Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
This week's six sentence writing prompt is Kaleidoscope and I'm linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories. I decided to break away from my usual comedy writing for a horror story that showcases my literary composition skills. As I suspect you know, I own a store that sells products to teach writing to kids, as well as many other resources, such as reading passages with questions. A favorite teen reading passage of mine is about horror movies and Ed Gein. But first, check out this week's gruesome six!
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Move Over Ed Gein
He’d read about Ed Gein, the horrific murderer whose crimes became
known from horror, slasher films such as Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs. Wearing women as clothing delighted Guin but was not enough for this psychopath whose dreams stirred him into an erotic state with the hopes of outdoing his cold, killer idol. So, with gloves on hand, he smothered the girl with a Strychnine soaked cloth and dragged her limp body into the silent barnyard. A cool breeze brought him shivers as he teetered the ax above his victim’s bare corpse then chopped her into multiple pieces. He’d dry out the remnants, that had once been human, with cups of rice under a heat lamp before sliding her remains between two gigantic glass circles connected to a long tube. His gruesome kaleidoscope would then be complete.
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If you are a high school teacher and want a thrilling lesson, check out this reading passage with questions about Ed Guin.
Just like my previous post about Alice and Freda, this too is a part of my first High School Reading Passages Bundle.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Back before the pandemic, I was a ghost tour guide who loved telling the story of Alice and Freda. These teenage girls had fallen in love with one another; however, lesbian lovers were not accepted in the 1890s. Heartbroken, Alice did not take kindly to her family forcing Freda to end the love affair. After all, Alice had already planned to cut her hair, dress as a man, change her name to Alvin, and live happily ever after in marriage to her beloved. If she couldn't have Freda, no one could.
Your high school students will love reading about this gruesome murder on the crowded streets of Memphis and the court trial that followed. In fact, the trial of Alice Mitchell became known as the trial of the century, so don't miss it! Check this out!
It doesn't have to be Halloween to read something scary! This reading passage for teens will give your kids the shocking story they've been waiting for. Plus, there is more.
Inside this easy to use and engaging resource, you'll find:
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
"Holy Plow, Batman!" The dynamic duo dashed downtown to avert the incoming wrath of the nation's news gathering snow storm. It had destroyed places throughout the country and was now knocking on the doors of Memphis, a southern city that owned only six snow plows.
Using a wrist band borrowed from none other than Buzz Lightyear, Batman zapped the clouds with a stream of mystery matter. Big mistake! The fluffy whites disintegrated into a never-ending stream of white powder that spilled out like a broken pipe without a plumber in sight.
Like this story? Check out my reading passages!
Also, look at these cool winter resources! (Pun intended)
Winter Logic Puzzles
You want to challenge your gifted and talented students, but the logic puzzles you find are too easy. Find four difficult puzzles in this winter packet that are easy to print and go or share for distance learning. Students will love being challenged with these puzzles, but be warned, these puzzles are not easy due to multiple hints in each clue. Students will have to use reasoning to conclude what is not directly stated. Ie., these are not for the beginner.
Winter Primary Activities
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Today and tomorrow marks TpT's huge sitewide sale! My entire store, Catch My Products, is on sale for 20% off, except for my new resource that is 50% off! You can receive an additional 5% off of your purchases by using the code Febsale21.
- Subtracting Three Digit Numbers with Regrouping PowerPoint
- Fact & Opinion PowerPoint
- Primary Logic Puzzles
Last night we ended our six gift card giveaway and here are the winners!
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Now, that we're settling into a new semester with achievement tests around the corner, it's a great time to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift card for your class, especially if your trying to work at a distance. Check these out!
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Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Co-hosts: An Apple for the Teacher, Catch My Products, A Plus Kids, Star Kids by Naomi, Mrs Wenning's Classroom, TheBeezyTeacher, Guide Teach Inspire, Jackie Crews, Teacherof20, Little Owl's Teacher Treats, The Fun Factory, Trending Technology in Tennessee, Teach Me T, Catch My Products, Mickey's Place, KB3Teach, The Southern Teach by Kirsten, Angelica'sResources, Apple's Class, Kamp Kindergarten, Lockwood's Little Learners.
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Thursday, February 4, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
When teaching kids how to write, make sure they include transition words for smoother prose. Without these linking words, reading a passage feels like being in a car where the driver constantly slams on the brakes. I like to introduce transition words by giving an example of a passage with and without transition words.
Compare the following passages:
Without Transition Words
My mom drove down Poplar Avenue in Memphis. Another driver cut her off without using a signal. She crashed into the other car's passenger door. She got a ticket. It looked like it was the other guy's fault.
With Transition Words (or words to link the sentences together)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Transition-Words-PowerPoint-1764096 Although this historically based resource does not follow the gradual release process, it has a lot of great features to teach transition words to your 4th, 5th, or 6th grade students. This complete lesson lists standards, has a set, multiple practice passages, vocabulary work, and even a writing prompt. Check out what buyers have said about it!
Monday, January 18, 2021
February is coming up, so many of you are looking for ways to teach fractions. Kids often struggle with the concepts surrounding these broken numbers. I like to use slices of pizza when introducing the idea of subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.
For example, say you have one whole pizza and three individual slices under the heat lamp of your store. If you cut your whole pizza into eight slices, you will have eight more slices or 8/8.
So, your 8/8 plus the 3/8 that are left from the last pie, gives the shop eleven available pieces.
8/8 + 3/8 = 11/8
This, of course, is better explained through pictures.
I have a great lesson for introducing fractions with regrouping by taking students through steps from a made up pizza parlor. Why not check this out?
Catch My Products is filled with resources to help you and your kids through fraction season. Another resource is my Mixed Number and Improper Fractions PowerPoint Lesson with a Printable Worksheet. I like this resource because I recently revised it with cute clipart from a new seller on TpT, Palmer's Pix. His clipart is adorable, but since he just started, he doesn't have a lot, yet. I'm looking forward to seeing what he creates.
If you teach younger grades, I've got you covered, too. I love this little Fraction Exploration PowerPoint that uses an example from Mr. Hats to showcase fractions according to hat sizes. This shop has great hats for men!