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I am a teacher, blogger, and teacher trainer with more than 30 years of experience in education. I like to explore new possibilities to engage learners and enhance their learning experiences. I am the author of the blog, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century http://aysinalp.edublogs.org / where I share my reflections and insights on learning and technology.

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I am a teacher, blogger, and teacher trainer with more than 30 years of experience in education. I like to explore new possibilities to engage learners and enhance their learning experiences. I am the author of the blog, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century http://aysinalp.edublogs.org / where I share my reflections and insights on learning and technology.
Evaluating Websites
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Evaluating Websites

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The amount of information available on the Internet is astonishing, and it keeps growing. Therefore, students should learn this critical skill to determine whether the information they have found is relevant and reliable. In this unit based on evaluating websites students: * Read a text on website evaluation * Do a vocabulary activity on prefixes and suffixes * Answer the questions about the text * Visit a website and do the activities there to learn more about website evaluation * Choose a website among the ones given in the list and evaluate it by answering the questions in a graphic organizer * Prepare a 5–8 - minute oral presentation on it by using the information in the organizer and following the oral presentation guidelines * Evaluate their own oral presentation and their peers' by filling in the self and peer assessment forms * Prepare a leaflet on website evaluation for younger students. The lesson also includes two rubrics - one for the oral presentation and the other for the leaflet. This unit can be used with English Language Learners as well.
A Lesson on Growth Mindset
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A Lesson on Growth Mindset

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Because growth mindset is a critical element of success in school, I strongly believe that it should be taught to students. This is the lesson I prepared for my students. If you have time, at the end of this lesson you can ask your students to prepare a leaflet or a video for younger students to teach them growth mindset. For more information on growth mindset, you can vist my Pinterest board. https://tr.pinterest.com/shine58/growth-mindset/
Digital Citizenship Project Choice Board
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Digital Citizenship Project Choice Board

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This differentiated choice board will give your students the opportunity to learn about digital citizenship as well as practicing the 4 C’s (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication) . My students had great fun while doing this activity. You may do it in a different way but I allowed them to choose the task they want to work on and their partners to promote student voice and choice in the classroom. The activities in the first row (horizontal) are for groups of three, in the middle row for students who want to work individually, and the ones in the final row are for the students who want to work in pairs. You can assign the tasks in the middle row for a pair of low achievers in order to enhance collaboration as they are relatively easier and shorter. Please read the instructions to use this document which also includes the Google dRive link for the PDF document. Using the Drive link will give you the opportunity to share this document with your students digitally and edit it. On the second page there are discussion, vocabulary and reflection activities for the students to complete. I hope you and your students will enjoy it:)
CREATIVE BOOK REPORTS
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CREATIVE BOOK REPORTS

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Are you tired of boring worksheets and traditional book reports? Do you want to integrate 21st Century literacies into traditional literacy activities to engage your reluctant readers in fun, creative, and challenging tasks? Do you want to create colorful and eye-catching bulletin board displays - all created by your students - to impress your administrators and parents? Do you want to save yourself money and valuable time in planning? If you answered “YES” to these questions, then this 39-page Value Pack is ideal for you and your students. There are 6 creative book reports in this pack and each report consists of different tasks that require different types of creative writing and design. Students are asked to write poems, letters, a news report, journal entries, a book review, a blurb, a proposal for a film project, an obituary; design a newspaper, ads, comic strips, a film poster, an alternative book cover; create book trailers, digital presentations, a social media profile page for their favorite character, an ABC book, crossword puzzles; prepare and give a persuasive speech to sell their ideas; decorate a box, and many more other activities. The pack includes rubrics for each project. There also links for letter generators, comic creators, movie makers, digital posters, copyright-friendly image and audio resources, book trailer websites, etc. I give this pack to my students at the beginning of the school year. We study two novels in class per term and students read a book of their own choice each term. After they finish reading each novel, they choose one option from the pack and complete it according to the due dates I give them. They are free to choose the book report they want for each novel they have read but they have to choose a different one each time. So, by the end of the school year, they complete all the book reports in the pack. We display them in our classroom and in the hallway. I also post their book trailers and digital posters on our class blog and school website. If your students have iPads, you can ask them to use apps such as Book Creator. If you haven’t tried book trailers below, the following links may be helpful. http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/How+to+make+a+book+trailer http://library.conroeisd.net/book_trailers http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=13228%20 http://www.slideshare.net/bibliokat/book-trailers
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY, DIGITAL LITERACY, PROJECT-BASED LEARNING & MORE...
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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY, DIGITAL LITERACY, PROJECT-BASED LEARNING & MORE...

