Students should use different ways to start sentences. Teaching students to use a variety of sentence structures can greatly improve their writing. Begin by having students write a short passage. This can be on any topic including narratives or nonfiction. Next have students use highlighters to underline the first word in each sentence. Students will be surprised that their sentences often begin with the same words repeated over and over.
Go over some ways to begin sentences other than the typical subject-verb sentence structure. Then have students rewrite their passages making sure that every sentence begins with a different word. Turn the activity into a challenge by seeing how many different sentence beginning methods students can use in their passages.Continue Reading
Can we play a game? Students ask teachers this question daily. Finding great educational classroom games challenges teachers to think outside the box.
Tips for Playing Educational Classroom Games
Ask Siri on an any Apple Device.
Talking to Siri is a quick way to get things done. Siri can flip a coin, pick a card, or roll a dice. Siri will also pick a random number. Ask Siri to set a timer. Students can also use Siri to search the web for answers to questions they don’t know.Continue Reading
Have you ever wondered if you should write apart or a part? How about anyone or any one? English contains so many confusing words. Often students wonder if they should use one word or two. These free activities provide practice with six sets of confusing word pairs using Google Apps.
One Word or Two
Apart vs. A Part
apart – adverb meaning separated by distance or besides paired with fromContinue Reading
You can improve your students’ writing by teaching the differences between passive and active voice. This post includes an anchor chart going over the differences, a sorting activity, and a writing activity.
Are you looking for some creative ways to display things in your classroom? Word cards, teaching standards and even student work can clutter up a classroom in no time flat. These classroom displays will have you thinking ‘out of the box.’
Classroom Displays Idea #1 – Pocket Charts
Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom end of Idea #1 to see some ideas for using these pocket charts. Continue Reading
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