Word Work activities that work for any vocabulary words.
It can be so hard to find appropriate, challenging word work for big kids in the intermediate grades... These activities are perfect word work for big kids to use with Daily 5 or in literacy centers for upper elementary studen
Use these 27 Figurative Language Task for ELA enrichment. Seven types of figurative language are included: simile, metaphor, idiom, hyperbole, personification, onomatopoeia, and alliteration. The tasks on these cards are designed to be done without extra help or extra materials other than paper and
Boggle Task Cards!
Use these 24 Boggle cards at a literacy center to help students improve letter pattern recognition skills, spelling, and vocabulary. This version of the game is meant to be played individually, ideally without a time limit. Another option would be to play with a time limit and hav
Each of these 150 "Thinkable" cards has a different creative and/or critical thinking activity. They will help your students to grow their lateral and higher level thinking skills and are great for fast finishers as well as GAT students.
Thinkables can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom
Use these 24 Comma Task Cards for extra comma practice. Each card includes a specific comma rule, an example, and a short activity, which can be done on notebook paper. These cards are meant to be used as enrichment for concepts that have already been taught.
Each card is numbered so students can
Add depth and complexity to your instruction with these Critical Thinking Task Cards for Literature! These tasks cards allow students to deeply analyze any fiction reading material through 11 topics of critical thinking: Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relation
Genius Hour is a time set aside during the school day for students to research something they are passionate about. Genius Hour is sure to be a hit in your classroom.
Here is what is included:
-Genius Hour Teacher Tips to help get you started
-A slideshow (PDF) introduction to Genius Hour to use wit
Exploring Poetry: Tools for Teaching Kids to Read and Understand Poetry is a 2-part unit with poetry lessons for introducing poetic devices, analyzing, and interpreting poetry. The first part of the poetry unit includes a collection of activities for introducing the basic elements of poetry, and the
The Middle Grades ELA Common Core Toolbox contains 77 learning activities aligned to the CCSS for grades 6-8. It includes printables that can be used multiple times throughout the year to address nearly all of the standards in reading literature and informational texts, and many of the speaking and l
How fast can your team build a realistic spider web using one container of dental floss?
Materials: (per group)
One container of dental floss
Sheet of black paper (use as a work mat)
This packet contains all the information you need to make this a great eng
The Great Desert Island STEM Challenge is a set of 5 different activities centered around the story of a shipwrecked traveler stranded on a deserted island. After hearing the story of the shipwreck, students will read 5 of his diary entries. Each one will challenge them to design something to help hi
Genius Hour is an idea for the classroom based on Google's 20%. It gives students authentic, real world opportunities to refine the skills they are learning. Promotes, supports, and models creative, innovative thinking and inventiveness. And, allows students an opportunity to discover/investigate
Can you create a chair that can hold a stuffed animal using only paper and tape?
Materials: (per pair or group)
One roll of masking tape
Stuffed animal (small to medium sized)
This packet contains all the information you need to make this a great engineering acti
Would Your Rather Questions: FREE
Here are 20 fun Would You Rather Questions just for kids. These are great to use when you have a few extra minutes.
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200 Would You Rather Questions
Creative & Critical Thinking Printables: 21 pgs, Upper level Blooms
This is a bundle of 21 fun and challenging worksheets designed to facilitate creative and critical thinking in your students. Most of them utilize the upper levels of Blooms Taxonomy; inviting students to analyze, synthesize, an
Use these 24 Three Reasons Why for lateral thinking enrichment. Students can answer on notebook paper and record their progress on the included recording sheet. For best results, encourage students to come up with creative, yet plausible answers. You may also want to use these cards for sentence wr
Here are 200 appealing questions to get kids talking. Great when you have a few extra minutes or to use as journal prompts. The questions are all open-ended and kid-focused.
Contents of this set include:
Genius Hour - A Complete Resource Packet is everything you will need to run Genius Hour in your classroom. Based on Google's 20% time for employees to work on pet projects that interest them, Genius Hour is now becoming popular in many classrooms. I have been doing this with my students and they love
This is my favorite PBL for the end of the year or summer work! Project-based learning (PBL), Help your students practice decimals (money skills) and fractions with this quality project-based learning for grades 4, 5, and 6. It includes a teacher guide walking you through each step.
Multiple Intelligence Theory for Kids: Step-by-Step Lessons and Ready-to-Use Printables from Laura Candler is a classroom-tested resource for introducing Dr. Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence (MI) theory to children. Your purchase includes a comprehensive teacher guide with complete lessons as w
Christmas Around the World for your outside of the box thinkers! Students will research holiday traditions from another country and compose their own 12 Days of Christmas Song based on that country.
Research template and student directions
Song Planning Template
These challenging cards require more than simply counting coins. Students must use logic to find the correct solution for each card. It is important for students to have real or plastic coins available to work with as they solve each problem. An answer key is also included.
Have you ever thought about starting a Genius Hour Project in your classroom? I have started one in mine and have searched high and low for great materials to make it all come together.
This is a huge product that includes a teacher section:
This mostly contains FAQs about Genius Hour and it's Imple
My text-dependent question stems are the perfect way to get your students back into the text to find answers to higher-level questions. There are 84 different stems that fit key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas. There are also examples given for each ques
Using the materials provided, can you build the peppermint racer that travels the farthest distance down a ramp?
