Category: Fun Stuff
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Black History Scoot Activity
Playing Scoot turns using a set of task cards into a game. You play by placing one task card on each student’s desk. For easier recording, place the cards in numerical order. Give each student one copy of a sheet to record answers.
Each student will read the question on the activity card on his/her desk and will record the answer. After a length of time (approximately 1 minute),a signal is given for the students to scoot to the next desk. The signal may simply be the teacher saying “move” or a noise such as a bell. The procedure repeats at each desk. The activity continues until all students end up at the desks where they began the activity.
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Frosty vs. Rudolph
I love Christmas! The students’ excitement is magical
Early last year as I was listening to the requirements of our writing assessment . . . . read two informational texts . . . . compare and contrast . . . . write a narrative based on the texts . . . . I decided that I would use the magic of Christmas to practice for the test. After all, half the battle of students performing well on this type of assessment is to build up confidence levels. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to compare the stories behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman?” I began researching. Wow! I hit a gold mine. I was surprised to discover that the story behind Rudolph is heartwarming, and there is definitely a connection between the two back stories.
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With Christmas right around the corner, students are getting excited. I have found the best way to keep students under control at this time of year is to keep them busy with fun, educational activities.
Here are two free Christmas resources you may wish to give a try this holiday season.
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Native Americans is one of my favorite topics to teach. It doesn’t matter the grade level; students are fascinated. They become active learners when studying about different tribes, customs, etc.
One great way to begin your exploration is with this Native American chart. Each box contains links to information written by students. The webpages are not only full of great information but student-made dioramas, Native American crafts, and costumes.
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Thanksgiving Book and Game
I love holidays! I get as excited as my students when I pull out holiday related materials. This Thanksgiving activity includes a turnaround upside down book as well as a comprehension game.
Turn Around Upside Down Book
With the turn around upside down book, students read about the Pilgrims from the beginning of the book to the center. They will then close the book, turn it upside down, and read the story of Squanto from the “new” beginning to the center.
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Each fall Johnson County Friends of the Library and our local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma team up to host a children’s author or book illustrator. Over a couple of days, the author or illustrator presents programs for all the elementary children in our system, an event for parents and children together, followed by something special for our group.
This year we were lucky enough to get John Archambault, author of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. He presented a wonderful program full of music. The children in the audience were super engaged throughout his program. Below is a Youtube clip of him singing his famous book. I included it so you could get a little taste of what his presentation was like.
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