Sunday, May 31, 2020

FREE MATH LESSON - “Volume and Mass Scoot~ CCSS”

by Teaching MrsT
3rd - 4th Grade

Practice volume and mass in a fun way with this Volume and Mass Scoot. It is aligned to CCSS 3.MD.2. Students will be solving problems using liters, kilograms, and grams. They will also read beakers and choose units of measure.

~Mrs. T

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

FREE MATH LESSON - “Bar Graph Quiz”

by The Owl Teach
2nd - 5th Grade

This mini-assessment (10 questions) tests student ability to read and analyze a bar graph. Great to use for formative or summative assessment!

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Friday, May 29, 2020

FREE digital activities for The Very Impatient Caterpillar

Whether you are a parent doing homeschool lessons, a teacher assigning digital lessons, or we're all back in the classroom, a digital picture book challenge will keep your students learning and practicing many literacy skills in an engaging way.

The Very Impatient Caterpillar is a laugh out loud story about a little caterpillar who doesn't know much about metamorphosis. Here's a link to the story on Storytime with
 Ryan & Craig: 

This FREE digital challenge for The Very Impatient Caterpillar has 4 challenges for students to complete. They'll need a piece of paper and a pencil to write mystery words and letters they'll discover as they solve each challenge.

The story video and challenges #1 and #2 are Google Slides with moveable pieces.

 The video link is filtered through SafeYouTube so there are no ads or any other distractors.

For challenge #1, students put the story events in order. When they finish, they go to the next slide and move the magnifying glass around to find a hidden message. The message tells them that the letters in red make a word from the story. 

Challenge #2 is a nonfiction passage about metamorphosis with questions. The letters of their answers make a word from the story.

Challenges #3 and #4 are Google Forms. Students must answer correctly before moving on to the next question. For challenge #3, they determine if the statement is a fact or an opinion. They are given the mystery letter when they finish.

For challenge #4, students answer multiple-choice questions about the story. After the questions are answered, they are given the mystery letter to write on their paper.

Now it's time to crack the final codeword. Students should have two mystery words and two mystery letters on their scratch paper. 

Answer keys and directions for assigning via Google Classroom and Google Drive are included.

These activities are for 2nd and 3rd graders. 

This digital picture book challenge can be downloaded from my TpT store:

If you like this free challenge, check out more picture book challenges that each have six tasks.

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Character Trait Synonym Games and Practice with the Common Core”

by Chrysti's Class
3rd - 5th Grade

Your students will be engaged with these easy-to-prepare games as they learn 24 new character traits and synonyms. There are 6 sets of 4 synonyms ranging from easy to challenging. Students play a game using illustrations as clues to judge the character trait that belongs with the correct picture. This is a great game for your ESL student. They then move on to a synonym matching game where they can compare the 24 character trait synonyms they just learned. A practice sheet assesses student understanding by asking them to read a trait, think of a synonym and then use it in a sentence.

This Packet Contains...

. Common Core State Standards
. Objectives, Essential Questions, and Preparation Direction
. 2 Game Boards
. 24 Word Cards
. Student Answer Key
. Word and Sentence Practice Sheet

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Thursday, May 28, 2020


Ok, it's not that I'm excited people are still arguing over keeping marine mammals in captivity. I don't like conflict. They are, by the way. Marine mammals are increasingly being held in captivity. And, even though a lot has changed since 2013's documentary Blackfish, did you know that killer whales continue to be sold worldwide, ending up in tanks at new amusement parks that are not nearly as nice as Sea World?! Anyway, that's not what I'm excited about. I'm excited about finally finding the PERFECT argument that contains it all: claims, counterclaims, reasoning that is sometimes sound and sometimes not (sides call each other's reasoning "fallacious"), so much evidence you could call sufficient, and some evidence that is quite possibly irrelevant.
Finding an argument like this for your critically thinking students to evaluate is extremely hard to come by! I've read a lot of argumentative informational text, and it's not easy to find all the things students are supposed to learn how to do in Common Core State Standard RI.8, which states:

This is RI.8.8: "Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced."

This lesson meets so many standards in Reading Informational Text, Reading in Science & Technical Subjects, and even Reading in History/Social Studies. You could say this is EXACTLY what the creators of Common Core were going for!!! It is really engaging and kids become the most active of learners.
Check out the lesson! It is great for middle schoolers, high schoolers, heck even adults!



Better Than a Book Report! Students Must Examine How a Character Thinks & Feels.

Reading Literature Activity Character

Teacher Example (For The Diary of Anne Frank)

Follow These Easy Steps:
1) Student selects a literary character or teacher selects characters for students.

2) Students take about five minutes to brainstorm any ideas they have about what is likely going on inside their characters' minds such as: recurring thoughts, fears, joyful thoughts, strong memories, recent feelings, recurring images, dreams, convictions they live by, things they say a lot, how their minds work, etc. Students can make lists or quickly jot down ideas on a scratch piece of paper.

