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Citing Text Evidence FREE ACE Method - Writing Interactive Notebook BONUS Lesson
Interactive Writing Notebooks ~ Free Bonus Lesson ~ Citing Text Evidence Cite text evidence with this free interactive notebook activity. This freebie includes a complete interactive writing notebook lesson that provides students with a formula for short response to literature questions. If you'v
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Paragraph of the Week - Paragraph Writing Practice with Writing Prompts FREE
Get 3 FREE weeks of my “Paragraph of the Week” writing resource!!! This FREE Paragraph of the Week resource will provide your students with LOTS of practice opportunities in writing well-organized paragraphs in a fun and enjoyable way. If you LOVE this FREE sample, check out my Paragraph of the W
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Expository Writing - Students Create a Themed Newspaper
Expository Writing - A fun and creative way for students to learn about expository writing! Students practice writing in 3rd person, answering the 5 W's and working in the style of a newspaper. Can easily be adapted for different ages and abilities. Assignment sheet is in the style of a newspaper
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Evidence Based Terminology
Evidence Based Terminology  These Evidence Based Terminology guides include the formal language students must use when citing text evidence, as well as references from fiction and nonfiction. If your students struggle to use the proper transition words and phrases necessary to present evidence,
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Writing Prompt Task Cards - Primary Grades
This FREE package contains 28 task cards with fun writing prompts for primary grades (1-5), a task card recording sheet and a task card response sheet. All of the files have some color elements, but print fine in grayscale. I recommend laminating the cards or printing on cardstock so that your stud
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Santa's New Suit Writing Activity Freebie
I created this packet as a way to say thank you for an incredible year and to show my appreciation to my faithful followers and supporters. It is my hope that this writing activity will be a hit in your classroom. The writing activity is based around Mrs. Claus and she has found herself in a cri
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Writing Posters: Informative, Narrative, & Opinion
Freebie! These writing anchor charts are great for Common Core writing assignments. Included are: ~3 Colored Posters ~3 Black and White Posters ~A Quick Reference Page (great for student writing folders) You might also like: Back to School Activity Pack ~ Getting to Know You My Summer ~ A Wr
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Free Writing Paragraphs Common Core "PEELS" Anchor Chart
Free download: Common Core Standards "PEEL" Anchor Chart for Paragraph Writing Display this anchor chart to remind students of the necessary components for a strong paragraph: Point, Evidence, Explanation, Link, Style. You can find my PEELS writing graphic organizer PLUS reading (text analysis) r
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Monthly Writing Prompts FREEBIE Sample!
6 FREE Common Core-Aligned writing prompts pulled from my monthly writing prompt packets. Designed in traditional & real-world formats such as post cards, flyers, and newspaper articles. These prompts will help young writers discover the powerful role that writing plays in their everyday lives a
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Animal Writing Report Outline
This is a note-taking packet for grades 3 and up. It is designed to help students plan an eight paragraph essay on an animal of their choice. The outline suggests students gather facts for these paragraphs: Introduction Background Characteristics Diet/Habitat Adaptations Jaw Dropping Facts Impact o
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How to Write Incredible Introductions and Captivating Conclusions
When writing informational texts, students need to know how to introduce a topic and how to write a concluding statement that supports the information presented in the writing. This handout is useful as a mini-lesson for that purpose. It outlines 7 ways that students can write introductions that gra
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Informational Writing {Freebie}
This editable freebie was created to assist students writing expository papers. Provided are four animal groups with 12 animals in each group. Aquatic: crab, crocodile, dolphin, duck, fish, frog, octopus, sea horse, shark, toad, turtle, and whale Farm: billy goat, chicken, cow, cat, dog, duck, h
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Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts
Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts. Using writing prompts with photos to teach descriptive writing is an effective exercise. Teach your students to use concrete, or sensory, detail with three thought-provoking photos with writing prompts and notes on using sensory detail. This is part of my complet
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Farm Friends Animal Templates
This is an adorable way to extend your learning about the farm and farm animals. It makes adorable bulletin boards too! There are templates for 6 Farm Animals Goat Sheep Pig Cow Chick(en) Horse Also included are pictures of the finished products and cute farm stationary to match each animal. Than
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FrankenFUN FREEBIES
If you're looking to supplement your seasonal activities with a few freebies, check this out! Here's what's included in the freebie... *Beginning/Middle/End Story Map Frankenfold {craftivity} *Frankenpudding Recipe printable *Frankenpudding Procedural Writing template *Investigating Frankenpudding
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15 Sample Common Core Writing Prompts
This is a PDF* with a set of fifteen creative writing prompts that are aligned to Common Core Writing Anchor Standards 1,2, and 3. These are visual prompts and are meant to be used for practice on Common Core Writing Anchor Standards. They are suitable for upper elementary, middle school, and high
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Writing Interactive Notebook FREEBIE
Writing Interactive Notebook Sampler. This is a sample of my writing notebook! It is a wonderful notebook that will help grow your writers throughout the school year! Download this packet for a small snippet of my interactive writer's notebook WRITING INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS are an EXCITING way to t
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MLA Format and Style: Handouts and Sample Works Cited Page
MLA Format; MLA Style; MLA Handbook, 7th Edition (2008); Works Cited Give your students the tools they need to master in-text citations and Works Cited pages. This 7 page product includes a succinct and clear overview of the types of sources and how to cite each, explanations and examples of the m
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FREE Five Paragraph Essay Outline
Help your students write better essays with this structured essay outline resource. This FREE teaching resource includes two different five paragraph essay outlines. One outline requires students to include two examples per body paragraph, and the other one requires students to include three example
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New Year! Reflections & New Year's Resolutions FREEBIE!
