Teaching Resources

Go To The Wall! TINAWS Language Arts Activity

August 18, 2016

GO TO THE WALL!

okay, I just made that name up so I can say that to them and not get fired… You’ve probably played it before.  It’s a 10-15 minute entry task that gets kids moving and talking.  I can’t figure out how to make the model format correctly in wordpress so you will have to click for the pdf TINAWS Go To the wall  If you have more than one group of kids, you can have one class make the riddles/questions for the next. I have a feeling you have a couple of students who would love to tape the index cards to the wall, too.  

 

GO TO THE WALL!

okay, I just made that name up so I can say that to them and not get fired… You’ve probably played it before.  It’s a 10-15 minute entry task that gets kids moving and talking.  I can’t figure out how to make the model format correctly in wordpress so you will have to click for the pdf TINAWS Go To the wall  If you have more than one group of kids, you can have one class make the riddles/questions for the next. I have a feeling you have a couple of students who would love to tape the index cards to the wall, too.  

 

TINAWS Language Arts Project

August 18, 2016

From the cluttered desk of Dean Swift

Here’s the template for a Newsletter written by the students and teachers of One of Our Kind Boarding School :  TINAWS Newsletter You can use this for inspiration–and have students explore templates of their own–or they can handwrite or type/cut/paste into the available spaces. 

This is such a fun project, and one that might help everyone (especially you) make it through those last grim days before the winter break or that wacky week of half days during conference time.  It’s the ideal group project because every student will be responsible for writing one of the stories independently, but the grading rubric could also take into consideration how the individual parts create...

From the cluttered desk of Dean Swift

Here’s the template for a Newsletter written by the students and teachers of One of Our Kind Boarding School :  TINAWS Newsletter You can use this for inspiration–and have students explore templates of their own–or they can handwrite or type/cut/paste into the available spaces. 

This is such a fun project, and one that might help everyone (especially you) make it through those last grim days before the winter break or that wacky week of half days during conference time.  It’s the ideal group project because every student will be responsible for writing one of the stories independently, but the grading rubric could also take into consideration how the individual parts create...

TINAWS Language Arts Project

August 18, 2016

From the cluttered desk of Dean Swift

Here’s the template for a Newsletter written by the students and teachers of One of Our Kind Boarding School :  TINAWS Newsletter You can use this for inspiration–and have students explore templates of their own–or they can handwrite or type/cut/paste into the available spaces. 

This is such a fun project, and one that might help everyone (especially you) make it through those last grim days before the winter break or that wacky week of half days during conference time.  It’s the ideal group project because every student will be responsible for writing one of the stories independently, but the grading rubric could also take into consideration how the individual parts create...

From the cluttered desk of Dean Swift

Here’s the template for a Newsletter written by the students and teachers of One of Our Kind Boarding School :  TINAWS Newsletter You can use this for inspiration–and have students explore templates of their own–or they can handwrite or type/cut/paste into the available spaces. 

This is such a fun project, and one that might help everyone (especially you) make it through those last grim days before the winter break or that wacky week of half days during conference time.  It’s the ideal group project because every student will be responsible for writing one of the stories independently, but the grading rubric could also take into consideration how the individual parts create...

TINAWS Pre-Reading Questions

August 17, 2016

This is a photo of a sunset at my favorite outdoor place. I would love to see a photo of yours! Here are two ways I’ve used to get students thinking before we read a new book.

Read on or click for the pdf TINAWS Pre-Reading Activities

Spend a few minutes talking about these prompts. a) Choose one or two of the questions from the prompt. If you’ve got a couple of leaders, or kids who will get disruptive if they don’t get the chance to speak, call on them and let them share their opinions first. Use their energy to wake everyone up! b) Then have elbow partners discuss the questions with each other for a few minutes. c) Randomly...

This is a photo of a sunset at my favorite outdoor place. I would love to see a photo of yours! Here are two ways I’ve used to get students thinking before we read a new book.

Read on or click for the pdf TINAWS Pre-Reading Activities

Spend a few minutes talking about these prompts. a) Choose one or two of the questions from the prompt. If you’ve got a couple of leaders, or kids who will get disruptive if they don’t get the chance to speak, call on them and let them share their opinions first. Use their energy to wake everyone up! b) Then have elbow partners discuss the questions with each other for a few minutes. c) Randomly...

Can you concentrate like a cougar? TINAWS Vocabulary Builder

August 17, 2016

I’ve been teaching French for almost 20 years now, and last year I started using this 3 part version of Concentration.  Here’s the pdf : TINAWS Concentration. If a pdf is too much of a comittment for you (or if like me you save everything you downloand or create to a folder called “Everything”) then here it is below :

CONCENTRATION

This is a 3-part game that can take 10 minutes or 30, depending on how much time you have. You could also play it on successive days.  Ten vocabulary words and their definitions seem to be ideal. 

Who does this activity help? Kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learners. 

When should you do this activity? Any time in the chapter,...

I’ve been teaching French for almost 20 years now, and last year I started using this 3 part version of Concentration.  Here’s the pdf : TINAWS Concentration. If a pdf is too much of a comittment for you (or if like me you save everything you downloand or create to a folder called “Everything”) then here it is below :

CONCENTRATION

This is a 3-part game that can take 10 minutes or 30, depending on how much time you have. You could also play it on successive days.  Ten vocabulary words and their definitions seem to be ideal. 

