Sunday, November 27, 2016

Laughing All the Way Blog Hop

I'm super excited to be linking up with some amazing teacher-authors to share some of our ideas and stories that we use leading up to the holidays...not to mention the chance to win a Target and Starbucks gift card.  We all know that this time of year can be extremely hectic, and it's important to find ways that we can all keep our sanity!

For the last week and a half or so before the holiday break, I begin to have my students reflect on the past year by using video journals.  Using videos for student journal responses is a great way to incorporate technology, while also enforcing 21st century learning. The video journal responses address various areas included in an infographic (goal setting, SMART Goals, resolutions, making positive changes, symbolism, etc.).  I have students complete the infographic once they have finished the journal responses.  You can find the Student Reflection- Video Journal Responses here.

I also have a similar activity that my students do with task cards, based on characters from a recent story that we have read.  The tasks encourage students to think critically about the character being addressed, and to support their answers with evidence. Approximately half of the cards require students to reflect on the character’s past year or the year to come. The other half focuses more on characterization, in general (types of conflict the character has been involved in, internal and external traits, etc.). *These task cards can be used at any point throughout the year, not just for New Years. *  For a free sample of this activity, click here

Make sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a Target or Starbucks gift card.  Also, check out the other blog posts to get more ideas and resources to use leading up to the holiday break!
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Monday, November 14, 2016

How to Add Assignments on Google Classroom & Put Students into Groups

For those of you who are new to the AMAZING Google Classroom (I know, I'm addicted), I created a video to show you how to add assignments, as well as how to put your students into groups in G.C.  I hope you find the video helpful!  I'd love to hear how you use Google Classroom in the comments!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Best of the Best Secondary ELA Lessons

I'm SUPER excited to be a part of this amazing Best of the Best Blog Hop with such incredible secondary English teachers, hosted by Secondary Sara!   We're also giving away 3 $25 TPT gift cards!  I have learned so much from them, and it's awesome to be sharing our lessons together.  Our goal is to share our best lessons in order to help other educators gain tips and resources that can be used in their classrooms.

As a secondary English teacher, I want to develop strong writers.  In the 21st century, it's imperative that students understand how to implement complete sentences and paragraphs that are descriptive, well thought out, and demonstrate a variety in length and structure.  In order to be able to do this, they not only need to clearly identify the various parts of speech, but they also need to understand what constitutes a simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentence.  Because these aren't always the most engaging lessons, I wanted to come up with interactive and digital activities that students would not only learn from, but would also have fun while doing them.  This is how my Digital Grammar Skills & Parts of Speech Bundle was born.

My students absolutely LOVED these activities and have grown so much in the process!

This product includes:

• Capitalization Digital Task Cards
• Comma Digital task cards
• Quotation Digital Task Cards
• Subject & Predicate Matching Activity and Digital Task Cards
• Types of Sentences Matching Activity and Digital Task Cards
• Independent & Dependent Clauses Matching Activity and Digital Task Cards
• Types of Verbs Matching Activity and Digital Task Cards
• Types of Pronouns Matching Activity and Digital Task Cards
• Interactive matching activities on all 8 parts of speech
• Individual interactive activities on nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections
• Answer Key

Google Drive Info
• Instructions for both teacher and students on how to use in your class
• Link to activities
• Instructions for Microsoft OneDrive users
• Tips & Tricks for Teachers and Students

What are some of your favorite go-to activities?  I'd love to hear about them in the comments.  Make sure to "hop" by the other Secondary ELA blogs for more tips and resources, and enter at the Rafflectopter below for your chance to win one of the TPT gift cards!!!

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