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Educating children has always been my passion. A classroom that exudes humor, excitement about learning, understanding and concern for each other is what I strive for. I feel that the look on a child's face when they truly understand something is what teaching is all about. Sharing expertise, knowledge, ideas and creations with others, through engaging and fun activities is extremely important to me.

Educating children has always been my passion. A classroom that exudes humor, excitement about learning, understanding and concern for each other is what I strive for. I feel that the look on a child's face when they truly understand something is what teaching is all about. Sharing expertise, knowledge, ideas and creations with others, through engaging and fun activities is extremely important to me.
5 Minute Warm-ups for English Class...FREEBIE ( All Grades)
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5 Minute Warm-ups for English Class...FREEBIE ( All Grades)

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This FREEBIE consists of 4 weeks of 5-10 minute warm up exercises for the beginning of English that will help reinforce grammar, parts of speech, etc. There is a worksheet on nouns and verbs, 2 worksheets on Possessives, a writing prompt and grading rubric. It is used with 6th graders, but can be adapted for any grade level. You can also utilize this if you are teaching a foreign language. Write two sentences incorrectly on the board. Have students correct the sentences at their seats. After they are finished, choose someone to go to board and write the sentence correctly. You can base the sentences on what you are doing that week in class. For example, if you are teaching capitalization and punctuation, the sentences should reflect this. You can also ask what type of sentence it is: Exclamatory, Interrogative, Declarative, or Imperative. If you are studying parts of speech, ask which word is a noun, verb, etc. After they have finished writing the sentence, have one child come to the board and correct it. Then ask the class if it’s correct. If not, the student that corrected it can come up and fix it. Then have them tell you what makes the sentence/ word correct/incorrect if it is wrong. That way they will learn the rules. Then choose another child to correct the second sentence and repeat the process again. To help motivate the kids, give them a reward for coming up and writing the sentence correctly. You can also reward them for just coming up and writing the sentence, even if they make a mistake or two. The reward can be a candy, classroom privilege, a star next to their name, etc. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think. Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
Outside Reading (Book Reports) No Prep for Grade 6
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Outside Reading (Book Reports) No Prep for Grade 6

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I have come up with some exciting ideas for no prep book reports, that go along with the COMMON CORE standards for Grade 6. Your students will report on a different type of book, in a unique way, for each month of the school year. I just know that they will have as much fun doing them as my class did. ********************************************************************* 1. Mythology Book, they will make a book jacket. 2. Mystery Novel, they will become a detective. 3. Novel about a handicapped person, they will make a diorama. 4. Historical Fiction, they will become time travelers. 5. Fable, with a partner who has read the same fable, they will perform a skit. 6. Science Fiction, they will wake up after a 100 year sleep, and discuss impressions, etc. 7. Non-Fiction, they will write a postcard. 8. Biography or Auto-Biography, they will be a talk show host, and interview the main character. 9. Novel about a sports character, a musician, artist, actor/actress. They will become a book critic (similar to a movie critic). **************************************************** Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display
Behavior Modification Binder ( Elementary, Middle, High School & Special Education)
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Behavior Modification Binder ( Elementary, Middle, High School & Special Education)

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This is a behavior modification binder with all you will need to help improve behavior and build character in a positive way. It can be used for grades 4-8 and SPED. This is a growing bundle, if you think of anything else that you would like to see added, please let me know you may email me at deann.marin@gmail.com ********************************************************* What’s Inside Instructions for the Teacher Daily Point Sheets Daily Point Cards Weekly Report for Child and/or Teacher to Fill Out Weekly Behavior Chart Class Reward Checklist Problem Solving Worksheets Incident Report Happy Grams Detention Notices Socrates Lantern’s Contact Sheet ************************************************************** Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
December Holiday: Multiplication & Division Practice ( Grades 1-4)
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December Holiday: Multiplication & Division Practice ( Grades 1-4)

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This December Holiday Resource consists of multiplication and division practice for elementary grades 2-4. It has colorful themes that represent Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza. ************************************************************************ What is inside: Multiplication Facts 2-4 tables Multiplication Facts 5-7 tables Multiplication Facts 8-10 tables Division Facts 2-4 tables Division Facts 5-7 tables Division Facts 8-10 tables Answer Sheets Contact Information ************************************************************************ Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
December Holiday Language Arts & History Activities ( Grades 2-4 & SPED)
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December Holiday Language Arts & History Activities ( Grades 2-4 & SPED)

