1-2 Day Opinion Paragraph Writing Lesson (Great for ESL!)

1-2 Day Opinion Paragraph Writing Lesson (Great for ESL!)

This lesson was originally done with a group of high beginner-low intermediate ESL students to reinforce the opinion writing they were doing in their regular English classes. This activity can take 1-2 days depending on how much time you have with the students and if you would like to add an extension at the end where the students edit their work. The lesson (following PowerPoint) 1- Review opinion writing/hand out tips sheet 2- Show the sample opinion piece/discuss 3- Try it together (have a news article ready) 4- Students go to one of two websites (or provide news articles), choose an article, and write their piece 5- Gallery walk, peer critique, and share An extension would be to have students edit based on critique they received. Included: 1- PowerPoint 2- Opinion tips handout sheet 3- My sample opinion piece PLEASE NOTE: Having access to computers would be best!
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Array City Project (allot at least 2 days)

Array City Project (allot at least 2 days)

Most of the resources that I create for the teachers I coach and for my own students are literacy based. This is what I love to teach, but here's a little math goody that students will love, especially if you have been studying arrays. My students LOVED the creativity involved and forgot they were doing math! This lesson takes at least 2 days bare minimum, maybe more if you give in class time for the project itself, which is encouraged. It starts with a read aloud, moves on to partner work, followed by the project. Teacher directions are included! PLEASE NOTE: The documents are offered in both PDF (to keep the fun fonts and formatting since I work from a Chromebook) and also Word docs. If purchased, you can download all or only the format you want.
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Transition Words Poster and Student Reference Sheet

Transition Words Poster and Student Reference Sheet

This resource includes two transition words room visuals. The first is a poster explaining what transition words are. The second includes different examples of transition words separated into categories. These can be hung on the wall or printed for students to keep in their notebooks as reference.
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PBL: Create a Brochure for Your School (Group Project)

PBL: Create a Brochure for Your School (Group Project)

I designed this project when I saw a need for our school to have a brochure for parents to look at during open houses. This project was done with a fifth grade class, but it is suitable through 8th grade. This project asks students to create a brochure for their school and to pitch the brochure to administration. Please try to have administration buy in before starting! Students study what makes a great marketing tool and then implement what they learn to create their own brochures using an online brochure template. Google Drive has many- I found Drive useful for this project due to its collaborative features. Students are encouraged to interview school community members and to take photographs for the brochure. Students then learn what makes a great sales pitch, and will create PowerPoints and sales pitch scripts to pitch their brochures. Judges from the school pick the winning group. All handouts are included as PDFs. I can send Word Docs.
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CCSS Grade 3 Writing "I Can" Cards and Teacher Standards Checklist

CCSS Grade 3 Writing "I Can" Cards and Teacher Standards Checklist

Keeping track of the standards can be so difficult! I made this teacher checklist and student cards for the teachers that I coach. The teacher checklist will help you to keep track of the grade 3 writing standards that you have covered. Included also are student "I can" cards so students can keep track of their mastery towards the writing standards. The cards can be cut out and given to students as they master standards individually and can be kept on binder rings or you can hang the signs in the classroom as is, or the cards can be cut and placed in a pocket chart as the class masters the standards! Find my CCSS Grade 3 Reading "I Can" Cards and Teacher Standards Checklist, CCSS Grade 3 Listening and Speaking "I Can" cards and Teacher Standards Checklists as well. These can also be purchased as a bundle for a discount!
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The Keeping Quilt Project- Create a Classroom Quilt

The Keeping Quilt Project- Create a Classroom Quilt

Here is a set of lesson plans to create your own classroom quilt based on The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco. The lessons guide you page by page through the read aloud all the way through to the quilt square creation. This is PERFECT for building community at the beginning of the year. It is my go-to project. It is hands on for the kids and they learn so much about one another. Please know that you will need the book The Keeping Quilt in addition to fabric quilt squares and fabric markers for this. You will also need a way to sew the squares together. I usually have the fifth graders do this, but an adult volunteer can also do this. Your first year, you will need to find a picture online of a student made keeping quilt, but subsequent years, you can use your class made example!
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Inference Stations

Inference Stations

Make learning inferences fun with these interactive stations! These can be used as an introduction or they can be used if students need additional help grasping how to make inferences. There are teacher directions, but these stations are very student directed. Included in this pack are three stations with a student packet: 1- Poetry inference station 2- TV commercial inference station 3- Picture inference station Please note that you will need access to one laptop or other device for the commercials station.
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CCSS Grade 3 Standards "I Can" Cards and Teacher Standards Checklists (Reading, Writing, S&L)

