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Resources for grades 1-12 including speech, debate, ELA and bulletin board/classroom decor and posters!

Resources for grades 1-12 including speech, debate, ELA and bulletin board/classroom decor and posters!
Demonstration "How-To" Speeches for Kids
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Demonstration "How-To" Speeches for Kids

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This demonstration speech (also known as a “how-to” speech) is a great way to get 4th-7th grade students comfortable speaking in front of a group and gives them the opportunity to incorporate a technology-based visual aid into their presentation. This project includes three parts: an outline, speech, and slideshow presentation. All three parts are graded on a single rubric. Supporting materials such as a student guidelines page, slideshow presentation tips, and notes on using transitional words and phrases are included. If you do not have the resources or time to allow students to make a slideshow, they may bring a visual aid to reference during the presentation. You may also allow them to actually do or demonstrate the activity during their presentation. Modify the requirements of this speech however you’d like (based on time constraints, available resources, and the needs of your students). Whether or not students may use their outline, a few note cards, or simply rely on the slides during the speech is at your discretion. Included in File: -Teacher’s Notes & Table of Contents -Speech Guidelines for Students -Topic List -Transitional Words & Phrases Notes -Presentation Tips & Slideshow Guidelines -Speech Outline -Grading Rubric **Written in American English.
Logical Fallacies: Identifying 12 Flawed Arguments
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Logical Fallacies: Identifying 12 Flawed Arguments

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Logical fallacies are all around us in advertising, the media, and in daily conversations! Students should learn how to identify these sometimes confusing persuasive techniques. This is a great unit for speech, debate, law, English, and public speaking classes! The zip file includes logical fallacy posters (or can be used as a word wall), student handout/notes with definitions, worksheet/activity, and definition cards (may be used as task cards or flash cards). Logical fallacies defined: -Ad hominem -Slippery slope -Red herring -Straw man -Begging the question -Hasty generalization -False dichotomy -Ad populum -Appeal to authority -Emotional appeal -No true scotsman -Appeal to nature Written in American English.
Create an App Expository Writing Activity, Secondary
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Create an App Expository Writing Activity, Secondary

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As we all know, students are obsessed with their technology-- phones, laptops, tablets! This 3-part expository writing activity for secondary students is a FUN way to get students thinking outside the box while writing about something they love! After reflecting on the apps they use every day, students are given the opportunity to create their own unique, never-before-seen app that their classmates will review. Part 1: Design the app cover and fill out an “App Store” page with brief overview. Part 2: Write an expository essay (review of key terms and essay format included). Part 3: Conduct a peer rotation session where each student reviews three of their classmate’s apps. There is a five-star review section and space for comments. This activity may take 2-3 class periods, depending on how much time they are given to create, write, and review. To add an additional activity, allow students to orally present their apps for the class. It never hurts to throw some public speaking in the mix! *Written in American English.
Diversity Poster-- FREEBIE!
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Diversity Poster-- FREEBIE!

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This FREE diversity poster with a quote by Maya Angelou will not only brighten your classroom, but remind students that there is beauty in our differences! The poster is full-color, printable, and (for best results) 18X24 inches (or scale larger).
Chic Classroom Posters to Inspire (Printable, Set of 4)
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Chic Classroom Posters to Inspire (Printable, Set of 4)

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Looking for some fun, trendy posters for your classroom? You’ve found them! This set of four chic classroom posters are printable in full-color and perfect for any age group! Each poster has a quote, bright colors, and a modern design. For best results, print at 18X24 inches (or scale larger). Feel free to ask questions before purchasing. Enjoy!
Debate Around-the-Room for Kids & Tweens
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Debate Around-the-Room for Kids & Tweens