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Elementary Grades 2 - 4 & SPED. Printables include: Contractions, Sentence Writing, Possessives, Parts of Speech Practice, & Crossword Puzzle with questions about the history of Christmas, Kwanza and Chanukah. ********************************************************************** What is included: Contractions Possessives Write a sentence about the holiday images.. Parts of Speech Practice including: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs & adverbs. Crossword Puzzle with questions about December holidays. Puzzle Clues/Word Bank Answer Sheets Contact Information ********************************************************************** Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
What Am I Thankful For? A Thanksgiving Values Lesson (Grades 4-8 & SPED)
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What Am I Thankful For? A Thanksgiving Values Lesson (Grades 4-8 & SPED)

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This is a values lessons for grades 2-8 & Special Education. It will help your children express what they are thankful for during the Thanksgiving season.. Included are 12 colorful lined cards & 4 black and white cards for your class to write what they are thankful for. In addition there are 12 colorful cards without lines for younger children to draw a picture of what they are thankful for and 4 black & white pages without lines for pictures. There are also 6 pictures representing Thanksgiving that you can glue to a shoe box or another type of box. This is where the cards will be placed.. ********************************************************************** What's Inside Teacher’s Lesson Plans Task Cards Images for Thanksgiving Box Contact Page ************************************************************************** Copyright© 2015 Deann Marin . All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display
Fall Writing Prompts (Grades 6-8)
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Fall Writing Prompts (Grades 6-8)

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This is a set of Fall Writing Prompt Activities with everything you need for the season. 32 Writing task cards consisting of Expository, Persuasive and Narrative writing ideas and story starters. There are also 4 Types of Writing Posters for your bulletin board. Themes include Veteran’s Day, Themes include Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Sandwich Day, Election Day, Candy Day and Cake Day. As an added extra, a humorous poster of a thinking turkey with the quote ,”If this turkey could talk, what would he say?” Great for discussion and or written assignment. ************************************************************************** What's Inside Teacher’s Lesson Plans Posters 4 Types of Writing (Expository, Narrative, Descriptive & Persuasive) Story Helper with Story Elements Task Cards Blank Task Cards If this Turkey Could Talk Activity Writing Sheets Grading Rubric Contact Information ************************************************************************** Copyright© 2015 Deann Marin . All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
Pre K-Kindergarten Sight Word Bingo (Complete Lesson Plan Included)
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Pre K-Kindergarten Sight Word Bingo (Complete Lesson Plan Included)

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This bundle will help your Pre-K, Kindergarten, ESL or Special Education class learn to read SIGHT WORDS. It contains 30 pages of COLORFUL Bingo Cards, Color Coded Word Calling Cards, Marker Cards, and a Word Check Off Sheet, so that your class can have fun while learning their words. There are 30 Bingo cards, for your entire class. This can be used by Pre-K children who are ready to learn K site words, or Kindergarteners who can use a review of Pre-K words as it contains both sets. You will also find sets of word list for both grades as well as colorful posters that you can use for your bulletin board. *********************************************************************** Sight Word List for Pre K a and away big blue blue can come down find for funny go help here I in is it jump littlelook make me my not one play red run said see the three to two up we where yellow you Sight Word List for Kindergarten all am are at ate be black brown but came did do eat four get good have he into like must new no now on our out please pretty ran ride saw say she so soon that there they this too under want was well went what white who will with yes ************************************************************************ Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display. ***********************************************************************
Values Lesson, How to Help Beat the Holiday Blues (Grades 5-8)
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Values Lesson, How to Help Beat the Holiday Blues (Grades 5-8)

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Teachers this values lesson is part of a bundle that I’m in the process of creating. I’d love feedback after you’ve downloaded this. Your input is very important to me. Thanks very much….. The holidays are upon us and though they can be a joyful time for many of us, there are large numbers of people who are alone, and unhappy. Others may feel alienated from their families leading to depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Our students are not immune. Perhaps their parents are separated, or just come from negative environments.. ******************************************************************************** Copyright© 2015 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
Sight Word Literacy Center for 1st Grade & SPED with Full Lesson Plans
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Sight Word Literacy Center for 1st Grade & SPED with Full Lesson Plans

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Sight words for 1st grade, ESL and/or SPED classes. This bundle is just what you need to help your kids learn to read their Sight Words. It contains 64 pages of colorful and Fun Under the Sea activities of Sight and Color Words for Grade 1 that comply with Common Core Standards. They include word cards to be used for SCOOT Word Scramble, the board game, “Find the Treasure,“ as well as the card games, “Concentration, “ “War,” or you may want to use them as flashcards. Just cut them out, glue to oak tag or cardboard and laminate them, if you like. Every word has two cards, one begins with a capital letter, the other begins with a small letter. This will serve as a review of capital and small Letters. Homework/class work is included and consists of unscrambling words, sentence completion, filling in the missing letters, writing sentences with words, drawing pictures and coloring. Answer sheets are included. *********************************************************************** What's Inside at a Glance Lesson Plan & Game Instructions Word List Word List Poster SCOOT Word Scramble Answer Sheets Forty SCOOT Word Scramble Game Cards Find the Treasure Game Board Game Cards Class work or Homework Page to color Answers Contact Information *********************************************************************** Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
Greek Theater Unit (Grades 5-8)
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Greek Theater Unit (Grades 5-8)

