These are some of my most popular and useful Back-To-School posts:
First Day of School Scavenger Hunt – Great ice breaker that gets kids out of their seats and helps you get to know your students. Download the PDF to customize it for your grade.
Updated Scavenger Hunts – Three levels of first day scevenger hunts to meet the needs of your particular students.
Identifying Student Learning Styles – Two links to PDF learning style inventories and one link to an online tool for determining how your students learn best.
I am a Squiggle Stuck Inside a Square – Another great ice breaker that encourages teamwork. Middle schoolers love this one. Hopefully you have a nice mix of shapes in your classroom.
I Gave Schoology a Chance – A graphic that shows all of the ways I have used Schoology in my classroom. I just realized my old course from last year was wiped out, so this will be a helpful post for me!
Team Teaching Options – Descriptions of five ways to team teach.
Summarizing Short Stories: Story Elements and Conflict – Free PDFs for these basic concepts that are often introduced in Language Arts at the beginning of the year.
Easy Access – This link will take you to one place to find everything that is free. Wait!! Everything is FREE on All Access Pass!! Go here to find an organized list of downloads.
Do you have a favorite Back-To-School post or a post that is wildly popular on your own teaching blog?
Post a link in the comments!
You know how kids commonly use the “My printer was out of ink” line?
I think it’s legit, because it seems like my printer is always out of ink! I am semi-cheap and never use color ink. I also never get to the store to buy black ink until I’m desperate. (Like the kids need something printed).
In the middle of August I purchased this poster bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers.
I have become a regular customer at Lovin’ Lit. I purchased her interactive notebook unit for literature and also received the informational text unit. I absolutely love what I’ve used in my classroom so far. (Future blog post alert!)
These posters are bright and colorful (which lead to this blog about printing). We have a color printer at school but it’s not really for general use.
My solution was to email them to Staples and have them printed in color.
For 22 full color 8.5 x 11 in. posters on premium white paper, it cost me around $13.
I think I am going to have the PTG laminating lady laminate each set as I get to it in my lesson plans.
However, I stumbled upon a pretty neat idea that I may like better. I need to run to Joann’s later (for the third time this weekend) and try it out. Stay tuned….
Here is another use I thought of last week during some downtime on conference night. I really wanted to get lesson plans done but after two nights of PT conferences and not feeling so great, this was the most productive I could be.
I was writing these terms on the board daily but this will be much faster. I can have Tweedle Dee pull the right terms out of the stack and hang them up each day depending on the skills we are covering. I put magnetic tape on the back for easy hanging. I did just read a tip (linked below) how to insert phrases into Wordle. (Use the ~ between words.)
Every day my Resource Room students come into class and get started on their Daily Work.
Their Daily Work on Tuesday consists of a picture (both on the SMARTBoard and on a sheet of paper.) Their job is to come up with questions about the picture. They are supposed to write at least 3 questions using capitals and question marks. We then spend some time sharing our questions and discussing some possible answers. This activity is great for discussion, making observations, inferences, predictions, and generalizations.
I always write the question words on the board because they always ask me how to spell them. One of the problems, however, is that some of them cannot read the words and get confused. So I get questions like:
Where are there two police cars?” (Why)
How is the boy talking to?” (Who)
What is the train going?” (Where)
I wanted to make some posters to hang up in the room to save me the trouble of writing them each week. But the fact remains…they all can’t read the words. So, I decided some visual cues were in order.
As a side note, I try to avoid juvenile type decorations. I was once told by some 8th graders that middle school teachers should not use decorations with “faces.” However, I think they were referring to cartoon-like faces. I think these posters will meet a middle schooler’s criteria for “cool.”
Here are the PDF files for you to use in your classroom.