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Detective Game by Peter Pappas

Detective Game by Peter Pappas
I did not waste the opening week of school introducing the course – my students solved mysteries. I took simplified mysteries and split them into 25-30 clues, each on a single strip of paper. Read my blog post on how I used this lesson. I used a random count off to get the kids away from their buddies and into groups of 5-6 students. Each group got a complete set of clues for the mystery. Each student in the group got 4-5 clues that they could not pass around to the other students. This activity demonstrates to students the need for considering the contributions of every group member and gives them practice in organizing cooperatively to accomplish a task. You will need a set of clues for the case for each group. Link to Murder Mystery Clues Link to Bank Robbery Clues Note - These clues were adapted from: Learning Discussion Skills Through Games Gene and Barbara Dodds Stanford Citation Press / Scholastic Books 1969 Related:  Team builders/ Class buildersRandom

Meet Google Drive – One place for all your files One account. All of Google. Sign in to continue to Google Drive Find my account Forgot password? Sign in with a different account Create account One Google Account for everything Google First Week Plans For the past three years, the beginning of every year has meant a new school, new students, new classes. Last year I had FOUR preps, one of which I didn't know about until a week before school started. So my first days of school have always been pretty mundane. After reading the #mssunfun and hearing(reading) so many posts about not starting the year like a robot I'm inspired to not even mention my syllabus until our third (and first full 90 minute block) class. Google doc survey. And then in no particular order, here are some of the ideas I stole off the Middle School list,

Detective Mystery Brain Teasers for Kids Detective Mystery Brain Teasers for kids are fun to read and solve. Check out our collection of detective mystery stories for kids. These brain teasers have been submitted by our visitors from all around the world. Detective Sara Dunts was called in for an investigation on a Saturday morning. Two Growth Mind-Set Activities to Help Motivate All Students and Teach Nature... If you want to start the year building relationships, engaging in inquiry, planting the seeds of growth mindset, and learning about the nervous system...this is for you!!! The inspiration for the first set of activities is based on the NPR story Students' View of Intelligence Can Help Grades while the inspiration for the second of activities is based on the research done at four urban high schools by researchers at the Teachers College, Columbia University. Here is a link to all of the slides. Here is a link to the science struggle stories lesson plan. If you have questions, please let me know.

First Days of School Now for the lesson... I prepare a list of facts about myself, ranging from where I was born to I manage my own fantasy baseball team, and other similarly "interesting" facts.. I fold each one and put them all in my fact jar. I have a large piece of white butcher paper taped to the board with my name circled in the center. (this introduces the freeform concept mapping activity I use regularly in class) I ask for volunteers and one by one the students illustrate the fact and students guess what it is... when someone gets in right, they illustrate the next fact... The next day - I leave all the classes maps of me up, and pass out a 20 question "quiz" in multiple choice format, and tell them to feel free to use the "visual resources" on the wall. We then go back to the KWL list and I have each class contribute 3 new things they know about me...

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Team-Building Games and Activities for the Classroom Team-building games and activities are a fun way to help students learn to work together, listen carefully, communicate clearly, and think creatively. They also give your students the chance to get to know each other, build trust as a community and, best of all, have fun! Below we’ve gathered team-building games and activities for the classroom. If you’re looking for online team-building activities, we have those too! Watch the video below to see three of our favorite in-person team-building games in action, then read on for more ideas. 1. For this activity, you’ll place a colored sticker dot (blue, red, green, or yellow) on each student’s forehead, without them knowing what color it is. 2. Divide students into groups of four and have them sit together as a small group. 3. Source: School Specialty This fun outdoor activity is double the fun of the traditional tug of war. 4. 5. Lay out two long ropes parallel to one another and have students line up in the middle. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

7 First Day of School Activities Students Love The first day of school will be here before you know it. Most teachers face the big day with enthusiasm, but they dread the inevitable challenge: what to do on the first day of school. Every teacher’s approach is different. Whatever your goal, here are a few things to try to get the school year off to a great start! Goal: Getting to Know Your Students How well will your incoming students know you? If you’re teaching kindergarteners (or high school freshmen, who often seem like kindergarteners), you may need to spend the first day – or the first several days –getting everyone comfortable. Teaching strategies for improving friendship skills at the elementary school... The School of Education at Gardner-Webb University has received national... We examine the classroom management characteristics of effective teachers. A few useful classroom management ways to get information from your students on... 7 great technology in the classroom apps to use this year. Plan a Scavenger Hunt Do a Self-Portrait

