One of the most important life skills that we can teach any student is to think critically. One way to help students begin practicing and honing their critical thinking skills is through making connections through analogies.
My Teaching Library as a resource that includes 3 analogy worksheets with a St. Patrick’s Day theme that students will enjoy!
An analogy is a comparison between two things, comparing two things which are comparable in significant respects. Here is an example of the type of analogies that are included…
finish line : race :: pot of gold : ___________ olive branch : peace :: shamrock : ___________
These are multiple choice worksheets. Answer keys included.
One of the most important life skills that we can teach any student is to think critically. One fun way to help students begin practicing and honing in their critical thinking skills is through analogies.
What is an analogy? An analogy is a comparison between two things, comparing two things which are comparable in significant respects.
Here are 3 analogy worksheets with a St. Patrick’s Day theme to get students to think critically! Students will love these critical thinking worksheets. Although these were designed to be used in March, they can be used any time of the year.
Here are two examples of the type of analogies that are included…
Halloween : Orange :: St. Patrick’s Day: _____ Race: finish line :: rainbow: _____
These are multiple choice worksheets. Answer keys included.
This month, encourage student writing by using these fun, shamrock shapebook templates to encourage creative writing and self-publishing.
Created for two different writing levels (solid and dashed lines), these templates can be used for multi-level classrooms. Students can use these templates to create unique March related stories and poetry. Allow students complete autonomy to chose what to write or give them a specific topic. You can also ask that they include current spelling and vocabulary words.
Have you assigned journal writing assignments (prompts) to your students? While an informal and sometimes ungraded assignment, journal entries can help students develop other transferable writing skills. So, what is journal writing exactly?
Journal writing is the process of recording personal insights, reflections and questions on assigned or personal topics. Journal projects assigned in class may include student thoughts about daily experiences, reading assignments, current events or science experiments. Journal entries are a form of reflective writing, in that students can use writing assignments (or prompts) to consider and respond to something.
Often, teachers do not need one more thing to ‘plan’ for each day. That is why having a large set of writing prompts can make life so much easier for a teacher and at the same time, greatly benefit each student!
My Teaching Library has developed monthly writing prompts for journal writing for every day of the year! These selected writing prompts have been designed to help students think, create and express their own ideas and opinions on a variety of topics.
Here are a five writing prompt examples from these products:
March 3rd – (Star Spangled Banner became the U.S. national anthem) The Star Spangled Banner was written during the Revolution, but it didn’t become the national anthem until 1931. Some people think that it’s a great anthem. Other people think that it isn’t. What do you think? If we were to change the national anthem, what would you want to have instead? Or would you not want to change it, no matter what?
April 2nd – (Reconciliation Day) What does reconciliation mean? Is there someone with whom you need to reconcile? Who is it and what caused your fall out? If not, describe a reconciliation that has occurred sometime in your life.
September 12th – (Video Games Day) Your name is Tonette Play. You create video games for a living and you have just though of a new video game that you want to produce. Describe your game and tell why/how our game is different than other games you’ve seen before. Why do you think others would want to buy your game?
November 11th – (Veterans Day) Veterans Day (celebrated somewhat differently as Remembrance Day in Canada, Australia and Great Britain) originally commemorated the end of World War I. In the United States, it is now a day to honor all those who serve in the military, living and dead, from all wars and during peacetime. Do you know any veterans? Write a letter to a veteran you know or, if you don’t know one, to any veteran.
December 4th – (Mary Celeste was found) On December 4th, 1872, a British ship came across another ship, the Mary Celeste, which was drifting in the Atlantic Ocean. The Mary Celeste was sailing from New York to Genoa, Italy. The captain, his wife, their daughter and the crew of eight were all missing from the ship. They were never found and nobody knows why they left the ship. The ship still had food, water and all its cargo. What do you think happened?
Looking for a quick lesson on Abraham Lincoln for a 5th, 6th or 7th grade classroom? Here is a product for you!
This informational resource on Abraham Lincoln is designed to give 5th – 7th graders practice reading and comprehending content area text. There are two pages of text which will cover Lincoln’s life beginning in Kentucky and progresses through his life touching on his family, his career as a lawyer, his election in 1860 and finally his death by the hands of John Wilkes Booth. After reading both the text and two charts (quick facts and fun facts), students will complete a comprehension worksheet. Finally, there is a fun postcard writing activity asking them to write to President Lincoln.
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.1 Linsear Write Formula : 5.8
Use for a quick History or Language Arts mini-lesson
Give to students to supplement another lesson on Abraham Lincoln
As early as 3rd and 4th grades, students should be diving in to American History. They also are needing to strengthen their ability to read and comprehend, with greater detail, content area text. This resource from My Teaching Library has been designed to not only teach students about the 16th president of the United States but to give students a chance to practice reading to comprehend informational text.
The first page of this resource is informational text. It is a 3 on the Automated Readability Index. It begins teaching about Lincoln’s his early life in Kentucky and progresses through his life touching on his family, his career as a lawyer, his presidency and finally his death by the hands of John Wilkes Booth.
After reading the text, the students have a reading comprehension worksheet, multiple choice, to test their understanding.
