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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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A Literature Unit for Patricia Polacco's Junkyard Wonders
This unit was made to go Patricia Polacco's book The Junkyard Wonders. Included are 18 pages of activities to challenges your students to think more deeply about the story. The unit was created with the 4th and 5th grade Common Core Standards in mind. Topics explored are theme, setting, character
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A Literature Unit for Drew Daywalt's The Day The Crayons Quit
This unit was made to go with Drew Daywalt's The Day The Crayons Quit. Included are 17 pages of activities to challenge your students to think more deeply about the story. The unit was created with the 4th and 5th grade Common Core Standards in mind. Topics explored are point of view, theme, char
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4th Grade Math Assessment with Learning Goals and Scales - Editable
If your school uses the Marzano Framework or iObservations for Teacher Evaluations, this product will save you weeks of work! These pages present Learning Goals and Scales with concrete problems to prove mastery at every level. These Leveled Assessments create a clear goal for you and your students
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Which One Doesn't Belong: Classifying Common Nouns Gr. K-2
Which One Doesn't Belong: Classifying Common Nouns Gr. K-2 Note: This product is part of my Vocabulary Fun: Sorting, Classifying, and Which One Doesn't Belong product. If you already own Vocabulary Fun, do not purchase this product! Which One Doesn’t Belong: Classifying Common Nouns is a fun wa
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Medusa Mythology Activities
Who has hair of snakes and eyes that can turn you to stone? Medusa, of course! You can spice up your mythology unit or The Lightning Thief novel study (Percy Jackson series) with these engaging literature activities. Grab your students’ attention with two different views of this alluring
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Assessment  Compare and Contrast Informational Text
This is the Common Core Assessment addressing the standard 2.RI.9 Compare and Contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic. A science piece on ladybugs (two articles) and two articles on Jackie Robinson (a timeline and narrative). Two different compare and contrast gra
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Error Analysis: Multiplication
Higher Order Thinking Task Cards Newly update with new graphics: This is a set of critical thinking task cards. Students are required to analyze a traditional algorithm multiplication problem to find the single error. Students are then required to use their math knowledge and vocab
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Common Core Text-Dependent Writing Prompt Argumentative Grade 8
The new common core standards will require students to relate their story and essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, charts, quotations, environmental print, fiction, or poetry. In line with PARCC demands. This writing prompt contains three texts for the student to
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Biography Choice Boards and Cards
Engage your students in a variety of biography activities. These choice boards and cards encourage them to practice skills from the Common Core State Standards and use higher order thinking skills. This resource can be used with any biography: picture book or chapter book, read-aloud or ind
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ACTIVE and PASSIVE VOICE No Prep Grammar Unit
For teaching active and passive voice, this No-Prep COMMON CORE aligned unit starts with four pages of teacher board notes, usable with overheads or transferrable to Smart/Prom boards. I use simple sentences for this part. Student worksheets coordinate with the board notes and give added practice.
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Blooming Thinkers (Revised Bloom's Taxonomy explained for young learners)
The revised Bloom's Taxonomy compared to household chores for young learners. This resource can help teachers explain the increase in thinking complexity with household chores for analogy (great to act out for kinesthetic learners). Great for connecting higher level thinking to the common core and
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Words from Mythology Bundle - 40 Allusions to Greek Mythology
Discover forty – yes, 40! – words and phrases originating from characters in Greek myths. This bundle includes lesson plans, a word list, a PowerPoint presentation, posters, cards, games, and an assessment. Created by master teacher
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George Washington's Presidency: Common Core Ready Unit Bundle
This unit focuses on the presidency of George Washington. The unit is packed with rigorous activities that will keep your students engage. Your students will practice evidence-based writing and close reading. All the questions are modeled after the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium Release Que
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Constitutional Amendments: Current Events Common Core Ready
You and your students are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with these highly rigorous and engaging activities. It is aligned with Language Arts and Social Studies Common Core standards that will keep your students engaged. You and your students will study The Constitution and Controversial Current E
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Differentiated Instruction-Common Core Aligned Choice Boards and Extension Menus
Teachers, meeting the needs of all learners through differentiated instruction is more important now than it ever was. With the transition to the Common Core, more English language learners, and differing learning styles and abilities makes it pertinent for teachers to offer activities that appeal t
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Constitutional Principles Common Core Ready
This lesson is highly rigorous, exploring the American Constitution. It is aligned with Language Arts and Social Studies Common Core standards that will keep your students engaged. This lesson includes informational text, 2 PowerPoint Presentations, and a proven evidence-based writing strategy. AND
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Grade 4 math DOK: FRACTIONS-4 DIfferentiated tasks, MINI PROJECT+Math Monster!
