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 stude
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
Do your students have trouble writing complete sentences? Do they write in fragments and run-ons? Perhaps they write with complete sentences, but their sentences are short and choppy. Sentence Go Round is a simple and fun cooperative learning strategy to teach students how to write longer, more comp
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 ha
Add PIZZAZZ to your poetry unit!
This resource includes 78 printable pages that can be used to launch poetry centers in your classroom as each skill/strategy is introduced through a mini-lesson. The centers are designed to reteach and reinforce. ALSO...the resources could also easi
Do your students love STEM and fairy tales? This collection is for you! This pack includes 10 building and engineering projects based on a fairy tale themed problems. Students will build a parachute to help Jack escape the giant and construct a toothpick house for the Three Little Pigs. Eight other
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 wi
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 classroo
Use these 60 cards as a fun creative thinking enrichment activity. Students can work on cards individually using notebook paper for their answers, or use as a game with groups. When using as a game, students can set a timer for one to three minutes depending on the age of your students. Students us
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, Relatio
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 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 h
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 en
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 act
Looking for poetry lessons and activities? This Poetry Lessons and Unit Bundle is a growing bundle that includes 7 of Laura Candler's products for teaching kids how to read, write, and LOVE poetry. Exploring Poetry: Teaching Kids to Read and Understand Poetry will help your students learn how to rea
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/investigat
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
STEM Engineering Challenge Projects Included in this TEN PACK:
House of Cards
These packets contain all the information you need to make these great engineering activi
Kids have been playing "Which of these things is not like the others" since Sesame Street, but these task cards take the game to a whole new level because there is more than one possible answer for each card. For example for Card 1, carrot, apple, cabbage, onion; most people would probably answer
5th Grade Math Enrichment Projects for the Entire Year! Covering all of the Common Core 5th Grade Math Standards! I have bundled all of my 5th grade math enrichment projects to provide you with challenging, fun and creative math projects for all of the difficult math standards. No
5th Grade Math Enrichment Research Projects for the Entire Year! From calculating how much food an animal eats in a week to researching and converting the longest rivers in the world, your students will love these research projects. Great for early finishers, advanced learners and
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 lov
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 Impl
This is my favorite PBL for the end of the year, summer work, or back to school in August! Project-based learning (PBL), Help your students practice decimals (money skills) and fractions with this quality project-based learning for 5th grade math. It includes a teacher guide walking you through each
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, a
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:
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 w
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 and
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
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 que
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.
What is the tallest free-standing tower you can build with 100 toothpicks and two cups of mini-marshmallows?
Materials: (per pair or group)
Two cups of mini-marshmallows
Containers for supplies (ziploc bags or plastic ones)
Ruler or tape measure
Can you create a popsicle stick catapult that launches a marshmallow the farthest distance?
Materials: (per classroom)
Plastic bottle caps (optional)
This packet contains all the inform
These math enrichment activities are a highly engaging way to challenge your little geniuses and fast finishers. Your students will utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills while building a deep and solid understanding of various math concepts. Each of the 15 printable activities offer
For this project, students will use math skills to plan a party with a budget of $100. Great enrichment activity for gifted students or early finishers.
Three project options are included: math only, math and scrapbook page, and math plus extended final product. Rubric Included for all options!
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, an
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 test
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 clas
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 ten straws, three inches of duct tape, and ten inches of plastic wrap, can you make a boat that can hold 25 pennies without sinking?
Materials Needed (per student):
10 inches of plastic wrap
3 inch strip of duct tape
tub of water
This packet con
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
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)
Perfect for homework, morning work, or interactive notebooks!
Great practice for writing extended responses and providing evidence!
This 64 page packet (jam-packed with 41 different reading response menus and different templates for student responses) was created t
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, Relatio
Using the materials provided, can you build a bird beak that can pick up the most food in one try?
Materials: (for a classroom)
Plastic forks and spoons
Wooden dowel rods or unsharpened pencils
Tape and scissors
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.