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  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses misdirected anger.
  • This short lesson doesn't provide answers, but provides the vocabulary for discussing ethical questions.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses making friends in a new school.
  • Includes the main elements of a news article, writing headlines, writing a lead, story sequencing, differences between fact and opinion... all the basic aspects of news writing are included in this 15 page multiple-skill unit. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1

  • This thorough unit is packed with information about some of the most common fallacies: how to spot them, and how to avoid them. Subsequent lessons are available on our member site.
  • 31 quotes from famous women form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • Rosa and Thomas both have ideas about peer pressure and bravery, but they have different ways of responding. Compare the two stories using charts; answer short questions; make predictions about the future. A good character education lesson. Common Core: ELA: Reading Literature: RL.5.3

  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Errol claimed cats could read minds, because scientists had never proven they couldn't."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Jack said Susan didn't cheat, but he is a thief, so she probably did cheat."
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Creating a powerful, single-paged sales or informational flyer is a fast and affordable way to get information out to the public. This assignment encourages a deeper understanding of the zoo business. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students communicate their ideas, observations and opinions regarding animal behavior at the zoo. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students explore opposing viewpoints and strengthens the ability to research topics and empathize with others. Argue for or against the existence of zoos. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students.  This activity helps students compare and contrast similar invertebrates found in the same biome. Check out Invertebrates of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series. ELA Standards RI7 RI8 RI9

  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity asks students to consider the ballast water issue and offer a solution. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Invertebrates of the Invertebrates of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Creating a 30 second advertisement script is a fun marketing assignment. It also develops an understanding of the relationship between nature and science. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Reptiles of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A venture report provides details about a business, entrepreneur or team. Help the reader learn something new about the business or industry as you describe an aspect of the reptile pet industry. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Birds of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity asks students to consider a conservation issue and offer a solution. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Invertebrates of the Reptiles of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • This assignment develops basic research skills that provide background information for future writing or reports. This activity helps students learn about flying insects and bugs. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Invertebrates of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students learn about a flying mammal of their choice. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Mammals of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Students create a single-paged sales and informational flyer describing the qualities of a clothing product made from plant fibers. One of a series of focused writing activities based on abcteach's Plant Kingdom PowerPoint presentations, in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • In this paragraph and essay writing assignment students use their own ideas to define the abstract term defense in relation to plant survival strategies. One of many focused writing activities based on abcteach's Plant Kingdom PowerPoint presentations in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • In this writing activity students research and explain how banana fibers are used to create a variety of products. One of many focused writing activities based on abcteach's Plant Kingdom PowerPoint presentations in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Writing and following directions are important skills to have when putting something together, repeating an experiment, or learning new techniques. This activity helps students describe how paper products are made from any number of plants and recycled plant products. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Plant Kingdom PowerPoint presentations found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • This unit draws on creative writing and thinking, starting with a "What if..." and progressing through news articles, point-of-view writing, and much more. Great for group work or individual projects.
  • "Recently, more and more of her friends are doing things that make her uncomfortable."
  • "He is concerned about how the student will fit in with his friends."
  • Moving to a new place is exciting...
  • Four of our upper elementary/middle school writing prompts/discussion topics in one place. Thought-provoking Thanksgiving writing prompts.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses helping others.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses petty theft.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses honesty when someone makes a mistake in your favor.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses the conflict between doing what is expected, and doing what is creative.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses whether it's right to get back at a bully.
  • Writing prompts requiring creative thinking go together to make a booklet about an alien - what it would eat, drink, etc., in order to live on a particular planet.
  • With this self-directed spelling project, students choose a theme and write on the topic, with an emphasis on correctly spelling theme-related words.
  • Five logical errors are presented and explained, then reviewed with comprehension questions and writing prompts.
  • 29 quotes from famous African-Americans form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses suspecting a friend of wrongdoing.
  • Improve writing skills by focusing on the topic, audience, purpose, and form of writing. This prompt works well at the end of a map-focused geography lesson.
  • Improve writing skills by focusing on the topic, audience, purpose, and form of writing. This prompt helps students review the uses of math in their daily lives.