses “like” or “as” such as “I’m as hangry as a bear.”
·       metaphor: something is said to be something else or do something else in order to suggest a similarity between them. Like, “You are such an angel!”
·       idiom: a commonly used phrase that isn’t meant to be taken literally because then it would make no sense! For example, “He kicked the bucket” has nothing to do with kicking a bucket. These are troublesome when you’re learning a language.
·       hyperbole: The use of exaggeration for emphasis or to create a strong impression
·       onomatopoeia: The formation of a word by imitation of a sound made by an object, person, or animal like “woof, woof.”
·       dramatic irony: This is a little different than the term “irony” we throw around in everyday life. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something the characters don’t know which makes some glaring point and almost makes you wish you could talk to the characters to help them out! Like if a character says, “This is going to be the best day of my life” but we know he’s about to get robbed.
·       repetition: Quite simply, repetition is the repeating of a word or phrase. It is a common rhetorical device used to add emphasis and stress in writing and speech.
·       alliteration: the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. For example, the ice cream “Cocoa Mocha Macaroni”

2. Find a More Comprehensive List Like This One  I'm not only impressed they got the URL called "" but I'm also impressed by the sheer amount of literary terms they define. Holy smokes! I was thinking this could really help you if you want to make Literary Terms Bingo. For that you would make the bingo board with terms, and then instead of announcing the terms, you would announce the definitions. Sounds fun, right?

3. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: Ok, so I watched a LOT of videos online that attempted to teach figurative language, and I gotta say (sorry, but) they sucked. I couldn't recommend a single one. And then I got the idea to listen to the Christmas song about the Grinch and it's perfect! You can have students watch the video and ask them to find similes, metaphors, and hyperbole. There are two similes right off the bat, and then metaphor galore, and also hyperbole such as "I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!" Here are the rest of the words:

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch
You really are a heel
You're as cuddly as a cactus
You're as charming as an eel
Mr. Grinch
You're a bad banana
With a greasy black peel

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch
Your heart's an empty hole
Your brain is full of spiders
You've got garlic in your soul
Mr. Grinch
I wouldn't touch you
With a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole

You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch
You have termites in your smile
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile
Mr. Grinch

Given the choice between the two of you
I'd take the seasick crocodile
You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch
You're a nasty, wasty skunk
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk
Mr. Grinch
The three words that best describe you
Are as follows and I quote, "Stink, stank, stunk"
You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch
You're the king of sinful sots
Your heart's a dead tomato splotch
With moldy purple spots
Mr. Grinch
Your soul is an appalling dump heap
Overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable
Rubbish imaginable
Mangled up in tangled up knots
You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch
With a nauseous super-naus
You're a crooked jerky jockey
And you drive a crooked horse
Mr. Grinch
You're a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich
With arsenic sauce
Source: LyricFind/Songwriters: Albert Hague / Theodore S. Geisel/You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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4. FREE Figurative Language Frenzy Webquest: I made this with distance learning in mind and some great short reading selections I know of that contain figurative language galore, such as "All Summer in a Day" and "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury (which has the elusive, hard-to-find dramatic irony), Barack Obama's 2008 acceptance speech which repeats "Yes we can," Jack London's article about the 1908 San Francisco Earthquake/Fire that appeared in Collier's Magazine, and a modern-day article about the same event. You should get it for your students:
I know it looks a lot like the ad for this blog post. I just love these papers and elements I purchased from Theresa Hernandez, and I can't stop using them!

5.Song Lyrics: Song lyrics are PERFECT for finding figurative language. Ask students to share some examples, and they will be right on it!! Ask them to bring in lyrics and have the figures of speech already labeled and ready to share. And you may want to tell them to only bring in appropriate ones. Here are Kenny Chesney's lyrics I love that aren't really appropriate to share with kids (hypocrite?) but I want to share with you: "One bottle of wine, two dixie cups, three a.m. I fell in love, for the first time in my life." Oh my goodness, I got chills again writing that.

