Posted tagged ‘Literature’

Z is for Zing!

June 20, 2017

tagedo kids want teachers to beZ is for zing. Synonyms for zing include energy, enthusiasm, and liveliness. These are traits that we found middle school students want in their teachers. “Ask the Real Experts about Good Teaching,” an article published in the April 2014 issue of AMLE magazine, elaborates on these traits. And that’s what we think about when we are designing discussion and activity guides, lesson plans, and units—what will engage students and make learning fun and meaningful. And, so we are guided by our vision that our professional work is motivated by the possibility that every child will have great teachers.

ALL OUR PRODUCTS ARE ON SALE 20% OFF JUNE 21-23!

Surviving to Thriving TPT

Y is for Yummy Cranberry Learning Centers

June 18, 2017

Y is for yummy because two of our products focus on food, the Enrichment Activities for Esperanza Rising and Crazy for Cranberries Cross-Curricular Learning Center Activities.

Crazy for Cranberries has eleven hands-on learning center activities. In addition to being an outstanding cross-curricular unit, it’s a blueprint for how to set up and use learning centers. This product includes:

19 page Teacher Guide including materials list and picture guide for each center
Answer Key for Student Journal
Optional QR Codes or Print Resources
14 page Student Journal
11 Center Signs
Optional QR (Quick Response) Code Reader

Just a reminder, these learning centers require fresh cranberries, which makes it a great activity for November—just saying!

SALE 20% OFF June 19-20

Crazy for Cranberries and Enrichment Activities for Esperanza Rising

X is for Xerox

June 16, 2017

X is for Xerox because all of our products comes with reproducible components that can be adapted to teachers’ styles of teaching, content, and/or students’ needs. And, if paper copies are not needed, components can be loaded on tablets—whatever the need.  

1280px-Mimeograph.svgWhen I started teaching, schools were still using stencils and mimeograph machines (I do miss the pleasant aroma of the mimeograph purple ink). Then copy machines started popping up and what a godsend they were, although no more purple fingertips—a badge of teaching! Now we have super-duper copiers and kids have tablets—what’s next?

SALE: All of our products are 20% off June 17-18

W is for Wonder

June 14, 2017

W is for Wonder, one of our favorite novels, recommended by my granddaughter, 5 years ago, shortly after she came into our lives. Her third grade teacher started reading Wonder aloud in the last few days of school. Since Taylor was hooked, I thought it would be great if I read it too and that way we could talk about the book together, which has become a long-standing practice—but that’s another story.

I wanted to do something for the teacher who introduced Wonder to us and a tradition for sharing books, so I decided to create a literature unit for the novel.  As I created questions, prompts, and mini-projects, I prevailed on my granddaughter’s expertise as a kid to determine if all of this made sense to her.  It did! Taylor is in high school now and we still share books and she still is my number one expert on kids!

From there we created four products:

SALE 20% OFF June15-16 Wonder Unit Plan, Wonder Discussion & Activity Guide, Wonder Mini-Unit (English Only) and Wonder Mini-Unit (English & Spanish Activities)

 

N is for Novel Studies

May 27, 2017

Teaching a novel effectively is challenging, especially if you want your students to engage deeply with the themes the authors are presenting and discover how novels can connect to their lives and perhaps show them how to cope with life’s challenges. And, above that, we want students to experience the pleasures of reading. The units and discussion and activity guides were intentionally designed to do all of the above while allowing for choice for students and teachers.  Another goal was to design the discussion and activity guides for independent study or for small groups, to help differentiate and to meet the needs of students. Here are the five novels that are popular with students and teachers.

Hunger Games: Unit Plan and PowerPoint Fact Game

Catching Fire: Discussion and Activity Guide

The Giver: Discussion and Activity Guide

Son: Unit Plan and Discussion and Activity Guide

The Fault in Our Stars: Discussion and Activity Guide

SALE 20% off May 28-29: Hunger Games: Unit, PowerPoint Fact Game. Catching Fire: Discussion & Activity Guide. The Giver: Discussion & Activity Guide. Son: Unit & Discussion & Activity Guide. The Fault in Our Stars: Discussion & Activity Guide.

 

 

 

 

m is for mockingbird

May 25, 2017

mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is one of my favorite novels—you smile, laugh, sniffle, cry. We developed a unit and a discussion and activity guide for mockingbird, which stand on their own or work together. Both products are grounded in best practice and use a wide variety of strategies that include step-by-step guidelines for implementation as well as handouts that facilitate that implementation. Our research and our work with classroom teachers over the years indicated to us that sharing how to implement best practice saved teachers time and increased the use of best practice in the classroom. Our goal with all of our products is to engage students and facilitate implementation for teachers.

mockingbird Discussion and Activity Guide includes:

  • Teacher Activity and Discussion Guide (34 pages)
  • Emotion Face Chart and 16 Emotion Face Cards for Forming Student Groups
  • 8 Summative Assessments
  • Personal Dictionary Project
  • Student Literary Log
  • PowerPoint Slide Presentation (109 slides) and PowerPoint Teacher Guide 25

mockingbird Unit Plan includes:

  • Instructional Plan for the unit
  • Caitlin’s Phrases Lesson Plan
  • Setting Analysis Lesson Plan (Part 1 & 2)
  • Character Analysis Lesson Plan
  • Fabulously Fun Theme Thursday Lesson Plan: Part 1, 2, & 3
  • 10-Second Rule Game for Chapters 1-14 and for Chapters 15-27
  • Mini-Assessment Project
  • Caitlin’s Rituals Lesson Plan
  • Figures of Speech Lesson Plan (Literal vs. Figurative Language)
  • Quotes Activity: Fact Checker Lesson Plan
  • Friendship Lesson Plan
  • Blooming with Knowledge—Mini-Projects for Mockingbird plus Rubric
  • Literary Log for Students

SALE 20% OFF May 26-27 mockingbird Discussion and Activity Guide and Unit Plan

L is for Lesson Plans for the First Week of School

May 24, 2017

Lesson Plans for the First Week of School: The Crayon Box that Talked and The Color of Us

Using literature to appreciate diversity in the classroom is one way to build a classroom community—vital to student learning. These two literature based lesson plans focus on diversity, inclusion, and building relationships of respect. And, while these two lessons are designed for K-4, they could easily be adapted to intermediate and middle grades—maybe even high school. This product includes:

  • Lesson #1 The Crayon Box that Talked Crayons Lesson Plan.jpg
  • Lesson #2 The Color of Us

SALE 20% off May 24-25 Lesson Plans for the First Week of School


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