We’re Throwing a Sale! Cyber Monday and Tuesday!

holiday-glitters-53Get excited… TpT’s CYBER SALE is Monday and Tuesday, November 28 & 29!! Get up to 28% off all the resources on your wishlist! Everything in our store is 20% off, plus get 8% from TPT. Just use the code CYBER2016 to get 28% off our entire store.

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Hands-On Cranberry Learning Center Activities

We are excited about our newest product, Crazy for Cranberries – Cross-Curricular Learning Center Activities. Students will use real cranberries and hands-on cross-curricular learning activities to connect with math, science, ELA, and social studies. Activities include measurement, graphing, map skills, writing, tasting, and much more. Fun and learning can happen simultaneously.cranberries

These learning activities  are  engaging and fun no matter where you live. It fits well into any study of the 50 states or US regions. And it’s timely. Get those cranberries while they are fresh and still in the store.

Did you know Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries? We are famous for cheese, but cranberries are BIG too!

Wisconsin is projected to produce more cranberries than any other state during this year’s harvest, with an estimated crop of approximately 5.2 million barrels of fruit.

The next closest state is Massachusetts, which is projected to produce about 2 million barrels in 2016.

The estimated harvest in Wisconsin is part of the approximately 8.6 million barrels of cranberries expected nationwide this year, up slightly from 2015’s harvest.

Cranberry production is a nearly $1 billion industry in Wisconsin, employing more than 4,000 people in the state, according  to the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.

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Crazy for Cranberries Includes:center-1-photo

  • 19 page Teacher Guide
    • Materials and picture guide for each Center
    • Answer Key for Student Journal
    • Optional Print Resources – pages
  • 14 page Student Journal
  • 11 Center Signs

Grade Level: 3-4

QR (Quick Response) Code Reader (Optional)

 Centers 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 10 refer to information from the web that is accessed using a QR reader. (We have included a print option and those documents are included in this teacher guide. Just print those and place them in the center.)

Eleven Learning Centers include:student-cover

  1. Describe a Cranberry
  2. Measuring With Cranberries
  3. Cranberries in the United Sates
  4. Cranberries in Wisconsin
  5. Cranberry Counties in Wisconsin
  6. Traveling to Cranberry Country
  7. Are My Cranberries Fresh?
  8. Tasting Cranberries
  9.  Weigh Station
  10.  Sink or Float – Harvesting Cranberries
  11.  Reading and Writing

 

We pride ourselves on creating products grounded in best practice. We believe learning can and should be fun and interactive. Using learning centers in your classroom will support your students.

Connections to Best Practice for the Cranberry Centers

Students in your classroom will inevitably have a variety of different learning styles. To most effectively “reach” all of your students, you would do well to present information in multiple different ways (Dunbar, 2009).

“The benefits of learning stations are many. Learning stations can be used for myriad purposes—to teach concepts, integrate subject matter, build interest, and allow for inquiry—the possibilities are limited only by the imagination of the teacher and the supplies available” (Jarrett, 2010, p. 56).

“…learning stations are more effective than conventional methods in helping students acquire the knowledge in a unit” (Ocak, 2010, p. 153).

Dunbar, R. W. Presentation at Stanford University, July 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2013. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/careerprep/teaching/learning.html Teaching Science: What Research Tells Us.

Jarrett, O. (January 2010). Inventive learning stations. Science and Children 47.5: 56-69.

Ocak, G. (2010). The effect of learning stations on the level of academic success and retention of elementary school students. The New Educational Review 21.2: 146-157.

 

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TPT Back to School Sale: Get Ready for Your Best Year Ever

Surviving to Thriving LjL is throwing a SALE!! August 1st and 2nd, our entire TPT Store is on sale.  Stock up on all your back to school needs now while they are on sale!! Don’t forget to use the code “BESTYEAR” to get 28% off your purchases!

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Student-Led Parent Conferences

As you plan for the upcoming school year, it’s not too early to set goals for your teaching. Are there practices you’ve been thinking of that you would like to try this year? Maybe you weren’t ready before, but now you are ready to take a chance. Consider including student-led parent conferences in your assessment plan. These conferences are student-centered and help build partnerships with both students and their parents.

….a wonderful strategy that provides parents with an in-depth understanding of their child’s learning–student-led conferences. When a parent listens  as his or her child explains the work she has done and what she’s learned from it, displayed with artifacts from the experience, that parent can see very clearly just how the child is doing. It’s virtually a look inside the child’s head, not just a mark on a piece of paper.

Zemelman, S., Daniels, H., & Hyde, A. (2012). Best practice: Bringing standards to life in America’s schools (4th Ed.).  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

We have two resources that will help you plan and get ready for conferences. It’s never to early to start making plans.

