Thursday, May 23, 2013

Academic Vocabulary

I am working on converting some of my activities to the Common Core standards. Today I completed the first vocabulary activity that I will work on with my kids. This is only Part 1 and is over definitions.   These items are free in my TPT Store or you can get them from My google drive below.

You can get a copy of this PowerePoint activity and the answer key  by clicking HERE.

This set uses the same words but students will need to use context clues to get the correct answer. To download this version click HERE

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Movie Segments for Warm-ups and Follow-ups: Freedom Writers: Teaching

Movie Segments for Warm-ups and Follow-ups: Freedom Writers: Teaching

Monthly Journaling Pages

My Freshmen are using  monthly journaliing pages, along with other activities. I do not know who the author is but I know they were beautiful and free. I have received several responses about these so I am re-posting. 

 I simply give my kids the page and check for completeness at the end of the month. I used to give them a prompt everyday and make them write it, date it, and write a half page response. With these I set no requirements, which threw them at first, but I simply explained that it was their journal and to do what they thought needed to be done. I could tell they thought I had lost my mind, and I wasn't sure how this would turn out. When I went to grade them I couldn't believe how much work my kids had put in to their journal pages! Full pages of poetry, illustrations, recipes, stories, etc.... Giving up control and letting them take over has been one of the best things I have ever done.

These make good activities for the interactive notebooks. Next year I plan on having a "grab a snack and write Fridays." This will allow them to share some of the recipes they have found or shared. This should be fairly quick to do, and can lead to other writing activities, i.e. writing critiques, responses, memories, etc...


         Here are the links to the other pages: