First Day Jitters

First Day Jitters

First Day Jitters: Story questions based on the story First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg. This activity is a 2 page worksheet with questions that include the following skills: •author and illustrator •main character •point of view •multiple meaning words •locating details •answering questions in complete sentences This activity page works well for grades 3, 4, and 5 to review very basic skills at the beginning of the year and ease them into completing classwork again. This activity worked great for my 4th graders! Includes an answer key.
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Back to School Time Capsule

Back to School Time Capsule

Back to School: Time Capsule beginning and end of year activity for grades 2,3,4,5. This fun time capsule activity is a great way to start and end a school year. Students complete a page of information about themselves and draw an art sample at the beginning and end of the year. You can also photograph your students and include that as well. These pages can be assembled into a booklet for students to keep as a school year memory keepsake. I have used this activity as a first day or first week activity with my 4th graders for years! When I present it to them on the last day of the year, I see amazement on their faces when they see how much they've changed. It has always been a hit!
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Vertebrates Classification

Vertebrates Classification

Vertebrates: Animal Classification Task Cards. This set of task cards includes: •40 task cards with beautiful photographs •Student Directions •Teacher Notes •Posters •Cover page to attach to a folder or envelope •Record Sheets •Answer Key Students will sort 40 cards into 5 groups of vertebrates to review concepts learned in science. They will record their answers onto a record sheet. This set of task cards can be used as an enrichment center, activity for fast finishers, learning center, inclusion activity for one on one instruction, or a whole group scoot game.
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Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Jellyfish: All About Jellyfish PowerPoint presentation. This is an information Power Point presentation that gives basic facts and beautiful photographs of jellyfish or jelly fish. This presentation will compliment many children's books and stories that you may be using in your classroom. The presentation includes 16 slides and can be edited to meet your needs. I have included these options to view the presentation: •Editable PowerPoint presentation (best) •JPEG PowerPoint presentation in case your computer doesn't allow my font and changes or distorts the editable version •PDF slides for you to use in whatever way you like. Presentation is a great addition to the following stories: •Sea Jellies Rainbows in the Sea by Elizabeth Tayntor Gowell •Jellies in Unit 2, Lesson 10 of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys •Jellyfish by Lloyd G. Douglas •Jellies by Twig George •Jellyfish (Under the Sea) by Carol K. Lindeen •Amazing Jellies: Jewels of the Sea by Elizabeth Gowell •Jellyfish (Nature's Children) by Katie Marsico •Jellyfish (A Day in the Life: Sea Animals) by Louise Spilsbury
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Place Value Activity

Place Value Activity

Place Value: Place Value Mix-Up is a FUN hands-on activity designed to help students practice place value skills with numbers through the hundred millions. Skills include standard form, word form, expanded form, expanded form with the values pulled out, ordering, and determining values of particular digits. The activity taps into your kinesthetic learners by giving them the ability to manipulate numbers and build them. It takes minimal preparation and will be ready to go the day you decide to use it.
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Cherries and Cherry Pits Literature Center

Cherries and Cherry Pits Literature Center

Cherries and Cherry Pits: Literature Center contains 3 literacy activities for the book by Vera B. Williams including student and teacher friendly activities. This center is easy to assemble and follow. This product includes: •Center poster/signs •Student directions •Teacher notes •Explore the Setting Activity •Adjectives task cards matching activity + record sheet •Draw and Write creative writing activity •answer keys if applicable This center was created for 3rd and 4th grade. It will also benefit higher level 2nd grade students that need enrichment.
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Character Activities

Character Activities

Character Activities: These activities can be used with any fiction story you choose that contains characters. Students can choose a character from a story, describe the character using adjectives, complete a graphic organizer that requires students to locate text evidence, and locate details to support and answer a question that requires close analytic reading. There is also a Venn diagram comparison included that can be used to compare any 2 characters in a story. These activities can be used in a whole group classroom lesson, for enrichment, or in a literature center. You can use stories in your anthology, novels, or picture books. I have used this activity in my own class to teach character traits, supplement my anthology stories, and prepare for PARCC assessments. The students really benefited from this used in a guided activity. Made for upper elementary and middle school levels.
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Goggles Literature Center

