Here is a super fun Earth Day writing project. This book is made from a cube style tissue box. Students can write ways to take care of the Earth inside the book. Click here for the directions.
These pizza cards are a great way to learn fact families to 10. Here are some ways to use these cards:
- Flash Card Game – Stack the pizza cards in a pile with the pizza side up. Students take turns drawing a card and covering one of the numbers. The first player to say the missing number gets to keep the card. When all the cards are gone, the player with the most cards is the winner.
- Sorting– Students can sort all the cards with the same sum from 2-10. Then they can write all the combinations of ways to make each sum.
- Recording Page – Have students spread all the cards on the table with the pizza side showing. They will take a card and write the fact family equations on the worksheet.
Click here to download a free set of fact family pizza cards and recording page.
Here is a super exciting seed planting activity where students create a Garden in a Glove. Students plant seeds in an inexpensive plastic glove. They can watch the seeds sprout and the stems and roots start to grow. Click here for more directions and photos.
Collect bags of plastic eggs and make some super fun math centers for students in grades K-5. Each game can be adapted for different math levels. Click here for the directions for five plastic egg math centers.
Earth Day is April 22! Here is a board game to help students brainstorm ways to recycle a variety of different trash items. Click here to download the game complete with directions and playing cards.
I believe the most important thing teachers can do to boost student achievement is to show students you care. Showing students you care about them helps create a positive, supportive relationship and helps build an environment where learning can flourish. When we take the time to build a trusting and caring connection with all of our students and especially our most challenging students, the better they behave and the more they achieve. It is not always easy, but the rewards are great. The more we know about our students’ interests, talents and needs, the easier it is to prepare meaningful lessons and help students feel the partnership of the learning experience.
Ways to Show You Care
- Allow time for students to talk to you or write to you about problems that arise, things they are excited about, questions they have, etc. When you are not readily available to talk with a student, I have them write a note and place it in a special box.
- Help students share what they want others to know about themselves through art and writing activities.
- Spend one on one time with each student. One way to spend special time is having a lunch date with individual students. This is a great time to listen to your student and find out about their families, cultures, ideas, interests, feelings about school, etc.
- Keep in touch with parents and show interest and concern for their children. Invite parents to class, make phone calls and send positive messages home. Keeping an open dialogue with parents helps us better understand and know the students. Click here to download some Happy Grams to send home with a positive message for parents.
- Know your students academic
levels through authentic assessment practices. Students are most successful when they have appropriately challenging lessons. One of the most important ways we show students we care is through differentiated teaching practices.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia
Here is a free game you can adapt to whatever level or subject you are teaching. On the back of the cards write math problems, vocabulary words, sight words, literature questions, etc. You can create different cards according to the needs and abilities of your students for easy, effective and differentiated learning centers. Click here to download the game board, playing cards and directions.