Sunday, December 11, 2016

Teach This Lesson Tomorrow - Dear Dear

Oh my, everyone! Isn't time just flying?!? I feel like all year long, I'm excited for December to arrive. But, once it's here, I'm all, "Hold on!!!! I'm not READY!!!!" Anyone else?

Well, with all the holiday hoopla surrounding me these days and a classroom full of overly-hyper kids, I'm looking for some fun-yet-rigorous-yet-a-cinch-to-plan lessons. I figured you are, too, so I'm a bringing you another installment of "Teach This Lesson Tomorrow."

This lesson is amazing on so many levels. First, it uses an adorable picture book (I've mentioned before my passion for using picture books with big kids!). Second, the kids have a ball with it. And finally, it gives your students practice with a skill they all need work on: homophones!

I began the lesson with this:

Then, I read this book aloud to my students and we discussed homophones and their definitions (each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, e.g., new and knew.). 

Then, I told them they need to write a short story (no more than a page) that uses 10 sets of homophones. I modeled one for them. (I always draft models "live" in front of my students so they can see a writer in action, hence all the cross-outs!)

Next, I gave them a sheet of common homophones and they got to work!

Once they were finished, we shared.

There you have it!! Easy-peasy lemon squeezy, engaging and fun, and addresses a skill that kids always need to practice.

Got any quick and easy "teach this lesson tomorrow" ideas to share? I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Teaching!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

'Tis the Season!

December is here!

Ahh, this time of year is so full of love, excitement, and joy... and also a bit of exhaustion, dread, and angst! Anyone else feel this way?

I mean, don't get me wrong... I'm not all Scrooge-y about the holidays... but, I feel like they just sneak right up on you! You know, you're finally feeling settled from all the Back-to-School hoopla... your routine is in place, your kids are learning, you're in the GROOVE... and then, WHAM!! The holidays are here and it all gets thrown into a tizzy!

But, ready-or-not, the holidays ARE HERE... how do I know? Because...

My own children (ages 7, 5, and my 2-year old twins) are officially over-the-moon! Our beloved Jingle is back! Fingers crossed he helps to cut down on the whining and fighting that's been happening all up in here!!

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I am excited for this

It's easily one of my favorite writing assignments of the year!!

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Also, I already know what I'm doing for my students this year:

Our district is incredibly diverse, so I always try to stick with secular gifts and phrases. These FREE gift tags (which have an editable salutation by the way!) simply say "2017 is looking BRIGHT" and can be attached to a highlighter (something all my students need!) or any item of your choice.

Quick, easy, inexpensive, and perfect for any student regardless of his/her traditions and customs!

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So, what is happening in your classroom this December? I'd love to hear from you!!

Happy Teaching!!