Exploration Unit

Exploration Unit

This bundle includes multiple presentations, notes, activities, projects, etc. All extremely engaging and well planned out. Your students will explore all the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy as they study the collision of two worlds. Includes all the presentations, projects, activities, and lesson plans I have created that relate to the Age of Exploration. It includes Part One and Part Two of the Age of Exploration, the Columbian Exchange Cafe, and the Pokexplorer activity along with a complete student packet and a teacher key when applicable.
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Holiday Warmups Part 1: Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Holiday Warmups Part 1: Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

An engaging PowerPoint to use for warmups around the different holidays during fall semester. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas each have two warmup options. Veterans Day includes an activity that is easy to expand into two warmups if desired. The warmups include a variety of activities and are filled with interesting facts such as: the worlds largest giant pumpkin (over 2,600 lbs), inscriptions on famous tombstones, how many presidents were veterans, what really happened that first Thanksgiving, the many things Batman and Santa Claus have in common, and what Hitler had to say about the Christmas Truce of 1914. Flexible and easy to adjust for time! 18 total slides plus two optional handouts to make your life easier. Grab Part 1 in time for the holidays this year and check back soon for part two!
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Holiday Warmups Part 1: Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Holiday Warmups Part 1: Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

An engaging PowerPoint to use for warmups around the different holidays during fall semester. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas each have two warmup options. Veterans Day includes an activity that is easy to expand into two warmups if desired. The warmups include a variety of activities and are filled with interesting facts such as: the worlds largest giant pumpkin (over 2,600 lbs), inscriptions on famous tombstones, how many presidents were veterans, what really happened that first Thanksgiving, the many things Batman and Santa Claus have in common, and what Hitler had to say about the Christmas Truce of 1914. Flexible and easy to adjust for time! 18 total slides plus two optional handouts to make your life easier. Grab Part 1 in time for the holidays this year and check back soon for part two!
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Columbian Exchange Cafe

Columbian Exchange Cafe

Students will create a menu complete with appetizers, main course items, and desserts. Each menu item should reflect your students' understanding of how the Columbian Exchange changed the world, specifically the world of food. Includes a handout and a rubric. This resource will be a part of "Age of Exploration Part 3."
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Exploration Unit

Exploration Unit

This bundle includes multiple presentations, notes, activities, projects, etc. All extremely engaging and well planned out. Your students will explore all the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy as they study the collision of two worlds. Includes all the presentations, projects, activities, and lesson plans I have created that relate to the Age of Exploration. It includes Part One and Part Two of the Age of Exploration, the Columbian Exchange Cafe, and the Pokexplorer activity along with a complete student packet and a teacher key when applicable.
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Context Clues and the Jabberwocky! Lesson and Practice Worksheet

Context Clues and the Jabberwocky! Lesson and Practice Worksheet

An engaging presentation where students learn about context clues through inquiry and then identify types at the end of the lesson instead of the beginning. Students will discover they can define words such as "bellwether" and "saxicolous" through careful reading and context clues. The PowerPoint presentation includes an attention grabber, an activity, and notes. Can be completed in as short as 15 minutes or longer depending on your students' background knowledge and how in depth you decide to take the discussion. Includes a fun worksheet that uses Lewis Carroll famous poem, "The Jabberwocky" to put context clues into action. Great way to assess what the student's have learned.
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"To Build a Fire" Packet

"To Build a Fire" Packet

9 page packet for supplemental use when teaching the short story "To Build a Fire." I used this with my students when I taught 8th grade. We read this story at the beginning of the year. Page 1 & 2: Comparing "To Build a Fire" with the short story "The Law of Life." Page 3: Pre-reading activity Pages 4-8: During the story activities including vocabulary, reading strategies, and foreshadowing lesson and practice page. Page 9: During/after reading characterization analysis I have included both a PDF version and a word doc version for editing.
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Similes and Metaphors with Langston Hughes

Similes and Metaphors with Langston Hughes

This is designed to be used near the beginning of a poetry unit for middle school. It could be used as an introduction to figurative language, specifically similes and metaphors. Students define simile and metaphor, example famous examples, and then create their own, modeling after the professional. They then examine two short poems by Langston Hughes, putting what they learned into practice. They will identify and examine, analyzing why mostly similes are used in one poem while Hughes relies heavily on metaphors in the other. In the lesson, the teacher should work with the student to understand the purpose of similes and metaphors in general and how they relate to these poems. I have included both a PDF and a word document version for editing.
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Textbook Tips: Keep Calm and Use Informational Text Features

