Sunday, November 22, 2015

All I Want For Black Friday!

It's time for The Primary Pack's 2nd Annual ALL I WANT FOR BLACK FRIDAY Linky! We're so excited to share and giveaway one HUGE bundle of our most wish listed TPT products. We're also sharing with you what's on OUR wish lists, both in the classroom and in our personal lives!

Keep reading for details, and be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end!
I'll admit -- I LOOOOOVE Black Friday! I'm sure my husband would beg to differ, but I just can't help a good deal! This year it was so hard to decide what's on my Black Friday wish list. My husband and I are taking a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean, so there's a handful of items I'd like to get before we leave. I figured I'd just narrow down for you the 3 places I'll spend most of time shopping for the following items:

1.) Luggage - Never underestimate the value of good luggage. It may sound lame, but our current luggage situation is ROUGH.

2.) Books!!!!!! You better believe I'll be buying quite a few books to take with me to read on the beach! Any good recommendations? (I'll be honest, I'm a junky/romance/girly book lover...) I'm going to try to read for MYSELF, not for school!

3.) Clothes - A vacation of course means I need all new dresses and swimsuits and cute clothes, right? Right.

I also have a few classroom/TPT items on MY wish list for my 6th graders...

1.) I love EVERYTHING from Teaching With A Mountain View, so of course I need a bundle of her Advanced Reading Task Cards.

2.) Text Structure Concept Posters from Runde's Room - I have her Math Concept Posters and just LOVE them, so I know these will be equally as awesome for my 6th graders.

3.) Argument Writing in 6th Grade resource pack from Appleslices - We start argument writing in January, so I know this will be perfect!

4.) Christmas Coordinate Graphing Mystery Pictures from Kristine Nannini - I purchased the Thanksgiving pictures and they were a HIT, so I'm sure these will be, too!

1.) Main Idea Mysteries - This is one of my FAVORITE resources I've ever made. It's full of engaging activities, printables, short main idea reading passages for 1st & 2nd grade!

2.) Let's Talk About It - I love this pack because it TOTALLY gets your students having meaningful conversations about text!

3.) Grammar Posters - Over 45 colorful grammar posters for your focus walls! I love to print these 4 to a page (directions included) and put them on a binder ring for small groups!

Drumroll please.... Check out this HUGE giveaway package you can win by entering below! There is a resource from almost everyone in The Primary Pack, perfect for all primary grades!! Good luck, friends and happy shopping!

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Great European Challenge

One of the geography standards for my sixth graders requires them to have a broad understanding of the countries and capital in Europe and the Americas. As I was planning this, I had a few things I needed to figure out:
   1. What does a broad understanding look like?
   2. Do I start with Europe or the Americas?
   3. How can I make this engaging?

I decided I'd share with you all a few ideas I'm implementing as I'm teaching this standard. To really kick-off this standard, I made a HUGE hype out of it. I came up with THE GREAT EUROPEAN CHALLENGE and ran around the classroom high-fiving students.

And they were all like, "What is WRONG with our teacher?!?!" But whatever.

I decided to narrow down the countries in Europe to 24... I figured I'd pick 24 of the major countries & capitals and call that a "broad understanding." We're taking one month to study all of these, and each week we're taking a quick map quiz to see how many we can name.

So here's some ideas you could use in case you're working on some similar geography (whether its states & capitals or other countries):

1. Give the kids a crazy challenge name & kick off the challenge with a bang - You HAVE TO GET INTO IT!

2. Learn WITH your kids. I knew I didn't have all of the European countries and capitals memorized, and I TOLD my kids that! I'm learning right along with them!

3. Let your kids create different ways to learn the material. My students came up with a variety of ideas including: flash cards, online games/quizzes, dry erase maps using sheet protectors, fun phrases - I was quizzing a student on her flash cards and she had trouble coming up with Dublin, so I told her, "It rhymes with bubblin'..." It made her laugh, and now over half the class remembers it because of that. WHATEVER WORKS!

4. Kahoot! When we were coming up with different ways to study, a group of students said, "Can you find us a Kahoot to play for this?" YES. DONE. There were so many public Kahoots that I didn't even have to make one.

5. Today's Country & Capitals -- Because I used to teach primary, we always had sight words all over the room, and we even had a Sight Word of the Day... I figured, why not have a Country & Capital of the Day? If I post it all over the room, they HAVE to learn it, right?!

My students still have 3 weeks until the end of the challenge, but even after just one week I'm seeing HUGE gains. Students who couldn't find a single country in Europe can now name over 10. Some can even name almost 20 of the 24. AND WE'RE HAVING FUN!

What are some ways you teach these geography standards?