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.