A Feast of
As the holidays approach, we're taking a small sabbatical from our Weekly Tip Sheets to work on another BIG project. Thank you so much for all of the kind words this year-- we appreciate hearing from you!
Did you know that at the very end of each edition, you can click "Yes, It's Helpful" and we'll see that, too?
To make it up to you, this week's Tip Sheet is stuffed with activities that we hope will last you through the Thanksgiving Break. Enjoy, and Happy November!!
"Google Slides + Google Forms" United in One Classroom-focused App
Here at TeacherMade, you've been guiding us as we build the most Teacher-friendly classroom platform available today. We consider every feature request and try to get the top requests up and running quickly. But there's one that's been lagging behind.
Remember how you asked to load two or more PDFs and join them into one activity? It seems like such a simple request and you're not sure why it's been taking us so long, right? Well, it's a super-complex programming job and has required a re-architecting of our user interface. We've been at it for months and we're almost ready to release it.
But we know how any change in the user interface can be unwelcome when you're pressed for time and have a class full of students waiting. "Where did it go?" "What is this new thing?" These might be some thoughts you've had in the past after an app update.
Our new switch to the Slide Model is a really BIG change; it's TeacherMade's version of Google Slides and Google Forms united together in one interface to meet the needs of the classroom. While it will be welcome by most of us, some will not want it sprung on them. Though you'll be able to load multiple PDFs and join them into one interactivity, you may want a chance to play with things when you have some free time.
We ran the survey last week. Right now, it's a 60/40 split between the ASAPs and December Break camps with a couple of hundred Teachers responding. We'd love to hear from a couple hundred more, so please consider clicking on the survey link below. We want to do what's best for each of you.
And thank you so much to those who have already weighed in. If you've opted into being a Beta Tester, we'll be in touch in the next two weeks.
For Last Week's Tip Sheet, Click Here
Shared Elementary TeacherMades:
ELA: A Gift from Nature
- Description: This is a practice activity for the newly redesigned STAAR test of Reading and Language Arts (RLA) that incorporated new question types. This fiction reading can also be used as a great way to check your student's reading level before conferences!
- Recommended Grade Range: Grade 2-5
- Question Types: Multiple Choice, Multiselect, Dropdown, Open Answer
- Click Here: A Gift from Nature
Science: Simple Photosynthesis
- Description: This interactivity is a drag-and-drop activity to review what occurs during photosynthesis.
- Recommended Grade Range: Grades 3-5
- Question Types: Drag and Drop
- Click Here: Simple Photosynthesis
Shared Middle School TeacherMades:
| ELA/Drama: For Deanna's Eyes Only!|
- Description: This is a practice activity for the newly redesigned STAAR test of Reading and Language Arts (RLA) that incorporated new question types. This drama is also a great activity to complete as a class!
- Recommended Grade Range: Grades 5-8
- Question Types: Multiple Choice, Dropdown
- Click Here: For Deanna's Eyes Only!
Math: Multistep Algebraic Equations
- Description: Solving Multistep Algebraic Equations with Integers & Decimals Level a 7eeb3
- Recommended Grade: Grades 6-9
- Question Types: Drag and Drop
- Click Here: Multistep Algebraic Equations
Shared High School TeacherMades:
ELA: Revising - An Inspirational Athlete
- Description: This is a practice activity for the newly redesigned STAAR test for English I that incorporates new question types. It can be used with any high school reading level.
- Question Types: Multiple Choice, Dropdown
- Recommended Grade Range: High School
- Click Here: An Inspirational Athlete
Science: Anatomy - Parts of a Neuron
November - Native American Heritage Month
ELA/SS: Traditional Houses of Native American Tribes
Description: Students will learn about the types of shelters once constructed by different Native American tribes. They'll then put that knowledge to use in a challenging matching activity.
Grade: 5 and up
Item Types: Matching
Science: Plants and Animal Names from Native American Words
Description: Guess the different plants and animals from their original Native American names! Your students will receive bonus points if they place a picture of the plant or animal by its name or look up the name of the tribe and state its historical home region. Students always love a challenge!
Grade: 4 and up
Item Types: Multiple Choice
From a Previous Tip Sheet:
SS: Where Did U.S. State Names Come From?
November 11th - Veteran's Day Activities
ELA/SS: All About Veteran's Day - Elementary
- Description: Do your students know why we celebrate Veterans Day? Through this reading passage they will learn all about it and why we celebrate on November 11th every year. They will answer comprehension questions to assess their knowledge and reflect on the holiday.
- Recommended Grade Range: Elementary
- Item Types: Multiselect, Dropdown, True/False, Open Answer
- Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/J6RNbMhDTOGn8ADv3TTzzQ/
ELA/SS: Six Branches of the U.S. Military
- Description: Your students will learn about the six branches of the United States Military by reading and annotating an informational article about the branches. After they will answer a variety of questions to assess their knowledge. This makes for a perfect Social Studies lesson!
- Recommended Grade Range: Upper Elementary and Middle School
- Item Types: Matching, Multiple Choice, Drop Down, Hot Spot
- Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/Wp8aa7wUQMSGm6Gw9qdI9A/
ELA/SS: The New Guardians of Our American Galaxy
- Description: Students read about the newest branch of the U.S. Military. They will read a short passage and watch an official recruiting video designed to attract new Guardians.
- Grade: Middle School and High School
- Item Types: Multiple Choice, True/False, Dropdown, Short Answer, Open Answer, Multiselect
- Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/aCOePdpETHyeD69rI85meQ/
ELA/SS: How One Teacher Helped Millions of Veterans
- Description: A challenging reading passage and question set that includes a beautiful video rendition of the famous WWI poem "In Flanders Field." Lots of opportunities for more Augmentation and Modification.
- Grade: Grade 8 - HS
- Item Types: Multiple Choice, Open Answer
- Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/Wa0tYonzSCKnNUEIr5UEiA/
November 24th - Thanksgiving Activities
-- it will be here before you know it!
ELA/SS: Thanksgiving Day
- Description: Students will read all about the Thanksgiving holiday in this brief passage. They will then answer a variety of question types to assess their comprehension.
- Grade: Grades 3-5
- Item Types: Multiple Choice, Checkbox, True/False
- Link: Thanksgiving Day
ELA: Thanksgiving Cloze
- Description: Have your students review the parts of speech by completing this Thanksgiving MadLibs! Students will fill in the blanks with the correct part of speech to make a gratitude writing. After they will answer two open answer questions. These are perfect for your students to share with their families and friends on Thanksgiving Day!
- Grade: All grade levels
- Item Types: Short Answer, Open Answer
- Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/ZUYUNsdARlenOT5zwlqwdw/