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    The Red Ranger Challenges Santa: Are You Real?

    The Red Ranger Challenges Santa: Are You Real?
    I would say that after fifteen hundred plus days confined in small places with fourth and fifth graders I could be considered somewhat an expert regarding the mental and physical development process of eight, nine, and ten year old children. The boys and girls who pass through my classroom each year are a rare breed and care must be taken ...
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    Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though many schools honor this special event by closing for the day, it's important for students to understand the great man behind the holiday. Celebrate the history by introducing your students to a brief history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his famous speech, "I Have ...
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    Fun with Autumn Leaves

    Fun with Autumn Leaves
    I like to do activities with my class that celebrate the season. Changing seasons is an exciting time and it is good to do activities that explain the changing events. It is also good for students to learn that not all places have different seasons and some have longer seasons than other. When I moved to South Carolina after growing up ...
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    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
    The time leading up to holiday break is a popular time to show holiday movies in classrooms. A great, short movie is "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Instead of just watching the movie this year and turning it off, try using the movie to prompt some creative writing with your students. h4. Writing Prompts 1. The Grinch has a tiny little ...
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    Technology Lesson: The Holiday Shopper

    Technology Lesson: The Holiday Shopper
    This activity uses a prepared spreadsheet and the grocery sales paper from the newspaper to figure the cost of a holiday meal for a certain number of people. *_A lesson plan for Grades 6–7 Computer Technology Skills_* h4. Students will: * learn to solve a real life situation using a spreadsheet. * edit a spreadsheet to answer “what if” questions. * ...
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    A New Beginning

    A New Beginning
    Being a teacher also means being part visionary - here's some food for thought at the start of a new year Each fall, millions of young people enter school anticipating the very best for the year. You can see the hope in your students' faces and smiles and perhaps even in their hidden fears. It's an awesome responsibility to be the ...
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    Holiday Writing Prompts

    Holiday Writing Prompts
    Writing- whether it's journaling or writing a short story- is a great way for students to express themselves, especially in the high emotion time of the holidays. If your students are overloaded with holiday energy and need direction, try these writing prompts. Different students in your class may celebrate different holiday traditions, so be sensitive to that and offer prompts that ...
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    Making Holiday Gifts & Decorations in the Class

    Making Holiday Gifts & Decorations in the Class
    h4. Holiday Coupon Books If you need an idea for a parent present to work on in your class, coupon books are great! They get students writing and drawing and create a thoughtful present for parents or family members. Give each student at least 2 pieces of 8 x 11 paper or construction paper. Have students fold it in half, then ...
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    The Holidays of December

    The Holidays of December
    December presents so many multicultural teaching opportunities through the holiday traditions of many different cultures. Here are many holidays celebrated in December with a short description of each you can share with your students. h4. Hanukkah h4. When is it? Hanukkah begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 4th and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, December 12th. h4. Who celebrates Hanukkah? The ...
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    Thankful Thoughts from a Teacher

    Thankful Thoughts from a Teacher
    One of the nicest things about the month of November is that even the most jaded teacher can take a moment or two to look around a classroom and feel thankful. First of all, we can be thankful that we are employed. Moreover, we are employed in a profession that does good in the world. Not every professional can claim that. ...
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    3-5: Christmas Carol Chronology

    3-5: Christmas Carol Chronology
    Christmas Carol Chronology, based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, provides students with an opportunity to develop comprehension by listing plot developments and arranging them sequentially. This lesson begins with cooperative learning groups and ends with an individual manipulative activity of cutting and pasting strips of events in chronological order. *_A lesson plan for Grades 4–8 English Language Arts_* h4. Learning ...
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    Answers to the Turkey Quiz

    Answers to the Turkey Quiz
    Need some interesting material about Thanksgiving to fill some class time? What's Your Turkey IQ? quiz to help you learn more about Thanksgiving's most popular dish: The Turkey. We're providing the answers so you can learn from the quiz, but... h4. Don't cheat! If you haven't taken the What's Your Turkey IQ quiz, go take it first. See answers on the ...
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    Butterfly Worksheets

    Download colorful shapes for students to cut and paste together shapes to make a butterfly. Preview materials below. Save PDF, zoom in or out by moving mouse over preview window.
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    K-5: Love Letters:Using imagery to convey feelings

    After listening to Arnold Adoff's Love Letters, students will write and share their own love letters. This lesson is especially fun around Valentine's Day. *_A lesson plan for Grades 2–4 English Language Arts_* h4. Students will: * read or listen to the book Love Letters by Arnold Adoff and analyze for main idea, tone, imagery and author strategies * write a ...
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    Featured Lesson: Columbus in the Classroom

    Featured Lesson: Columbus in the Classroom
    *_In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue._* There are many holidays throughout the year that school's observe with a day off. Sometimes that day away from school and what it honors passes right by the student body without fully understanding what it celebrates. Don't let Columbus Day be one of those holidays. Instead, set aside time to explore- like Columbus him ...
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    Who Was St. Valentine?

    On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and candy. Although the origins of Valentine's Day are murky, ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the fifteenth of February. Like so many holidays, a Christian gloss was added to the pagan fete when the holiday moved to the fourteenth of February—the saint ...
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    Harvest Festivals Around the World

    Harvest Festivals Around the World
    Harvest Festivals have been held as long as people have been sowing and gathering food. Show your students how people all over the world celebrate the harvesting of a good crop. People from various cultures all over the world celebrate the gathering of the harvest. Harvest Festivals have been held as long as people have been sowing and gathering food. For ...
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    February: Black History Month

    February: Black History Month
    Started in 1926, this week long celebration was established by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African-American author and scholar. The event evolved into the establishment of February as "Black History Month" in 1976. This month long celebration is a great time to focus on curriculum that ties in with theme. From history and music, to literature and politics, there are plenty ...
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    Bats Are Everywhere!

    Bats Are Everywhere!
    Are bats blind? Do they attack people? Do they carry rabies? This thematic unit provides a change of pace to your study of animals. Help your students explore the scientific facts and myths about bats. Increase vocabulary, study animal classification, and add to knowledge about animals. I like to begin this unit with a KWL chart. It is important to see ...
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    All About St. Patrick's Day

    All About St. Patrick's Day
    Who Was St. Patrick? St. Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Britain at the end of the 4th century. When he was sixteen, he was taken prisoner by Irish raiders who were attacking his family home. He was then taken to Ireland for the next six years and held captive. While in Ireland, ...
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