" Addie Education - Teacher Talk

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Epic Secondary ELA Giveaway!

Thrilled be giving a helping hand to my friend at Room 213 and have donated a product to her EPIC prize pack!  Check out all of the wonderful teachers who have contributed!!  Whoa... that's a prize pack my friends!! Each of the prizes can be used in Middle or High School ELA classroom!!


The Daring English Teacher: Editable English Tests
The Language Arts Classroom: Write a Tabloid for a Mobile Device
The ELA Buffet: Poetry Close Reading
Here's the best part--you get up to 50 chances to win!  Just follow each seller on TpT, Facebook or her blog; every click gives you a chance to win this amazing bundle of products! Winner will be announced on Feb. 8th!! 
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review Game - Works for ANY Subject!

If you're anything like me, you like to mix it up and have fun with your students.  Here's a fun review game my students LOVE to play and it's easy peasy, lemon squeasy!!

I divide my students up into groups of 2-4 and have them sit together - I sometimes put friends together and sometimes I mix them all up.

Using sticky notes, I write as many vocabulary words as I can from our unit of study. (One word per sticky)  It's okay if you use the same word more than once because you will have different groups.  

I circulate the room and put a sticky on each student's back / shoulder.  The  students in their group are allowed to look at the vocabulary words on each other's back but they can't say any of the words out loud.  Then, taking turns, the students ask "yes" or "no" questions to their group members to try to guess what the vocabulary word on their back is.  When all of the team members have guessed what their vocabulary word is, I circulate again and add more stickies.  Usually 5-6 rounds is good - but my students often ask to play longer!

I teach science and there is a lot of vocabulary associated with each unit... this is a fun way to get the kids thinking about "good" questions to ask to help them narrow down their thinking to get to their word.

I also teach ELA and have used this same technique during a novel study to review literary terms, characters, plot elements and more!  

At the end of the year when it's time for what I call a "MEGA Review" I put the kids in groups and give each group their own pad of sticky notes.  They love to write vocabulary words for each other and try to outsmart each other - it's a lot of fun!

If you're looking for more ideas to help students study and review vocabulary and important concepts, check out the FREEBIE I have posted in my TeachersPayTeacher store.  Click the image below to grab a copy!  It's another fun activity using sticky notes!!


I've also got a set of posters to help students learn the key words associated with test taking.  My students often need to review these terminology of test questions and these posters have helped. Click the image to check them out.


~ Addie ~

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Out of the Deep Freeze - Poetry Resources

I'm happy to be linking up with another instalment of the Secondary Smorgasbord Linky hosted by ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures.
This month we're featuring products that we feel just aren't getting the love we think they deserve... so we're pulling things out of the deep freeze, thawing them out and putting them on display! 
(This also reminds me that I should really clean out my freezer... don't even want to know what's hiding in there!)

I've been working on some new POETRY resources that are a little more interactive than what I've traditionally done with my students.  I know that the word POETRY is likely to result in groans and whining from my students so I've created some resources to help keep them a little more engaged.  

My Poetry Flip Book is a fun way for students to learn the figurative language terms often associated with a Poetry Unit.  Students create a booklet that can be used on its own or as part of an interactive notebook. Click on the image below to check it out in my TpT Store.

Here are two more interactive POETRY RESOURCES you can check out in my TpT Store.

Be sure to check out the other really COOL blogs that have linked up for the Secondary Smorgasbord "Out of the Deep Freeze" Linky.

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year, New Goals, New Teaching Activity!

Looking for something to start off the new year with your students?  Here's an easy and fun activity to do with students from 4th-10th grade!

I use these graphic organizers as a way to get students thinking about their goals for the new year!  I've included two organizers in the download - one with 10 questions for the new year and another one that is blank.  Use the blank one to reflect back on the Top 10 events of 2014, the Top 10 books they read... lots of ideas to get students reflecting on their past or thinking forward to their future.  Click the image to grab a FREE copy from my TpT Store.

I like to do the activity too and share my goals and dreams with the class - it helps them to connect with me and see me as a real person.  These make a nice bulletin board or classroom display - students love to read and share their goals with each other.

Happy New Year!
~ Addie ~

We're Halfway There Secondary Sale!

Can you believe we're halfway (or almost halfway) through the school year!?  Time flies when we're having fun right?

To celebrate many Secondary Teachers (including me!) are having a SALE with savings of up to 20%!! 

Be sure to browse through the fabulous Teacherspayteachers stores linked up below and purchase amazing resources on Dec. 31 - Jan. 1st.

~ Addie ~

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Day of Giving Back!

It's the time of year when I think it's important to share with others if you are able.... so this year I'm joining forces with some of the amazing sellers on TeachersPayTeachers.com to donate a percentage of the profits from our sales on Dec. 14th, 2014 to the charity of our choice. Thanks to Erica at Nitty Gritty Science for the fabulous idea!

I'm going to donate 50% of my sales tomorrow to my local Christmas Hamper Society - a wonderful group who bring Christmas cheer to local families who might be struggling during the holiday season.
You can visit my store HERE.

There are many other sellers participating in the Day of Giving Back - check out their stores below!

Monday, December 1, 2014

2014 Holiday Blog Hop for Secondary!

I'm so excited to be hopping on board this Christmas Blog Hop for Secondary Teachers!  Thanks to Faulkner's Fast Five and The Language Arts Classroom for hosting!

Holiday Fast Five

One Thing On My Bucket List for the Holidays  - I am determined to learn how to knit... it seems like everyone around me is knitting up wonderful scarves and hats and I'd love to join in the fun.  I'm hoping my mother in law will show me the basics over the break. However, I think I may have two left thumbs...

One Special Tradition - We cheat and open a present on Christmas Eve... but it's so much fun!

One Gift Idea - I love to give homemade gifts and this year I'm going to make spiced nuts.  So yummy, so easy, and so easy to put into a cellophane bag tied up with a pretty ribbon.

One Activity for the Classroom - I have read "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" aloud to my ELA classes (yes, even my seniors!!) over the last few years and they love it! Some great discussions about memories, the message of Christmas, commercialization and more always follow.

One Freebie - Here's a fun and easy to use writing prompt using Winter themed words.  Use it as a story starter, poetry starter, inspiration to make their own and more!  Just click the image below to grab a FREE copy!


Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

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