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  • 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.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. This activity helps students compare and contrast animals with special adaptations and those without.Check Mammals 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. This activity helps students compare and contrast health remedies made from plant materials. Check out our Living on Planet Earth Series. ELA Standards RI7 RI8 RI9

  • 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 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.
  • With this self-directed spelling project, students choose a theme and write on the topic, with an emphasis on correctly spelling theme-related words.
  • 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 public aquarium. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Aquarium". ELA Standards RI7 RI8 RI9

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This form provides leading questions about a ecosystems and animal species survival to help the student gather ideas and background information for future paragraph and essay writing assignments. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Zoo".
  • 31 quotes from famous women form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • 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. 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.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. This activity helps students compare and contrast animal subspecies. Based on the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series. Common Core- ELA - Reading for Informational Text -Integration of Knowledge and Ideas - 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 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. This activity helps students compare and contrast two amphibian species. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Amphibians of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series. Common Core- ELA - Reading for Informational Text -Integration of Knowledge and Ideas - Standards RI7 RI8 RI9

  • 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.
  • 29 quotes from famous African-Americans form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • 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.
  • 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 honesty when someone makes a mistake in your favor.
  • 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

  • Take these complex sentences from real news leads and break them down into as many simple sentences as possible.
  • Five logical errors are presented and explained, then reviewed with comprehension questions and writing prompts.
  • 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.
  • 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 making friends in a new school.
  • 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

  • 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 whether it's right to get back at a bully.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take these sentences (created from real news leads) and combine them into as few complex sentences as possible.
  • This short lesson doesn't provide answers, but provides the vocabulary for discussing ethical questions.
  • Four of our upper elementary/middle school writing prompts/discussion topics in one place. Thought-provoking Thanksgiving 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.
  • 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 each situation. Identify one action (cause) and the consequence (effect). There may be more than one correct answer.