In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we are providing you with 12 resources (crafts, poems, displays, activities) that can be used to teach your students about the importance of Remembrance Day. On November 11, we are provided with the opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed everything in order for us to enjoy the freedom that we often take for granted.
5. Beautiful for the Canadian flag (I’ve linked this to the Pinterest source, but I can’t find the proper attribution…if you know where this is from, please leave the info in the comments section. Thanks!)
In our previous posts, we shared a few lesson plans with you based on The First Nations People (An Introduction, Homes, Food). In addition to these three lesson plans, we are now adding to the collection. Today’s post is another lesson plan based on clothing. This lesson plan takes from beginning to end and also includes a worksheet (2 pages) to work on with your students. Click on the images below to get the full lesson plan and worksheet. Also, be sure to check out the ‘EcoKids’ (http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/homework_help/first_nations/index.cfm). This website has additional information in connection to the above listed lesson plans, including todays lesson on clothing!
Are you finding these lesson plans helpful? Let us know – we would love to hear from you!
How many times do you read a piece of text, be it a poem, book, article, song lyrics, and think about how it can be utilized to teach concepts in literacy to your students? I have found that I do this constantly, but sometimes have great ideas at that moment but then forget about all those thoughts. I say to myself, I should have written it down, organized my thoughts. With this planning sheet, you can organize your thoughts about that piece of text and keep a record of it for future use! This way, you do not need to re-read it in its entirety, and can always build from your initial thoughts. The planning sheet is a 2 page organizer where you can record the name, author and type of text you will use. I have added some literacy concepts for headings and have left some blank for your discretion. It’s a simple document that can easily be used as a point of reference for you or your team! Click on the image to get this effective tool.
Generic prompting questions (e.g. “Why do you think that..”, “What did you do here?”) are useful and help students explain their thinking
However, it’s really helpful when teachers truly understand the math they are teaching, so that they are able to formulate specific questions based on the concepts being discussed (e.g. “Why did you decide to do it in this order?”)
Teachers often ask questions to check for understanding, but they should really be asking questions to initiate thinking (what a great point!)
Teachers need to ask themselves: “Why am I doing this? Mathematically what are the kids going to get out of this? What is the important mathematical idea that I want to come out of this?” This line of questioning will really help teachers to develop initiating questions along these important mathematical concepts
Look at the types of questions you ask students to solve; for example:
“If you cut this shape of the dotted line, what will the two parts look” (this type of question will elicit discussion that is over quickly, with the majority of conversation being “teacher voice”) vs
“What shapes can you create by cutting up this shape?” (this type of question is much richer, provides a key ideas for students to explore, and initiate a deeper conversation with much more “student voice”)
The link provided above has other webcasts that would be beneficial for teachers regarding discourse in the math classroom. The webcasts feature Marian Small, Deborah Ball, Steven Katz, and (my favourite!) Lucy West.
We are always looking for ways to ensure that we meet all of our students needs. The best way to do so, is to utilize cooperative games in our classroom. Doing so will have great short-term and long-term benefits for you and your students. Creating a safe and conducive environment to allow your students to grow emotionally and academically can be achieved through cooperative games.
This weeks ‘Words to Live by Wednesdays’ is just a fun poster to put up in your class to remind your students to have a great, fun, happy AND safe Halloween! You have probably discussed and reviewed many upon many safety rules this Halloween! Today is a fun day for all of us – students and teachers alike. As we all know, it is so important to talk about and to continue to remind our students about the many safety rules. Although parents will continue to reinforce them at home, it is still so important for us to bring them up in class, discuss them, share thoughts and just to make sure we have helped in some way!
Have a great Halloween with your students and your very own children too! Enjoy!