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  • Informational Text Pack for January: Drinking Straw Day

    $3.75

    This Informational Text Pack celebrates Drinking Straw Day.  Yes!  No kidding!
    Though not an official, Congressionally sanctioned, national celebration, January 3 is set aside as Drinking Straw Day—a time to acknowledge the importance of this little necessity.  It also commemorates Marvin Stone’s patent for the world’s first paper drinking straw, which was granted by the U. S. Patent Office on January 3, 1888.
    Get your students in the Drinking-Straw celebration mode with the three articles in this file:
    (1)  “Drinking Straw Day” chronicles the rather surprising history of the drinking straw with a focus on  the two inventions that brought it to its modern form.  This article has 15 CCSS Aligned  questions.

    (2)   “Addendum 1:  Patent No. 375,962” presents the original diagram drawing and specifications included in Marvin Stone’s paper straw patent from 1888.  The 10 companion CCSS aligned questions require students to study both the diagram and the specifications.  Several questions refer to information in “Drinking Straw Day.”

    (3)  “Patent No. 2,094,286” includes the original diagram drawing and specifications from Joseph Friedman’s flexible straw patent in 1937.  The 10 CCSS aligned questions for this document refer to the diagram, the specifications, and information from the other two documents.
    A set of “Drinking Straw Facts” and another group of “Facts about Patents” are included as a little something extra that teachers and students can use as they see fit.

    18 pages of script.  20 total pages including cover and Credits.
    Full Answer Keys are included.  (Specific CCSS are listed here, and not in the questions themselves)
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  • Informational Text Pack for January: Peanuts and Peanut Butter

    $3.75

    This Informational Text Pack begins with “January 24th:  National Peanut Butter Day in the U.S.”.  The article focuses on one of our favorite foods and traces its development from its South American roots, through its growth in popularity, to its debut as a homogenized smooth or crunchy commercial product.  It also introduces students to “arachibutyrophobia,” the terrible, awful, debilitating fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of one’s mouth.

    The second article “How the Peanuts Gang Got Its Name” takes a look at how Charles Schulz was forced to give up the original name he attached to his famous cast of characters and accept one he never warmed up to—“Peanuts!”

    Each text is two pages long and comes with a set of 15 CCSS aligned questions.
    Full answer keys, with specific CCSS alignments listed for each question, are included.

    As a bonus, I have added a two-page list of left-over peanut and peanut butter facts that students can use to write their own informational texts.   Or, teachers can easily transform them into task cards.

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  • Task Cards: Sentence or Fragment with Children’s Song Titles

    $2.50

    Classifying the titles of children’s songs as Sentences or Fragments is not as easy as it sounds. As a matter of fact, it requires some careful observation. The song titles listed on this set of 20 cards (two per card) are more than enough to cause 4th-6th graders to break out in a bout of thinking.
    The challenge lies in the fact that song titles can be complete sentences, but they are not written in the everyday form with full punctuation and capitalization. Students have to stop and think about the requirements of a proper sentence to see how the song title measures up.
    These cards, also usable as bell ringers, are a fun way to review and recheck this skill, especially for older students who will enjoy a look back at the music that was once at the top of their charts.
    A cover card, a student instruction card, and an answer sheet are printed on the next-to-last page of the file.

    Answer keys are located on the last page.
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  • Task Cards: Spelling (Grades 4-5)

    $2.50

    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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  • Informational Text Pack for February: Hearts and Ferris Wheels

    $3.75

    Treat your students to a new view of February 14th with “Hearts and Ferris Wheels.”

    This Informational Text’s first article, “Getting to the Heart of the Matter,” starts in ancient Egypt for the beginnings of the mix-ups and misconceptions about the human heart that were finally unscrambled less than 500 years ago.  Still, they keep hanging around in our language as idioms, which we dust off and wear out each Valentine’s day—bless our hearts!

    Bet you didn’t know that February 14th is also Ferris Wheel Day!  “The Engineer with Wheels in His Head” tells the story of the world’s first Ferris Wheel, built by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. (born on February 14th) for the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 (aka The Chicago’s World Fair.)

    Each text is accompanied by 15 CCSS aligned questions.  Full answer keys are included.  CCSS alignments are listed in the answer keys, not the questions.

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  • September in Figurative Language

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    The month of September with its Labor Day festivities and a host of other fun events is the focus of this figurative language activity pack. The original study sentences are organized into three lessons with 25 items each. Students are challenged to identify and interpret similes, metaphors, hyperboles, idioms, and personification.

    An introductory reference page with definitions and examples of the five featured figures of speech can be used as a wall poster or a student handout.

    This download is sixteen total pages including full answer keys, a cover page, the reference page, and a section of links to companion products.

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  • Giver, The: Whole Book Test (Digital Download)

    $3.50

    Giver, The: Whole Book Test is a fifty-question multiple choice quiz for Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal Winner that covers the whole book and checks for basic FACTUAL comprehension.

    Full answer keys are included

     

     

     

     

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  • Task Cards: The Giver–Inference Skills Chapters 1-5

    $2.75

    This set of 20 task cards for The Giver provide students with specific examples of how inferences are planted in stories and practice in spotting and interpreting them.

    This file covers Chapters 1-5. Each one presents a story quote, story facts, or a combination of the two with inference clues that involve plot analysis or character development. The accompanying question is presented in multiple choice style with four possible answers.

