Sunday, January 27, 2013

Underground Railroad activities

Since February is fast approaching, it is time to bring out the Black History Month projects.

Harriet Tubman Class Story
The first project is intended for lower primary grades. I found it over at the First Grade Frenzy Blog. This is a free, simple “book” that you can download. Each page tells a fact of Harriet Tubman’s life and the kids illustrate each page. Cute!

Underground Railroad LapBook
This lapbook is intended for upper primary grades. It is available in my TPTstore. Lapbooks are so fun to make!
What are lapbooks?

A lapbook is a file folder that is refolded a certain way. Inside, learners glue in notes or foldables on a particular topic.

What are benefits of lapbooks?

• Motivation for reluctant learners
• Easily stored projects
• Creative outlet
• High subject matter retention
• Review tool for students
• Alternate assessment tool for teachers

What does this Underground Railroad lapbook include?

As a great activity to be incorporated into your Black History Month studies this lapbook includes directions, examples and several printables such as:
* Freedom quilts (examples plus quilting folklore)
* Biographies of key people (Harriet Tubman, William Still, John Parker, Frederick Douglass)
* Mini foldable vocab folders
* Map coloring activity
* Who am I - expandable
* Freedom Acrostic Poem


Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Learning Spanish duoLingo Style!

This web site is fun, educational and FREE! It is called duolingo. You learn a language while helping to translate the world wide web. Sounds impossible? I thought so too until I tried it out. I know I sound like a cheesy infomercial here but I swear they aren't paying me to write this. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! (I couldn't resist.) This web site reminds me of Rosetta Stone but did I mention that it is free!? Check it out...


Try it and let me know what you think!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

When I grow up I want to be...



Welcome to the first post of my new blog!

To get started, here is a link to a free classroom activity printable available in my TPT store.  It is intended for lower primary grades. "When I grow up I want to be..." involves writing an opinion piece and a bit of fun coloring.


This activity includes two boy and two girl character options. Each student should select one character that they feel the most comfortable with for a self-depiction.

Next, students select a "career clothes" outfit to glue on their character. The clothes are in black & white so that they can be colored by the students. (Sort of like paper dolls but it works for boys and girls.)

Students then write an explanation of why they chose that particular future career path.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/When-I-Grow-Up-I-Want-To-Be

Enjoy!