Monday, December 11, 2017

Story Elements Task Cards and Story Elements Board Game

20 story elements task cards PLUS an additional story elements board game with 16 game cards are both included.

Questions are posed at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy so that students can review the different elements of stories.  Plus, students are able to review how certain elements contribute to a plot of a story. Printable boxes are included to make storing the task cards and game cards so much easier too!

Use this as a literacy center station activity, or use this resource as a fun test prep activity.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Comparing Themes

Review comparing themes with these fun, colorful task cards.  Use them independently as task cards, or use them as a game with a partner.  A game board and game pieces have also been included.  

16 task cards that contain two passages per task card have been included.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale

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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.
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.
Text Feature Playing Cards
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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