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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Secondary Smorgasbord - Happy Hour - Writing Freebie

So excited to be linking up with the inaugural Secondary Smorgasbord Linky!!  A great way to connect and see what other Secondary teachers are doing in their classrooms.  Be sure to hop over to the ELA Buffet or Desktop Learning Adventures to see what other great bloggers have linked up and grab some great resources at the same time.

Here's a freebie activity that can be adapted for many different subjects and themes.  Students are asked to write a themed newspaper about a topic of their choice.  A great activity for expository writing OR change the topic to suit your needs.  Students could write about an event in history, a scientific discovery, an invention, a current event... Includes all templates and even a marking rubric!!

Have fun discovering more freebies in the Secondary Smorgasbord Linky!!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Music in My Science Classroom

I teach Earth Science and I love it... it's one of my favorite subjects to teach.  I love the hands on activities we can do, how easy it is to connect to the real world and I love that there soooo many songs that I can play in class.

Music in science class you ask??  How do you combine music with science???

In my room, if we're not doing a lab or activity I allow my students to listen to music.  However, I want us all to be listening to the same music, rather than allow them to plug into their own ipod or phone.  So I need to find music to relate to what we're doing in class.

Here are some examples:

If we're studying ROCKS... we only listen to songs with the word "rock" in the title.  I know, I know... there's no educational value to listening to "We Will Rock You" or "Jailhouse Rock"... but it's fun, the kids love to think of songs that work and it tends to put everyone in a good mood.  Plus... you might even educate them about some classic music!

Here are few more songs with "ROCK" in the title...

 - Like a Rock - Bob Seeger
 - Rock With You - Micheal Jackson
 - R.O.C.K In the USA - John Couger Mellancamp
 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
 - I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett
 - Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young

But this works for so many of the topics we can cover in class...

Astronomy - look for songs with the word "STAR" or "SUN" or "MOON" in the title... you'll be amazed at how many songs do!!

Weathering / Erosion - look for songs with the word "RAIN", "WIND", "ICE", or "RIVER" in the title.

Weather - some good key words are "SUN", "WIND", "STORM", "WATER" OR "CLOUD".

Plate Tectonics - look for "FIRE" and "EARTH" in the title.

I'm quite sure that once you start looking you'll be amazed at what is out there that you can tie into your class sometimes.  It doesn't work with every unit and not every class is conducive to listening to music... but when I can play music I find it does wonders for my students' productive and their mood.

You're probably wondering how I have access to 1000s of titles of songs.... I just go to Youtube and play the songs from there.  I don't show the video... just play the music on my speakers.

Best of luck looking for music to play in class... I'm sure that other subjects are just as easy to find music for... you just might have to do a little digging.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hunger Games - Giveaway!!!

The Hunger Games Giveaway | Winner Announced Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 6 PM EST

Before the girl on fire makes her appearance in the next installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, we have a giveaway that’s on fire!
 If your students are anything like our students they love The Hunger Games trilogy and other dystopian novels. The movies have captured their attention, now it’s time for them to read the books behind the films. 
Thirteen educators have teamed together to offer this amazing giveaway worth over $150.  One lucky person will walk away with not only everything you will need to teach The Hunger Games, but also with two adult movie tickets to see the new film Mockingjay.

There are some amazing resources being given away from these participating sellers!

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Go Away Stress! TpT Giveaway!!

If you're like me you're are well into your school year and starting to think about writing report cards! Here's a fun and rejuvenating contest you can enter to HELP YOUR STRESS GO AWAY!   This awesome contest is hosted by Danielle at Study All Knight and Tammy at Juggling ELA.

Twenty different secondary TpT sellers have generously donated education materials that are ready to use and will help reduce your stress. Also as an added bonus we’re throwing in a $10 Starbucks gift card to help you keep going until it’s time for your next break.
 One lucky winner will win this prize that’s worth $150 total. Sit back, relax, sip your coffee and let TpT help relieve that stress. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Super Secondary Labor Day Blog Hop - Back to School Ideas and More!

Looking for some no-prep ideas to help get you through the first few weeks of school??  Tammy from Teaching FSL is hosting a Blog Hop and Linky for easy-peasy resources to get your year off on the right foot!

I like to spend the first part of the year spending time getting to know my students - I think the value in the time spent making connections is so worth it by the end of the year.  Learning about each other is a great way to break down some of the barriers that exist between teachers and students and students and their peers.  Nothing like finding some common ground to set the stage for a good year!

One fun activity I like to do on the first day is to give each student a sticky note.  I ask them to write 1 question they have about the class, list 1 thing they'd like to learn and write 1 question they have for me.  It's all done anonymously and so they ask some really interesting things.  I ask them to stick them on the board and I spend time answering the questions and talking about our upcoming year.

Here is a fun and engaging resource for BTS in my TpT Store.  Targeted to Middle School / Junior High students these easy to use templates and activities will not only allow you to learn about your students' personalities but to also assess their skills at the start of the year!

I hope you have a fabulous year with your students!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Educents - Back To School Sale for Grades 6-8


 I am so excited to announce that Educents.com is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year!

Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) - 77% OFF

This bundle is packed with resources to help you get through the school year - over $100 worth of Middle School products.  
Included is my Writing Pack - 5 lessons on Narrative, Persuasive, Descriptive and Creative Writing - includes templates, graphic organizers, example paragraphs and more!!

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF


Don't Miss It!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Who or What Am I Review Game With Sticky Notes

My students and I had a lot of fun with a review game this year - in fact, they often asked if we could play!  I used it successfully with grade 8-12 students, but I think you could easily play this activity with kids as young as 7 or 8.

In the subjects I teach there is often a lot of vocabulary that students need to learn in order to understand the larger concepts.  So when it comes time to do our unit review, I write down vocabulary words on a sticky note and stick a note to each student's back.  Then, either as a small group sitting together, or a large class working together, they must ask each other questions to determine what word they have stuck to their back.  It's the same idea as the game Headbanz, but without the fancy headband!   Students can only ask questions that can be answered with a "yes" or "no".  

This game can be modified for several different subjects - students could try to guess important events in a Social Studies, famous people, an element on the periodic table, characters in a novel, a number...  

I was blown away by how much my students loved this game!  They began to challenge each other to get the word in 5 questions or less, they wanted me to play with them and took great joy in trying to stump me, and they eventually played all on their own.  I gave out several sticky note pads and they would decide on words for each other!  

Super easy, super fun and super effective!!


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