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FUN Critical Thinking Activities

FUN Critical Thinking Activities
For Students in Any Subject The experts on STAAR, such as the Texas Education Agency, the Lead4Ward team and Regional Service Centers tell us that there are some very specific things that we need to do, and other things we should let go of in order to prepare our students for the state assessment. In addition, these strategies can also deepen and broaden their knowledge. Allow for more collaboration on rich content between students (student-centered)Provide higher level thinking questionsGive ample wait timeIncrease critical thinking through authentic instructionFollow the DETAILS of your TEKSKnow the vertical alignment of your TEKS and collaborate with other grade levels The following are ideas for activities that you can use in conjunction with our curriculum in order to help meet some of these criteria, as it is necessary to adjust our mindset from TAKS driven packets to STAAR rich conversations and activities. Talking Chips 1. Pair - Square - Share 3 Facts and a Fib 1. 1. Pass and Play

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All About Balanced Literacy Shared Reading is a link in helping students become independent readers. It allows the teacher to model and support students using prediction and confirming skills. It allows less confident students the chance to share stories/articles/poetry in a non­threatening situation. Independent Reading: 101 What is Independent Reading, Really? Independent reading is any time carved out of your day in which your students are reading self-selected books that are a "good fit" for them. There are different kinds of reading that may be going on in your room during this time and it will look different from classroom to classroom.The focus of this time is to support, encourage and validate your students as they grow as readers, through all of their ages and stages. The main components of independent reading are outlined below. When do I find the Time? Independent Reading is an indispensable part of the day in a literacy rich classroom.

Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks It's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts. My readers know it, my students know it, my colleagues know it, my husband knows it... I can't help it--they have changed my classroom! They have made my walls interactive instead of stagnant. I just LOVE anchor charts.

A Differentiated Kindergarten: Math Stations Tips (and a Freebie) Linky Party Math Stations! So fun and, yet somehow, so hard to wrap your head around. . . When I first started contemplating math stations, it was shortly after reading Debbie Diller’s fabulous Math Work Stations. Mrs. Wills Kindergarten: 10 Questions Answered-Math Workshop I am going to try to answer some of the questions we have gotten on our Math Workshop units. 1. Do you have a year-long plan created? Yes and no. Yes, our year long plan looks like scratch paper and post it notes. Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten: Reading Workshop Ideas & Freebies Wow...March has been a busy month! As a student at TC, I've had the opportunity to attend all of the workshops offered by the Reading and Writing Project for free (though if you account for the insane tuition, I wouldn't exactly call it free)! The staff developers - Lucy Calkins, Kathy Collins, Rebecca Cronin, Amanda Hartman, Natalie Louis, Christine Holley - are ALL absolutely fabulous and I'm learning so much from them. I feel so lucky to be learning directly from the masters themselves!

Word Study Instruction in the K-2 Classroom Click the "References" link above to hide these references. Bear, D.R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., & Johnston, F. (2000). Words their way: Word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Ms Ugolini's Kindergarten Class: Math Hello Families, To reinforce what they have learned about two-dimensional shapes in class, try this activity with your child: Imagine that your backs are drawing boards. Take turns using a finger to draw shapes on each other's backs. TeamJelleybean: Recycling in Kindergarten Our recycling inquiry continues! Here are the reference posters that I talked about in our last recycling blog. These poster are located on our classroom door and students often re-visit to check and/or confirm where things go when they are eating snack or lunch. Students have been working on using the puppet pals app on iPads to develop a public service message about how to recycle. They have choice of background and characters in their video and are responsible for creating the message. The goal of each video is to help people understand how to recycle.

Focus On Play In Kindergarten May Improve Grades Later On, Study Says BY KATHRYN DOYLE Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:09am EST (Reuters Health) - Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective in high-poverty schools, the authors write.

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