Friday, July 29, 2016

Rectangular Prisms Freebie

This fall I will return to the classroom full time teaching a fifth grade gifted class.  I am going through previous products and deciding what I can use with this group.

I created my rectangular prisms product when I was teaching a fifth/sixth split class.  Finding the surface area and volume of prisms is a middle school concept.  This will be perfect for my new class.

To download the first activity in my full product, please click here.

Rectangular Prisms is a paid product in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Rectangular Prisms is also available in my Teacher's Notebook store.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Dashiell Gibson lives on the moon with his family.  One night he overhears a scientist telling someone about revealing a discovery.  The next morning, that scientist is found dead.

This mix of science fiction and mystery is the top of my list of new classroom books. 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Delivering a Lesson to ELLs

When teaching a lesson to students learning English, I incorporate three features that I would use with any students: supporting content objectives, promoting student engagement, and pacing.  The fourth feature is unique to an ELL lesson: supporting language objectives.  Other students who are behind in language might benefit from the strategies listed in this chapter.

Besides "Think-Pair-Share" there are two strategies that I want to try when presenting new information.  One is called "Roam and Review".  After I have been teaching for about 10 minutes, students walk around the room and discuss the information with their classmates.  I also want to have students write headlines to summarize important information.

Have you missed the other posts in this series?  Click the tag Comprehensible Content to find all of them.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Quote of the Week--July 24, 2016

"A book is a dream that you hold in your hand."

Neil Gaiman

Have a good week,

Friday, July 22, 2016

When should students be able to set their own bedtimes?

When should students be able to set their own bedtimes?
How old should they be?  What should parents take into consideration?
Write a persuasive essay using several reasons and supporting details.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg

Serafina dreams of becoming a doctor, but school is too expensive in rural Haiti. She makes a plan to do extra chores so she can afford the uniform, but then an earthquake hits her community.

Ann E. Burg share's Serafina's story in verse.  I plan to read this book aloud.


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Planning for English Learners' Language Practice

I'm continuing my series on the book Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners.  I have tagged all of these posts "Comprehensible Content" and I plan to do a wrap up post, so if you missed one you can catch up.  (Or just use this series for reference.)

Component six of the SIOP model is Practice and Application.  This includes using hands-on materials, activities for students to apply both content and language, and activities to practice all language skills.

When I was helping a student from El Salvador with math, I brought out the base ten blocks.  I did this more so that I could show rather than tell what she needed to do to solve the problems in class.  I showed her step by step on paper, but also used a model to demonstrate what I was saying.

Anchor charts are another useful tool for all students, but especially students learning English.  The charts we create as a class need to be accessible--either on the wall or in a handout for a notebook.

What ways do you make sure your students are getting meaningful practice?

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