CCSS Grade 3 Standards "I Can" Cards and Teacher Standards Checklists (Reading, Writing, S&L)

These are "I Can" cards for students for all of the ELA standards. Included here are also teacher checklists to make keeping track of standards covered much easier. The student "I can" cards are a great way to hold students accountable for their learning and to help them track mastery. The cards can be cut out and given to students as they master standards individually and can be kept on binder rings or you can hang the signs in the classroom as is, or the cards can be cut and placed in a pocket chart as the class masters the standards! I also sell each standard strand individually if you do not need the whole pack.
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Subject Pronoun Lesson Plan and Lesson Resources

Subject Pronoun Lesson Plan and Lesson Resources

This 45-50 minute lesson was originally made for beginning level ESL students, but can be used as a grammar review in any classroom. Included: 1- Lesson Plan 2- A poster 3- Whole class practice sentences 4- A student handout with the poster and definition for their referral 5- Three different leveled worksheets for students to practice. If you just want the worksheets, they are available to purchase separately! I hope this resource helps your students!
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Guided Reading Organization Materials

Guided Reading Organization Materials

Guided reading can sometimes be a logistical mess, but these documents should get you up and running with ease! I made these for the teachers I coach so they have been tested and approved! Here are: 1- Guided reading lesson plan document for each day separated into 2 different "rounds" of guided reading per day 2- A 100 grid running record sheet so you can easily track words read 3- Guided reading groups and schedule sample and blank templates. In the sample, I show an example grouping chart and alternating week schedules Attached also is my guided reading and running record PD that I give at the school in which I coach. Each student should have a tab in a guided reading binder to keep all of their running records.
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Famous People 1-2 Week Unit

Famous People 1-2 Week Unit

I am happy to offer my Famous People unit! This unit asks students to determine the character traits that have made famous people successful. Students choose three famous people to research from a list. They complete a graphic organizer and a reflection question for each person with the goal of understanding how each person became successful. In the end, students choose one of the three people to write an extended response with two claims (the character traits) and evidence (their research). I did this unit with a group of intermediate ESL students with success. Included here: 1- Teacher tips and ideas sheet 2- Short PowerPoint 3- Student project handout 4- Graphic organizer 5- Character traits handout 6- Extended response organizer 7- Two rubrics PLEASE NOTE: Laptop/Internet access is suggested!
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Student Awards

Student Awards

I hesitate to call these awards. Yes, they're awarding behavior that I've noticed, but they're not given out to fanfare. I usually put them discreetly in students' mailboxes to allow them to share as they see fit and so they know that I care and am paying attention to them personally. Each award has a box to write the specific incident(s) for which they're receiving the award. There is a blank template included in this pack as well. The awards coincide well with the Classroom Management materials that I have posted in my store. Management for me is relationship building. These awards help to do just that. There are 11 different awards included plus one blank template. 1- creativity 2- generosity 3- care 4- kind 5- helpful 6- attentive 7- always being yourself 8- perseverance 9- trying your best 10- dependable 11- going the extra mile 12- template
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9 Week Realistic Fiction Unit (PowerPoints, Self-Assessment, Posters, Worksheets)

9 Week Realistic Fiction Unit (PowerPoints, Self-Assessment, Posters, Worksheets)

This is a 9 week Realistic Fiction (editable) unit based on the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project curriculum. It includes a reading self-assessment to give at the beginning and end of the unit. Additionally, as part of the unit, you meet with each child to create reading goals. There is a teacher chart included for this. Some of the PowerPoints do reference particular popular short stories. You can swap these out for stories already in your possession. The stories should be short though as they are part of the mini-lesson in order to teach a skill/concept. Scholastic's Read Aloud Anthology is great! Please let me know if you have ANY questions about how to implement the unit!
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Relative Clauses Unit and Activities

Relative Clauses Unit and Activities

This is a four day unit to teach students about relative clauses and defining/non-defining statements. This unit assumes no prior knowledge and was made for ESL students. All of the worksheets and materials are included! The goals of the unit are: 1- Students will be able to recognize and use relative clauses. 2- Students will be able to recognize and use non-defining statements. 3- Students will be able to tell the difference between defining and non-defining statements. The unit unfolds in the following manner. The first activity introduces students to relative clauses. The second activity introduces non-defining clauses. The final two days provide practice and review, which is a way to assess students' knowledge of relative clauses. By the end of the unit, students will show a solid understanding of relative clauses.
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