Category: Teaching Strategy

8 Fantastic Ways to Use Word Clouds

8 Fantastic Ways to Use Word Clouds

Making word clouds is not only a fun activity for students, but also a great tool for teaching difficult concepts. You can use creating word clouds as a “Hook” activity for a lesson, as a mid-lesson teaching tool, or to summarize a concept.

Before beginning a class project, check out the different websites that offer word clouds. They offer slightly different variations.

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Writing a Short Research Essay ~ Note Taking Method

 Because research projects can become an overwelming task, many students become frustrated. Read about a note taking method that has successful results.

Writing a Research Essay

The Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards require students write short research projects. This can be an overwhelming and frustrating assignment for many students in the upper elementary grades. Due to this, all fourth through sixth graders at our school begin research projects in January using the same note taking method. While this is not the only method for note taking, it works beautifully with this age range. Once sixth graders have graduated from elementary school, they have created a minimum of three research projects using this method, most have created more, and are proficient in this method. Continue Reading

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Carousel Brainstorming

Carousel Brainstorming

Carousel BrainstormingPlanning

In preparation for Carousel Brainstorming, you will need four markers: one black and three different colors based on group colors. Using a black marker, write titles on the top of three pieces of chart paper. Place the chart paper in three locations around the classroom.

Divide the students into three different groups. Using the different colored name badges is the most efficient way to prepare for grouping the students. Continue Reading

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RAFT Writing Strategy

RAFT Activity #1

RAFT Writing Strategy

RAFT is a writing strategy to help students focus on four areas of communication. RAFT is an acronym for the following:

Role of the Writer Continue Reading

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