Archives for May 2014

Flip-Flop Blog Hop

My friends and I are having another fun Blog Hop. We are reviewing each other's products, giving away free stuff and having fun raffles! So join the fun!     This week I tried out Dirt Road Teacher's Sharks Informational Text, Graphic Organizers, Vocabulary, craftivity. This is a fun unit on sharks that has a lot of activities to do but also gives you tools to add your own ideas as well. Dirt Road Teacher has compiled a list of websites that can be used for researching different species of sharks and provided a nice informational text page of shark facts. There are a lot of vocabulary words with activities and writing assignments, posters with vocabulary words and definitions, a mini-book for students to write their own research book about sharks and even fun trading cards. The first thing I did was read my 1st graders a book about sharks, called Surprising Sharks. We talked about the facts we learned about sharks. Then I showed them a 6 minute video with more facts and of course it is fun to see sharks swimming around looking all scary. Then I handed out the graphic organizer and together we wrote some of the facts we learned about sharks using the headings for each column, sharks can, sharks have and sharks are. Next, I handed out books for each student or pairs to evaluate with the review sheet from the packet. I demonstrated with my book each feature on the list and students looked through their books to see if they had it. Students would be disappointed if they were missing a feature, but I told them that is why we often need to look at many different resources when we are doing research. Then I let the students find some facts on their own using their books. They found some great facts which we shared with everyone at the end of the period. This was a great introduction to shark research!   I really like the trading cards that are included in the packet. The illustrations are colorful and fun and I … [Read more...]

Baseball Fact and Opinion PowerPoint Game

This is my favorite Fact and Opinion game yet. I just played it with my 2nd graders and they loved it. The game has thirty slides and tells the story of a kid going to a baseball game with his dad. Each slide has one statement on it. My students are divided into eight teams and each team gets a card that says fact on one side and opinion on the other. I show a slide and the students put the correct answer face up on their table. I then get my exercise by looking at each answer to see if it is correct. If it is correct I drop off a bookworm card. The bookworm cards have 1 to 5 points on them. My rule is that students are not allowed to touch the cards until it is time to count up the points, otherwise they pounce on each card and it very annoying. Then I click the PowerPoint slide and a baseball bounces into view with the words fact or opinion. It's really cute and the kids were delighted by it. After 10 slides the "count your bookworm cards" slide comes up, then the kids pounce on the cards and count up their points. Students can add or count the pictures on the card. The team with the most points gets a prize. Then on to round 2. During the game I will ask why is that an opinion, to check for understanding, or what word in the sentence makes it an opinion?   You can get my Baseball Fact and Opinion PowerPoint Game here. It includes the Bookworm Cards and there is a preview of a few slides if you want to see how it works. Like this post on Facebook and get a free Fact and Opinion mini-book!   :) … [Read more...]