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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Literature Circles  Book Clubs
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Literature Circles Book Clubs
Add some depth and complexity to traditional Literature Circles with this complete and ready-to-use resource! You will be amazed by the level of discussion and critical thinking that will take place among your students. Each Literature Circle role (listed below) is directly connected to 11 elements
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Project Based Learning:  Design A Water Park! (PBL)
Project Based Learning: Design A Water Park! (PBL)
Project Based Learning: Design A Water Park! Design, Plan, and Organize the park of your dreams! This project integrates elements of research, design, technology, and planning as students build a water park for their town. There are 17 activities (1 page for each
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STEM Activities Pack: The Great Desert Island STEM Challenge
STEM Activities Pack: The Great Desert Island STEM Challenge
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
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Genius Hour Starter Pack
Genius Hour Starter Pack
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
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Project Based Learning: Create a Personal Budget 5th Grade Math
Project Based Learning: Create a Personal Budget 5th Grade Math
Project based learning for 5th grade math. Financial Literacy and TEKS project-based learning. Help your students practice decimals and money skills with this quality project-based learning. Challenge activities allow for it to be used in 6th grade as well. It includes a teacher guide walking you thr
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Genius Hour - A Complete Resource Packet
Genius Hour - A Complete Resource Packet
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
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Fidget Spinner STEM Challenge
Fidget Spinner STEM Challenge
Fidget Spinners driving you crazy? Discover the science of fidget spinners with this engaging STEM Challenge. Practice scientific method with an exploration of variables, data collection, graphing, mean/average, and more...all while having fun! This self-paced, 11 part fidget spinner STEM chall
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Project Based Learning: Discovery in the Rainforest! (PBL)
Project Based Learning: Discovery in the Rainforest! (PBL)
Project Based Learning: Discovery in the Rainforest! This project based learning (PBL) activity joins together Science, Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Technology. This project integrates elements of science, math, ELA, social studies, ELA, and technology into a student-made product
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End of the Year Project Based Learning: Lemonade Stand Fractions, Decimals
End of the Year Project Based Learning: Lemonade Stand Fractions, Decimals
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. GO HERE
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ULTIMATE Project Based Learning Math Pack for Upper Elementary 5th grade
ULTIMATE Project Based Learning Math Pack for Upper Elementary 5th grade
Project-based learning for 5th grade math. Integrates ALL Mathematical Practices throughout each PBL! These 11 projects are great for 5th grade (Common Core or not!). GO HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW: https://youtu.be/VGpmbyM5sqE
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Project Based Learning for Math and ELA. Running A Lemonade Stand! (PBL)
Project Based Learning for Math and ELA. Running A Lemonade Stand! (PBL)
Project Based Learning for Math and ELA. Running A Lemonade Stand! This project integrates elements of math, ELA, technology, design, and planning into a student-made final product as they prepare to run a lemonade stand. This project at all of the preparation areas within Sales, Marketing, Organiz
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Depth and Complexity  Teaching Critical Thinking Using Fairytales
Depth and Complexity Teaching Critical Thinking Using Fairytales
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
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Project Based Learning: Kid in a Candy Store
Project Based Learning: Kid in a Candy Store
Project-based learning (PBL), Help your students practice decimals, measurement, fractions, and graphing ordered pairs with this quality project-based learning for grades 4, 5, and 6. It includes a teacher guide walking you through each step. This is a great project for the weeks close to Valentine'
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Greek Mythology - Independent Activities for Higher Level Thinking
Greek Mythology - Independent Activities for Higher Level Thinking
This product is a co-labor-ation brought to you by Jen Jones and Michele Oates. Michele is a Gifted and Talented teacher. Are you looking for ways to keep students learning at higher levels even while you're busy at Guided Reading? Or do you have students in need on constant enrichment? Michele a
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Depth of Knowledge and Learning Icons - Digging Deep - Critical Thinking Skills
Depth of Knowledge and Learning Icons - Digging Deep - Critical Thinking Skills
These focus wall resources are designed to be engaging and meaningful. Help your kiddos reach for deep knowledge and content mastery using a variety of critical, complex thinking skills. Digging Deep Learning Practices was developed to assist students in engaging in critical thinking and developing
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Math Enrichment: Math Challenge Problems for Older Students
Math Enrichment: Math Challenge Problems for Older Students
This is a collection of 52 non-routine math problems. Non-Routine math problems are problems that do not have a conventional way to solve them. There can be many ways to approach these types of problems. In addition to building perseverance, they will also build critical thinking skills and expand a
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Thanksgiving Dinner Project Based Learning Decimals, Critical Thinking
Thanksgiving Dinner Project Based Learning Decimals, Critical Thinking
Thanksgiving Project-based learning (PBL)! Help your students practice decimals and fractions with this quality project-based learning for 5th grade. It includes a teacher guide walking you through each step. Do you have what it takes to plan a big Thanksgiving dinner? This project will test your ki
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Order of Operations Interactive Math Notebook Freebie
Order of Operations Interactive Math Notebook Freebie