Who does this activity help? Kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learners. 

When should you do this activity? Any time in the chapter,...

Can you concentrate like a cougar? TINAWS Vocabulary Builder

August 17, 2016

I’ve been teaching French for almost 20 years now, and last year I started using this 3 part version of Concentration.  Here’s the pdf : TINAWS Concentration. If a pdf is too much of a comittment for you (or if like me you save everything you downloand or create to a folder called “Everything”) then here it is below :

CONCENTRATION

This is a 3-part game that can take 10 minutes or 30, depending on how much time you have. You could also play it on successive days.  Ten vocabulary words and their definitions seem to be ideal. 

Who does this activity help? Kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learners. 

When should you do this activity? Any time in the chapter,...

I’ve been teaching French for almost 20 years now, and last year I started using this 3 part version of Concentration.  Here’s the pdf : TINAWS Concentration. If a pdf is too much of a comittment for you (or if like me you save everything you downloand or create to a folder called “Everything”) then here it is below :

CONCENTRATION

This is a 3-part game that can take 10 minutes or 30, depending on how much time you have. You could also play it on successive days.  Ten vocabulary words and their definitions seem to be ideal. 

Who does this activity help? Kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learners. 

When should you do this activity? Any time in the chapter,...

TINAWS Science Lesson : Bioluminescence

August 17, 2016

photo credit  Foxfire! 

The light phenomena of White Deer Woods is Dean Swift’s obsession. Here are some resources for teachers and students interested in taking a closer look at bioluminescence.  As always, I’d love to hear from you! Email me your discoveries and ideas at sandy@sandra-evans.com.

Videos 

The weird and wonderful world of bioluminescence, TED Talk on bioluminescent sea animals by Edith Widder, at 12:45

Stunning time lapse of bioluminescent mushrooms by MushrooMetropolis at 2:06

World’s 10 most bizarre natural phenomena by list25, with firenados, fairy circles, and ball lightning, at 4:01

 

Video and Research project

25 Bizarre Natural Phenomenon That Actually Occur On Earthat 4:48 find...

photo credit  Foxfire! 

The light phenomena of White Deer Woods is Dean Swift’s obsession. Here are some resources for teachers and students interested in taking a closer look at bioluminescence.  As always, I’d love to hear from you! Email me your discoveries and ideas at sandy@sandra-evans.com.

Videos 

The weird and wonderful world of bioluminescence, TED Talk on bioluminescent sea animals by Edith Widder, at 12:45

Stunning time lapse of bioluminescent mushrooms by MushrooMetropolis at 2:06

World’s 10 most bizarre natural phenomena by list25, with firenados, fairy circles, and ball lightning, at 4:01

 

Video and Research project

25 Bizarre Natural Phenomenon That Actually Occur On Earthat 4:48 find...

TINAWS LA Lesson Dictionary+Parts of Speech+Read Aloud=High Engagement

August 17, 2016

You can download this activity here at N+7 as a pdf or if you aren’t ready for that kind of time commitment or data space, you can read below.

N+7 Dictionary Master This task will help students use a dictionary, identify parts of speech, and read aloud in a playful, stress-reducing way!

Depending on how you do it, they can also practice penmanship and write in code. The result is a lot (okay, a little) like Mad Libs and I think students of all ages will enjoy it. Since it can lend itself to a variety of texts, fiction or non-fiction, this activity could become a classroom routine you return to regularly. In addition, once your students have mastered...

You can download this activity here at N+7 as a pdf or if you aren’t ready for that kind of time commitment or data space, you can read below.

N+7 Dictionary Master This task will help students use a dictionary, identify parts of speech, and read aloud in a playful, stress-reducing way!

Depending on how you do it, they can also practice penmanship and write in code. The result is a lot (okay, a little) like Mad Libs and I think students of all ages will enjoy it. Since it can lend itself to a variety of texts, fiction or non-fiction, this activity could become a classroom routine you return to regularly. In addition, once your students have mastered...

TINAWS LA Lesson Dictionary+Parts of Speech+Read Aloud=High Engagement

August 17, 2016

You can download this activity here at N+7 as a pdf or if you aren’t ready for that kind of time commitment or data space, you can read below.

N+7 Dictionary Master This task will help students use a dictionary, identify parts of speech, and read aloud in a playful, stress-reducing way!

Depending on how you do it, they can also practice penmanship and write in code. The result is a lot (okay, a little) like Mad Libs and I think students of all ages will enjoy it. Since it can lend itself to a variety of texts, fiction or non-fiction, this activity could become a classroom routine you return to regularly. In addition, once your students have mastered...

You can download this activity here at N+7 as a pdf or if you aren’t ready for that kind of time commitment or data space, you can read below.

N+7 Dictionary Master This task will help students use a dictionary, identify parts of speech, and read aloud in a playful, stress-reducing way!

Depending on how you do it, they can also practice penmanship and write in code. The result is a lot (okay, a little) like Mad Libs and I think students of all ages will enjoy it. Since it can lend itself to a variety of texts, fiction or non-fiction, this activity could become a classroom routine you return to regularly. In addition, once your students have mastered...