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Tuesday, June 11, 2013


I got to visit old friends and meet new ones in Vicksburg last week.  Check out these great ideas!  (I got so many you’ll have to come back tomorrow to see the rest of them.)

What Is a Sentence  (Jennifer Williams)
(Tune:  “Where Is Thumbkin?”)
What is a sentence?
What is a sentence?
A complete thought.
A complete thought.
It starts with a capital letter.
It starts with a capital letter.
And ends with a punctuation mark.
And ends with a punctuation mark.

Show Me Punctuation  (Jennifer Williams)
Teach children the following motions for punctuation marks.
.  Hand out like “stop.”
?  Shrug shoulders.
!  Show muscles.
Teacher says a sentence, and the students show the correct punctuation.
I like to ride my bike.  (Hand out STOP.)
Do you like to ride a bike?  (Shrug shoulders.)
That’s a big snake!  (Show muscles.)

Book Sort  (Sheila Scott)
Use pictures from old book order forms to do the following:
*Children cut out pictures of books and sort into genres.
*Put books in ABC order.
*Make predictions about books.

Full body Listening  (Gloria Pettitt)
Teacher says, “1, 2,3, eyes on me!”
“Full body listening!”  1.  Feet on floor
2.    Hands in lap.
3.    Mouth closed.
4.    Ears open.
5.    Eyes on speaker.
Students show the action or point when saying the steps.
Envelope Puppets  (Cybil Richmond)
Cut envelopes in half so you can insert your hand to make a puppet.  Use in science to identify living/nonliving things, biotic/abiotic factors, physical/chemical properties, etc.

Sparkle Spelling Game  (Gloria Pettit)
Students stand in a circle.  The teacher says a spelling word.  The students go around the circle saying one letter each.  After they spell the word, the next student says the word.  The next student gets “sparkled” (all students yell “sparkle” and that student sits down).  Keep going until only one student is left.

Heads Up Seven Up Spelling (Kristin Sibley)
Seven students go to the front of the room.  Everyone else puts their head down and one thumb up.  Just like the game, students pick one person to put down their thumb.  When the teacher calls “Heads up-seven up” the children chosen stand up.  Ask each person to spell a word.  If they spell it incorrectly they sit down.  If they spell it correctly they remain standing and they try to choose who put their thumb down.  Those who choose the correct person get to switch places.  Repeat until all the words have been spelled or time permits.

Memory Game  (Beverly Buice)
“I’m going on a grip and I’m going to take…”
The first student names something that starts with A.  The next student repeats the sentence and the first answer.  Then the second student adds something that starts with B.  This continues until you get to Z.  This game helps students develop listening skills, sequential order, and their memory.

Graphic Organizer Puzzle  (Ashley Salina)
Make a puzzle out of a math mat to demonstrate parts and the whole.

Mystery Walker (Charisse Brown)
Set up a display in your room that says “Mystery Walker” with children’s names on craft sticks.  Before walking down the hall, the teacher picks a name and puts it in her pocket.  When the class gets back to the room the mystery walker is revealed.  They get a prize if they followed all the hallway rules.

Punch Out Spelling (Suzanne Artman)
Cross over and punch letters to spell a word.  Clap hands at the end while saying the word as you clap the syllables.  Kids then say the number of syllables.  (say, spell, say)