Category Archives: Short Exercises

In the New York City Department of Education, these kinds of worksheets are called “Do-Nows.” They are short bursts of work, generally related to the day’s lesson, to open a class period. This kind of work is especially useful with students who struggle with class transitions; they work well to get kids focused and settled.

Word Root Worksheet: Nephr/o

Today is April 19. On this day in 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord occurred, which effectively began the American Revolution. Also on this day, in 1943, against odds by any definition impossible, the the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began.

Here is a word root worksheet on the Greek root nephr/o. It means kidney. Hence, the medical specialist who deals with kidneys is a nephrologist.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Squander (vt/vi)

Today is April 18. On this day in history in 1906, a massive earthquake hit San Francisco. It’s also the birthday of legendary American attorney Clarence Darrow.

Here is a context clues worksheet on the verb squander; it’s used both transitively and intransitively.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Parsing Sentences: Conjunctions

Today is April 17. On this day in history, the United States launched the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, which, depending on whose version of history you subscribe to, was a turning point in our country’s history. Also on this day, in another failure of American foreign policy, Cambodia fell to the Khmer Rouge, a radical Marxist group who initiated an auto-genocide in that nation. Finally, today is Syrian Independence Day, another nation whose fate has tended to be the plaything–or object of abuse, depending again on your view of such things–of Western nations.

Here is a parsing sentences worksheet for conjunctions that is the kind of thing I use to get students settled after a class change.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Squeamish (adj.)

Today is April 16. It’s the birthday of Charlie Chaplin, basketball legend and all-around cool guy Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (whom I am old enough to have seen play once, in the fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin), and comedian and actor Martin Lawrence. On this day in 1862, the United States Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia.

Here, on a Monday morning, is a context clues worksheet on the adjective squeamish.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Word Root Exercise: My/o

Ok, it’s just before the final period on a Friday afternoon, and as I work to clear off my computer desktop before shutting down and leaving, I find that I left this worksheet on the Greek word root my/o (it means muscle) lying around, so I’ll throw it up for your use.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

The Weekly Text, April 13, 2018

It’s Friday the thirteenth, and so far nothing bad has happened in my tiny corner of the universe; I hope the same is true for you.

This week’s Text is a complete lesson plan on using adverbs of time. I begin this lesson with this Cultural Literacy worksheet on anthropomorphism. However, if the concept of anthropomorphism is too abstract for your students, or if this lesson enters a second day, then here is a homophone worksheet on the nouns profit and prophet that may well be useful to you in other areas of your practice. When teaching this lesson, I also use this learning support which might also be useful elsewhere in your classroom; it’s in Microsoft Word, in any case, so it will be easy to bend to your needs. Here is the structured, scaffolded worksheet that is the mainstay of this lesson. Finally, here is the teacher’s copy of the worksheet to guide you in guiding your students.

And that’s it for another week. I hope spring has sprung where you live. The first azaleas are in bloom in the New York Botanical Garden, which is pleasant indeed.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Controversy (n.)

Today is April 12th. On this day in 1934, Wendell Stephenson, Alexander McKenzie, and Salvatore Pagliuca observed and recorded wind gusts of 231 miles per hour at the Mount Washington, New Hampshire Observatory. These are the fastest winds ever recorded on earth. Also, today in 1861, General P.T Beauregard attacked Fort Sumter at Charleston, South Carolina in the first major engagement of the American Civil War. It’s the birthday of Al Bundy, (actor Ed O’Neill): he’s 72 today. I’m sure Peg has something special planned for him.

And here is a context clues worksheet on the noun controversy, which is a word high-schoolers really ought to know.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.