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  • 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 an ecological issue and offer a solution. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Invertebrates of the Amphibians of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • 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.
  • Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students learn about amphibian order of their choice. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the PowerPoint presentation Amphibians of the Animal Kingdom found in the Theme Unit: Living on Planet Earth.
  • 29 quotes from famous African-Americans form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • 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.
  • 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 animal life cycles. 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.

  • 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 their favorite food that is derived from a plant: fruit, vegetable, grain or berry. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Plant Kingdom PowerPoint presentations found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • 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.
  • Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students learn about an animal species and climate. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the PowerPoint presentation Animal Kingdom found in the Theme Unit: Living on Planet Earth.
  • 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 feeling intimidated. 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.
  • 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 artwork featuring fish subjects. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Fish 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 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. This activity helps students compare and contrast fish from different biomes. Check out Birds of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.ELA Standards RI7 RI8 RI9

  • 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.
  • 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 relationships between zoo facilities and their suppliers. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • 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 the stages of growth of an animal species. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on 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 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. This activity helps students compare, contrast animal species found at the zoo. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit. 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 a zoo safety issue and offer a solution. 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.
  • Print as many pages as necessary to make a tour guide book for the best sites on Earth to take an alien visitor to see.
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Errol claimed cats could read minds, because scientists had never proven they couldn't."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Five logical errors are presented and explained, then reviewed with comprehension questions and writing prompts.
  • 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.
  • Take these sentences (created from real news leads) and combine them into as few complex sentences as possible.
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Jack said Susan didn't cheat, but he is a thief, so she probably did cheat."
  • Take these complex sentences from real news leads and break them down into as many simple sentences as possible.
  • Four of our upper elementary/middle school writing prompts/discussion topics in one place. Thought-provoking Thanksgiving writing prompts.
  • 31 quotes from famous women form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • Excerpts from Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech are reviewed in writing prompts, with an emphasis on rhetoric. Adaptable to a range of grades.
  • Read Kipling's poem on adulthood, and fill in the missing verbs. Then match the lines to their modern-day equivalents. Finally, discussion (or essay) questions to address the themes of the poem: adulthood, coming of age, etc. This lesson is adaptable to a variety of levels.
  • Read each situation. Identify one action (cause) and the consequence (effect). There may be more than one correct answer.
  • Note taking and paragraph writing are essential study skills. Learn how to take notes on the important content found in nonfiction texts. Learn how to compose strong original paragraphs from the notes taken.
  • 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 making friends in a new school.
  • Students exercise logic and creativity to complete sentences with probable causes and predictable effects.
  • 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