GETTING TO KNOW THEM

Opening Week Activities to Learn More about Students   Here are five ideas that may be adapted for various content areas.  See adaptations at the links.  The assignments can be as simple or complex as time and resources permit.  I've used them all as first week assignment and students do…

Sensitivity to Holidays

Writing About the Holidays The holiday season, for many, extends from November through February.  Families will be celebrating Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the New Year at various times during these months. Writing about holidays is a wonderful way to share cultures in words, pictures, and music.  Yes, holidays also…

Celebrate and Educate

Black History Month and Common Core In the United States, February is Black (African-American) History Month, a time when many teachers tailor lessons to feature the contributions of African-Americans. Since the oral tradition is significant in African-American history, and since oral language skill is one of the English Language Arts…

Emotions in Colors

Vocabulary of Feelings Inviting students to learn and use the language of feelings may help them accept/acknowledge that they have different responses to social issues. Below is  a EMOTIONS-FEELINGS chart that may be useful in your lesson planning. Consider starting by having students use the chart to find more precise…

Prep for Semester Exam

Prepare Now to Assess  Begin now and ensure that your students will be ready to do well on the semester exams.   First, write in your own words specifically what plan to measure.  Consider these ideas.   (1) How well students recall what you’ve taught about ______________. (2) How well…

Getting Them Into a Book

Inspire Curiosity Are you familiar with the INTO, THROUGH and BEYOND strategy for teaching text?  Looking for something that can work in a single period to get students into their next book?  Here’s an idea may work for you this Spring. Distribute the book.  Invite students to look carefully at…