3) Using the template provided below, students turn their ideas into images, quotations, and miscellaneous "thoughts" going on in their characters' minds. The final product should be visually appealing and neat. In my example below, I focused on about 13 total "thoughts" going on in the mind of Anne Frank.

Examples Made by ALL Ages:

Reading Literature Idea
You can turn it into a silhouette!

8th grade reading literature activity

8th Grade Student Example: Get Inside the Mind of a Character

7th grade reading literature activity

7th Grade Student Example: Get Inside the Mind of a Character

template reading literature activity

Template: Get Inside the Mind of a Character

Looking for High-Interest ENGAGING READING for your students? WANT TO HAVE THEM PRACTICE ALL 10 READING INFORMATIONAL TEXT STANDARDS? Students keep reporting how much they LOVE the texts!!! TRY BOTH VOLUMES:

ELA & Literacy in Science Middle School Text & Tasks: The Science Behind Ice Cream

In my FUN-YET-EDUCATIONAL reading informational text and tasks lesson that gets students to meet several standards for Reading in Science & Technical Subjects plus Writing, & also having fun learning all about the science behind ice cream (plus the procedure for making their own ice cream), they learn that:

Here are 5 Cool Facts About Ice Cream (students will learn in my lesson):

1. Long before modern refrigeration and freezers, around 200 BC, the Chinese enjoyed a frozen mixture of milk and rice sweetened with syrup. It was made frozen by pouring snow mixed with an ancient salt over the ingredients. Roman Emperors have been known to have snow retrieved from mountaintops in order to create the finest chilled delicacies. The Ancient Greeks, around the year 400 AD, ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in Athens. 
2. Scientifically, ice cream is a complex substance that you would never find in nature. In order to create a smooth, creamy concoction and then freeze it in place, you must use a special technique. You must whip together and freeze the ingredients all at the same time in order to create and suspend the most important ingredient  – air bubbles! Under normal circumstances, if you simply mixed the ingredients in ice cream together, they would quickly separate apart. The fat globules from the milk would rather stick together than be spread out among ice crystals, air bubbles, sweeteners, and flavorings. To truly make it an emulsion, a mixture of liquids in which one liquid is scattered throughout the other but is not dissolved, you can whip up the ingredients to really spread them out. 
3. In addition to being an emulsion, ice cream is also considered a foam. A foam is a light mass of fine bubbles formed in liquid. When the ingredients in ice cream are whipped together, air bubbles get beaten into the mixture. Often in an ice cream maker, a blade will continuously move throughout the mixture to aerate it, or move air through it. Air makes up between a third and a half of the total volume of ice cream! 
4. One key to freezing this foamy emulsion – whether in an ice cream maker or in a plastic baggie – is to freeze it quickly so that the liquid ingredients turn into ice crystals and “trap” all the other ingredients and air bubbles in place. While the ingredients are being whipped together, the liquids will only turn into ice crystals if they are cooled with something that is even colder than ice. That is why rock salt is added to the ice that surrounds the barrel in ice cream machines or in the baggie of ice you can use to make ice cream yourself at home. 
5. Adding salt to ice artificially lowers the freezing point of water. This is called freezing-point depression. The discovery of this principle was a real game-changer in the history of ice cream making. Before this, people had to make do with mixing ingredients with snow and ice to make a chilled delicacy. But once people discovered how to lower the freezing point of liquids (by adding rock salt to ice), they could not only chill their mixture – they could freeze it. And that is how we got ice cream!

So, please get this very thorough, full-of-standards-based-activities, lesson today!

In addition to summarizing central ideas, writing to explain the scientific procedure of how ice cream is made, writing a narrative about an ice cream incident, learning scientific vocabulary, citing evidence, getting the recipe for homemade ice cream in a baggie, and even doing a fun Mad Lib activity about ice cream, students fill out this graphic organizer in the lesson:


FREE MATH LESSON - “FREEBIE! Ladybug Math: Fill in the Missing Numbers {skip counting}”

by Ainsley Karl
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

A fun freebie to use with your Pre-School or Kindergarten students. Use this printable as homework, morning work or for early finishers. Students not only practice number order but also handwriting!

This freebie contains...
✤ Count by 1's
✤ Count by 5's
... and a blank page for you to have your students count by anything you want!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020


by Janine Every
1st - 2nd Grade

ABC Order practice has never been so yummy! This FREEBIE is a fun way for your students to practice this important skill.

Words Include: blueberry, bubble gum, chocolate, mint chip, peach, pistachio, rocky road, strawberry, & vanilla

Answer Key and Challenge Activity Included as well.

**Please take a moment to rate this product after downloading. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Have fun teaching!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

FREE MATH LESSON - “Rolling and Sliding”

by Michelle Walker
1st - 3rd Grade

A practical activity in which students will learn to describe and sort 3-dimensional objects according to whether they have curved or flat surfaces and whether they can roll or slide.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

May 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It's May already, time sure flies.   Time to stop by and see what our teaching friends are doing during the school closures. This is the last link-up for this school year. We'll see you again in August.

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