Monday, May 25, 2015

My Students Love Word Central

This is BIGbot, one of the characters from Merriam-Webster's Word Central.  My students beg to play the word games on this site, and I let them because I know they are building vocabulary when they do.

Alpha-bot looks like a word search, but the students play an audio of a word and then move the letters around to spell the word correctly.

Robo-Bee is really multiple choice where students find synonyms, antonyms, and correct word usage.

Big-bot eats words that are synonyms or antonyms.

Jumble Kids is the online version of the word puzzles published in the newspaper.

I usually have a menu of choices for students to work on independent computer practice.  If I leave off Word Central, someone always asks for it.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Quote of the Week -- May 24, 2015

Leisure is the most challenging responsibility a man can be offered.

William Russell

I hope you are enjoying some of yours.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Groceries: Volume and Weight

Last Friday, I shared a measurement activity freebie.  This week I am sharing the more complex task that I referred to in that post.

To download Groceries: Volume and Weight, click here.

What I wanted my students to do was begin to interact with food labels and recognize the units of measurement for weight and volume.   I would use the gradual release of responsibility model to teach this.  I would model on the doc cam and have them fill out this sheet with me.  I would next have partners use food packages in class.  This sheet could be used as a math measurement station or even homework for older students.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

One morning a family runs out of milk for their breakfast cereal.  Father goes out to buy some more.  The children wonder what has delayed him and so begins a story of time travel, dinosaurs, pirates, elves, and more.  Fortunately, he brings home the milk.

This book would make a fun read aloud.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Need Freebies?

Classroom Freebies Too
It's been several months since I started posting on the collaborative blog Classroom Freebies Too.  I have to say that I've enjoyed sharing my free lessons and ideas with a larger audience.
Some districts are getting out for the summer already.  We have three and a half more weeks.  If you are like me, your classroom budget has been spent for the year and yet you still need fresh ideas to keep the students engaged. 
Click on the picture at the top of this post to visit Classroom Freebies Too.  To get other free ideas, visit my Pinterest Board Free Teaching Materials.
Follow Mary Bauer's board Free Teaching Materials on Pinterest.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Quote of the Week -- May 17, 2015

Between stimulus and response is our greatest power - the freedom to choose.

Stephen Covey

Have a good week,

Friday, May 15, 2015

Units of Measurement: Metric vs. Customary

Our adopted math curriculum doesn't have nearly enough measurement activities -- especially connected to real life.  I find myself constantly creating activities for my students.

This one page organizer can be used for multiple activities.  (Click here to download.)  First I want my students to identify the units of measurement in the correct box.  (I have included an answer key for your convenience.)

Next, I raid my cupboards and bring in packages of food with a mix of customary and metric measurements.  I have students do a scavenger hunt of sorts, writing down the units they find in the correct box in the organizer.

Finally I send a sheet like this home as homework to do a similar scavenger hunt in their own kitchen cupboards.

Last year I started with an activity that needed more scaffolding.  Next week I plan to share the more complicated task.

Here are some other measurement freebies:

Metric Conversion Chart

Customary Conversion Chart

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