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Critical Thinking Language Sentence Frames {Say What?}  Aligned to Common Core
***I'm pleased to share that as of September 2013, these Critical Thinking Language Frames (along with my Reading Interventions "If/Then" Menu) were selected for inclusion
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3 Key Ideas for Parents about the Common Core: A Handout
I created this simple, parent-friendly handout to share with parents when explaining the Common Core at Back to School Night. I only had 25 minutes so I didn't want to spend time explaining the standards themselves, but the shifts in thinking behind the Common Core. I mean really, when you only a s
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Making Inferences Role Play Activity
Students with language difficulties struggle to make inferences and draw conclusions when faced with text in the classroom and on tests. Teach them that these skills are actually things that they do everyday whether it be eavesdropping on a big sister or listening in on mom’s phone conversation. He
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HOTS Question Cards
Here's a freebie to support higher order thinking skills (HOTS) in your classroom! There are six pages of question stems (one page for each level), plus a storage label. Enjoy & thanks for stopping by!
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Marshmallow Challenge Handout
This FREEBIE includes a color and black and white handout to provide to teams of students engaging in the Marshmallow Challenge activity. This activity is great to use as an icebreaker or to engage students in critical thinking, cooperative learning, and innovative thinking. It can also be used to r
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FREE Thanksgiving Analogies Worksheet
Enough with the hand turkeys. Get your kids to use their brains with these fun analogies. Thanks for looking!
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Book vs. Movie
Book vs. Movie Printables: FREE Use these two printables after you have read the book and then seen the movie version. Great for comparing and contrasting and thinking critically about how the movie was made. Thanks for looking and have a great day! Rachel Lynette
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Logic Puzzle FREEBIE
If you are wondering what a logic puzzle is, it is a puzzle where you use clues, a grid, and some deductive reasoning to figure out who matches with what, or what items go together. It is a great way to exercise your students' brains! Here is my blog post about the benefits of logic puzzles!
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Formative Assessment Strategy Cards
Provide students with ongoing assessment opportunities to help you differentiate instruction and improve student achievement. These 18 formative assessment strategy cards will provide quick checks for understanding and reveal evidence of learning. Individual and cooperative assessment tools are incl
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Fairy Tale STEM--Jack and the Parachute
This is a building and engineering projects based on Jack and the Beanstalk. Students will construct a parachute to help Jack escape the giant using everyday household and classroom items to complete this project. This activity is designed to encourage critical thinking and scientific reasoning skil
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STEM Activity Challenge Marshmallow Catapult 3rd-5th grade
STEM Project for Third, fourth and Fifth grades. In this activity students will work in groups to create a catapult from popsicle sticks. They will modify their catapult in order to produce the best launch possible. Kids will have a great time launching mini marshmallows across the
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Fact or Opinion
Fact or Opinion Free -This game includes two game boards, one for Fact and one for Opinion. Students work in small groups in individually to figure out if the ocean sentences are fact or opinion. Students are given a recording sheet for student accountability and teacher checking purposes.
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Fraction Family Flip book template pages
Fraction Flip Books that highlight fact families and equivalencies instead of order. Fourth and Fifth grade teachers…. Stop making fraction books that put unit fractions in descending or ascending order. Instead, group those fractions in to families. Deeper learning and understanding occurs. Fold
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FREE The Book vs. The Movie Graphic Organizers
This FREE resource includes four graphic organizers for teachers to use when their students are comparing a book with it's movie version. Simplify your lesson planning with this print-and-go packet! I used to be wary of assigning a book report for a book that had a movie - afraid that too many of m
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Growth Mindset FREEBIES
This is a preview into my bestselling Growth Mindset Lessons! This freebie includes a Growth vs. Fixed Mindset sort and Vocabulary Cards. Check out the complete product
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SCOOT
SCOOT Mini-Break Cards for when you have more students than cards, FREE Use these cards in conjunction with another card set for the game SCOOT, when you have more students than cards. These can be used with any task card set, but were designed to be used with mine, which usually have 24 cards each
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Interview with a Word Freebie
Have some vocabulary fun! Students will have the chance to interview a vocabulary word with these thought provoking questions. For an additional activity, students can write their own interview questions and work with a partner to answer them. I have included an additional vocabulary graphic organi
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Design and Build a New Toy (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
Design and Build a New Toy (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8) Common Core Aligned Description: You have been hired to design and build a new toy! Your toy will be marketed across the nation this coming holiday season! You have 75 minutes to build a prototype, design a magazine ad, and fill out
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Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles: Always, Sometimes, or Never (FREE)
Two versions are included - Version 1 (Worksheet) - Students determine whether each statement is "always true," "sometimes true," or "never true." They color each one accordingly and end up with a design that can be checked quickly for accuracy (but cannot be easily predicted by students). Versi
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Would You Rather Spring and Easter!  ~~FREE~~
Here are 20 Would You Rather Questions for springtime and Easter! Kids love these questions, which are great for building critical thinking skills. Use them as discussion prompts, writing prompts, in centers, small groups, or even as homework. Great to pull out whenever you have a few spare moments.
