Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Multiplication Today

Many parents comment about how math looks very different today.  At a recent School Open House night, we showed a PowerPoint of how math can be modeled.  We are currently in our multiplication unit, where students are learning the concept, not just facts.

As a way of reviewing the various ways to model, I had students represent a fact using arrays, number bonds, the commutative property, and equal groups.  This FREEBIE is great to hang up for an Open House or just review the different ways to model math.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Action Verb Charades

When teaching verbs in the past, I had students act out the verb to see the action.  We did this for sentences we read to make identifying verbs more accessible for the kinesthetic learners.  While lesson planning this afternoon, I thought of a more engaging way to involve movement into the teaching of verbs - Charades!

This FREEBIE is available on my TpT site for a limited time!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Verb Scavenger Hunt

Do your students love any activity that gets them up and moving?  This is a super effective tactic for practicing any skill!  We'll be studying action verbs this week.  What better way to practice identifying verbs than with a scavenger hunt around the room?


This scavenger hunt involves 16 cards that are placed around the room, a student recording page, and an answer key.  Some of the sentences contain more than one verb, just to get the students really thinking!

Irregular Verbs Resource Pack

Each year, many students come from homes where English is not the first language, or even spoken at all.  One area where these students have difficulty, as do many young English speakers, is with irregular verbs.

Our students enter the building between 9:00 and 9:15.  Most teachers don't begin lessons until 9:30.  As a special educator, I see that as plenty of time to run a small group to work on goals!

I created a pack of resources to use to help the students learn some of the irregular verbs.  There are so many to learn but I selected the verbs I thought would be most frequently seen and used.

The pack includes four fill-in-the-blank worksheets, a memory matching game, and a sorting worksheet.  I printed several sets of the memory matching game on different shades of colored card-stock.  I paired the students up heterogeneously so they could help each other recognize matches.

How do you teach irregular verbs?