 

Complete Guide to Planning and Implementing Student-Led Conferences in Your Elementary School
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It truly is a Complete Guide to Planning and Implementing Student-Led Conferences in Your Elementary School, and it is really just three steps: Plan, Practice, Perform. There are 20 reproducible/editable pages to facilitate the implementation of Student-Led Conferences in the fall and spring semesters. The forms that are included are easily adapted to your school. There are student ice-breaker activities designed for grades 3, 4, & 5, as well as portfolio checklists, content specific reflections and follow-up evaluation forms for teachers, students, and parents. If your school is ready to move to Student-Led Conferences, the information included in this packet can be used by a grade level team or individual teacher. And, the bottom line is that Student-Led Conferences are good for students!

Complete Guide to Planning and Implementing Student-Led Conferences in Your Middle School

It truly is a Complete Guide to Planning and Implementing Student-Led Conferences in Your Middle School, and it is really just three steps: Plan, Practice, Perform. There are 20 rmd1eproducible/editable pages to facilitate the implementation of Student-Led Conferences in the fall and spring semesters. The forms that are included are easily adapted to your school. There are student ice-breaker activities designed for grades 6, 7, and 8 as well as portfolio checklists, content specific reflections and follow-up evaluation forms for teachers, students, and parents. If your school is ready to move to Student-Led Conferences, the information included in this packet can be used by a grade level team or individual teacher. It’s a system that was successfully implemented in a large middle school in an urban area with awesome results. And, the bottom line is that Student-Led Conferences are good for students!

 

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Five Reasons to Read the One and Only Ivan in Your Classroom.

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Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Harper Collins Children’s Books

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate

Top Five Reasons to Read in Your Classroom!

  1. The book is beautifully written by Ivan, the silverback gorilla. Students will connect with Ivan’s voice and point of view. He is funny, honest, and literal in his observations of both humans and animals. It won the 2013 Newbery Medal!
  2. It is inspired by a true story. Students want to connect reading and learning to their everyday lives. (Read about the real Ivan.) Ivan’s story will come to life for your children.
  3. It is about animals and addresses a very real issue. How do we treat animals in our society?
  4. It gives us hope that we can all change our world. From a small cage in a mall, Ivan is able to make a difference in not only his life, but that of his young responsibility.
  5. It teaches empathy, empathy for humans and animals. It is a kind book, though it tells an unkind story.

$TPT The One and Only Ivan Unit Plan by Surviving to Thriving LjLThe One and Only Ivan

Resources for Teaching Ivan

Homework: Show What You Know!

We’ve been busy creating and posting new products at  Surviving to Thriving LjL. Take a look at our TPT store. You might be interested in changing how you do homework this year.

Creative Alternatives to Traditional Homeworkhomework

If you have looked at the research about homework, it generally does not support a connection between time spent on homework and grades (Kohn, 2012). The challenge for teachers is the expectation of homework from both families and students, but not all homework is created equal. Homework is appropriate for preparing, checking for understanding, practicing, rehearsing, and/or processing including analyzing, evaluating, and/or reflecting (Vatterott, 2009).

Meaningful homework assignments should:
• allow for student choice and personalization;
• provide opportunities for students to share things about themselves;
• tap into emotions, feeling, and/or opinions; and
• be aesthetically pleasing (Vatterott, 2007).

Meaningful homework assignments should engage students and be fun to do. We have compiled various homework assignments that can be adapted to a variety of subjects along with a list of alternative homework assignment ideas.

This product includes:

-References (Share with peers and administration.) P. 3
-Name Lists (1-page reproducible activity) P. 4
-Rounding Up: Adjectives (1-page reproducible activity) P. 5
-Rounding Up: Adverbs (1-page reproducible activity) P. 6
-Survey. Note. Conclude! Homework Assignment (1-page reproducible activity) P. 7
-8 Alternatives to Traditional Homework Assignments with Mini-Activity Slips (8 reproducible mini-activity slips) Pp. 8-10
-Teacher Bookmarks with Homework Quotes (8 reproducible bookmarks) Pp. 11-12

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 5-12

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Esperanza Rising Novel Study Enrichment Activities Connected to Chapter Foods

New Product on TPT!

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Novel Study: Enrichment Activities Connected to Chapter Foods

 (Note: These enrichment activities will require the purchase of foods for tasting.)

Food plays an important role in this novel, literally and figuratively. Enrichment Activities for Chapter Foods are designed to increase students’ connection to the novel through food. This is a unique approach to the novel that will engage students. There are two or more activities for each chapter: activities connected to the food in the chapter title and/or in the chapter and an activity to connect students to the chapter (Chapter Connections). The food activities are fun and may introduce students to new foods or honor the foods of their families. There are suggestions for preparing food for student sampling and additional resources connected to the various foods, including growing these fruits and vegetables in containers. The Chapter Connections help students think about the significance of the foods in the chapters and find connections of those foods to their own lives.

Some activities should be implemented before students read the chapter and some are designed to be implemented after the students read the chapter, as noted.  All activities are optional, allowing you to pick and choose activities for your students. These activities are for enrichment of the novel and are not meant to be graded.

Since you may be serving students a variety of foods, you should send home a letter with a list of foods that students will be tasting. (See list of foods included.) Ask parents/guardians for permission and to note any allergies. Use the included letter home or create your own.

