Monday, May 6, 2019

TpT Sale

My entire TpT store is on sale!
poster made by Violet and Thistle
Are you in need of a Mother's Day gift?

Had your eye on one of my bestsellers?
Sight word resources?
Sight Word Superstars

Or one of my many book club packets? I have all different levels!

Maybe your centers could use some new activities?
I have many math games
Place Value Go Fish

and language arts activities covering different topics.

Or do you want to check out one of my writing resources?

You could even start preparing for next year!
Language arts editing and math word problems all in one! Perfect for morning work!

I have 114 items so I bet you will find something you can use.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Make Your Own Taboo Game

Have you played the game Taboo? 

You try to get your team to guess the word at the top by giving oral clues BUT you cannot use any of the words listed on the card.

I had my junior high students make a history version of this game but you could make it for any topic!

Click HERE for the template I made in Google Slides.

You just need to make a copy of my template to save as your own, then click on the words to edit them.

I had my students work as partners and write the word/name down on the board so no one did the same term. When the page was complete, they printed and cut them out so we had a class deck. Making the cards was a way to study in disguise. They had to know all about the topic in order to figure out what clue words would be needed.

If you have younger students you may want to make the cards yourself. You could review math vocabulary, science terms, etc. I am teaching 3rd and 4th grade math this summer and I'm thinking about making a set with a number at the top, say 10. Then the taboo "words" could be 2x5, 8+2, 12-2, 5+5.

Tips for playing:
1. You can play with any number of people. I split my class of 16 into 4 teams of 4 and had two games going but I could have done one giant game.
2. Sit in a circle with players alternating from each team. A player from the other team looks over your shoulder to make sure you don't say one of the forbidden words. If a taboo word is said the "checker" can say'"Buzz" or you could use a real buzzer if you have one.
3. Cards may also be "passed" if the clue giver feels like it will be too time consuming or difficult. These passed cards just go back to the end of the deck.
4. We have iPads so one student is in charge of setting the 1 minute timer for each person. You could also use an egg timer or sand timer from a different game.
5. I also gave a small whiteboard and marker to a student to be the score keeper. Alternatively, everyone could keep the cards they got right and add the score up once everyone has had a chance to play. I had my group keep going until all the cards were guessed.

I'd love to hear if you try it with your class. My students thought it was really fun.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

What do you have your class do for Mother's Day?

How about making a gift book using the poem If You Give a Mom a Muffin, patterned after the Laura Numeroff books. 

We read the whole poem, then work on two pages a day so it doesn't get overwhelming. We brainstorm ideas for each page and I draw one of them using the document camera. I encourage the students to use their own creativity but those who find drawing intimidating are comforted to have my model.
I include drawing ideas for each page in the download but they often come up with their hilarious ideas.

Mom is still asleep so her eyes are closed.

The gift bags are personalized, too!
This student knew tried to replicate her mom's pillowcase!
I buy the muffins from Costco but some buyers tell me they have the students make those, too. 
I've also thought about adding Starbucks Via packets. 
Image result for via coffee
The hardest part for the students is picking which muffin flavor their mom would like best.
 I have had students admit to picking their favorite flavor in hopes Mom will share!

I also include alternative wording using Aunt, Grandma, and cocoa.

You can get all my directions and templates in my store by clicking HERE.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Beginning, Ending, and Vowel Sounds Game

Does your school use standardized testing?

Here is a game I made to use in my small groups to practice beginning, ending, and vowel sounds in the same format it is asked in our test (CTP from ERB).

 I show them the card as I ask the question.

I cut apart these boards and laminated one for each player. I used mini erasers for playing pieces.You could have the students take turns or ask everyone to write their answer on a whiteboard and reveal at the same time. 
This also practices paying attention to details and we talked about not falling for their tricks (i.e. answers have same beginning sound but you were asked to find the matching ending sound.)

This game is fun and great practice regardless of what assessments you use. You can find it in my store if you are interested.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pysanky Eggs

These are two of my favorite books to read before Easter. I love Patricia Polacco books!
In both books the main characters make Pysanky (or Ukrainian) Eggs.  We admire how intricate and beautiful they are. We note the geometric shapes, flowery vines, animals, and repetitive patterns.

HERE is a quick YouTube video about the process of making them.

I then let the kids design their own Pysanky-inspired egg. They drew the design with sharpie on white construction paper. I showed them that they could use crayon-resist if they wanted to. Then I let them loose with watercolor paints.

Sure brighten up the room!