Summer STEM Travel Fun

Summer STEM Travel Fun

Get ready for summer travel fun and STEM education in the same boredom buster! * 68 pages of travel fun for everyone * Everyone can participate and cooperate! More than a simple Find-it Bingo game, this booklet encourages the entire family to find items along the way and then: •​​Describe it in sensory words (develops literacy skills) •Hypothesize the answers to two STEM questions (develops Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills) •Draw a picture of what was observed (develops memory skills) This is an instant download so you can print and take it with you TODAY!
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Jeopardy Game Template

Jeopardy Game Template

This Jeopardy Game Template is customizable for any grade and any subject. Just place your questions and answers in the space provided and your review is DONE! PowerPoint program includes the Jeopardy music, Double Jeopardy, and Final Jeopardy. When your students answer the question correctly, click on the smiley thumbs up and the answer slide appears. When your students answer the question incorrectly, click on the smiley thumbs down and the main slide reappears. You can then explain what the correct answer should have been. Whether the answer is correct or incorrect, the dollar amount shows up in red so it is not chosen again. I did it this way because I found that the students who were simply watching could hear AND see the correct answer. When one group got the answer wrong, the likelihood that others had misconceptions was high so I could expand on the wrong answer to correct any misunderstandings in the whole class. There are five categories and five questions in each category. If you want to double the dollar amounts, simply copy this PowerPoint and adjust accordingly - it is unlocked for your convenience. This Jeopardy Game Template PowerPoint is also perfect for in-service meetings to introduce a topic and add interest!
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Ancient Egypt Treasure Quest - a Complete Unit Bundle

Ancient Egypt Treasure Quest - a Complete Unit Bundle

Imagine all of your students actively engaged in a unit on Ancient Egypt with very little preparation on your part! Sound wonderful? It is!! This Ancient Egypt activity includes five PowerPoint programs for five different groups on five different topics related to Ancient Egypt. Group A – The Nile River: The river, animals, plants, other uses for the river Group B – The Egyptian People: Clothing, classes, daily life, artisans Group C – Egyptian Rituals and Religion: Mummies, burial, mythology, symbols Group D – Egyptian Government: Pharaohs, kingdoms, cities, hieroglyphics Group E – Egyptian Architecture: Pyramids, sphinx, temples, inventions The activities in each group are many and varied, allowing for creative research and development of the topic. The unit helps the students with the 4 C's of education; Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration. When one group finishes their four tasks, the students are encouraged to divide up and join other groups to help finish their tasks. Eventually, all groups will finish with the assistance of everyone in the classroom. This is a cooperative effort. As each group finishes, you’ll see that the teacher PowerPoint program allows you to click on the group and cover it with a pyramid. After everyone is done, your students will present their findings to the class. As each group presents, your PowerPoint program will allow you to make the pyramid disappear so you can keep track of which group has gone, although you can certainly go in alphabetical order starting with Group A. Finally, the class discussion involves learning how the Egyptian people influenced modern people. You can determine what “treasure” will be most appropriate for your class. Depending on the level of ability of your students, this unit can take anywhere between 4 days and two weeks. You can also use the group work for whole-class participation, but having individual groups makes for a livelier discussion at the end! Your students will work eagerly and cooperatively to complete this Treasure Quest so they can find the treasure at then of the unit. Minimal preparation is required on your part!
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Crazy Blanks Skit Starters - Camping Theme

Crazy Blanks Skit Starters - Camping Theme

This Mad-Libs© style resource includes 8 skit starters for camping (or classroom) fun: New Kid at the Camp Bunkhouse Blues A New Craft The Obstacle Course They Served What for Dinner? What I Bought at the Camp Store Campfire Tales Lost in the Woods To use this resource: Print enough directions sheets for each group. Print the individual Skit Starters on the reverse of these sheets. This resource can be used in many ways. You can give the same topic to each group and see how they are different when given different words to fill in the blanks. Or you can give each group a different topic for a variety of presentations. These can also be individual story starters for journal entries and assignments. Whichever way you use them, the children will enjoy creating their own stories and skits.
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Newton's Three Laws of Motion - A Lock Box Escape Quest (WITH Math) for STEM Day

