Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  2017 will bring a new blog series on teaching "basic skills" to students as well as interactive content lessons!

2016 had its highs and lows with many new changes.  However, I feel especially blessed to be able to teach 6th grade ELA at a new school where learning is valued.  It has allowed me the opportunity to try new things and spread my teaching wings!

I plan to blog about my teaching wing discoveries in 2017.  You can expect a series on teaching "basic skills" like teaching students how to fail, how to study, and how to manage time.  

You can also expect posts about my experiences with interactive classroom content including visual notes, digital playlists, centers/stations, and various engagement strategies from places like Kagan.

So as we head "out with the old", I am happy to share the best parts of 2016:

Best of 2016 Sale!  December 28-30, 2016 > Search #bestof2016sale on Teachers Pay Teachers!

My Top 2 resources for 2016 that are 20% off December 28-30 are:

My top 2 resources for 2016!
Just click on the image above to see these resources as featured items.

  I'm always looking for new ways to do ordinary things and these two resources do just that!  Plus, they save teachers time and get the job done!

A new resource that I have created that meets these same criteria is:

These notes combine traditional notes, interactive notebooking and visual notes all at the same time!  They're a great way to collect all the important details of setting, characters, plot and theme for ANY novel with a variety of formats for differentiation.

These notes combine traditional notes, interactive notebooking and visual notes all at the same time!  They're a great way to collect all the important details of setting, characters, plot and theme for ANY novel with a variety of formats for differentiation.

And you can get it for FREE by entering your e-mail below!  



Thanks for stopping by!  Here's to a fabulous 2017!


Show & Tell: 4 Ways to Harness Holiday Hubbub!




The last week before the long Winter Break is enough to make any student excited but then add in all the treats of the season and you have holiday hubbub!
So here are my top 4 ways to have fun and still learn during this time of year!


SCATTER!

Play SCATTER with Task Cards to use physical movement to help your students learn!


I tape task cards around the room and have students wander around to write the answers down on their papers. The movement helped them continue to learn through their excitement!  




ZAP!

Play ZAP with your students to review key concepts and have fun at the same time!

This is a fun team game where students must choose a question strip from the cup/can and answer correctly to keep the question strip.  They have to choose carefully, though, if they choose a ZAP instead of a question, they lose all their question strips.  The team with the most question strips wins!


SCOOT!

SCOOT is another fun way to use task cards and physical movement in the classroom!

Tape task cards to the desks.  Give students one minute to write their answer, then call "SCOOT!".  All the students then move one seat to their right.  Continue the pattern until students have returned to their seats.  Finally, have students put a star next to their 3 (or whatever number you prefer) best answers, then just grade those!



QUIZ SHOW!


I love playing Quiz Show with my students on Kahoot or with questions they made just using my white board!


I love playing Quiz Show with my students on Kahoot or with questions they made just using my white board!

You can play like the popular T.V. Show "Jeopardy" but with teams to ensure the entire class is engaged.  Kahoot is a great way to do this and allow students to use their beloved devices.  Accounts are free and easy to use!  

Or, if you're in a time crunch, just put up numbers on your white board and ask each student to write a question.  Write the point values on the back, have students form teams and you're ready to play!

Ready to give some of these game a try but are short on time?  
No worries!
I have some below that are ready to use!

FREE ZAP GAME to review the play version of  "A Christmas Carol"


Play Scoot, Scatter, ZAP, and Quiz Show with your favorite novels!

Click on either image above to get started!

Then be sure to get some more "Show and Tell" by visiting Stephanie at Forever in Fifth Grade!

Thanks for stopping by!

Secondary ELA Blog Hop: Saving Teacher Sanity AFTER The Break!

For many years, I tended to focus on "just getting through" the last few weeks until the break.  It was a busy, hectic time and I was tired.   So when that last day came and the students were gone for the break, so was I!

But then, when I came back from the break in January, I realized I had forgotten a few things - like my passwords....and copies....and....oh no!  January was beginning just as hectic as December ended!


This is how I saved my sanity after the break:

The last week before the break begins, I complete one small task each day.



To make the rules game, all you need is a stack of index cards.  I have 22 students so I make 11 questions about our classroom rules and procedures on one set of cards and 11 answers to match on another set of index cards.  On the first day back from break, students get new seats along with a question or an answer.  After we've each shared the best thing we did over the break, I have the students find their index card match!

After the rules review, then we work on goal-setting with a New Years Activity.  Below is one of my "punny" New Years Activities that is my gift to you this holiday season.

Click here or on the image above to get this freebie!


Now, with this plan, I am at least ready for the first day back!  This has been such a sanity saver for me!

Something else that might help save your sanity is 7 more days of great ideas, freebies and giveaways!  



Today, you can enter to win the following:


Enter Here:
The 12 Days of December
Next, you may want to hop over to Using Your Smarticles to get another sanity saver and the 12 Days of December Hub for the full 12 days of December low-down!

Thanks for stopping by!