Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Back to School Activity: Name Tag Glyph


A name tag glyph is a great getting-to-know-you activity for the first day or first week of school. I will show you how to make one here (or if you just want a free one, scroll down to the bottom! I will never know!)

A glyph is a picture or symbol that gives information. Name glyphs are great for elementary aged students and I have even used them successfully with high school ESL students.

What you need: paper (card stock works best but is not necessary), markers and crayons and a worksheet with the questions you want to ask your students

Step 1: Create a worksheet with getting-to-know-you questions. Each answer will have a symbol or direction to follow. For example:
      


Step 2: Give students a piece of white construction paper or card stock. (You can also use white computer paper but you may need to tape it to the desk for students to display their name tag.)  Fold it horizontally so it will stand on the student's desk. 


Step 3: Students will then complete their name tag with the information from the worksheet. It is very important that they follow the directions closely and maybe even do a practice name tag first. 




Step 4: After students complete their name tags, there are number of follow up activities you can do. - Have students introduce a partner by interpreting a classmate's name tag for the class.
- Students can write a paragraph about another classmate just using the information from his or her glyph.
- You could also do a number of graphing activities, such as graphing birthday months or favorite activities of students.
- Prepare a glyph worksheet for your sub tub so your substitute will have a name tag for each student.

If you'd like my free name tag glyph, download it here!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Some Sweet Treats for Testing Motivation (Gifts for Students)





Do you have state testing coming up soon? This can be a stressful time for students, to say the least! I know my own fourth grader is a bundle of nerves. I made these labels to give the kids something to look forward to after testing is over.

I found that the candy was a pretty good deal at the bulk section in my grocery store. You can print the labels below and tape/staple them to the bag or simply place them inside a plastic sandwich bag.
Enjoy!

Download the free labels here!

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Few Simple Earth Day Activities


It's time for another free seasonal activity! Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd which is a Friday this year. I have some simple and quick ideas below to incorporate into your classroom. (I know there is a lot of testing and/or reviewing going on at this time, so that doesn't leave too much time for fun!)

To help your kids understand the three R's "reduce, reuse, recycle, there are some great videos on youtube. I love this one below! It is set to Jack Johnson's "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" song and shows great images that will keep students' attention. There are so many easy activities you could do with this. Have the students jot down ways they see people REDUCE, REUSE or RECYLE.  Also ask them to spot images that show what happens when people don't put trash in its proper place. (There is an image of an oil spill and also an animal with trash wrapped around his neck.) Or just have them share some observations they made during the video.



After viewing the video or even if you have just discussed "the three R's", students can complete my this free Earth Day activity. Depending on students' level, they can complete this individually or in pairs.




Another quick activity is to make an Earth Day t-shirt! Kids can create their own unique logo for Earth Day. Then display them in the classroom for all to see.
For a great (FREE!) t-shirt template, visit the History Gal's store at TeacherspayTeachers.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/T-shirt-Template-797641



The last idea is to have students create a toy from trash!  They could draw their idea or have them actually create the toy at home using only recyclable materials.  Some simple ideas include a rattle using a plastic water bottle and dry rice, a musical instrument using a coffee canister and a chopstick, or bowling pins with plastic bottles. There are many great images and ideas on Pinterest. Just search "Trash to Treasure for Kids."

Thank you and hope you enjoy these ideas!  If you have another simple Earth Day idea, please share it below!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Leprechaun Writing Freebie



I created this lesson as a quick and fun way to practice descriptive writing. It can be used with many grades. Below I have showed an example by a first grader and by a fourth grader. Enjoy!

The first page tells the kids there is a leprechaun loose in the classroom! They must fill out a "Wanted Poster" to catch him quickly! Then you can review what adjectives are and brainstorm some words together or individually.


Next, have students come up with a funny name for the leprechaun and a reward. (My kids chose a "pot of gold" for a reward.) Kids will write a description using lots of adjectives/descriptive words.
Last, they will draw a picture of the leprechaun according to their description.
Display in the classroom for all to see!


"Larry the Leprechaun" completed by a 4th grader.

"Lucky the Leprechaun" completed by a 1st grader.

Thanks for looking! Click here to try out this FREE "Leprechaun Descriptive Writing Activity".

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Freebies


I wanted to share some of my winter freebies with you to use in your centers/stations, with early finishers or even during inside recess on those cold winter days! They both come with answer keys for students to self check. Just cut and laminate to have for years to come!

Winter Cause and Effect Matching Game: Students will first match the cause and effect statement, and then decide which is the "Cause" and which is the "Effect".


Winter Fact and Opinion Sorting Game: Sort the "snowballs". Decide which are facts and which are opinions.


Enjoy!
Christina





Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter Writing Centers



With winter almost here, I have created 3 new winter writing centers.  They include December, January and February.  The writing topics all focus on narrative, opinion/persuasive, and explanatory/informative writing.  Each month has 1 extra skill to practice.  December also includes writing about story elements.  January includes some cause and effect writing and February incorporates writing about similarities and differences.  Each task card has a word or phrase in boldface so that students know what kind of writing they should do.

All the parts you need for your writing center are included....


Each month comes with 20 writing prompt Task Cards....


4 Graphic Organizers for each month...


"Writing Checklists" and "Helpful Words and Phrases"...





This bundle includes the following 3 resources:


                    

Thanks for looking!

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