I do all that I can to make my language lessons fun for my students. We do all kinds of activities, projects, graphic organizers, songs, and plays. You name it, and we do it! I also try to embed grammar into my writing lessons as much as possible. Despite all of that, I still occasionally have students look at me like I'm crazy when I ask them to identify a noun. Really? It's so frustrating, because I know they know what a noun is. I've come to the conclusion that in language, like math, students have to practice skills on a consistent basis. One of my very favorite phrases is "practice makes permanent". I read it over and over again while I was completing my Ed.S on brain research, and it continues to impact the way I teach. I am in no way, shape, or form a worksheet heavy teacher, but I do believe that that practice is essential. I recently created a series of Common Core spiral language review worksheets for third grade to give teachers an easy way to consistently review the array of language standards:
Nouns (identify, possessive, plural)
-Verbs (identify, tense, subject & verb agreement)
I plan to use these as a weekly review, possible for language homework, so I've create 36 worksheets-one for each week. As soon as I posted the third grade version, I had many requests for a fourth grade set. Of course I wanted to help my fourth grade friends out and thought I'd just whip them out in a couple of days......wrong. Oh my! I cannot believe what fourth graders are expected to know. I spent HOURS and HOURS last week teaching myself about relative pronouns and adverbs, progressive verbs, and modal auxiliaries. I'm thrilled to say that I finally have them finished and posted as well.
You can check them out here, and there are a couple free pages in the preview, so be sure to download it first!
Several weeks ago I found the most adorable bulletin board created by Kelley Smith. It was full of facts about snow, and it was the cutest thing ever! I used the idea of her bulletin board to create my own Fractionology bulletin board.
I've added fractions on a number line, fractions in a set, and an area model to the bulletin board. It's a little hard to see on the picture, but there are fractions on all of the snowflakes.
This is the first time in a VERY long time that I've been allowed to have any type of bulletin board other than posting standards, so it's been fun to be a little more creative than usual. I bought all of the supplies from MPM School Supplies, and I was thrilled with all of my purchases.