Friday, June 30, 2023

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Summer Writing & Parts of Speech Center Activity: Writer’s Shopping Spree”

by Teacher's Palette
3rd - 6th Grade

This is a free sample of a writing activity that helps familiarize students with parts of speech, similes, metaphors, and transitions. The complete bundle can be purchased at 50% off here: Writer's Shopping Spree Bundle by Teacher’s Palette

Instead of going on a regular shopping spree, students get to see how fun it can be to go on a “writer’s work-shopping spree”! This activity invites students to “shop” for words in each of seven “stores,” with each store selling a different type of word or phrase (i.e., nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, similes, metaphors, and transitions). Students are then challenged to use as many of the words as they can to write a cohesive narrative, keeping in mind that words with a higher “price tag” will be more challenging to include. Once they have finished their story, students can add up the prices of all of the words that they managed to include and find out the total “value” of their story. Finally, students are challenged to see if they can revise their story and add any other colorful words or phrases. I have found that this exercise is not only a fun way to help get students’ creative juices flowing, but it also helps to solidify their understanding of the different parts of speech and literary phrases. For some reason, students find it thrilling to add up their “receipts” as they go, and it’s great to see their enthusiasm when they blurt out something like, “Ooh—I just thought of how I can use another transition!” [Note: Students do not need to have mastered their parts of speech in order to do this activity. Seeing the samples in each “store” helps them to get the ‘feel’ for the different parts of speech, without using any grammar terminology]. The shopping analogy helps motivate students to evaluate and revise their own writing, rather than rushing to state that they are done as soon as they’ve completed the bare minimum. It is also a fun way to reinforce the fact that successful writers use plenty of colorful words and phrases to enhance their writing. (Once the students have added plenty of color to their writing through the use of detail, they can also literally color in the illustrations on the student handout pages to decorate their story for display on a bulletin board). The students love to read their classmates’ stories to see how different they all are, even though everyone started with the same beginning.

Your download includes:
1) Instructions and suggestions for using the Writer’s Shopping Spree system
2) A color poster of the downtown “stores” (nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, similes, metaphors, and transitions), which can be projected at the front of the room to help students “shop” for words and brainstorm ideas while writing their rough drafts
3) A 3-page student handout with illustrations of each storefront along with the corresponding set of words for each store, ranging from less difficult words to more challenging ones
4) An additional store poster (also in color) with blank word/price tags, in case you would like to create a writer’s shopping spree of your own, with the words that you are currently covering in class (This can be used over and over, with different words written in each time).

** If you enjoy this free sample, you might also like the year-long package: Writer's Shopping Spree BUNDLE, by Teacher’s Palette

**Other seasonal writing activities are also available individually here: Resources for Teaching English Language Arts, by Teacher’s Palette

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Sleep Stages, Cycles, and Sleep Deprivation: AP Psychology/Brain Science Lesson”

by Stress Less with Susan
9th - 12th Grade

Use this lesson packet for your Biological Bases of Behavior units in A.P psychology or science.

If you want to teach about sleep deprivation and what it can do to you, use this freebie for an engaging lesson!

This worksheet corresponds with my web page about sleep stages, cycles, and what happens when you don't get any! You will learn about a radio DJ that was kept awake for a really, really, long time, on the air, in front of the public!

This is part of my Brain Science series. Each "bite-sized" lesson is written to be more fun and engaging than a text book and doesn't overwhelm students with too many details that go beyond the point of the particular lesson. Smaller chunks make it feel less overwhelming and are easier to remember!

Included in this resource is:

  • A link to the webpage that contains the text.
  • Review questions (multiple choice)
  • Answer Key


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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

FREE MATH LESSON - “Decimal Place Value Practice: Standard, Word, and Expanded Form”

by Love Learning
4th - 6th Grade

This free Decimal Place Value Center Activity is the perfect way to practice reading and writing decimals to the thousandths place in standard, word, and expanded form! This resource includes two different versions for easy differentiation.

Ideas for Use:

  • Print on card stock and laminate for durability. Students can use an expo marker to write over the lamination.
  • Use as a small group formative assessment
  • Have students work in partners to check each other's work.

Common Core Standard:

  • 5.NBT.A.3a

This resource is INCLUDED in my Read and Write Decimals Bundle

>>Also Available: Daily Decimal - 50 Scaffolded Practice Pages<<


Take a look at my other fifth grade math lessons:

• Math Pumpkin - A Decimals Drawing Activity

• Whole Number Division (NBT Standards)

• Expressions, Variables, and Order of Operations (OA Standards)

• Coordinate Planes and Numerical Patterns (OA Standards)

• Line Plots

• Measurement

• Geometry (G Standards)

• Fractions Bundle

• Fifth Grade Constructed Response Sheets

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• Math Interactive Notebook Bundle

• Math PowerPoint Lessons Bundle

• 5th Grade Math Units for the YEAR

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Wednesday Weekly 5 under $5 - 6/28/2023


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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Summer Multiplication Bump Games - $3.00

by Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell
2nd - 4th grades
Printables, Games, Centers

Summer Multiplication Bump Games are the perfect way to get your students excited about math and make learning multiplication facts fun! With one game per fact set from x2 to x12, there are 11 color games and 11 ink-saving black and white games. This highly versatile resource is great for differentiating your instruction, engaging the whole class, or providing dedicated math centers or sub tubs.