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September Brain Benders
Brain Benders are critical thinking activities designed for each month. Use them as enrichment activities, journal prompts, learning center activities, or however you choose! Each monthly Brain Bender comes with 20 activities organized in a 5x4 grid to resemble a calendar. You can choose to print th
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Creative and Critical Thinking
Creative and Critical Thinking: 7 Activities! Ready to Use FREE Here are seven fun higher level thinking activities to use with your students! Perfect for fast finishers during test season or all year long! Happy Teaching, Rachel Lynette
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Bloom's Taxonomy Brain Work
Do you have high-level students in your room who need something to do when they are finished with their work? Or do you need a nonfiction reading center that incorporates the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy? This freebie contains two choice boards with six activities from which to choose.
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Comprehension Connections: Plot and Theme
Helping students understand the importance of the plot and theme of a story is an integral part of learning to comprehend what we read. Included in this freebie download are 15 questions to help spark students into thinking deeper about what is happening in the story. This freebie addresses t
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STEM Essentials: The Nitty Gritty of Teaching STEM
Starting a STEM program or a Maker Space in your class or school? The first step in implementing an engineering program is teaching your students the engineering design process. Our primer includes a simple explanation, the NGSS standards, and the design process poster. We have also included a sug
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STEM: Inventions & Innovations Unit
IF YOU DOWNLOAD, PLEASE RATE MY PRODUCT! I created the Inventions & Innovations Unit for my STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classroom. I currently teach 7th grade, but this unit could be applied in grades 5 - 8. Included in this packet is an activity packet for student
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FREE Marzano Student Self-Assessment Rubric
Here is a FREE Marzano's Student Self-Assessment Rubric that I use with my students across all subjects areas. Students can self assess how they are learning and understanding the material taught in the classroom. This scale can be used before, during, and after instruction. Let students decide h
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Save SAM with STEM!
STEM Engineering Challenge Save Sam with STEM! With a gummy worm, gummy lifesaver, a cup, and a paperclip, students will work in teams of two to solve a STEM challenge. Based on a popular STEM activity, we have added the engineering design process to this free activity. Perfect for an introduction
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Presidents
Presidents Task Cards: 20 cards with fun facts and challenges - FREE Here are 20 fun task cards to use during election season, before Presidents Day, or any time you are studying the presidents. Each card includes an interesting presidential fact along with a higher-level thinking task. The dates
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Number Puzzles: 1-20 {Free Sample Set}
Number Puzzles: 1-20 {Free Sample Set} This Number Puzzles activity set contains 2 printable puzzles focusing on ordering numbers 1-20. Each page has a fun picture with cutting lines and ten ordered numbers, ranging from 1-20. Simply print the puzzles and cut apart the
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Number Tiles: FREE Problem Solving Activities for the Primary Grades
TThe FREE Number Tiles resource is a ten page booklet containing six different math problem solving activities for the primary grades that range from simple counting, to greater than or less than to solving addition and subtraction problems. Since the students do not write on the pages, they can be
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Insects - Creepy or Awesome
Here are a couple of pages to help your first graders with opinion writing on the topic of insects. It is part of a larger unit: Insects - A differentiated, brain-based, first grade unit of study. Emergency Sub Plans for $4.00
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Mother's Day Pack
When Mother's Day roles around, it is time to go over the top to impress Mom with fail safe student creations. What do you want for Mom? A gift that will put a smile on her face, a Mom story that will warm her heart or give her a chuckle, a Mother's Day card that is personal and oh so cheery, a Mo
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STEM Activity Challenge Jumping Bugs K-2nd Grade
STEM Elementary Classroom Project This activity involves putting an effervescent tablet inside a film canister with a little bit of water. As gas is produced, pressure will build in the film canister causing the cap to pop off. Students will color and tape a bug* of their choice to
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STEM in a Bag - Freebie Sample
Freebie Sample of STEM in a Bag – Engineering with C.S.I. : “Curious STEM Investigators” Everyone loves a mystery and telling your kids they are members of a C.S.I. organization will capture their attention. After analyzing a bag of materials and a task card with an engineering challenge, students w
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Number Star Math Puzzles Sampler- Free!
