Thanksgiving Activities for Reading and Writing, Grades 4-8
Forget your old Thanksgiving lesson plans! Your students do NOT want to hear about the first Thanksgiving, and they DEFINITELY do NOT want to write dull paragraphs about the things they are thankful for.
Seriously. They DON’T!
Spice up y
By pairing an engaging 43-minute video with a rich question/answer activity, students will have a meaningful class experience – even on a sub day. This lesson features a viewing of Billions in Change, a high-quality documentary readily available for streaming at multiple online sources, and critical
TED Talks offer a variety of educational opportunities for our students, from serving as virtual guest lectures on specialized topics to showcasing dynamic models of public speaking. This worksheet (printable PDF and Google Drive versions) was designed to give students a concrete task to guide their
What do Finding Nemo, Legally Blonde, and The Lego Movie all have in common? All of these stories (and so many others) fit the classic storytelling pattern of a heroic journey, as established by famed scholar Joseph Campbell.Using ten of the Hero’s Journey steps chronicled by Campbell, students will
Teaching a growth mindset is one of the most beneficial things I have found with my students. These 75 black & white growth mindset posters brighten up any classroom without breaking the budget! Want to brighten them up? Consider printing them on colored card stock to match the colors in your ro
Are you looking to enhance your students' work using Google Slides? Grab this Wonder Novel Unit and let your students get to work.
Wonder by RJ Palacio is a MUST READ for your students in Grades 4-8! Your students will be inspired by Auggie and all that he is able to accomplish despite his challe
Argument Analysis: Regifting - a winter holiday activity now updated with a shareable Google Slides version for distance learning!A complete mini-unit for analyzing nonfiction text, practicing speaking and listening skills, and writing an argument essay complete with original data graphs. Students w
Need to add non-fiction into your unit on The Outsiders? Ready to make modern-day connections with engaging videos and discussion? Use this 2-3 day lesson connecting literature and modern articles to assess CCSS SL.2 and SL.3 in your ELA classroom. Themed around topics like empathy, prejudice, stere
Public Speaking Presentations | PDF and Digital Formats: Rant writing is an engaging way to bring public speaking and persuasive writing into the classroom. Students rant and complain to each other daily, why not channel that creative energy into some high-quality writing? Rants are an engaging way
Mars Patel Podcast Listening Comprehension Unit | PDF and Digital Formats: Use this engaging podcast to keep students engaged while learning about literary elements, literary devices and practising their reading comprehension skills. This complete "novel" study unit contains: 160+ Pages of Resource
Teaching a growth mindset is one of the most beneficial things I have found with my students. These 75 black & white growth mindset posters brighten up any classroom without breaking the budget! Want to brighten them up? These would look great on their own or mounted on black poster board! These
Argumentative and Debate Topic Cards with Teacher's Guidelines and Instructions, Student Handouts, and Grading Rubrics (Aligned with the Common Core State Standards)
If you want to have a classroom debate but don't know where to begin or how to run one, this resource is for you. I've included topic
Common Core Speaking & Listening Rating Scales are informal evaluation tools to help determine education impact of speech & language disorders in the classroom, as well as to aide in documenting standard mastery, therapy baselines and postlines, or progress monitoring from grade to grade. Th
Teach your students how to “read” a movie in just the same way that we closely read literature with this five-day lesson that begins with a study of Brian Aldiss’ short story, “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” the inspiration for A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a 2001 film directed by Steven Spielberg
PRINT AND DIGITAL! Students love dystopian literature ... and ... it kind of feels like we're living in a dystopia today! So, let's bring those popular novels into our hybrid, in person, or distance learning with this book club resource.This unit is perfect for literature circles, book clubs or wh
Common Core State Standards Speaking and Listening Rubrics Bundle for Grades 6-8
This IS included in my Common Core Bundle for Grades 6, 7, 8
These rubrics will be helpful for student assessment of the Common Core State Standards for speaking and listening. They can be used in ALL content areas a
Greek Mythology is a favorite subject among middle school students and yours will love the materials in this resource! These no-prep, print-and-go activities will save YOU time AND engage your students while helping them practice important literacy skills at the same time! Students will learn about
The Common Core Standards call for students to engage in argumentation as well as collaborative discussion. This 18-day unit for middle and high school (differentiated) hits on a wide array of reading, writing, speaking, and listening standards.
Persuasive writing is a thing of the past -It was al
12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose for middle school and high school language arts. This lessons will engage your students, invoke critical thinking, and promote high-level discussions. Lessons, assessments, performance pack, and more! Motivate your students - even the reluctant readers by performing, no
Push students to write, revise, and publish multiple slam poems with this packed Slam Poetry Unit. Lesson plans built around thematically-curated, school-appropriate slam poems will challenge students' notions of poetry AND identity, encouraging them to use their voice and powerful poetic technique
Mapping and Geography! Continent Twister is a fun way to encourage students to delve into geography and map skills. A twist on STEM / STEAM fun!
This product directly correlates with the elements of a good STEAM project, 21st Century Skills, Next Generation Science Standards, and Project Based Lea
This mega pack has everything you need to teach the Epic Hero, Elements of an Epic, and the Heroic Journey (Monomyth).Teacher Pack Includes:✎ PresentationContains 36 slides on the Heroic Journey, Epic Hero, and Elements of an Epic. Fresh with original and colorful visual examples. ✎ Guided NotesThre
Teaching a growth mindset is one of the most beneficial things I have found with my students. These 75 chalk growth mindset posters will enhance any classroom without breaking the budget! These are great student prompts for discussions.➨ ➨ NEW Updated posters March 2020: Two .pdf files are included
Editable Common Core ELA Standards Checklists Grade 8 - easy to use and customize for your own use.
This IS included in my Common Core Bundle for Grades 6, 7, 8
AND Common Core ELA Standards Checklists for Grades 6, 7, 8
This 62-page resource features all of the English Language Arts Common Core S