St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays! We did some fun activities this year... from writing about what we would do with a pot of gold, how to catch a leprechaun,graphing the rainbow with skittles, and wrapped it up by making "Leprechaun Punch".. I think that was the kids favorite part, it was delicious!
This is me today!!!! I even tried to go in knowing the effort it takes to get a sub lined up, sub plans and then hoping a sub even DOES show up!! I hate risking the fact that my students have to get split up... but alas, the flu bug won and I had to go home at lunch today... :( GRRR!
This strategy I use is called "Table Top Blogs". Students can use these in a variety of ways... This particular example is from our Women's History Month unit. I picked out Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart, and Bessie Coleman. Students picked who they wanted to research and then read information and then recorded out on this table top blog. After the wrote their information we did a gallery walk to see what everyone learned! We have also used them in math for combinations of numbers... You can use them for everything! I LOVE TABLE TOP BLOGS! :)
This is another Kagan structure... Students use these paraphrase chips as talking points. In this particular example, students were discussing the character point of view from a cloze read.
Some examples on the chips include "So what I heard you say is..." "In a nutshell..." "If I heard you correctly you said..." It is a great way for students to be held accountable for content discourse! And I hear them using this dialogue without the chips! KAGAN IS AWESOME!!!
Project based learning is A-MAZING! In honor of African American History month, I presented my students with a list of famous African Americans and told them to pick one and find out all they could about their person, and create a project to show what they know. They all came up with these mind-blowing presentations, even the administration was blown away. They worked hard using the researching strategies and how to pick out key details I had front loaded them with, and were proud of what they had accomplished. They presented the information to the class (for a grade) and as a celebration, we created a gallery for the other 2nd graders to come visit, as well as admin. They then worked in a team to come up with a ranking (which African American is the most important to the least- in their opinion, with written justifications). WONDERFUL! This was one of my many proud teacher moments!
I love any and all reasons to dress up and act silly with my kids. Here is an example of just a few ways I take full advantage! What other job can you do this? I love my job!
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