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High interest learning resources for the Middle School student - fun, challenging and varied.
Longitude and Latitude with Google Earth
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Longitude and Latitude with Google Earth

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Lesson Plan with worksheets for the Middle School classroom that teaches the principles of Longitude and Latitude using the popular Google Earth. The worksheets are simple and self-guiding. There is an answer sheet at the end of the booklet. There are also links to short videos further explaining the activities. Just click on the links in the worksheets The lesson takes about 3 weeks to complete and there are additional worksheets that the early finishers can work on to further extend their knowledge. Objectives included. 20 pages of things to do. Note that sample pages only shown here. Full pack of 20 pages will be downloadable once purchase has been made. Duration of activity is 1 week
Google Earth Worksheets
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Google Earth Worksheets

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More than 50 pages of Blackline Masters for upper primary/lower secondary students. All worksheet activities are completed with the fabulous Google Earth application which is free to download on to your PC or Mac from earth.google.com. Activities require minimum teacher direction and provide maximum learning for the student. _______________________________________________________ Contents: • Constellation conundrum • Landmarks • Cruise around the world • Help!! Endangered species • The Galapagos Islands • Continents • Google Moon • The Earth's Grid System • Make the World a Better Place • Mission to Mars • Majestic Mountains • My Google Earth Autobiography • Mysterious Locations • National Parks • Ocean Explorer • Ocean Investigations • The Olympics • The ABCs of Google Earth • Bonjour, Mon Ami 50 plus pages 3 weeks duration
Curriculum Guide - Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Street View
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Curriculum Guide - Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Street View

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Free curriculum guide for anyone wanting to include Google's fabulous Geo Products into their curriculum. The 12 page booklet includes suggested objectives, assessment tools and activities for each subject. It also includes an exhaustive list of verbs you can use when creating your own learning objectives.
Sarcasm - Yeah Right ***Powerpoint Presentation***
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Sarcasm - Yeah Right ***Powerpoint Presentation***

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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” - Groucho Marx “The problem with common sense is that most people are morons.” - The Sarcasm Society Sarcasm can be witty, but in the school environment it can be hurting. Teach your students to recognise sarcasm and to be careful with its use. This is a great interactive Powerpoint set of slides that cover the different types of sarcasm that can occur. The slides includes - samples from Groucho Marx, - how sarcasm can hurt others, - a short video of how sarcasm was used in a 'Friends' episode, and - some interactive tests for students to test their sarcasm detector. 41 slides Answer key included 90 minute activity
Fun with FONTS
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Fun with FONTS

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34 pages of different font styles. Children always enjoy writing stylish headings for their projects and posters. These worksheets open up a variety of letter styles that students can practice. Children can trace over the letters to get a feel of shape and movement, and then rewrite the letter underneath. Some letters could even be better reproduced with calligraphy pens if you feel like adding some extra interest to the art of writing. A great activity filler and very calming fun for those times when your class need calming!
The Art of Exaggeration
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The Art of Exaggeration

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Using exaggeration or hyperbole can be one of easiest ways of getting a laugh from your audience. These simple but challenging worksheets help the Middle School student identify humourous exaggeration techniques and develop some strategies to write their own comedy lines. Great fun and yet another part of my humour series. About 1 week's duration - answer key included - total of 24 pages in all.
Fun with Malapropism
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Fun with Malapropism

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What's a Malaprop? "It is the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect, as in, for example, “dance a flamingo ” (instead of flamenco )." This pack has more than 170 Malaprops that are fun, challenging and great for learning about correct English. Many of the Malaprops include common mistakes that English speakers make. Translating what the speaker was meaning needs some hard thinking in some cases. An answer key is provided at the end.
Graffiti Activity Pack **NEW**
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Graffiti Activity Pack **NEW**

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Some great investigative worksheets on the cross-curriculum topic of Graffiti. Here I have used student interest in the topic to explore various cross-curriculum areas such as math, social science, debate, visual arts, and history. I find the cross curriculum nature of these units provide so many learning opportunities. The packs covers the following topics: - Street Artists such as Banksy - School policy on dealing with graffiti - Investigation on graffiti removal products - reading a chart - Experimenting in Street Art - Art v Vandalism arguments - Creating a Tag - History of Graffiti - Graffiti Poetry Response This is NOT a course in Graffiti, but rather a stimulus pack of activities that uses various skills to investigate the topic of Graffiti. Suitable to Middle Schools Students in both interest and ability level. 23 pages in total Answer key included. For more information about the author, go to malcombrown.com.au
Massive Google Maps ACTIVITY BOOK **450 Plus Pages**
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Massive Google Maps ACTIVITY BOOK **450 Plus Pages**

