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Spelling It Right-- "i before e except after c"
In this spelling worksheet, students learn the spelling rule: "When you want to say --ee--, it's i before e except after c." Students then complete a chart separating 12 words in to two groups according to their spellings.
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Perspective and Point of View: Day 2 Task 2
Sixth graders will listen to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech, I Have A Dream in order to discuss rhetoric, word choice, and how the author conveyed his ideas and perspective. They discuss key points and how literary devices were used to...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Getting the Most out of Teaching with Newspapers
No matter what subject you're teaching, you'll find some fun and innovative ideas for using newspapers in your classroom with a helpful resource. Based on Getting the Most Out of Teaching with Newspapers by Rebecca Olien, the series of...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The First Ten Amendments
The Bill of Rights is an important part of the US Constitution. Have small groups translate the amendments into modern language and present their versions, as well as the original versions, to the class. In groups, learners also respond...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Mark Twain: "The Glorious Whitewasher"
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence. Expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Eighth graders are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
A useful handout for your aspiring authors to keep in their writer's toolkits, this sheet reviews the following spelling issues: when to keep or drop a final "e" before adding a suffix; spellings with silent k, g, gh, and p; "i before...
6th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Divide your class into teams of x's and o's and give each an index card with their team symbol on it. They get in single file lines and the teacher gives one student a word to spell. If he/she spells it correctly, then he/she gets to...
1st - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Improve Your Spelling with the Visual Thesaurus
Using Visual Thesaurus software, class members participate in a computer-based spelling bee. Then they work in groups to analyze the words and use deductive reasoning to infer spelling patterns. They then present one of their "rules" to...
3rd - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable