Saturday, October 8, 2011

Margaret Nominates
another group of
Five Outstanding Freebies
     How many times have you stumbled across something you didn’t know you needed until you found it?  This group of Five Outstanding Freebies is another one of those experiences.  Download a few now, wonder what you did without them next week.

Book Character Day—Laura Candler—NC
Need a great idea for erasing the disappointment when no Halloween costumes are allowed?  This freebie is for you.  Another super Laura Candler idea.

Elements of a Short Story Resource File—Shawn Webster, Victoria BC, Canada
This product can easily do double duty as an “Elements of Fiction Resource File.” Store it in your personal files or make it part of each student’s Reading Resource Folder.  A versatile, well organized, well written product!

Group Reading Comprehension Spinner—Katie Hoffman—Wynn Vale, South Australia
This questioning technique for reading comprehension caught my attention right away.  Use the prepared spinner, create your own, or choose a different method for selecting random questions.  I like this idea!

Intermediate Spelling Contract--Kyle Sellers--Illinois
Of all the ideas for spelling activities that I have spotted, this one has the best variety and middle grade suitability. .  Nothing flashy here,  just a practical, time-saving, hard-working product that could quickly become a classroom staple.

How to Read Historical Time—Go Social Studies Go—Michigan
Social studies teachers, take note!  Youngsters and adults alike have difficulties with historical sequencing when only the past century is involved!  Add the B.C.E. (B.C.) and  C.E. (A.D.) factor, and you have mass confusion.  This power point addresses this very topic.  I predict this one will be like potato chips—you will want more than just one.

As always, please take a few minutes to leave good ratings and positive feedback for the freebies you download.  Let them know how much you appreciate their willingness to share.

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