Product Contents

  • 14 Individual Lesson Plans (1 per chapter)
  • 1 Culminating Activity: Chat Stations Activity
  • 1 Chat Sheet
  • 7 Chat Stations Questions Mini-Posters
  • 12 Food Cards for Forming Student Pairs, Trios, and Quads
  • Permission Letter to Parents/Guardians
  • Common Core Standards and Best Practice Connected to this Novel Study
  • 1 PowerPoint with 58 Slides
  • Teacher Guide for PowerPoint

Grade Level Appropriateness

Grades 4-6

Teacher Appreciation Sale on TPT

Presidential Proclamation — National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2016

Just as we know a student’s circumstances do not dictate his or her potential, we know that having an effective teacher is the most important in-school factor for student success……

Our future is written in schools across our country. It is likely that the first person who will go to Mars is in a classroom today. Our students are our future teachers, scientists, politicians, public servants, and parents — a generation that will steer the course we will take as a people and make possible things we have not even imagined yet. We look to the women and men standing in front of classrooms in all corners of our country — from cities to reservations to rural towns — to vest America’s daughters and sons with the hard skills they will need to put their dreams within reach and to inspire them to dream even bigger. On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week, let us ensure our educators know how much we value their service in the classroom, how much we appreciate all they do for our students and families, and how thankful we are for their contributions to our national progress.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA May 2016

To show our appreciation for all that teachers do, we are joining the site-wide TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale!

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Milestone Celebration!

We are so excited. We have reached a milestone on our Teachers Pay Teachers Store. celebrateWe are ready to celebrate! Next week TPT will be featuring our resource, The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit PlanTo celebrate we are offering The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit Plan   for 20% off April 11-14.

It’s not just about the earnings. We are excited to know our lesson plans and unit plans are in classrooms all over the world. We believe all students deserve great teachers and we feel strongly that our work supports teachers in becoming the teachers they really want to be.

Be sure to take advantage of the savings and please leave us your feedback. We honor your opinion and plan our new resources to meet those needs.

The One and Only Ivan Novel Study and Unit Plan

The One and Only Ivan is one of our favorite books. I’ve written about it before in Five Reasons to Read The One and Only Ivan in Your Classroom.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Harper Collins Children’s Books

The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit Planivan

Overview of the Unit
The unit plan for The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, is designed to engage students. Students are provided opportunities to analyze settings, identify, describe and analyze characters and their relationships, determine emerging themes, and use text references and quotes to infer meaning. The unit employs multiple delivery modalities, facilitates students’ cognitive thinking skills, and uses a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Lesson plans are student-centered and are ready to implement.

Time Frame
This unit is planned as a 3½ week unit, however, it is easily adaptable to 4 to 6 weeks.

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 3-6 grade

Unit Includes:
• Instructional Schedule for Unit Plan
• 12 Lesson Plans with instructional guide and reproducible student handouts
• Introducing the Novel Lesson
• Setting Analysis Lesson
• Character Analysis Lesson
• Ivan-isms Lesson
• Habitats, Groups, and Offspring Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud & Prediction Lesson
• Friendship Lesson
• Ivan’s Letters Lesson
• Novel Quotes Lesson
• Ivan’s Many Families Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud and Face-to-Face Slide-By Lesson
• Ivan’s Billboard Lesson
• Summative Assessment w/Rubric
• 1 (19 page) Reproducible Student Literary Log
• 16 Reproducible Student Bookmarks
• Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts that Connect to the Unit
• Best Practice Research that Relates to the Unit
• Unit PowerPoint to Guide Daily Lessons w/Teacher Guide
• Formative Assessment PowerPoint (includes 3 quizzes) w/Teacher Guide and Answer Key

1 – PDF (116 page) Unit Plan
• 1 – Unit Plan PowerPoint (101 slides) to Guide Daily Lessons
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide to Unit Plan PowerPoint
• 1 – PowerPoint (48 slides) for Formative Assessment Game (includes 3 quizzes)
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide and Answer Key to Formative Assessment Game

Who Am I Lesson Plan – Get to Know Your Students

The really good teachers are able to read a child’s story, and recognize the remarkable opportunity to help author that story. The really good teachers know how to script confidence and success onto the blank pages. They know how to edit the mistakes. And they want to help write a happy ending. Really good teachers know they have the ability to make a child happy or sad, to make a child feel confident or unsure, to make a child feel wanted or discarded. And students know when we care, when we care enough to read their stories.

–Anthony Mullen, 2009 National Teacher of the Year

Who Am I 1It is important to really get to know your students. This lesson is student-centered and is designed to engage students in the process of learning. In this lesson students will explore adjectives to describe themselves. By doing so, students will learn how adjectives help describe what kind of people they are. This lesson works on enhancing descriptive language as well as helps promote the understanding of self and value of self. This is an excellent choice for getting to know students better and will help build classroom community.

 

This lesson is available on our store at Teachers Pay Teachers. Check out our other products too.

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