Goggles Literature Center

Goggles: Literature Center contains 3 literacy activities for the book by Ezra Jack Keats including student and teacher friendly activities. The center is easy to assemble and follow. This product includes: •Center poster/signs •Student directions •Teacher notes •Reading comprehension-Sequence Summary, cut & paste •Word work- Verbs, task cards matching activity + record sheet •Setting- Drawing, mapping, writing This center was created for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
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Spelling Choice Boards

Spelling Choice Boards

5 Spelling Choice Boards: Differentiated spelling activities to meet the learning styles of your upper elementary an middle school students. I have included 5 different choice boards. Each board contains 25 choices. There are repeated activities on each board, but each board has unique choices. There are more than 60 different activities, including some you may have never seen before. You can use these Choice boards as a differentiation menu of homework or classwork activities for students to choose from. You can set your requirements any way you like. These boards will work for any length of list. I currently have students in 20, 15, and 8 word lists in my 4th grade class. These boards will work for any of my lists. The boards include a variety of activities that require memorization, grammar, writing, creativity, art, math, word study, etc. My students love the choices! The boards can be used over and over again. This product works best for grades 3-7.
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Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

This packet of writing assignment activities includes writing prompts for students to write essays, work through the writing process, or answer prose constructed response questions/prompts (PCR) about Martin Luther King Jr. This packet can be used to compliment an upper elementary or early middle school reading or social studies unit on MLK. The writing prompts focus on Martin’s character traits or his challenges/hardships he faced. The prompts help students to practice a research simulation activity. There are prompts that can be used if students are reading multiple sources on MLK or if they are only reading one story about him. My prompts use wording that is very similar to what you will find on the PARCC assessment and other Common Core materials. You decide if you want to make the assignment a 1 sitting response to a PCR prompt, a one-time writing of an essay, or work through the entire writing process. You can use this packet to teach the way you want and in the time frame you have. This packet includes everything you need to teach a quality Common Core writing lesson on Martin Luther King Jr. The packet includes CCSS standards, teacher notes, possible resources to use, lots of graphic organizer choices, anchor charts, and rubrics. 1 Cover Page 2 Table of Contents 3-5 Teacher Notes 6 CCSS Standards 7-8 Resource List 9-23 Writing Prompts and Papers 24-25 Gathering Evidence 26-27 Brainstorm 28 Gather Ideas 29-30 Writing Organizers 31 Character Traits 32 Helpful Writing Words 33 The Writing Process 34 Proofreading Checklist 35 How to Answer a PCR Prompt 36-39 Rubrics 40 Credits Total Pages 40
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Odd and Even Numbers

Odd and Even Numbers

Even Odd Numbers Task Cards: Practice Counting numbers 1 to 10 and decide if a number is even or odd. This set of task cards is unique because it contains beautiful and captivating photographs that captures students' interests and helps to make learning fun! This set of task cards includes: •32 task cards with beautiful photographs •Student Directions •Teacher Notes •Posters •Cover page to attach to a folder or envelope •Answer keys Students will sort 32 cards into 2 groups of even numbers and odd numbers to review concepts learned in math. They can self-check their decisions using the answer keys. This set of task cards can be used as an enrichment center, activity for fast finishers, learning center, inclusion activity, or for one on one instruction.
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Science Experiment

Science Experiment

Popcorn science experiment or project that teaches students the Scientific Method in a simple and easy to follow format. Everything you need is included except the popcorn and some materials always on hand in a school or kitchen. There is nothing complicated in this experiment, even for the teacher that is new to science experiments! Students will work together to try to find out if storing popcorn in different temperatures, such as the freezer, will help more kernels to pop. They will store several brands of popcorn in different temperatures. Then, they will pop the popcorn in a microwave or air popper. Students will count the kernels that didn't pop. They will work through all steps of the Scientific Method. As the students work through each step, they will complete the activity pages and data collection sheets. At the end, the class can enjoy a fun popcorn treat! All activity steps are outlined in the Teacher Directions. All parts of the science experiment have record sheets and informational pages for the students to use. This is also great for kids that need to create a science project. Included in this product: •Teacher Directions •Idea sparking poster •Scientific Method chart •Popcorn Facts •Science Experiment record sheets •What Will You Test? page •Observations and Data collection page •Reflection page
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Narrative Writing