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This 33-page cross-curricular pack is ideal for the teachers who want to prepare their students for the requirements and the challenges of the century that we live in. The activities cover all the 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, effective communication, and problem-solving skills. After the warm-up activities, students watch an ecological rock opera on extinction and answer questions about it. They then • write a journal entry on how the lyrics relate to the problem in the story and how they give a powerful message, • write the lyrics of a new song for the rock opera, design a comic strip to convey the message of their song, • create a video about an animal facing extinction or an animation on environmental issues, • write a letter to one of the world leaders about environmental issues, • prepare a 10-minute Ted talk style speech on environmental problems and their solutions for them using the information they have learned, • conduct a school-wide project on an environmental issue of their own choice. All the activities are guided and students are given several resources to choose from to make a video or animation, to write the lyrics, to design a comic strip, to give an effective speech, and to prepare an effective presentation. Most of the activities require group work so that the students can improve collaboration skills. The pack includes a brief guide on how to collaborate effectively and why collaboration is an effective skill. There is also a teamwork rubric that evaluates each student’s performance as an effective team member. There is a rubric for each activity, self and peer evaluation forms, a reflection activity, and a learning journal for the students to fill in.
Video-based Creative Writing
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Video-based Creative Writing

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This four-page creative writing activity based on BBC's short video, 'The Supporting Act' is ideal both for ELA and ESL students. It includes two graphic organizers to scaffold writing a summary, before the creative writing activity. Play the video until 00:59 and ask your students to predict the rest of it. At the end of the creative writing project, you can also show this video https://vimeo.com/82282346 to your students for fun.
The Soundtrack of My Life
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The Soundtrack of My Life

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This is a fun beginning of the year activity to get to know your students and help them to readjust to the school system by doing a relaxing, fun activity. It is suitable for both virtual and face-to face learning. Including music in the activity will spice up your lesson while allowing your students to be creative. It will also allow them to reflect on their lives and share the turning points in their lives with the whole class and with you, which will help to you build positive relationships with them and build a positive classroom community. I posted the Power Point version here, and you can find the links for Google Slides versions in the Teachers Guide. Enjoy:) Please visit my shop at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/aysinalp58 to see more resources.
Be A Search Star: 21st Century Research Guide for KS1 & KS2
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Be A Search Star: 21st Century Research Guide for KS1 & KS2

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This 21st century research guide contains information on the Super3 and Big6 research skills, links to safe search sites and to videos on plagiarism, copyright, paraphrasing, citation for beginners, , Web 2.0 tools to conduct research effectively, graphic organizers, rubrics, checklists and a song on Super3. There is 1 ppt for Super3 and another one on the Big 6. Once your students master Super3 research skills, they can move on to the Big6 research process. You can use this guide to teach your students age-appropriate research skills. You can also post this guide on your school website or classroom blog.
THE PRESENT CREATIVE WRITING PACK
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THE PRESENT CREATIVE WRITING PACK

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Great print and teach vocabulary and writing practice for students based on the awesome video, The Present, which ran on over 180 short film festivals and won more than 50 awards. The activities include writing a summary, a tweet, a journal entry, a film review with a rubric, creating a word cloud, color-coding parts of speech, and filling in a vocabulary journal. The pack also includes some questions to enhance critical thinking skills and links that will help students write their film review. Suitable for ELL and ESL students as well.
Christmas-Themed Numbers Pack for Year 2
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Christmas-Themed Numbers Pack for Year 2

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This 11-page Christmas themed pack includes game-based resources and activities on representing numbers 1-100 creatively, skip counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, comparing and ordering numbers 1-100 and place value in 2-digit numbers. You can use it to review the Numbers unit in class or assign it during the holiday break. My students loved the Christmas images and enjyed the games. I hope your students will love them, too.
Greta Thunberg: A Young Protester Changing the World
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Greta Thunberg: A Young Protester Changing the World

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Here is a complete unit based on a real life character to enhance your students’ viewing, listening, speaking and presentation skills while teaching them about global issues. The questions in the tasks are differentiated addressing both low order and higher order thinking skills and all the tasks have been designed to enhance your students’ critical and creative thinking skills. With one click, you can add or delete tasks/questions based on your students’ abilities or interests. Alternatively, you can assign different tasks to different groups of students to differentiate learning, and have them share their work with the rest of the class at the end of each task. Please try to use the Google slides version in this link https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FA_QYPwXqUOP1pxWcsVCPkRIk6lcxPrZH9qX_lx31qg/edit?usp=sharing instead of the Powerpoint in the attachment to make your lesson come alive . Your students will love the theme-based slides with videos, talks, gifs, and pictures and you will be amazed with their high interest level and engagement. Click File on the top left and Make a Copy and save the editable version of the slides in your Drive to be able to edit it. If possible, share the link in Google Classroom and choose “Make a copy for each student” so that your students can work digitally on the slides. Almost all the graphic organizers and worksheets are digital and your students can submit their work to you via Google Classroom after they have finished them. If you don’t want to do that, all of them are printable. You can print out all the graphic organizers and worksheets and give them to your students.
21st Century Research Guide for Middle & High School Students
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21st Century Research Guide for Middle & High School Students

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Digital literacy is more than knowing about how and when to use the tools. It is the ability to process information by locating, understanding, analyzing, evaluating, creating, and sharing it using digital technology. In the past, we used to do it with printed materials, but now technology provides access to a much wider range of learning resources available at all times and allows us to communicate information in a variety of media beyond word and text; so, looking up information in the library in traditional ways is obviously not enough. To be literate today requires navigating a connected world offering students endless information with which they can interact in many different ways. Our students are familiar with technology but they use it for social purposes. They know how to copy and paste but they don’t know how to process information with the help of technology. They should master the critical skills to conduct research effectively and come up with creative projects instead of copy-pasted ones. For more information, you can read this post http://aysinalp.edublogs.org/2015/08/05/how-to-integrate-the-new-literacies-into-our-curriculum-part-3-information-literacy/ on my blog. This 21st century research guide contains information on research skills, links to web research guides, alternative search engines other than Google, Web 2.0 tools to conduct research and to present effectively, information on evaluating the quality of content and websites, academic integrity guidelines with emphasis on plagiarism, copyright, summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and citing appropriately, tips on preparing and giving effective presentations. You can use this guide to teach your students A-Z 21st century research skills. You can also post this guide on your school website or classroom blog.
Say No to Bullying Pack
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Say No to Bullying Pack

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This 22-page interactive pack includes information, different activities, links to several websites about bullying and cyber-bullying, and ways to cope with them. At the end of the pack there is a project that you can do as whole school / grade level or as a class. The activities are differentiated and suitable for all types of learners from grades 3-6
Coronavirus
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Coronavirus

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You can share this presentation on Covid-19 with your students by using the PowerPoint in the attachment or the Google slides in this link. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BULlRRE_Ee6pEXbvARkcwZnumIEbk3biR6f1gltEKIY/edit?usp=sharing Your students can write can write into the slides version and send it back to you if you post it as an assignment in Google Classroom and choose ‘Make a copy for each student.’
Book Character Day Project: A Great Way to Finish the School Year
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Book Character Day Project: A Great Way to Finish the School Year

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Book Character Day Project is a great way to finish the year creatively and with great fun. The purpose of the project is to instill the love of reading in students as well as improving their literacy skills by allowing them to express themselves creatively. It is also a great way for the students to choose their summer books as their friends' recommendations are much more important and effective for this age group. Take your students to the library and ask them to choose a book that they haven't read before. Give them a month to read the book in their free time. Alternatively, you can ask them to choose a character from a novel they read during the school year. Then, give them the project task sheet in the attachment and two weeks to complete it to be ready for the day. In our school we use the hallway to conduct the project. We put tables in the hallway for the students to display their projects and decorate the hallway with posters on reading and student work (book reports, posters, etc. the students prepared previously during the year). Each class is given one lesson period to present their books and favourite characters. Their audience includes students from other classes at the same level, the parents, and the teachers. If you don't have enough space in the hallway, you can do it in your classroom or in the library. The task sheet in the attachment includes information on how to prepare for the for the day and how to present the project as well as the tasks. It also includes some photos from the Book Character Day we organized at our school. The tasks include two graphic organizers, preparing a digital word cloud, a bio cube, and a (fake) social media profile page for the favourite character, writing a bio poem, a journal entry, a letter from the favorite character to another character in the book, creating a poster with visuals and all the task sheets, guidelines on preparing a book talk . There are also three rubrics - for the letter, poster and the book talk and a self assessment form for the students to complete at the end of the project. You can also prepare a feedback form for the parents if you are going to invite them. The rubrics have not been graded. If you are going to grade this project, add the marking scheme to the rubrics before you give them to your students.
IGCSE LEARNING GUIDE: A GREAT END-OF-THE-YEAR REFLECTION ACTIVITY
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IGCSE LEARNING GUIDE: A GREAT END-OF-THE-YEAR REFLECTION ACTIVITY

