November 30, 2012

Persuasive Peer Editing Sheet-FREEBIE

Another FREEBIE!!!

I made one of these for my Narrative Writing assignment my students did last month, and it turned out to be very helpful. So I have now tweaked and transformed this peer editing sheet to fit a Persuasive paper. Hope you find it useful!!

Click here to access my TPT Store to download this FREE Peer Editing Sheet utilizing the 6 Traits of Writing.

Happy Revisioning!

November 28, 2012

Holiday Themed Flashcards-FREEBIE

Want to make studying more fun?? Create a theme, throw a picture on there, and for some reason the students believe it really is more fun to study :)

We have a roots quiz coming up next week, so I made some flashcards to help my students study. I left the words off the flashcards because they're in high school and can write in their own roots. Plus, this way I can re-use them :)

Each student will be given 10 flashcards, and they can use them this weekend to study.

Want them?! All you need to do is click on the link below, print them out, copy, and cut them apart. I'm leaving the Root and the Definition section together and just folding down the middle to make a front/back flashcard. So technically you only need to cut out 4 rectangles. Make sense? I hope so :/

To download these FREE flashcards, head on over to my TPT Store and click away!

Happy Studying!

November 25, 2012

How to turn 1st into 3rd Person- Poster FREEBIE

When writing papers, almost all of my students use first person at some point or another. I've tried explaining the concept that since their name is on the paper, they don't have to say "I think" in every paragraph...but for some, that concept just doesn't seem to stick.

I'm constantly giving the same suggestions to students, I mean constantly. So to save my voice and my sanity, I created a fun little poster to help them [and let's face it, me] out. I plan on enlarging the poster and hanging it in my classroom so it's VERY easy to see :) I may also hand it out to my English Support class as just a handout.

The pic above is just the top half of the poster. Go to my TPT store to download this FREEBIE Poster and enjoy!

Any other fun suggestions for struggles along this line? Any would be appreciated :)


November 24, 2012

Liebster Award!

I've been nominated for a Liebster Award...Awesome! The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers to let them know they're appreciated. Well I certainly feel appreciated!! :) Thank you to Covered in Glitter and Glue for nominating me!!

The Liebster Rules:
- You must post 11 random things about yourself.
- Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
- Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
- Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
- No tag back (but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!)

 11 Random Things about Myself:
1. I am legally blind without my contacts or glasses [literally- 750/20]
2. I am dating a military jet pilot but am scared to fly [IRONY]
3. I have always wanted to teach, but waited a few years after college to start so I'd be a little older when it came to teaching high school
4. I've taught every grade I'm licensed for [7-12]
5. I have a brother and a sister, both younger
6. One of my best friend's has a 3yo, and 8month old twins...I love being an "auntie" to them!!!!
7. I'm going to be a REAL auntie when my sister has her baby next month
8. I make the best Pumpkin bread ever...seriously
9. I love decorating for ALL holidays
10. I love Coach anything!!!
11. I really do teach in high heels....I think I have over 60 pairs of shoes :)

11 Questions to answer from Covered in Glitter and Glue:
1.  What is your favorite subject to teach?
English!! Only thing I'm credentialed in, but I would love to do ASL as well.
2.  Favorite holiday tradition?
My family always bakes banana bread for our neighbors at Christmas.
3.  Favorite book to read to your class?
Well, since I teach high school, I don't really read "to my class", but TKAM is great, as is Night.
4.  Favorite guilty pleasure reality show?
New One: Married to the Army: Alaska [on Oprah's new network]
5.  Favorite movie?
Top Gun
6.  What is your best childhood memory?
So many good ones to choose from, not sure I can pick the "best"
7.  What is your least favorite household chore?
Cleaning the shower and toilets :(
8.  What are you afraid of?
Flying and being kidnapped [odd, I know]
9.  Salty or sweet?
10.  Where is your ideal vacation spot?
I am dying to go to Hawaii
11.  What sparked your interest in blogging?
I couldn't find a lot of high school blogs, and wanted to start a place where we could all share ideas and lessons and build support for each other!

11 Questions for my Nominees:
1. How long have you been teaching?
2. Do you have siblings?
3. How many times have you moved?
4. Have you taught all the grades your credentialed for?
5. What is your favorite dessert?
6. Why did you start your blog specifically?
7. Do you like blogs that talk about random things, or just blogs that give away free printables and school "stuff"?
8. What is your professional goal for the next 5 years?
9. What size shoe do you wear? :)
10. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
11. What is your favorite thing about teaching? 

11 Awesome Blogs to Nominate:

Thanks again so much! Have a wonderful time blogging everyone!!

November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Send Off!!

I love making crafts....some might say I'm a "crafty" person....but I teach high school. So I don't get to do the fun crafts like "trace your hand and make it a turkey" card. Fortunately, I LOVE to bake...and what high schooler won't take free food?!

So to celebrate going on Thanksgiving Break, and because they actually sort of had a rough jigsaw assignment, I told all my classes, yup, ALL, that I would make them Pumpkin Pancakes and Pumpkin Bread/Muffins for class on Friday.

So Thursday night I drove around like a chicken with it's head cut off [simile and idiom, go English teacher] looking for all these supplies, driving to my parents' house to steal the griddle, and making a million loaves of pumpkin bread [hyperbole-it was really a million, more like a hundred, but it felt like a million].