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This Greek Theater Unit fpr grades 5-8 is an activity that allows students to work in cooperative groups where they will write and perform plays for in the Greek style. They will also construct a mask, with features to depict the character or situation being portrayed. They will hand in a final copy of their typewritten play to the teacher. You will find complete lesson plans with worksheets, vocabulary study and two grading rubrics, one for Language Arts, the other for Social Studies/World History. Amount of time to complete project: 1 period - Introduction. 2-3 or more periods writing the plays. 2-3 or more periods - rehearsal and dress rehearsal. 2-3 periods - performances, more if you present plays to other classrooms. Objectives: Students will understand that theater played an important part in the lives of ancient Greeks Students will learn that Greece was the first civilization to introduce drama and to build theaters. Students will learn that the first play was to honor the God Dionysus Students will identify characteristics of Greek Drama Students will write, rehearse, and present plays in the Greek style. Table of Contents Objectives, Time to Complete Project, Purpose……………………..4 Background Information for the Teacher……………………………6-7 Lesson Plan that includes an Introduction and Group Roles…….....8-9 Student Handout (to be read and discussed in class)………………11-12 Student Worksheets (Vocabulary & Pages for Notes)……………..13-17 Grading Rubric ……………………………………………………… 19-21 Bibliography of Resources Used…………………………………… 23 Contact Page…………………………………………………………24 Copyright© 2015 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author.. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
BUENAS: ¿Que Hora Es?
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BUENAS: ¿Que Hora Es?

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This is a unit for telling time, written in Spanish for bilingual classes, or to hand out to Spanish speaking students. Included is a clock, with the minute and hour hands. They need to be cut out and glued to cardboard or oak tag. This can be done by you, ahead of time, or your class depending on their ability. As a group lesson, you can either say a time, or write it on the board, the children are to move the hands accordingly. After you have taught the lesson there are worksheets for the hour, half hour, 5, 10, 15.20, 25 minutes before and after the hour. A large clock is included. There is a line drawn through the middle of it with before on one side and after on the other. ************************************************************** Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern)All rights reserved by author.Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only.Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
Filling Our Senses in BOO-Tober
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Filling Our Senses in BOO-Tober

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It’s BOOtober and the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing in your 5-8 grade students. This interactive notebook almost no prep poetry activity will be fun for you and your students. It will activate the senses and set the tone for a poetry activity that is just right for the season. ****************************************************************** Objectives: Using your senses to write poetry Understanding that all poems don’t have to rhyme Learning about one form of figurative language, onomatopoeia. Writing poems is a good way to express oneself. To enjoy writing poetry ******************************************************************* What's Inside Teacher’s Lesson Plans Colored Images for Flipbooks Black and White Images for Flipbooks Two Blank Pages with Tabs Lined pages in color, and B/W Grading Rubric Contact Information ********************************************************************** Copyright© 2016 Deann Marin . All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
New Year's Resolutions Writing Prompt Activity (Grades 6-8)
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New Year's Resolutions Writing Prompt Activity (Grades 6-8)

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This is a No Prep New Year’s Resolution Writing Activity for Middle School 6-8 and Sp.Ed. Classes. Students will be asked to write personal New Year's resolutions for themselves, for their family and friends, for school, and for the world around them. It will help them to realize their personal goals, and to feel good about themselves after they have achieved them. ********************************************************************** What's Inside Lesson Plan Pre-Writing Activity Rough Draft Activity Proof-Reading and Final Draft Colorful Pages for Final Draft Grading Rubric Contact Information *************************************************************************** Copyright©2015 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for singleclassroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use.only. Not for public display.
End of the Year Awards with Growth Mindset Quotes
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End of the Year Awards with Growth Mindset Quotes

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Teacher friends, my hope is to help light the way on your teaching journey with inspiring and engaging resources that your 6th, 7th, & 8th graders will love. You’ve probably been using Growth Mindset quotes and activities to help your students become more self sufficient and happier with themselves. This is a unique award bundle with individual growth mindset quotes on each. They offer more than merely an ordinary reward as they include thought provoking statements from various philosophers, artists, scientists, historians, psychologists, writers and more. There are 104 awards altogether, 52 in color with their matching counter-part in black and white. Ideas for use The awards include those that the teacher must choose as well as some that the students can choose. If you decide to have your class vote on awards for each other. You can make a list of the ones you want them to choose from on the blank sheet, or use the sheet that has awards already listed. All you need to do is have your class write the name of their choice next to the award. You can then collect the papers, do the tally and make out the awards.
Poetry Jam-Interactive Notebook-Flip Book (Grades 5-8)
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Poetry Jam-Interactive Notebook-Flip Book (Grades 5-8)

