Spelling Word Practice The dreaded spelling word practice is (as you probably know) a very important part of your student's week. I know from personal experience that many children do not enjoy spelling practice UNLESS it is fun. How can we make it fun?? Definitely NOT by the boring and not very effective "write your spelling words 3 times each" practice but instead by playing fun, educational games that will keep your students' interest throughout the entire week. Here is a list of some of the activities I did with my first graders throughout the week that can be done at home:
Creative Writing Journal Prompts 1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn't keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? What would you want them to do with it? Whole Group Games Sight Word Scramble (my class favorite) This takes a little room rearrangement and is high energy but FUN! Pictures and Images as Writing Prompts Can anyone think of a better way to start a new week than with a lovely picture writing prompts? I sure do love these type of writing prompts, they are quite possibly my favorites, because a picture can sometimes tell us so much more than words could. Words get misunderstood, but pictures cannot lie. Anyway, the idea with this kind of creative writing exercises is that you are given a picture to look at, which should inspire you to write a short story, poem or piece of flash fiction based on what you see in it, and what you can imagine is going on beyond the edges of it. The picture writing prompt: The instructions:
Keep a 5 Year Journal - Daily Prompts and Steps for Getting Started by Tami Taylor (Click here to see all 12 months.) What’s a 5 year Journal? That was my question when I first heard of it. a 6-Trait Writing Lesson inspired by The Twits by Roald Dahl Step one (reviewing showing versus telling by creating a writer's notebook page): Remind your students of the difference between showing and telling. Here is an example of each to review with your writers: The wind was cold. (telling sentences have linking verbs followed by an adjective) The icy wind whipped across my skin, making goose bumps appear. (showing sentences use action verbs to demonstrate the adjectives from the telling sentence) Send students home with this writer's notebook task: "At your home tonight, wander around and find three telling sentences that you can bring back to class tomorrow; one sentence needs to have a person as its subject, one sentence needs to have a place or location as it subject, and the final sentence needs to have a thing as its subject.
Art Journaling! « I’ve not posted much lately, but I have had some rather random potential post ideas floating around in my brain. I actually logged in to post a very random, unconnected sort of post, but then I looked at the March Journaling Idea Page and decided to use one of the ideas! One of my very favorite folk artists is Edward Hicks. He’s famous for his “Lion & Lamb” pictures, as I call them… his Peaceable Kingdoms. It’s interesting to note that in the actual Bible verses (Isaiah 11: 6-9) that inspired Hick’s artwork, a lion and lamb are not actually paired up anywhere in the text, but the two animals seem to typify his work. Vocabulary Games: March Madness Vocab Style Vocabulary Games: March Madness Vocab Style Posted on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 (Grades 2-12+) Recently updated with a "Bracket Battle" worksheet for those of you who don't want to play March Madness in November :) It’s March Madness time everywhere-from the weather to the hoops.
Inference Bags! Today I did a neat activity with my students. I called it the "Inference Bag" activity. I thought this was a neat activity that would allow my students ownership. Step One: I handed out paper sandwich bags to each of my students