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Lessons with Laughter

Lessons with Laughter
Hello, friends! We have been working on our CAFE menu and I found an amazing resource to share that I didn't even know existed! Here's a picture of our CAFE wall sometime in the middle of last year. You can see that I have my students write down the strategies like the 2 sisters recommend. They love writing them down in fun marker colors and I think that it helps them remember and relate to them better since it is their writing! You can also see the star post-it notes on the bottom.

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Famous Pirates Information Anne Bonny Anne Bonny was one of the two most famous female pirates. Both Anne and Mary Read (the other famous female pirate) fought on a famous pirate ship called Revenge. Anne had a rich father. Famous Pirates of the Bahamas For Kids Blackbeard Edward Teach, known better as Blackbeard, was the fiercest and most feared pirate of all time. He earned the nickname "Blackbeard" because of his long black beard which almost covered his whole face. He would weave hemp into his beard and light it during battle. He was a fearsome sight to behold swinging swords and knives, with smoke rising from his beard.

Doodle Coloring Pages Print out my Free Coloring Pages. There are a lot to choose from and you are sure to find something that you like. They work great in the classroom as free time activities or theme unit fun. Writing Myths Lesson Plans: Large creative writing sword templates" This five page banner is included for free in this set of Writing Myths lesson plans. Legendary Stories: Writing Myths Lesson Plans A Knight's Sword Creative Writing Templates Click on the Add to Cart button above to purchase this set of teaching resources. This creative writing project will be emailed to you and then you can download it instantly.

a year of many firsts: It Was the Perfect Setting! This upcoming week we are learning all about the importance of settings in stories! To help my kiddos fully grasp what setting is, here’s what we’ll be doing: First, we’ll receive a special delivery package from a “ kid world traveler” named Sam. Inside the package, we will find a letter from Sam and many photographs. Sam is a photojournalist, or someone who likes to tell stories through his pictures. In small groups, my students will look closely at his pictures to see if we can figure out where or when his photos were taken.

St George and the Dragon Story The most famous legend of Saint George is of him slaying a dragon. In the Middle Ages the dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil. The slaying of the dragon by St George was first credited to him in the twelfth century, long after his death. It is therefore likely that the many stories connected with St George's name are fictitious. Every Lined Paper Under the Sun! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed email so you won't miss a thing. Thanks for visiting! With several school-age kids between us, and different teachers with different requirements, Bettijo and I have created quite an impressive collection of printable lined school paper.

~*~ Apples of Your Eye! ~*~: Writer's Notebook Organization! I've been using the Writer's Workshop model of teaching and celebrating writing for the last 6 years, but this is the first year that I feel I've got a good grip on how to help my students organize their Writer's Notebooks (WN). This blog will show you some options for organizing WN's and some sample lessons to help you implement the Writer's Workshop model easily. Please visit my TeachersPayTeachers account to support the work I've done here at For everything I sell on the site, I give 10% to and an additional 10% to Food for the Poor.

Cross curricular KS2 topic: rocks and soils As many schools work towards redesigning their curriculum, there has been a shift from the prescribed nature of QCA schemes to increasingly personalised units of work. However, what we can’t move away from, at least for the moment, are the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. In the KS2 science curriculum, under ‘Materials and their properties’, lurks the following gem: Children must learn to describe and group rocks and soils on the basis of their characteristics, including appearance, texture and permeability.

How to catch up with marking That mountain of books won't mark itself, so why not follow Peter Greaves advice and turn it into a more manageable molehill? I remember the opening INSET day of my NQT year as if it was yesterday. A new headteacher had been appointed and the first item on the agenda was ‘Vision’.

KS1 and KS2 art: be inspired by nature When I was a schoolboy, way back in the last century, one of the things I loved doing seems, well, a little old-fashioned. Nature study, we used to call it, in those innocent years BNC (Before the National Curriculum). At the first signs of the changing seasons, my classmates and I would be sent to explore the distant corners of the playing field, to pounce victoriously on unsuspecting daisies before plucking them out of the soil and sellotaping them into our exercise books. Back in the classroom, we would endeavour to make detailed drawings of our specimens, and I like to imagine that our teacher encouraged us with the words of the Victorian art critic John Ruskin: “I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.” I suspect Ruskin would be horrified to find that, today, some children would be more inclined to Google a daisy than draw it.

KS1 & KS2 art: experimenting with paint One hundred years ago, the role of painting underwent a huge change. With the increasingly widespread use of photography, the pressure on artists to record the visual world was lifted and artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miró began to experiment with abstraction. These artists embraced the notion that paint was a material that couldn’t always be controlled, that it could have a life of its own, that it could speak for itself. As a lecturer in art education, I’ve often reflected on the changes in children’s artwork as they grow older. Essentially, children make the same journey as artists like Kandinsky, but in the opposite direction. They begin by unselfconsciously exploring mark-making with crayons and paints, then progress to trying to represent the visual world accurately as possible, to wanting to control their materials, to get them to do exactly what they want them to do.