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Great value Activity Book of more than 400 pages of quality worksheets and activities using Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Street View. Covers a range of topics, subject areas and skills. All self-guiding, challenging and very original. This is a combination of all my Google Maps packs and bundles, compiled into an updated and attractive single book of activities with an answer key. PS - You can receive an updated version of this book for only $5! Go to my Massive Google Earth Activity Book Kickstarter project and pledge $5. If the target is met, then you will receive the updated edition in July. PPS - If you have purchased an earlier version of this book, then you will receive the updated version at no further cost. **BONUS** Also included with this book are 46 Task Cards for students to explore Google Earth. Activities include: - measuring distance with ruler function - calculating area - using longitude and latitude - mastering Google Earth tools and applications - understanding continents, countries - exploring Google Sky, Moon and Mars - zooming in to significant landmarks - investigative work on the ground - and much more. Comprehensive Answer Key included. Print out cards on to firm board - easy two-cut template to create four cards per page.
Maths with Google Maps
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Maths with Google Maps

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This is a pack of worksheets with Maths problems students can do on Google Maps. The problems cover a range of activities, but my class particularly liked the activity based on Disneyland where they had to zoom in on Street View as well as use the Earth function to mathematically calculate the number of car parks in a particular structure at Disneyland, and also calculate the commercial profitability of the car park. This is a multi-skilled pack for Middle School students and those who have bought my other packs over the years (thank you all!) you will know that each sheet is well laid out, nicely presented and encourages the student to work independently on each activity. As well as the Disneyland activity, the pack includes: - designing a road trip - searching for mathematical street names in a particular location(we found more than 10 names!) - researching odd mathematical locations - measuring and comparing distance - and more 10 pages of worksheets, PLUS an answer key.
Speak UP! ****BRAND NEW****
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Speak UP! ****BRAND NEW****

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The ability to speak in public is one of the hardest things that anybody can endure, but it is so much easier if you can adopt some powerful techniques that others use to make their speech memorable and at least survive on the stage. Young people should be given plenty of practice time to present a speech and this unit of work helped the kids in my class adopt some strategies use in their speeches. This pack consists of quality worksheets that review some famous speeches and shows the techniques that the speaker used to be persuasive and powerful. The content includes: - Analyzing Donald Trump's acceptance speech - Learning about Alliteration in speeches - Practising the use of Tricolons - Understanding the Power of Speech Metaphors - Ways to use Repetition in Speeches - Reviewing Inch by Inch, by Al Pacino - Reviewing Queen Elizabeth I’s Speech to the Troops at Tilbury, 1588 - Discovering the power of The Gettysburg Address - Counting the metaphors in the 'I Have a Dream Speech', by Martin Luther King The pack also includes a bonus Rubric that can be used to analyze the effectiveness of any speech. 32 pages in all, including an Answer Key
Google Earth **TASK CARDS**
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Google Earth **TASK CARDS**

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46 Task Cards with 46 activities for students to explore Google Earth. Activities include: - measuring distance with ruler function - calculating area - using longitude and latitude - mastering Google Earth tools and applications - understanding continents, countries - exploring Google Sky, Moon and Mars - zooming in to significant landmarks - investigative work on the ground - and much more. Comprehensive Answer Key included. Print out cards on to firm board - easy two-cut template to create four cards per page. (Some samples shown) ******************************************** Learn more about the author at malcombrown.com.au ********************************************
How to Tell a Joke ***NEW***
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How to Tell a Joke ***NEW***

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Telling a joke to a group of people is a real art - and no-one ever teaches us how to do it! These worksheets explore some key aspects of joke telling and they can be great fun in any middle classroom. I suggest setting the ground rules with the class right at the beginning so that any inappropriate material is not used as a joke… but that never really happened in any of the lessons that I conducted with my students, so hopefully it is a non-issue for your class as well. This pack includes 12 pages of worksheets plus an answer key showing some suggested answers to the questions about jokes. Headings in the pack include: - Defining a joke - Putting on your humor hat - What is the best joke you have ever heard? - Know your audience - Joke types - How to write your own joke - How to deliver a joke I really enjoy working with humor in my classes and I have about a dozen packs of worksheets that worked in my class in my TES store. ******************************************** I’d be really disappointed if anyone is not happy with these packs, so if that’s you, please get back to me and your money will be very happily refunded. I’d really like some feedback too, so all comments most welcome.
Political Cartoons **Powerpoint Slide Pack**
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Political Cartoons **Powerpoint Slide Pack**

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Great introduction into interpreting Political Cartoons, explaining and illustrating the main strategies used by cartoonists: - labelling - use of symbols - analogy - irony - exaggeration. The slide deck supports the Interactive Notebook Political Cartoons - An Interactive Notebook The interactive slide deck is very expertly made and is another part of the humour and comedy series that I use in my Middle School classes. Downloading this Powerpoint pack also provides you with a very flash template to develop your own great slide presentation.
Pranks, Hoaxes & Scams
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Pranks, Hoaxes & Scams

