Friday, November 21, 2014

FREE Resource Friday: RAFT Introduction Activity

Welcome to FREE Resource Friday! Our goal is to share some great resources that you can use in your grades 3-5 classroom.

Today we are featuring: RAFT Introduction Activity.
This is a five page document that will help your students learn what a RAFT is and how it is a great writing tool for your classroom.

 Download this FREE resource by clicking here.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Improving Teacher Morale: Quotes to Inspire, Motivate and Rejuvenate

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Improving-Teaching-Morale-Motivational-and-Inspiring-Cards-with-Sayings-1550296

If you are a teacher, and have days where you feel down or not appreciated, or if you are an administrator that is looking for a way to pick up your staff's morale, this resource is for you!

In the past few years, teachers have faced increasing pressure with new accountability measures put in place. While it is necessary to hold teachers and administrators to a high standard, it has been the way that these new initiatives have been rolled out, and the unnecessary pressures that the politicians, the public, and even administration have put on educators.

It is time to remind teachers of why they teach. It is time to make sure that teachers feel appreciated and feel like they are making a difference amid a cloud of scrutiny and blame. It is time to treat teachers like the professionals they are.


 Included in this resource are two sets of 50 cards- one set of 50 is on colored background and the other set is on white background. Both sets have the same inspirational sayings and/or quotes. We included both sets, so you can use what you prefer. These cards are meant to inspire and provide some helpful reminders to teachers. You can purchase them by clicking here.

Below are some examples of the cards you would receive. There are four cards to a normal 8.5 x 11" piece of paper, so the actual size is larger than below. 


Our goal is to help teachers realize how important they are to their students. No matter how difficult the times may be in education and teaching in general, we have to remember we are there for the children. That is why we teach!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Creative Christmas Teaching Resources for Grades 3-5


There is already snow on the ground, and temperatures are dipping into the single digits in early November here in Wisconsin.


Our students have begun to talk about Christmas, and it is evident that snow plays a big part in this. As we edge closer to a favorite holiday of many children, we are happy to announce a bundled Christmas resource that we just put together. This bundle, that includes 8 resources, is sure to be a hit with your students this holiday season!

Here is what is included:

1. Creative Writing Activity: Students are Unemployed Elves
In this fun Christmas writing project activity, your students will take on the role of an unemployed elf and will have to apply for a job at the North Pole for the Christmas season. This creative project allows the children to read North Pole job postings, apply for a job by writing an application letter, and going through an interview process for the job. This lesson involves the 6 Traits, and speaking skills as assessments, but your students will not even realize this due to the high interest level in this project!

The document is 7 pages in length and includes: the job openings descriptions, how to write an application letter, how to obtain references, tips on how to be successful in an interview, a rubric to assess their writing and speaking skills and certificates for the jobs. This will be a hit with your students!

Christmas Creative Writing Activity Students as Unemployed Elves

2. Write a Letter to a Classmate Activity
I have my students write a letter to another student in the classroom as an fun idea and activity that shows how much they care for their classmates. Included is a one page direction sheet and a rubric that you can use to assess and grade the students' cards.

Christmas Creative Writing Gift Idea Common Core

3. Christmas Common Core Writing Cards
Here are 10 creative Christmas Common Core Writing Activities that would be great to use for writing stations or as assignments during writing class. Some of them include: The Christmas Caper, Secret Santa, and Unemployed Elf! Each activity is aligned with at least one Common Core Writing Standard. Your students will have a blast being able to chose a topic that interests them! You will get this in both Microsoft Word 2010 and in PDF!

Christmas Common Core Writing Activity Cards

4. Christmas Bingo!
Looking for a fun game to play before the holidays? This is a three page packet for a Christmas Bingo Game. Included is: the game board, the words to pick for the game board, and the word cards to call off during the game. Guaranteed to be fun for all ages!

Christmas Bingo Game Activity for the Holidays

5. Ordered Pair 4 Quadrant Graphing Activity
This activity will have your students plotting 16 ordered pairs on a 4-quadrant grid. After they plot the ordered pairs, they will then connect the dots to form a Christmas tree. Students who finish early can decorate their own tree (and maybe even cut them out for display). We have also used this activity as a math station around the winter holidays.

