Friday, August 31, 2012

Show Comprehension by Creating Movies

Okay, now this is officially boredom buster #346 on the list of 1,000 ways to make teaching and learning so much fun.  This FREE software actually allows anyone to create their own short cartoons.  Visit my blog for more information and about ways to use animation to teach comprehension.Click Here

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Population Ecology Lab: Estimating the Size of a Population

The Wild Bean Population:
Estimating Population Size Using the “Mark and Recapture” Method

How can these beans be used in an ecology lab?  Read my full article at my blog.  It is called Science Stuff, and I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Interactive Science Notebook

If you have been a reader of The Teaching Bank Blog for awhile you'll know I am a bit of a NASA fan. I was very saddened to hear the news last weekend of the death of Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong was a true American hero and an inspiration for everyone. When reading the various stories about Mr. Armstrong over the past few days I came across this quote from him that I love:

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."

This quote embodies what we do in the education world. We hope to create wonder in our students so that they will desire to understand and learn.

I had been working on putting together an interactive science notebook to help teachers and students organize their science resources when I came across this quote. It prompted me to add a section to my notebook that I call the Why/How Does... section. This section integrates writing into the science curriculum.  Everyday (or however often you want) students will write a Why/How does... statement. Why/How does... is a statement that asks the student to pick something that they wonder about and ask why it works the way it does, or how does it work? By creating these Why/How does... statements on a regular basis students will start looking at the world with more wonder and be on the lookout for new things to write about that interest them.

Writing these daily Why/How does... statements do not take much time. It can be used as a sponge activity or bellringer activity as the student comes into the classroom. 

Head over to The Teaching Bank Blog to read more about what is inside my Interactive Science Notebook and for some examples of pages that are included.
This Interactive Science Notebook is a great way to keep your students organized and encourage them to write daily to increase their wonder and desire to understand! Check them all out in my Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher's Notebook stores!

Making Maps Unit

This week my Kinders are discovering how much fun maps can be!
We are investigating why we need maps, what are the parts of a map, how to read a map, and how to create a map. 
Head to my blog {here} to see my student examples of all the FUN we are having this week!
I know your students will LOVE it!!!

  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Punctuation with Quotation Marks Freebie

 I developed these handouts and quizzes for my students who should know basic quotation mark rules (but often still make errors), but are new to adding in-text citations to their papers. Click here or on the picture to get to my blog with more information and the link to download the freebie, which contains informational handouts and two quizzes with answer keys.
Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Common Core Rubrics For Every ELA Literature and Informational Text Standard

Hi guys!  Happy new school year!   Today, I would like to present Common Core ELA rubrics.  These rubrics are specific to each Literature and Informational text standard.  Access the link below for more information.

The Daily Scoop...Freebie!

Just wanted to share my newest freebie "The Daily Scoop" (2 versions). Learn more about it when you hop over to my blog. Great beginning and end of the day activity!

Hope to see you soon...Karen
Oh, I almost forgot. I wanted to mention that I just added more sites to KB...Konnected Kids. Over 100+ enrichment sites for students....great for those who finish early. Find out more about it here an then head over to  KB...Konnected Kids to check it out.

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Power Point: Measurements, Accuracy, Precision, Scientific Notation”

MsRazz ChemClass created a Power Point presentation for a Chemistry, General Science, or Physical Science class.  Go to “The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs” for this and hundreds of free lessons.  

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Enter to Win!

I'm giving away a Duo Trimmer!  It's perfect for personal or school use!
Come check it out!

Fern Smith's FREEBIE ~ The -et Family Lists & Tests For Spelling

 FREE The -et Family Spelling {Word Work} Lists & Tests 

Adorable Jet Theme! 

This Spelling Unit has 9 pages!
Some school districts call it Spelling, some call it Word Work!
This packet has both versions!
Your students will ♥love it!
I'm Fern Smith, my school's Teacher of the Year and 3rd Grade Team Leader.
If you haven't been to my blog, I'd love for you to drop by and follow me! 
Thanks, ~Fern

It's A Blog Birthday Giveaway!

Have you heard?? It's my blog birthday and I'm having a BIG giveaway! Yay!!

One lucky winner will be getting a HUGE bag of goodies :)

Come on over to my blog to see how you can enter for a chance at this amazing prize!

Reading Strategies

Hi y'all! I know you haven't heard from me much this summer- it was a hectic one with lots of unexpected happenings that kept me away from blogging & creating as much as I would have liked. However, the school year is back in swing, and I'm back on the saddle.

The latest addition to my TpT store is my Reading Strategies Activity Cards.

