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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.
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.
SCOOT GAMES & More for End of the Year Arithmetic Fun (Grades 2-4, SPED)
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SCOOT GAMES & More for End of the Year Arithmetic Fun (Grades 2-4, SPED)

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This is an end of the year arithmetic fact review that can be used for grades 2-4 and Special Education. It consists of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts from 1-12. All of the facts are on flash cards that may be used for card game, “Spring into Summer War,” and the board game, “Spring Up, or Fall Down.” There are 120 labeled cards for SCOOT games. and a grid for student answers. When games are finished, there are worksheets that can be used as class work or homework. Just for fun, there are pictures to color. You may want to laminate all the cards so that they will last longer. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What's Inside: Instructions, Student Answer Grid, Teacher Answers Spring Up or Fall Down Game Board SCOOT Games Addition Tables Chart Addition Cards Subtraction Tables Chart Subtraction Cards Multiplication Tables Chart Multiplication Cards Division Tables Chart Division Cards Worksheets for Homework Pages to Color Teacher Answer Sheets for Class Homework 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: Addition & Subtraction Practice (Grades 1-2)
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December: Addition & Subtraction Practice (Grades 1-2)

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This December Holiday Bundle consists of addition and subtraction practice for Elementary grades 1-2, and Special Education classes. It has colorful themes that represent Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza. ************************************************************************* What is Inside: Addition Facts 2-4 Addition Facts 5-7 Addition Facts 8-10 Subtraction Facts 2-4 Subtraction Facts 5-7 Subtraction Facts 8-10 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.
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.
Was King Tut Murdered? Web Quest, Trial, Persuasive Writing (Grades 6-8)
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Was King Tut Murdered? Web Quest, Trial, Persuasive Writing (Grades 6-8)

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IF COMING UP WITH an interesting way to teach your 6-8 graders about ancient history is difficult for you, look no further. This Project Based Was King Tut Murdered? Web Quest, Trial & Persuasive Writing project is a set of hands on activities for your collaborative groups that is enticing, challenging and fun. When you see your kids being actively engaged and truly enjoying their experience, it will help you to once again discover a joy of learning with them. DON’T YOU JUST LOVE a mystery? My students do, they especially enjoyed being detectives and searching for clues surrounding this famous pharaoh’s death. Since so many kids love to role play, this resource allows them to do just that. They begin by selecting a job they’re interested in, such as medical examiner, archaeologist, reporter, sketch artist, history professor and historian and work as a team to decide if King Tut was murdered or not. AFTER they’ve done their web quest and have come up with some suspects, they have the opportunity to become judge, jury, defendants, prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in a mock trial. IF YOU’RE THINKING, how am I going to evaluate this activity? I’ve got you covered. There’s a pre/post test, persuasive writing activity, and various grading rubrics. INSTEAD OF JUST LECTURING, reading a text, writing definitions, and answering questions, which will turn them off, it’s SOOO BORING, they’ll have a good grasp of what they’re studying because they’ll be active rather than passive learners. Each activity includes a written assignment that students are required to complete on their own. So if you also teach ELA, this can be used as an Ancient History as well as a Language Arts grade. WE ALL KNOW THAT KIDS forget what they’ve been taught soon after they’ve had their test. I’m positive these hands on activities will leave a lasting impression and be something they'll remember even after they’ve left your classroom. ⎈ WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY about project based learning:⎈ ⎈ PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and gain better learning competencies required to be successful in school and life. ⎈ Many kids find education boring and meaningless, with PBL, they’re engaged and active rather than passive learners. ⎈ Common Core and other educational standards emphasize real world applications of knowledge and skills that help promote problem solving. ⎈PBL helps students better understand the content and retain it longer than the traditional approach. ⎈ Collaborating with others helps build character.
Project Based History Bundle (Grades 6-8)
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Project Based History Bundle (Grades 6-8)