Next, there are two additional activities that can be used. One is a postcard writing activity and the other is a research activity.
Studying national landmarks? Perhaps you are preparing classroom activities centered around Abraham Lincoln? Here is a cross-curricular resource that is perfect to use in 3rd-4th grade classrooms and will fit into both your Social Studies and Language Arts plans.
1 page of Informational text on the Lincoln Memorial and will inform students of the location, it’s design, when constructed and more. Automated Readability Index: 3.5
1 comprehension worksheet with a mix of short answer, multiple choice and true false questions. There is also an opinion question. (Answer key provided)
This vocabulary and reading comprehension resource is designed to be used with the book Arthur’s Great Big Valentine, written by Lillian Hoban. There are 7 student pages (word scramble, word search, complete the sentences, comprehension questions for written answers plus true/false, and an art-writing activity).
About the book: This book is a . After they have a falling out, Arthur and his best friend Norman make up with very special valentines! Perfect to read in February or anytime of the year.
This 200+ page resource includes flashcards for all Dolch sight words (PreK to 2nd Grade) and 47 word families plus a variety of suggested activities! See additional details about this product below. (Flipbook preview also available)
– Flashcards for all sight words (Dolch) from PreK – 2nd grade – Noun picture cards to math with noun sight words – Word family flashcards for the following word families: an, ap, at, ab, ad, ack, and, ash, ail, ain, air, ake, ate, ale, ame, ay, all, aw, ar, ark, art, ank, ink, ed, en, et, ed, eck, ell, est, in, ip, it, ice, ick, ide, ig, ight, ine, ing, oat, oo, oot, op, ot, ub, uck, ug, un, ut – Title covers for suggested file folder games (Making sentences, ABC order, Matching) – Word family mats (matching, rhyming – Make a word half hearts – Clipart to add to centers and/or bulletin boards
Are you preparing to teach High School? Want a list of Language Arts skills covered during 9th-12th grades?
Here are the skills and concepts students should learn during their High School years…
Use agreed-upon rules for formal and informal in small groups.
Pose questions, listen to the ideas of others, and contribute their own information or ideas in group discussions and interviews in order to acquire new knowledge.
Make oral presentations that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and the information to be conveyed.
Acquire new vocabulary and use it correctly in reading and writing.
Describe and analyze the grammatical structure of the English language and the standard English conventions for sentence structure, usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
Describe and analyze how oral dialects differ from each other in English, how they differ from written standard English, and what role standard American English plays in informal and formal communication.
Describe and analyze how the English language has developed and been influenced by other languages.
Decode accurately and understand new words encountered in their reading materials, drawing on a variety of strategies as needed, and then use these words accurately in speaking and writing.
Identify the basic facts and essential ideas in what they have read, heard, or viewed.
Identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the characteristics of different genres.
Identify, analyze and apply knowledge of theme, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.
Identify and analyze how an author’s choice of words appeals to the senses, creates imagery, suggests mood, and sets tone.
Compare and contrast similar myths and narratives from different cultures and geographic regions.
Interpret the meaning of literary works, non-fiction, films and media by using different critical lenses and analytic techniques.
Plan and present effective dramatic readings, recitations and performances that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience and purpose.
Write compositions with a clear focus, logically related ideas to develop it, and adequate detail.
Select and use appropriate genres, modes of reasoning, and speaking styles when writing for different audiences and rhetorical purposes.
Demonstrate improvement in organization, content, paragraph development, level of detail, style, tone and word choice in their compositions after revising them.
Use knowledge of standard English conventions to edit their writing.
Use self-generated questions, note-taking, summarizing, precise writing, and outlining to enhance learning when reading or writing.
Use open-ended research questions, different sources of information, and appropriate research methods to gather information for their research projects.
Develop and use appropriate rhetorical, logical, and stylistic criteria for assessing final versions of their compositions or research projects before presenting them to varied audiences
Obtain information by using a variety of media and evaluate the quality of material they obtain.
Explain how the techniques used in electronic media modify traditional forms of discourse for aesthetic and rhetorical purposes.
Design and create coherent media productions with a clear controlling idea, adequate detail, and appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and medium.
Also, students should have times of dedicated focus on library and study skills, British literature, American literature and World literature. Students should build on the tools of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking (skills presented in both the elementary and middle school grades) and be provided with continued opportunities for developing communication skills, while focusing on analysis of the short story, novel, essay, drama, and poetry. Students should explore the major themes that authors have explored and develop higher critical/analytical reading and thinking skills.
My Teaching Library has many products perfectly designed to help high school students learn and master the skills and concepts listed above.
Complete novel study for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (196 pages). Includes: – Author’s Biography – Novel Introduction – Characters and Themes – Quotes and Analysis – Teaching Guides dividing the novel into 5 sections w/
Chapter Summaries, Thought Questions and Vocabulary
Student Worksheets, Assessments & Keys – Final Assessments
Concepts covered: – Using Technology / Navigating the Internet – Reading – Improving a Skill for Life – Writing/ Making Words Speak – Writing / Using Strategies to Fine-Tune Writing – Literature/ Discovering the World, Discovering ourselves.