French: Les Animaux Marins Coloring - $3.00

by Urbino12
PreK - 6th grades
Worksheets, Activities

This French product is about sparking an interest for ocean animals in young children. 
Your students will be able to trace the French word and color these eighteen ocean animals in French ! Animals are depicted in their natural habitat. Vocabulary words depicted in this file are: dauphins, hippocampes, requins, poulpe, baleine, phoque, poissons, espadon, crabes, homard, palourdes, moules, méduses, calmars, étoiles de mer, anguille, pastenague et limule.

by All-American Teacher Tools
4th - 12th grades
Printables, Task Cards, Centers

I've done all the work for you! Each date has a STEM-related discussion-starter that you can use as an introduction, conclusion, or fill-in when needed. Each day includes what happened on that date, a bit of information for your students, an appropriate image, and a thought-provoking question for discussion. You can even post this as a journal-entry prompt! Each date is connected to further information links for your use, or a student's independent learning. History teachers - each of the entries has an historical reference! If you need to incorporate STEM into your social studies lessons, this is a very easy way to do that.

Simple Machines - $4.00

by Sunshine and Laughter by Deno
2nd - 4th grades
Worksheets, Games, Posters

This low prep resource includes colorful, engaging posters to introduce the six simple machines - screw, pulley, lever, wheel & axle, wedge, and inclined plane. Use these posters whole group and then display them as anchor charts on your Science wall for your students to continue to refer to for extra support. Also included are sorting cards that your students will sort under the correct simple machine. This is a quick way to check for understanding. Place these cards in your Science stations for continued practice. 

Summer Reading Comprehension Learning Center: People in Action - $4.00

by Mickey's Place
K - 1st grades 
Activities, Assessment, Centers

Looking for a summer center to reinforce reading comprehension for K-1 students.  Then this simple game of matching  people in action verbs,  to the sentence that describes the action (verb) is what you are looking for.  Active learning and perfect partner game!

As always, I encourage comments and any ideas or suggestions by emailing me at

Renee Heiss

All-American Teacher Tools

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FREE MATH LESSON - “FREE Addition Puzzle BOOM CARDS - Gaming theme”

by Jo Jo's Jungle
1st - 3rd Grade

Boom cards are perfect for distance learning. They are digital "flashcards" in game form. They also give you great data! You can assign them to a full class or individually enabling you to provide intervention while we are not in the classroom. Be sure to download the free preview!

New to Boom Learning? Check out this video that explains all about using Boom Cards™.

Set includes addition practice:

  • Students will enjoy putting this puzzle together to practice addition facts.

***See a FULL set of MENTAL MATH with 7 puzzles here.***

Using Boom Cards:

To use Boom Cards, you must be connected to the Internet. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). Apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. For security and privacy, adults must have a Boom Learning account to use and assign Boom Cards. You will be able to assign the Boom Cards you are buying with "Fast Pins," (play provides instant feedback for self-grading Boom Cards). Fast Play is always a free way for students to engage with Boom Cards decks. For additional assignment options you'll need a premium account. If you are new to Boom Learning, you will be offered a free trial of our premium account. Read here for details:

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Monday, June 26, 2023

FREE MATH LESSON - “Math Problem Solving: Mindsets Matter Webinar Handouts (Free)”

by Laura Candler
3rd - 6th Grade

These note-taking handouts were created for my webinar, Math Problem Solving: Mindsets Matter. During that session, I shared engaging strategies to help students overcome math anxiety and develop a growth mindset toward problem solving. I examined the research related to 6 commonly-held beliefs about math, and the implications of that research for the mathematics classroom. Participants learned specific cooperative learning strategies to boost math achievement in ALL students, including IPC Problem Solving and Share-Share-Compare. Download this webinar note-taking outline to learn more about what I covered during this session. To find out when the next live presentation is scheduled, visit

Professional Development Webinar Pack Details
If a live webinar is not scheduled, you can watch a replay by purchasing my Math Problem Solving: Mindsets Matter Webinar PD Pack. It includes a webinar replay to watch online, a downloadable video you can watch offline, and an audio Mp3 if you'd like to listen to the presentation. The pack also includes links to helpful printables, a printable PDF of the webinar slides and the webinar note-taking outline.

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

FREE MATH LESSON - “Number Puzzles: 1-20 {Free Sample Set}”

by Polliwog Place
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

This Number Puzzle Set is a fun and engaging way for students to practice ordering numbers 1-20. Students complete the puzzle by placing the pieces in number order. Choose puzzles with 5 or 10 pieces.

Ways to Use:

Use these Number Puzzles in math centers, small groups, or independent work.

What is included:

⭐ 2 Number Puzzles with 5 Pieces

⭐ 2 Number Puzzles with 10 Pieces

⭐ Teacher Directions and Tips

⭐ Color and BW

Grade Levels:

PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade students who are working with counting, naming, and ordering numbers 1-20.

Target Skills:

✔️ Count to 20.

✔️ Recognize and name numbers to 20.

✔️ Order numbers to 20.

Prep Time:

This is a low-prep activity. You can simply print, cut apart the puzzle pieces, and go. Use cardstock and laminate for durability. 

Thank you! -- Polliwog Place


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