December 10, 2016

Holiday Games - Super Growing Bundle of Fun!

The holidays are here and this is a great time to stock up on my growing bundle of various holiday lessons. Included so far are Christmas, Valentine's Day, Halloween, and St. Patrick's Day. More to come soon! Click the pic for more details. Happy holidays!

April 25, 2016


An Eye-Opening Lesson for Middle & High School Students

This ELA CCSS aligned 2-3 day lesson is designed to increase self and group awareness and to enhance students' understanding of one another - and ultimately to improve class and group discussions. This packet consists of 10 activities/assessments. TED Talks episode "The Power of Introverts" with Susan Cain, is an eye-opening video which will guide your students toward realizing their own and others learning styles. This will lead them to develop an action plan toward more balanced discussions. As a by-product, these lessons and activities also increases awareness of those who tend to dominate discussions and seek attention during class time. Finally, it brings a call to action for your students to develop an action plan to balance class discussion time, and that honors everyone's learning style. 

Schema Questionnaire (Anticipatory)
Introvert vs. Extrovert Self-Test (Internet and hard copy provided) Continuum Graphic 
Vocabulary for TED Talks video
Short Reading Piece with Facts About Introversion and Extroversion
Study Guide for Video (thoughts and Q & A for during and after video)
Passage-Based Personal Essay Prompt, Rubric, and Two Pages of Quotes to Serve as the Passage
Contemplation and Conversation Cards
Quotes by Susan Cain Poster
Post Test A and B Versions
Detailed Ideas and Notes for Teaching Throughout

April 24, 2016

Flash Freebie: The Year I Was Born
One-Day Lesson Plan for ELA and History
Relevant for Middle & High School
Requires Computer, Internet, and PowerPoint

Note to ELA & History Teachers: Below, you'll find student directions with links. Copy and paste this onto your own web page for easy student access. If necessary, you can always print and handout copies to your students. Whatever works best for you! If there is extra time, you might ask students to share their slides, and see the similarities and differences between perspectives and designs. Enjoy! 

The Year I Was Born

Learning Target: I can determine and summarize key information.
Directions: Create a PowerPoint slide to depict the main ideas of what was going on in the world during your birth year. Include news, the arts, entertainment, sports, celebrity gossip - whatever you're interested in.  

Slide Requirements

1. Create a title that delivers the main idea of the assignment.
2. Of course, identify the year.
3. Include at least 10 historically significant events.
4. Search and find three pics that directly relate to the events - use photos or clip art.

Below are two websites that may be helpful (you can also google "news events of _____"):

The People History

News & Events by Year

History Standards 

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

ELA Standards 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.2 (& 8.2, 9.2, 10.2, 11.2, 12.2)
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.