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Debate Around-the-Room for Kids & Tweens is a 4th-8th grade rotation activity in which students work in pairs (or small groups of 3-4) and respond to resolutions posted around the classroom. At each station, the students will read a resolution, brainstorm both affirmative and negative arguments, determine the impacts of each set of arguments, and decide which side’s impacts would benefit the greatest number of people. This activity teaches students the importance of weighing impacts and analyzing both sides of an issue before making a swift judgement. There are two answer sheet options provided where students can record their answers during rotations. You should determine which answer sheet is best for your students based on their age, knowledge of debate terminology, and the amount of time they have to spend at each station. There is a vocabulary sheet for the students’ use. The number and length of rotations are up to you; you can start with 10-12 minutes per rotation and add time if necessary. Suggestions: -Cut and laminate the resolution cards and/or print them on colored paper or card stock. -If you don’t have time for rotations, use the cards as warm-up writing or discussion prompts! -Use a bell or timer when it’s time to rotate. You can also play music during transitions. -Because there are 24 resolution cards, your students can participate in this activity multiple times. For example, if you use cards #1-5 on day one, use cards #6-10 on day two. -If you run out of cards, allow students to write their own! There is a blank resolution card template on page 19 of this file. -After rotations are complete, allow the students to share their arguments, impacts, and final decisions with the class. You can even have a full-class debate! -As an extension activity, students can research and write an actual case affirming or negating one of the resolutions. Included in File: -Vocabulary Review for Students -Rotation Response Sheets (Basic- front/back) -Rotation Response Sheets (Advanced- front/back) -24 Resolution Cards (2 different cards per page) -Blank Resolution Cards (for write-in topics) Feel free to ask questions before purchasing. Enjoy! **American English
Holidays Around the World Research Project, Upper Elementary & Middle School
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Holidays Around the World Research Project, Upper Elementary & Middle School

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This 3-part project for upper elementary and middle school students is a great teaching and learning tool for students to research and share information about cultures, holidays, and traditions around the world! Students may research a holiday listed on the provided topic list or choose a holiday that is celebrated in a country of their choice. The holidays on the topic list (28 listed) are not limited to winter months, but are a variety of celebrations throughout the year. This file contains an outline to guide student research, directions and printable information boxes for students to create a lapbook visual aid, speech presentation outline, and grading rubric. Modify the project to meet the needs and learning levels of your students! Supplies: • Manila folders (one per student) • Glue and scissors • Map pencils, crayons, or markers • Access to printer (for students to print pictures) • Optional: colored paper to print information boxes Table of Contents: Student information sheet Page 2 Topic list Page 3 Research outline Page 4-5 Lapbook visual aid directions Page 6 Information boxes (for lapbook visual aid) Pages 7-9 Speech presentation outline Page 10-11 3-Part grading rubric Page 12 **Written in American English.
100th Day of School Lapbook
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100th Day of School Lapbook

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Kids love celebrating the 100th day of school! This 100th Day of School Lapbook is a fun activity that allows students to reflect on the past 100 days and to predict how they will continue to change, grow, and learn in the next 100 days or even 100 years! Each student will need one manilla file folder and a printed packet of the 20 template boxes (various sizes). Print the pages front-side only. File folders of any color will work! Other necessary supplies include glue, scissors, and markers/crayons. A student directions page is attached to show them how to assemble the lapbook and an example layout design is shown. With a variety of template boxes to choose from, every student will create a unique lapbook! Printables are all black and white so students can color, add glitter, decorations, or anything that makes their project stand out! If time allows, encourage students to share their lapbooks with the class and display around the room. Feel free to ask questions before purchasing. Enjoy and happy 100th day! **American English Follow me on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/speechdebateELAetc/
Environmental Informative Speech & Technology-Based Presentation
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Environmental Informative Speech & Technology-Based Presentation

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This environmental issues informative speech and presentation is perfect for any ELA, science, or public speaking secondary class! Students will learn the basics of informative speaking, speech writing, research/citing sources, and creating a technology-based visual aid. They will also learn a LOT about issues affecting our planet. Not only will they present, but they will fill out a peer critique chart as they listen to their classmates. An easy-to-grade rubric is included and tips to help students become more confident, less anxious speakers! Included in this 11-page PDF file: Table of Contents Informative Speech Guidelines Visual Aid & Note Card Guidelines Tips for Using Technology-Based Visual Aids Topic List Sample Informative Speech Outline Informative Speech Research Outline Speech Grading Rubric Peer Critique Charts **American English
Public Speaking Word Wall (20 Vocabulary Words & Definitions)
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Public Speaking Word Wall (20 Vocabulary Words & Definitions)

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Regardless of the subject-area, if a student is giving a presentation or speech, they should know and understand vocabulary associated with public speaking. Good habits start early, so encourage vocal variety and polished performances in your classroom! Included in this PDF are 20 public speaking vocabulary words and definitions (one per page) that can be printed as posters, word walls, flash cards, etc! Print in full color or opt for grayscale. Words include: volume, rate, articulation, enunciation, pitch, inflection, tone, gesture, visual aid, projection, pronunciation, monotone, diction, resonance, optimum pitch, fluency, timbre, dialect, intonation & pause. *(Written in American English)
Reading Log for ALL Subjects-- FREEBIE!
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Reading Log for ALL Subjects-- FREEBIE!

