• Contractions will be easy to teach with this contractions mini unit. Included is a great powerpoint that works as a visual aid to help introduce your contractions unit. Also included are a variety of center activities, pocket chart activity, printables and a craftivity – many resources that are great for whole class teaching, literacy centers, small groups and individual work. In this unit contractions are taught using a story of a scientist that discovered she could shorten words using an apostrophe. By using the powerpoint to convey the story and how contractions are created, the scientist turns the experiment over to the students who will go about creating contractions at the literacy center, cutting up words and gluing them to a flask creating a "contraction reaction." You will engage even your most hard to engage learner!! Teach. Encourage. Inspire. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.2.C
  • Can you believe it is almost the 100th day of school! Time sure does fly! The supportive documents in this resource will help you plan a week or a day of celebrations with TWENTY TWO 100 days of school stations! Choose the stations that are no prep (except for the printables) or choose from a couple of the stations that require things you probably already have like pom poms, cereal, and solo cups. Students will use their imagination, build structures, 100 day crafts, creative writing, play math games and research life 100 years ago at the library or online. It is a well rounded 100 day celebration pack that you can get up and going now! Some of the stations included are: 1) 100 Number Art 2) 100 Things You Like About Yourself 3) Brainstorm 100 interesting facts 4) 100 Cards for a Nursing home and so much more!
  • RL3.7 Dives deep in the close reading's specific aspects of how a text's illustrations contribute to further understanding literary elements. The Bones of Fred McFee by Eve Bunting is a perfect Halloween story to share with your students with wonderful illustrations that add to the eerie mood in this wonderful yet creepy poem. This download includes a powerpoint that goes through each stanza - guiding your students through analyzing each page of the book. ===2 Anchor Charts are included:=== Illustrations: We use illustrations to understand setting, mood, characters, plot development, view point and sequence of time Artistic Elements: Illustrators use tools to create meaning - color, line, shape, space, texture, composition, perspective. ===Three Activities=== Activity 1: Sketch a StanzaEither assign a stanza to each student to sketch, which you can then compile into your own class book. Or allow the students themselves to choose a stanza they will illustrate. Activity 2: Evidence from the Illustration (Setting, Character, Mood)This activity will help your student explore how the illustrations can help convey meaning of story elements. Activity 3: The Fate of the Bones of Fred McFee (Writing Assignment)
  • What exactly makes something living? Students will investigate and reflect. Download the preview to see all of the contents. Powerpoint to Introduce the unit Pages 4-5 Interactive Notebook -Header Cut-Out -KWL Cut-Out -Characteristics of Living Things Petal Fold -Needs of Living Things: Students Can Write Examples of… -Example Specimen: Students write examples under the nonliving/living flaps -What are all organisms made of? Students write cells. -Journal Prompt -Worksheet: What is a living thing? -Living Things Outside: Which are has more living things? LAB -Graphic Organizer “I am Living.” -Writing / Research Connection Students will choose an organism and research. -Color photograph sorting cards and activity “Read the Room” QR CODES -Word Wall and Activities
  • Fun math center- Students will grocery shop, multiply quantity and cost and add up to find the total bill.
  • Camping and outdoor fun all year round! This 235 page decor kit will get your classroom reflecting the outdoors in no time. Just print and decorate. Included: 1. Camping/Outdoor Themed Alphabet Posters 2. Bookmarks 3. Birthday Display 4. Bulletin / Door / Hall Display “Camping Out in __” 5. Bulletin Board Use Letters & Numbers 6. Calendar months, year and day cards 7. Center posters 8. Classroom Jobs 9. Classroom Library Set-up 10. Student Behavior (coupons, punch cards, certificates) 11. Teacher Binder Pages 12. Editable Classroom Newsletter 13. Desk Name Tags 14. Table Numbers 15. Word Wall Labels 16. Posters “Look What We are Learning” and THINK. 17. Color Posters Check out my pinterest board to get your class in tip top shape! Camping and simple outdoor decorations will make your classroom a place where students want to be!
  • Does your student confuse words like "left" and "lift" or confuse number or letter combinations? By the end of the 12 week program the student will be able to quickly look at a similar group of letters/words and quickly identify the difference between them. In this download you will receive: Explanation on how to conduct a session 105 word pair flashcards 3 Record Sheets (Level 1 and Level 2, plus a graphing grid) 2 Student Sheets BONUS Miscue Analysis Sheet 12 Pages of Look-Alike Word pair worksheets To Prepare: -Print on off white paper. If you are working with a student that has dyslexia you can use different colored paper to see if that helps them, you will need to experiment to see if there is a color that is preferred by your student. -Laminate and cut the flash cards straight across, one flashcard should have both words printed on them.
  • Summarizing skills are made easy with this mini unit that focuses on strengthening this difficult, yet important reading comprehension skill. This pack has two components, first 64 pages of summary activities that help students practice summarizing nonfiction and fiction texts as well as a 42 slide PowerPoint presentation that is perfect to guide your lessons. Start off your mini-unit with a Summarizing Pretest to assess how much your students know about summarizing different texts, passages, and paraphrasing. Then use the powerpoint to answer guiding questions such as: What is a summary? Why is summarizing important? How do we determine importance? How do we find the main idea? How do we paraphrase? How do we write a summary? When do we write summaries? Included is also some great displays you can use on your bulletin board or display in your classroom. Some ideas included are: SUMMARY Word Display BME (Beginning – Middle – End) Display The 5 W’s of Summarizing SWBST (Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then) SUM (Shortened, Use own words, Main Idea) This pack includes printables that will help your student to organize their thinking and help summarize while reading, taking notes, and use vocabulary that helps them to summarize. It really is a comprehensive pack that will help you to teach this difficult reading comprehension skill. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Common Core Strategies Covered RI.3.2 How can I use key details from the text to explain the message, moral, or lesson of a story? RI.4.2 Why is it necessary when summarizing the text to focus on the essential or main idea? What information is appropriate to include in a summary? RL.4.2 Why is theme important to the meaning of a text? What are the components of an effective summary? RI.5.2 Why is it important to consider multiple details and support them, when summarizing a text? RL.5.2 Why is theme significant to the meaning of a text? Why is it important to understand the characters’ motive and actions as it relates to the theme of a story? What makes a good summary?
  • Get Your Students Organized!

