Teaching

Making Learning Awesome with Kahoot!

What is Kahoot? I was completely unaware of Kahoot and had never even heard of it until a few weeks ago. My school district had a training, and the keynote speaker introduced us to this incredible website, even letting us use it. Kahoot is a free website that allows you to create learning activities for any subject…… Continue reading Making Learning Awesome with Kahoot!

Sensory Objects · Teaching

Busy Bars

Okay, guys. This bad boy right here is the reason I’ve been so sporadic about posting for the last year. I’ve been completing my 63 page  thesis (that’s right, sixty-three pages!!!) for my M.Ed degree in Curriculum and Instruction and have pretty much been MIA for the past year and a half while I went through the…… Continue reading Busy Bars

Teaching

Spelling Battleship

I’ve been so slow at posting lately, and I’m so sorry! I’ve been crazy busy with school starting back up and new programs being implemented at our elementary school, along with working on my thesis and wrapping up my masters program. More on my thesis and capstone project, an action research project taking place in…… Continue reading Spelling Battleship

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Wax Museum

For our last writing project, I decided to get a little bit more creative. While I was at Edith Bowen Laboratory School, the fifth grade teachers, Joan Kyriopoulos and Jan Farmer, had their students participate in a project termed the Wax Museum. I loved the idea and decided to incorporate it into my own classroom.…… Continue reading Wax Museum

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Kandinsky Murals

For art, we channeled Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s abstract, color-rich murals. His works were greatly influenced by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Matisse. Here was our inspiration: For this project, I gave each of my students a white piece of card stock. With the paper vertically on their desks, they measured 2 3/4 inches across and…… Continue reading Kandinsky Murals

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“I Wish” Poems

In my classroom, we had been reading and discussing poetry for a couple of days. I wanted my students to write their own poems, but wasn’t sure where to start. I had remembered from the school I was previously at a poetry assignment one of the teachers had done, and I loved it! I decided…… Continue reading “I Wish” Poems

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Parts of Speech Fitness

At my school, we do something called “Walk to Read.” This consists of students separating into groups for intensive reading instruction based on their own level. This system has proved to be extremely beneficial in reaching target struggle areas for students, and has helped every student gain reading progress. Within my classroom, I have a…… Continue reading Parts of Speech Fitness

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Classroom Jeopardy

Within my school district, we use Journeys language arts curriculum. Although I really like our program, it covers a TON of material each week. So much so that sometimes I’m worried about my students being able to retain it all. Rather than give my kids worksheets and busy work to check their understanding, I found a…… Continue reading Classroom Jeopardy