New Year Freebie! With this writing packet, students will reflect upon 2017 by thinking of "proud moments" and set goals/resolutions for 2018. Included are: ~lesson ideas ~"Proud Moments Big and Small" posters ~proud moments brainstorming web ~proud moments scavenger hunt pages ~New Year's Resolut
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Compare and Contrast Words - Handout
Sometimes it's hard for students to think of great transitions words. Here is a list of words students can use to either compare or contrast two things. This is perfect to use when writing a compare/contrast paragraph or essay. I hope you enjoy it :) If you download it, PLEASE rate me or leave me f
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How to Build a Snowman Writing Activity!
Have your students explore "how to" writing using this winter-themed writing craftivity! Includes: * Snow globe template * Parts of a snowman template * 2 sequential writing pages (beginner and intermediate writing lines) Common Core Aligned: CCSS W.K.2; W.1.2 ; W.1.7; W.2.2 Finished product m
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Zebra on the Loose! FUN Informative Writing Activity for Common Core Grades 4-8
Zebra on the Loose! FUN Informative Writing Activity for Common Core Grades 4-8 Spice up informative writing with this FUN and different lesson! A zebra on the loose in the city? That's not something you see everyday! Read a reporter's interviews (primary sources!) of four people involved in this
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FREE Writing Bookmarks
These free bookmarks are a great reminder for students working on any type of writing! Print on cardstock and use all year! Bookmarks are included for: Explanatory / Informational Writing Opinion Writing Creative Narrative and Personal Narrative (transitions and dialogue) ************************
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Conclusions are like Dessert: FREE 45-Minute Essay Writing Lesson
Conclusions can be tough to write, but they are so critical to an essay: the equivalent of a dessert after a meal, leaving a final impression on the reader. This 45-minute lesson introduces students to conclusion paragraphs through a relatable metaphor and the analysis of two sample paragraphs as m
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Biography Research Poster
This poster can be used to create a snapshot of a person's life after a biography research project is complete. After students research someone in history, have them complete this poster to present their research. Or, this can be used to highlight any person and not just one from history. Feel f
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Solar Eclipse Flip Flap Book® FREEBIE
Get ready for the Solar Eclipse 2017! How exciting this is! If you are planning on teaching about the solar eclipse in your classroom, this Solar Eclipse Flip Flap Book® will be a perfect supplement to your lessons, observations, experiments, and research! This resource ONLY USES 8 1/2 x 11 REGU
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Biography Report, Black History, President's Day
Biography reports would be great to use for Black History, President's Day, Women's History, ect. It includes 3 bio reports, 2 lessons, list of names for students to research, and a rubric. Hope you enjoy.
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FREE! Learn to Avoid Thesaurus Abuse – Fun Stuff and/or Emergency Sub Plan
I often have students who rely too heavily on the thesaurus as they craft their essays, resulting in overwrought sentences that block, rather than illuminate, the writer’s meaning. Using a little humor, this handout helps students see what happens when one abuses the thesaurus. This handout, which c
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FREE MLA HANDBOOK
FREE MLA HANDBOOK (8TH EDITION) Use this free MLA formatting (8th Edition) student handbook with the most important guidelines that students should follow when writing a research paper. You just need to print, use double sided photocopying, fold and you have a ready-made-booklet! ===============
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Transition Words in Writing {Anchor Chart Kit}
Transition Words in Writing {Anchor Chart Kit} Teachers love anchor charts; we believe in anchor charts. But many of us do not like making them because they are never as ‘cute’ as the ones other teachers make. So I made this great little Anchor Chart Kit for writing transition words. You can stil
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Habitats - rainforest and desert free activities
Included in this freebie are a habitat information page, compare and contrast sheets, and an animal sorting activity. This sample is focused on the rainforest and desert. Please visit our store to see our full habitat units (ocean, forests, rainforest, desert, arctic animals, and much more)! If y
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Arctic Animals Informational Text - Free
These are free sample pages from our Arctic Animals unit. It includes text about polar bears, polar bear diagram, polar bear questioning page and a follow-up writing sheet. We hope you enjoy our work. Feedback (especially on freebies) is always appreciated! Our full unit is over 130 pages and
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Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Butterfly Life Cycle This fun butterfly life cycle center incorporates reading, writing and science. Students can read a book on butterflies, observe butterflies in your classroom or go to student friendly sites to help them learn about the butterfly life cycle. Then, students will put the butt
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How to Make Hot Chocolate-A Writing Craftivity
Use this fun writing craftivity to add flare to a favorite writing "how to"! Download includes: -Titled writing paper -non-titled writing paper -hot chocolate mug -marshmallows
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Hooking Your Reader- Writing a good introduction
This pdf presentation will introduce 6 different types of "hooks" or leads into a story. This can be used with personal narratives as well as research papers. There are also slides at the end of the powerpoint that the kids will have to read and decide which "hook" the writer has chosen to use.