Narrative Writing

Narrative Writing: Donuts! Treat your students to a yummy iced donut while they write! Students will choose from 24 donut themed writing prompts to get their ideas flowing. They will write a narrative story using a graphic organizer and anchor charts. My students LOVED this activity! I introduced the lesson by reading a fiction book involving donuts titled "Who Needs Donuts?" by Mark Alan Stamaty. Then, as they began to work, I brought a tray of donuts out from the back of the room for them to eat while writing. They had so much fun! I had fun too because I ate a donut along with them! This narrative writing activity includes: 13 page download includes: 24 writing prompts Lesson introduction/list of narrative writing components Narrative Story graphic organizer Hooks Proofreading Checklist The Writing Process chart Helpful Writing Words Chart Stationery Narrative Writing Rubric This activity will be a great supplement to the following books: Who Needs Donuts by Mark Alan Stamaty The Donut Diaries by Dermot Milligan Homer Price by Robert McClosky Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller Doughnuts for a Dragon by Adam Guillain The Fake Donut by Evelyn Chedekel The Great Doughnut Parade by Rebecca Bond If You Give a Dog a Donut by Felicia Bond Leo's Lost Donut by Sophie Corrigan The Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee The Doughnut Tree by Astrid Yrigollen
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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Activities

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Activities

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: Literature Center contains 3 literacy activities for the book by William Steig including student and teacher friendly activities. The center is easy to assemble and follow. This product includes: •Center poster/signs •Student directions •Teacher notes •Writing activity- students write about a favorite collection •Reading comprehension- Cause and Effect cut & paste activity •Word work- Context clues task cards matching activity +record sheet This center was created for 3rd, 4th , and 5th grades.
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Animal Classification

Animal Classification

Vertebrates & Invertebrates Task Cards This set of task cards includes: •32 task cards with beautiful photographs •Student Directions •Teacher Notes •Posters •Cover page to attach to a folder or envelope •Record Sheet •Answer Key Students will sort 32 cards into 2 groups of vertebrates and invertebrates to review concepts learned in science. They will record their answers onto a record sheet. This set of task cards can be used as an enrichment center, activity for fast finishers, learning center, inclusion activity for one on one instruction, or a whole group scoot game.
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Measurement Activity

Measurement Activity

Measuring lesson to supplement the Leo Lionni story book Inch by Inch that includes a read aloud, discussion, and hands on measurement. Students will measure using inches, centimeters, and millimeters. This activity combines literature, math, and science. My students loved this simple, yet engaging lesson to review measurement. You will find the needed materials easily in your home or classroom- no need to buy a thing!
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End of Year

End of Year

Summer Bucket List activity is a super FUN end of the school year writing craftivity! This craft includes writing cutting coloring art and assembly. The writing prompts ask students to finish statements about their big summer plans. This activity is easy and requires materials that all teachers have on hand in their classrooms. This is perfect for the last days of the school year to complete during reading, language arts, ELA time. The prompts will require students to make goals for making summertime the best it can be.
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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

Picture book activities designed specifically for the Caldecott winning book “Extra Yarn” by Mac Barnett. This unit includes 18 comprehension, vocabulary, and language activities to create a guided reading group, weekly whole group unit, individual book study, enrichment lesson, or learning center. It would also work great for substitutes and includes answer keys! My units stand out for their high quality and rigorous lessons to help support the CCSS and state curriculums. This unit includes the following activities: 1. Story Map + answer key 2. Story Questions + answer key 3. Vocabulary Word Cards 4. Vocabulary Words Chart + answer key 5. Vocabulary Practice + answer key 6. Vocabulary Discussion Cards 7. Vocabulary Practice 8. Close Reading Questions 9. Guided Close Reading Questions + answers 10. Journal Prompts 11. Point of View 12. Proofreading Sentences 13. Compound Words 14. Parts of Speech 15. Contractions 16. Summary/Sequencing 17. Genre- Realistic or Fantasy 18. Theme Comparison w/ The Quiltmaker’s Gift 19. Theme Comparison w/ Miss Rumphius 20. Coloring Activity
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Theme

Theme

Shared Theme Activity. This literature activity is used with 2 stories that share the same theme. It can be used with any 2 stories that you choose. Students will identify the shared theme and answer a question that requires close analytic reading. Students must locate details in each story to support the theme. They will use this evidence to answer the question. This activity can be used with the whole group, for enrichment, or in a literature center. You can use stories in your anthology or picture books. I have used this activity in my own class to prepare for PARCC assessments. The students really benefited from this used in a guided activity. I selected 2 picture books with a shared theme to help teach this lesson. The lesson was super!
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