How we do the mental math Question is projected for students to see as they walk in. When tardy bell rings, I set the timer for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on the question. Students estimate the answer via all mental math — no calculators, no talking, no air writing. When timer goes off, I set the timer again for 1 minute for students to talk with their neighbors.
Some time during October, I teach the following two activities, which are then added to the "menu" of activities my students are allowed to choose from: These both mix logical thinking with creative thinking: Sausage Sentences with Illustrations Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences And right before our fourth quarter, I allow my eighth graders the right to work with partners and create new proposals vocabulary activities for all my students to use.
I choose 6 of their best ideasand I actually don't teach them; I simply post the eighth graders' examples and rubrics and invite all students to look them over. Exemplary Personified Vocabulary Exemplary Mr.
Cartoons Exemplary Vocabulary Haikus Teacher-made exemplar: Click here for my teacher-made exemplar. It comes with explanations for what it takes to earn full points with this writing activity.
Click the image or here to visit our Ning page where teacher members can post their own students' samples. Show your students what an EGOT looks like. Tier-2 Vocabulary-Inspired"Quick Poems" Instead of memorizing new words, I ask students to write thoughtful pieces of short writing inspired by new words they self-select from class reading.
They learn those new words while reviewing their writing skills. Research on acquiring new vocabulary shows that both teachers and students should be involved in the selection of words for study, and my weekly vocabulary routine definitely puts a big responsibility on my students to bring words they've encountered and written about every Friday.
I play my part, of course, by providing plenty of academic vocabulary a. I also serve as a model of someone with a pretty good vocabulary that isn't Language Arts-specific a.
I call them "quick poems," and not only are they a high-quality to minute group writing task, they also build familiarity and usage skills with almost thirty tier-2 vocabulary words that--personally--I love using and--even more so--I love hearing my students use correctly during literature discussions, during writer's workshop response groups, and during Socratic Seminars.
Each of the 18 different poetry formats are based on tier-2 word that I want to hear my students use in class as we talk to each other.
I created 18 poetry formats because, starting last year, I set aside a small amount of time every two weeks to learn new vocabulary word in this manner. I call them "Quick-Poems" because I set the timer, and I don't want them to become a whole period of work.
I want the introduction to the words and poetry format to be learned in less than ten minutes so that students can then have fifteen to twenty minutes to compose as a group.
The objective of each poem is not only to teach them a great word, but also have them practice using it by exploring different contexts in which the word would make sense using the support of their small group's combined ideas. As the poem is written, the group cooperates and uses writing skills we have been working on in class, and each poetry format comes with plenty of obvious opportunities to review grammar and punctuation.
In addition, these "quick poems" all: Come with a teacher model that I've written in such a way that you could call what I've written your own teacher model if you wish to.
Can be assigned to single students, partners, or even groups of three or four, depending on the scaffolded support you feel some of your less-productive writers might need to be successful. I prefer the safety of a small group, but I allow those kids of mine who prefer to write alone to separate themselves from the group I have put them in and compose something individually while the rest of the small group stays intact.
Contain directions and expectations that accommodate for differentiation; the poems' advance organizers have room for more stanzas or quatrains than students will probably need, and the directions state for students to complete as many stanzas as they can in the allotted time.
Even if they struggle and write just one stanza, they've made progress at the level they can, and you now have good, formative information about your students.
Some of the poetic challenges, my wife tells me, are pretty difficult too, and to that I say, "Good.The name game can be won by anyone willing to cheat by picking up a dictionary in advance of playing.
Go to the letter of your name and start reading until you find something that you like. We have writing prompts almost every day. Some prompts have readings or explanations to accompany them.
Each prompt should be answered in your journal, at least 1/3 of a page. Please come see me if you have questions. 6th Grade 4/18/11 A bad dude in a cowboy hat is walking into the saloon in a.
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Eighth grade is a confusing and stressful time for many teens, and regular writing and reflecting can help your students . The Writing Prompt: Take an event from history and write a fictional account describing a conspiracy theory about what "REALLY" happened.
Or, if you prefer, write a scene about a character who believes in one or more conspiracy theories.