Monday, January 14, 2013

New Bulletin Board & Spiral Language Review

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)
-Adjectives (identify)
-Adverbs (identify)

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.


Angela and Matt said...

I love when you update! I get so excited to read what you have to share!!!

RealOCteachers said...

Wow! Your common core language practice looks very impressive!

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