Textbook Tips: Keep Calm and Use Informational Text Features

A presentation to teach students HOW to use a textbook and a class poster to remind them. When I was teaching, I found a lot of students were completely unfamiliar with HOW to read nonfiction, informational texts, and textbooks. This is a necessary life skill and one worth teaching in EVERY classroom. 85% of what we read as adults in nonfiction, not to mention the fact that if our students going to make it through middle school, high school, and college a few tips about how to conquer those daunting texts are be more than necessary. In this engaging presentation filled with examples and tips, students can find out just how to conquer these texts and make textbooks work for them. This also includes a fun assignment with a rubric that has students making their own "textbooks" all about their favorite subject.... their lives ;) (I've also include the External Text Features Scavenger Hunt just for your convenience. This is one of the free resources in my shop)
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Utah Studies Unit: Utah 1950-Now

Utah Studies Unit: Utah 1950-Now

Everything you need for a unit on modern Utah! Will take students from the 1950s to Utah issues today. Includes a packet with vocab, projects, guided notes, etc. Also included is a PowerPoint presentation and links in the packet to Prezi presentations. Includes quizzes, a study guide, and a unit test as well. The presentation and notes on "Cultural Diversity in Utah" and the "Give Back to Your Community Service Learning Project" from my store are also included.
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Utah Native Americans and Mountain Men Review Game!

Utah Native Americans and Mountain Men Review Game!

Touches on the following topics: atlatl, Dominguez & Escalante, Wicki-ups, Hogans, Anasazi, Fremont, Utes, Navajo, Shoshone, Goshute, Paiute, Utah Native American culture, Jim Bridger, and Jedediah Smith Defines the following terms: Adapt, Primary sources, Migration, Petroglyphs, Cache, and Rendezvous Easy to edit to fit your needs!
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Real Life Grammar Workshops

Real Life Grammar Workshops

Have students correct these real life examples of grammar mistakes! Includes ten examples for correcting. Also includes a worksheet with a key for additional grammar practice if needed.
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Native American Unit: Introduction to Native Americans

Native American Unit: Introduction to Native Americans

This set includes three different activities: a worksheet to get the students thinking; a Gallery Walk activity with pictures, instructions, and a worksheet; and a page with big questions to ponder throughout the unit. I have included a teacher version that has tips and instructions along with sample questions to encourage discussion. These activities could be could be completed in a 45 minute class period, depending on the length of discussion your class engages in. If you would like to purchase the entire unit, just look for the resource "Native American Unit" in my store. The entire unit includes resources for around 2 weeks, depending on your schedule and students' abilities.
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Native American Unit: Primary Source Analysis

Native American Unit: Primary Source Analysis

In this set of five primary sources, students will be able to compare and contrast different viewpoints surrounding who the Aztecs were and why their civilization fell in order to come to their own judgments and conclusions. There is a PowerPoint that will help teach your students, through the use of a text message scenario, the importance of looking at multiple sources and how to compare them while thinking like a historian. Students will analyze each source looking at author, audience, and purpose and then identify the main ideas, compare and contrast to other sources, and finish by making a judgment call. I have selected sources about the Aztecs that are both interesting and easy to understand. That being said, primary sources can be difficult for students especially if it is their first time. In order to help, I have a teacher page with tips and ideas and the PowerPoint will walk you through two of the five sources if you choose to do part of it as a whole class. I loved doing primary source analyses in the classroom. It made the history really come alive and taught the students critical skills. It's no longer about giving the kids the information, its about teaching them how to analyze and sift through the information being hurled at them. Plus, they get really into these things if they are set up correctly. Let them voice their opinion, be sure to use the arrow opinion gauge in a public place so the whole class can see how viewpoints shift, and get ready for an exciting and meaningful break from history lectures. This is part of a larger unit. If you would like to purchase the entire unit packet for $15, search for it on my store: "Native American Unit." Please let me know if you have any questions!
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Native American Unit: Guided Notes

Native American Unit: Guided Notes

The resource includes a guided notes page for your students and a key for you. It also includes a link to a very informative prezi I made that goes right along with the guided notes. These notes will give your students an overview about four very different Native American groups: Inuit, Cliff Dwellers/Anasazi, Mound Builders/Cahokia, and Iroquois/Haudenosaunee. These notes are part of a larger unit you can find in my store called "Native American Unit." You can purchase the unit as a whole for $15. Please message me if you have any questions.
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