Monday, January 31, 2011
"Click on titles such as ‘communication’, ‘presentation’, ‘educational games’, ‘teacher resources’, and ‘mobile applications’ to find lists of online tools. Jesper has used Mindomo (online mapping and brainstorming software) to create this resource. What makes this mindmap so wonderful, is that Jesper updates it regularly!"
Here is the link to that map!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the
dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky
or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do
we speak UP, and why are the
officers UP for
election and why is it UP to the secretary to
write UP a report?
We call UP our friends,
brighten UP a room, polish UP the
silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We
lock UP the house and
fix UP the old car.
At other times this little word has real special
meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets,
work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one
thing but to be dressed UP is
And this UP is confusing: A
drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at
night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP,
look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary,
it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can
add UP to about
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may
wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is
clouding UP . When the sun comes out
we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it soaks UP the
earth. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP.
One could go on & on, but I'll wrap
it UP, for now .......my time is UP !
Send this on to everyone you
look UP in your address
book..or not...it's UP to you.
I'll shut UP
It would be neat to extend this by having students write something similar for other words in the English language that have multiple meanings. The teacher could create a list of words and (in groups) students could write something similar for their assigned term. Here is a list to help you get started:
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
I love the idea from @Learngamer for Human Sticky Notes. Students place sticky notes on their bodies and guess the terms. I thought about tweaking this two ways:
1. Have students in groups do something similar to the movie. Seated, students write one term (vocabulary, a character from a story, or a part of speech) on a sticky note. The student then passes the note to the person on the right and that person immediately sticks it on his/her head. They spend the time trying to figure out what is on their heads.
2. Have students place sticky notes on each others' backs with terms written on them. Students walk around the room, asking peers for clues as to what is on their back. Once the student figures out the term, they move it from their back to their front. The student with the most on the front wins.
The other idea I loved is the Basketball game. This is how I would tweak it:
Have students in groups complete a short worksheet (4-5 problems). Each group has a runner. The runner brings the worksheet (once completed) to the teacher. The teacher briefly checks it; if correct, the student can ball it up and shoot it. The student then gets another worksheet to do the same thing. The group with the most worksheets in the hoop wins. You could have two hoops, one designated as 2point and one for 3 point.
Thanks again @Learngamer for the inspiration and creative ideas...you make learning so much fun!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
1. Pull it out of your Brain - Have the students read sentences out of the "brain" and write them correctly. This is great practice for complex, compound/complex, and other sentence structures. This would also be a great way of practicing punctuation, such as commas and end marks. Prize to the one who gets the most correct!
2. Chopstick Game - Have students draw vocabulary words out of the bowl, and define them correctly. If the student cannot, another student can try and steal the paper. The one with the most papers wins. Or, have the student draw a generic word out of the bowl (such as like or very). The student must come up with another word they can use in their writing instead of that generic word. Same concept here as before.
3. Hopscotch - Make your own hopscotch mats out of old sheets. Number them as you would a regular hopscotch mat. Then, write the numbers on your chalkboard and what they mean. For example, number 1 could be from a vocabulary list they must define. If they land on number 2, they must shout out a preposition. Have different tasks for the numbers they land on.
4. Frisbee - Have post it sticky notes on 4-5 frisbees. Toss them to students. If the student answers the question correctly, they keep the sticky note. The student with the most sticky notes wins. Take it a step further by having a student write a new question on a sticky note, stick it to the frisbee, and toss it next.
Thank you @Learngamer for the great ideas and inspiration!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Here are some random links I collected over the break:
http://corkboard.me (alternative to Wallwisher)
http://quinturakids.com/ (research/search engine for kids)
http://www.converttocartoon.com/ (convert photos to cartoon)
http://www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/imagination.prompt.reload.html (writing prompts great for ELA)
http://foldingstory.com/ (group storytelling)
http://ohlife.com/ (neat journal writing site)
http://www.quietwrite.com/ ( a peaceful place for students to write)
http://www.onlinevideoclock.com/ (play a YouTube video at a certain time) (can’t seem to get it to work at MISD)
http://www.historyteacher.net/ (a great history site full of resources)
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Then, take it a step further and have the students (in groups) create their own #LessAmbitiousBooks. We could then guess them as a class and vote (usingPolleverywhere) on our favorites. The favorites could then be tweeted out in this fun thread. What a neat way to conduct a reading inventory and expose students to popular novels and stories.