Teaching vocabulary with index cards is a fun yet effective method. Here’s how:
On one side of the index card, students write the vocabulary word in large letters so that it may be used as a response card. For daily practice, students spread their index cards with the words facing up on their desktops. The teacher calls out definitions, synonyms, antonyms, or sentences with missing words. Students locate the correct word and hold up the card. This is a great way for the teacher to check to determine if students need additional practice or if most know the words. Also, each student is participating with each teacher request – ‘the every student, every time theory.’Continue Reading
Not only can you get these free Johnny Appleseed vocabulary activities, but check out a slew of additional apple activities for big kids on my updated apple webpages here.
These webpages include figurative language, facts, and teaching ideas. Apple quotes are great for teaching Common Core figurative language standards. Students can refer to details and examples when explaining what the text says explicitly (another Common Core Standard) with a great list of apple facts. Have students write creatively using apples as a theme. Students can learn to follow directions with the classroom apple recipes. Continue Reading
Teach measurement with these device response, interactive web pages. I am super excited about my measurement activities. Years ago when I was first learning how to build web pages, this was one of my first projects. The programs and codes I originally used were so outdated that only about a third of the pages worked. Now everything is in full working order, device responsive, and interactive. YEAH! Here’s what you will find.
Several reference charts provide illustrations for each measurement unit.Continue Reading
Do you want to keep students excited about learning? Try using the theme of chocolate. Students will love reading books about chocolate. Playing games with a chocolate theme is fun. Eating chocolate is also a must. Check out the newly updated “Chocolate in the Classroom” section of the Book Units Teacher website for ideas. Here’s what you will find.
In the “History of Chocolate” you will find a timeline. A group of my students created this timeline as part of a project a number of years ago. Unfortunately, it is six pages long. YIKES! Students would be bored-out-of-their-minds trying to read through the timeline. Because of this, I created a scavenger hunt to make finding details fun. Students skim through the facts to find specific dates or information from these webpages. They add the information to the printable creating their own mini-timelines. Download the free printable hereto get started. Students can use the timeline to write a paragraph similar to this one.Continue Reading
All third graders and up in our school create a research paper each year. One year students may write about famous people from their social studies text. The next year they write about topics from science. The school year is just too short not to cover multiple skills with the research project.
Sources and the Bibliography
We have the best school librarian. She takes on the task of helping the students with their research. Students must use a minimum of three references: a book, an encyclopedia, and a website. Continue Reading