Day of the Dead. Learn about the Mexican holiday with this animated and engaging Dia de los Muertos PowerPoint. Explore the traditions that make this three day holiday (October 31 - November 2) special - altars, skulls, masks, parades, make-up, and more. - Greg Smith
Students will match color words to the sheet with the correct color and trace the sentence. If you want an activity you can use over and over again: Print color word cards out on cardstock, cut apart, and laminate for durability. Print out activity sheets on cardstock and laminate for durability. Have students match the color words to the correct color activity sheet. They can place the color word in the box, and then use wet erase markers to trace the sentence. When they have completed the activity, they can erase the color sheets with wet wipes. Alternatively, you can print these out on regular paper and make it a cut and paste activity. You can have children work in groups or individually. You can make this a whole group activity doing one color at a time, or make it a center activity with as many colors as you would like. Thanks and enjoy. - Greg Smith
Have your students get creative with these Remembrance Day acrostic poem sheets. Two different sheets for students to write poetry with imagery and words that appeal to the senses. Students write a poem about Remembrance Day by beginning each line with a word that begins with the letter on that line. The first sheet is REMEMBRANCE and the second sheet is POPPIES. - Greg Smith
In this Paraphrasing PowerPoint, students will learn the difference between writing a summary, paraphrase, and quotation, and the six basic steps to paraphrasing. Includes a practice slide for students to paraphrase, a partner checklist, and a 5 question quick check up on their understanding of paraphrasing, summarizing, and using quotations in their own writing. - Greg Smith
Book Report Assignment. Give this project to your students for an independent reading assignment. Students can choose to complete a comic strip, a greeting card, a collage, a movie poster, or a magazine advertisement. Assignment sheet includes directions, the five choices for student project with specifics, and a 100 point evaluation checklist. Have students turn in the sheet with their completed project, so you can easily grade. Print and go. Enjoy! - Greg Smith
Five Paragraph Essay PowerPoint - How to write a five paragraph essay. Information for students on the structure of a five paragraph essay. including introductory paragraph, 3 detail paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.
Use this Main Idea PowerPoint to help students learn how to find the main idea. Details strategies for students and includes a practice selection that students can read and find the main idea. Supports common core standards. - Greg Smith
Diary of Anne Frank Play - Supporting Material. This study guide includes a timeline of events, history of Anne Frank's Diary, Comparison of Events in the Play to real life, The Holiday of Hannakuh, Living in the Secret Annex, Diagrams of the living quarters, photos of the secret annex, individual and group activity, link to the film Forget Me Not, Classroom activity ideas, and Writing prompts.
- Greg Smith
What is a Portmanteau? Activity. Background information on portmanteau, definition, portmanteau in literature, functions of portmanteau. Students determine the portmanteaus from the given words...interactive and self checking. May be shown as a slideshow or printed out and used as task cards for a center. Also includes activity on making a personal portmanteau with a template for a poster. Great beginning of the year activity! - Greg Smith
Martin Luther King Jr. Two fun sheets to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Each has an informational text passage about MLK for students to read. Great for Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, or to go with any unit on the Civil Rights Movement. After they read the text, students need to unscramble the words in the word scramble puzzle. The trick - The words can all be found in the passage. Includes two sheets that tell the story of Dr. King, and answer keys. Enjoy! - Greg Smith
Harriet Tubman Word Search Puzzle. Fun word search puzzle all about Harriet Tubman. Black and white ink friendly word search puzzle that your students will love. Includes 28 different words related to Harriet Tubman. Includes solution. Thanks and enjoy!
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Story Map - a simple graphic organizer kids can use to map out the elements of a story. Incudes Title, Author, Main Characters, Setting, Supporting Characters, Problem, Solution. Hope you find it useful. Thanks!
Magic E Wand and Cards Set. Students will have fun making CVCe words with these magic e wands! They will master the difference between short vowel and silent "e" spelling patterns in this activity.
6 large magic e cards
20 large short vowel CVC word cards
12 small magic e cards
40 small short vowel CVC syllable cards
Student Recording Sheet
Directions: Print, cut out and laminate the magic “e” stars and attach to craft sticks with tape or glue.
Print out the short CVC word cards, cut apart and laminate.
Place cards around the room. Students must read the words, hold the wand up to the word cards and cover the star with the magic e, and reread the new CVCE word they see.
Students can record their words on the recording sheet.
Optional: You can use the smaller magic “e” stars to continue the activity as a table game or center making nonsense CVC words into long vowel CVCE words. Font is Century Gothic.
This resource is a helpful language activity for students with special needs, autism, or English language learners, because it helps build common everyday vocabulary and language with word picture cards. Students use the picture words to fill in the blanks of the story. Includes flash cards of all the picture words used for practice in fluency.
- Greg Smith
This PowerPoint will help your students analyze themes in the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. Use it after having read the book to have class discussion about the themes of friendship, appearance, and acceptance in the novel. Includes journal writing prompts, group work, homework, and a whole class hands-on activity to do to understand challenges facing people with disability.
- Greg Smith
Looking for fun Memorial Day activities? Have your students try this free Memorial Day Jumble Word Puzzle. It will help them develop spelling and vocabulary skills, and they won't even realize they are learning.
Enjoy! - Greg Smith