Looking for some fun after-testing creative and critical thinking activities? Try these seven ready-to-use printables! This is actually a mini-sampler, as each activity has been pulled from one of my other critical and creative thinking skills products. They all work fine as stand-alone activities and will give you a taste of some other great activities available in my TpT store. Download yours for free
Pretend that you have found a four-leaf clover that will bring you extraordinary good luck for exactly one day. Write about your lucky day. St. Patrick’s Day is not generally a gift-giving holiday like Mother’s Day or Christmas. Write a persuasive essay to convince people to give gifts on St. Patrick’s Day. Pretend that you can only eat green food on St. Patrick’s Day. Create
Here are some interesting writing prompts to try with your students this week: Write about a person that you love. What makes this person special? We often say that we “love” something. For example, “I love chocolate.” What is the difference between loving a person and loving a thing or activity? Do you think that animals feel love? Do you think a dog can feel
Kitten Soft and fluffy Meows until I pet her There on my favorite pillow Purring with contentment. A pensee poem is a 5-line, non-rhyming patterned poem that is both fun and easy to create! Like many other poem patterns, it is a great opportunity to practice syllables. Here is the pattern for writing a pensee: Line 1: Subject (2 syllables) Line 2: Description (4 syllables) Line
This year while holiday shopping, I kept running across the game HedBanz. It seemed to be pretty popular, and, in fact, my boyfriend’s 8-year-old got one for Christmas. What I thought was interesting is that this is basically just a version of a game we used to play at birthday parties when I was a kid. An adult would put the name of a famous or
Two whole weeks without school…what have those kids been doing all that time? What are they looking forward to in the new year? One great way to find out is to have your students write about it! I got a little help from some of my friends on Facebook to compile this list of 20 interesting prompts to start your writing year off right! Write
Dipping ordinary paper snowflakes in wax will not only give them a subtle sheen, but it will also make them durable enough to be used year after year. In addition, it makes them somewhat waterproof so that they will not be ruined by condensation if you put them on a window. After you have cut your snowflakes (here are some excellent directions on how to
Minds in Bloom is happy to welcome guest blogger Elaine Hirsch! Elaine’s article on art in education is an important reminder why we should not let art go by the wayside, even in the current environment of strict adherence to academic standards and over-testing. Arts education is an important component of any child’s development because it teaches teamwork, analytic, and creative skills. These skills
Witches’ Brew is such a fun concept to work with because so many disgusting things can go into it. Here are three fun ideas for using Witches’ Brew: Add a Verse Primary students will love Hap Palmer’s song, “Witches’ Brew.” You can see the lyrics and listen to the song right here on Songs for Teaching. In addition to learning the song, you can make up
Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome guest blogger Natalie Hunter, who offers some tips to foster curiosity. I especially appreciate the tips under “Expect More.” Teachers everywhere, from little red schoolhouses to the top online schools, often struggle to motivate young students to learn from various situations. The answer is not found in a formula of do’s and don’t’s but is cultivated in a relationship.
Here is a fun activity that integrates creative writing with math by having students use dice to write a non-rhyming poem. Students will also get practice with syllables. You could do this as a whole class, if you have enough dice, or at a center. Here is what to do: Give each student a pair of dice. Students roll the dice and add them up
Asking open-ended, engaging questions is a great way to get to know your students and for them to get to know each other. Use these ones as discussion prompts or as writing prompts for journals or notebooks. How would life be different if there were no electricity? List three different ways. Explain a flower to someone who has never seen or heard of one before.
Here are 20 fun Would You Rather Questions to use for the end of the school year. Use them for class discussions, class polls, and writing prompts. Great when you have a few spare minutes! Get 200 More Would You Rather Questions Would You Rather… 1 Have to wear your swimsuit to school on the last day of school or Have to carry around a
Writing thank you notes for holiday gifts doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 10 creative thank you note ideas to help make writing thank yous fun! Make thank you notes into an art project: Get out the crayons, the glitter, and the glue. Have your child make a picture (ideally incorporating the gift), and then write a note underneath or on the back.
Keep those brains thinking right up until winter break. Here are some fun Christmas analogies to try with your students. 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 : :