Saturday, November 14, 2015

Make a Difference Mondays starts this week!


A few years ago, I started doing Make a Difference Mondays with my class.  Now, I've updated it so we pick a card on Monday, but we focus on our kindness "task" all week long, instead of only on Monday.  The kids REALLY get into it and it's so sweet to see them think of ways to be kind and help others.  We do it each week until Winter Break.  I keep the cards in a little box.  A student chooses one card (I have them choose without looking, but you could give the kids a choice, too) from the box.  We discuss it and post it on the board, then we work on it all week.  It's a great conversation starter and I love to hear the different ways that they go about their tasks.  So many of them end up writing about it in their journal, thinking of other ways to help and be kind, and branching out beyond school as well.  I also post our tasks in our weekly newsletter every Monday so parents can get it on the fun at home, too.
Pick it up free in my store, just in time for the holiday season!  The product has 10 ready-to-go cards and two blank cards to add your own.




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Seasonal Tic Tac Toe Games for Word Work

 
We are on our sixth list of Word Wall words already!  We do a list of 10 words every two weeks.  I have magnetized words, color-coded by list, that I post on my easel to review each day.  Then, those are posted on the big Word Wall on Friday at the end of the two week period.  Students get smaller cards to cut and keep in their book box.  During Word Work, students may study and practice their Word Wall cards.  Some of the choices students have right now are:  reviewing flashcards with a friend or independently, playing Memory Match, writing words on the whiteboards, or playing Tic Tac Toe.  For many years, I had some really cute wooden Tic Tac Toe boards, but novelty is HUGE with 1st graders...so I started making and using my seasonal ones.  The boards are changed out every other month or so and they are a big hit!  Kids feel like they are playing a fun game, but they are really getting tons of exposure and review time with high frequency words.  They can choose to play with their weekly Word Study words as well.

Happy Fall!!