For the other nerdy educators who are looking for more exciting ways to do KWL charts!
I found this picture on someone’s Pinterest that popped up on my facebook news feed the other day and felt inspired! Instead of having the students work on butcher paper or SMART Boards, try using color swatches as individual KWL charts. Or have them work in small groups. Collect them at the end of the activity and decorate your classroom!
For children with dyslexia who prefer painting, try this activity when teaching phonics.
This is such a simple idea I found online, but it is helping me SO MUCH with keeping organized this school year! I’m constantly making lists of what to do, this helps me.
Papers have been piling up on my desk at school, I need to reorganize that this week.
I may create another one of things to do at home….. Because it is SO HELPFUL.
Hung this bad boy up in my classroom today and my former cooperating teacher wants to steal it. I’d call that a success!
Don’t have anymore bulletin space? Me either!
Put that word wall up on the actual wall!
What you’ll need:
- 25 pieces of large construction paper
- Lots of masking tape
- Die Cut Letters
- Electrical Tape to tape off each section
- 2 hours
Have I told you lately that I’m obsessed with my classroom?
I would have changed those colors, but that’s what I had. Lovin’ It.
*Yes, Z is backwards. I fixed it after I took this, I promise.
It’s been all I can do to keep up with my Tumblrstalking, but I have been thinking of all the fun stuff I would like to share!
There are literally hundreds of ideas for clothespins and math. Google it. I can’t remember where this particular one is from, but it was a hit. I had numbers 1-15 in there, so I kind of let them self-differentiate to the numbers they were comfortable with. That also let me informally evaluate their knowledge.
Here are the first two:
- Ask a question that has many answers or no answer at all.
- Give your students the reins for one class period. Give them the topic or learning objective, then ask how they would like to learn about that topic. They might suggest a game, project or exploration with technology.
Cathy Beach uses Marble Maze: Small group challenge
Using only the materials provided (empty cereal/kleenex/duotang boxes, 3 large index cards, 1 empty toilet roll tube, pair scissors/person, 1.5 metre masking tape, and 1 marble, construct a maze so that your marble drops from a minimum height of 30 cm (12 inches) to the ground/surface in the longest amount of time possible. Minimum time must be greater than 3 seconds.
So… I’m jumping on the “make your own planbook” bandwagon. I’ve made my monthly calendars, my individual class plan sheets, and I’ve thoroughly questioned the man at Office Max about what can and cannot be accomplished with spiral binding.
They haven’t released next year’s bell…