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This is a great reflection activity for the students preparing for exams. I have designed it for my students who are taking the IGCSE English exam but it can easily be adapted to any other exam such as SAT, IELTS, TOEFL your students are preparing for. It gives the students an opportunity to revise the key concepts they have learned throughout the year and to consider the rules, study tips, do’s and don’ts of the exam while they are working in groups to prepare a learning guide for the students who are going to take this exam prep course and the exam next year. My students told me that it helped them a lot to internalize all the rules and the expectations of the exam and get a good grade. This activity also helps to polish up students’ critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, multimedia and oral presentation skills. Since the students have been asked to prepare a digital learning guide, they are required to use tech tools effectively and creatively. The pack includes three rubrics for multimedia presentation, oral presentation and group work; self and peer evaluation forms; a list on different presentation tools with links; tips and links on public speaking, oral presentations, and group presentations. The most exciting part of this project for the students was the presentation as I took them to the classes of the students who are going to take this course and exam next year to present. If you have time and if you can arrange that, please do so as it becomes a real life experience and makes the project much more meaningful for the students. If not, you can publish the presentations on your class blog, the school website or share it in Google docs. Apart from the time allotted for the presentation, the students spent 8 (40-minute) lessons to finalize the project: • 2 lessons for brainstorming and outlining. • 3 lessons for preparing the guide • 2 lessons for bringing the pieces together and finalizing the presentation • 1 lesson on rehearsing for the presentation
CLOSE READING BUNDLE
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CLOSE READING BUNDLE

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Close reading is a perfect strategy that will help you scaffold your students with challenging texts. Your students will find it very useful not only as a text-taking strategy, but also as a technique that helps them become better readers and critical thinkers. This bundle includes a lesson plan with a list of annotation marks, a list of steps that will guide the students, a text for close reading and questions.
THE ART OF ASKING QUESTIONS: AN INQUIRY-BASED UNIT
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THE ART OF ASKING QUESTIONS: AN INQUIRY-BASED UNIT

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This 19-page lesson is a great opportunity for the 21st century learners to learn about and practice the art of asking questions based on a digital story. Students first answer the questions after watching episode 1. They then learn about asking read on the lines/between the lines/beyond the lines questions, watch episode 2, and ask different types of questions about it. In part III, they learn about higher order thinking questions, analyze the chart on questioning for quality thinking, watch episode 3, and ask lower and higher order thinking questions about it. In the final section, they conduct research on one of the 3 countries used as the setting of the episodes they have watched. They learn about the tools they can use to research, to evaluate and narrow down the information they have found, and to cite sources. They also learn what a big question is and come up with a driving question to conduct their research. Finally, they learn how to share their findings with their peers by preparing a visual presentation and a speech. If you have a class blog or a school website, you can share their presentations with the entire world, which will be much more motivating for your students. The pack also includes a 21st Century style KWHLQ chart adapted from Silvia Tolisano’s KWHLAQ chart http://langwitches.org/blog/2015/06/12/an-update-to-the-upgraded-kwl-for-the-21st-century/, a research guide for the students, detailed information on public speaking and presentation skills, self and peer evaluation sheets, and an oral presentation rubric. The entire unit is suitable for ESL learners as well. If for any reason you are disappointed or not satisfied with this product,please contact me at aysin.alp1@gmail.com so I have a chance to make it right. Your suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for visiting my shop
PRESENT AND PAST TENSES BUNDLE
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PRESENT AND PAST TENSES BUNDLE

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This resource for KS2 or KS3 is also ideal for ESL students. It comprises of 9 different worksheets aimed at teaching and practicing Simple Present, Simple Past, Past Continuous, Present Perfect, Present Perfect Progressive, Past Perfect and Past Perfect Progressive. It includes explanations on the usage of each tense, examples, several grammar exercises from fill in the blanks to transformations, reading and writing activities.
Be A Search Star: 21st Century Research Guide for Elementary Students
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Be A Search Star: 21st Century Research Guide for Elementary Students

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This 21st century research guide contains information on the Super3 and Big6 research skills, links to safe search sites and to videos on plagiarism, copyright, paraphrasing, citation for beginners, , Web 2.0 tools to conduct research effectively, graphic organizers, rubrics, checklists and a song on Super3. There is 1 ppt for Super3 and another one on the Big 6. Once your students master Super3 research skills, they can move on to the Big6 research process. You can use this guide to teach your students age-appropriate research skills. You can also post this guide on your school website or classroom blog.