One of my goals this year is to streamline some of my grammar lessons, teaching idioms and root words in particularly. I am doing this by teaching an idiom a day and a root (or two) a week. This is what I created to so I can stay on the straight and narrow. Hope it helps!
Here is my piece of cake idiom idea:,
I did this activity las year, but I started in the middle of the year, so I taught 3 idioms a day. After doing a lesson on idioms, I would present an idiom and ask the class if anyone had a prediction of what the idiom meant. If someone got it correct, their team would earn a table point. To help generate more guesses, I used it in a sentence so they could use contact clues to help them make a better guess.
After that, I told them the definition and had them copy it down in their idiom book. To finish the activity, they drew a picture to create a visual representation of the idiom. In their free time they could color it. I would quiz them every so often to see which roots I needed to reteach.
Here is what it looks like:
Teaching roots is a Common Core Standard for EVERY grade level 1st-9th. I always wanted to teach a root or two a week, but somehow I just never stuck with it. I would introduce new roots to my class, but there was no rhyme or reason to when I did it. Teaching in a cohesive way will make learning root words more meaningful. This year, I pledge to stay on track. I can ensure that I will stay on board because I created a weekly Root Word Activity that will help me stay more focused.
I compiled 60 of the most commonly used roots, suffixes and prefixes and made circle maps with each root. I plan on running this off as a packet and having them make a root word book.
The first 3 people who can spot 5 or more some common idioms that I used to describe these two products will win a FREE set of either the root word or idiom activity. Let the games begin! (Don’t forget to leave your email address!)