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IF COMING UP WITH an interesting way to teach your 6-8 graders about ancient history is difficult for you, look no further. This Project Based History Bundle is a set of hands on activities for your collaborative groups that is enticing, challenging and fun. When you see your kids being actively engaged and truly enjoying their learning experience, it will help you to once again discover a joy of learning with them. So many kids love to role play, which they’ll do in these lessons. For your What is it Like to Be an Archaeologist section, Students will break into groups of four and assume a specific role as they go on an imaginary archaeological expedition and find some broken up clay pots with strange markings. They’ll work as a team to assemble the fragments and draw conclusions about the symbols, and what these artifacts were used for. My 6th graders had a ton of fun with this Sumerian Brick Building activity, called Become a Sumerian Brick Builder. After discussing the fact that the Sumerians were the first brick builders, which truly didn’t phase them, their assignment was to go home and build a brick out of mud just like these people of antiquity did. By bringing this lesson to life, they understood the difficulty in achieving this feat. They especially enjoyed bringing their bricks to school and building a class Ziggurat. Can you guess what their favorite part was? If you said, "knocking it down," you would have been correct. Hammurabi’s Code of Law Debate goes hand in hand with what is happening in our world today. Controversy over certain laws, the second amendment, equal rights, health care, etc. Hammurabi’s laws are quite severe and kids have a great time debating whether or not they’re too harsh. This activity will help improve abstract thinking skills, public speaking, self image. They’ll also understand terms such as debate, argument, counter-claim, pro/con and so much more. DON’T YOU JUST LOVE a mystery? My students did, they especially enjoyed being detectives and searching for clues surrounding Tutankhamen’s death in this project based lesson called, Was King Tut Murdered? A Web Quest, Trial & Persuasive Writing activity. This collaborative group project has them taking on different roles for the web quest and trial. Finally, they’ll be asked to write a persuasive essay. The last activity a Greek Theater Unit which includes a 17 slide Power Point Introduction to give your students useful background images and information to help understand vocabulary and concepts for completing the activity. In addition, the kiddos will learn why and how the first theater came about. Then they’ll work in collaborative groups to write and present plays in the style of the ancient Greeks. *zip file...make sure you extract the file so that you can use it.
Greek Theater Power Point Introduction & PBL Theater Bundle Grades 6-8
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Greek Theater Power Point Introduction & PBL Theater Bundle Grades 6-8

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I'VE PUT TWO of my most popular resources together in a bundle to save you money. This Greek Theater Power Point Introduction and PBL Greek Theater resource is all you'll need to teach your students these fascinating subjects. THE POWER POINT program will give your students useful background images and information to help understand vocabulary and concepts for completing the activity. In addition, the kiddos will learn why and how the first theater came about. Then they’ll work in collaborative groups to write and present plays in the style of the ancient Greeks. THIS BUNDLE is enticing, challenging and fun. When you see your kids being actively engaged and truly enjoying their learning experience, it will help you to once again discover a joy of learning with them. INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING about ancient history, writing definitions, and answering questions, which will turn them off, they’ll have a good grasp of what they’re studying because they’ll be active rather than passive learners. WE ALL KNOW THAT KIDS FORGET what they’ve been taught soon after they’ve had their test. I’m positive these hands on activities will leave a lasting impression and be something they'll remember even after they’ve left your classroom. ⎈ WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY about project based learning:⎈ ⎈ PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and gain better learning competencies required to be successful in school and life. ⎈ Many kids find education boring and meaningless, with PBL, they’re engaged and active rather than passive learners. ⎈ Common Core and other educational standards emphasize real world applications of knowledge and skills that help promote problem solving. ⎈ PBL helps students better understand the content and retain it longer than the traditional approach. ⎈ Collaborating with others helps build character. ♥ WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING about this resource♥ ♥ “This presentation was useful in introducing Greek drama to my tenth graders.” by Jo Ellen S ♥ “This was such a great resource for my Greek mythology unit. I used it as a framework for my students to act out their Greek myth performances/skits.” By Kathryn H ♥ “This was great and very helpful. Thanks” Laura B. ♥ “Great project for both social studies and language arts!!!“ Telena R. •This is a zipped file make sure to click on 'extract the files' to get access to them.•
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.
Sight Word Games, Activities & Writing Prompts (Grade 4)
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Sight Word Games, Activities & Writing Prompts (Grade 4)

