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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)

5 Minute Warm-ups for English Class...FREEBIE ( All Grades)

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.
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Classroom Community:Working in Collaborative Groups

Classroom Community:Working in Collaborative Groups

I found that having children work in small collaborative groups made learning fun for both myself and the class. Interpersonal development is essential for students as they need to learn how to relate to each other in a positive way, small group activities allow them to do this effectively. This resource has information about how to make effective group. It includes: Group Structure, Participation, Classroom Set up. A lesson plan. ********************************************************************** 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.
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Greek Theater Power Point Introduction & PBL Theater Bundle Grades 6-8

Greek Theater Power Point Introduction & PBL Theater Bundle Grades 6-8

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.•
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New Year's Resolutions Writing Prompt Activity (Grades 6-8)

New Year's Resolutions Writing Prompt Activity (Grades 6-8)

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.
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December Holiday Language Arts & History Activities ( Grades 2-4 & SPED)

December Holiday Language Arts & History Activities ( Grades 2-4 & SPED)

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.
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Values Lesson, How to Help Beat the Holiday Blues (Grades 5-8)

Values Lesson, How to Help Beat the Holiday Blues (Grades 5-8)

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.
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Writing Prompt & Literacy Activities for Thanksgiving ( Grades 4-7)

Writing Prompt & Literacy Activities for Thanksgiving ( Grades 4-7)

This is a bundle of Thanksgiving projects that include the four kinds of sentences, (Declarative, Exclamatory, Interrogative and Imperative), singular and plural practice, a writing prompt, and a November themed crossword puzzle for your 4,5,7 graders, and Special Education classes. ********************************************************************* What’s Inside Introduction for the Teacher 4 Kinds of Sentences) Singular/Plural Sentence Practice Lesson Plan for Writing Prompt Writing Rubric Writing Prompt for Students Turkey Image for Bulletin Board Black/White Turkey for Coloring November Crossword Puzzle Answer Sheets Contact ********************************************************************* 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.
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SCOOT Sight Word Scramble & More.. Literacy Center (Pre-K, SPED)

SCOOT Sight Word Scramble & More.. Literacy Center (Pre-K, SPED)

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.
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Sight Word Literacy Center for 1st Grade & SPED with Full Lesson Plans

Sight Word Literacy Center for 1st Grade & SPED with Full Lesson Plans

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.
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December Holidays: Literacy & Math Center (Pre-K & Kindergarten

December Holidays: Literacy & Math Center (Pre-K & Kindergarten

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.
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BUENAS:Let's Practice Our Spanish, Animals & Nature (PowerPoint) FREE SAMPLE!

BUENAS:Let's Practice Our Spanish, Animals & Nature (PowerPoint) FREE SAMPLE!

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. *******************************************************************************
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December Holiday: Multiplication & Division Practice ( Grades 1-4)

December Holiday: Multiplication & Division Practice ( Grades 1-4)

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.
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What Am I Thankful For? A Thanksgiving Values Lesson (Grades 4-8 & SPED)

What Am I Thankful For? A Thanksgiving Values Lesson (Grades 4-8 & SPED)

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
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BUENAS: ¿Que Hora Es?

BUENAS: ¿Que Hora Es?

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.
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Sight Word Bingo for Grade 3 (Complete Lesson Plan Included)

Sight Word Bingo for Grade 3 (Complete Lesson Plan Included)

This Sight Word Bingo Bundle for Grade 3, ESL & Special Ed Classes has complete lesson plans included. It contains 35 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. There is also a homework/classroom worksheet to reinforce what was done during class. ***************************************************** What's Inside... Complete Lesson Plans Sight Word List Sight Word List Poster Bingo Tally Sheets Bingo Calling Cards Markers for Bingo Thirty Bingo Cards ABC Order Worksheet ABC Order Answer Sheet Contact Dolch Word List about better bring carry clean cut done draw drink eight fall far full grow hold hot hurt got if keep kind laugh light long much myself never only own pick seven shall show six start ten today together try warm ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.
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What Time is It?

What Time is It?

This is a unit for telling time. 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. I truly hope that this helps to make your lives a bit easier. ******************************************************************* 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.
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Be a Grammar Rock Star (No Prep Grades 5-6)

Be a Grammar Rock Star (No Prep Grades 5-6)

This Rock Star themed no prep printable ELA/Language Arts pack for grades 5-6 includes: 1. Complete sentence recognition 2. Subject/Predicate 3. Four Types of Sentences, Declarative, Interrogative, Exclamatory and Interrogative. These activities will help assess the skills your students have, or reinforce what they’ve already learned. ............................................................. Copyright© 2016 Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern) All rights reserved by author.Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.
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Character Education: Caught in the Act of Being Kind (All Grades)

Character Education: Caught in the Act of Being Kind (All Grades)

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.
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Pre K-Kindergarten Sight Word Bingo (Complete Lesson Plan Included)

Pre K-Kindergarten Sight Word Bingo (Complete Lesson Plan Included)

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. ***********************************************************************
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Fall Writing Prompts (Grades 6-8)

Fall Writing Prompts (Grades 6-8)

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.
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