Friday, September 28, 2012

The Most Dangerous Game

This week in my English I class we read "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. This is one of my favorite stories to teach because the kids get so into it. We are located in a rural community and many of my students love to hunt! Even my most reluctant readers come to attention as we start talking about "Game" as prey and a sport. I have redone my unit plan and put some of the resources I have collected over the past few years together to make a unit that is more organized and teacher friendly. I hope some of you out there can use it. It includes my day by day plans and worksheets and activities to go with it.

I also bought the original movie at amazon ($8.93 for Prime Members) and they have taken the 1932 classic and color enhanced it. (In my opinion this is the best version) I still need to make my compare and contrast assignment and will post it here when I finish it. I also have my Promethean board presentation that will be posted here on Monday (accidentally left it at school). It is just a student version of my lessons to project.

Since I am doing interactive notebooks for the first time this year, I have also put in the left side and right side activities in my plans. This has been really helpful. I teach three different grades and it can become quite confusing for me to try to remember what goes where sometimes. I keep a model notebook for each class and I have found it difficult to keep all three notebooks up to date, and do all of the other things that come with the job. Hopefully next year will be easier.

Anyway, I hope some of you can put this unit to use.  To get a copy of the free unit click on the link below.

The Most Dangerous Game Unit Plan

Vocabulary quiz

MDG Flipchart

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Off and Running!

Well school is definitely back in session!!! After reading a few blog post from other teachers, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who feels that there are not enough hours in the day. It seems like no matter how much time I spend during the summer to prepare, I still feel like I am swimming to stay on top of things. I have created flipcharts for the first few pages of my ISN's and wanted to share them with those of you who have Active Inspire software installed.

These are the some of the latest charts I have made for my seventh and eighth grade classes.
Strategies for Active Readers
Seventh Grade by Gary Soto
Elements of Fiction
Setting up the interactive notebook
Checkouts by Cynthia Rylant- Vocabulary using synonyms as context clues

 Hope someone can use them and it frees up some time for you. Will be posting more later. thanks for stoping by and have a great week.