Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Websites for classroom videos

I have recently been working on my short story unit and have come across several good websites that I wanted to share. The first is Watch Know Learn. The site has short useful videos from all over the web, not just YouTube. They can be downloaded and embedded into whiteboard presentations. My school has YouTube blocked and since you can't download the videos, I am often limited on what I can use. This site has a wide variety of subjects and even has a section dedicated to the Common Core. Check it out.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Noun Game

I have been playing the Noun Game in my room for years and the kids love it!! I have created a Promethean chart  with a list of words and directions.. I usually divide the class into two groups, and  boys against girls really gets them going.

To play I have one student sit with their back to the board and another player sits facing them. The player facing the board will give one word clues, as a list, to describe the word on the board. The player with their back to the board will try to guess the word. I give them one minuet to get as many words as possible. There are no hand gestures allowed nor are they allowed to pass.  Also, if they say a form of the word their turn is over and no points are awarded.

I call it the Noun Game because I will usually teach them how to play when I am teaching nouns and adjectives. However, It usually turns in to their game of choice if they earn a reward day. We have also used vocabulary lists to play with. It may take a couple of turns before the kids get the hang of it but most catch on quickly. This Promethean Flip chart has 27 slides of words and I just use the revealer tool and go down the list. It really is hilarious fun for everyone.  It's free all I ask is that you let me know how your kids liked it.

The Noun Game