Monday, January 28, 2013

Magazine Magnet Puzzle

I give this activity an A. If you have a magazine with lots of fashion prints, then all you need are the sticky magnets. I actually use a products that's designed to fit and go on the back of business cards to give out to clients. I just cut up the magnets into about six or eight pieces. You could also have your child color a coloring book page, cut it up, and do the same activity.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Magic Milk

I give this activity a B+. You will have to pour out the milk afterwards, so that's a bit wasteful. All you need to do is fill a cookie sheet 1/2" deep with milk. Then add food coloring in drops. Add dish soap to the food coloring to see the explosion of color. An added step is to place a piece of paper on top of the finished product to capture the swirl. Let paper air dry colored side up.

Secret Message Water Painting

I give this activity an A. It was easy, cheap, and pretty cool. You could draw or write anything with a white crayon and then paint over it with water color. Neat!

Lego & Brick Painting

I give this activity a B+ Easy, fun, but some cleanup (we ran the Legos through the dishwasher afterwards). Dad took the lead on this activity.

Ball and Brick Color Sort

I give this activity an A-. Easy and educational. I did have to buy the tubs.

Celery painting

I give this activity a B+. I thought the images would be better, but it was free and sort of entertaining for him.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine painting

I give this activity an A-. It was difficult to keep the blue painter's tape from curling up while we were laying out the letters. A little bit of paint bled under the tape as you can see in the picture. Still, a sweet and easy Valentine.

Painting with plastic drink bottles

Painting with plastic bottles. I give this activity a B+. The materials are easy to gather and some of the shapes include "flowers" and circles. You can also use the caps as stampers for circles.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Just for teachers!

3-2-1 Exit Slip: 3 important facts, 2 interesting things, 1 question you still have (modify to fit accordingly)

Vocab Swat. Write vocab words on white board. Students swat the correct word when you give definition or characteristic.

Appointments with working partners. Make partners prior to giving question or assignment. Student work with predetermined partners and switch when you give the signal.

Think, write, pair-share, rewrite.

Walk across the room if…. Can be hypothetical for frontloading and determining prior knowledge or based on actual events in history or a novel. Use for review or pre-activity.

Sentence starters with paraphrase. She said that____, and I’d like to add that…. OR He said that______, but I think that….

Discussion with textual evidence. Have students quote the exact text and page number. Everyone turns to the page and follows along.

Collaborative reading. I, the teacher, will read. Students will finish the sentence when I pause. I might call on a particular student only, so follow along carefully.

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Use two decks of cards. One deck you hand out to students. The other you use to draw from for random call.

Use one deck of cards to create random groups of four (or any other predetermined amount). This requires more planning and for you to pass out an equal number of 2s, 3s, etc.

Use an online timer and project onto the board for time management.

Use creative partnering for work. For example, “Work with someone who was born in the same month as you.”

When using group work, give each student a job. Clearly define each job. (Task manager, time keeper, quality checker, fact checker, gate keeper etc.).

Have students submit their work electronically periodically via email or your blog/website.

Grade multiple choice quizzes in class. The students get immediate feedback, and it saves you precious time.

Have students write their own quiz or test questions. They take more ownership for the learning and the test results.

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