Newton's Three Laws of Motion - A Lock Box Escape Quest (WITH Math) for STEM Day

After your initial preparation, the beauty of this activity is that it is entirely student-driven! They will know whether they got the correct answer to the clue because there is a self-correcting code to crack. Everyone participates, because when one group finishes before the others, the rules of the quest include the instruction to split up and help another group finish. The instructions below are for 6 groups of students. If you have fewer groups, follow the directions in parentheses. Materials needed: Construction paper: Yellow, Red, and Blue 18 business-size envelopes (15 for 5 groups, 12 for 4 groups) 3 small boxes (shoe boxes are perfect) Copy paper 3 markers Adhesive tape Assorted prizes Preparation: 1. Print three lock images. It’s okay if you don’t have a color printer – simply print in black and white and attach to the colored construction paper. 2. Designate each box as Newton’s First Law (blue), Second Law (yellow), and Third Law (red). Attach the prepared lock images to each box. 3. Cut eighteen 3” x 5” rectangles from the yellow, red, and blue construction paper. Attach to the envelopes: 6 yellow, 6 red, and 6 blue. (15 for 5 groups, 12 for 4 groups) 4. Print the Clue Sheet for each combination. Insert it in the designated color envelope. 5. Before the students enter the room, hide the envelopes. 6. Show the PowerPoint. 7. At the BEGIN slide, let the students search for the envelopes. Remind them that only one person from a group may be up and searching. Each time they look for an envelope, a different group member searches for a different color. 8. When the students get their combination number, one person will enter it on the box locks. This activity has self-correcting answers! If they don’t get a number as an answer, they will know that it is incorrect! If you have fewer than six groups, simply place a random number in the spaces you don’t use. 9. When one group finishes with three different color envelopes, they are to split up and help other groups. 10. When all the groups have finished, go over all the examples for each of Newton’s Laws of Motion. Either let the students present their findings, or you can show the finished products to the class, elaborating on each. 11. Show the reward slides on the PowerPoint. Some examples of rewards include homework passes, extra points on tests, dollar store goodies, stickers, etc. 12. When the activity is over, post the examples of each law next to the locks so everyone can see each other’s examples every day for a while!
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Newton's Laws of Motion - A Lock Box Escape Quest (no math) for STEM Day

Newton's Laws of Motion - A Lock Box Escape Quest (no math) for STEM Day

After your initial preparation, the beauty of this activity is that it is entirely student-driven! They will know whether they got the correct answer to the clue because there is a self-correcting code to crack. Everyone participates, because when one group finishes before the others, the rules of the quest include the instruction to split up and help another group finish. The instructions below are for 6 groups of students. If you have fewer groups, follow the directions in parentheses. Materials needed: Construction paper: Yellow, Red, and Blue 18 business-size envelopes (15 for 5 groups, 12 for 4 groups) 3 small boxes (shoe boxes are perfect) Copy paper 3 markers Adhesive tape Assorted prizes Preparation: 1. Print three lock images. It’s okay if you don’t have a color printer – simply print in black and white and attach to the colored construction paper. 2. Designate each box as Newton’s First Law (blue), Second Law (yellow), and Third Law (red). Attach the prepared lock images to each box. 3. Cut eighteen 3” x 5” rectangles from the yellow, red, and blue construction paper. Attach to the envelopes: 6 yellow, 6 red, and 6 blue. (15 for 5 groups, 12 for 4 groups) 4. Print the Clue Sheet for each combination. Insert it in the designated color envelope. 5. Before the students enter the room, hide the envelopes. 6. Show the PowerPoint. 7. At the BEGIN slide, let the students search for the envelopes. Remind them that only one person from a group may be up and searching. Each time they look for an envelope, a different group member searches for a different color. 8. When the students get their combination number, one person will enter it on the box locks. This activity has self-correcting answers! If they don’t get a number as an answer, they will know that it is incorrect! If you have fewer than six groups, simply place a random number in the spaces you don’t use. 9. When one group finishes with three different color envelopes, they are to split up and help other groups. 10. When all the groups have finished, go over all the examples for each of Newton’s Laws of Motion. Either let the students present their findings, or you can show the finished products to the class, elaborating on each. 11. Show the reward slides on the PowerPoint. Some examples of rewards include homework passes, extra points on tests, dollar store goodies, stickers, etc. 12. When the activity is over, post the examples of each law next to the locks so everyone can see each other’s examples every day for a while!   NOTE: This activity is an introduction to Newton's Laws to present the concept - it does not contain the math associated with each law.
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12 Guides for speech and action when dealing with young children