The result? I am now the "best teacher ever" according to my students :) Anyway, I think we all had fun with it, and they still worked the entire class period, which really surprised me!

[Me getting ready to bake over 120 pancakes...]

[...and the pumpkin muffins & pumpkin bread slices I baked the night before. And to the left of the pic is the giant thing of syrup I bought :)]

Overall a great last day of school before break. 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break! We deserve it!!! :)

November 11, 2012

Western Showdown!!!

As a warm up everyday, my students come in and write down the root and example word of the day; together we come up with example words and share out. They all have a Roots Notebook that I made for them, and they use this to keep track of the 10 roots that will be on that week's quiz. Looks something like this:

Root                    Definition                     Example Words
Chron                  Time                             Chronological, Chronology, Anachronistic

Normally I make a practice quiz for them to take to study for the quiz. But when we're in the Black Boy unit, we have a little fun! Black Boy is set in the south, and the main character's uncle owns a saloon. So we had a little Roots Showdown, or Roots Shootout technically. I first learned about this from the QLN workshop I've been to the last two years...I just add my own touches. It's a fun game that the students LOVE, and it's a great way to practice for the quiz.

Here's how it works:
  • Student's go up two at a time, and I give them plastic, orange guns
  • They stand back to back
  • As I count to 3, they take 3 steps away from each other, just like a shootout
  • I then say the Root word
  • Whoever turns around first, shoots, and says the definition of the root....WINS that round!
  • The winner stays up, and the next opponent steps up
  • Whoever stays up the longest, wins. 
I bring in prizes, I pour them RootBeer, it's a ton of fun. The students this year even clapped and chanted for the winner....yes, high schoolers got excited about school...hahahaahha, I win! :)
Here's a pic of how I decorate the doorway to set the scene:
I forgot to take pictures of the RootBeer, and didn't want to take pics of the kids [showing their faces], so the door is all you get :)

But this game could work with anything: Vocab, Spelling, Parts of Speech, even for other subjects as well. Try it out and see for yourself how into the kids get!

See, Learning is Fun!

November 10, 2012

Top 10 Things I'm Thankful For-Link up!

I'm linking up with Stories by Storie for this next post! I love Fall and here are the top ten things I'm thankful for.
Head on over and link up too!!!!

What are you thankful for?

November 9, 2012

Mad Libs-nouns, verbs, adjectives FREEBIE

I love creating new little activities for my English Support class. I keep trying to come up with ways to make this class fun and not a punishment or "stupid kid" class. I'm using songs to find figurative language and nouns, verbs, & adjectives, which I'm hoping goes over really well.

I also remembered how much fun I used to have making up and filling in silly Mad Libs! So I decided to create one using nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Hopefully the kids have fun creating a silly story, while still mastering the grammar skills they need :)

Click the link to download this activity sheet from my TPT Store!

Happy Mad Libbing!!

November 6, 2012

November Currently!

Loving the new Currently over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade! I've always seen people filling these out and I decided I had to join up with the fun! So here's my November Currently...can't wait for the December one :)

Hope to find you all well!

Be Thankful,

November 4, 2012

My Fabulous New Blog Design!

I am soooooo in love with my new blog design! It reflects teaching in heels so well and is just so me! Erin over at Creating & Designing hit the nail on the head-Perfect Erin!

If anybody is looking for good design work, you really should head over to her blog and check her out. She was so easy to work with, and did a wonderful job on my blog. Her prices are VERY reasonable and her work is wonderful.

I'm so excited to have my own button now too!!! All the bloggers I see have one, and now I do too....Love it! So please grab my button and put it on your page for easy access to my blog! Hopefully this new look will excite people and will drum up some new followers! I'd love to have more followers sharing comments and ideas about how to make our classrooms the best we can have them!

Thanks so much again to Erin for all her hard work to make my blog just PERFECT for me :)

November 1, 2012

Teachers are Superheroes!!

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Super Teacher!!

It's homecoming week at our high school, and our theme this year is superheroes. So today's spirit dress up day was to come dressed like a superhero. So I created my own...Super Teacher! I made the shirt last night out of a plain t-shirt and puffy paint, had the cape from an old vampire Halloween costume, and made the cuffs from Starbucks' coffee sleeves. And of course, I had to wear my red heels....I am the teacher teaching in heels :)

My final product....Super Teacher!

Close up of the shirt from last night. A bad pic, sorry :(

So thanks all you teachers out truly are Superheroes!!!!!

Use your powers for good,
Ms. W

Literary Terms Alphabet-Power Point FREEBIE

Literary Terms....we've all had to teach them, and I bet we've all tried the same worksheets. While I do find merit in having to research and then write down the definitions and such to the different terms, I thought this could be a fun way to learn the terms as well.

Knowing what these literary terms mean will help the students be able to have deeper discussions, do well on state tests, and succeed in college. So many of these terms are generally taught in 9th grade, but often we teach them, only using a few throughout the year. And then I need to "review" them again in 10th grade, as I'm sure the 11th grade teacher needs to do as well, etc.

Maybe a different format, a visual format, will help sink some of these terms into their forgetful brains :)

Click here to see my TPT Store for the Power Point...It's FREE!

Feel free to use as is or edit as needed. However, please do give me credit, since it's free, by saying "Adapted from Stephanie Wolters" when showing in your classroom :)

Good luck!!
Ms. W