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Great fun pack that investigates the types of Pranks, Hoaxes and Scams that are carried out in a variety of circumstances - on the web, in the classroom, in the news and so on. Students identify the differences and get an understanding that this is not a new thing - it all started with Jonathon Swift (Gulliver Travels). These pen and paper worksheets explore this type of humor and discusses the impact it might have on the victim. I really enjoy teaching about humor in the classroom and this is another of my packs that my classes have been working on. I also use the topic to cover off some 'bullying' issues and make sure that all students understand that a prank can often have a negative effect on someone else - and so needs to be avoided. The pack is also great for introducing the topic of email scams and how they can impact people who are not wary. 28 pages including a comprehensive Answer Key I'd be really disappointed if anyone is not happy with these packs, so if that's you, please get back to me and your money will be very happily refunded. I'd really like some feedback too, so all comments most welcome. ************************************************************ Learn more about the author at Malcom Brown
Public Speaking
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Public Speaking

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Great Value bundle combining two popular packs focussing on public speaking, the techniques used by others and the process in writing and presenting a speech. Each worksheet in each pack has engaging activities for the Middle School student to start to master one of the most important skills that any adult needs in their private and public lives - no matter what career they pursue. Ove 50 pages of tips, ideas and activities for the student to self-guide their way to speaking mastery. PLUS, a free fun pack is included to check on those speech trip-ups that will get in the way of any good speech. Nothing worse than saying the wrong thing, when you really meant something else. The effect can be catastrophic.
Clowns and Slapstick
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Clowns and Slapstick

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A slapstick was originally a harmless paddle composed of two pieces of wood that slapped together to produce a resounding whack when the paddle struck someone. It was soon used by jesters to playfully smack others in a play and soon came to be the descriptor of similar type of physical comedy. Great printables around the theme of Clowns and the comedy method of slapstick. Research how slapstick is created, the principles of clowning and the history of both. These printables are challenging and varied and all centred around the comedy of slapstick. Humour is a great way to engage students in the classroom and this Middle School Resource was great fun in my classes. 15 great worksheets that students can complete on their own, and teachers can use to build on with other activities and interests. 17 pages Duration 1 week
What City is This? **BUNDLE**
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What City is This? **BUNDLE**

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PACK 1 What US City Skyline is That? Who doesn't like the magic of city skylines? I know I do and my class loves them as well. These worksheets on city skylines worked great. The task here is to review each city skyline PLUS review the other clue on the worksheet. Then identify which city it is from the clues. The other clue may be figures about the city, the city's logo or flag, a map of the city's area, or a logo of the sporting club that is based in that city. The task is challenging and fun, and normally requires the student to be creative in how they investigate the answer. Do I use Google Maps? Do I use Wikipedia? Do I try to find the answer by identifying a building on the skyline? The worksheets are a great library filler and you can always pull one out for that spare moment. There are 20 maps in all. ********************************** PACK 2 What City is This? These worksheets of printable maps each has a simple clue for that students use to determine what city is outlined on the sheet. Best used with Google Earth. The clue might be a longitude or latitude. The task is simple, but the activity is challenging. The maps require the student to use their problem solving skills to find the answer Students can also use the layout of the city as well to assist in working out the name. The worksheets have an answer key at the end. There are 10 maps in all. ********************************** **BONUS** PACK 3 This Slide Deck of maps each have a simple clue that can be used as a class activity. The task is to determine what country is outlined on each slide. First the country outline is shown, then click on to a single clue to help identify the country. The clue might be a longitude or latitude, a key city, or a geographical feature. Use Google Earth to find the country from the clues provided. The task is simple, but the activity is challenging. Once the students identify the country from the shape and/or the clue, click on to see the answer. There are 22 maps in all. ******************************************* If there is anything at all about this pack that disappoints or was not as expected, please get back to me and your funds will be completely refunded - no issue at all. I'd be completely embarrassed if anyone had one of my products and it did not suit! *********************************************
How to Write & Present a Speech **NEW**
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How to Write & Present a Speech **NEW**

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The ability to construct and confidently present a speech to any audience will always be one of the most sought after skills required in any form of employment. Any student needs to master the skills to speak confidently, and this pack of worksheets will provide every student with some unique insights to how to speak confidently. Topics include: Developing a hook to involve the audience Telling a story to engage the audience Develop a Call to Action to finish off the speech Tips to gain confidence with public speaking And the importance of seeking feedback about a speech that was delivered. These topics and more are covered in these 20 plus pages of activities aimed for the Middle School Student Answer key included
Ukraine Crisis - What Happened
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Ukraine Crisis - What Happened

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A lesson plan plus 20 pages of worksheets about the reasons behind the current Ukraine crisis. UPDATED *****July 18, 2014***** with worksheet on Malaysian Flight Disaster The crisis is explained simply and in a straightforward manner, and some follow up activities are provided to help the lower secondary students understand why the world is watching this tension unfold. Also includes blank flag and map templates of all the major players in the crisis. Activities include: - comprehension - time zone understanding - distance matrix - map reading - and more Answer sheet included at end of booklet