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Sight Word Literacy Bundle for 4th grade, ESL, and/or Special Education classes. What is Included: Complete Lesson Plans Word List Galaxy Bingo Check List. Words in ABC order Galaxy Bingo Calling Cards Galaxy Bingo Colorful Markers 30 Galaxy Bingo Cards Galaxy Flash Cards for Galaxy Concentration & Galaxy War Galaxy Space Shot (Board Game) Class Work/Homework Galaxy ABC Order Label the Pictures with the Correct Word Galaxy Writing Prompts: Complete Lesson Plan for Teachers Grading Rubric Lined Paper For Stories Writing Prompts pages Answer Sheets pages Contact Information ********************************************************* If you like this product, please tell your colleagues and follow me so that you can receive updates. Feedback would also be greatly appreciated. **************************************************************** 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.
December Holidays: Literacy & Math Center (Pre-K & Kindergarten
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December Holidays: Literacy & Math Center (Pre-K & Kindergarten

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Happy Holidays. This is a Literacy & Math Center Bundle for Pre-K through K & Special Education classes. It includes ABC’s, Writing Starters, Counting, Numbers & Simple Addition. Cute graphics with holiday themes. Also inside are directions for each activity & answer sheet . There are 25 pages. Class worksheets are written with primary fonts. ************************************************************************** What’s Inside Introduction Capital & Small Letters Initial Letter Practice What Letter Comes Before or After Writing Starters Fill in the Missing Numbers Counting Simple Addition 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.
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
Character Education: Caught in the Act of Being Kind (All Grades)
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Character Education: Caught in the Act of Being Kind (All Grades)

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about our society and how divided we are, so I came up with the idea of this character building resource to help our children become kinder to one another and adults. You can do this with one classroom, your team or the entire school. To make it even more effective, it can be used at home with parents and siblings. This is a simple idea, whenever you or your students see someone doing a kind deed for someone else, they will give that person a Caught in the Act card or the receiver of the kind act may give the person a card to be put into their Caught in the Act Booklet. At the end of the school year you can have an award ceremony for the kind things that have been done throughout the school year. You can have a prize for the person or persons receiving the most kindness cards. ***************************************************************** What's Inside Lesson Plans Letter to Parents Cover Pages in Color & B/W Caught in the Act Cards Caught in the Act Blank Pages Contact Information ***************************************************************** Copyright© 2016Deann 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.
Writing & History Prompts to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. (Grades 5-8)
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Writing & History Prompts to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. (Grades 5-8)

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If you're looking for something to do to honor Martin Luther King Jr., look no further. This is a no-prep Martin Luther King Jr. history and writing activity for grades 6-8 and Sp.Ed classes. This can be used in your Literacy Center or as a class activity. Make copies of items that you wish to use with your students. ************************************************************** What’s Inside Teacher Lesson Plans Proofreading Handouts Notes and references Graphic Organizer Rough Draft Timelines Essay Task Cards Final Draft lined paper Grading Rubrics Contact Information **************************************************************** Copyright©2014 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.
Writing Prompts & Activities for Groundhog Day (Grades 4-8)
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Writing Prompts & Activities for Groundhog Day (Grades 4-8)

