Educational videos


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages - How to Determine Equivalent Values

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages - Different Ways to Show the Same Value
How to Use a Number Line to Determine Values:  10/10 = 1.0 = 100%
Conversion Chart
Guided Practice
Additional Practice Worksheets
How to Use a Number Line to Solve Word Problems
Additional Practice
Additional Chart

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Compound Words

Compound Words  - A compound word is a word that is composed of two words that can stand alone.  Compound words do not include words with prefixes such as unfair or words with suffixes such as helpful.   For the below activity children folded a pieces of paper into three sections.  The picture on the left shows the front of the folded paper with pictures of compound words placed on the front.  The picture on the right shows the inside of the paper with two pictures depicting each compound word displayed on the front.
For the above activity,  we chose paper with illustrations of compound words: cupcakes, footballs, butterflies and baseballs.  
Prior to completing the above activity, we reviewed the chart below
Next, children sorted words according to the correct category.
Fold  the paper into three sections to complete the inside
Templates used in the above example
The templates were also used in this clothes pin activity.
Video with additional teaching demonstrations

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Describing Words AKA Adjectives

Describing Words AKA Adjectives Bulletin Board
Purchased  felt patterns (egg and chick) at the dollar store.  Students glued the patterns on paper.  Students used glitter glue sticks and marking pens to fill in the egg and chick spaces.

Brainstorm describing words/ adjectives for the noun - egg
Brainstorm describing words/ adjectives for the noun - chick
Print the templates below and brainstorm adjectives for the egg and chick shapes!
Additional template

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Topic and Main Idea

Fun and engaging activities to introduce Topic and Main Idea to students .  These two elements are often confusing and difficult for children to differentiate. This bulletin board was our cumulative project of studying topic and main idea. Activities are shared below.
Reference Chart used in following activities
The lesson was introduced with the following work sheets to help students build an understanding of main idea by determining what the four words have in common

 Next, students were asked to find words that explained the Main Idea. In the example below seeds, petals, stems and roots are all parts of flowers.  Then they listed words that explained the main idea, a school environment, with a bus, book, board and kids.
We talked about the pictures below and determined that they were types of transportation

Next, we read the following passage and determined the topic and main idea. We highlighted the area that explained the most important idea, many types of transportation, of the topic - determined to be travel. Next, students underlined the types of transportation.
Printable worksheet that was used in the lesson
Printable worksheet that was used in the lesson

The passage used in the lesson
 The same paragraph that is ready for use by students
A blank template to create your own passage
Additional templates and modeled lesson

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Art, sharp and star - making /ar/ words

R-controlled vowel /ar/ - children hear and make words with the /ar/ sound in the beginning, middle and ending of words
Example of student work
Introduce the ar controlled vowel with examples: art, cart and car
Template For Student Practice - Have children use the letters on the next worksheet to make words.
Letters to make words
Additional Support

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Class Room Management - Expect and Focus on Positive Behavior!

At the beginning of each day, all children begin in the section of Ready to Work.  They decorate their own clothes pins with their names.  The clothes pins are moved up as students' display good behavior.
The goal is to move to the top section titled Super Star.
Second Highest Section
Third Section
Beginning and Expected Section/Behavior of all students each day.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vowels - Super Heroes to the Rescue!

Vowel Twins ARE HERE - Classroom Lesson
  Meet the fun vowel characters needed to make words.
Vowels are the Glue that Hold Words Together! Meet Abby, Amy, Eddie, Ethan, Izzy, Irene,
Oliver, Odus, Udele and Unos
These are the Short Vowel Super Heroes!
Words Made with Short Vowels

Practice Paper
These are the Long Vowel Super Heroes!

Words Made with Long Vowels
Practice Page

Crossword Puzzle