Monday, May 25, 2015
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
Friday, May 22, 2015
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.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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
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.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
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