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Is Groundhog Day fact or legend? This resource for grades 4-8 will get your children thinking about this. You will find many activities here including complete lesson plans, comprehension questions, fun facts about groundhogs, a hands on shadow making experience, writing prompt task cards, as well as a graphic organizer, rough draft sheets, and a grading rubric *********************************************************** Take a look at what's inside: Lesson Plans Proofreading & Final Draft Instructions Is Groundhog Day Merely a Legend? You decide! Interesting Facts Comprehension Questions Answers to Questions Writing Prompt Task Cards Final Draft Sheets Pre-Writing Graphic OrganizerRough Drafts Grading Rubric Contact ************************************************************ Copyright©2016 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
President's Day Writing Prompts & Activities (Grades 6-8)
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President's Day Writing Prompts & Activities (Grades 6-8)

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These President's Day Writing prompts are so appropriate for today's world. Your students will be asked to take a look at George Washington's 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior. They will be able to discuss these rules in collaborative groups, and write a paper voicing their opinions. In addition to this, they will find many of Abraham Lincoln's famous and not so famous quotes to discuss and write about. Also Included in this resource are task cards, and story starters. Some of them ask the children to put themselves into the shoes of both presidents and write about what they would do to help the citizens of the United States. There are also graphic organizers, timelines, rough draft activities, and a grading rubric. ************************************************************** What's Inside Complete Lessons for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln activities. 2. Graphic Organizers Pre-Writing Worksheets Timelines Rough Draft Activities Grading Rubric Final draft black/white and colorful writing pages 8. Student handouts 9. George Washington a. Short history b. Timeline c. Essay writing from history notes d. 110 rules of Civility and Decent Behavior that includes a lesson plan and task cards with story starters. 10. Abraham Lincoln a. Notes and references,. b. Lincoln’s quotes c. Making a timeline from notes. d. Essay writing about quotes. e. Task cards and story starters. 11. Contact Information ****************************************************************** Copyright©2016 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.
Valentine History & Literacy Writing Prompt Task Cards (Grades 4-8)
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Valentine History & Literacy Writing Prompt Task Cards (Grades 4-8)

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This is a no-prep Valentines Day activity bundle of reading comprehension, history, writing, and poetry activities for grades 4-6. Have you ever wondered about how Valentines Day came about? or why we say “Be My Valentine?“It’s an interesting story which you and your students will enjoy reading. It can be found in the section, A Brief History of Valentines Day. Along with this, there are comprehension questions for your class and an answer sheet for you to use. Also included are complete lesson plans. There are story starter task cards, a pre-writing,( graphic organizer), Haiku and Acrostic Poetry Activities, rough draft sheets, grading rubric, as well as colorful and black and white pages for your final draft. Everything you need to get those creative juices flowing. ************************************************************************* Valentine DayActivities Lesson plan A brief history about St. Valentine’s Day.k Comprehension question task cads Lined sheets to answer questions on. Answer sheets for the teacher. Eight Task cards with writing starters. Two Valentine poems (Haiku and/or Acrostic poem) Task cards Pre-writing, rough draft, proofreading activities. Colorful lined paper for final drafts. ************************************************************************** Copyright©2014 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.
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. *******************************************************************************
My Alphabet Book (Primary Grades PreK, K , Grade 1 & SPED)
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My Alphabet Book (Primary Grades PreK, K , Grade 1 & SPED)

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We all know that children love having things that belong to them alone. That is why I have designed this E-Book, entitled: MY ALPHABET BOOK OBJECTIVES: Alphabet Recognition, Eye Hand Coordination, Writing Practice, Coloring within Lines. There is a section for the children to print their names. You might want to glue the title page to a sheet of oak tag, punch holes, and either staple everything together, or fasten with paper fasteners. This set of worksheets is for Pre-K through Kindergarten. It includes 3 worksheets for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. 1. The child will color in each the picture that the letter begins with. 2. The child will practice writing upper and lower case letters, by tracing and then printing. 3. On the last page, the children are to color in, or draw something about the picture that begins with each letter. When the book is complete, they can bring it home and proudly share it with their parents. ************************************************************************* 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.