Sunday, January 17, 2016

Transition Words To Go.

Transition Words Index Card for the Students
At the beginning of the year, the students were struggling with the concept of transition words and paragraph formation. I had a poster and graphic organizers, but quite a few of them would benefit from having a list in front of them, so I made this index card (link below).

The index is patterned after the 5 paragraph, four-square model, which I find very user friendly for some types of writings.

GREEN MEANS GO! The GREEN square is a list of traditional transitions a writer would use to begin the writing. This is a basic list and the students are encouraged to expand it on the back.

YELLOW is the continuation of the writing and the middle main paragraphs. 

RED is the final paragraph where we stop, or bring the writing to a close.

As the students become more comfortable with the transitions, longer transitional phrases or connections (like the one used to start this paragraph) can be introduced to the writers to further enhance their writing pieces. The students are also challenged to use transitions other than first,next, then, second, and third. They are on the cards, but only as guides since they are often very comfortable with those particular ones, to show the students where in the writing it would go.

When they are not in  use, the cards go in the "tools" section of their folders for safe keeping. These bags have given them a sense of ownership of the items kept n there. I have noticed they are very organized this year and know where their things go.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! In Your Classroom!

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Have you ever had a snowball toss in your classroom?

If you have never used "snowballs" to build anticipation and excitement for a concept, you need to read on! My students beg to play this game regardless of the concept.  I, also,  love this type of review game! It gets the students up, moving, and actively engaged!

There is a link to a FREE snowball game for Addition and Multiplication Equality Equations at the end.
Directions for the game:
To Play:
Give each student a half or quarter piece of paper
Explain how to play the game (below). I play silently (because snow falls silently), but that is up to you. You could play “Let it Snow” in the background for added effect
The students then crumple the paper into a “snowball” 
On the count of three, they throw the “snowballs” in the air toward the middle of the area or room (this makes it easier to find them all)
Each student finds a snowball, opens it up, looks at it, solves t and holds it in front of them for others to see. Then, without talking, find the student with the other half or part of their paper.
When all are paired, repeat for as many cycles as you wish

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HAVE FUN!! I know the kids will!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

5 for 50% Off Celebration!

I am quickly approaching 500 followers on TPT! That has been one of my goals. In celebration, I will off ANY five items at 50% off regular price for 24 hours. To make it even better, YOU get to pick the products!

Click the picture or the text to vote. The survey below is a one question survey. All you have to do is type in the name of the product you have had your eye on that you want to be 50% off.

After you finish voting you will then seem the most current results. whether there are 5 votes or 500 (Who could happen!), the top five products voted for will be 50%.

Stay tuned for the date, it will be announced on my Facebook page, along with an easy way to search for the discounted products.

Thank you!
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