Archive for August, 2012

A Twist on that Old Explorers Unit

So it’s the beginning of another school year and you’re expected to teach Columbus, Magellan, and a bunch of other explorers that are about as exciting as the rancid mutton in Captain Cook’s galley. Would a bit of drama freshen things up? Try increasing student engagement with three of my most popular classroom history plays. Because each is from a different era of exploration, they afford a common-core-busting compare & contrast activity that will have even your most reluctant learners discussing the facts and thinking critically. The Fountain of Youth centers on Ponce deLeon’s exploration of Florida in the 16th-Century. Have students compare his motives with those of Early 19th-Century Lewis & Clark by using the play Lewis & Clark and Bird Girl. Next, leap into the 20th-Century with a fun play about the Apollo Moon Landing.  Wrap things up with some speculation about what exploration might look like in the 21st-Century and beyond. All three plays are historically-accurate, classroom-tested, and available for just $3 each at TeachersPayTeachers–three bucks for a full class set you can use year-after-year!  So, click on the cover to do some exploring of your own at TpT.


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Patriotic Plays

Give your history lessons a boost with this collection of ten “patriotic” plays celebrating important events, symbols, and holidays in American History. Students debate the origins of the American flag in Betsy Ross: Fact or Fiction, learn why the Liberty Bell was hidden in a church basement in A Bell for the Statehouse, and discover the tribulations of the presidency in A President’s Day Dream. Includes plays about Mount Rushmore, the White House, MLK’s childhood, the Star-Spangled Banner, Independence Day, Veterans’ Day, and more. Just click on the cover for more information or to purchase and immediately download. It’s currently available in e-book form from Scholastic Teacher Express for just $1! One dollar gets you ten patriotic plays for the classroom! Still not convinced? Listen to this student-created podcast of Argument at Mount Rushmore.

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Back to School Sale at TpT

Thousands of teacher-created products  are 28% off at TeachersPayTeachers annual Back-to-School sale. Just click on the banner to go directly to TpT and use the promocode BTS12 before midnight on Monday, August 13th. Take advantage of the savings on items for the start of the school year. Prep your emergency sub plans for just $3.60 per day with EZSubPlans. Set-up your math facts program using Formula Fun Fact Car Rally Race. Or add some zest to your explorers unit with a compare and contrast using our original read-aloud plays about Ponce deLeon, Lewis & Clark, and the Apollo moon landing. Everything is on sale, but only on Sunday and Monday, August 12-13th.  Have a great school year!

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Prepare for Emergencies

Now is the time to prepare for an unexpected absence with emergency sub plans. EZSubPlans makes it easy by providing more than seven hours of content-rich, standards-based lessons geared to your grade level. All you have to do is print the materials and leave a generalized schedule (using the provided template, if you wish). Better yet, have your educational assistant print the lessons at the beginning of the year and simply place them in a folder for quick emergency access. Complete sub days are available for self-contained grades three through six. To learn more, click on the EZSubPlans tab at the top of the page, or go directly to our store at TeachersPayTeachers.

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