I love this time of year — there’s no better time to peer into the future and embrace new beginnings or consider trying something a little bit different. As we step out of January, this team of stellar milestone achievers can help you chart your course for the rest of the year. You’ll find smart, creative resources for teaching a range of subjects, plus fun themes including Valentine’s Day, spring, even zombies! Let’s take a look at these tremendous Teacher-Authors.
12 Stellar February Milestone Achievers
Her tip: “This package is a great way to work a Valentine’s Day activity into your curriculum in a meaningful way. Everything you need to start close reading in your classroom is included — information, annotation notes, full text of the myth, and thought-provoking comprehension questions for students to complete after the first, second, and third read. Very little teacher prep is needed — simply print and teach!”
Her tip: “Use this Spanish clothing bundle to introduce and practice vocabulary during a clothing unit — and throughout the year — to review using different grammatical concepts. The activities include 14 practice worksheets, one quiz/test, a group fashion show instruction sheet, three 2-person skits, and one English-to-Spanish vocabulary list with over 100 clothing words, plus a list of colors and materials. Concepts practiced include gustar and encantar, possessive and demonstrative adjectives, and gender and number agreement.”
Her tip: “I love using award-winning literature to teach values along with language arts skills. One of my favorite books for doing this has been Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It’s a must-read for anyone from the middle grades and up! If you haven’t read it, you are missing a truly inspiring experience.”
Her tip: “Preschool teachers, this spring unit is just for you! It’s full of circle time lessons and center activities that are perfect for our youngest learners.”
His tip: “This is a great resource that engages your students. Just download and print. Your students will love proving why zombies are not living. It’s the perfect Common Core and Next Generation Science Standard activity.”
Her tip: “Phonemic awareness is such a critical component of early literacy! Check out this new packet to help give your students extra hands-on practice with listening for sounds in words. From students just beginning to work on these skills to those who need extra intervention, these activities are great for all learners.”
His tip: “Educational Trading Cards are a fun and effective way to present new information and vocabulary to your students. Check out this set of 24 Text Features Trading Cards with a matching word wall!”
Try her: My First Research Project: Penguins
Her tip: “My First Research Projects are perfect for supporting our youngest learners and meeting the shared research component of the Common Core. These engaging projects guide you through the research steps, and each project includes an interactive PDF bibliography.”
Her tip: “This is my most popular resource! It’s appropriate at a variety of grade levels, is easy to leave for a substitute, and may be used to decorate your classroom. The self-checking aspect is great for both students and teachers.”
Try her: Morning Work BUNDLE
Her tip: “It’s so important to utilize every instructional moment including the sometimes chaotic arrival time of students. As soon as my students arrive and unpack in the morning, they begin their morning work. My Morning Work Bundle provides daily review of many essential ELA and Math skills (CCSS aligned) within a simple-to-follow format. Your students will be able to complete these independently, freeing you to prepare for your day.”
Her tip: “Allow your students to have fun and to be creative while writing. This 230+ paged Narrative Paragraph Writing Unit allows your students to write about the special moments in their own lives. It’s a great way to introduce and give your students practice writing narrative paragraphs. The unit is aligned with the Common Core Standards for grades K-3.
Her tip: “Remember to create units that are well thought-out and save our teaching colleagues time by being ready-made and useful for the classroom.”
What a fantastic January it’s been: Looking forward to another great month! Be sure to check out our new Instagram account @teacherspayteachers.com and this week’s special blog posts with resources for the secondary classroom!