Monday, September 22, 2014

Drama Games for Brain/Movement Breaks

Frequent readers know I have an afterschool drama club.  I also find ways to incorporate theater games in my classroom.  Students get to practice public speaking and inventing stories.  Some of the games are just good for those little bits of time between activities or to break up a long stretch.

The machine game -- students act out a part of a machine with a repetitive motion and a sound effect.  They can become a part of an assembly line by working with a small group of students.  I have played different versions of this game.  Here is one called Conveyor Belt.

Super glue -- students pair up and must pretend that they are super-glued together at a particular part of their body (elbows, shoulders, toes.) They must move from one side of the room (or field) to the other keeping that part connected to the partner. Here is the pin and a link to more resources.

Catch -- the whole class stands in a circle and tosses a bean bag.  The first round, the person with the bean bag introduces himself.  The second round, the person with the bean bag calls out the person she is throwing to. Other suggestions for this game can be found on this site.

I hope you enjoy these resources with your students.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quote of the Week -- September 21, 2014

Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.
            -- Doug Larson
Have a good week,

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is It Fair?

The last few Fridays, I have been sharing freebies I use to teach probability.  This week I want my students to apply what they have learned to evaluate a game.  They will decide if the game is fair and support their claim with evidence.

Click here to download my freebie Is It Fair? from my Google Drive.

On my math problem-solving blog, Math Spies, I have been sharing several probability problems like this one.

I invite you to stop by.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Lunar Chronicles

Imagine fractured fairy tale meets science fiction and you have the Lunar Chronicles.  In this first book by Marissa Meyer, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.  Her stepmother is nasty, but not her biggest enemy. Queen Levana from the moon has that title.  Cinder runs afoul of her at the Emperor's ball.

The Lunar Chronicles are filled with strong female characters.  Scarlet (Book 2) is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.  I recommend this series for middle school and above.

Monday, September 15, 2014

What Color Do You Feel Like Today? Three Color Themed Activities

My sophomore year of school, my English teacher had a question of the day that we would answer for attendance.  Her favorite question was "What Color Do You Feel Like Today?"  We could elaborate briefly. I use that question sometimes with my students during class meeting.

I also learned a related drama game that can be used as a brain/movement break.  Students start by walking around the room until a leader calls out a color.  They continue moving but changing the movement to reflect the color. This could be used as a way to transition activities. "Move from the carpet to your desk in a purple way."

Because students need to think about color in an abstract way, this activity could also be used as an introduction for my forever freebie Color Poems.

I developed the lessons in Color Poems to teach my students about figurative language.
Download Color Poems: Exploring Metaphors and Similes at Teachers Pay Teachers, or Color Poems: Exploring Metaphors and Similes at Teacher's Notebook.

I hope you enjoy these activities with your students.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quote of the Week -- September 14, 2014

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it. -- Franklin P. Jones

Have a great week,

Friday, September 12, 2014

Is It Likely? Multiply

Last week I shared Is It Likely? Addition. Today's freebie is a similar activity except students fill in a multiplication chart.  I want students to consider what is likely, unlikely, and impossible to happen when rolling two dice and finding the product.
To download Is It Likely? Multiply from my Google Drive, click here. I plan to have students roll two dice and record their results to see the difference between theoretical probability and experimental probability. 

This is the third of six posts where I plan to share freebies to teach probability.  I hope to see you next week.

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