    The package includes answer keys, an answer sheet, a cover card that can double as a container label, and a student instruction card. Book page numbers for each question is included in the answer keys to give teachers the choice of using the cards as review warm ups or quizzes.

    Additional Task Card Sets for chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15, and 16-23 are available below.

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  • October in Figurative Language

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    The month of October is the focus of this figurative language activity pack. Organized into three different lessons with 25 items each, students are asked to identify and interpret similes, metaphors, hyperboles, idioms, and personification. An introductory reference page with definitions and examples of the five featured figures of speech can be used as part of the student handout. Full answer keys are included.

    Twelve pages including cover page.

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  • Task Cards: The Giver Inference Skills Chapters 6-10

    $2.75

    These Task Cards cover Chapters 6-10. Each one presents a story quote, story facts, or a combination of the two with inference clues that involve plot analysis or character development. The accompanying question is presented in multiple choice style with four possible answers.

    The remaining two sets of Task Cards for Chapters 11-15, and 16-23 are available below.

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  • Informational Text Pack for March: Umbrellas and Barbie

    $3.75

    In honor of March’s U.S. designation as National Umbrella Month, the first portion of this text pack is about this very necessary item.

    Barbie, the first teen fashion doll, made her debut on March 9, 1959, at the New York Toy Fair.  Since then, she has reigned at the world’s most popular doll.  To commemorate her 50+ years of extreme fame, controversy, and legal entanglements, the second article tells the story of Barbie Millicent Roberts.

    Each article is three pages of script with 15 CCSS aligned questions.  The target skills are listed in the answer keys, and not with the questions.

    This file is 17 total pages, including 12 pages of script, 2 pages of answer keys, a table of content, a cover page, and an e-bibliography with clipart art credits.

    Full answer keys are included.

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  • A Thanksgiving Feast of Figurative Language

    $3.95

    This figure-of-speech study is constructed around the loosely woven story of a family’s Thanksgiving get together. Organized in three sections (Appetizers, Main Course, After Dinner Activities) of twenty-five items each, the original sentences feature a menu of six figures of speech: similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.

    Full answer keys are included.

    Fifteen total pages counting cover.

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  • The Giver: Task Cards Inference Skills Chapters 11-15

    $2.75

    This set of 24 cards for Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal Winner provide students with specific examples of how inferences are planted in stories and practice in spotting and interpreting them.
    These Task Cards cover Chapters 11-15. Each one presents a story quote, story facts, or a combination of the two with inference clues that involve plot analysis or character development. The accompanying question is presented in multiple choice style with four possible answers.
    The package includes answer keys, an answer sheet, a cover card that can double as a container label, and a student instruction card. Book page numbers for each question is included in the answer keys to give teachers the choice of using the cards as review warm ups or quizzes.

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  • Deck the Halls with Figurative Language

    $3.95

    This holiday-themed study of figurative language is composed of a series of original sentences, popular song lyrics, and a verse from a familiar Christmas poem. Organized into three parts with twenty-five items each, students are challenged to identify and interpret the six featured figures of speech–simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.

    A total of 16 pages–including full answer keys, a list of the targeted figures of speech with definitions and examples, and the cover page.

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  • Task Cards: The Giver Inference Skills Chapters 16-23

    $2.75

    This set of 24 task cards for The Giver provide students with specific examples of how inferences are planted in stories and practice in spotting and interpreting them.
    These Task Cards cover Chapters 16-23. Each one presents a story quote, story facts, or a combination of the two with inference clues that involve plot analysis or character development. The accompanying question is presented in multiple choice style with four possible answers.
    The package includes answer keys, an answer sheet, a cover card that can double as a container label, and a student instruction card. Book page numbers for each question is included in the answer keys to give teachers the choice of using the cards as review warm ups or quizzes.

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  • Informational Text Pack for April: Frogs and Kites

    $3.75

    In the U.S., April is both National Frog Month and National Kite Month. Thus, the unlikely duo of frogs and kites is the subject of this Informational Text Pack.

    “Frog Background Check” takes students into the world of frogs and highlights some of their most unusual talents and habits, such as shedding and eating their own skins. Though written to appeal to a student’s sense of humor, this text’s goal of instilling an appreciation for these little critters is 100% serious.

    Generally thought of as no more than a toy, kites take center stage in “Go Fly a Kite.” This article features a brief history of kites and how they have been a vital factor in several important human accomplishments.

    Each text is accompanied with a variety of 15 CCSS aligned questions.

    Full answer keys included. (CCSS skills are listed here, not in the questions.)

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  • January in Figurative Language

    $2.50

    January in Figurative Language is a nine-page activity set in two parts (25 items each).

    The month of January–its weather and special designations–is the inspiration for the original sentences, famous people quotes, and literature passages that illustrate the use of similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, and idioms. Multiple choice questions challenge students to identify and interpret the featured figures of speech.

    Full answer keys are included.

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  • Interactive Notebook Pages Parts of Speech: Verbs

    $8.50

    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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  • February Figuratively Speaking

    $3.95

    February Figuratively Speaking is a 13 page activity organized in three parts with 25 items each.

    February’s jam-packed list of special occasions forms the basis for the original sentences, famous people quotes, and literature passages that illustrate the use of similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Multiple choice questions challenge students to identify and interpret the featured figures of speech. Great test practice as well as seasonal fun.

    Full answer keys are included.

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  • Celebrating March in Figurative Language

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    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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