Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Christmas Resources and a Freebie Linky Party

With December around the corner, I thought it might be fun to share a Christmas freebie I added to my TPT store catalogue last year, and to invite other teacher bloggers to link up their fabulous Christmas and winter themed freebies. 

My Christmas freebie is directions on how to make a candy cane reindeer. This craft is a perfect extra to attach to a student made Christmas card, or is a great craft for Christmas craft stations. 

Also checkout these great Christmas and Winter themed resources from my TPT store! 


Saturday, November 15, 2014

You Oughta Know About... The Opinion Game

This game can be used as an ice breaker, cool down, or to fill an extra 10 minutes at the end of a class. The opinion game is easy to play, and can be easily modified to meet the needs of your classroom and curriculum. All you need is a strongly agree, agree, some what agree, disagree, and strongly disagree poster. (These posters can be modified to whatever you would like, to adapt to needs of your lesson). Before playing this game with the class you will need to hang the posters around the perimeter of classroom. 

To play this game you will need to ask the class questions. These questions can be about anything you would like, but they need to be open ended answer questions which are phrased in a way that students can answer with an I agree or I disagree. This would be a good way to review past lessons or to lead into a later discussion about an topic you will be learning about soon.  Students show their opinion by the placement of where they stand in the classroom. 

For example during my Nutrition and Healthy Living Unit I will ask the class questions such as: 
-I think healthy eating is important. 
-I consider myself a healthy eater. 
-I can state the benefits of eating healthy foods and the ways that healthy foods help my body. 
-I read nutritional labels.
-I know where my food comes from.

After each question students silently move around the room to stand next to the poster which shows their opinion to the question being asked. 

Before you play this game, stress with the class that this is a silent game, so there is no talking with their friends. Also stress that all students should show their true opinions about these topics and don't just follow your friends around the classroom.