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Different Ways to Start Sentences

FREE Teaching Ideas & Activities for Teaching Different Was to Start Sentences from Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

Students should use different ways to start sentences. Teaching students to use a variety of sentence structures can greatly improve their writing. Begin by having students write a short passage. This can be on any topic including narratives or nonfiction. Next have students use highlighters to underline the first word in each sentence. Students will be surprised that their sentences often begin with the same words repeated over and over.

Go over some ways to begin sentences other than the typical subject-verb sentence structure. Then have students rewrite their passages making sure that every sentence begins with a different word. Turn the activity into a challenge by seeing how many different sentence beginning methods students can use in their passages. Continue Reading

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One Small Step – Teaching with Animated Shorts

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film One Small Step follows  a young Chinese American girl from age six when she first witnesses a rocket launching to her success in finally walking on the moon. Continue Reading

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I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919

I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919

Lauren Tarshis writes a hit your students are sure to love. I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 contains breath holding moments, likable characters, and an unusual disaster.

When Carmen was three years old, an earthquake shook her Italian village. This was just the beginning a terrifying day. Soon tidal waves swept over the land. Papa scooped up Carmen and tried to outrun the sea, but it soon caught up. He grabbed a shutter and climbed on. Papa placed Carmen on his back and told her to hang on. Continue Reading

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Educational Classroom Games

Educational Classroom Games - 10 Questions - A Fun Learning Activity

Can we play a game? Students ask teachers this question daily. Finding great educational classroom games challenges teachers to think outside the box. 

Tips for Playing Educational Classroom Games

    1.  Ask Siri on an any Apple Device.

    Talking to Siri is a quick way to get things done. Siri can flip a coin, pick a card, or roll a dice. Siri will also pick a random number. Ask Siri to set a timer. Students can also use Siri to search the web for answers to questions they don’t know. Continue Reading

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One Word or Two Vocabulary Practice

Have you ever wondered if you should write apart or a part? How about anyone or any one? English contains so many confusing words. Often students wonder if they should use one word or two. These free activities provide practice with six sets of confusing word pairs using Google Apps.

One Word or Two

Apart vs. A Part

apart – adverb meaning separated by distance or besides paired with from Continue Reading

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Animated Short On the Same Page Lesson

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film On the Same Page is uniquely creative. A news reporter types an article for the newspaper. The reporter types, “There is nothing to report today.” Continue Reading

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Ancient Rome Unit for Sixth Graders

Ancient Rome Unit with Free Unit Sample

Are you looking for a unit to teach Ancient Rome? Look no further. This unit has it all. Digital, printable, and interactive activities make this unit both engaging and flexible.

Ancient Rome Unit Routine

This unit contains 11 lessons. Each lesson follows the same routine. Day 12 is set aside for a unit test and for students to present their projects to the class. Continue Reading

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