Springtime, Rhyme Time

Welcome to Spring! The days are beautiful, the sun is out and the flowers are blooming. And our students are getting ready to head back to the classroom. Reading, writing and literacy are going to need some extra effort to bridge the gap that may have formed over the COVID time. My students are someContinue reading “Springtime, Rhyme Time”

Jamboard Journal

The Google Education Suite continues to build innovative and helpful programs such as Jamboard. I love to use this application with students of all ages, especially with my English Language Learners/ English Second Language Students. There are so many ways get students to engage! Writing is vital to students language development but finding a startingContinue reading “Jamboard Journal”

Four-Square Check-Ins for SEL & Classroom Community Building

I wrote about this before, four square check-ins. I start these at the beginning of the class session to get students engaged and to build community. Everyone listens, students practice speaking in complete sentences and adding information to their opinion. It is a fun way for students to speak about their emotions. The question, ”Continue reading “Four-Square Check-Ins for SEL & Classroom Community Building”

Four Square Check-In Tool for Student Engagement and Attendance

I love using this four square check-in activity at the beginning of my classes. My students love to tell me how they are doing based on the animal/character/food/color or whatever pictures I use to relate to their feelings. Students choose one, multiple or no pictures to relate to and then tell me and the classContinue reading “Four Square Check-In Tool for Student Engagement and Attendance”

St. Patrick’s Day Creative Writing

Do you decorate your classroom with leprechaun traps in hopes of catching that sneaky one and so your students can get that pot of gold? I know you do! The kids absolutely love it! What a time of year to build some STEM into daily instruction and to build a trap. It’s a fun andContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Creative Writing”

Game Play!

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all doing well and with wishful thinking, I am hoping you are preparing to go from online teaching to soon to be in-person teaching again. Although schooling should always strive to advance and change with the times to meet the needs of the diverse students and needs, face toContinue reading “Game Play!”

Reading, Writing and Speaking -so many activities and so much learning!

There is no time like the present to get our students engaged and writing. But, first they need to know what they are writing about and how to organize that information. Below are three different lessons/units to help build your students’ skills. Take a look!

English Language Development- a unit!!!

English Language Development is near and dear to my heart. It is also a subject that can frustrate teachers. There are so many methods to integrate language strategies that build engagement. Many methods have been around for ages and are used with literacy, classroom management, mathematics and on and on. The strategies aren’t new, butContinue reading “English Language Development- a unit!!!”

ELD Strategies and Methods with Jamboard

ELD stands for English Language Development- meeting the needs of students that are learning English as well as the core content areas can be a challenge. Building language helps empower our students. One way to do that while we are working in a remote or face-to-face environment is to use Jamboard. Jamboard is a applicationContinue reading “ELD Strategies and Methods with Jamboard”

Fall Writing for Kinder and First Grade

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! And I love to share the season with my students. We don’t get many leaves changing color in our part of California so I bring that to my students. It is critical. We need to experience the world as large and amazing as it is,Continue reading “Fall Writing for Kinder and First Grade”