Ordered Pair & Four-Quadrant Winter Holiday Activity Common Core

6. The Great Christmas Caper Writing Activity
You wake up on Christmas and everything is gone! The tree, the stocking, the presents, even the milk and cookies! This imaginative narrative assignment will be great for your students imaginations and writing abilities. Included is: prewriting paper, final paper, a revising/editing checklist, tips on how to use quotation marks, and a final rubric aligned to the Common Core Standards. Enjoy!

The Great Christmas Caper! When Christmas Disappeared Writ

7. Design a Toy for Santa Writing Activity
You have been asked to design a new toy for Christmas!
Included in this creative activity is: a page to write a descriptive essay about the new toy, a page to design and color the new toy, and a rubric to help assess the students' writing. Your students will love this and you can use it as an assessment for their writing.
Design a Toy for Santa: Creative Writing Activity

The value of this bundle when bought separate is $18! We are offering this bundle at over 30% off the price, for just $12.00! This is an amazing deal that will get your students excited about the upcoming holiday!

Below are some added FREE resources that you can access as well at any time!
Of course if you just want one of these activities, you can visit our Christmas resources page by clicking here.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 14, 2014

FREE Resource Friday: Pilgrim and Native American Anticipation Guide

Welcome to FREE Resource Friday! Our goal is to share some great resources that you can use in your grades 3-5 classroom.

Today we are featuring our Pilgrim and Native American Anticipation Guide.
This is a great way to see what your students really know about the Thanksgiving holiday! Also included is a teacher answer key so you can tell your students what are the facts. This is great for the week before Thanksgiving Break!



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Friday, November 7, 2014

FREE Resource Friday: The Hunger Games Create Your Own Apps

Welcome to FREE Resource Friday! Our goal is to share some great resources that you can use in your grades 3-5 classroom.

Today we are featuring: The Hunger Games Create Your Own App.
Your students will be creating apps for an iPod touch based on the book The Hunger Games. Due to the subject matter in this book, we highly recommend no one below 5th grade read this book. Make sure that the parents are aware and approve as well.

 Download this FREE resource by clicking here.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wise Guys Resources for a Busy November

It's hard to believe October is already over, and November is in full swing. For many of us, November is a mad scramble to balance the holidays and staying on top of things in the classroom! We thought we would round up a few of our activities that do great during November, to take some of the lesson planning responsibilities off your shoulders!

First up, we have to share a freebie!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Thanksgiving-Anticipation-Guide-Pilgrims-Native-Americans-Worksheet-69661

The Pilgrims Anticipation Guide: This one page activity will prepare your students for what they'll be learning in class on the pilgrims and Thanksgiving.


Follow up your Pilgrims & Thanksgiving lessons with this worksheet!

But the Thanksgiving-themed learning doesn't end with social studies... 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/November-Thanksgiving-Making-Words-Spelling-Activity-106480
Need a quick ELA filler activity, that's still Thanksgiving themed? Check out our fun Thanksgiving Spelling Activity!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-Common-Core-Writing-Activity-Cards-399792 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creative-Writing-Activity-Thanksgiving-Turkey-Contest-Common-Core-54422
Continue the Thanksgiving themed ELA lessons with these ten Thanksgiving Common Core Writing Activity Cards and our Thanksgiving Turkey Contest!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Wise-Guys/Category/Native-Americans

Last but not least – we have a large collection of Native American lessons, games, and activities covering just about every region and time period. We also have a discount bundle for some of the resources!

Friday, October 31, 2014

FREE Resource Friday: Create Social Network Page for Favorite Football Team


Welcome to FREE Resource Friday! Our goal is to share some great resources that you can use in your grades 3-5 classroom.

Today we are featuring Create a Social Network Page for Your Favorite Football Team!


This is a great activity for those football fans in your classroom. They will be creating a social networking profile on paper! Click the download to learn more!

 Download this FREE resource by clicking here.

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