Materials: (per classroom)
Life Savers Peppermints
Craft (popsicle) Sticks
Coffee Stirrer Straws
Scissors and Tape
*Ramp for the testi
Teach your students how to explore content with depth and complexity.
Here it is, a complete and ready-to-use resource for teaching all 11 elements (Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relationships Over Time, Details, Unanswered Questions, Across Disciplines, and
Math Stations with Editable Templates includes the ebook, Math Stations for Middle Grades, as well as EDITABLE templates in both PowerPoint and Publisher format. The management strategies and resources in this resource will make it easy for you to implement math stations or math centers in your class
THINK! Math Enrichment Activities for Active Engagement and Critical Thinking! Perfect for fast finishers and math anchor activities!
These math enrichment activities are a highly engaging way to challenge your little geniuses and fast finishers. Your students will utilize critic
Here are 36 spelling activities arranged in four grids of nine activities each to make a Tic-Tac-Toe format. These can be used with any spelling list and are great for differentiated spelling programs. They are also great for saving on copying as most of the activities are done on notebook paper.
Winter STEM / Snowflake STEM activities! Create a variety of snowflakes with these 3 STEM engaging challenges. For these challenges, the only material that is necessary is plain paper. This is a great companion activity if you are reading about Snowflake Bentley (Wilson Bentley)!
Please note - some
Using 100 index cards and 12 inches of tape, can you make a tower that is at least two feet tall that can hold a small stuffed animal?
Materials: (per group)
100 index cards (lined or unlined, 3x5 size)
12 inches of scotch tape
One small stuffed animal (beanie baby size)
Logic Puzzles - Brain Teaser Puzzles with Grids - Set 1
This Logic Puzzle Brain Teaser set contains 5 printable puzzle pages focusing on building logical reasoning skills. Students are presented with a logic problem. They use the clues and the organizer grid to solve
Add depth and complexity to your instruction with these Critical Thinking Task Cards for History! These tasks cards allow students to deeply analyze any historical reading material through 11 topics of critical thinking: Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relation
Incorporate Depth and Complexity into your next novel study!
Take your students’ learning to new “depths” with this Critical Thinking Literary Response Booklet. This open-ended resource can be used with any piece of literature in a variety of grades (4-8+). This kit comes with everything you need
FREE DOWNLOADS: Free Veterans Day Fun! FREEBIE Veterans Day! Color For Fun Printable Coloring Pages! Perfect for thank yous, Veterans Day luncheons and care packages for Veterans Day.
Pre-K to First Grade
*Use as morning work or place at a center to work on fine motor skills.
Teaching students about multiple intelligence theory can be very empowering, especially when you administer a survey to help them find out their own strengths. But most online survey tools are too long and complex for kids. So I created the quick and easy classroom version on page 3 of this packet. I
Here is a set of 16 worksheets (with answer keys) designed to facilitate critical and creative thinking in your students. Students will need to use their logic, spatial, and reasoning skills to complete these activities. Some of these activities are math based, while others are focused around a langu
Here are 20 autumn-themed task cards that will work perfectly at a center or for any student who finishes his or her work early. Each card features a different fall-related, open-ended challenge; perfect for working on those creative and critical thinking skills!
These cards will look best in color,
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Each of these 150 "Thinkable" cards has a different higher level thinking activity. Each one relates to some aspect of English Language Arts - literature, grammar, or vocabulary. Your students are sure to love these cards!
Thinkables can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom. One possibili
UPDATED!!! Now includes a "Robotics" poster and "STREAM" poster!
This package contains both STEM and STEAM posters for your elementary classroom!
Includes 2 all in one STEM and STEAM posters, 5 individual posters, and 6 posters that display the sequence and questions for the STEM and STEAM process.
This is a collection of 3 sets of Math Problems and Math Brain Teaser Task Cards from Games 4 Learning.
PLEASE NOTE: All are available separately or buy the set here and save 30%. This collection of Printable Math Problems and Math Brain Teasers Cards contains 186 printable math brain teasers.
I have bundled all four sets of the 5th-6th Grade Math Enrichment "Power Projects." No-Prep, challenging math enrichment projects for 5th and 6th graders. The enrichment writing and research projects cover a multitude of math topics. Each set includes a project that explores a career and the usage o
Reading and Responding to The Lightning Thief with Depth and Complexity!
Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel worksh
Have some hands-on math and art fun for National Pi Day (March 14th). Start off by explaining what pi actually is and then dive in to a number of hands-on math activities! These activities are suitable for students in grade 5 and up.
• What is Pi (2 pages)
• Fun Facts (1 pa
Money-saving bundle of all 4 morphology units for 5th-6th grade + free extras!
Growing Vocabulary Roots is a comprehensive vocabulary program for grades 5-6! Students will learn common morphemes (root words, prefixes, and suffixes) and practice using them to decode unfamiliar words.
Use these 126 lateral thinking cards to help your students gain fluency with creative thinking. Similar the board game, TriBonds, each card requires students to come up with one word that links the three words on each card together. For example, the words, “camp,” “place,” and “wild,” are linked by t
Reading and Responding to The Sign of the Beaver with Depth and Complexity!
Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Elizabeth George Speare’s The Sign of The Beaver. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditi
Reading and Responding to The Giver and Complexity!
Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel worksheets available. Each chapter has