Friday, February 25, 2011

How to Successfully Sell Lesson Plans Units and Activities on TPT - Wise Guys - TeachersPayTeachers.com

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Read Across America Day Activities and Ideas for Teachers - Wise Guys - TeachersPayTeachers.com

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This two page document provides a wide variety of ideas for teachers to use for Read Across America Day. It includes suggestions for classroom activities, inviting special guest readers, and involving the local media. If you want your Read Across America celebration to be a success, this document will help you achieve your goals!


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Genres in Literature Powerpoint Great for Readers Workshop Daily 5 - Wise Guys - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Genres in Literature Powerpoint Great for Readers Workshop Daily 5 - Wise Guys - TeachersPayTeachers.com
Click on the above link for a great introductory powerpoint on the different genres in literature! Appropriate for students in grades 3-6, but could be adapted for other grades too.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentines Day Activities, Games, and More in the Intermediate Classroom

Valentines Day Activities, Games, and More in the Intermediate Classroom

Valentine's Day is fast approaching! That means another class party that needs to be organized. We do something creative at the 5th grade level. Instead of students making simple bags for Valentine's holders, we have a fun contest. Students are to design their own Valentine's holders. In past years we have had: football fields, basketball courts, ladybugs, gumball machines, robots, and gigantic monsters.  The below link includes the letter sent home to parents and the "award" ribbons that we give out for creativity and participation.
Getting the party ready is also fun! My students love planning the parties so I pick a recess for the appointed committee (everyone gets a turn on one of our holiday parties) to come in and start planning. We start off by discussing what treats to bring in for the party. I have the students write what they want to bring in their assignment notebooks. I make sure to have a good balance of treats, drinks, and the all important utensils, plates, and napkins. You can't forget those.

Next, we plan what activities we want to do. I give them a list of fun activities and games that I have done in the past. Below will be a listing of the activities and a brief description of each.

This is a three-page packet for a bingo activity for Valentine's Day. Included is: the bingo game board, the words to pick for the game board, and the word cards to call off during the game. Guaranteed to be fun for students!

Valentine's Day Stations
There are 11 activity cards that can be printed off and set up around the classroom and used as Valentine's Day stations or centers. Some of the activities include squiggle stories, word find puzzles, math, and many more.

 

This is a fun activity that I do with my students for a Valentine's Day station. This document is 2-pages in length. The document includes a full page game board and a page of game cards.

The kids have a lot of fun choosing between those fun activities, and it makes it easier as a teacher to be in some control during the party. I used to let my students create the games and they sometimes would get out of hand.

Finally, I allow the students on the committee to decorate the room during recesses.  I usually get construction paper colors such as: red, white, pink and purple. A favorite of the students is making chains to hang from the ceiling. Cut-out hearts are always popular too.

No matter what you do this Valentine's Day in your classroom, make sure that the students have fun and are kind to each other. That's what the day is all about!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

RAFT Role Audience Format Topic Introduction Template Rubric - Wise Guys - TeachersPayTeachers.com

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RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) Introduction, Template, Rubric
Common Core Writing Standard: 1,3,5,9

This is a three page document that will help explain the RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) strategy, will provide examples of how to use the strategy in your classroom, will provide a blank template that can be used in the classroom, and will include a rubric to use for assessment.


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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Creative Monthly Elementary Reading Log for February Valentines Dance - Wise Guys - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Here is a great reading log for the month of February!
Creative Monthly Elementary Reading Log for February Valentines Dance - Wise Guys - TeachersPayTeachers.com
Do you want a creative way to get your students to read outside of school? We have developed fun monthly reading logs that will get your students excited to read at home. Each month there will be a different theme, and your students will have to read a certain amount of minutes in order to receive a reading certificate for the month.

The theme for this month is: a Valentine's dance. The more the students read the better chance they have of attending this fictious dance.

Each reading log packet comes with a student goal record sheet with the breakdown of days in the month to record minutes read, a class recording sheet for the teacher, specific awards for each theme, and a generic award template that you could use every month if you choose to do so. Many months also come with a fun student page where they can track their progress on: a mountain, a podium, a haunted house and so on.

These reading logs have been tested and used in the intermediate elementary level (grades 4-5) and can easily be used for grades 1-3 and even grades 6-8.