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Trivia Hunts for Active Learning

February 5, 2014 No Comments

When working with elementary students, I try to mix in some activities that get them up and about, especially in the afternoon. One of their favorite activities is a Trivia Hunt. They are simple to do and the kids learn a lot in the process! Beforehand, I post about a dozen index-sized cards containing information on a topic throughout our hallway. Here is an example of 4 trivia cards about Rockhopper penguins. Since this hunt includes…

Sticky Notes – What Do You Do With All Those Pieces of Paper?

January 18, 2014 No Comments

I love to have my students write down their thoughts on Post-it notes when they are reading independently. I gain so much insight into their thinking, their misconceptions, and level of comprehending the text. However, I didn’t have a plan for organizing their notes in a way that would be accessible to me for assessment purposes. Having the notes stuffed inside their book didn’t provide me with a bigger picture of what strategies they were using,…

Happy Happy Happy!

August 25, 2013 No Comments

Are you a fan of the TV show Duck Dynasty? We have joined the millions of viewers who enjoy watching their fun-loving adventures. When I came across these adorable clip art created by Nikki of Melonheadz Illustrating and Doodles  I knew exactly what my Back-To-School bulletin board was going to look like. I layered the bulletin board paper to create the outdoor scene complete with a duck pond. Then, I used Phil’s favorite saying, “Happy! Happy!…

Teachers Who Love Teaching

August 6, 2013 No Comments

  I am convinced that the best teachers love what they do and their enthusiasm spills over into their students. As an educator, having a classroom of students who love to learn is a priceless treasure. It is what makes our time and hard work worthwhile. So when I saw this quote in a catalog, I knew I had to make it into a printable poster. I’ve created a printable version for you HERE to download…

Reading Habits Interview

August 2, 2013 No Comments

One of the ways I get to know my students better is through questionnaires and interviews. I learn so much from their answers in a short amount of time, and it helps me to plan better ways to meet their needs. If I have a reluctant reader who loves beavers, then I will be sure to grab some beaver books from the library to share with him.  If another child loves poetry, I will introduce her…

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