Pokemon Evolution DIY Kaleidoscope Paper Toy My kids and I have really been enjoying making Pokemon DIYs recently and we rather love our DIY Paper Toys too. Bring the two together and you get these fantastic never ending Pokemon Evolution DIY kaleidoscope or kaleidocycles – basically, watch your favourite characters, Bulbasaur, Eevee, Charmander and Squirtle, as they evolve….. Pokemon Evolution DIY – Materials a printerpaperscissorsglue stickpens if you are colouring! Download your Pokemon of choice – remember you can get it “ready coloured” or to colour it in yourself (I highly recommend the Pokemon coloring pages, much more fun and satisfying!). —-> BULBASAUR Kaleidocycle Black & White <—- —-> BULBASAUR Kaleidocycle in Colour <—- —-> CHARMANDER Kaleidocycle Black & White <—- —-> CHARMANDER Kaleidocycle Colour <—- —-> For Eevee and Squirtle head over to the lovely Hattifant! Pokemon Evolution DIY – How To This is how to assemble your Kaleidocycle. What do you think? Check out many more FABLOUS Pokemon DIY Craft Ideas:

Creating the Tallest Cup Tower: A STEM Challenge Guest post by Tracey Graham of Growing a STEM Classroom STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is one of the current “buzz words” in the world of education today even though the STEM philosophy of teaching has been around for a very long time. STEM is all about students learning in a student-centered, question-based, subject-integrated classroom. Hence, what I consider to be good teaching. Remember teaching with cross-curricular themes? STEM is like thematic teaching gone wild! As a teacher in a STEM school, I utilize STEM challenges regularly in order to initiate student creativity and critical thinking. My class always begins the year with the seemingly simple challenge of stacking small cups to the tallest possible height. Some of the best teamwork and “aha” moments come when the stack of cups crashes to the table. All you need to complete this challenge are tiny plastic cups from the dollar store!

Fostering Relationships in the Classroom Students and teacher need to develop positive and trusting relationships in an effective classroom. It is also critical that all students, especially English-language learners, develop trusting and enriching relationships with each other. There are many activities which can be used for both introductory purposes and throughout the year to build and maintain positive relationships in the classroom. Some activities which work well to introduce students to each other and to the teacher can be used again at later points in the year as students' interests change and as they gain new life experiences. While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, it contains several suggestions we have found successful and which could easily be adapted for use with different levels of students. 1) Sharing Weekly Reflections 2) Introducing Me/3 Objects This activity is sometimes called a "Me Bag" or an "All About Me Bag." 3) "I Am" Project There are many variations of the "I Am" activity. 6) Four Squares

Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google Picking the right search terms Beginner Pick the best words to use in academic searching, whether students are beginning with a full question or a topic of just a few words. View lesson Advanced Explore "firm" and "soft" search terms, and practice using context terms to locate subject-specific collections of information on the web. Understanding search results Learn about the different parts of the results page, and about how to evaluate individual results based on cues like web addresses and snippets. Engage additional search strategies, such as generalization and specialization. Narrowing a search to get the best results Apply filtering tools and basic "operators" to narrow search results. Compare results for basic searches with ones that use operators to discover the impact the right operator has at the right time. Searching for evidence for research tasks Evaluating credibility of sources Consider, tone, style, audience, and purpose to determine the credibility of a source. Culture Culture

Team Building Activities Google (2016) found, as a result of a massive investigation to find out how to build the perfect team, that psychological safety is the most important element for team work, increased productivity, creativity, and cooperation. See also cooperative learning and teaching. How Many Squares? Puzzle. or Forty Squares Puzzle Activity to use for team building, problem solving, spatial reasoning, mathematics, cooperative learning. Five Squares Learning, August/September 9, 1974. Materials five envelopes with a mixture of puzzle pieces that when sorted will make five squares all the same size for each group of five people. This is a giving game. I removed the hint: "This is a giving game." and the competition aspect. Completed puzzles with labels for sorting into envelopes. Group Task The group is to complete five solid white squares in such a way that each player has a square the same size as all the other members in your group. The game must be played in complete silence. Processing suggestions

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