Friday, July 22, 2011

Puzzle Spelling

I love to teach spelling. I love coming up with different ways of spelling - tactile, moving, lots of action. We do things like bouncing tennis balls, painting, using shaving cream and Puzzle Spelling. We (I) printed these out (there are 3 pages) on colored cardstock and cut out each of these puzzle pieces for each student. We stored each set individually in a zipbag During class I would pass out the bags and give the students a few minutes to organize their letters- VERY IMPORTANT PART. Then I would call out a word and they would race to spell the words. We didn't go on until each student had spelling the word correctly. It worked much better with the 6th graders than the 5th. If you have a student who isn't enjoying it, you can let them write the words instead of puzzling it. The important thing is that they learn to enjoy spelling.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

More Class Notes

I don't know about you, but even with just a few students, or maybe because of the liberty with having a small classroom, I always needed reminding myself about what work my students were behind on. These were mainly things I had them re-do ( I am the queen bee-teacher of redoing assignments). I made this little note up to hand them whenever they had things that needed to be returned or turned in. There are 4 per page and if you have one student who is WAY behind- you can always write on the back.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Shifting Gears

I know I haven't shared much in A LONG, LONG time, so here we go again, with what may (hopefully) be the first of many posts to come. I taught 5th and 6th grade at our small missionary school this past spring and wanted to share just a few of the things I used in class. The first is a document I used when students were going to be out. The two pages print front and back and then cut into 3. The document is in color but if you don't want to waste color ink on your students you can always print it in black and white and save the color for your own fun things. The important this is that this way, no one had any excuses about what needed to be done or when it needed to be returned. Hope this can be of use to someone.

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