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Inference Task Cards

Using excerpts from popular youth novels, these task cards will engage your students and help them practice making inferences. Each card features an excerpt, two multiple-choice questions, and one free response.

Perfect for standardized test prep. They are also great in small groups, literacy centers, stations, partner work, intervention groups, and much more. You could also use one card at a time with your whole class as a warm-up, mini-lesson, or exit ticket. An answer key is included as well as an inference poster and student recording sheet.

*20 Task Cards
*20 Novel Excerpts 
*40 Multiple Choice Questions
*20 Free Response Questions
*Student Answer Sheet
*Answer Key

Excerpts from the following novels:
Twilight, Harry Potter, If I Stay, The Book Theif, The Selection, The Giver, Hunger Games and many more. 

Parent Contact Logs

All teachers know how important it is to be in regular contact with parents and to keep detailed records of these communications for future reference. With these handy, ready-to-use contact logs you'll no longer need to try and remember everything or search through a pile of sticky notes. Save your valuable time and use these handy templates!



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Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, is famous for many things- including his 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address. The speech is filled with many inspirational and thought provoking quotes that are perfect for student discussion. 

Students will simply cut and paste the template to form their cube. Then, simply roll the cube to select one of Jobs' quotes. Once they have selected their quote, students may begin a discussion with peers on the meaning behind it or may begin a written analysis of the quote using the iPhone themed template. 

This activity is a great resource for Socratic Circles. Students can use the cube to begin a Socratic Circle Discussion. The inner circle discusses the quote rolled as the outer circle takes notes on the template- A PERFECT activity for a formal observation!

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Algebra Error Analysis (60 Pages)

Error Analysis Packet Includes:

Linear Equations

Linear Inequalities

Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides

Slope Formula

Distance Formula

Domain and Range


Graphing Linear Equations

Systems of Equations

Adding Polynomials

Subtracting Polynomials

Foil Method


Geometric Sequence

Arithmetic Sequence

Adding Radicals

Simplifying Radicals

Greatest Common Factor

The "Just Mathematics" Shop

Just Mathematics provides engaging and fun mathematics activities for all ages..

2030 Book Response

2030 by Amy Zuckerman and James Daly is one of the coolest books I've seen in awhile! It gives us a glimpse into what life in the year 2030 might be like.

It's all about "a day in the life of tomorrow's kids." Great book for Earth Day or any day. 

This download includes:
- 7 comprehension questions with option of lines for students to fill in their answers
- Venn diagram response sheet
- Teacher directions

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Double Digit Addition: With Regrouping

Students will practice double digit addition with no regrouping. This activity can be used as an individual or partner activity. The student or each partner choose a number from a red apple and a green apple and write them in the equation boxes. Students then solve the equation with ten frame apples that are included or any other method they are comfortable with. Track student work with the included recording sheet that includes space for writing each equation and space to show work.


Lines and Spaces Spring Worksheet Pack

All activities require no preparation. 
It includes:

Line-Space (17 worksheets):
~Draw a staff worksheet and number the lines and the spaces.
~Line or space? Color the "Line" flower or the "Space" flower below the staff.
~Line or space? Write “L” for the line notes and “S” for the space notes in the given boxes.
~Line or space? Circle the line notes red and space notes yellow.
~Color the insects: with notes on the line red, with notes in the space orange, with notes off the staff yellow.
~Trace the music notes on the staff.
~Trace the lines. Trace the line notes below then circle the number where the note is placed.
~Trace the spaces. Trace the space notes below then circle the number where the note is placed.
~Draw the notes on the following lines.
~Draw the notes in the following spaces.
~Which insect? Color the insect on the correct line or in the correct space.
~Lines and Spaces. Write a note on the correct line or in the correct space.
~Musical Coloring page 1. Line notes and Space notes (2 colors)
~Musical Coloring page 2. Line notes, Space notes and notes off the staff (3 colors).
~Musical Coloring page 3. Space notes (4 colors).
~Musical Coloring page 4. Line notes (5 colors).
~Musical Coloring page 5. Line and Space notes (9 colors).

High-Low (3 worksheets)
~High or low? Color the higher “note” red and lower “note” yellow. Then use the letters H and L to indicate “notes” in the given boxes.
~High or low? Circle the highest pitch on the staff. Draw an arrow to indicate whether the second note higher or lower in pitch than the first note.
~I can! Draw a note on the indicated line or space. Then circle the highest note you drew on the staff.

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Emergent Reader: Sight Word: you

Emergent Reader: Sight Word: you

This emergent reader for the sight word "you" is connected to several CCGPS listed below. This 13 page book includes a title page with bubble letters spelling the focused sight word for students to color, then 10 pages include a black and white picture at the top of each page with a sentence using the focused sight word. There are two more pages asking students to draw a picture of their own and write a sentence of their own using the sight word, and then the final page asks students to trace the sight word three times and then write it three times on their own on the blank line. After this, there are 13 additional pages with the exact pictures and words as the first 13 pages. The only difference is that on this second copy of the book, the sight word being focused on is dotted on each page for students to trace. 

The concept of verbs could also be introduced with this reader. Each page begins with "You can" and then the following verbs are used: dance, drink, eat, paint, play, read, run, sing, sleep, and write.

The PREVIEW shows all pages included.

The pages of the book are not numbered giving the teacher flexibility of removing pages not desired when using in small guided reading groups for differentiation. 

This 13 page book is designed so that you can copy the book, cut in half, staple, and then it is ready for use. 

Students can benefit from this reader by tracking print, identifying spaces between words, identifying particular letters of the alphabet, recognizing sounds (beginning, middle, and ending) in each word, and reading sight words and grade level text. For extension activities, students could add another sentence to each page giving details about each picture shown. The black and white pictures allow students the opportunity to color the pictures. This reader is great for guided reading groups, homework, or literacy center activities. 

***This is the 8th of 100 emergent readers for popular sight words (high frequency words) in the works. The readers will build on the words focused on in the previous readers as much as possible. 

ELACCKRF1a. Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page-by-page.
ELACCKRF1d. Recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
ELACCKRF1b. Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
ELACCKRF1c. Understand that words are separated by spaces in print. ELACCKRF3a. Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of more frequent sounds for each consonant. 
ELACCKRF3c. Read common high-frequency words by sight. 
ELACCKRF4. Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding. 

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The Fossilization of Trixi Triceratops - Video Lesson

This is the story of Trixi Triceratops who after an early demise on a sunny Jurassic beach finds a new life 65 million years later as a popular fossil in a museum. This movie describes the formation of fossils in an engaging and informative way and would be useful as an introduction to the topic of fossils for young students or learners of ESL.

The resource contains 11 PDF pages;

1. The movie available here as part of the download. Format is m4v.
2. A PDF worksheet in two parts. The first part is an introduction to the formation of fossils with questions, and the second part contains questions relevant to the video.
3. An answer sheet with teacher instructions for both.
4. A word definitions exercise to accompany the PDF worksheet.
5. A reading and vocabulary review sheet.
6. Short internet based homework task.

All work is my own. All pictures were obtained from Commons sources.