Category: Graphic Organizer

Gases in the Atmospheric Layers

Atmospheric Layers

Gases in the Atmospheric Layers

The next time you empty the punched out circles from your hole punch, save the paper circles for this activity. The punched circles will become gas molecules. (Students will need three colors of punched circles to represent nitrogen, oxygen, and other gases.)


1) Print the organizer [The link for the pdf organizer is found at the bottom of this page.] onto colored paper. Continue Reading

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Columbus Day Activities

The Story of Columbus ~ Printable Versiion

A link to the printable version of “The Story of Christopher Columbus” may be found at the end of the blog post.

The Story of Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451. Living by the Mediterranean Sea, he longed to be a sailor. He began sailing on Italian ships at the age of 14. When Columbus was 25, he was sailing on a ship headed for England. A group of French pirates attacked his ship. Columbus was hurt, but managed to grab onto some floating wood and make his way to shore.

Map Maker

Columbus opened a shop that sold maps and books for sailors. There he became a map maker and began reading books. He read a book written by Marco Polo. Columbus was fascinated by Polo’s book. After reading this book, Columbus was sure he could reach the Indies by traveling west. He wanted to go to the Indies to get jewels and spices. Continue Reading

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Contraction Activities for the Classroom

Contraction Activities - Free Printable Contraction Organizer

Contraction Activities

If contractions are something you regularly teach, you probably have a variety of contraction matching activities. I’ve seen really cute matching activities for just about every holiday or theme imaginable. So . . to be a little different, I have included a fan graphic organizer for your lesson. Continue Reading

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Point of View

Free Printable Point of View Anchor Chart

Presenting Point of View 

By using the comparison of a diorama, my students are able to begin to understand 1st and 3rd points of view. I tell the students that in first-person, you shrink yourself and become one of the characters within the diorama. If you were writing a story set in the diorama, you would describe what is happening to you. In third-person, you are outside the diorama, looking in, and telling a story about what you see.

Point of View Activities 

Here are some online resources: Continue Reading

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Compound Word Activities

Compound Word Anchor Chart

Compound Word Activities

This simple anchor chart took just a few seconds to create. It was a wonderful teaching tool. Students had to find two words from the sticky notes that were randomly placed on the table to form a compound word, and then place them on the chart. Continue Reading

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Teaching Character Traits with Graphic Organizers

Character Traits

Teaching Character Traits

Describing a character in depth including describing a character’s thoughts, words, or actions is an important Common Core Standard. Beginning in 5th grade students must also be able to compare characters. Listed below are a few ways to help students understand this important standard.

#1 Use a Picture of the Character with Descriptive Words

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Ten Interesting Facts . . . . The U.S. Constitution

Pennsylvania State House

Ten Interesting Facts . . . .
The U.S. Constitution

1. Philadelphia

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