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How to Cook a Turkey FREEBIE
Asking young children how to cook a turkey can be hilarious! Included: *How to writing organizer flow map *Sentence frame writing sheet *Decorative paper for a final draft *Class book cover page CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/ex
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Free Kindergarten Writing Paper Template (Show and Tell)
This "show-and-tell" writing paper template provides kindergarteners with a lined writing area on the bottom half of the page. Students can use the empty square on the top half of the page to illustrate their creations. Enjoy! -Mrs. Aoto P.S. I value constructive feedback and new followers!
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Editing and Revising Checklist for Expository Writing (grades 3-5) BONUS paper!
I created this editing and revising checklist to use with my third, fourth, and fifth graders as they write expository pieces. This also includes bonus publishing paper that you can use with almost any writing project! I use it in my writing projects throughout the year. Feel free to click on the
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Friends 4-Square Writing Organizer *FREEBIE* for Beginning Writers
Here is a quick and easy way for your beginning writers to plan out a basic paragraph using a 4-square writing organizer. Four versions are included. The topic sentence is provided on one version and a writing prompt is provided on a blank 4-square. There are versions with transition words and wit
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GRATITUDE & THANKFULNESS PROJECT: WRITING A THANK YOU NOTE
This FREE thank you note writing activity will provide your students with an awesome opportunity to give back to the school community! It can be used during the holiday season, Teacher Appreciation Week, or anytime you want to spread warmth and kindness. Many people at your school positively impa
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Expository Writing Tools
Includes: Anchor Charts for types two types of expository writing and narrative versus expository writing. Draft book & Assembly directions for expository writing. Includes template for larger teacher version for modeling purposes. Brainstorming map for How-To Expository writing. Scaffolde
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Citing Text Evidence in Essay Writing Interactive Notebook Freebie
Citing Text Evidence in Essay Writing Interactive Notebook Freebie Is your class working on writing test prep? My class is! I know many states are beginning to test students on their ability to cite evidence across multiple texts, just like Florida's FSA writing test. This is a freebie sample of
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Editing Marks Freebie
The following Editing Marks freebie (courtesy of A Learning Affair) can be used as a reference guide for students during peer or individual editing. Students can place the Editing Marks document in their individual writing folders/binders and/or the document can be placed in the writing center ( as
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Sub Plans: A Non-fiction Activity for Your Sub Tub
A free activity for your Sub Tub! We have created two full days worth of stand-alone sub plans that can be used any time of the year. This freebie is an example of the type of lessons we provide when you purchase a full day’s plan. All our plans are a SNAP to assemble and easy for a sub to follow.
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Writing Prompts for Back to School Class Share Time
Writing Prompts: Back to School Writing Prompts for Class Share Time build essential Common Core writing and speaking skills from the beginning of the year all the way to the last day of school. These Back to School "Sharing Pages" give students a unique opportunity to share their writing in front
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Revolutionary War Freebie
Welcome to my store! Please enjoy this free sampler version of my Revolutionary War Heroes Biography Unit and Lap book product. If you are studying the American Revolution, this is for you! Reading and research using QR codes, note-taking and writing...this unit packs
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Writing Prompt Choice Boards
Here are 6 Writing Prompt Choice Boards which will help your students with independence of writing to a variety prompts/questions! Categories include: Personal Narrative, Expository, Persuasive/Opinion, Descriptive, Imagination, and Procedural/How-To! There are many uses for these boards and a pag
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Biography Report Outline for Primary Grades
We use this biography outline in my second grade classroom as a resource to help students organize their research for a biography report. The simple outline and clear questions help students focus and organize their expository writing. I hope this resource helps you in your classroom! Check out my
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How to Bee a Good Writer Posters
These posters are a cute way to remind your student to follow these rules when they write: 1. Bee sure to start sentences with a capital letter. 2. Bee sure to start proper nouns with a capital letter. 3. Bee sure that your sentence tells a complete thought. Sentences need to make sense. 4. Bee
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New Years 2018 Goal Writing FREE
What are your student's goals for 2018? This is a no prep activity that helps students organize and pre-write as well as editing. Two options available! *updated every year! Download this writing activity to help students organize their goals and write about how they will achieve them. What's incl
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How to Trap a Leprechaun Writing Activity Freebie
Are you looking for a way to incorporate St. Patrick's Day with the Common Core Standards? Well, here is a file that you can use that will do just that. Students will create a leprechaun trap and write an informative/explanatory piece on how to create their traps. In this packet, you will find:
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