Tuesday, 29 March 2016

A Simple Classroom Management Strategy for Lining Up

Do your students struggle at line up time?  Do they have a problem leaving enough space for others or crowd together so that everyone ends up pushing and shoving?   This group of firsties has been particularly challenged with lining up.

I am linking up with my good friend Erin at Mrs. Beattie's Classroom for a new weekly blog series.

 My tip for you today is line up spots on the floor.

I created these spots with a roll of vinyl and a circle punch.  I have also used my Silhouette Cameo. Although you can't see it in this picture I have a different colour for my 2 door holder spots and for my Caboose.  This serves as a visual reminder for those friends who have those jobs each week.  

These spots have saved my sanity this year! Lining up has become a lot less of a hassle.  

I hope you found this tip helpful! 

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time, 

Monday, 28 March 2016

How to Use Cereal Boxes to Teach Media Literacy

As an Ontario teacher, Media Literacy is one of the strands within our Language curriculum to be assessed and taught.   I am being honest when I say that I struggled to find a meaningful way to teach and assess Media Literacy.  There is so much to teach, so fitting it in was a challenge.

Today I want to share with my solution - integration!  I now teach Media Literacy expectations embedded into my healthy eating curriculum and incorporate math, visual arts and oral communication too.  I use cereal boxes as a means to teach the media literacy skills my students need.  Now I am getting much more bang for my buck in terms of covering the curriculum and assessing my students.

This is what I created:

There is a lot of content in this unit.  It provides everything you need to use cereal boxes to teach Media Literacy.  The beauty of it is you can pick and choose how much you want to use and still teach the content you need to cover.  

Within the lessons, I have included links to resources on the internet to make it easy for teachers to find exactly what they need to share with their students for each lesson.  No more failed google searches to find what you want!  #win.  

Students can complete a number of graphic organizers to not only plan their cereal box but to think critically about media elements used in cereal box packaging.  If at all possible ask parents to save cereal boxes for you so that you have good collection of different kinds of boxes - healthy and not so healthy choices.  

After looking at cereal boxes and investigating what media elements food package designers use they are ready to design their own.  

When they are all finished with the project there is a rubric you can use to assess their media literacy expectations as well as some oral language expectations if you choose to have your students orally present their cereal box designs.  

There has been so much positive feedback about this unit and with that usually comes some helpful feedback as well.  
As a result of that last piece of feedback, I took a closer look at this product to see what I could add that would add value to the product and be a relevant and useful addition.  I came up with the idea of adding a board game to the back of the box.  Many children's cereals have had games on the back so this seemed like an ideal pairing.  Teachers could now teach probability expectations using a real world connection.  

The new and improved product now includes a series of lessons to cover the probability strand of Math.  

Students start out exploring board games like this one and determine if the game/spinner is fair or unfair.  

They investigate further with spinners.  

Finally, students have a choice of game boards to choose from to create their own board game and spinner.  I am sure students will have a lot of fun playing each other's board games.  

If you already purchased the unit then head over to my store and download the new and improved version.  

Thanks for stopping by 
Until next time, 

Sunday, 6 March 2016

I Love My Followers Giveaway

It is time to celebrate!  I recently reached a personal milestone on Teachers Pay Teachers that I am thrilled about - 1000 followers for my TpT store.  I have been creating and selling on TpT since February of 2013 so it is fitting that I have reached this milestone just over 3 years after starting.  I have built up my following slowly over the years. 

And now for the celebration!  I would like to thank each and everyone of you who clicked that little green star to show your interest in my products.  I do hope you will take the time to enter.

I love a good scavenger hunt and so do my students.  As soon as I tell them they will need to be detectives to complete an activity they are engaged and ready to go.  I hope you feel the same and are ready to put on your detective hat.

Here is how it works:

1.  You will be checking out 6 of my custom categories to find a word in each of the descriptions that you will be entering into the rafflecopter.  If you like what you see follow my store so you are notified about my latest products.

2.  You will be checking out a few of my most popular blog posts to find an image with a word that you will enter into the giveaway.

There will be a few bonus entries for following my blog, signing up for my newsletter (it's not live yet, but I hope to have it ready soon)  and sharing about my giveaway on Social Media.  

Good luck - get out those magnifying glasses and start hunting for words :)

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Until next time~

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A Simple Strategy to Review Sight Words

Are your student's struggling to learn their sight words?   Would you like an easy to use system with those student's that targets just the words that they need?

I am blogging over at Who's Who and Who's New and sharing about how I use my free Word Wall Words flip books to do just this. You can read all about it by clicking here: 

Until next time,