" Addie Education - Teacher Talk

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!!

Enjoy!

Addie

Saturday, May 31, 2014

End of Year - Survival Tip



Are you counting down the days until summer vacation? or are you already basking in the glory days of summer?   I'm still counting down... it feels like it's going to take forever for June 27th to get here!!

If your students are anything like mine they are having a hard time focusing on school work when summer vacation is just around the corner.  Good weather here is making this more and more of a challenge as classrooms heat up (no A/C) and the lure of the great outdoors beckons!

Here is what I do to to that help keep me and my students going the last few weeks of the school year...

Review Games:  My students are required to write final exams in all subjects and so we spend quite a bit of time playing games to review for their tests. 

Here are a few of my favourites.

Draw It! - have students pick a vocabulary term from a hat and draw it on the board, while others guess the term.  I also use small whiteboards to allow play with smaller teams.

Question Challenge - divide your class into two teams.  Give each team 20-30 minutes to create 30 short answer questions.  Teams / players take turns asking the other team a question.

What Am I? - write key vocabulary words on sticky notes and stick one on each student's back.  Students must figure out what they are by asking others in the class questions that can only be answered with yes or no.  I've been playing this game all week and my students have totally jumped on board.  They put themselves into groups, I gave them a sticky note pad and they've been having a ball coming up with the words to review and put on each other's backs.  They've even been trying to stump me with vocabulary words... and challenge me to get the word in 6 questions or less!  So much fun!

There are also lots of free templates available on-line for games like Jeopardy, I Have-Who Has, Dominoes...  why not put a little fun into review!


Thanks for joining our end of the school year blog hop today. We had a great turn out of hoppers. The prize pack part of the hop is now closed. Stay tuned for blog excitement in mid July.  
Please keep hoping along to read our tried, tested and true survival tips.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Sale - You Rock!!



It's time for another great site wide sale at Teachers Pay Teachers - this time to celebrate Teacher Appreciated Week!  Check out this list of SUPER SECONDARY teachers for some of their awesome products 
ON SALE May 6-7th!  Many of these fabulous teachers sell materials for grades 5 and up - so if you're a Middle School teacher you're sure to find something too! 

Happy Shopping!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Plate Tectonic Play Dough

One of my favourite units to teach is Plate Tectonics - it's a great unit to hook kids and get them excited about geology and earth sciences.  It does not seem to matter if my students are 10 or 20 years old, videos and stories about erupting volcanoes and earthquakes never fail to impress.







One of the ways I like to wrap up this unit is with an assessment using Play Dough.... and again, whether my students are 10 or 20 years old, they get excited about the chance to play with Play Dough.  There's just something about the smell and feel that takes everyone back to their childhood.

This activity takes about 60-90 minutes and can be done with just a few simple and inexpensive supplies.
                  -  paper / styrofoam plates (from our school cafeteria)
                  -  plastic knives for "carving" the playdough (also from the cafeteria)
                  -  a "can" of play dough for each student 
                  -  plain white or lined paper

I hand out a "can" of Play Dough to each student and then ask them to form groups of 2-3.  I leave the rest of the supplies on my lab table at the front of the room and let students gather what they need throughout the lesson.

I ask students to do the following:

Plate Boundaries
- You must demonstrate your understanding of the three types of plate boundaries (converging, diverging and sliding).
- You must include all features associated with each boundary - trench, volcano, ridge...

Volcanoes
- You must demonstrate your understanding of the three types of volcanoes (cinder cone, strata, shield)

Earthquakes
- You must demonstrate your understanding of the three types of faults we studied in class (normal, reverse, transform)

They may use any of the supplies I have in the classroom or their school bags (I've had some creative ideas used before!).  My students often add little flags or signs, they add writing to the plate or paper that their Play Dough is displayed on or they carve symbols or words into the Play Dough.

I also wander around the classroom and ask each student in the group to orally explain one aspect of their Play Dough creations.  I give students a mark as I go through the room based on the level of detail that they have included and their ability to explain what's going on.


Have fun! I hope you and your students have as much fun with 
Play Dough as we do!

Enjoy! Addie








Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Goals and Resolutions Activity - FREE

Wow... where did the holidays go!?  Unfortunately, I spent most of my Christmas break dealing with a nasty cold - this one really knocked me out!  Hoping that most of you managed to escape the cold season and spent some great time with your families and friends.

Have you made some New Year's Resolutions???  I like to think about ideas for the year and see how many I can stick to... some years I'm better than other!  Here's what I came up with for 2014 - I'm going to print it out and stick it on the bulletin board in my office - I figure if I stare at it often enough, I might just remember to follow some of them!  Grab a copy of the organizer below to make your own!


Grab a copy of the worksheet I used for my own resolutions - I think it's important to do this activity if I am going to ask my students to do it.

 These two worksheets are simple and so can be used in a variety of classrooms with a variety of ages and abilities!

To download a FREE copy of both of these worksheets head to my TpT Store and download it FREE!





Happy New Year ~Addie








Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Freebies - 2013 Winter ebook



For the past couple of years, Rachel Lynette has orchestrated the creation of wonderful resources, Winter Holiday Tips and Freebies books. There are 4 books in all: 
{PK-K}, {1-2}, {3-6}, and {7-12}. 


Many people submitted to this resource, but there wasn't room for all the wonderful entries. In an attempt to show everyone who makes a difference in the lives of children, just how thankful for them we are, we decided to throw a linky party with extra goodies galore! 

Be sure to get your gift books and check out even more goodies here!

So get your flash drive ready 
and get ready for fun! 
Just click the cute links 
and then you'll be done!
(Shopping for freebies that is! 
Can't help you with the rest of your list! 
You may have to call Santa for that!)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Winter Idioms - A FREEBIE

Wow... where as the time gone! This year has flown by and we're well into holiday preparations... never mind that the first snow has been forecast for later this week!

I don't know about your students, but mine get the Christmas Crazies or the Winter Holiday Wiggles as they start the countdown to Christmas Break! 

Here's a Winter Idioms freebie to help you during the busy holiday season - a little gift from me to you!!

Click HERE below to grab the freebie from my TpT Store and help your students learn about idioms through this winter themed activity!




Happy Holidays!
Addie
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