Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stacked: Learning with Styrofoam Cups

Check out my post at We Are Teachers: Ways to teach English Language Arts (featured above), Math, Social Studies, and Science using styrofoam cups!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Equivalent Fractions Musical Plates

Get children up and moving with this fun, kinesthetic fraction activity! Children are given a fraction and dance around to music, trying to find its equivalent. Written and visual representations of fractions are used to assess children's understanding!

post-it notes
paper plates
sharpie to write fractions
visual representations of fractions to glue on plate

Give each student a fraction written on a post-it note. Students remember their fraction and stick it on their shirt. Next, lay out the paper plates with fractions written (or pasted) on them. You should make a variety of equivalent fraction plates for each student and spread them far apart. Then, each student will have to really look to find a plate that is equivalent.

Start up the music and children dance and hunt for a fraction that is equivalent to their own. When they find a fraction that is equivalent, they stand on the paper plate. If they don't find an equivalent fraction before the music stops, they're out! For each round, students keep hunting for fractions. Once there are no more fractions that are equivalent to their own, they sit out. They found all of their fractions! 

This activity can be played as a whole group or with small groups to assess the children's learning. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pass The Plate Poetry

Students are split up into teams. Each team is given a plastic plate with a topic written on it and a dry erase marker. The team must brainstorm quickly and take turns jotting down words that relate to the topic. Once time is up, they collaborate and create a poem using the words on their plate and their topic as the title. The plates can be rinsed off and used again.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Syllable Hunt

Students are given a word and stick it to their shirt. They must go around the room and find peers that have a word with the same number of syllables as their word. Once they have found their group, they stay together. The teacher goes around the room checking the groups and assessing the children's knowledge of syllables.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Genre Sort Tic-Tac-Toe

Call students over to a table of books. They choose a genre to play tic-tac-toe with a peer. The first person to get three correct genres in a row wins!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rock Band Storypath

Storypath units promote children as active participants in their own learning. Students learn about topics through cross-curricular connections woven into an imaginative real-world scenario. They role-play and make critical decisions independently and collaboratively. Invite your students on a rock band adventure! This unit integrates Common Core standards with project-based learning. Students discover that what they learn in school is valuable, even for a rock star! Rock Band Storypath - Check it out here!