Sunday, August 10, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Free Bell Ringers and Warm Ups

Free Bell Ringers and Warm Ups
Two Sets

     I just finished two sets of bell ringers and warm-ups that will come in handy in 4th-8th grade ELA classrooms during those first few hectic days of back-to-school.  I remember them well, so the activities are FREE, of course!  Download and enjoy
 This one has a spelling activity, a homophone activity, and a compound word challenge appropriate for 4 and 5th graders.  Answer keys  are included.
   This one starts with a seek-a-word puzzle loaded with “zz.”  Next is a homophone activity.  The last page is a compound word workout.  Answer keys are included.
   This download is more challenging than the 4-5th grade set,  but the two of them would work well together in most 4th-8th grade classrooms.
   This two products are exclusive to Taking Grades.  You won’t find them anywhere else!

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Back-to-School e-Books Series Ready for Download on TpT!

   The back-to-school e-Book series is now being posted on TeachersPayTeachers.  Each one is loaded with teacher-tested back to school tips, tons of freebies, and links to other products to help you get your 2014-2015 school year off to a great start!

Here's the list so far.  Left to go, the ELA 6-12 e-Book.  I'll post links to that one as soon as it's ready.

Math, Science, and More:  Grades 3-5  
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Hosted by Amy Brown (Science Stuff)

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  Hosted by All Things Algebra

Hosted by Michele Luck's Social Studies


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Giver: The Movie

The Giver:  The Movie

     It’s official!  Lois Lowery’s 1994 Newbery Winner is now a movie, scheduled for release August 15, 2014.   Can’t wait to see how Hollywood changes the plot and maybe . . . could it be?. . . the ending.  I really want to know if Jonas and Gabriel truly found Elsewhere or if they froze to death!

     Internet movie trailers hint of a romance mixed in, but the story basics seem to have been left in tact.  Whether the movie strays far from the plot or stays close, we're about to be gifted with another CCSS resource, and we now know that the Giver looks like Jeff Bridges!

     If you are already using this mind-stretching book, add this FREE graphic organizer to your files:

and this FREE list of 110 vocabulary words  and definitions taken from the book.

    For a whole teaching unit with
Chapter Summaries
Prereading Activities
Vocabulary Lists and Activities
Chapter-by-Chapter Short Answer Questions
Chapter-by-Chapter and Whole Book Objective Tests
Think, Write, Create Open-Ended Activities
Graphic Organizers for Writing
Answer Keys

    I have been "blog absent" during the summer because of my wildlife rehab duties.  The baby birds demand attention--just like all babies!  Seeing the TV promos for this movie bounced me back into the groove!

    Be back soon.