Looking for a way to help your students remember AND organize order of operations? The hopscotch teaches the order, and the pizza slices show them how to organize their work. The pepperoni is the answer! Download for free now! Looking for all of the Operations & Algebraic Thinking Standa
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Great Big Bundle of STEM Challenges
Great Big Bundle of STEM Challenges
STEM activities are a great way to integrate math and science into meaningful, hands-on learning! This bundle includes all 3 of my challenge packs: • The Great Desert Island STEM Cha
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Multiple Intelligences Survey for Kids (Free)
Multiple Intelligences Survey for Kids (Free)
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
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Thinking Outside the Box:  Creativity Activities Bundled Set
Thinking Outside the Box: Creativity Activities Bundled Set
So what is this resource? Set 1 was so popular that I have created Set 2--and now have bundled the two at a reduced price! If you are like me, you recognize that all the pushing we do to pass tests and get through our curriculum can be a dangerous game. It is my belief that if we prepare our stud
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for The Lightning Thief
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Resource for The Lightning Thief
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
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Pi Day Activities for Grades 5 and Up
Pi Day Activities for Grades 5 and Up
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. Contents • What is Pi (2 pages) • Fun Facts (1 pa
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Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Mats {For all subjects!}
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Mats {For all subjects!}
These “Thinking Mats” present open-ended and engaging opportunities related to 11 “Thinking Tools” ( Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relationships Over Time, Details, Unanswered Questions, Across Disciplines, and Multiple Perspectives) of critical thinking. The
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for Sign of the Beaver
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Resource for Sign of the Beaver
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
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for The Giver
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Resource for The Giver
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
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STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges
STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges
STEM activities! If you have thought about trying a STEM challenge but weren't sure where to start, this is a great way to dive in! If you already love doing STEM challenges with your students, I know you will enjoy these. This resource has 10 STEM challenges you can do with readily available materia
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GIFTED AND TALENTED PROBLEM SOLVING #1
GIFTED AND TALENTED PROBLEM SOLVING #1
TEACHERS-PARENTS are you having trouble finding gifted and talented teaching materials in mathematics, problem solving, and critical thinking? “GIFTED AND TALENTED PROBLEM SOLVING #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 and #8 each have 40 pages of activities specially designed to motivate and challenge your gift
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Parts of Speech Mystery Picture MEGA BUNDLE #1
Parts of Speech Mystery Picture MEGA BUNDLE #1
Studying Parts of Speech was NEVER so much fun! **Now you can get ALL 9, YES 9, set of my Parts of Speech Mystery Pictures at a 20% Discount! That is almost TWO Free sets!** The files are labeled in folders by month/season for quick and easy reference. You will be able to find and print the ones yo
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MakerSpace Starter Kit
MakerSpace Starter Kit
Have you been wanting to start a Maker Space in your classroom but haven't been sure where to start? Look no further! A Maker Space is an area of the classroom or common media space that is reserved for creative exploration, engineering, tinkering, and inventing. In a Maker Space, children have opp
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Tangram Fraction Task Cards  Math Centers
Tangram Fraction Task Cards Math Centers
Tangram Fraction Task Cards! Foster a concrete understanding of fractions with this engaging, hands-on resource that your students will LOVE! There are 36 different cards in this set, and each one presents a unique, non-routine task. Your students will utilize critical thinking and problem solving
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for Tuck Everlasting
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Resource for Tuck Everlasting
Reading and Responding to Tuck Everlasting with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel worksheet
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How to Differentiate a Lesson Reference Guide
How to Differentiate a Lesson Reference Guide
Need a fast and easy way to create a differentiated lesson for your students? This handy one page "cheat sheet" or reference guide is all you need to create a lesson to meet the needs of your GATE students. This idea was developed by Sandra Kaplan who has worked in the field of Gifted Education f
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Project Based Learning Holiday Cookie Exchange
Project Based Learning Holiday Cookie Exchange
Holiday Project-based learning (PBL) for December. Can be used for Christmas, Winter, December. Help your students practice decimals and fractions with this quality project-based learning for grades 4, 5, and 6. It includes a teacher guide walking you through each step. No mention of Christmas in th
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Project Based Learning Math Starter Pack 5th
Project Based Learning Math Starter Pack 5th
Project based learning bundle - 4th and 5th grade math PBLs. Practice fractions, decimals, graphing and more with these high-interest project-based learning activities! Looking for all 11 PBLs? Click
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for Hatchet
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Resource for Hatchet
Reading and Responding to Hatchet with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel worksheets available. Each ch
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ESCAPE ROOM ELA COMPREHENSION & WRITING BREAKOUT ACTIVITY
ESCAPE ROOM ELA COMPREHENSION & WRITING BREAKOUT ACTIVITY
Your kids are locked in school forever...unless they can work in groups to solve a series of FUN comprehension and writing challenges and puzzles! Using critical thinking skills, problem-solving, reading comprehension, figurative language, and writing (we even threw in a simple math problem for tho
