If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. – Chinese Proverb With all the academic testing that is currently an integral part of elementary school, character education is often not as much of a
Want to go beyond the classic “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” essay? Try some of these writing prompts. Who is someone you spent a lot of time with this summer? Describe this person. Where did you go this summer that you have never been before? How did you spend Independence Day? Where did you spend most of your time this summer? Describe this place.
Here is a fun way to take the game Jenga™ to a whole new level while helping your students to get to know each other better. Just download these free Jenga statement slips, cut them apart and tape them to the bottom of your Jenga™ blocks (great job for a student or parent helper). Play the game as usual, but when a student pulls
Boggle is such an amazing game! Not only is it fun and engaging, but it also helps students to recognize letter patterns and facilitates fluency. My students loved playing Boggle so much that I made free templates to share the fun. The first one is for use with a document camera – students can write their words on notebook paper. The second is a worksheet
Here is a fun way for students to practice their spelling words using a phone keypad. Students use the letters on the keypad to create a number for each word. To make the activity more challenging, have students translate their words into numbers and then switch papers to solve. Just be sure they mix up the words. This worksheet, plus another version to use with
So, first off, I have to say that I stole borrowed this idea about resolutions with adjectives from author Martha Beck*. She says that when you’re making goals or resolutions to focus not on the nouns and verbs (I will lose 25 pounds) but rather on the adjectives that describe how you would feel if you achieved the goal (healthy, strong, attractive). She suggests brainstorming
Winter Break Scavenger Hunt How many letters are in your full name? Who has the longest name in your family? Find something that is eight inches long. What exactly is Wassail? Find something that is red and white. Find something that is used to fix something. What is the first ingredient in eggnog? Find something with numbers on it. On what date does Hanukkah start next
Here are some fun Christmas analogies to try with your students. You can get these Christmas analogies (with answer key) in a free worksheet here. Frosty : snowman : : Rudolph : _______________ ribbon : present : : ornament : ________________ snow : white : : holly : ___________________ sing : carols : : decorate : ________________ present : gift : : carol : ___________________ mall