1) Writing Traditional Stories from a Different Point of View 2) Design a New Room for the Chocolate Factory 3) Godzilla This idea is based on the Godzilla introduction found here Read the introduction to the children (you might need to photocopy it so that the children can refer to it during their writing) and ask them to continue the story. 4) Missing Person The following activity is great fun, and usually produces great results, but must be used with caution. Choose a name for a missing person (e.g. Ask the children where "Paul" is. Finally, say that as Paul is missing, we will have to make some missing person posters, explaining who Paul is (with a picture so others can identify him!) A missing person poster template can be found in PDF format here 5) Supermoo's New Adventures 6) Recipes for Dreams 7) Dr. This activity is based on the Dr. Read through some of the books in the series. The children should write their own Dr. 8) Class Mascot Activity 9) When I am famous... 13) Using Objects
everythingESL: The K-12 ESL Resource from Judie Haynes21 Digital Tools to Build VocabularyIf you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing. I write frequently about the importance of effective vocabulary instruction and my recent infographic – the 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Vocabulary Instruction – has proved very popular having been Pinned over 31,000 times. In today’s 21st century classrooms, digital tools must coexist alongside more traditional tools. Digital tools have advantages. The following digital tools show promise to support word learning, review, and playing with language. 21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary Reference Tools 1. Lingro is a cool tool for both the “wow” factor and for its usefulness. 2. Looking for a visual thesaurus? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Monthly Themes: SafetyWriting Prompt Instructions: Playing sports, riding a bike, and crossing the street all require safety rules. Have students choose an activity and then write instructions for staying safe. Grades K–3 In Case of Fire Have students watch a demonstration of the steps in the “Stop, Drop, & Roll” safety technique. Grades K–3: Physical Education Water Colors Have students learn basic water safety rules. Boat Safety What do traffic lights and lighthouses have in common? Safe Children Have students review 15 general safety rules as they color. Fire Safety Tips Use these coloring pages to review fire safety tips with your students. Grades 1–5: Physical Education Bike Safety Cartoon Have students read about the Rules of the Road and view a cartoon about bicycle safety. Grades 1–8 Quizzes Test students' knowledge about safety. Grades 2–3 Safe on the Farm Ready Rooster has a lot to tell students about farm safety. Grades 2–3: Science Brrrr! Know What's Poisonous Grades 2–4 Food Safety Quiz Grades 2–5 Buckle Up! Grades 2–6
Interactive Whiteboard Resources: Literacy, Key Stage 2You're the Editor (Went) Read the story which has lots of the word 'went' and see if you can choose a better word in each case. Useful as a teacher led activity. Elements of a Story The "Elements of a Story" interactive takes the story of Cinderella and explores the different 'ingredients' that make up a story. Compare and Contrast Map An interactive graphic organizer which can helps students to develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point. Start with a Setting Start a story by creating the setting. Communicating Ideas This website shows you how to design effective posters, newspapers and comics by going through the important elements of each. Badger Wood A road is going to be built through Badger Wood. Writing Instructions Aimed at year 3 pupils, this website explores the features of written instructions. Build Your Wild Self Using Similies to Enhance Writing Skills Chocolates Don't Use Said Comment
Discipline by DesignHere are eleven techniques that you can use in your classroom that will help you achieve effective group management and control. They have been adapted from an article called: "A Primer on Classroom Discipline: Principles Old and New" by Thomas R. McDaniel, Phi Delta Kappan, September 1986. 1. Be sure you have the attention of everyone in your classroom before you start your lesson. Inexperienced teachers sometimes think that by beginning their lesson, the class will settle down. The focusing technique means that you will demand their attention before you begin. A soft spoken teacher often has a calmer, quieter classroom than one with a stronger voice. 2. An effective way to marry this technique with the first one is to include time at the end of the period for students to do activities of their choosing. The teacher is more willing to wait for class attention when he knows there is extra time to meet his goals and objectives. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Make ample use of praise.
Elementary Education Resources: KindergartenElementary Education Resources: Kindergarten List of Contents (click on topic name for more links) Special section contributed by Mrs. Abilene McCutcheon's 7th Grade Art and Crafts Class at W.B. Goodwin Community Center in North Charleston, South Carolina Family Fun: Make your own Cereal Box SandalsMy Coupons: Garden Basics for Kids National Geographic: Garden activities for young childrenBedroom Furniture Spot: Wood Crafts for Children Scholastic Teachers: Have fun creating drama in both darkness and light Ohio State University Extension: Recycled Craft Ideas Excellent Arts and Crafts Resource from the Appleton Area School District, WisconsinThe Story of Stuff Project: The Story of Bottled WaterEnchanted Learning Software: Learning to make a box guitar General Resources and Activities A day in the life of a Preschool teacher--by Leslie McCollom Absolutely Green--facts about St. Building with Wood: Tips and More--this one's for Jack :) Butterfly Coloring Pages Dr. Early Literacy Advisor Mrs.
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Teacher Resources, Kindergarten Welcome to Kinderteacher!Introducing Scene Spurs: Photos as Writing Inspiration:: Spotlight: E-News from TheatrefolkWritten and Edited by Lindsay Price August, 2011 Welcome! This month, we have an applied playwriting newsletter. Exercises devoted to using photos as writing inspiration. In This Issue INTRODUCTIONAn introduction to the newsletterCHOOSING A PHOTOHow to choose an inspiring photoWARM UPStart every writing session with a warm-up.QUESTIONSUse questions as a path to creativity.ACCEPT ALL IDEASPush students to put every idea on the page.CHARACTER PROMPTSUse a photo to practice character profiles.LOCATION PROMPTSExplore the story possibilities of a location.PERSONIFICATION PROMPTSGive human qualities to something not human.MONOLOGUE PROMPTSWrite monologues inspired by the photo.SCENE PROMPTSWrite scenes inspired by the photo.DOWNLOADSA free sample from Scene Spurs, our new collection of writing prompts. Introduction "Imagination grows by exercise” ~ W. Students have a visceral reaction to the act of writing. To that end, photos are a fantastic starting point for writers. Choosing a Photo Exercise