This awesome project allows students to collaborate as a business team and identify a need in their community. Students will write a business plan that forces the students to think about profits, supply, demand, consumers, markets, advertising and more! The file starts with a brainstorm, and then student think through various components and finishes with their formal write-up of the their plan. Attached is a step by step Lesson Plan for teachers. Also there are three variations of each page to allow for seamless differentiation.
Based off of the ideas from Shark Tank, students will be highly engaged in this 5 day invention challenge. After being supplied with a variety of random materials, provided by the teacher, students will be tasked with creating an invention that solves some sort of problem. After following some design challenge cycles, students will brainstorm, design, and create their invention. Upon completion, they will create an advertisement that sells their invention and finish up with a presentation of such. Students will love this hands on project and will be highly successful with the included guided components. Included you will find a prompt for engagement, video resource links, templates, objectives, teacher notes and more!
This backwards life planning research is great for students of all ages. I have found it most useful as an end of the year project for students to apply what they have learned. Students will have to begin with the end goal in mind and think about their goals and what they will have to do to get there. Students will research the job they want, the college they want to go to and the costs associated with them. Students will research costs such as utilities, automobile prices, college tuition, and then will figure out how much money they will make from their dream job. Students will apply math concepts such as finding an average, estimating, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This fun research project allows students to think through their career goals and identify the steps they will have to take to be successful.
Please know that this 3-day activity will require technology in the classroom since it is very research-based. There are ample websites that provide salary estimates, price quotes, etc. which are embedded in the guided worksheets. Best of luck and I hope this helps your students think about where they are going and what they will have to do to get there! :)
Check out this simple and engaging guided notes template to learn about nouns. Short definitions are listed on the bottom for reference. Students will fill in the remaining boxes for common and proper nouns with some components pre-listed. This template can be used to facilitate struggling students, can be differentiated with some more components fille din by you, or provide a great note-taking guide for students. Either use it for definitions or examples for each category.
This 12 question study guide can easily be used as a homework assignment, assessment, exit ticket, independent work, or group work. Students will be questioned on topics of the types of soils and their basic composotion. They will also need to know the types of rocks and where they are found and some basic properties. All question are short answer but many are single word or two responses.
Facilitate the organization of science projects and experiments with this fun, engaging and purposeful outline. Students will answer prompts such as Title, Purpose, Observation, Conclusions and more. Students have a second page to record data, make a table, and ground their conclusions in evidence. It is color coded for ease of directions, and students will find the organization meaningful and fun!
Check out this bundle that includes a one page study guide that aligns nicely to the assessment. The study guide is very open-ended and requires students to write a 5-sentence paragraph while the assessment includes some fill in the blank, some short answer, and some extended response. This study guide is perfect to assign for homework, while the assessment will give you great insight into students' understanding of sound and its properties.
Check out this awesome assessment that comes with a perfectly aligned study guide that covers topics of for and motion as well as gravity. Questions are presented in multiple choice and short answer on the assessment and multiple short answer multiple short answer questions on the study guide. This can be used in variety of formats from independent work, homework, group work and more, and then coupled with the assessment to offer insight into students' understanding. An answer key is included.
Celebrate Flag Day in style with this creative writing worksheet. There are eight questions in all, that prompt students to think about the colors and components of the flag, patriotic songs, key takeaways of prior learning and opinion pieces about the Pledge of Allegiance. This worksheet can supplement any Flag Day activity you already have, but will push students to think critically, write, and be creative!
In an effort to make main idea identification more engaging and meaningful, try out this simple ripple effect graphic organizer. Directions are embedded, but students will write the main idea in the center, and then write supporting details (whether it be from a text or not) on each layer surrounding. Student will realize that their main idea may not be correct if they can't identify enough supporting details. They will then summarize these ideas at the bottom of the page.
In order to build students' understanding of different units of measurement and the tools associated with collecting those data points, this simple and student-friendly guided notes organizer will allow students to create their own reference point. To take this graphic organizer to the next level, students will be required to convert from one unit to another. The last page includes the answer key for your convenience :)
While students are being assessed for their reading fluency, make your feedback that much more meaningful but following these simple to use abbreviations. When they are marked on the copy of the reading assignment, it makes the running record of fluency purposeful; not only does it inform you what they need to work on, but provides precise components for parents and students to focus on moving forward. This simple abbreviation reference guide has six per page and is meant to be cut, to include one small one per reading passage. It also has a space for total words read in that given minute. Take you feedback to a whole new level!
This simple and student-friendly graphic organizer takes your students' writing and reading to the next level. Student will begin with a main idea at the top of the page. The students then will identify two supporting details of that main idea. Off of each supporting detail, students will need to identify two sources of evidence from the text. This can also be done working your way backwards, to facilitate students identifying the main idea. The template has three different varieties for differentiation purposes.
