Posts Tagged: elementary (K-5)

Project-Based Math 3

Like the previous two assignments (Project-Based Math, Project-Based Math 2), Project-Based Math 3 focuses on multi-digit subtraction. Unlike the other two projects which focused on distance, this project was focused on time. It was well incorporated within a study of the Middle Ages that included studies of daily life and inventions. To get a sense of how… Read more »

Project-Based Math 2

Like the Project-Based Math assignment I posted earlier, Project-Based Math 2 focuses on a list of architectural feats. Whereas Project 1 focused on New York-based bridges, this one focuses on the 10th tallest towers in the world. These numbers are relatively closer together, so in addition to being about a different subject matter (and thereby engaging different… Read more »

Project-Based Math

In this post, I will begin to share a handful of project-based math assignments that I’ve used with elementary aged students. I adore math primarily because I find it useful – in every day life, and when thinking about BIG IDEAS. Particularly in elementary school, I think all of the math that students learn is… Read more »

Stop #summerslide: Reading Comprehension (Elementary Edition)

As with reading fluency, many of my students who have difficulty with reading comprehension need explicit active reading instruction from a professional, but for all of the other days of summer, I encourage students to read, read, read (with a few stipulations, of course…) Reading Comprehension Tips (Elementary Edition) General Tips/Thoughts Silent reading without reflection,… Read more »

Stop #summerslide: Reading Fluency (Elementary Edition)

I have read several excellent articles about how & why summer slide happens, how we can prevent it, and why it is essential that we do. I will be linking to those articles in a new blog post soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share some tip sheets that I have been providing for… Read more »

Writing Letters to Poem Characters

In Honor of National Poetry Month…   I love to have my students write letters. Most of the time, they’re to real people…like the president…who always writes back! There is nothing more exciting to a child than getting a letter from the president, let me tell you. Letters are great because they make children know they… Read more »

Best Technology Tools for the Classroom

This week was a holiday week, so I took a break from my Google-a-Day posts to let you know about a Jedi Mind Trick, and share an oldie-but-goodie. I’d shared this list with several educators, but never formally published it before. So, here they are! —– From K to 12 and Math to Science, there seems… Read more »

Jedi Mind Trick 1

A former colleague of mine used to talk about “Jedi Mind Tricks.” It’s that thing where you make the students think they’re choosing something, but they’re not. Yes, it’s sneaky, but it works, makes students feel empowered, and I’m always well-meaning when I do it (I swear!). Here’s my first Jedi Mind Trick that I… Read more »

COPS editing checklist

To help students become more independent and better at self-monitoring their writing, I give them a post-it checklist. The benefit is not only that they hit all the points (capitalization, order, punctuation, and spelling), but since they each have a separate checkbox, students are encouraged to check for each separately, thereby ensuring that their focus is not… Read more »

TIDE keychains for writing strong paragraphs

Like the summary keychains, these keychains encourage students to become more independent when writing paragraphs than a traditional scaffold or fill-in-the-blank, but it still provides enough support that it helps students write rich paragraphs. It can be used in the third stage (Model it!) of SRSD, before students have memorized the mnemonic completely. Print your… Read more »