We Love Bookmarks!

Posted June 14, 2016 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Bookmarks, Discussion, Engagement, Quotes, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Reflection, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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We love bookmarks. Students love bookmarks.  And so, in many of our products, we include bookmarks.  We even offerIvan Bookmarks free bookmarks to teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers.

7 Ways to Use Bookmarks

  1. Form pairs, trios, and/or quads. Distribute the number of different bookmarks equal to the number of pairs, trios, or quads you want to form. For example, to form quads, reproduce four copies of each individual bookmark. Distribute bookmarks and direct students to form a group of four by finding three other students who have the same bookmark they have.
  2. Use as a writing prompt. Distribute bookmarks. Direct students to read and ponder the quotes. Next, ask students to write a short reflection on what the quotes means to them. Invite students to share their reflections with an elbow partner.
  3. Investigate the speaker. Use the bookmarks to form student trios. Direct trios to read and ponder the quotes. Ask trios to answer the following questions: What kind of person would say this? To whom would this person address this quote? What kind of situation would be appropriate for this quote? Invite trios to share their quotes and their responses to the questions.
  4. Review the text. After students have read the novel, story, or play, distribute a variety of bookmark quotes. Direct students to read their quotes and jot down the incident in the text connected to that quote. Next, direct students to find another student who had the same bookmark quote and compare responses.
  5. Choose a favorite. On a table, lay out bookmark quotes and as students enter the classroom, invite them to choose a favorite bookmark quote. Ask students to jot down a few notes on the back of the bookmark quote what this quote means to them. Invite students to share their responses. Consider this activity for a morning meeting or talking circle.
  6. Make your own bookmark. Distribute blank bookmarks and direct students to write a favorite quote from a text you are currently studying in class. In addition to the quote, ask students to include a graphic or illustration that connects to the quote they chose. Invite students to share their quotes with the class. Consider collecting the bookmark quotes and displaying them on a bulletin board in your classroom.
  7. Use as a bookmark

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Unique Approach to Teaching Esperanza Rising

Posted June 14, 2016 by Neiman
Categories: Adolescent Literature, Best Practice, Constructivism, Discussion, education, Engagement, English Language Arts, Enrichment Activities Esperanza Rising, Esperanza Rising, Lesson Plans, Literature, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Reading Language Arts, Teachers Pay Teachers, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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Esperanza Rising

As many teachers know, novelty catches students’ attention. Once you have students’ attention, readiness for learning increases. This was our thinking in creating enrichment activities for Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Food plays an important role in this novel, literally and figuratively. Enrichment Activities for Chapter Foods are designed to increase students’ connection to the novel through food. There are two or more activities for each chapter. Activities are connected to the food in the chapter title and/or foods mentioned in the chapter. Each lesson plan also includes Chapter Connections, which help students think about the significance of the foods in each chapter and find connections of those foods to their own lives. There are suggestions for preparing food for student sampling and additional resources connected to the various foods. The food activities are fun and may introduce students to new foods or honor the foods of their families.

Product Contents:

  • 14 Individual Lesson Plans (1 per chapter)
  • 1 Culminating Activity: Chat Stations Activity
  • 1 Chat Sheet
  • 7 Chat Stations Questions Mini-Posters
  • 12 Food Cards for Forming Student Pairs, Trios, and Quads
  • Permission Letter to Parents/Guardians
  • Common Core Standards and Best Practice Connected to this Novel Study
  • 1 PowerPoint with 58 Slides

For more resources and ideas, check out our Pinterest Board.

Surviving to Thriving LjL: Pinterest Board on Esperanza Rising

Here’s a list of some of our collaborative work:

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Son by Lois Lowry
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

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Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Posted May 2, 2016 by Linda C.
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Presidential Proclamation — National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2016

Just as we know a student’s circumstances do not dictate his or her potential, we know that having an effective teacher is the most important in-school factor for student success……

Our future is written in schools across our country. It is likely that the first person who will go to Mars is in a classroom today. Our students are our future teachers, scientists, politicians, public servants, and parents — a generation that will steer the course we will take as a people and make possible things we have not even imagined yet. We look to the women and men standing in front of classrooms in all corners of our country — from cities to reservations to rural towns — to vest America’s daughters and sons with the hard skills they will need to put their dreams within reach and to inspire them to dream even bigger. On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week, let us ensure our educators know how much we value their service in the classroom, how much we appreciate all they do for our students and families, and how thankful we are for their contributions to our national progress.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA May 2016

To show our appreciation for all that teachers do, we are joining the site-wide TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale!