12 Guides for speech and action when dealing with young children

This program covers twelve ways that teachers can earn a child's cooperation through what they say and do: 1. Positive suggestions 2. Guided choices 3. Confident tone of voice 4. Name-calling 5. Comparisons 6. Redirection 7. Timely suggestions 8. Art models 9. Independence 10. Reinforcement 11. Prevention 12. Limits This program is also appropriate for child development classes and babysitting courses. Even parents of your students will profit from the suggestions in this valuable PowerPoint presentation!
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180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 2

180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 2

This collection of 180 picture prompts can be used to help your students develop anything from single sentences to short stories. They are arranged on an Avery 30-label template, so you can stick them to your students' journals, or simply print them on plain paper and glue into the journal. Pictures include scenes, characters, and props. Your students can interpret them any way they want! I have left space to the right of the image for a sight word. In my experience, young authors are more creative when they have both an image and a word for a prompt. For example, you might give your students only the image of a snowman and they will likely give you a story about their last snow day. However when you couple that picture with a sight word like sing, you'll get an entirely new interpretation! Also included in this download are the second and first grade Dolch sight words lists. The Dolch word list is often used to teach reading skills. Additionally, although the Dolch word list was originally devised in the context of teaching English-speaking children to read, it has also subsequently become popular in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Here is one way you can use this download: Print the images and cut them apart. Place them into a fish bowl, basket, or a simple box. Print the sight word list(s) and cut them apart. Put them into a different container. When your students enter the room, have them pick one image and one sight word. They will then pair the two in their journal and begin their morning writing exercise. What fun! Finally, the images are unlocked so you can substitute any images that are specific to your school or area. For example, you might include a picture of your principal, or the local library.
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180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 1

180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 1

This collection of 180 picture prompts can be used to help your students develop anything from single sentences to short stories. They are arranged on an Avery 30-label template, so you can stick them to your students' journals, or simply print them on plain paper and glue into the journal. Pictures include scenes, characters, and props. Your students can interpret them any way they want! I have left space to the right of the image for a sight word. In my experience, young authors are more creative when they have both an image and a word for a prompt. For example, you might give your students only the image of a snowman and they will likely give you a story about their last snow day. However when you couple that picture with a sight word like fly, you'll get an entirely new interpretation! Also included in this download are the second and first grade Dolch sight words lists. The Dolch word list is often used to teach reading skills. Additionally, although the Dolch word list was originally devised in the context of teaching English-speaking children to read, it has also subsequently become popular in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Here is one way you can use this download: Print the images and cut them apart. Place them into a fish bowl, basket, or a simple box. Print the sight word list and cut them apart. Put them into a different container. When your students enter the room, have them pick one image and one sight word. They will then pair the two in their journal and begin their morning writing exercise. What fun! Finally, the images are unlocked so you can substitute any images that are specific to your school or area. For example, you might include a picture of your principal, or the local library.
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180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 3

180 Picture and Word Prompts for Grade 3

This collection of 180 picture prompts can be used to help your students develop anything from single sentences to short stories. They are arranged on an Avery 30-label template, so you can stick them to your students' journals, or simply print them on plain paper and glue into the journal. Pictures include scenes, characters, and props. Your students can interpret them any way they want! I have left space to the right of the image for a sight word. In my experience, young authors are more creative when they have both an image and a word for a prompt. For example, you might give your students only the image of a snowman and they will likely give you a story about their last snow day. However when you couple that picture with a sight word like sing, you'll get an entirely new interpretation! Also included in this download are the first, second, and third grade Dolch sight words lists. The Dolch word list is often used to teach reading skills. Additionally, although the Dolch word list was originally devised in the context of teaching English-speaking children to read, it has also subsequently become popular in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Here is one way you can use this download: Print the images and cut them apart. Place them into a fish bowl, basket, or a simple box. Print the sight word list(s) and cut them apart. Put them into a different container. When your students enter the room, have them pick one image and one sight word. They will then pair the two in their journal and begin their morning writing exercise. What fun! Finally, the images are unlocked so you can substitute any images that are specific to your school or area. For example, you might include a picture of your principal, or the local library.
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Geography of China and Nepal

Geography of China and Nepal

This is a brief, but comprehensive overview of the geography of China and its neighbor, Nepal. Topics include: * Green algae blooms * Yellow River * Great Wall of China * Mountains * Lakes * Oasis * Hong Kong * Natural bridges * Plateau * Mt. Everest All are organized by geographic area with photographs. Note: Make sure you play the PowerPoint, rather than simply look at the single slides. You'll see that some pictures and paragraphs disappear on a single slide before the next picture or paragraph appear on the same slide. I did this to create interest!
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Are you smarter than a 7th grade science student?