Supplement your classroom Word Wall, with student having their very own method of tracking. This open ended system allows students to roganize and record words that matter to them in their own way. Student can draw pictures, list words, make conotations and more. This book can easily be reproduced for each subject, put into binders, glued to notebooks or used in isolation. Students will be empowered to take ownership over their vocabulary development and will be more successful with whatever subject it applies to!
In an effort to hold all group members accountable for the work they do when working with others, this simple rubric allows for students to asses their peers on their contributions to the group. It is separated into four components which include participation, behavior, on task behaviors, and work. Students will rank each peer on a level 1, 2, or 3. This grade can be used as you please but will offer valuable insight into how each team member carried himself/herself in the groupwork. The rubric is color coded, and user friendly. Take your grades and groupwork to a whole new level. Students always work harder when they know they are going to be held accountable for their actions :)
In an effort to hold students accountable in a meaningful way, try giving this template a try for when students read at home. This simple and student friendly organizer allows students to record the title of their book, the time they spent reading, and a brief summary about what they read. Parents will then initial each night, and at the end of the week you will have a quick reference guide of what students read, and their level of understanding the text. This has the ability to build comprehension, fluency, and ultimately the love of reading. This form offers great documentation for interventions and reference. It also holds students and families accountable with the initials component.
I have always found anonymous reflective surveys to be a crucial personal growth process as a teacher. This simple 13 question survey allows students to reflect on their time in the classroom mainly focusing on safety, leadership, relationships, content mastery, and goals. This adaptable and customizable survey can be used as a progress monitoring tool or an end of year survey. I hope this helps open communication and reflection for you and your students as much as it has for me!
Looking to decorate your room and make it more of a welcoming environment that your students are a part of? Well check out this pennant which is meant to be cut out, strung together, and hung around a room. This highly structured template allows students to talk a bit about themselves, introduce themselves, and talk about their favorites. You can also check out my Pennant Variety Pack if you want a bit more flexibility with the design!
Attached you will find six different templates that you can use for students to create their own “I can…” statements. These self-identified objectives can serve as a goal for the day or for a lesson. This is great for students that need to work towards something specific, for students with special needs, or students that are feeing defeated. This form serves as excellent documentation for achievement of goals as well as facilitates the intrinsic ownership over growth. The versions of each are identified on the bottom right corner. The first three present the goals in three different manners. The second three have the same template but push students to elaborate on their self-reflection. This variety allows you to easily differentiate to each student to match their needs.
This tracking form reflects the traditional color system behavior system. It mimics the stoplight system of Red, Yellow, and Green do signify obvious behavior representations. Students will color in their color each day and then check the box that reflects the reason for their behavior. Students will either check they had a great day or can check one of the pre-listed options of components such as needs to work on staying focused, showing respect, etc.
There is a signature line at the bottom of each day (already set up for the week) in which parents can be accountable for daily behaviors. This serves as excellent documentation and tracking for interventions and response to misbehaviors as well as rewards for positive behaviors (PBIS).
This 14 question assessment provides insight into students' understanding of scientific inquiry. It covers topics of the difference between an observation and an opinion. It alos looks at topics that describe how the five sense can be used as well as simple experiment set ups. It looks at predictions as well as basic science tool usage. IT also looks at descriptions of things like size, shape, color etc. These variety of questions are presented in forms of multiple choice and short answer. An answer key is included.
Take your instruction on organisms, habitats, natural resources, food chains, and biotic and abiotic factors to the next level. This fun creative project allows students to create their own organism while being specific and detailed on the aforementioned topics. This will allow students to apply their knowledge of such vocabulary and concept in a fun and interactive way. Students will be required to draw, detail, annotate and present an invention of their widlest imagination. This project includes specific details and expectations with a rubric as well. Have fun!
In a spirit of promoting positive behavior intervention support systems (PBIS), this template is a great ay to change the way students get attention. In addition to or in replacement of negative referrals to the office, this form allows for students to receive extra positive attention when caught doing great things. Just like the normal form, this alternative praises students based on their behavior or characteristics such as flexibility, accountability, optimism, respect, grit, perseverance and more. It is set up to have the student's name, the date, teacher, location, details and more. It also includes additional details and signature lines for the teacher, parents, and administrators. Please leave some feedback for how it work for you and how you implemented it in your school/classroom!
In this pennant variety template pack, you will find six different options that can be customized for use in your classroom. The design includes an easily cut style with spots for holes which are meant to be strung around your room. This is a great way to showcase student work. The designs offer opporunities for you to differentiate to student needs or to change the design throughout the year. This can be used for thematic summaries, exit tickets, presentations, and so much more. Let us know how you used them in the feedback section!