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  • Christmas Carol: Vocabulary Study


    Christmas Carol is loaded with perplexing vocabulary. There is no doubt whatsoever about that.  The goal of this product is to give students and teachers a resource that will demystify at least some of the difficult vocabulary and apply it to modern usage.

    Christmas Carol Components include:
    A alphabetized list of the 135 words chosen for study with page numbers.
    Stave-by-stave word lists, in book order, with text-applicable definitions and their page locations.
    Dictionary Digs: Designed for use before reading, this section is a series of 6 two-page printables that require the interpretive use of a dictionary and bring all 135 words into modern context.
    Vocabulary in Context:  These pages take students back into the text, stave by stave,  where they must place the correct word in a story fact, a story quote, or a combination of the two.
    Application:  These three activities apply Dickens’s vocabulary to modern meanings and sentence usage.
    Full answer keys are included.

    NOTE:  This is not part of the above product.  This is a separate purchase.

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  • Five Things You Didn’t Know about Thanksgiving


    The five informational texts in this pack present unusual, but true facts about Thanksgiving—things you won’t find in the history books. Use them as a count-down to the Thanksgiving holidays or as part of a holiday literacy center.
    Each one-page article is accompanied by 5 CCSS-aligned questions and 1 to 3 bonus questions that can turn into a writing or research assignment. Full answer keys are provided. Targeted CCSS skills are listed in the answer keys.
    These texts are designed appeal to 6th-8th graders and address particular RI CCSS skills in these grade levels. However, 4th graders, 5th graders, and some high school students might also benefit from the material.

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  • Task Cards: Parts of Speech–Types of Nouns (CCSS Aligned)


    Each of the 30 cards in this set presents a sentence with an underlined word.  Students are challenged to identify two correct classifications for the word from a set of four possible answers.

    These cards are designed for use by 6th, 7th, and 8th graders as a review and new skills reinforcement.  They are not appropriate for students just beginning to study nouns.  Users must have a working knowledge of common and proper, singular and plural, possessive, collective, concrete and abstract.

    This download has 30 student cards, a student answer sheet, a cover card (which can be used as a container label), a student instruction card, and a resource page that summarizes the skills covered.

    Full answer keys are included.
    This product is CCSS aligned.

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  • Task Cards: Parts of Speech–Nouns–Plural or Possessive


    Each of the 30 cards in this set presents a sentence with a plural noun in parentheses.  The student’s task is to determine if the sentence needs a plural noun, a singular possessive noun, or a plural possessive noun.

    This product requires a knowledge of basic and advanced shills in forming and understanding the difference between plural and possessive nouns.  It is designed for use as a review and skills reinforcement in 6th-8th grade and some high school classrooms.  It is not recommended for 4th or 5th graders.  It is not appropriate for the introduction of possessive nouns in 2nd and 3rd grades.
    This product has 30 student cards, a student answer sheet, a cover card (which can be used as a container label), a student instruction card, and a resource pages that summarizes the skills covered.

    Full answer keys are included.
    This product is CCSS aligned.

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  • Informational Texts: A Christmas Duo


    Poinsettias and mistletoe—two familiar Christmas plants—take center stage in this duo of original Informational Texts.

    “The Red Flower from Mexico,” traces the poinsettia’s journey from a wild shrub growing in Mexico to the most popular potted plant in the United States and Canada.

    “Kissing under the Hemiparasite” takes a look at mistletoe’s ancient reputation as a magical plant and its perceived mystical qualities that somehow managed to jell into our modern kissing-under-the mistletoe tradition.

    Each article is accompanied by a variety of 15 CCSS aligned question. Full answer keys, including short answer questions, are provided.

    Both articles are written for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, although some high school classrooms and gifted 4th and 5th graders will also enjoy the contents.

    Great seasonal resource for teaching Informational Text reading skills or for skills assessment.

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  • Task Cards for Halloween: E-e-e-e! Spelling


    Early each October, I start seeing signs all over the place, “Workers Needed for Haunted Cemetary,” or “Haunted Cematary 2 mi.”
    Years ago, someone clued me in on the spelling ditty that goes, “She cried E-E-E! when she passed the cEmEtEry,” so naturally I always notice and obsess over these public displays of bad spelling. I was on the verge of purchasing one of those huge permanent black magic markers (the other teacher’s pet) and turning loose my desire to correct when I was distracted by the realization that many words have 3 e’s in their spellings. Then I found a bunch of 4-e words. To my surprise, I Googled-up a group of 5-e’s. The community’s bad spellers were spared, and I had an idea for a fun Halloween spelling activity for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
    Of course, all age groups and attitudes are invited to have a go at E-e-e-e!! Spelling!



