Saturday, November 18, 2017

Task Cards Vs. Reading Games (Which is Better?)

1.  Student interest is a factor.  Task cards are an engaging way to review reading and math concepts, but they get straight to the point of review. This is fine for some students.  Others might like to review in a subtle way.
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Reading games review concepts in a subtle way.  Students often ASK to play them.  It is fun seeing them want to review what they have learned.
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2.  What to use might depend on if students feel as though they have options.  Allowing students to choose between an inference game or inference task cards might be best.

Inference Task Cards For Each Guided Reading Level (Levels J,K,L and M)
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Providing choice is best for some students.  This enables a student to find the review tool that best fits their learning style.

3.  Consider the time of the year.  Just before a vacation or summer break, students are often weary.  Although it is important for students to still feel as though school is in session mentally, it is nice to slow down the pace.  Reading games might best best at that time.

Overall, consider the learning styles of individual students and the time of the year.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Teaching Main Idea

There are many kinds of main idea questions.  Knowing how to answer the different types of main idea questions is very helpful.

To review main idea, try out my new game. The game cards, game die, and box are all from my new game.  Each side of the die has a different type of main idea question.  Students get practice answering main idea questions in a variety of ways.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Teaching Westward Expansion and the Pioneers

Westward expansion is such an interesting topic for students.  The idea of traveling across the country on foot for months is something that many students cannot imagine.

How Can We Make This Unit Even More Fun?
Acting out the pioneers experiences and using interactive notebooks are both helpful.

Add replicas and other items inside of a box for students to explore.  They can write about their findings and "touch" the past.

Ask an intriguing question that students must research. This builds up interest in the unit and is a great way to integrate research into the lesson.

(*Many sources have stated that water was not sold for $100 a cup, but prices along the pioneer trails were high for items.)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fun Ways To Teach Metamorphic, Igneous, and Sedimentary Rocks

Earth science is one of my favorite subjects to teach. Although this subject might appear to be a real snoozer, there are ways to make it fun.

Using rocks, sand, a container, and $1 paint brushes, host a rock dig.  I used ceramic molding compound that I found at a local craft store to create the "fossils".  The fossil templates were $3.00 molds for fossil shaped sandcastles.  For less than $7.00, I had an archaeological dig site that the students LOVE.

Students love interactive notebooks.  Not only are they engaging, students enjoy creating them.

Encourage students to learn about sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks independently.  Access The Writing Prompts Here

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Free Grade 2 Daily Common Core Reading Practice

Try out a week for free!  Review the Common Core Reading Standards in a few minutes each day.  There is a passage for each day of the school week. The Common Core Standard is next to each question to make it easier to track student progress.

This works well as morning practice work or as a bellringer.

Why Should You Use Daily Reading Practice?

Would you like quick, daily Common Core Reading practice that could be completed in just a few minutes each day?

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Nonfiction and fiction passages are included across the weeks.

Why should you use daily reading practice?  Daily Common Core Reading enables students to review reading skills in small, manageable doses.  It works well as daily morning practice, as a bellringer, or even as nightly homework.

Monday, October 30, 2017

20 Weeks Grade 3 Daily Common Core Reading

Review Common Core Reading in just a few minutes each day.  The Common Core Standard is written next to each question to make it easy to monitor student progress.  Nonfiction and fiction topics are included.  Many of the standards repeat across the weeks to assist with building comprehension.  

Each week is thematic to build topical knowledge about realistic fiction, history, folktales, science, poetry, and more topics. Click Here To Access It