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Text Analysis - Outside the Box Project
Text Analysis - Outside the Box Project
Text Analysis - Outside the Box Project Finally, an Outside the Box Project for the "BIG" kids! This Text Analysis project (which can be used with narrative, expository, and persuasive texts) will have your students thinking long after they have finished the project, and will help them think more ob
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STEM Activities: Great Arctic Circle STEM Challenge Pack
STEM Activities: Great Arctic Circle STEM Challenge Pack
The Great Arctic Circle STEM Challenge includes 5 different STEM activities centered around the story about a group of stranded arctic explorers. After hearing the story of the failed expedition, students will read 5 diary entries. Each one will challenge them to design something to help the group ma
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Table Texting
Table Texting
"Table Texting" is a fun, interactive strategy you can use with any piece of text or topic. The key is to pose a higher-level question that encourages thinking among students. Students respond to the question in writing. The teacher or facilitator collects the papers and redistributes them. Students
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STEM Activities: The Great Pioneer Town STEM Challenge Pack
STEM Activities: The Great Pioneer Town STEM Challenge Pack
The Great Pioneer Town STEM Challenge is a set of 5 different STEM activities centered around the story of a pioneer family. After hearing about their travels west in the Land Rush of 1889, students will read 5 diary entries. Each one will challenge them to design something to help the family build t
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Close Reading on a Ring: Independent Reading Activities Using Close Reading
Close Reading on a Ring: Independent Reading Activities Using Close Reading
*THIS PRODUCT IS SIMILAR TO MY CLOSE READING IN A JAR PRODUCT* Your students will love reading independently while continuing to use the close reading strategies you have taught them. They simply take a binder ring and Close Reading Tool Kit to their seat when reading a short passage. Students choos
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Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Mega Bundle!
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Mega Bundle!
Teach your students with depth and complexity! This "Mega Bundle" contains 8 of my best selling resources that are designed to elicit critical thinking. $65.00 if purchased separately; Save over 30%! Click on the links below for detailed information on each of the 9 resources that are included in
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Effort Rubric
Effort Rubric
This effort rubric is perfect to display and use in your classroom. Based on a 4-point system, students can easily decide where they fall, or plan to score in the rubric. Excellent for student self assessment!
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Gifted and Talented Curriculum - Carnival Roller Coaster Unit Third Fourth Fifth
Gifted and Talented Curriculum - Carnival Roller Coaster Unit Third Fourth Fifth
This Carnival and Roller Coaster mini-unit was developed for a Gifted and Talented classroom, but could also be used in the regular classroom. It is designed for grades 3-5 but could be adapted for other grades as well. Every activity is common core aligned and the standards are listed on each activi
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Early Finishers: Fifth Grade Early Finisher Activities for Fast Finishers
Early Finishers: Fifth Grade Early Finisher Activities for Fast Finishers
Early Finishers MEGA PACK (100 Printables for Fifth Grade Enrichment!) Early Finishers: Need something to challenge your gifted and talented students who finish early? Are they always crying out for enrichment? If so, then this packet of 100 printable activities is perfect for your
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Gifted and Talented COMPLETE 5TH GRADE PROGRAM - 70+ Contact Hours
Gifted and Talented COMPLETE 5TH GRADE PROGRAM - 70+ Contact Hours
Every other teacher in your building probably has a handy curriculum to follow, a set of textbooks as resources . . . so why not you, the Gifted and Talented Teacher? Here is a complete 5th grade GATE program--all tried and tested, Common Core Standards based, and successfully implemented using best
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Figurative Language for December: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole
Figurative Language for December: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole
Figurative Language Figurative Language for December (Deck the Halls with Figurative Language) is a holiday-themed study of figurative language presented as a series of original sentences, popular song lyrics, and a verse from a familiar Christmas poem. Organized into three parts with twenty-f
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Thinking Outside the Box:  Creativity Activities Set 1
Thinking Outside the Box: Creativity Activities Set 1
So what is this resource? If you are like me, you recognize that all the pushing we do to pass tests and get through our curriculum can be a dangerous game. It is my belief that if we prepare our students to be hard workers, creative thinkers, and team players and pair that with quality instructio
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Critical Thinking Kids Love -- HINK PINKS I
Critical Thinking Kids Love -- HINK PINKS I
Critical Thinking Kids Love -- HINK PINKS I HINK PINKS are riddles with rhyming answers that help students learn to interpret data, make inferences, draw conclusions, and analyze new information. All the while, they are working with vocabulary and honing rimes. What could be bette
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Task Cards Bundle
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Task Cards Bundle
Add depth and complexity to your instruction with this Critical Thinking Task Cards Bundle! You are getting all 3 (Science, History and/or Social Studies, and Literature) of my Critical Thinking Task Cards. That's 264 unique task cards! These sets are $21.00 if purchased separately; Save $4! These
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Interactive Notebook Resources: Ready to Use in the Social Studies Classroom
Interactive Notebook Resources: Ready to Use in the Social Studies Classroom
Interactive Notebook | Interactive History Notebook | Interactive Notebooks | Interactive Notebook Social Studies | Interactive Notebook History Bring this valuable teaching and learning tool to your own classroom! There are few tools that I have found have had more of an immediate
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