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Monday, July 8, 2019

Plant Activities for Elementary and Middle School Students


Summer is finally here!

And so are so many gorgeous plants!

I love walking around my yard and the neighborhood looking at all the lovely flowers and bushes.

I especially loved this spring when I was able to move all the leaves and debris from an especially hard winter...

....only to find lots of little sprouts just waiting for some sunshine!

It really is therapeutic.

Nature is amazing!

Maybe that's why so many wonderful teachers like you love my printable plant resources!

Here is what these teachers had to say:

On April 22, 2019, Bridgette H. said:
"I loved this resource! Very easy to use and extremely detailed and interesting!"

On December 12, 2018, Deborah H. said:
"Great for stations and personalized learning choices."

On May 11, 2018, Lucian I. said:
"Easy to follow directions. A variety of organizers and articles. Excellent resource."

Please click HERE to see all of these great resources to use with your students.


   

In this bundle, you will find:
  1. writing papers
  2. plant life cycle reading passages and comprehension questions
  3. vocabulary task cards
  4. vocabulary interactive notebook
  5. parts of a flower foldable activity
  6. parts of a flower vocabulary interactive notebook
  7. plant life cycle word find and cloze sentences
  8. plant life cycle accordion book
  9. STEAM plants project
  10. parts of a plant craftivity (free)
Here is a free video to supplement these activities:



Here is another one about photosynthesis:



Here is a free printable plant parts craft activity found in the bundle above:



This is a really interesting way to teach about bullying using plants.



Finally, here is a sprouting peas experiment:



Another idea is to show your students flowers and bushes from your local environment. Students must research to find the name of the plant or bush, whether it likes sun or shade, if it is an annual or perennial, zone for growing, edible or not edible, toxic to cats or dogs, etc.

Here are some from my yard:




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Monday, July 1, 2019

10 Civil Rights Movement Activities for Kids

First, let's review the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is considered the most significant piece of civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the era immediately following the Civil War.

It was passed on July 2 and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in voting, public accommodations, public facilities, public education, federally funded programs, and employment.

Here are 10 civil rights activities for kids in elementary or middle school. You may use them in a social studies unit for Black History Month, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, for African American studies or for other classroom lesson plans.



1. Students may listen to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "I Have a Dream Speech" from August 28, 1963 around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  






After students listen to the videos, they may answer questions about the speech and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Here is a Quizlet to get you started. Click HERE.


2. Student may listen to real life interviews as provided by the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009. 

This features interviews providing oral history related to the Civil Rights Movement to obtain justice, freedom and equality for African Americans. 

For example, here is an interview from Ruby Nell Sales. Click HERE.


More interviews my be found HERE.

Here are a five  project ideas for students after listening to an oral history video:

1. Write a summary paper of at least 10 historical facts from the video.

2. Write a reflection paper telling thoughts and feelings from watching the video.

3. Have students watch different videos. Then in small groups, students discuss and share information about their video.

4. Student research more information on a historical fact learned in the video.

5. As a large group, students create a word wall of vocabulary and key phrases compiled from watching oral history videos.


3. Students may view an online exhibit about the March on Washington.

August 28, 2013–August 30, 2014

This exhibition transports visitors to the momentous day of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963—a day that transformed our nation—when 250,000 people from all walks of life participated in the largest non-violent demonstration for civil rights that Americans had ever witnessed.

Click HERE to see the overview, exhibit items, slideshow and more.

4. Student may explore some of the historic civil rights places online. Click HERE.


After students explore the map, they may choose one location and make a travel brochure leading people to this historic site.

5. Students conduct additional research, and complete a printable Civil Rights timeline.  Click HERE.



6. Research how other people were involved in the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Here are some individuals to get you started: 
  • President John F. Kennedy,
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson,
  • Everett Dirksen,
  • Emanuel Celler,
  • Hubert Humphrey,
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
  • Mike Mansfield,
  • William Moore McCulloch,
  • Roy Wilkins,
  • Clarence Mitchell, and
  • A. Phillip Randolph
Students may then write a story, a poem, or a song about how working together and with others they made the Civil Rights Act of 1964 happen

7. Students may research to discover more male and female Freedom Fighters in history.

Here is a foldable craft activity for students to record their findings. Click HERE to download the file.


8. Have students listen to music from the civil rights era.

Click HERE to listen to samples from Smithsonian Folkways.





9. Provide students with a free printable of Martin Luther King, Jr. facts. Click HERE.

Encourage them to create their own list of facts from other civil rights activists, past or present.


10.  Have the students make a civil rights quilt for the bulletin board.

Give each student a square colorful piece of paper or scrapbooking paper. The size of each square will depend on the size of your bulletin board

Students write write one fact they learned about the Civil Rights Movement and may draw a corresponding picture.


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Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California.

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Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice.

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Sixteen award-winning children's book artists illustrate the civil rights quotations that inspire them in this stirring and beautiful book. Featuring an introduction by Harry Belafonte, words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among others, this inspirational collection sets a powerful example for generations of young leaders to come.
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When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de force from Sharon Draper, the New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Free Teaching Printables for Classroom Learning


What's under your kitchen sink?
Your bathroom sink?
In your bathroom cupboard?
I'm guessing a lot of half-full products.
Half-full cleaners that didn't eliminate that soap scum.
Generic window cleaner that left streaks.
Partially used hair products that lied about getting rid of frizzies...
or under-performed on making sexy, wavy beach hair.
This is exactly why I have over 200 free samples in my store.
I want you to try before you buy.
Use them in your classroom.
If they work well with your students, please come back and purchase the full-size resource.
If not, no hard feelings. I have lots more freebies for you to try.
I want you to use what works best for your students to promote the most success.

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Thank you for working so hard for your students....
oh, and if you're on summer break, download a few freebies and then go to the beach with your sexy, wavy hair!
:) Shelly


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Here are some favorite free teacher resources to get you started:





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