Thursday, October 17, 2019

Teaching Verbs? Check out My Top-Selling Product!

Teaching verbs? My students just finished their verb unit! These no-prep practice pages and task cards were very helpful! This product includes printables, a cheat sheet (perfect for notebooks or interactive notebooks), and task cards. I like to use task cards in a variety of ways.

Task Cards are perfect for partner work, center/station work, SCOOT game, Quiz Quiz Trade, Inside Outside Circle, or whole group activity.

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Here's a sneak peek of this product. Verb Bundle Video

Here's feedback from a few who purchased this product:
  • Candin S. "I loved this unit for my learning support class. It was engaging and very easy to follow."
  • Jenny P. "Complete produce - saved me tons of prep time. Students love working together. I have also used it as a reteach activity."
  • Amy H. "This was an awesome reference when I taught my 8th graders the types of verbs. I laminated each one and will use it for years to come!"
I hope your students will enjoy this product as much as mine did!

Until next time,

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New Product Alert- Alcatraz Context Clues Task Cards

One of my favorite mini units I teach in sixth-grade is Alcatraz. We read Scope's incredible article "Escape from Alcatraz" and complete a Webquest to learn more about this iconic prison. I definitely don't glorify the inmates or criminals that were housed there, but we do hone in on four particular inmates. We delve into the "The Great Escape" of Frank Morris, Allen West, and the Anglin brothers. My students really get into the facts and controversy surrounding their "escape."

One video I show about "The Rock" is "Alcatraz- A Brief History." This includes a man's point of view that there was NO WAY the men could have escaped.

 Alcatraz: A Brief History

To present another viewpoint, I show "Mythbuster's Alcatraz." There is a short version (about 5 minutes) and a longer version (two parts and about 20 minutes altogether). Both are incredibly interesting. Here is the short version.

Can the Mythbusters Escape "The Rock?"

Because of my love for this mini-unit, I decided to create Alcatraz Context Clues Task Cards to use while in this study. I'm excited that they are now live and posted. Students will practice using context clues while learning about "The Rock" and "The Great Escape" of 1962.

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Alcatraz-Themed Context Clues Task Cards
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Alcatraz-Themed Context Clues Task Cards Video

I hope your students can enjoy this mini-unit and my new task cards. I'm thoroughly stoked to use this new product with my 6th-grade students. Now I just need to decide if I'm going to tape them on the wall for partner work, complete them in groups or partners, play "Kick Me," or use for a quick assessment. Hmmmm! That's the fun part!

Until next time,

Monday, January 15, 2018

photo credit: law officer
As we all take today off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's not forget what this incredible man did. He stood for equality, justice, and racial reconciliation. He was brave, determined, and persistent, all those qualities most of us only hope we can be.
Enjoy today, but don't forget Dr. King, all that he stood for, and his dream! Happy birthday, Dr. King! #positivelypassionateaboutteaching #mlk#martinlutherkingjr

Thursday, January 12, 2017

We're Flipping For Reading!

Yesterday, I posed the question, "Can a reading passage be fun?" We have had a blast this week playing "Zapped," being "aeronautical masters" (that's synonymous with flying paper airplanes), and FLIPPING for reading.

Today, we reviewed a reading comprehension passage. Our mathematicians kept score, and our speakers gave their teams' answers to the class. Speakers then picked "flippers" to "flip for reading." Students enjoyed trying to earn points for their teams by FLIPPING the "We Flip for Reading" bottle into a trashcan. I loved seeing the smiles on the sea of faces while learning. Day made!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Can a Reading Comprehension Passage be Fun?

We recently took benchmarks at our school. It's an important part of the process to discuss the passages in order to review important vocabulary and strategies for student success. So, how can THAT be fun? Well, today, we played "Aeronautical Strategies for Success." Students got to make paper airplanes and try to fly them through the designated target (of course I had to play "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly while students designed planes). Some students were very talented at making paper airplanes and got to become teachers. I love it!

We chose speakers and mathematicians. Speakers are the ones that come up and give their teams' final answer and get to chose "aeronautical masters" to try and earn extra points for their team. Mathematicians add, and keep up, with their team's score. 

My day was certainly made when I heard students say, "This is fun!" Wow, going over a comprehension passage CAN be fun! The video below shows students making their airplanes, some becoming teachers, and everyone getting a chance to "test fly" their creation. What a memorable day!

Monday, December 19, 2016

New Product: Endangered Animals Context Clues Task Cards

Happy to have this new product finished. I enjoyed learning about all of the magnificent creatures. However, it makes me sad that the number ONE culprit as to why they are endangered is humans.

Your students will build vocabulary while learning about these endangered animals.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Genius Hour Preparations in the Classroom

Do you have Genius Hour in your classroom? After reading about it all over the Internet and hearing about it from numerous educators, I decided to give it a try. This is my second year to incorporate it into my classroom. I honestly have to say I'm so glad it's a part of my regular class routine now.

Is it a lot of work? Yes! Is it worth it? Absolutely, without a doubt!

Just like last year, I set Mondays as our designated day to have Genius Hour. On this day, students research and work on visuals, books they're writing, songs, commercials, skits, etc. It's a wonderful time for me to walk around and listen to all the creativity taking place.

If you do decide to give it a try, I'd say that conferencing is one of the MOST important parts of the process. It's crucial to be able to give suggestions and see just how far your students are moving along. Another VERY important component of this process is having students perform their presentation for their parents. I ask parents to time the presentation, make sure eye contact is given and that it's smooth and engaging. We certainly don't want to sound like robots for our classmates. I absolutely love hearing all the constructive feedback from parents.

This past week was full of projects starting to come in, putting finishing touches on speeches/visuals, students helping one another, last conferences with students, and much more.  Now the "magic" begins this coming week. I LOVE hearing about all the creative ideas, props, visuals, replicas, powerpoints, tri-boards and much more. Now I'm getting excited about our upcoming week. It should be a fun week of learning MANY passions from our peers.

Enjoy a few of last week's preparations, conferences, and finished items coming in...

 Until next time,