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  • Task Cards: Spelling (Grades 4-5)


    Each of the 20 task cards in this set contains a sentence with three or more bold-print words.  One of the words is misspelled.  Students are challenged to identify the word, and then write its correct spelling on the answer sheet provided.  Another unexpected misspelling is located on one of the cards.
    The cards feature a total of 75 different words that were chosen from various often-misspelled word lists, 4th-5th grade level spelling lists, and terms likely to be encountered across the curriculum.
    In addition to their role as task cards, these items can work as bell ringers.  They also provide students with a chance to sharpen their proofreading skills.
    A cover card, student instruction card, and answer sheet are printed on the next-to-last page.
    Answer keys are on the last page along with clipart credits.

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  • Interactive Notebook Pages Parts of Speech: Verbs


    The nine interactive notebook pages in this product address the required CCSS verb skills for grades 4-8 as well as those covered by ELA teachers who are not following Common Core. They are:

    Lesson Activity 1: Action and Linking Verbs
    Lesson Activity 2: Helping Verbs/Verb Phrases
    Lesson Activity 3: Modal Helping Verbs
    Lesson Activity 4: Present, Past, Future Tense
    Lesson Activity 5: Perfect Tense
    Lesson Activity 6: Irregular Verbs
    Lesson Activity 7: Progressive Tense
    Lesson Activity 8. Perfect Progressive Tense
    Lesson Activity 9: Consistency in Verb Tense
    This package includes an optional Pop-up Divider Page as a bonus Activity.

    Each Lesson Activity includes a page of facts and examples (right side of notebook) that give a thorough presentation of the target skill(s), and student response forms that are ready to cut and assemble.
    All lessons come with specific cutting and assembly instructions with photos of the various steps and directions for completing the student response forms. Answer keys and sample responses for each interactive page are also included.

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  • Celebrating March in Figurative Language



    March in Figurative Language is a study of 7 figures of speech–idiom, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and idiom–illustrated in original sentences or quotations from real people. This 13-page package is presented in three separate lessons of 25 items each.

    Our third month’s calendar position as the transition point from winter to spring, or from summer to autumn if you live in the Southern hemisphere, provides the inspiration for some of the original sentences. Others are based on March’s role as host to St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, National Cheerleading Week, and the likes of Save a Spider Day on the 14th and Weed Appreciation Day on the 28th. Teachers have the option of adding an extra thinking skill by asking students to connect each sentence to one of the 13 featured celebrations and events.

    Full answer keys are included.

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  • Informational Texts Pack: Feet and Shoes


    Feet and shoes are the topics of this Informational Texts Pack. Titles of the four original articles are

    Arguments for Feet Appreciation
    Where Did You Get Those Shoes?
    Extraordinary Feet
    Speaking of Feet. . .

    The goal of this teaching resource is to inform and to entertain—lots of humor to keep students interested, especially “Speaking of Feet. . .” For the teacher, there are 10 CCSS aligned questions in a variety of formats for each of the four articles.

    The Teacher’s Resources section offers one or more complete writing prompts for all four texts, links to internet sites and YouTube videos for more in-depth study, research topics, and the e-bibliography used in writing the articles.

    Full answer keys with specific CCSS alignments are included.  Twenty-five total pages.


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  • Interactive Notebook Pages: Parts of Speech: Nouns


    The seven interactive notebook pages in this product address the skills listed in CCSS as well as those covered by ELA teachers who are not following Common Core. They are:

    • Lesson Activity 1: Noun Recognition/Common and Proper Nouns
    • Lesson Activity 2: Concrete and Abstract Nouns
    • Lesson Activity 3: Collective Nouns
    • Lesson Activity 4: Plurals
    • Lesson Activity 5: Unusual Plurals
    • Lesson Activity 6: Possessive Nouns
    • Lesson Activity 7: Possessive or Plural?
    • Optional Intro/Divider Pop-up Page

    These lessons and activities focus on the noun as a part of speech. They do not include a study of nouns as they are used in grammatical structure (subject, predicate nominative, direct object, subject/verb agreement, etc.).

       Though the CCSS introduces nouns in the primary grades, this set of interactive notebook pages is for 6th-8th graders and some high school ELA classes. It is designed to be a combined review, reinforcement, and a new-learning tool. The skills covered are advanced and not for beginners.

    View sample pages HERE.

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