    This student organizer is to help you help your student to get organized, develop good study skills and develop a growth mindset. UPDATED 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Start the year off right teaching your students to improve their metacognition! Students will organize their homework & projects, analyze how to successfully complete them, take proper notes for effective study, discover their core values, align their values and goals, track their progress, think about their thinking, and be self motivated to stay on track! Perfect for anyone providing ACADEMIC COACHING to middle and high school students. Metacognition is fundamental to knowing who we are. We only really know ourselves when we understand how and what we think. How reliable are our thought processes? How accurate is our knowledge of a particular subject? Metacognition is important for school and life success! Give your students a head start!! By purchasing this planner I promise you 100% satisfaction. If you need anything changed around, let me know and I will work with you on it. Plus, each year I will change the dates to update, so each year you will have a new copy of the organizer with new resources that I add to it -- NO EXTRA CHARGE, ever! Also, if you have an idea to add to this planner, just send me your idea, I will design it and it to the download. ((NOTE: Pages 36-114 Archived Copies of Years 2013-2015))
  • Mystery Series: Case of the Captured Cat | Reading & Thinking Skills

    Encouraging Reluctant Readers to Read! YOU WILL NEED A QR SCANNER APPLICATION ON YOUR SMART PHONE/IPAD!! Reading can be a drag for students who do not have strong reading skills. The problem lays in how to get a student that dreads reading to actually read. To practice reading skills without getting discouraged or bored. By turning reading into a game this problem is solved. My favorite genre to do this is with a mystery! Mysteries are fun to solve for everyone and if the mystery is created to use as many reading skills as possible, well, then I would call that a winner. I created the Case of the Captured Cat to practice inference, drawing conclusions and dictionary skills. It requires some set up and a QR scanner on a smart phone or Ipad. This case was created for students in grades 4 or 5 but can be used in upper grades to practice these reading skills as well. "Escape Room / Break Out" Style Game for Kids Revised 02/2016: QR Code Password to access file is now working.

  • Learn the names of the states first, then by utilizing google slides and an included video that will teach you and your students learn a simple brain friendly way to learn the LOCATION of the United States. After that, they will spend time doing a quick research into their chosen state. The final google slide lesson will guide them through memorizing the state capitals by associating imagery that helps with remembering them. This resource helped my students remember states and cities and I really hope it will get your students off to a good start. Some students will ultimately struggle with this memorization task -- but it is important to support them by helping them find imagery to help them memorize! I am always here so if you have ANY questions or need any help please email me at selmadawani@gmail.com and I will respond back in a jiffy. My goal is to help support you to support your students. Teach. Encourage. Inspire.
  • The butterfly unit is by far one of the most memorable units your students will experience. Since raising butterflies encompasses many grade levels this packet is designed to be used with many. This pack includes: KWL (Butterfly & Caterpillar) Word Wall: metamorphosis, life cycle, eggs, larva, caterpillar, pupa, chrysalis, adult, butterfly, abdomen, legs, head. Observation Journal: drawing for each stage, day tracker for each main stage, observation notes, what was your favorite stage prompt, facts I learned, larva needs, butterfly needs Life Cycle Poster Display Caterpillar & Butterfly Body Parts Poster Butterfly Body Parts Nomenclature Cards: Montessori script and century gothic available. Also you have the choice between antenna and antennae (singular/plural). 2 Life Cycle Worksheets