If contractions are something you regularly teach, you probably have a variety of contraction matching activities. I’ve seen really cute matching activities for just about every holiday or theme imaginable. So . . to be a little different, I have included a fan graphic organizer for your lesson. Continue Reading
By using the comparison of a diorama, my students are able to begin to understand 1st and 3rd points of view. I tell the students that in first-person, you shrink yourself and become one of the characters within the diorama. If you were writing a story set in the diorama, you would describe what is happening to you. In third-person, you are outside the diorama, looking in, and telling a story about what you see.
Check out these great upper elementary compound word activities. A detailed word list shows when to close or hyphenate a number of compound words. The foldable organizer words well with advanced or simple words. Games and activities will make learning fun.
Compound Anchor Chart
This simple anchor chart took just a few seconds to create. First write a words that can be turned into compound words on sticky notes. Then place these in a random fashion on a table. Students come to the table and select two words that will form a compound word. Next the student places the sticky notes on the chart.Continue Reading
Describing a character in depth including describing a character’s thoughts, words, or actions is an important Common Core Standard. Beginning in 5th grade students must also be able to compare characters. Listed below are a few ways to help students understand this important standard.
#1 Use a Picture of the Character with Descriptive Words
Writing a thesis statement can be an extremely difficult skill for students to learn.
The Teaching Standards
This skill is introduced in the Tennessee State Teaching Standards beginning at the sixth grade level. While the Common Core State Standards do not use the words “thesis statement,” beginning in the first grade level, the standards say students must be able to introduce opinion pieces, and state an opinion. [This sounds like a thesis statement to me.] While I’m not sure that lower elementary students could begin to understand the complexity of the thesis statement, I do plan to continue teaching this skill to upper elementary students. Continue Reading