Math Mania! (Rubric Included for EACH TASK) Total of 17 pages!! ** NEW COMPONENTS 1) COMMON CORE ALIGNED PERFORMANCE TASK (MINI- PROJECT) 2) THE Math Monster!! He munches his way through your math work and just loves hanging around! See if you can find him on each page!! 3) 5 total tasks, each tas
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Earth Day Song and Packet: "Pollution"
I wrote “Pollution” to teach children about this concerning problem, to motivate them to make a difference, and also to improve as readers. Click on the "Preview" button to hear a song sample. Warning: It's a little scary--because pollution is scary! Your download includes: 1. The song "Pollution"
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Student Created Board Game for Social Studies Common Core Alternative Assessment
Are you searching for a fun an innovative way to assess your students? Sick of multiple choice tests? Looking for an alternative assessment for your gifted and talented students? This is the assignment for your classroom! Students are assigned the task to create trivia cards and game pawns bas
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George Washington's Farewell Address Common Core Ready, DBQ
This lesson is part 6 of a larger unit - Washington's Presidency Follow the link, purchase the entire unit and save big Washington's Presidency Common Core Ready Unit Bundle This l
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Multiple Intelligence (MI) PowerPoint (Elementary/Primary) by Jennifer A. Gates
Teaching gifted, talent development or preparing students for Common Core by teaching them to identify their strengths? This is the perfect way to introduce Multiple Intelligence: 8 characteristics that students can use to best identify ways in which they can make positive growth. They are: nature
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Reconstruction Amendments, Southern Resistance, Common Core
This activity is high rigor, very engaging and aligns with Common Core reading and writing literacy. This packages includes: 1.) high level questioning -- level 3 Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and Document-Based Questions (DBQ) 2.) SOAPS (AP Language Arts Strategy) reading strategy with instructions on
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1st Amendment Current Event Case Studies - Common Core Ready
You and your students are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with these highly rigorous and engaging activities covering the 1st Amendment. It is aligned with Language Arts and Social Studies Common Core standards that will keep your students engaged. You and your students will study The Constitution
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December Essay Writing (Opinion, Informative, and Narrative Prompts)
This packet includes 45 pages of essay writing practice for students for the month of December. There is an essay menu for the month with 20 prompts total (4 informative, 4 opinion, 4 narrative, and 4 research prompts). For December, the topics focus on Christmas, the holidays, and winter. There ar
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Civil War: Strengths, Weaknesses on both sides
This is a highly engaging activity. This package is titled Civil War: Setting the Stage. This package is not intended to be a exhaustive unit on the Civil War, but instead the goal of this unit is to simply set the stage for the war. This package includes DBQ Geography questioning where students w
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Multiple Intelligence (MI) PowerPoint (Secondary Version) by Jennifer A. Gates
Teaching gifted, talent development or preparing students for Common Core by teaching them to identify their strengths? This is the perfect way to introduce Multiple Intelligence: 8 characteristics that students can use to best identify ways in which they can make positive growth. They are: nature
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QR codes for computer technology vocabulary
QR codes make learning more motivating for students. This set contains 21 codes for computer technology words and definitions. Use the individual codes for mystery word hunts or have students read the definitions and try to figure the words out before scanning the code.
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Argumentative Essay Brainstorm Outline - College Prep
Many students have difficulty writing an argumentative essay... and this document is the perfect solution! It doubles as a brainstorming/outline worksheet, and requires students to provide both evidence to support their claim as well as analysis of the evidence they choose. Furthermore, it require
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Essay Template aligned with Lucy Calkins Boxes and Bullets
Students can use this template to plan and organize their essays for Informative, Persuasive, and Expository essays. It includes Sentence Starters and Language Frames and lined paper to start their essays on. The C_ O_ P_ S_ S_ is a checklist for students to check their writing for Capitalization
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Common Core Math -- Cube-A-Day -- A Daily Hands-on Exploration of Numbers.