 My ESOL students have a lot of trouble remembering to use their active reading strategies consistently. So, I created these 8 colorful cards to help them remember and practice:
  • Previewing
  • Making a connection
  • Predicting
  • Setting a Purpose for Reading
  • Visualizing
  • Monitoring and Clarifying
  • Summarizing
  • Responding to the text
Though these cards were created for my 4th grade ESOL students, they can be used effectively with struggling readers in grades 3-8. The set is only $3.50, and my students  love using them. In my class, we write a response of 1-2 sentences for each card in our literature notebooks.  Just click the button below to purchase a set for your classroom!

 Enjoy the rest of your week!!

Easy Place Value Workstation

At the beginning of the year, you want some easy work stations that also feature good math.  That's exactly what you'll find with this little place value freebie for 6-, 9-, or 12-digit numbers.  Click here to read more and grab yours!

Math Coach’s Corner

Sunday, August 26, 2012

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Comprehension Graphic Organizer - Fits ANY Fiction Book”

MrHughes created a 2-page graphic organizer to reinforce connections, visualizations, responding to the author, vocabulary, setting, plot, and more.  Go to “The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs” for this and hundreds of free lessons.  

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Adjectives Power Point Lesson -Three Little Pigs Themed

This FREE 34 slide interactive powerpoint covers the many parts of using adjectives in writing including the definition, the different types of adjectives, and how they change or modify the sentence. Students will love the Three little pigs theme and the story included. It is designed as a lecture, but has several interactive slides including an interactive quiz. This is part of a Fairytales Grammar Power Point bundle that includes 8 other power points.


Connecting Common Core Standards through Poetry

I love writing poems, chants and plays and decided to align them with the ELA Common Core Standards for 1st and 2nd grade literacy center activities in my new September Packet. There are poems and chants about School, Labor Day, Grandparents' Day and Fall and a fun play called called "How Will I know When it is Fall?" Here is a free sample of "Where's the Teacher?" which includes a punctuation activity to help your students practice using question marks and periods. Just like a jingle or song that you can't get out of your head, poems and chants are the same for young children. I know when I create them the same thing happens to me. It is also a great way to get your students up and moving around!!!! To download, click on the image below.

You will find a Word Sort Activity with the Poem "Time for School", A Writing Activity with the Labor Day Poem "Thank You Workers", an I Spy Short Vowel Words in the poem "Grandparents' Day" and  much more. 

 You can click on the image below to see and read more at my TpT store.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students. I wish each and everyone of you a wonderful school year.

Back to School Writing

I created 7 different pages of back to school writing stationery.  Each one has a different prompt and theme.  You can let students choose which one they'd like to do.  You could do a few of them, or all of them.  

 I think asking students to complete a quick writing prompt where they talk about their thoughts for the year, or how their summer went, gives you a glimpse into where they are as a student, and who they are as a person.  You get to see which students are on task, which ones aren't, and which ones are on task but can't stop chatting with their friends at the same time.  Writing is a quick and easy way to get a little insight on your new students.

Click the image above to come over to my blog to see all of the pages and download your copy for free.

FREE MISC. LESSON - Back to School About Me Foldable Kit

Randi Smith created a Back to School About Me Foldable Kit to use as a First Day of School activity or an Open House bulletin board.  

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

How Do You Get Your Classroom Ready for School?

How do you get your classroom ready for the first day of school? 
I posed this question on my blog Mrs. Orman's Classroom and asked secondary teachers to weigh-in. We see so many great classrooms from the elementary bunch, but what about the middle and high school crowd? 

Come over and voice your opinion:

Thanks for stopping by The Lesson Cloud and have a great school year!
-Tracee Orman

Common Core Mega Math Pack - Fun in the Fall (2nd Grade)

I'm so excited to have just released this super fun math packet.  It's called Common Core Mega Math Pack - Fun in the Fall.  
It is a collection of math problems targeted toward specific Common Core Standards for the second grade with a fun autumn theme.  Worksheets are organized into problem sets organized around a specific group of Common Core Standards.  All Common Core Standards  for Math are covered in this book.

This packet has 33 worksheets that are grouped together by the Common Core Standards. It also has answer sheets for all worksheets, a teacher's checklist for the worksheets, a list of the Common Core Standards for second grade, and a completion certificate.  Also, it has 11 fun math posters that you can hang on your wall!  Click here to view the packet on TPT.  Below are a few previews of the packet.  

I'll be making more for other grade levels so, make sure to follow my store so you can get the updates when I add a new packet.  
Have a great school year!