Free Adobe Spark Video Planning Template

 

Getting younger students to record their ideas in a logical and engaging manner can be tough.

If you have reluctant writers in your classroom, you will appreciate how difficult it can be to get work from them demonstrating a clear understanding of what you have been teaching them.

Finding alternatives to written work is not always easy to come across especially if there are deeper issues than the student simply being a reluctant writer such as a diagnosed learning condition.

To counteract this issue I find Adobe Spark Video to be an incredibly easy to use on all devices.  It is a powerful tool which as the name suggests relies mainly on visuals and images to share knowledge as opposed to writing down line after line of text.

The other great thing about Adobe Spark Video is the polish it adds to presentations that make them far more engaging than your traditional PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.

Simply giving students Adobe Spark Video and directions around a specific topic can sometimes leave them confused and seeking further clarification.


To remedy this I have created a free template which you can download here that will ensure your students stay on task and have a clear direction about what they are supposed to be doing.  Best of all the template can be adapted to any age group or topic area

Free Facebook Profile Character Cube Download

You kids will love creating their own Facebook Character Cubes with our completely free and simple to use template.

This versatile mock Facebook cube can be applied to any number of activites such as a character profile from books, films, games etc, quick biography task, all about me or plenty of other alternatives.

It contains the 6 elements of Facebook most relevant to students.
- Photo
- About
- Status Updates
- Friends
- Timeline
- Share a memory

It is completely editable and can be undertaken as a simple pen and paper task or an editable PowerPoint and Google Drive (Slides) task for students who have access to a technology.

Simply follow the instructions and away you go... NO PREP REQUIRED!!

Download it here completely free today!!

Argumentative Essay Graphic Organizer Freebie

Argumentative writing may sound like a new concept or approach, but it is not.  This term basically means to argue one’s opinion while understanding that there is an opposing side. 

Brought to the forefront with the adoption of the new ELA Common Core Standards, middle and high school students alike need practice in developing argumentative writing.  This allows them to increase their comfort level in choosing a side on a controversial issue and developing their opinion using persuasive language and techniques.  From there, writers should be able to think about the arguments or counterclaims that the opposing side would make in response.  Not only should the author seek to provide these counterclaims, but to add support that dismisses the opposition’s argument.  

The argumentative graphic organizer is a strategic teaching tool that better equips students to develop this type of writing.  This graphic organizer is designed to anticipate the needs of the readers, as well as have the author utilize a variety of detail types to develop their opinion with more than just fluffy, eloquent language.  

To download this resource for free click here and to view over 100 of our resources click here

Tips for Managing Guided Reading with Large Class Sizes

This list was compiled by Christine Fankell, Elementary Literacy Facilitator, Livonia Public Schools, MI

Create a guided reading group meeting schedule. Vary the frequency that you plan to meet with each group. Meet more frequently with struggling readers and less frequently with proficient readers.

  • Use a timer to keep your guided reading lessons to 20 minutes. In Next Step Guided Reading, Jan Richardson makes suggestions for the length of each part of the lesson. You can also time the individual parts of the lesson to get a feel for the recommended pace of the guided reading lesson.
  • Work with short texts. The text that you use should be something that can be read in one or two guided reading lessons.
  • Have all the materials you will need for the guided reading lesson organized and ready so that you don’t need to search for things once the lesson is underway. There are suggestions for organizing materials on Jan Richardson’s website as well as in Spaces and Places (Diller).
  • Consider what you can prep ahead of time to save precious minutes during the lesson. For example, you might consider tabbing the student text to mark spots where the students should stop and write about their thinking.
  • With a larger class, you may also have to increase the size of your guided reading groups. Ideally you would want your groups to consist of no more than 6 students. With larger class sizes this maximum may have to be increased to 8 for students reading on and above grade level. Keep your below level groups at six or less.
  • Try to limit the total number of guided reading groups to no more than five. Remember that you can form groups of students that are reading a few levels apart. For example you might have an M/N guided reading group that has a common instructional need. For upper grades, you might work with students who are reading at levels S, T, and U because they all need to work on summarizing.
  • Where it makes sense to do so, thread the teaching point from your reading workshop mini lesson into your guided reading work. This will give you the opportunity to provide additional scaffolded support for students who need it.

Dear Santa Letter Template Freebie

With the festive season almost upon us you might be considering doing some letters to Santa as part of your Christmas writing sessions.

This easy to use template is completely free to download looks great and will definitely inspire young writers to put in plenty of great ideas and effort.

Click here to download this free Dear Santa writing template, and stay tuned to literacy ideas for plenty of other great freebies, resources and templates.