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What’s better than a FREEBIE that can be used for any subject? This reading log not only requires students to record the date, time, and page numbers, but also provides space for them to write a short summary of the reading. Writing a few sentences to summarize the passages/pages require students to think through and process what they read and holds them accountable for the reading assignment. Use for ANY reading assignment-- chapter books & novels, textbooks, assigned passages, articles, etc. The file includes two pages for front/back printing (in black and white).
50 Debate Topics: Think, Research, Write, Speak Persuasively!
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50 Debate Topics: Think, Research, Write, Speak Persuasively!

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This list of 50 debate topics will keep your students engaged and allow them to practice their thinking, research, writing, speaking, and argumentation skills! All topics are school appropriate and the wording can be modified by the teacher. The topics are divided into the following categories: School and education Government, judicial system & military Science & environment Technology, ethics & society SAMPLE TOPICS: -Should students be required to wear school uniforms? -Should schools block access to all social media sites (while on campus)? -Should the United States help third world countries? -Should the United States have a draft for military service? -Should the United States end its use of the penny? -Is human activity a substantial cause of global climate change? -Are there more disadvantages to recycling than advantages? -Are professional athletes overpaid? **Written in American English.
My First Research Paper (secondary)
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My First Research Paper (secondary)

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“My First Research Paper” will help guide your students through the often frustrating and overwhelming process of writing a research paper! Designed for secondary students, these activities may be modified to meet the needs of your learners. For example, if your students are not ready to incorporate MLA citations into their papers (or if you prefer APA), you can teach the citations and works cited format in a different way. 7th grade teachers may want to keep things more simplified, as 10th grade teachers will want to ensure students fully understand citation/MLA format and guidelines. If you already have activities to teach research paper writing, you may pair these activities with your current materials. These pages are meant to enhance your lesson, not necessarily replace what you are already doing! You are free to use only what you need. You may also use the “Peer Revising & Editing” page for other writing assignments, not just research papers. I hope you find these tools helpful, for both you and your students. Examples are shown on every page to help the students along the way! Included in File (14 pages): -Research Paper Notes & Topic Ideas -Make a Plan! (Brainstorming Activity Page) -Research Outline -Rough Draft Pages (with tips) -Citation Station (Guide for MLA in-text citations & works cited) -Peer Revising & Editing -Final Draft Guidelines & Fill-In Information for Students -Final Paper Rubric **Written in American English.
Holiday Traditions: Home, Community & Around the World
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Holiday Traditions: Home, Community & Around the World

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Time to celebrate the winter holidays! It is important for students to learn that a TRADITION is a custom, activity, or belief carried on from generation to generation, or repeated over a long period of time. Traditions are important because they represent our culture, allow us to celebrate diversity, and enable us to create lasting memories with our friends, family, and community! In these activities (best suited for grades 4-8), students will reflect and write about a special holiday tradition in their own family, create a new tradition, and research how people celebrate in other parts of the world! Students will use their thinking, reading, writing, and research skills. If time permits, they can also use their public speaking/presentation skills! Activities included in this 9-page PDF file: -“Holiday Traditions: How do YOU Celebrate?” Brainstorm Activity -Holiday Tradition Essay -Create-a-Tradition Activity -Winter Holiday Traditions Around the World Research Activity *24 topics provided (traditions from around the world) *Research outline with space for simple citations *Picture collage page **Written in American English.
Writing & Public Speaking for Little Kids
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Writing & Public Speaking for Little Kids

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“Writing & Public Speaking Activities for Little Kids” allow students to work on their writing and interpersonal communication skills. These activities will also build students’ confidence when speaking in front of a group. Teachers may want to take this opportunity to discuss public speaking vocabulary, such as volume, rate, eye contact, articulation, and clarity. These activities are perfect to use as ice-breakers, warm-ups, group work, centers, or time fillers! **Activities are labeled LEVEL 1 or LEVEL 2 on the top right of each page. Level 1 activities are most suitable for 1st & 2nd grade and require shorter, less detailed answers and explanations. Teachers may prompt students to elaborate on their answers by asking “Why?” or “How?” Level 2 activities are most suitable for 3rd -5th grade and require more detailed explanations. **Activities that are only provided for Level 2 (see list below) can be simplified for younger students (teacher’s discretion). Feel free to modify activities for your little speakers! Activities: • 2 Roll-N-Speak pages (Level 1) • 2 Roll-N-Speak pages (Level 2) • My Happy Place (Level 1) • My Happy Place (Level 2) • Our Island (partner/group activity, Level 2) • Book Talk (Level 2) • Name Acrostic (Levels 1 & 2) • Picture This! (Level 1) • Picture This! (Level 2) • Classmate Chit-Chat (Level 2) • My Invention (Level 1) • My Invention (Level 2) **Written in American English.
Occupation Research Project (Research Outline, Essay, Choice Board), Grades 4-8
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Occupation Research Project (Research Outline, Essay, Choice Board), Grades 4-8

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Students love a project when they get to CHOOSE a topic based on their personal interests! The purpose of this 3-part project for grades 4-8 is for students to explore and learn about an occupation that is of interest to them. Often, students say, “I want to be a (insert job) when I grow up,” but they don’t know what that entails. This project requires students to research an occupation of their choice, take notes on a research outline, write an informative essay, and create an eye-catching visual aid. **Please feel free to modify this project to meet the needs of your learners! –Lined pages are provided for the essay. However, some teachers may require students to type the paper or write on notebook paper. –Although an oral presentation is only required for one of the choice board activities, students should be encouraged to share details about their occupation with the class. An idea would be to have a mini job fair in your classroom where students can display and discuss their visual aids. PDF Zip File Includes (10 pages): -Project Guideline Page for Students -Topic List -Visual Aid Choice Board -Research Outline -Informative Essay Writing Pages -Rubric **Written in American English.
Prove It! Research and Citation Activities for 5th-8th Grade Students
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Prove It! Research and Citation Activities for 5th-8th Grade Students

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On each set of “Prove It!” worksheets, students are provided with five statements to research online (website list provided). The statements may be true or false. It is the students’ job to make that determination based on textual evidence. Using the “suggested websites” at the top of the page, the students should search key words in the question to locate the specific information. If the statement is false, students should write a sentence (evidence) from a source that includes the correct information. If the statement is true, they should write a sentence (evidence) from a source to verify the statement. Finally, the student should provide any information they can in the right column about the source where they found the textual evidence. Tell students that there may or may not be an author and/or date provided on the website. They should at least write the web address and title of the webpage or article. It is at your discretion whether students search additional websites from those provided on each assignment. However, all answers may be found on the websites listed. Older students should be able to find the textual evidence on their own, as they may have more experience navigating new websites. However, younger students may be more successful working in pairs. Included in File: *Prove It! #1 (Topic: Whales) *Prove It! #2 (Topic: Weather) *Prove It! #3 (Topic: Reptiles) *Prove It! #4 (Topic: Solar System) *Prove It! #5 (Topic: The Human Heart) *Answer Keys Written in American English.
Clean Desk Notes-- FREEBIE!
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Clean Desk Notes-- FREEBIE!

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Clean desk notes are a great classroom management tool to acknowledge students who are taking pride in their personal work space! Write a note on the back or pair with a small treat, and make your students feel special! *6 printable designs *Full color and black/white/gray *FREE!
Classroom Posters: Individuality Theme
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Classroom Posters: Individuality Theme

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Beautify your classroom with these colorful, floral posters about individuality! These full-color, printable posters come in a set of four. They look great printed at 18X24 inches (or scale larger). Quotes from Dr. Seuss, E.E. Cummings, Judy Garland, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are featured on each poster.
Groundhog Day Activities (Elementary)
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Groundhog Day Activities (Elementary)

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Your students will enjoy this set of writing, reading comprehension, and word games to celebrate Groundhog Day! Best suited for mid-upper elementary, this set includes the following five activities: History of Groundhog Day passage and reading comprehension multiple choice questions and quick write Short story starter prompt (with two writing pages) Groundhog Day word search (20 words) Maze (Help the groundhog out of his burrow) Make-a-Word game (points earned to make words from Punxsutawney Phil) All pages (black ink only) are in a PDF zip file so easy to print and go! Special thanks to www.mycutegraphics.com for the adorable groundhog clipart! **American English https://www.pinterest.com/speechdebateELAetc/ to follow me on Pinterest!