Number Star Math Puzzles challenge students to use their calculation skills, logic, visualizing patterns, problem solving and planning. This FREEBIE includes a sample of 3 Number Star Puzzles, and answer key. It includes one puzzle from each of my first three sets. These puzzles require student
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Turkey Trouble Comprehensive Pack
Challenge your students with these comprehensive reading strategies while using the hilarious story Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. Students will practice cause/effect, beginning, middle, and end, Identifying their favorite part of a story, What will happen next, sequencing, and even help Turkey d
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CRITICAL THINKING: One Dollar Words Freebie
CRITICAL THINKING: One Dollar Words Freebie You will get a lot of BANG FOR YOUR BUCK when you introduce One Dollar Words to your students. $1 Words are any words that have a value of exactly $1 when the letters are added together using these values: a = 1¢, b = 2¢
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End-of-Unit Group Presentation Outline and Project
Okay My Friends- You have taught a unit, or a whole year's worth of units and you want to know what your students REALLY learned! Enter this engaging project- AND, the best part is that it is easy prep for you and informational for the students! WAHOO! Included in this 10 page free teacher-tested
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Save Fred! Community and Teamwork Builder
Save Fred! is a great community builder and review of the Scientific Method. I've used this activity at the beginning of the year for 2 years with my 5th graders. They LOVE saving Fred and talk about it for the rest of the year! ---------------------------------------------------------- This goes
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Interrupting Contract Freebie
Hold your students accountable for avoiding interruptions in class. This contract works great after reading, "My Mouth is a Volcano" by Julia Cook. For other great resources on setting classroom expectations and routines click on the following links:
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Exit Slips
Exit Slips, FREE, Reflection on New Learning Exit Slips for all Subjects * This resource was created to help teachers hold kids accountable for their new learning each day and to use as an ongoing assessments of teaching and learning. * These printable graphic organizers are general enough that t
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ABC and 123 Roll, Say, Keep FREEBIE!  Building Blocks & Race Track Fun!
Looking for a fun and engaging way for little ones to recall numbers 1-10, count with 1:1 correspondence and recall letters and sounds? Why not a game of roll, say, keep...that is FREE!! My boys watch me make games and centers for my class all the time and always put in their 'requests!' They are
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Drawing Conclusions: Sports/School FREEBIE {The Case of the Missing Mascot}
This is a packet that can be used to work on critical thinking and drawing conclusions. Students are provided with a scenario where a school's mascot is stolen right before the big game. Students read about 4 suspects and use the facts provided to determine who stole the mascot. Everything is prov
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Math Task Cards: Math Problems and Math Brain Teasers Freebie
Printable Math Problems and Math Brain Teaser Task Cards from Games 4 Learning This set contains 7 Math Brain Teaser Task Cards. There are a variety of brain teaser styles in this collection. It includes printable math brain teasers for kids to solve individually, in pairs or in groups.
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Setting GOALS with Students ~ RtI ~ SMILE Goals for Making Progress
GOAL SETTING FREEBIE! Teach your students how to take ownership of their own learning by setting goals for themselves. The product is designed to boost progress in your classroom and complement your RtI / intervention program. This FREE product will guide you to:
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STEM Activity Challenge Hoop Glider Competition 3rd-5th grade
STEM Project for Third, fourth and Fifth grades. This activity challenges students to build a glider that will glide as far as possible. Working in groups, students will cut and tape various hoops to their straw. They will experiment with hoops of different sizes, positioning, and
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FREE Reflection Activity: My Week in "Rearview"
Each Friday I have the students fill out their “rearview mirror” with pictures and key words/vocabulary from different topics we’ve learned about that week. It serves several purposes: • It is a wonderful way for me to assess what they’re retaining and which activities they are really enjoying • I
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"Hunger Games" Would You Rather Questions
"Hunger Games" Would You Rather Questions FREE Got a few extra minutes? Ask your students one of these intriguing Would You Rather questions about the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. You can also get Panem
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We Scream For Ice Cream...Rhymes!  **FREEBIE***
Looking for a tasty center to practice identifying rhyming pairs? It is SUPER SWEET to have 900 followers...so I am offering up this ice cream center for free! Not one of my 900 followers? No problem! Download the freebie, and if you like the quality of my work, consider becoming a follower to r
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Logic Puzzle to Challenge Gifted and Talented or Bright Kids: "Stuck in a Chair"
After goofing off in class, poor Slater got his head caught in a chair. Students are asked to sort through the clues to determine who freed Slater, how it was done, and at what time. Logic problems involve higher level / critical thinking skills and are great for early finishers, for use in center
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Outstanding Opinion Writing
This "outstanding" free download includes: two anchor chart posters, an opinion writing graphic organizer and 40 unique opinion topics to get your students excited about opinion writing! I would appreciate your rating and a comment about how these opinion resources worked for your class! If you
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