A Back to School Classic! During this activity, I gave each student a heart to hold. I read the book Chrysanthemum out loud to them. Each time they heard a student in the story bullying and not using nice words they wrinkled the heart a little. At the end we tried to smooth out the heart. The studen...
Writing lesson plans don't have to be overwhelming. If you're looking for easy ways to make teaching writing fun, then this blog is for you. If your students hate writing, then you'll love this collection of writing lesson plans perfect for writing workshop and teaching writing in the elementary or middle school classroom.
The Odyssey is one of the first units for my freshmen, so it sets the tone for the rest of the year. Since it's such a storied text, The Odyssey has a lot of baggage, and students need some background knowledge before we begin. To help students engage in The Odyssey, I've put together these 5 stations! At these stations, students will learn about the historical context of The Odyssey, anticipate the epic's themes and conflicts, and write about the essential questions for the story.
Two free activity sheets that teach students to become informed consumers of the news. The set includes three ready-to-use activity sheets. For each activity, students read a short passage and identify the point of view, or viewpoint. Next, they consider an opposing point of view by writing a headline and a paragraph and choosing an illustration for an article from that new point of view.
Here's a collection of fun and meaningful ways to teach "A Christmas Carol." Lesson ideas include "A Christmas Carol" writing prompts, discussion ideas, and vocabulary. You'll find lots of ways to teach "A Christmas Carol" in this blog round up!
In a world of distance learning and educational technology, video lessons can have many benefits. Here are some of my favorite ways to use video lessons: for mini-lessons, as an anticipatory set, during test prep and review, to build background knowledge, and to introduce a new term or idea. They are also great during intervention blocks! Similarly, video lessons have a lot of advantages. With all of the advantages of video lessons in mind, I wanted to share my 7 favorite Ted-Ed video lessons fo
This is a package of writing starters for personal narrative writing. The unit contains a graphic organizer that helps guide students in reaching for higher level thinking. It encourages students to go deeper with their own written reflections. It is ready to use with 55 quotations that are thought provoking and inspiring.
Descriptive Writing includes using a variety of different sentence starters. This writing package (Section Three) deals with sentence beginnings. This scaffold approach to Writing helps students avoid redundant sentence openers and adds variety to their written work. Its focus is on the different wa...