Looking for innovative ways to get your students to practice certain skills? Maybe you’re searching for rigorous English & Science Curriculum? This week’s round-up has all that and more! We’re featuring a crime scene creative writing pack, code cracker activities, and differentiated picture notes that are sure to help your students practice reading and writing skills with a twist. 

Get ready to revamp skill instruction with these innovative resources, half of which are FREE! 


Country Research Scrapbook Project
Country Research Scrapbook Projectby LIT Lessons

It’s FREE!

“Whether students are reading a novel with a foreign setting or need to build background knowledge on a country before starting a History unit, the scrapbook project sees students engage in research with a fun, informative activity! Students conduct research about various aspects of a country and create a scrapbook as an artifact of their learning.”

Refugee by Alan Gratz Unit: Comprehensive Suite of Materials for Novel Study
Refugee by Alan Gratz Unit: Comprehensive Suite of Materials for Novel Studyby LIT Lessons

“This resource is a comprehensive set of instructional materials for teaching Refugee by Alan Gratz. With these Common-Core aligned materials, students will deeply engage with the novel and develop their literacy skills. The suite includes 100+ resources to help you implement an engaging, rigorous ELA or Social Studies unit.”

Argument Pre-Writing Activity- The Cube of Perspective
Argument Pre-Writing Activity- The Cube of Perspective by Teach BeTween the Lines

It’s FREE!

“I love allowing students to choose their own issue for an argument essay, but that can be difficult for students who do not immediately know their topic or issue. I have found two techniques that really get students thinking about the issues that may resonate with them prior to their research and drafting stages of writing. 1. The Chart Paper Brainstorm and Gallery Walk 2. The Cube of Perspective”.

English/Language Arts Complete Semester 1 Curriculum for Grades 8 & 9
English/Language Arts Complete Semester 1 Curriculum for Grades 8 & 9 by Teach BeTween the Lines

“This complete semester 1 curriculum will take you from the first-day procedures, syllabus, and get-to-know-you activities to the final semester reflection. Every day and every lesson is planned and created for your 8th or 9th grade students. This bundle is completely digital, printable, and editable! This curriculum is aligned to CCSS standards.”

Matter Bundle Preview
Matter Bundle Preview by Middle School Science and Other Loose Ends

It’s FREE!

“This is an amazing bundle that allows teachers to teach science in an engaging method. No other resources such as books or worksheets are necessary!”

NC Science Bundle- Entire Year - All Standards- Powerpoint and Word Wall
“NC Science Bundle- Entire Year – All Standards- Powerpoint and Word Wall” by Middle School Science and Other Loose Ends

“This amazing resource bundles all of my middle school science units! These include engaging slides teaching the curriculum, close notes, labs, guided video notes, worksheets, and much more!”

Double-Sided Interactive Reading Bookmark
Double-Sided Interactive Reading Bookmark by The Engaging Station

It’s FREE!

“This resource functions as both a bookmark AND a reading tool for students!”

Crime Scene Creative Writing Activity Pack
Crime Scene Creative Writing Activity Pack by The Engaging Station

“This resource will engage your students before they even walk in the door! Transform your classroom into a crime scene, and have your students do all the imagining from the clues that you leave behind!”

Elemental Fun - Dice Foldable & Cube - FREE Sampler
Elemental Fun – Dice Foldable & Cube – FREE Sampler by Activities to Teach

It’s FREE!

“Our interactive foldable activities help students engage with the learning and keep hands busy. They also provide accommodation for learning styles and differentiation.”

Amazing Cell Code Crackers - Breakout Sleuth Puzzlers
Amazing Cell Code Crackers – Breakout Sleuth Puzzlers by Activities to Teach

“Our new Code Cracker activities help build critical thinking skills, use deductive reasoning, and increase teamwork through hands-on card and puzzlers. These Code Cracker activities also integrate in technology with phones, tablets, and laptops.”

Simile and Metaphor Pixanotes® (Differentiated Picture Notes)
Simile and Metaphor Pixanotes® (Differentiated Picture Notes) by Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

It’s FREE!

“Pixanotes® are a blend of traditional two-column notes and interactive notes. They help Middle School ELA teachers to reach all learners as the same content is differentiated into 4 versions that could be used at the same time in the same class.”

Middle School ELA Pixanotes® MEGA BUNDLE!
Middle School ELA Pixanotes® MEGA BUNDLE! by Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

“A bundle of Pixanotes® provides a huge time saver for Middle School ELA Teachers because not only do they differentiate the content, but they also address many of the concepts that students tend to struggle with at this level.”