Snapshot Writing Tool Freebie

Snapshot Writing is a great way to get students to write about an exact moment in time.  It is an opportunity to laser focus on how our senses and emotions react to the world and events around us.  

Using this tool students simply write what they see, hear, feel, smell, see and taste. This is a great task to aid students to create imagery within their writing.

It is always written from a first person perspective and will force your students to think outside the box when describing any event or action in future.

We are giving you this free great planning tool which makes Snapshot Writing accessible to anyone.  Download it here. 

Snapshot writing is greatly enhanced when used alongside a visual prompt such as a photo or video. 

It will enhance any writing session and give a great deal of confidence to reluctant writers.

If you are looking for a collection of amazing visual writing prompts and an editable version of the snapshot writing tool which can be found here. 
 

40 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching ideas Freebie

This week we are giving away a freebie to one of the most loved children's books of all time.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This matrix offers over 40 activities for students based on Bloom's Taxonomy and Gardiner's multiple intelligence's for Roald Dahl's timeless Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  It is a must have for students and teachers looking for new and innovative ways to teach this great story with you Over 40 great Wonka Activities

Click here to download the freebie and if you really want to go all in Charlie and teach a complete unit on it I can strongly recommend this 57 page book full of great ideas about Willy Wonka and his amazing chocolate factory.

Explanation Writing Checklist Freebie

Help your students to independently edit and proofread their own explanation writing pieces or explanatory essays with these engaging checklists and rubric. 

There are three age variations in the bundle for Junior (Ages 5 - 7), Middle (7 - 11) and Senior (11 - 15). Each bundle contains both a student checklist for independent assessment and a student / teacher rubric for conferencing. Check the preview for a visual example. 

Click here to download the freebie

The version you are looking at is the free PDF version. If you are looking for an editable version you can find it here

Editable Writing Checklists

These editable checklists are specifically for narratives and explanation writing at the moment. However we will are currently creating more for other writing genres in the coming weeks which will be added.

Each age group has been stylised and written to appeal to different age groups.

With six to a page you can easily print these out and distribute to students an re use them over and over. 

Best of all they are completely editable if you wish to change any element of it.

Give your students the tools they need for great writing.

Free Fable Planning Tool

Fables are an excellent genre of writing that has served a purpose in literacy and society for thousands of years. 

Fables were originally created as short stories intended to teach children a message or moral through great story telling.  Almost everyone is aware of the story of "The boy who cried wolf" and any child can make the connection from the story that consistent lying will cause you grave harm.

Aesop is the undisputed master of the Fable and he created hundreds of them using animals as key characters to portray certain human traits.

The reason a fox is referred to as cunning or the lamb as a perpetual innocent victim comes from Aesop's fables.

This tool assists students to create engaging fables based upon the model we have been using for generations.  It is best printed in a larger format so as your students can visually represent their ideas alongside written ones and is completely free and available here.

The fable planning tool is part of a massive 90 page unit of work around fables.  It has been incredibly popular (read the reviews.) and is available as a premium product here.

Spelling Activity Matrix: 42 Ideas for your weekly spelling words

This evergreen resource will come in handy for fresh ideas for students to use their spelling words more effectively and creatively.

It has been downloaded over 8,000 times and is one of our most popular resources.

The matrix is built on Blooms Taxonomy and addresses all areas in simple to understand language for students of all ages.

Best of all it's completely Free!!!   Click here to download.

 

Free Emoji Writing Prompts

This freebie Contains 24 different Emoji used as writing prompts to spark some excellent story / creative writing in you classroom.

Just simply print out the emoji included and present them to you students. 

Each strip includes a Written Prompt and Emoji Prompts based on characters, setting and plot.

You can alter this task in a multitude of ways as you see fit.  Enjoy

Click here to download this Free Resource

Say hello to our free narrative writing checklists

Teach your students to independently check their own narrative / story writing with these beautiful checklists and rubrics. 

There are three age variations in the bundle for Junior (Ages 5 - 7), Middle (7 - 11) and Senior (11 - 15). Each bundle contains both a student checklist for independent assessment and a student / teacher rubric for conferencing. Check the preview for a visual example. 

Each age group has been stylised and written to appeal to different age groups.

With six to a page you can easily print these out and distribute to students an re use them over and over. 

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE NARRATIVE CHECKLISTS HERE

The version you are looking at is the free PDF version. If you are looking for the premium editable version you can find it at

EDITABLE NARRATIVE CHECKLIST AND RUBRICS

Give your students the tools they need for writing great stories.