Are you smarter than a 7th grade science student?

This is a PowerPoint platform Jeopardy game that can be used as a year-end review. It covers the following general topics: PLANTS ROCKS SCIENTIST DNA FOOD CHAIN BIOLOGY CLASSIFICATION CELLS ORGAN SYSTEMS GENETICS You can, however, change the questions and/or answers to suit your students, as this program is unlocked.
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FUNtastic Family STEM Activities

FUNtastic Family STEM Activities

This mini-guide to STEM activities includes the following topics: Projects: Magic Rainbow Pop­Up Card - a service-learning project Create Rain From Ice Cubes Design a Bucky Ball Model Cooking Up A STEM Lesson: Egg Candling Creative Connections Game STEM Birthday Celebrations Go Figure Game Articles for adults: STEM Education Influences Future Career Plans Build Your Child's Library Continue Your FUNtastic Family STEM Adventures
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Homeostasis Day

Homeostasis Day

This lesson includes the following: PowerPoint on Homeostasis Story scenario that you can personalize with your students' names Chart of body systems Cause and Effect worksheet Systems chart to see which systems are used most When your students finish this lesson, they will understand the interaction between all the body systems and what they need to do to maintain a homeostasis balance.
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35 weeks of character education bulletin board discussion starters

35 weeks of character education bulletin board discussion starters

This collection of 36 discussion starters helps children learn, week by week, about many social and moral dilemmas they face every day. Some examples include: - Bullying - Cheating - Lying - Sportsmanship - Trust - Group relationships - Welcoming a new student - Violence - Overuse of technology - Etc., etc. etc. Full instructions are provided to to help the teacher implement this valuable weekly plan to generate discussion about character education. It uses a dragon theme: Keep the Dragons Out of Our Classroom to help children understand the wrong behavior can be very dangerous.
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Geography of Russia

Geography of Russia

This is a brief, but comprehensive overview of the geography of Japan. Topics covered include: * Archipelago * Volcanoes * Earthquakes * Hiroshima * Lakes * Sandbars * Climate * Tsunami All are organized by geographic region with photographs. Note: Make sure you play the PowerPoint, rather than simply look at the single slides. You'll see that some pictures and paragraphs disappear on a single slide before the next picture or paragraph appear on the same slide. I did this to create interest!
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Geography of Japan

Geography of Japan

This is a brief, but comprehensive overview of the geography of Japan. Topics covered include: * Archipelago * Volcanoes * Earthquakes * Hiroshima * Lakes * Sandbars * Climate * Tsunami All are organized by geographic region with photographs. Note: Make sure you play the PowerPoint, rather than simply look at the single slides. You'll see that some pictures and paragraphs disappear on a single slide before the next picture or paragraph appear on the same slide. I did this to create interest!
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Geography of Korea

Geography of Korea

This is a brief, but comprehensive overview of the geography of North and South Korea. Topics covered include: North Korea * Mountains and uplands * Plains * Rivers * Climate South Korea * Rice fields * Rivers * Salt harvesting * Green Tea * Islands All are organized by the geographic region with photographs. NOTE: this is ONLY about the geography, not the politics of the region. Note: Make sure you play the PowerPoint, rather than simply look at the single slides. You'll see that some pictures and paragraphs disappear on a single slide before the next picture or paragraph appear on the same slide. I did this to create interest!
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Matter Review - Jeopardy-style game

Matter Review - Jeopardy-style game

This interactive program covers these topics on matter: * Measuring * Properties of Matter * Changes of State * Physical and Chemical changes * States of Matter The format allows you to click between the main screen, the question, the incorrect answer screen, and the correct answer screen. When the question is used, the dollar amount changes color.
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Do your students have Comma Sense?

Do your students have Comma Sense?

Do your students forget to use commas in their written assignments? This PowerPoint presentation will give your students a fun look at the life of a comma. Each slide covers a different comma personality: * The Marching Comma * The Independent Comma * The Welcome Mat Comma * The Comma Twins * How-Does-It-Happen Comma * The Gossip Comma * The Contrary Comma * The Time and Place Comma * The Name Comma * The Weighty Comma Your students will love this new way to understand the use of commas in their creative writing!
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Mystery Writer's Workshop with Original Sample Story

Mystery Writer's Workshop with Original Sample Story

This is a complete writer's workshop for you to use with your students. The best part of this unit is the included original mystery story. I am a retired language arts teacher and former instructor for The Institute of Children's Literature. Throughout this unit, your students will see the formation of my finished story from choosing a title through developing characters, planting clues, and resolving the conclusion. See the revised story I have included as a sample for your students to witness the author's craft! The accompanying PowerPoint includes introductions on the following topics: - Characteristics of mystery and suspense - Mystery writer's vocabulary - Examples of published mysteries with synopses - Choosing a theme - Defining characters - Describing a setting - Adding clues, props, and red herrings - Planning a plot - Organizing and outlining the story - Writing a rough draft - Revising - Submission of the finished product Also, I have included worksheets to go with each slide: - Vocabulary puzzle with answers - Development of story themes - Description of characters - Determining a setting - Timeline of clues - Choosing props, clues, and red herrings This unit is totally student-driven and allows individuality within the framework of the assignment. I have not included a grading rubric because any writing rubric you currently use is applicable.
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Fantasy Writer's Workshop

Fantasy Writer's Workshop

This is a complete writer's workshop for you to use with your students. The accompanying PowerPoint includes introductions to the following topics: - What is Fantasy? - Choosing a topic - Picking a conflict, including an overview of sample fantasy books - Defining characters - Planning a plot - Organizing and outlining the story - Writing a rough draft - Revising - Submission of the finished product Also, I have included worksheets to go with each slide: - Choosing a topic using a fun, group activity that involves flying "spacecrafts" into a "universe" (see the sample) - Character descriptions - Planning a plot using a mind map - Outlining a plot that includes beginning, middle, and ending - Describing a setting using a checklist of possibilities This unit is totally student-driven and allows individuality within the framework of the assignment. I have not included a grading rubric because any writing rubric you currently use is applicable.
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Build a Better Board Game

Build a Better Board Game

Included in this bundle are: - A PowerPoint presentation suitable for introducing your students to the concept of creating a new board game. - Teacher Resources that include a student worksheet, grading rubric, and suggestions for implementation. This activity is perfect for an end-of-the-year project when students are done with regular curriculum work, but still have two weeks left for meaningful classwork. It is also a good way to introduce a new unit or review a completed unit. It can be used for any subject matter!
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Ancient Egypt Treasure Quest - a Complete Unit Bundle

Ancient Egypt Treasure Quest - a Complete Unit Bundle

Imagine all of your students actively engaged in a unit on Ancient Egypt with very little preparation on your part! Sound wonderful? It is!! This Ancient Egypt activity includes five PowerPoint programs for five different groups on five different topics related to Ancient Egypt. Group A – The Nile River: The river, animals, plants, other uses for the river Group B – The Egyptian People: Clothing, classes, daily life, artisans Group C – Egyptian Rituals and Religion: Mummies, burial, mythology, symbols Group D – Egyptian Government: Pharaohs, kingdoms, cities, hieroglyphics Group E – Egyptian Architecture: Pyramids, sphinx, temples, inventions The activities in each group are many and varied, allowing for creative research and development of the topic. The unit helps the students with the 4 C's of education; Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration. When one group finishes their four tasks, the students are encouraged to divide up and join other groups to help finish their tasks. Eventually, all groups will finish with the assistance of everyone in the classroom. This is a cooperative effort. As each group finishes, you’ll see that the teacher PowerPoint program allows you to click on the group and cover it with a pyramid. After everyone is done, your students will present their findings to the class. As each group presents, your PowerPoint program will allow you to make the pyramid disappear so you can keep track of which group has gone, although you can certainly go in alphabetical order starting with Group A. Finally, the class discussion involves learning how the Egyptian people influenced modern people. You can determine what “treasure” will be most appropriate for your class. Depending on the level of ability of your students, this unit can take anywhere between 4 days and two weeks. You can also use the group work for whole-class participation, but having individual groups makes for a livelier discussion at the end! Your students will work eagerly and cooperatively to complete this Treasure Quest so they can find the treasure at then of the unit. Minimal preparation is required on your part!
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