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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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70 Cool Math Games My little Miss Four seems to be right into math at the moment. She’s always counting things and using her fingers to help keep track of things she’s counting. I wanted to harness this eagerness so I’ve been searching the Internet for some cool math games that I can use with her. Well there are definitely some great math games out there, so I’ve put this list together to help you find some of those games as well. As there are so many games below, to make it easy to find ones that will suit your class, I’ve sorted them into junior primary, middle primary and upper primary games. 1. Rock or Feather: A Critical-Thinking Activity A simple activity can reveal much about the students you work with each day. Students make and defend their choices in this activity, called Rock or Feather? Included: Comments from teachers who've used the activity -- and a printable activity sheet! Are you more like a rock or a feather?

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.

Elementary Computer Activities & Games - Grade Level fifth ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games.

Improve Students' Self-Concept A student enters school as a unique individual, molded by genes, environment, and a certain spark within himself. An increased awareness of how special that unique spark really makes him helps that student retain that quality when the pressure is on to follow the pack. Included: Ten simple projects to help preserve individuality and promote self-esteem! A student enters school as a unique individual, molded by genes, environment, and a certain spark within himself. However, as he winds his way through the curriculum, frequently a desire to fit in -- to be like everyone else -- grows, diluting the spark that makes him unique.

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.

25 Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite charts for teaching your students all about writing. The Why Behind Writers Workshops Source: The First Grade Parade First and second graders will draw inspiration from this fun-filled anchor chart about why we write. Make this chart applicable to older students by expanding on each aspect with a specific audience or goal. "To share experiences" can become "to share experiences with friends, in a postcard or with readers in a memoir."

Fifth Grade Vocabulary Games them new words in Language Arts but also develop their interest in learning. Practicing vocabulary concepts in a fun way ensures that students acquire new Language Arts skills all the while setting the stage for a lifetime of learning appreciation. Because vocabulary acquisition plays such and important role in the creation of fifth grade writing standards, parents can be more effective in helping their children meet literacy goals by introducing them to quality online vocabulary games. The fifth grade vocabulary building curriculum can incorporate online vocabulary games that help students master new and effective vocabulary strategies within the context of reading comprehension exercises including fifth grade math vocabulary games, fifth grade science vocabulary games, fifth grade literature games and other fifth grade vocabulary word lists.

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