6. Jack London's stories, novels, and articles: This guy, in the early 1900s really knew his way around figurative language. For example, there's "To Build a Fire," "Stories of the North," "The Story of an Eyewitness," etc. Or how about use this FREE lesson I made and you don't even need the book for it. I did all the hard work of finding examples of figurative language in "The Call of the Wild" and then made a worksheet for kids to label them.
7. Alliteration Fun: Have you heard of Jack Prelutsky's poem "Bleezer's Ice Cream"? I just found it today and it's not only a funny list of ice cream flavors, but it is also full of alliteration. Check it out:

8. Which Simile Symbolizes Me?: Here's ANOTHER FREE lesson I wrote, and this time it has to do with writing. It gets students to write similes about themselves and then do a related mandala art activity. It is perfect for the end of the year. It is available in Google Slides or PDF. You should check it out:
Here's a sample more close up, and you can see more at my other blog post here:

9. Bragging and Boasting Using Similes and Hyperbole Writing ActivityAnd finally, if you're still reading, thank you for hanging in there! I give you yet again another FREE writing lesson that has always proven to motivate the most reluctant of writers and bring joy to the classroom (or home with Google Slides). It leads them step-by-step in writing about something they are okay at and making it sound like they are the best ever at it:
10. TWO MORE FREE READING LESSONS: Wow, I amaze myself that I give away so much for free, and it's really good stuff. These are for students to read "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury which are both packed with figurative language:


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Plant Fun using QR Codes”

by QR Queens
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Updated 7/6/2014

Learning about plants is so much fun when learning with QR Codes! There are so many interesting facts to learn and cute songs about plants!

This is an awesome activity that can be easily adapted to children of various ages and needs. It is also good for differentiation instruction. It's a great way to incorporate technology into the classroom.
*****This is a great product to try If your school/district blocks or filters certain internet sites.
If these QR codes work, then all of our products should work without any problems. The videos are from YouTube, but we have funneled them through the safeshare site so that students only see the video from the QR code. Safeshare keeps the videos clean from commercials, popups, and won’t allow students to surf the internet. When the QR code is scanned, students then hit play.


Check out our QR Codes (made in safe share) to explore the world of penguins! Just SCANthe QR Codes on the task card using any device with camera capabilities (such as a Smart Phone, iPad, iPod, etc.) and watch your students immediately become actively engaged while exploring and learning interesting facts about plants via songs and stories.
Directions for Use: Our products are made into two formats. We have a task card that QR Codes can be scanned using rear facing camera devices and we have QR Codes made into individual cards that can be cut apart to use with front facing camera devices. The individuals can be backed with construction paper or pretty scrapbook paper to fit the theme; these can also be placed around the room. Print, laminate or place in plastic sleeves for notebooks. You can also hook your device up to your smartboard for the whole class to view.

After viewing the QR codes (made in safe share), the students can be directed to the choice board activities and word bank to enrich their common core learning experience. These activities can then be easily used as formative assessment tools to help you make effective teaching decisions!
This product includes 6 pages:
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5. Individual QR codes (can be cut apart)
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

FREE MATH LESSON - “Sports Graph {freebie}”

by Kelly Caldwell
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

During this time of year when we’re still in the Madness of March basketball and on the brink of baseball season, your little sports fans will love this graphing freebie!
Use the header to make a large class graph. Children can cut out the smaller colored “baseball” or “basketball”, write their name under the ball and create the graph under the header. Discuss the graph as a class, and then distribute the worksheet to transfer & analyze the information.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020


A fabulous way to get students to think & write figuratively! Fun and meaningful, No Prep, amazingly free writing and art combo activity that gets students to think about themselves figuratively and symbolically. Students are provided with handouts that lead them step-by-step in answering questions about themselves, then making similes, then creating symbols. This all goes on their mandala, and samples are provided to inspire them.
Perfect for reluctant writers. Also
great for the end of the school year when there is more time to relax a little yet you still want to hold their attention.
Available in PDF or Google Slides for distance learning. Notes on ways to do this through distance learning are provided so it can easily be done in class or at home.
Teacher directions included. Samples that inspire included. Very thorough!
Fun yet meaningful because it gets students to write figurative language.

Check Out These Samples!

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Examples Made By ALL Ages
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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Handwriting Practice FREE: Grades 1,2,&3 Sample Distance Learning Print & Go”

by Primary Paradise
1st - 3rd Grade

Have you ever had a student who knows how to correctly form their letters, but doesn’t always take their time and write their neatest? What about the student who often forgets capitals, punctuation, and misspells words that are right in the text?
What would make my students take their time and be more careful?
Then, it hit me: JOKES! Kids love jokes! And Happy Handwriting was born.
How to use:
This pack is NO PREP meaning you can just print, copy, and go. I’d recommend copying back-to-back to save paper.
If you download this freebie, please leave some feedback. :)
As always, my goal is to make teaching a breeze!
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