A pensee poem is a fun poem used to described a particular subject. Each line is comprised of a certain count of syllables. Challenge your students with this free pensee poem. Click through to download it now!

Free Pensee Poem Activity

Kitten Soft and fluffy Meows until I pet her There on my favorite pillow Purring with contentment. A pensee poem is a 5-line, non-rhyming patterned poem that is both fun and easy to create! Like many other poem patterns, it is a great opportunity to practice syllables. Here is the pattern for writing a pensee: Line 1: Subject (2 syllables) Line 2: Description (4 syllables) Line

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You're back from winter break, and both you and your students are feeling the blues about vacation being over. Why not ease them back into the school routine with some of these fun back from winter break writing prompts? Get them thinking creatively and writing willingly with this list of 20 free writing prompts!

20 Back from Winter Break Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts for After Winter Break Two whole weeks without school…what have those kids been doing all that time? What are they looking forward to in the new year? One great way to find out is to have your students write about it! I got a little help from some of my friends on Facebook to compile this list of 20 interesting prompts to start

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10 Ways to Compare and Contrast

Comparing and contrasting is a higher level thinking skill important across the curriculum. We compare and contrast characters in a story, word choice in writing, equations in math (think < > =, not to mention word problems ), different hypotheses in science, how holidays are celebrated in different cultures, etc. That is probably why comparing and contrasting shows up multiple times in the Common Core Standards. Here

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FREE: Five Suffix, Prefix and Word Root Worksheets

FREE: Five Suffix, Prefix and Word Root Worksheets

Here are five free worksheets (with answer keys) to use with your class to help reinforce affixes and to introduce word roots. These five worksheets will work fine as stand-alone activities but are actually part of a much larger 40-page prefixes, suffixes, and word roots product. Download this worksheet plus four more right here!  

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Journal prompts make for excellent writing activities, but they have the potential to bore kids to tears when they're not done well. This blog post describes how you can write great journal prompts that engage students and get them excited to write!

How to Write Great Journal Prompts

The other day, my sweetheart’s third grade daughter, Claire, was talking about how much she loves her new teacher. When I asked why, one of the first things she said was, “She makes writing fun! I used to hate writing, but she gives us neat stuff to write about.” When I asked for an example, she enthusiastically told me about how the teacher had them write

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Find the Teacher’s Mistake!

Here is something fun to try this year: have your students find the teacher’s mistake! Let your (upper elementary or middle school) students know that sometimes you will intentionally make a spelling or grammar mistake on a handout or worksheet. It is their job to find that mistake. They will never know if there is a mistake on any given worksheet – it could come

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Get 20 free back to school writing prompts in this post! If that isn't enough, you can check out a bundle of 200 writing prompts and discussion starters!

20 Back to School Writing Prompts

Want to go beyond the classic “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” essay? Try some of these engaging writing prompts.   Who is someone you spent a lot of time with this summer? Describe this person. Where did you go this summer that you have never been before? How did you spend Independence Day? Where did you spend most of your time this summer? Describe

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Write a Poem by Rolling Dice!

Here is a fun activity that integrates creative writing with math by having students use dice to write a non-rhyming poem. Students will also get practice with syllables. You could do this as a whole class, if you have enough dice, or at a center. Here is what to do: Give each student a pair of dice. Students roll the dice and add them up

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Five Fun Summer Journal Ideas

Kids often embrace the idea of a summer journal because it is a nice way to capture some summer experiences and it has a finite end – the end of summer is the end of the journal. Here are three fun ideas. Nature Journal Use a book with unlined pages (or half lined pages) for a nature journal. Use the journal to record interesting things found

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Free Word-O-Rama (Similar to Boggle) Task Cards!

Grab this super fun Word-O-Rama Freebie! Word-O-Rama is played like Boggle. Each card is a different game. At a literacy center For fast finishers With partners or small groups (use the same card, score only unique words) As morning work (display for the whole class) Or any time you have a few spare minutes Students can play with or without a time limit. They can

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Phone Spelling – Fun Free Activity!

Here is a fun way for students to practice their spelling words using a phone keypad. Students use the letters on the keypad to create a number for each word. To make the activity more challenging, have students translate their words into numbers and then switch papers to solve. Just be sure they mix up the words. This worksheet, plus another version to use with

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Free Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe Journal Prompts

Want to add a little holiday magic to your journal writing program? Try this free journal prompt choice grid. At the start of the week, students choose three of the nine prompts. Since they must choose three in a row, they will have to make some choices, weighing one prompt against another. You can get the whole set of  Holiday Tic-Tac-Toe Journal Prompts here. Or you

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Are your students stuck in the routine of using the same words over and over in their writing? Read these tips on fun ways to get your students looking up synonyms to jazz up their writing. No more overused words in your classroom!

No More Overused Words

Getting students to stop using those tired, boring words can be a challenge. But word choice is one of the easiest ways to make a ho-hum essay, poem, or story into one that people will want to read. Here are some ideas for helping your students to choose better words: Make finding synonyms for overused words a class activity. This is a great way to practice

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Check out this post about eight fun things to do with idioms and other figurative language elements. Your students will love playing with figurative language!

8 Fun Things to Do with Idioms

Teaching Idioms? I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say that idioms are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. There is a boatload of idioms at GoEnglish. Beyond going over the literal meaning of such phrases as, “It’s raining cats and dogs,” there are many other out-of-this-world things to try. They are the cat’s pajamas, so give them a whirl!    

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10 Fun Activities for Dictionary Skills

10 FUN Activities for Dictionary Skills

10 Awesome Dictionary Activities Are you looking for some fun activities for National Dictionary Day? It’s October 16th, which was Noah Webster’s (the father of the American dictionary) birthday! Hopefully, you’ve got dictionaries, maybe even a class set. They are, of course, great for looking up words and you will use them to teach dictionary skills, but there are also other great things you can do

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