HALLOWEEN

My kids get so excited with the approach of Halloween that they just don't want to do 'work' that takes the form of yet another set of English and math 'worksheets'. So for this exciting month of October I thought of designing some math scoot cards that cleverly masked review of the four vital number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and at the same time targeted that popular three-letter word 'fun'.




There are many ways one can play Scoot. I like to play it this way:
Lay cards around the classroom or tack on classroom walls. When the teacher calls ‘scoot’ students read a card and write their response against the corresponding number in the Recording Sheet. Students can only move when ‘scoot’ is called out. If the student does not finish solving the problem on a card, he/she can continue to spend more time on it, but must wait till the teacher calls out ‘scoot’. You can also have this as a silent activity where students move around quietly solving all the task cards without the teacher calling out ‘scoot’.


    
Remember to have something ready for early finishers to work on and if someone is taking very long to finish, then assign a buddy. 


It would also be best to familiarize students with the type of questions as well as mathematical terminology used prior to playing.



I am sure you will enjoy watching your students play Scoot with this bundle featuring 128 cards of Scoot fun as much as I did.





The Versatility of Flipbooks

Flipbooks are undeniably known for their versatility; for one thing, they scaffold the structure of a piece of writing, are a handy visual tool, and look simply impressive.

They can be used for just about any subject or topic:





The templates can also be glued into an Interactive Notebook.



As a flipbook has different compiled components, I have my students first finish each section. They work at their own pace and place each finished section in a folder. Each team of 4-5 students sit together and have their own folder on their table, that way all their pieces are in one place and easily accessible.



My students have told me that the best part is when all the sections are completed and they get to compile them and see the finished whole.




The proud look on their faces say it all.

The Beauty of Interactive Notebooks

Interactive notebooks templates are so versatile! Other than sharing in the commonality of being a printable with the humble worksheet, they serve to greatly economize on space.

For instance, you can scaffold teaching and learning effectively.




You can have prompts on the cover tabs followed by responses under these tabs.





Here I've scaffolded the structure of different poem types. Students can look at the prompts and follow along when writing their own poems.





They serve as excellent graphic organizers and effectively target kinesthetic learners with all the cutting and gluing:  active hands = active minds.





Great for Compare and Contrast features too.




And above all anything in an Interactive Notebook looks appealing!





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Writing doesn't have to be 'boring'

One of the most challenging tasks of teaching students to write a particular genre is instilling a passion for it. A majority of students find writing tedious, time-consuming, and just plain old boring. Teachers too often dread marking work of these 'reluctant' writers. We often go on about drilling students on the different stages of the writing process, adhering to the structure of the required genre, and stressing on the importance of using figurative language devices in a piece of writing, but how often do we actually painstakingly  model each phase or each device that intricately makes up the coherent whole?

When I started designing my units on the Narrative, Opinion, and Non-fiction (Biography) genre, I envisioned the entire process from start to finish, and being an avid user of interactive notebooks, set about designing lessons accordingly. I designed from a student writer's perspective, how would I begin? where would I start? So I decided to write mentor texts and have most of my lessons revolve around them.

   




The personal narrative entitled 'The Storm' had all the story elements of a personal/fictional narrative, and notebook templates featured destructuring the parts of a narrative so students could note structural devices.



The different ways to begin:





The mini lessons on dialogue, transition words, and figurative language devices equipped students with necessary tools to write effectively.






 The ways to conclude:



And finally students applied key writing skills acquired in these lessons to write a first draft on a given prompt in a flip book-style notebook interactive.





Students self-edited and peer edited using rubrics. A teacher marking rubric was used to assess their writing pieces.





With the Opinion Writing genre, interactive notebook lessons revolved around color coded parts of persuasive paragraphs in the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion of a written sample. Students used checklists to edit and peer-edit and have their writing pieces assessed by the teacher via a Teacher Assessment rubric.







Lessons on writing a Biography detailed documenting information gained through research in a flipbook. The flipbook sections featured each stage of the writing process and guided students to respond accordingly.



Notebook templates outlined the structural devices of a Biography.





Students used QR Code Cards to research the specific subject. They had so much fun!


It's quite hard to explain the mechanics of all the lessons in this 310 page book that have proved to be so instrumental in not only making my students better writers, but also developing in them a lifelong passion for writing. Now, isn't this every educator's fervent hope?