This is Common Core aligned activity that gives kids daily practice with a variety of crucial math skills. I have been using this in my class for years and my kids love it! After initially teaching the procedures to your students, it can easily transition into a 10 minute daily math warm up that k
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Social Media, Digital Citizenship, & the Internet Depth & Complexity Bundle
Teach your students how to be digital citizens using the prompts of Depth and Complexity and Content Imperatives! This bundle offers Depth & Complexity frames, thought provoking games, and engaging activities all about social media, digital citizenship, and the internet! Students will have the
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The Yellow Wallpaper: Close Reading with Text Dependent Questions
This common core aligned unit is an introduction to the essential question: Why do we marginalize people? It is a reading and writing unit that asks students to do close reading by reading and responding to text dependent questions. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Litteacher Litteacher
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Socratic Seminar--Discussion Guidelines and Participant Rubric {For Commom Core}
These two documents will help you to more easily implement the Socratic Seminar (also known as a PAIDEIA Seminar) and to fairly grade each student's participation in the seminar. I use these when holding Socratic Seminars with my 7th graders in my ELA class. I review the guidelines and the rubric
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Making an Inference
Making an inference requires a flying leap! Challenge your students with Mark Twain's classic story, "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." This freebie includes a two-page adaptation of the story (public domain), a one-page inference activity, and an answer key. The inference activity a
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Common Core: Phrases & Figures of Speech Derived from Greek Myths PART I
The attached worksheets can augment your instruction of sophisticated figures of speech. Herculean effort, Trojan horse, and Achilles' heel are the phrases incorporated in these sheets, which tie directly into the Common Core's requirement for students to become knowledgeable on phrases and figurati
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Text Dependent Explanatory Prompt Bundle
The new common core standards and PARCC assessments will require students to relate their story and essay writing to two-three passages of text. The text may be nonfiction, fiction, reference materials, quotes, environmental print, or poetry. These writing prompts contain three texts each for the s
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National Geographic Center Packet! Grades 3,4,5 GATE grades 2,3,4 ALSO
This packet is complete with: * Binder Directions * Binder Cover * 9 different activities that link to ELA skills all needed to assist with Common Core test readiness * 5 W’s worksheet * Main Idea/Details worksheet * Making and Confirming Predictions worksheet * Compare and contrast worksheet * Con
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BYTES Power Smarts®: RESEARCH IT! CHOICE CARDS® - ANIMALS - SET 1
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This pack contains 27 animal research Choice Cards. See the full packet contents listed below and click on Preview under the thumbnails above to see a sample of the packet contents. Choice Cards® are task cards, but we think the wo
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BYTES Power Smarts®:  DESIGN IT! CHOICE CARDS® - SET 1
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This pack contains 25 Choice Cards where students use their creativity to design new and improved products and then write an advertisement or produce a commercial using propaganda techniques. See the full packet contents listed belo
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Student Goal Setting
It's Back to School Time...Plan ahead for a great year of learning and achieving! Goal setting is an authentic method to develop college and career readiness in our students. Common Core at its finest!!! This student goal setting unit simplifies a difficult skill and guides students to set effe
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Turtle Time! The ... Adventures of Turtle and Me
The … Adventures of Turtle and Me is a take-home, scaffolded writing activity meant to engage students in imaginative play and writing for fun. Students love taking turtle home and having "adventures" together. They love writing about the adventures and making things up, too. The … Adventures of Tur
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Multiple Intelligence (MI) SMARTboard (Primary/Elementary) by Jennifer A. Gates
Teaching gifted, talent development or preparing students for Common Core by teaching them to identify their strengths? This is the perfect way to introduce Multiple Intelligence: 8 characteristics that students can use to best identify ways in which they can make positive growth. They are: nature
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For Gifted Ed Pull Out Program How to use Most Difficult First
This is a handout I have given to classroom teachers, so that they can still collect grades from students who are pulled out of their classroom for Talented and Gifted services.
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Depth of Knowledge Dodecahedron - Common Core Aligned Project to Fit Any Novel!
This project can be done while reading any book, or as a final project. The end result is beautiful to display and makes a great Open House project! Included in this packet you will find: -Instructions for students. -Twelve Project Panels with instructions -A Common Core aligned rubric. The tw
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Biomimicry Baseball Choice Menu
This will provide a comprehensive, self-paced, choice-based experience for students to learn more about biomimicry. It could be used from grades 5 through 12. Students choose how many singles, double, triples, and home runs they want to earn to reach the number of points desired, which you can adjus
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Nanotechnology Tic-Tac-Toe Menu
This tic-tac-toe, self-paced, choice-based menu will lead your students to discovering the wonderful world of nanotechnology. Each resource needed is listed in the document. Photocopy the tic-tac-toe board, compile the materials, and you're on your way.
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Common Core Math Problem Solving Journal Printables
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BYTES Power Smarts®: WRITE IT! CHOICE CARDS® - SET 1
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! These 25 Choice Cards are designed for Common Core and include Narratives (Science Fiction Short Story, Historical Fiction Short Story, Fantasy Short Story, Mini-Biography, Script), News Articles, Argumentative Essays, Opinion Pieces
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BYTES Power Smarts®: ARGUE IT! CHOICE CARDS® - SET 1
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! These Choice Cards include 25 argumentative essay prompts that cover multiple standards for Common Core. See full packet contents listed below and click on Preview under the thumbnails above to see a sample of the packet contents. C
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Root Words at Work: Help Students Understand Words in all Subject Areas!
Students use the printable to write the root word, its meaning and brainstorm words that share the common root. This strategy can be used in science, social studies with technical vocabulary from a unit of study. Younger students could find and write the words with a given root so they are able to
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BYTES Power Smarts®:  EXPLORE IT! CHOICE CARDS®-RESEARCH-ANIMAL KINGDOM-SET 1
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This pack contains 26 Research Choice Cards about animals. See the full packet contents listed below and click on Preview under the thumbnails above to see a sample of the packet contents. Choice Cards® are task cards, but we think
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