Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Foldables are simple enough for younger grades to cut and glue (grades 1 and 2 may need assistance with cutting), and engaging enough for the older grades to have a blast with this activity.
Spring Foldables Include:
SPRING Acrostic Poem
Once Again Poem
Booklet: My Favorite Spring Activities
Booklet: I am going to "bee" helpful this spring by...
Tab Booklet: The Smells of Spring, The Sights of Spring, The Sounds of Spring,
Petal: I enjoy...
Spring 3 page Q&A
Easter Foldables Include:
Basket with Easter eggs
Bunnies: Can, Have, Need
EASTER Acrostic Poem
The Easter Bunny Poem
Booklet: For Lent I'm Giving Up...
Booklet: My Favorite Easter Memory
Tab Booklet: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday
Petal: I enjoy...
Friday, March 20, 2015
1. Poetry Cheat Sheet
2. Poetry Comprehension Task Cards - 3 sets for differentiating /includes answer key (Appropriate for grades 1-3)
3. Poetry Comprehension Task Cards - 3 sets for differentiating /includes answer key (Appropriate for grades 3-6)
4. Poetry Open-Ended Task Cards
5. Choice Boards – 2 sets
6. My Poetry App Activity Sheet
7. Poetry Poster Presentation – Center Activity/Homework Project/Enrichment
8. Acrostic Poem Poster/Matching worksheet
9. ABC Alliteration Poster/Matching worksheet
10. Cinquain Poster/Matching worksheet
11. Concrete Poem Poster/Matching worksheet
12. Couplets Poster/Matching worksheet
13. Diamante Poster/Matching worksheet
14. Haiku Poster/Matching worksheet
15. Powerpoint - 27 Slides
Thursday, March 12, 2015
- Sit the class down and ask them to think about the world. Ask them what problems they see. This could be in the community, the state, or the world. Help encourage the class to come to a consensus. Form an essential question of about 7 words that puts everything into perspective clearly.
- Research the cause and look for an organization that helps the cause. As a class, brainstorm what you can do to help the organization. This could be anything from collecting books to having a penny war to raise money.
- Over the year, work to get the word out about what you’re doing and gain more support. At the end of the year, have students look over their progress and share the groups success with administrators, peers, colleagues, and the community.
- Finally, decompress. Think about what you did and what impact you made. Did you answer your essential question? Are you going to continue next year?
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Use language that is positive rather than negative. For example, a teacher should tell students to "Raise your hand before speaking," rather than "Don't speak unless you raise your hand." This will help students to focus on what you want them to do, rather than what you don't want them to do.
You want your students to feel as if they are playing an important role in their own learning. Make sure to walk around the classroom and have students engage in classroom discussions together, rather than just providing instruction from the front of the classroom.
4. Be Aware of the Rate at Which Students Learn:
You should always make sure that you chat with the parents about their children. Have open and honest communication with them, which will help to create a feedback system in which they will work with you to help their child.
Don't just let students know what they did wrong. Tell them what they did right and encourage them. That will build up their morale and make them want to listen to you even more.
Believe it or not, it's important for a teacher to show respect to each student, while still retaining their authority status. You should treat them with dignity and try to avoid singling out any particular student in front of the class.
If a student is misbehaving in the middle of your lesson, walk over to the student and stand close to him or her. The student will most likely stop misbehaving. After class is over, speak to the student privately and express your displeasure with their behavior.
Your students will know if you're unprepared for the day's lesson or disorganized. Being organized will also help the students to stay organized.
At the beginning of class, get a piece of paper and write the numbers one to ten in a list format. Then, give it to a random student and ask them to write something important from the last lesson on the first line. After they do, instruct them to pass it to the student on their left to fill in number two, then three, and so on. After a few, minutes call “Time!” and have the paper passed back to the original owner.
To be sure that information from your lesson has sunk in, ask your students to write a short summary in their own words of what the lesson was about near the end of each class.
On the first day of class, give every student a card (about the size of a business card) with their name on it. At the top of it will read “Stuff Happens”, and they can turn it in if they are late, or if they need a little more time on a paper, etc. They can only use it once, but let the kids know that if they never use it, the card can be traded in for 10 points on their final grade (or next test). You can download a FREE set of "Stuff Happens" cards by clicking HERE.
13. Handling the Overly-Participating Student:
Do a little research before the first day of class on the original meanings of the names of your students. Then, as they stand and introduce themselves, reveal to them what theirs means. One source you could use is this Name Meanings Website, but there are tons of other ones online and at the library.