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Hello teachers, I’ve decided to put together an interactive note book of poetry writing for you to use with grades 5-8 and Special Education., with complete lesson plans.. I’ve included fold-able templates for flip-books and instructions on how to make and use them. If you would like to make a regular booklet or have the class write poems to put on the bulletin board, color and black and white templates are also included.. In addition there are chevron themed title pages for each type of poem that you could put on your bulletin board too. Introduction: 1. Tell the class that you will be having a poetry workshop with them. 2. Ask what poetry is and find out what they know about it. 3. Read a poem from something that you love. Discuss it. Tell them that they will be making interactive poetry notebooks that will be graded using a rubric. At the end of the unit, let them know that they will be asked to pick their best poem for publication in a book entitled, ”A Celebration of Young Poets.” If you choose not to do this, that’s fine. My class loved this part. It was such an image boost when they saw their published poem. Contact info: * Celebration of Young Poets- Creative Communication, Inc. 90 North 100 East Logan, UT 84321 www.poeticpower.com What's Inside Teacher’s Complete Lesson Plans Poetry Writing Workshop, Student Handouts Parts of Speech, & Sensory Cards Free Verse Poems Interactive Notebook & Worksheets Sensory Interactive Notebook Poems & Worksheets Acrostic Interactive Notebook Poems &Worksheets Limericks & Riddles Interactive Notebook Cinquain Interactive Notebook Diamante Interactive Notebook Haiku Interactive Notebook Shape Poem Interactive Notebook Grading Rubric Contact Information Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
What is it Like to Be an Archaeologist? (Grades 6-8)
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What is it Like to Be an Archaeologist? (Grades 6-8)

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What is it Like to be an Archaeologist is a project based activity that provides 6-8 grade students with the opportunity to work in collaborative learning groups to help them gain an understanding of what an archaeologist does. They will act as archaeologists and go on a dig where they will find, excavate and finally re-assemble decorated clay pots. Students will learn about the different types of jobs that are needed for a dig. Conclusions will be drawn and presented to the class. As a homework assignment, they will write about their experience and illustrate their completed artifact. What's Inside Complete Lesson Plans History Rubric Language Arts Rubric Individual Student Rubrics Student Assignment Definitions Journal Illustration & Description of Artifact Definitions Answer Sheet Contact Information Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
March Parts of Speech
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March Parts of Speech

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I want to inspire upper elementary and middle school teachers by lighting the path to engaging ELA activities that students will love. I know it’s the time of year when your kiddos get antsy and want to get outside and have fun. They’re not into doing homework. But school isn’t over yet so it’s your job to give them work that will help reinforce what they’ve learned. This colorful set of no prep St. Patrick Day worksheets will help fill the bill. It includes 2 worksheets with parts of speech recognition. ****************************************** Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
BUENAS:Let's Practice Our Spanish, Animals & Nature (PowerPoint) FREE SAMPLE!
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BUENAS:Let's Practice Our Spanish, Animals & Nature (PowerPoint) FREE SAMPLE!

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BUENAS, Spanish Teachers, ESL Teachers, Parents, HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT FINDING a program that is SELF-CORRECTING, FUN, and CHALLENGING? Well, you’ve come to the right place! WOULD YOU like your class to learn SPANISH names for these ANIMALS and THINGS in NATURE: cabra-goat, cerdo-pig, gallina-chicken, venado-deer, or arroyo-stream, lago-lake, invierno-winter, and more, then this program is for you. This is a 17 slide PowerPoint presentation, your students will love practicing their SPANISH, they can work alone, or in groups, and since it is SELF-CORRECTING, you don’t have to worry about wrong answers. The program will not go forward until the RIGHT answer is chosen. *******************************************************************************
SCOOT Sight Word Scramble & More.. Literacy Center (Pre-K, SPED)
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SCOOT Sight Word Scramble & More.. Literacy Center (Pre-K, SPED)

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This literacy package is just what you need to help your Pre-K kids learn to read their sight words. It includes directions to make a flip book using 47 worksheets that are composed of Sight Words and color words. Students are required to color, cut and paste onto a worksheet which can then be added to their interactive notebooks. For more reinforcement fun, there is a SCOOT game, board game and card games. ************************************************************************* What's Inside Lesson Plan & Game Instructions Word List Sight Word Poster Worksheets Student Answer Sheets for SCOOT Word Scramble Teacher Answer Sheet for SCOOT Word Scramble SCOOT Word Scramble Cards Game Cards Find the Treasure Board Game Contact Page ************************************************************************* Copyright© 2014 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author. Permission for downloads to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.