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Animal Farm Novel Study

Posted April 7, 2015 by Neiman
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Our newest product is out: Animal Farm Novel Study Discussion and Activity Guide. Animal Farm by George Orwell is a staple on middle and high school literature reading lists.Animal Farm Novel Study

If you haven’t read Animal Farm with your students you should. It is a great book to engage student interest and teach important concepts.

This novel study for George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubric, animal cards for forming groups, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and…

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Spread a Little Kindness and Avoid Teacher Burnout

Posted April 6, 2015 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, English Language Arts, Kindness, Literature, Teacher burnout, Wonder

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According to Ben Johnson, author of 10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout, making someone’s day by extending a small kindness is another step to avoiding teacher burnout. His suggestions include calling a parent or guardian to share something good about a student; complement a struggling student on something he or she is doing well; or just show gratitude to a staff member with a note, hug, or even a small gift. Here are 11 more ways to spread kindness for you and your students:

  1. Set up an appreciation day for custodians, school secretaries, bus drivers, or administrators.  Ask your students to write a thank you statement.  For example, thank you Mrs. Smith for keeping our classroom clean; thank you Mr. Brown for getting us to and from school safely; thank you Miss Thomas for saying hello to us when we come to school, etc.  Place all the thank-you statements in a large envelope and deliver them.
  2. Bring treats in for the staff on a Monday morning.
  3. Buy a dozen roses from the grocery store and give 12 staff members each a rose.
  4. Send a note to someone on your staff that has shown you kindness or has helped you.
  5. Surprise your students with a fun activity.
  6. Explore the resources listed below and commit to doing some of the acts of kindness with your students.
  7. Smile at your students and your colleagues.
  8. Organize your professional books and materials and give a new teacher books or materials you no longer need, but still have professional value.
  9. Leave a generous tip the next time you dine out.
  10. Call someone who has been in your thoughts.
  11. Watch the movie, Pay It Forward.

Below are some excellent resources and ideas for you and your students to consider when choosing kind. Wonder is a great novel that deals, among other things, with the power of kindness. Consider it for a read-aloud for your students. Check out our unit and read-aloud guide on Teachers Pay Teachers.wonder book bites

Resources for Spreading Kindness

15 Random Acts of Kindness

The Great Kindness Challenge

Conspiracy of Kindness

134 Random Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness Student ActivitiesSurviving to Thriving TPT

50 Random Acts of Kindness

Poetry Journal (April is National Poetry Month)

Posted April 1, 2015 by Neiman
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Ideas for National Poetry Month.

Introduce poetry to your students by reading poems aloud that they are interested in. Poems by Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein are all-time student favorites.

Ideas for sharing student poetry:

  • Have students keep a Poetry Journal.
  • Write poetry with your students and share all the poetry on a bulletin board or publish a class poetry book.
  • Introduce a new poem each day.
  • Have students create poetry collages.
  • Cut words from magazines to make poetry posters.
  • Consider having a poetry slam, a “competition” at which poets read or recite original work.
  • Host a poetry café and invite parents. (Serve hot chocolate.)
  • Video students reading their poetry.
  • Include music. Remember lyrics are poems.poetry journal

Celebrate with our Poetry Journal.

Our Poetry Journal for the Classroom  includes a reproducible student poetry journal, a variety of poetry forms, sample poems, practice pages, and final student poem pages.

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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Read-Aloud Guide

Posted March 30, 2015 by Neiman
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Our newest product . . .Ivan thum1

Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Read-Aloud Guide (NONFICTION)

The packet includes Pre-Reading activities, a Pre and Post-Reading Vocabulary activity, During-Reading activities with prompts focusing on quotes and illustrations, and After-Reading activities that include ideas for extensions and differentiation. Activities are intentionally designed for students to communicate their ideas and knowledge in a variety of ways including writing, researching, illustrating, proposing, and presenting. The packet includes implementation plans, student handouts, and connections to Common Core Standards and Best Practice. Reproducible student bookmarks can be used as prompts for writing, and Ivan grouping cards can be used for forming student groups.

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorillais a nonfiction picture book that tells the real story of The One and Only Ivan.ivan2

Appropriate for Grades 3-5

  • Pre-Reading Activities
  • During-Reading Activities
  • Pre-Reading Vocabulary Activity
  • After-Reading Vocabulary Activity

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