100 Daily Writing Warm-Ups - Short Prompts - Task Cards - Printer-Friendly!

100 Daily Writing Warm-Ups - Short Prompts - Task Cards - Printer-Friendly!

This packet features a set of 100 short writing prompts or what I like to call “daily warm-ups.” I have used these prompts successfully in a few different scenarios including bell ringer assignments, icebreakers at the beginning of the school year, and in long-term writing projects such as writing folders and portfolios. There are two main parts of this packet: (1) a four-page list of all 100 prompts which might be used as part of a writing folder assignment and (2) a set of task cards that can be easily printed, cut, and shared with students.
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100 Social Studies Research Questions Elementary/Middle Grades

100 Social Studies Research Questions Elementary/Middle Grades

Consider purchasing this bundle of four 25-question assignments that you can use as a set of daily activities, a set of bell ringer assignments, or as a single research assignment. There are 100 questions to use in your classroom. All answers are included. You will find short research questions related to Ancient History, American History, World History, World Geography, Economics, Government, and more! It is NEVER too early to teach students how to conduct research. This is one of the fundamental skills required of 21st century learners in higher education. I have used these assignments in my classroom, and I have found that my middle school students enjoy them. You might also try to use them in higher level elementary classrooms (5th and 6th grades). Please find each 25-question assignment and an answer key for easy grading in this packet. There are four documents total.
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Create-a-Country Geography Skills Project - SCALABLE

Create-a-Country Geography Skills Project - SCALABLE

This is the create-a-country project which requires students -- upper elementary, middle, or high school -- to demonstrate fundamental geography skills. I mention it is a scalable assignment. Simply, there are different versions of this two-part assignment here: an upper elementary school assignment, a middle school assignment, and a high school assignment. Of course, you can mix-and-match to fit the needs of your classes. Both parts of this assignment require students to think critically to earn full credit. The first part of the assignment requires them to define their country’s unique characteristics. The second part is a map-making assignment in which they take the displayable characteristics from part one and illustrate them on a blank piece of paper. This can be a very powerful and engaging project!
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The Women Who Shaped America Research Project + Digital Storytelling

The Women Who Shaped America Research Project + Digital Storytelling

The Women Who Shaped America Research Project allows upper elementary and middle grade students (grades 5-8 with some modifications) an opportunity to research one of 40 important, ground-breaking, and/or pioneering women and present their findings in a biographical essay. These individuals include activists, scientists, athletes, trailblazers, politicians, authors, suffragists, and many more! That's right: there are 40 individuals to choose from! This research project is ideal for Women's History Month -- or any time of the year. There is also an optional digital storytelling component utilizing the free iPad app, Shadow Puppet EDU. This part of the project again is optional. Students can still complete the biographical essay.
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Pirate Pete's Treasure Map Project :Teach Map Skills: Memorable Hands-on Project

Pirate Pete's Treasure Map Project :Teach Map Skills: Memorable Hands-on Project

This map project is a fun, quirky way to allow students to demonstrate cartography and map reading skills. Let “Pirate Pete” guide your students through a culminating project about fundamental map skills: absolute location, the compass rose, the map key (or legend), and map symbols. The twist, of course, is that students must create their own treasure map, as instructed by Pirate Pete. The assignment might also make a good stand-alone substitute lesson for a day when you cannot be at school. Included in the packet is Pirate Pete’s introductory letter and a set of treasure map-making instructions.
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Let's Explore the Continents! - Use Map Skills to Find Places - Bundle

Let's Explore the Continents! - Use Map Skills to Find Places - Bundle

This is a bundle of six map skills assignments for Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands, North America, and South America. Each is titled respectively "Let's Explore! Use a Map to Find Countries, Capital Cities, Landforms, and Bodies of Water." These assignments include 20 questions each that require students to analyze a map of each continent for boundaries and borders, major cities, landforms, and bodies of water.
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Creating Mental Maps - Geography Map Skills Practice Activity

Creating Mental Maps - Geography Map Skills Practice Activity

This activity will provide a good warm-up activity for the beginning of a unit on map skills, an additional practice for quick finishers, and more. Students will create a mental map of their school, their neighborhood, or their home. A mental map is a map you create in your mind of a familiar place. You have been creating these kinds of maps to navigate from place-to-place since you were very young. Think of it like a drawing of a place you carry around in your mind. If you can visualize a place or location in your mind, you have a strong understand of mental mapping skills already. For example, you have a strong map of your school in your mind if you can walk from one part of your neighborhood to another without asking for help. In this activity, you will draw a mental map on a piece of paper. You may draw a mental map of your school, your neighborhood, or your home. The activity comes with a checklist to guide students when they create their maps.
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What's on the Menu? Project - Research World Cuisines - Create a Restaurant Menu

What's on the Menu? Project - Research World Cuisines - Create a Restaurant Menu

What’s on the Menu? is one of my favorite ways of introducing my students to different cultures around the world and begin thinking critically about how people interact with their environments and vice versa. What better way to do so than with food? Here is what is expected of students in this assignment: Through an intensive, research-based study, students will learn about cultural similarities and differences around the world, particularly the foods people eat. The final project may provide a unique and fascinating study of the geography, history, economic, religious, and cultural factors that influence cuisine around the world. This assignment works best when tied to a map study or long-range unit of study that allows students to see how people influence their environments and how their environments influence them. The project should require students to provide thoughtful answers to questions about how, why, and where culinary interests develop. This packet contains the following: •A universal menu template that students can use to research ANY country’s cuisine. It is color-heavy, and if your school or classroom budget does not allow printing of heavy images, I have provided an alternative that will require less ink and copier toner. •The aforementioned printer-friendly menu template for any international menu. I have also included several individualized menus for the following nations: Brazil, France, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, and Thailand. •Three lesson extension ideas. •A rubric you may consider using to evaluate the project.
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